Avid have announced Pro Tools MP 9, the version of Pro Tools designed to work with M-Audio hardware.
the MP version of Pro Tools 9 takes the core functionality of the full version and delivers it at a lower price
Picking up where Pro Tools M-Powered left off, the MP version of Pro Tools 9 takes the core functionality of the full version, along with many of its bells and whistles including 70 software instruments and effects, and delivers it at a lower price for users of select M-Audio products. It will be especially attractive to those of you who are looking at purchasing an audio interface, as the bundles represent huge savings on individual purchases…
- Pro Tools MP 9 + MobilePre, £249 and €299
- Pro Tools MP 9 + Fast Track Pro, £299 and €359
- $549.95 for Pro Tools + Fast Track Ultra, £406 and €485
Here are the released features in full:
- 48 simultaneous 24-bit mono or stereo tracks and up to 96 kHz fidelity
- Over 70 virtual instruments and effects plug-ins
- Automatic Delay Compensation
- MP3 export
- Session compatibility with professional Pro Tools studios
It’s not completely clear which of the other Pro Tools 9 features will make it into MP yet, or whether the Complete Production bundle will be a compatible add on for it, but all the information and a review are on the way soon… Until then you can also look at Avid’s site.
M-Audio has a long history of controller keyboards – harking right back to their days as MidiMan. The recently-consolidated-into-Avid brand is now shooting in a new direction: a hardware synthesiser.
Venom implements a DSP based oscillator drift to emulate those unstable old voltage controlled circuits
Venom is a 49 key synth, audio interface, and MIDI controller, and M-Audio state its versatility – citing it as great for everything from pads, basslines, and drums, to leads and textures. Its analogue emulation goes as far as to sample the waveforms from a host of classic synths as well as implement a DSP based oscillator drift to emulate those unstable old voltage controlled circuits.
An impressive synthesis engine featuring masses of modulation, per voice and master effects coupled with eight voices, four part multi-timbral operation, and twelve voice polyphony is taken advantage of by the onboard USB2 audio interface, which allows the Venom to act something like a DSP system and send synth outputs directly to a DAW. This certainly mitigates the £390 price tag, as having four complex and rock solid synths and drum machines added to your rig with no extra toll on your system is a big bonus. Editing looks to benefit from the close relationship with a computer too, as the multilayered editing controls on the unit’s fascia are complemented by a full soft synth resembling software editor for realtime changes.
Available immediately, I am looking forward to getting my hands on the Venom to give you the full lowdown… full spec is available at M-Audio’s site.