Music Live: ProTools 7 Beta on Show

Many new features to enhance the creation process, including real-time MIDI quantize, a new instrument object and more.      07/11/05
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Music Live: ProTools 7 Beta on Show
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As you read this, ProTools 7 HD, LE and M-Powered is going through the final touches before being shipped in the next few weeks. The new version features many new functions to make the creation process more intuitive. Version 7 takes the already improved MIDI and ads more, including the power to affect MIDI tracks and patterns with real-time processing such as quantize, dynamics and not length. Whereas in previous versions, the use of virtual instruments required the creation of an audio object and a MIDI obejct, there’s a new class of instrument object which ties these into a single mixer instance. Region grouping now makes it simpler to loop and edit multiple tracks, such as recorded drums and loop and trim to the grid. They Say
More Compositional Tools Take advantage of new Instrument Tracks for improved integration with virtual instruments and MIDI sound modules. Work with REX and ACID files — two of the most popular formats for loops and samples. Group any combination of audio and MIDI regions together to quickly build arrangements. Use new region looping capabilities to assemble grooves or fill time between video cues. Apply groove input quantization to alter the feel of MIDI tracks as you record. With these and many more features, Pro Tools 7 software is what composers have been waiting for. Tweaking Encouraged Experiment more freely with MIDI tracks using new real-time MIDI processing capabilities. Capitalize on mirrored MIDI editing to automatically alter copies of MIDI regions throughout a session. Use the new Zoom Toggle button to quickly enter an editor view mode for easy editing of audio and MIDI. Choose the new Link Track and Edit Selection option to apply track-level commands across multiple tracks at the same time. In addition to these features, nearly every MIDI operation window includes enhancements, making it faster and easier to work with MIDI than ever before. Greater Mixing Power and Flexibility Enhanced support for multi-processor computers and improvements to the RTAS® environment in Pro Tools 7 software increase plug-in counts up to 150% on dual-processor computers. In many cases, you’ll be able to run more than twice as many RTAS plug-ins and virtual instruments on your sessions. (Click here for more information on RTAS performance improvements.) Additional software optimizations provide a faster, more responsive, and more powerful workstation. Plus, support for RTAS processing plug-ins on Aux Inputs and Master Faders (a new feature for Pro Tools|HD® systems) enhances compatibility between Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE™, and Pro Tools M-Powered™ systems. Even Easier to Use Even with all of its additions and improvements, Pro Tools 7 software is still one of the easiest audio applications to use. Menus have been streamlined and organized more logically, though key commands remain the same. A new Tool Tips feature provides descriptions of objects within the interface when the cursor is placed over them so you can get better acquainted with the interface. Unique Hardware Options Pro Tools 7 software supports a full array of hardware interfaces and peripherals, so you can use the hardware option that best suits your needs. Pro Tools HD 7 software works with Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|HD Accel systems; Pro Tools LE 7 software supports Mbox®, Mbox 2, Digi 002®, and Digi 002 Rack™ systems; and Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software supports a wide range of M-Audio® peripherals, including:
  • FireWire 1814
  • FireWire 410
  • FireWire Audiophile
  • FireWire Solo
  • Ozonicâ„¢
  • Audiophile 192
  • Audiophile 2496
  • Delta 1010
  • Delta 1010LT
  • Delta 66
  • Delta 44
  • Black Box*
  • Ozone®*
  • Mobile Pre USB*
  • Fast Trackâ„¢ USB*
  • Transit®*
*Newly qualified with Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software Upgrades
Pro Tools 7 software is a cross-platform release (Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.4) for Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered systems. Upgrade to Pro Tools HD 7 is now available. Pro Tools LE 7 and Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software will be available soon. For even more power to create, consider a Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS option for Pro Tools HD 7 and Pro Tools LE 7 systems. Available online or through your local Authorized Digidesign Reseller until December 20, 2005, Upgrade PLUS options offer the Pro Tools 7 software upgrade plus a choice of two powerful plug-ins, all at an outstanding value. Learn more about the Pro Tools 7 Software Upgrade PLUS options.
    System Requirements
  • A Digidesign-approved Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, or Pro Tools
    M-Powered system
  • A Digidesign-approved Windows XP– or Mac OS X–based computer (Mac OS X 10.4 required)
    Pro Tools HD 7
  • iLok USB Smart Key, Internet access, and free ilok.com account for authorization (iLok USB Smart Key is included with Pro Tools|HD systems)
    Pro Tools LE 7
  • New authorization code, which is provided with the software update or upgrade
    Pro Tools M-Powered 7
  • iLok USB Smart Key, Internet access, and free ilok.com account for authorization (iLok USB Smart Key is included with new Pro Tools M-Powered software packages)
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