Whatever Avid/Digidesign have done to M-Audio since their acquisition, it seems to be working, the stand was really buzzing, we got the impression that they are a company on the up. Unusually, we encountered several smiling, happy, software developers - all pleased that their products are being well represented by the growing M-Audio empire.
One thing's for sure, the tie-up of last year was bound to result in some sort of broadening of the ProTools hardware platform, and Messe was where the anticipated announcement was made. ProTools M-Powered means just what you'd expect - ProTools can be run on selected M-Audio hardware. The special version of ProTools appears to be based on the current LE version (6.7) so you can run 32 playback tracks, 256 MIDI tracks meaing you get Beat Detective plus over 30 included RTAS plug-ins.
Supported Hardware: Audiophile 2496 Audiophile 192 Firewire 1814 Firewire 410 Ozonic
The software is not bundled with the hardware but is available as a paid upgrade. at £239 UK. Upgrade paths are also availble to full TDM systems
M-Audio's new VST and standalone plug-ins (CoreAudio coming soon) features four virtual sound modules: - SP-1 Stage Piano - MS-2 Polyphonic Synthesizer - MB-3 Electromagnetic Organ - GM-4 General MIDI
Main Features variable velocity and controller settings, optimized for M-Audio keyboards independent MIDI channels integral mixer split and layer modules for performance combinations dual effects processor for each module
Drum and Bass Rig Four virtual sound modules: - RD-5 Real Drums - EB-6 Electric Bass - LC-7 Loop Creator - BL-8 Bassline
Main Features variable velocity and controller settings, optimized for M-Audio keyboards independent MIDI channels integral mixer split and layer modules for performance combinations dual effects processor for each module master effects section in addition to individual module effects compatible with most popular software including Logic, ProTools, Ableton Live and Cubase
Both plugs are priced at $129.99