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Mackie HDR24/96 Recorders Now Compatible with Mac-Based Pro Tools File Formats

Release of HDR Pro allows exporting in Sound Designer II and creates Pro Tools EDL By DMN Staff Writer
Mackie Designs Inc. has announced the release of HDR Pro, a hardware and software upgrade package for the Mackie HDR24/96 (HDR) that provides an in-depth level of file compatibility with any Mac-based Digidesign Pro Tools digital audio workstation (Versions 3.x through 5.x). The HDR Pro package includes a copy of HDR Pro software, as well as an outboard Mackie Media M90 drive bay that can be connected to any Mac-based Pro Tools workstation via an on-board FireWire interface.

The new HDR Pro software implements the ability to export all audio files in a given HDR Project as Sound Designer II (.sd2) files and also creates a Pro Tools EDL (Edit Decision List) file based on edits conducted using the HDR's graphical user interface. This newly created Pro Tools session can be exported directly to a Mackie Media M90 (inserted in the HDR) and transferred to a Pro Tools system via the outboard FireWire drive bay (included with the HDR Pro) that accommodates the removable M90 drive. HDR Pro also allows a Pro Tools session (Macintosh-based versions 3.x through 5.x) to be imported into an HDR Project, using the same transfer method.

"In introducing HDR Pro, we have significantly bolstered the versatility of the HDR24/96 for both new and existing HDR users," commented Keith Olsen, Corporate Director, Global Recording Market and Product Development at Mackie Designs Inc. "For example, as a popular live recording platform, the HDR has proven to be reliable, stable and extremely versatile thanks to its substantial graphical editing capabilities. Now, users can easily move files recorded and edited on the road with the HDR into their Pro Tools workstation and back again without losing crucial session data."

The HDR Pro package, which includes the outboard FireWire drive bay and the HDR Pro software upgrade, is currently shipping and will be available for US $399 MSRP at Mackie dealers. Mackie Media M90 drives are sold separately.

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