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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
  Pro Tools M-Powered 7 Software Adds New Features
Pro Tools M-Powered 7 Software Adds New Features and Extends Support to Select M-Audio USB Peripherals
Release grants compatibility to five popular M-Audio USB products, bringing the total number of supported M-Audio devices to 16
Los Angeles and Daly City, CA (October 7, 2005) M-Audio and Digidesign are proud to announce Pro Tools M-Powered™ 7, an upcoming software release that represents an evolutionary leap in the creative power of the industry-standard digital audio workstation software. This exciting new version extends support to five M-Audio® USB peripherals—Black Box, M-Audio Ozone®, MobilePre USB, Fast Track™ USB, and Transit®—while delivering significantly expanded MIDI, audio recording and editing capabilities; greater mixing power and flexibility; enhanced efficiency; and improved ease of use.
Compatibility with select M-Audio USB products brings users a variety of new music production options. For Pro Tools® recording on the go, the Transit, MobilePre USB, and Fast Track USB all offer compact size and bus-powered operation. Specialized production hardware like the Black Box now gives guitarists access to the industry standard in music production, in addition to killer amp modeling, unique beat-synced effects and inspiring drum patterns. Keyboardists and electronic music producers benefit from support of the M-Audio Ozone, which integrates a keyboard, MIDI control surface, audio/MIDI interface, mic/instrument preamp and headphone monitors. These five peripherals join M-Audio’s complete line of FireWire audio and Delta™ PCI interfaces, which are already compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered software.
“The release of Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software enables us to bring the power of Pro Tools to even more users than ever before,” says Adam Castillo, M-Audio Director of Marketing. “The added support of five M-Audio USB peripherals gives our customers the option of creating music in virtually any environment while maintaining session compatibility with the industry standard in audio production. The pocket-sized Transit is now the most cost-effective and portable entry point into the world of Pro Tools, bringing professional production to even the most cramped spaces so that not a moment of inspiration or productivity is lost.”
“With the Pro Tools 7 software release, we are most thrilled about all the new features it brings to music composers,” states Dave Lebolt, Digidesign General Manager. “We’ve added new tools such as Instrument Tracks for improved integration with virtual instruments and MIDI sound modules; real-time MIDI processing features; and the ability to group any combination of audio and/or MIDI regions together to quickly build alternate arrangements. We are also excited to offer Pro Tools users the new ability to work with REX and ACID files and many other features that generally improve processing and efficiency. Everything in this release allows composers and mixers to be more creative and work faster within the Pro Tools environment.”
Pro Tools 7 software is a cross-platform release, supporting Windows XP and Mac OS X computers. Current registered Pro Tools M-Powered software customers are eligible for a free update to Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software, which will run with their existing Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 software iLok authorizations. M-Audio currently anticipates that Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software will be available on October 28, 2005.
Pro Tools M-Powered software requires a supported M-Audio hardware peripheral to function. Please visit http://www.digidesign.com/ or http://www.m-audio.com/ for a current list of compatible M-Audio hardware peripherals, current system requirements, compatibility information, and online support.
About M-Audio
M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of creative tools for today’s electronic musicians and audio professionals. Founded in 1988, M-Audio now has independent offices in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Japan, as well as independent distribution in most of the rest of the world. M-Audio’s ability to parlay advanced technology into affordable products has led the Company to win some of the international audio community’s highest praise and awards. M-Audio’s mission of “Redefining the Studio” delivers new levels of control, virtualization and mobility that transform the way computer-centric musicians compose, perform and live their creative lives. In addition to manufacturing its own product lines like the popular Delta audio cards, Studiophile™ reference monitors and USB MIDI controllers, M-Audio also wholly owns Evolution Electronics, LTD., and distributes other best-of-class products such as Ableton Live, Wizoo virtual instruments, Glaresoft iDrum, iZotope processing solutions, GForce virtual vintage instruments and Way Out Ware TimewARP. In 2002, the Company successfully launched a product line that brings professional-quality audio to the consumer electronics market.


About Digidesign
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is the world’s leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Academy Award® of Merit (Oscar® statuette) for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. M-Audio, a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals, is a business unit of Digidesign.
 
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