Los Angeles and Daly City, CA (November 18, 2005)–M-Audio and Digidesign have announced that Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software now extends support to five M-Audio USB peripherals–Black Box, M-Audio Ozone, MobilePre USB, Fast Track USB, and Transit–while delivering significantly expanded MIDI, audio recording and editing capabilities; greater mixing power and flexibility; enhanced efficiency; and improved ease of use.
Compatibility with select M-Audio USB products brings users a variety of new music production options. For Pro Tools recording on the go, the Transit, MobilePre USB, and Fast Track USB all offer compact size and bus-powered operation. Specialized production hardware like the Black Box now gives guitarists access to the industry standard in music production, in addition to killer amp modeling, unique beat-synced effects and inspiring drum patterns. Keyboardists and electronic music producers benefit from support of the M-Audio Ozone, which integrates a keyboard, MIDI control surface, audio/MIDI interface, mic/instrument preamp and headphone monitors. These five peripherals join M-Audio’s complete line of FireWire audio and Delta PCI interfaces, which are already compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered software.
“The release of Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software enables us to bring the power of Pro Tools to even more users than ever before,” said Adam Castillo, M-Audio director of marketing. “The added support of five M-Audio USB peripherals gives our customers the option of creating music in virtually any environment while maintaining session compatibility with the industry standard in audio production. For the many guitarists who want to move beyond playing into recording, the combination of Pro Tools M-Powered and the Black Box provides an extremely intuitive and affordable entry point.”
“Pro Tools 7 software is Digidesign’s most exciting software release to date,” said Dave Lebolt, Digidesign general manager. “We’ve added new music creation tools such as Instrument Tracks for simple and straightforward integration of virtual instruments, non-destructive real-time MIDI processing, and the ability to work with industry-standard REX and ACID files. It is also optimized to boost RTAS plug-in counts by as much as 150 percent on multi-processor computers. Pro Tools 7 software is power-packed to give our users more flexibility to create completely within the Pro Tools environment.”
“Mac OS X is built from the ground up for audio and is used in more professional audio studios than any other platform,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations. “With the release of Pro Tools 7, we’re thrilled to see Digidesign take advantage of the innovation in Mac OS X Tiger and Power Mac G5 to deliver exceptional performance for music creation and all types of audio production.”
“Pro Tools 7 software is a shining example of why Windows continues to be the most scalable, broadly adopted platform for rich media production,” said Kevin Unangst, director, Windows Digital Media at Microsoft Corp. “The optimizations and performance improvements of version 7 are enabling Pro Tools users on Windows to work even faster and with more creative power than ever before. Combine these improvements with the ability to import and export using the unmatched quality and performance of Windows Media Audio and its clear that Digidesign is delivering everything musicians need for outstanding audio creation and production.”
Pro Tools 7 software is a cross-platform release, supporting Windows XP and Mac OS X computers. Current registered Pro Tools M-Powered software customers are eligible for a free update to Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software, which will run with their existing Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 software iLok authorizations. Boxed copies of Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software will be available to new customers at an MSRP of $299.95. Updates are now available to current registered users via download from www.m-audio.com; boxed versions are expected to be available by the end of November.