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Digidesign Debuts New Hardware and Software at IBC

New I/O and HD devices launch with Pro Tools TDM 6.2 software By Dave Nagel
At the IBC convention in Amsterdam, Digidesign has debuted four new hardware and software offerings, including Pro Tools TDM 6.2, Pro Tools|HD Accel, the 96i audio interface and the new Impact mix bus compressor TDM plugin.

The new Pro Tools|HD Accel is a PCI card designed for Pro Tools|HD systems. According to Digidesign, it offers twice the DSP power of the first-generation Pro Tools|HD systems. Designed to replace previous HD Process cards, the HD Accel is available in two configurations: HD Accel 2 (with the HD Core and one HD Accel card) and HD Accel 3 (with the HD Core and two HD Accel cards). The new systems support the next generation of Pro Tools plugins, including the newly announced Impact mix bus compressor plugin, and provide backward compatibility with previous-generation plugins, with support for TDM, HTDM, RTAS and AudioSuite formats. HD Accel systems also ship with the HDpack plugin bundle.

Digidesign's 96i I/O is the HD version of the 1622 I/O designed for Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|HD Accel systems. The 2U 96i is a 96 kHz multiple-channel audio interface that provides 16 analog inputs for balanced and unbalanced A/D conversion using TRS quarter-inch connectors. It also includes a 24-bit S/PDIF I/O port. All of the inputs include software-adjustable level controls. Up to six 96i units can be used together to provide 96 inputs.

Both of the new hardware offerings ship with Pro Tools TDM 6.2 software, which provides enhanced performance for Pro Tools|HD systems, support for HD Accel and 96i and import/export support for Microsoft Windows Media Audio 9. It also provides the ability to use the 96i as a patch bay and provides cross-platform session compatibility with systems running Pro Tools TDM or LE 5.1 software or higher.

Digidesign has also introduced its new Impact console-style mix bus compressor plugin. This is the first plugin optimized for the new HD Accel systems with Pro Tools TDM 6.2. It offers multi-channel track support (up to 7.1), as well as 192 kHz sample rates. Designed to emulate the look of a console mix bus compressor, Impact includes variable controls for four selectable compression ratios for attack, release, threshold and make-up gain, as well as a gain reduction meter and a side-chain input for using any Pro Tools track as an external key.

Finally, Digidesign has also launched a hardware exchange program for Digi 002 and the COntrol|24 Pro Tools front end. The exchange provides discounts for new hardware with the following terms:

  • Upgrade Digi 001 to Digi 002 for $1,595;
  • Upgrade Digi 001 to Digi 002 Rack for $795;
  • Upgrade Mbox or Digi Toolbox for Digi 002 for $1,795;
  • Upgrade Mbox or Digi Toolbox to Digi 002 Rack for $895.

In addition, users of qualifying control surfaces can upgrade to Control|24 for $5,495. Qualifying surfaces include products from JL Cooper, Mackie, Radical Technologies and Steinberg. Some digital and analog mixers from Mackie, Panasonic/Ramsa, Roland, Spirit/Soundcraft, Tascam and Yamaha also qualify. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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