Digidesign Ships Pro Tools 5.1
suite also gets new plugins, controllers and disk drives
has announced several new products in the last few days, including the
release of Pro Tools 5.1. Pro Tools version 5.1 introduces integrated
surround mixing, more processing power, enhanced MIDI functionality and
major enhancements to editing, navigation, session interchange and system
integration, according to Digidesign. In addition to Pro Tools 5.1, Digidesign
has also announced Pro Tools LE 5.1 for Digi 001 and Digi ToolBox XP;
the Control|24 tactile controller; EditPack option for ProControl; Reverb
One (plugin); new DigiDrive disk drives; Echo Farm for Digidesign MIX
systems; and the Orange Vocoder realtime audio effects processor.
5.1 new surround mixing, editing and processing capabilities on Pro Tools|24
MIX/MIXplus systems (with support for all currently defined surround formats
up to 7.1). Version 5.1 also features stereo and multi-channel disk tracks.
Tracks now support multiple output assignments for simultaneous creation
of multi-format mixes, as well as independent multichannel panning. For
control when automating surround pan moves, a large graphical XY Panner
display is provided. Other features include:
- A new I/O Setup
page for custom routing flexibility, with I/O setting files that can
be saved for import/export between sessions and other system configurations.
- Pro Tools TDM
5.1 includes support for host-based processing with RTAS (Real Time
AudioSuite) plugins, as well as MultiShell II. (MultiShell II, an update
to Digidesign's DSP chip sharing technology, is now supported by most
- The Pro Tools MachineControl
option has been enhanced to support slaving of Pro Tools to any 9-pin
device, allowing remote triggering of playback, record and track arming.
- New for TDM systems
is Beat Detective, a creative module within Pro Tools that offers groove
extraction, automatic tempo map creation, region conforming (quantizing)
to the groove and the ability to automatically trim the results via
Edit Smoothing (includes cross fading).
- Version 5.1 includes
a new MIDI Event List window. The single window can be used for quick
and precise input and editing of all MIDI data. An Insert Event at Playback
Location allows either notes or MIDI events to be added without a MIDI
- Additional new
MIDI features include individual MIDI track offsets and multi-device
- A new Universe
Window is now available on TDM systems for global overview of an entire
session, allowing users to click anywhere within the window to navigate
within a session.
- Version 5.1 adds
the ability for manual and automatic deactivation of tracks, routing
assignments and plugins while keeping all settings and automation.
- Digidesign's AVoption
and AVoption|XL now allow capture, import and playback of multiple Avid-compatible
video files within the Pro Tools application. The upgrade also includes
limited video editing, including move, slip and copy of clips in the
limited time, Pro Tools|24 MIX/MIXplus systems will include additional
plugins specific to working in a surround-mixing environment. This bundle
includes a new Digidesign surround metering plug-in providing a new and
unique energy display meter for multi-channel mixes, Kind of Loud's Woofie
plugin for bass management in surround systems and Tweetie plugin for
surround monitoring and calibration.
Pack for ProControl
Digidesign is also introducing its new Edit Pack option for ProControl.
Edit Pack features two touch-sensitive motorized joystick panners, a QWERTY
keyboard and trackball, dedicated edit switches and encoders and eight-channel,
high-resolution, multi-channel metering. With version 5.1, new ProControl
features include comprehensive surround knob-controlled panning, support
for a new touch-sensitive plugin flip mode and support for up to five
Fader Packs for 48 total faders.
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