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Digidesign Unveils Pro Tools 7.4 Software For Mac OS X And Windows [ 123rd AES Convention ]

United States
New Elastic Time functionality and improved Avid interoperability top the list of new features

New York (AES Convention, Booth #701), 5th October 2007 — Digidesign today unveiled the latest release of its industry-standard Pro Tools® software for the eager crowds at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in New York. Pro Tools 7.4 software offers numerous 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 is a powerful, multifaceted 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.”

Kashiwa continues, “Pro Tools integration with Avid-based post-production workflows is truly coming of age with Pro Tools 7.4. 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.”

Pro Tools 7.4 Software Features

Elastic Time

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 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 precision control over each individual beat.

Avid Media Station|PT 2.7 Software with Video Satellite Option

Running on a separate computer, new 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 quickly and easily play Avid video sequences in sync with Pro Tools|HD. The Video Satellite Option eliminates time-consuming video exports and removes all video-processing burdens from the Pro Tools|HD system by synchronizing playback with Media Station|PT on a separate, dedicated computer.

Avid ISIS Streaming

Avid Unity ISIS offers the most scalable shared storage option 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 Stretch Your Sound Tour

In conjunction with the launch of Pro Tools 7.4 software, Digidesign is hosting a series of educational seminars highlighting some of the powerful new features and music composition tools in Pro Tools. Offered through authorized Pro Tools dealers in 25 different North American cities, the “Stretch Your Sound” tour covers the benefits of working with Elastic Time, as well as how to work with the award-winning range of virtual instruments from Digidesign’s Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) group. For more information or to register for the tour, visit the Digidesign website.

Pricing and Availability

Pro Tools 7.4 software will be available in late 2007 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, Pro Tools M-Powered, and Pro Tools Academic 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.

  • Pro Tools HD: $199 standard upgrade; $79 upgrade from Pro Tools HD 7.3
  • Pro Tools LE/M-Powered: $75 standard upgrade; $49 upgrade from Pro Tools LE/M-Powered 7.3
  • Pro Tools Academic: $75 standard upgrade; $49 upgrade from Pro Tools Academic 7.3
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