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Digidesign to Show Pro Tools 7, ICON, and More at AES

To also showcase VENUE, Mbox 2 and several new plug-ins (October 03, 2005)

Digidesign is pleased to participate as an exhibitor at the AES Convention (Booth #336). This year at AES, Digidesign will introduce Pro Tools 7 software, which provides a new creative environment to the industry-standard digital audio workstation. Digidesign is also showcasing the ICON D-Control and D-Command integrated console systems for music and post production, the VENUE live sound environment with the new Drawmer TourBuss plug-in suite, the all-new Mbox 2 audio/MIDI production system, and new Pro Tools plug-ins including the Neyrinck SoundCode for Dolby Digital plug-in suite and the Dynamics III DigiRack plug-in.

Digidesign is proud to once again be working with technology sponsors Dell and Intel to showcase the power of the Dell Precision 670 Workstation powered by Intel Xeon processors and Dell Precision 380 Workstation powered by Dual Core Intel Pentium processors. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to enter-to-win an Mbox 2 and Dell Precision 380 workstation featuring Dual Core Intel Pentium processors and 3D OpenGL graphics.

Pro Tools 7 Software
Digidesign is proud to premier Pro Tools 7 software at AES. Pro Tools 7 software introduces a comprehensive set of new and enhanced features that deliver significantly expanded audio and MIDI recording and editing capabilities, greater mixing power and flexibility, enhanced efficiency, and improved ease of use, providing a new creative environment for the industry-standard digital audio workstation.

Support for importing REX and ACID audio files, the introduction of Instrument Tracks, and significant enhancements to looping and track grouping capabilities provide more compositional building blocks. Meanwhile, improvements to almost every MIDI operation window make it much easier to create, capture, and fine-tune ideas than ever before. Enhanced support for multi-processor computers allows operators to use more of select RTAS plug-ins and virtual instruments on their sessions while added software optimizations provide a faster, more responsive interface. Pro Tools HD 7, Pro Tools LE 7, and Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software share nearly all of the same new features, giving users easy access to the new Pro Tools creative environment.

ICON Integrated Console Systems
Music and post production studios around the world continue to install Digidesign ICON systems to capitalize on the integrated environment that offers the benefits of intelligent worksurfaces with the power and flexibility of Pro Tools systems. More than 500 audio and post production studios have already adopted ICON systems since the introduction of the D-Control worksurface less than two years ago.

At AES, Digidesign will showcase both the ICON D-Control and D-Command worksurfaces. The flagship of the ICON family, D-Control combines all the benefits of a large-format console with ICON-exclusive Pro Tools functionality. D-Control features touch-sensitive controls, a full range of visual mixing feedback, a dedicated center section, per-channel control over processing and routing, global automation, and full monitoring and communications capabilities. The D-Command worksurface packs many of the same features into a medium-format console. Combined with the Pro Tools|HD Accel DSP mix engine and modular Pro Tools|HD interfaces and peripherals for system I/O, the D-Control and D-Command worksurfaces give operators unprecedented control over music and post production projects.

VENUE Live Sound Environment
Digidesign will be featuring several of the new products and product enhancements related to the VENUE live sound environment, including VENUE D-Show 1.1 software and expanded hardware options, the Personal Q monitoring system, and the Drawmer TourBuss plug-in suite.

Drawmer TourBuss plug-in suite
Designed with the live sound engineer in mind, the Drawmer TourBuss plug-in suite offers four dynamics plug-ins exclusive to Digidesign VENUE systems, including a Noise Gate, Compressor/Limiter, Expander, and Bracketing Filter. With controls that are easily accessible from the D-Show consoles center section, the TourBuss plug-ins retain the layout and emulate the sound of Drawmers renowned DS201 Noise Gate and DL241 Auto-Compressor hardware units.

Mbox 2
Mbox 2 is a next-generation USB-powered audio/MIDI production system that builds on the performance and simplicity of the original Mbox?Digidesigns most popular personal studio ever. Mbox 2 combines pristine sound and a wide range of connection options (including analog, digital, and MIDI) for professional performance in an incredibly compact package. It also includes the easy-to-use, award-winning Digidesign Pro Tools LE software and the Pro Tools Ignition Pack?an impressive collection of powerful plug-ins, creative applications, and additional tools to help users professionally produce and promote their music.

Neyrinck SoundCode for Dolby Digital
The Neyrinck SoundCode for Dolby Digital plug-in suite provides mastering-quality workflow tools that enable the encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio directly within Pro Tools software, without the need for dedicated Dolby hardware. Whether mixing in surround, delivering surround audio for DVD video, decoding audio from a DVD video within Pro Tools, creating a DVD reference disk, or producing a surround-compatible audio CD, SoundCode provides a full range of features to help users accomplish their goals, all within the industry-standard Pro Tools environment.

Dynamics III
Designed for both Digidesign Pro Tools systems and Avid picture systems, Dynamics III is a fully functional, professional plug-in suite that includes a Compressor/Limiter, Expander/Gate, and D-Esser in a single, processor-efficient interface. With multi-channel support, Dynamics III offers a simple, optimized way to apply dynamics in stereo or in a full range of surround formats. Dynamics III also integrates easily with control surfaces, consoles, and worksurfaces, giving direct, hands-on control of functions. Best of all, Dynamics III is offered for free to all Pro Tools and Avid system users as part of the Digidesign DigiRack plug-in collection.

Digidesign Training and Seminar Room
The Digidesign Training and Seminar Room is hosting three seminars at AES: Introducing Pro Tools 7 Software provides a hands-on training session that walks through the new creative tools in Pro Tools 7. The Pro Tools 101 Overview?based on the acclaimed Pro Tools 101 course?offers an opportunity for new users to explore the essential features of Pro Tools systems. For a deeper exploration of the Pro Tools environment, The Pro Tools 48-Bit Dithered Mixer is a technical presentation that takes a close look at the signal flow through Pro Tools|HD systems, from input to output. Seating is limited for all sessions, so sign up at the Digidesign booth.

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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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