Avid Pro Tools Native Thunderbolt I/O Bows
September 9, 2012
NEW YORK: Avid has announced its Pro Tools|HD
Native Thunderbolt interface for Thunderbolt technology equipped CPUs,
as well as three Venue HD System Bundles that include the I/O.
Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface aims to provide sound
quality, low latency and power in a mobile-based hardware solution,
while connecting with Pro Tools HD Series interfaces (such as HD OMNI
and HD I/O) for capturing and monitoring audio. In addition, customers
can monitor mixes using the interface’s built-in headphone output, which
can drive headphones with high impedance loads.
Native is sold as a system that includes a choice of HD Native
core—Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card—Pro Tools HD software, and a
choice of Pro Tools HD Series audio interface. System prices are the
same for both core systems.
In tandem with the I/O’s release,
Avid introduced three new Venue HD System Bundles that pair its Venue
live sound desks with the Thunderbolt interface. The D-Show HD Native 64
Bundle, Profile HD Native 64 Bundle, and Mix Rack HD Native 64 Bundle
all come with a Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface and reportedly
include everything needed to record up to 64 inputs using Pro Tools HD,
to a Thunderbolt-equipped laptop or desktop computer—no additional
audio interfaces required. A laptop lock port is also included to ensure
that the Thunderbolt interface doesn’t become too portable and walk
away from the gig.
Each of the Venue HD System Bundles
specifically includes the given console; HDx Option Card for up to 64
channels of Pro Tools recording and playback; Pro Tools|HD Native
(Thunderbolt interface); Pro Tools HD software; two 12’ DigiLink cables;
and a pair of Mini-DigiLink (F) to DigiLink (M) adapters. ~ from ProSound News