Daly City, CA (November 12, 2007)–Digidesign is now shipping the latest release of its Pro Tools software. Previewed at the 123rd Audio Engineering Society convention in New York last month, Pro Tools 7.4 software offers new music and post-production features and workflow enhancements for Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered users.
Topping the list of new features is a new music composition and production tool called Elastic Time. The software also provides improved networking compatibility with Avid Unity ISIS shared storage systems and new support for HD video workflows.
“With Pro Tools 7.4, we’re delivering some powerful new tools for both music and post production,” says Gannon Kashiwa, market manager for Digidesign’s professional products. “Our new Elastic Time functionality provides a revolutionary new way to manipulate the timing of audio events in Pro Tools–all in real time while maintaining the class-leading sound quality that our users have come to expect. Elastic Time is as easy to use as it is deep and flexible. It goes way beyond simple loop and tempo conforming, and delivers extremely powerful time-based tools that sound absolutely fantastic.”
“Pro Tools integration with Avid-based post-production workflows is truly coming of age with Pro Tools 7.4,” Kashiwa continues. “With support for Avid Mojo SDI on Pro Tools LE systems, independent engineers and commercial facilities now have access to affordable, professional solutions for desktop post production that seamlessly integrate industry-standard Avid video. And for facilities relying on Avid-based workflows, Pro Tools HD 7.4 takes interoperability to the next level with direct media streaming to and from Avid Unity ISIS shared storage networks on Windows XP-based systems. Finally, the new Avid Media Station|PT software with Video Satellite Option completes the picture with exciting new ways to work with Avid video.”
Elastic Time allows users to change the tempo and timing of loops, music, dialog, and other sound files in real time without cutting up audio tracks. Users can now audition or import loops and audio 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 control over each individual beat.
Running on a separate computer, Avid Media Station|PT 2.7 software, coupled with the new Video Satellite Option, brings Pro Tools more deeply into the Avid workflow by enabling Pro Tools editors to play Avid video sequences in sync with Pro Tools|HD. The Video Satellite Option eliminates video exports and removes video-processing burdens from the Pro Tools|HD system by synchronizing playback with Media Station|PT on a separate, dedicated computer.
Avid Unity ISIS offers scalable, shared storage options for large, integrated post environments. With Pro Tools HD 7.4 software on Windows XP systems, editors can record and play back audio and video directly from qualified Avid ISIS shared storage systems.
Pro Tools 7.4 software is available for Windows XP- and Mac OS X (Tiger)-based Pro Tools|HD systems as well as Windows XP-, Windows Vista- and Mac OS X (Tiger)-based Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems. Expanded Windows Vista and OS X (Leopard) support will be announced later.
Customers who have purchased a new Pro Tools system or upgrade within one month prior to the release of Pro Tools 7.4 will be eligible for a free software upgrade. Customers purchasing new systems with old software will also be eligible for the free upgrade. Upgrades will be available through the DigiStore as well as through authorized Digidesign dealers.