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Digidesign ships Pro Tools 8 Software

Digidesign has announced the immediate availability of Pro Tools 8 software, the next generation of the music creation and audio production software. Available now through authorized Digidesign dealers as well as the company’s online store, Pro Tools 8 offers a dramatically enhanced feature set highlighted by a completely updated user interface, more than 70 bundled plug-ins and virtual instruments, fully-integrated MIDI and score editors and an expanded array of editing features for both music and post-production applications.

Pro Tools 8 provides powerful functionality for streamlining the creative process and delivers a versatile out-of-the-box sonic palette. New music creation features include a fully integrated MIDI and Score Editor windows for greatly enhanced MIDI editing functionality, professional score editing and printing, and a sizable collection of music creation and sound-processing plug-ins, including 20 new effects and five new virtual instruments. An 8GB bundle of high-quality loops is also included.

For music and post-production professionals, Pro Tools 8 offers Elastic Pitch, which makes it easy to transpose music in real time right in the edit window; 10 inserts per channel; enhanced controller integration with Digidesign and M-Audio control surfaces; ICON control surface integration enhancements; and HD QuickTime support on Mac OS X.

Pro Tools|HD 8 also enhances the extensive capabilities of Digidesign's flagship Pro Tools|HD audio hardware, with support for the new Satellite Link option, which allows users to control up to five Pro Tools|HD systems as one. Additionally, the Video Satellite option brings Avid HD/SD video playback into the audio workflow, while the new Video Satellite LE option plays QuickTime HD/SD video or Avid SD video from a separate but synchronized Pro Tools LE system, preserving track count and processing power on the host Pro Tools|HD system.

For project studio owners, Pro Tools LE 8 and Pro Tools M-Powered 8 support up to 48 simultaneous audio tracks (upgradeable to 64) out of the box. And for serious Pro Tools LE users, the new Complete Production Toolkit (Pro Tools LE only) combines the content of both toolkits, and offers up to 128 simultaneous audio tracks and 7.1 surround mixing.

Pro Tools 8 software is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Mac OS X 10.5.5 for Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered systems. Customers who have purchased a new Pro Tools system or upgrade since Oct. 3, 2008, are eligible for a free software upgrade. Those purchasing new systems with old software are also be eligible for the free upgrade.

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