Los Angeles/Daly City, CA (October 17, 2005)–M-Audio and Digidesign recently announced Pro Tools M-Powered 7, a new version of Pro Tools that extends support to five M-Audio USB peripherals–Black Box, M-Audio Ozone, MobilePre USB, Fast Track USB, and Transit. Pro Tools M-Powered 7 also reportedly delivers 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 Pro Tools, in addition to 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. The pocket-sized Transit is now the most cost-effective and portable entry point into the world of Pro Tools, bringing professional production to even the most cramped spaces so that not a moment of inspiration or productivity is lost.”
Digidesign general manager Dave Lebolt added, “With the Pro Tools 7 software release, we are most thrilled about all the new features it brings to music composers. We’ve added new tools such as Instrument Tracks for improved integration with virtual instruments and MIDI sound modules; real-time MIDI processing features; and the ability to group any combination of audio and/or MIDI regions together to quickly build alternate arrangements. We are also excited to offer Pro Tools users the new ability to work with REX and ACID files and many other features that generally improve processing and efficiency. Everything in this release allows composers and mixers to be more creative and work faster within the Pro Tools environment.”
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. M-Audio currently anticipates that Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software will be available on October 28, 2005.
Pro Tools M-Powered software requires a supported M-Audio hardware peripheral to function. Please visit www.digidesign.com or www.m-audio.com for a current list of compatible M-Audio hardware peripherals, current system requirements, compatibility information, and online support.