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Digidesign Announces New Advanced Instrument Research Group

Showcases its first virtual instrument plug-ins at NAMM 2006 (January 19, 2006)

After acquiring the German virtual instrument design group Wizoo in 2005, Digidesign today announced that the R&D group has been renamed the Digidesign Advanced Instrument Research group. This groups sole mission is to create powerful virtual instruments for the Pro Tools platform. At NAMM, Digidesign will debut the first two virtual instruments from Digidesign Advanced Instrument Research: Xpand!, a free multi-synthesis sound factory workstation plug-in, and Hybrid, a high-definition synthesizer plug-in, available soon in RTAS format.

?With the introduction of Pro Tools 7 software, we added a slew of enhanced Music/MIDI features including new looping, arranging, and composition tools that are changing the way people perceive Pro Tools as music production platform, commented Digidesign General Manager Dave Lebolt. ?And now with the introduction of our new software instrument product line, were delivering tightly integrated VIs in Pro Tools coupled with the extreme high quality and reliability that our customers have come to expect from us. To illustrate this, were giving away our first instrument, Xpand! to our users for free so everyone can experience the beginnings of what we have in store.

Free Xpand! CD installers will be distributed at the Digidesign booth at NAMM (Booth# 6606, Hall A). Xpand! will soon be included with all Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools LE systems, Pro Tools M-Powered software, the Music Production Toolkit and DV Toolkit 2, Pro Tools 7.x updates and upgrades, and the Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware. Customers not attending The NAMM Show can pick up CDs from local dealers or through the DigiStore.

Xpand! provides a simple and accessible user interface to manipulate thousands of high-quality sounds directly from within Pro Tools. The instrument offers virtual analog, FM, and wavetable synthesis, sample playback, tonewheel organ emulation and effects. With more than 1,000 factory patches and four component sound parts per instance, users can craft anything from pristine-sounding acoustic instruments to complex synthesized soundscapes or loop-driven techno tracks. Xpand! delivers songwriters, film composers, DJs, electronic musicians, music producers, and sound designers an extremely powerful creative palette.

Digidesign is also introducing Hybrid ($249 US MSRP), a forthcoming release from Digidesigns Advanced Instrument Research group. Hybrid is a premium RTAS software synthesizer for Pro Tools systems that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths from the 70s with a full range of twenty-first century analog and digital capabilities, and precision control and creativity, yielding the best of both worlds. Explore Hybrid on any of the hands-on Digidesign demo stations.

Xpand! and Hybrid are available for Digidesign-qualified Windows- or Macintosh-based Pro Tools systems running Pro Tools 7 software or higher, including Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered systems.

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About Digidesign
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is the worlds 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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