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Jobs: Pro Tools 6.0 for OS X Shipping This Month

Upgrade prices start at $75 for Pro Tools LE By Frank Moldstad
The Edit window in Pro Tools 6.0
Apple Chairman Steve Jobs announced during his Macworld Expo keynote address that Pro Tools 6 for OS X would be shipping this month. Digidesign's upgrade price for version 6.0 is $75 for Pro Tools LE, or $195 for Pro Tools TDM systems. The long-awaited upgrade was announced at the Los Angeles AES Convention in October. Engineers are currently testing the functionality of version 6.0 with OS 10.2.3, according to a Digidesign spokesperson.

Other announcements from the keynote of interest to audio users included a new 17-inch PowerBook, a 12-inch PowerBook and FireWire 800, the next-generation FireWire standard. It offers 800 Mbps transfers, up from 400 Mbps in previous version of FireWire.

Among the benefits of Pro Tools 6.0 on OS X is the ability to use dual processor machines for faster performance. Also, Pro Tools 6 takes advantage of OS X's CoreAudio and CoreMIDI features, enabling better performance and fewer configuration hassles for users. For example, a CoreAudio application makes it unecessary for users to wrestle with multiple audio protocols such as ASIO, EASI, Direct IO, OMS, VST and RTAS. The streamlined approach gets data in and out of the computer more efficiently. Plus, CoreAudio and CoreMIDI software automatically recognize audio and MIDI sequencing hardware devices.

Pro Tools 6 has a host of new features, including:

  • DigiBase, a new global file management utility

  • Enhanced MIDI functionality, including hi-res groove templates, additional Beat Detective features, new Import Session options, plug-in functionality enhancements and MachineControl additions.

  • MIDI Time Stamping (MTS) provides sample-accurate MIDI with Pro Tools-compatible software synths and samplers, and allows sub-millisecond accuracy of MIDI data with MTS-capable MIDI I/O interfaces

  • MachineControl option enhancements (TDM only) include a new Machine Profile utility for creating deck configuration profiles for controlling any Sony 9-pin controllable deck, and support for custom track name entry in each deck profile.

  • Pro Tools 6.0 supports the following systems: Pro Tools TDM (Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools|24 MIX, Pro Tools|24) and Pro Tools LE (Digi 001, Audiomedia III & ToolBox) with support for Mbox and Digi 002 to follow. Windows XP support of the new features in Pro Tools 6, and OSX compatibility with AVoption|XL, Unity, and MediaManager are scheduled for Q2, 2003.

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