M-Audio Unveils Pro Tools M-Powered Version 7.4

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M-Audio announces the availability of Pro Tools M-Powered Version 7.4 software, which offers new features and workflow enhancements, including a new music composition and production tool called Elastic Time.

Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software is now available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X (Tiger) based Pro Tools M-Powered systems. M-Audio states that expanded Windows Vista and OS X (Leopard) support will be announced later. The standard upgrade cost is $75; the cost of upgrading from Pro Tools M-Powered V. 7.3 is $49.

Elastic Time allows users to easily change the tempo and timing of loops, music, dialog and other sound files in real time without cutting up audio tracks. Users can now easily audition or import loops and audio files—including REX and ACID files—that instantly sync with a session’s tempo. Users can also use the Elastic Time feature to quantize audio to the session grid or extracted grooves, and fine-tune regions with precise control over each individual beat.

Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software now includes Digidesign’s sample player, Structure Free, which comes with more than 885 MB of high-quality instrument samples from the Digidesign Advanced Instrument Research group. For those who use ReWire applications such as Reason, Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software accepts MIDI directly from ReWire applications for recording controller data to a Pro Tools MIDI or Instrument track. The software also supports Unicode characters throughout the application, allowing users to label and edit text anywhere in Pro Tools in any language supported by Unicode. Unicode-supported languages include Japanese, French, Greek, Russian and Hebrew.

With the release of Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software, M-Audio’s KeyStudio 49i keyboard controller/audio interface joins the list of nearly two dozen compatible M-Audio hardware peripherals. The software also extends support to Windows Vista Ultimate or Business (32-bit versions only), in addition to its current Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.4.9 support.

Customers who purchased a new Pro Tools M-Powered system or upgrade on or after October 1, 2007 will be eligible for a free software upgrade. Customers purchasing new systems that contain Pro Tools M-Powered V. 7.3 software are eligible to upgrade to V. 7.4 at no additional cost.

Upgrades will be available through the DigiStore located at http://store.digidesign.com, as well as through authorized Digidesign dealers.

For more information, visit www.m-audio.com.