Digidesign Announces New Offerings for VENUE at NAB 2006

Las Vegas, NV (April 24, 2006)--At NAB this week, Digidesign is showcasing the forthcoming Pro Tools HD 7.2 software upgrade, which includes enhanced mixing and automation capabilities plus improved post workflows, and announcing new offerings that enhance the flexibility, efficiency and processing capabilities of the VENUE live sound environment. Digidesign can be found at Avid Booth #SL701, South Hall and House of Worship Booth #CW11005.
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Las Vegas, NV (April 24, 2006)--At NAB this week, Digidesign is showcasing the forthcoming Pro Tools HD 7.2 software upgrade, which includes enhanced mixing and automation capabilities plus improved post workflows, and announcing new offerings that enhance the flexibility, efficiency and processing capabilities of the VENUE live sound environment. Digidesign can be found at Avid Booth #SL701, South Hall and House of Worship Booth #CW11005.

Pro Tools HD 7.2 software introduces several new features and enhancements designed to give audio post professionals more speed, power, and flexibility. Currently expected in the second half of 2006, the upgrade will retail for $199. New features and enhancements include:

Enhanced integrated video capabilities
-Edit video as easily as audio
-Work with multiple video clips, tracks, and playlists
-Play QuickTime video through AVoption|V10 or Avid Mojo
-Bounce edited audio and video to QuickTime format

Integrated multi-channel field audio features
-Replace guide tracks with multi-channel audio from field recorders
-Select alternate channel audio with automatic fade rebuilding
-Browse, search, and edit iXML metadata in regions and Broadcast WAV files

New destructive punch record mode
-Punch into mix tracks without creating additional files
-Use third-party paddle controllers for input/output/record switching

Powerful, efficient new mixing and automation features VCA-style groups
-Pan controls grouping and plug-in parameters linking
-Flexible new automation modes
-Real-time graphical display of automation data being updated

New SignalTools multichannel metering and analysis
-Comprehensive level and phase metering up to 7.1 surround
-Choose from multiple international metering standards
-Full LeqA analysis

New offerings for the VENUE live sound environment include the Digital Stage Input (DSI) and Digital Stage Output (DSO) card options that provide alternative digital input and output capabilities for VENUE systems. Engineers can use these cards to integrate a wider range of digital peripherals and components than was previously possible. A single DSI card provides eight channels of digital input for the VENUE Stage Rack, either through four AES/EBU pairs on individual XLRs or via a single ADAT optical interface. A single DSO card offers eight channels of AES/EBU outputs across four discrete XLRs as well as eight channels via the ADAT optical interface. The DSO keeps both AES/EBU and ADAT connections active at all times, creating a digital split with the AES signals mirrored to the ADAT connection.

VENUEPack 2.0 is an updated version of the software bundle included free with every VENUE live sound environment. Valued at $6,795, VENUEPack 2.0 offers a collection of Digidesign and Digidesign Development Partner TDM effects processing and analysis plug-ins. VENUEPack Pro 2.0, valued at $2,475, provides five free additional plug-ins with the purchase of a D-Show Mix Engine DSP card.

VENUEPack 2.0 includes:
-Digidesign Impact, Reverb One, ReVibe, Smack!
-Digidesign/Bomb Factory BF-3A, Pultec Bundle, Slightly Rude Compressor, Classic Compressors Bundle, Moogerfooger Bundle
-Focusrite d2 and d3
-Troodon Technologies TrooTrace Audio Analysis Bundle (NEW)

VENUEPack Pro 2.0 includes:
-Digidesign/Bomb Factory JOEMEEK Bundle, Fairchild Bundle, Voce Bundle
-Line 6 Amp Farm 3 and Echo Farm

D-Show 2.0 software is an upgrade to the VENUE system software, delivering extended snapshot automation capabilities, improved workflows, and expanded signal routing and control possibilities.

Visit www.digidesign.com for more information about the VENUE live sound environment or to find a VENUE authorized dealer.