Digidesign Ships Pro Tools 5.1
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Digidesign has joined with Focusrite
to release Control|24, a new mixing control surface with built-in high-end
analog pre-amplification for Pro Tools. Offering 24 touch-sensitive moving
faders, dedicated EQ and dynamics switches on every channel, as well as
illuminated switching for mute, solo, record arm, channel selects and
automation modes, Control|24 has the traditional ergonomics of a mixing
desk but without the limitations. Large LEDs display transport location;
each channel strip offers dual channel metering; and 26 scribble strips
provide system feedback for channel names and plugin parameters.
connects to Pro Tools via 10BaseT Ethernet. It provides 16 Class A mic/line
pre amps and integrates with existing MIX and MIXplus setups. It will
be on sale next month for $7,995.
Digidesign has also announced that it's started shipping Reverb One. Reverb
One is a reverb processing plugin for Pro Tools TDM. This new plugin allows
users to create a wide range of new reverb sounds. Unique to Reverb One,
according to Digidesign, is a set of software shaping tools that allow
users to customize the characteristics of the reverberant space to match
their needs. Equalization, modulation, decay optimizations and room reflections
help modify the character and ambience of the reverb. Reverb One is a
cross-platform TDM plugin for both Mac and Windows NT Pro Tools|24 MIX
and MIXplus systems. Reverb One requires Pro Tools software version 5.0
or higher. It's available now for $995.
Also new from Digidesign is a pair of DigiDrive disk drives, which have
started shipping. These DigiDrive Ultra 160/LVD come in 18 GB and 36 GB
capacities. The fourth-generation DigiDrives process at 10,000 RPM and
offer data transfer rates of up to 160 MB per second. The latest generation
DigiDrive also delivers 4 MB cache and is compatible with both Ultra160/LVD
and single-ended Fast/Wide SCSI busses. The advantages of Ultra160/LVD
are increased SCSI length (up to 12 meters) and improved data integrity.
The drives are available now. The DigiDrive 36|10k Ultra160/LVD runs $1,425,
while the 18|10K costs $1,025 (when purchased with a Pro Tools system).
Digidesign and Line 6 are now shipping the new Echo Farm, the vintage
echo effects processing plugin for Pro Tools|24 MIX and MIXplus systems.
These vintage effects have the advantages of TDM processing, including
extended delay time, bpm/note value delay time setting, tap tempo and
complete automation. Echo Farm allows for control of tape wow and flutter,
bit resolution and more. Included effects modules are based on the following
- Maestro EP-1 Tube
- Maestro EP-3 Echoplex
- Roland RE-101 Space
- Boss DM-2 Analog
- Dynamic Delay (a
la TC Electronics 2290)
- Lo Res Delay (variable
from 24 to 6 bits)
- Sweep Echo (filter-swept
- Digital Delay with
- Ping Pong
Echo Farm is available now for $495.
Finally, Digidesign and Prosoniq have announced an alliance that will
yield a new product called Orange Vocoder. Orange Vocoder is a realtime
AudioSuite effects processor for Pro Tools. The Orange Vocoder is Prosoniq's
first initiative in a strategic alliance with Digidesign. (Prosoniq is
also announcing plans to discontinue its plugin distribution relationship
with Steinberg and to phase out its development activities for VST to
focus fully on the RTAS and TDM processing platforms.) Orange Vocoder
offers an all-digital simulation of a realistic analog vocoder with effects
that are fully customizable within the Pro Tools environment. Orange Vocoder
uses either the source/audio track or the built-in oscillator as carrier
signal, and any audio track as modulator. Other features include:
- Integrated eight-voice
virtual analog synthesizer with two oscillators per voice featuring
10 basic wavefoms and seven sampled sounds, voice detune, pitch LFO,
four-pole Lowpass filter with cutoff and resonance, oscillator hard
sync and ring modulator.
- Fully customizable
Graphical Breakpoint EQ with maximum 12 nodes, ranging from 20 Hz to
20 kHz and resolving from +30 to -30 dB.
- Input Channel flip
to instantly exchange carrier and modulator signals without re-routing
- Post-Vocoder Filterbank
Reverb Effect with Mix, Decay and Density.
- Support for sidechain
routing and Pro Tools automation.
- Integrated preset
- Orange Vocoder
will be available soon only for Mac Pro Tools systems for $245.
information, visit http://www.digidesign.com.
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