Avid announces new Pro Tools|HD interfaces

The new HD Series interfaces - HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI - offer customers flexible configurations to support a variety of analogue and open digital formats for audio recording, mixing and playback.
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The new HD Series interfaces - HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI - offer customers flexible configurations to support a variety of analogue and open digital formats for audio recording, mixing and playback.

Meanwhile, the new HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology) software allows customers to add the realism of vintage analogue sound to the Pro Tools mixer via a single global control, eliminating the time-consuming and complex task of managing plug-in changes across multiple tracks and allowing customers to remain focused on the craft of mixing.

The new HD Series interfaces offer the following capabilities:

HD I/O enables customers to achieve the highest-quality audio record and playback with the option of three space-saving configurations—16x16 analogue, 16x16 digital and 8x8x8 analogue and digital—in a 2RU rack mountable interface.

HD OMNI frees up customer workspace by integrating the functionality of numerous costly outboard components into an all-in-one solution for recording, mixing and monitoring. Features include state-of-the-art conversion, two world-class mic pre-amps, headphone outputs, a full-featured surround monitor section and a 14x26 channel persistent mixer that functions even when the computer is off, letting users listen to CDs, MP3 players, keyboards and drum machines without the need for an additional mixer.

HD MADI opens up workflows and speeds production time for broadcast, live sound and post production sound professionals by offering the ability to easily connect Pro Tools|HD systems to industry-standard MADI infrastructures, without the need for a format converter. Built-in sample rate conversion on all inputs and outputs allow customers to integrate into workflows with multiple sample rates (upstream and downstream) using a single, 64-channel 1 RU rack mountable interface.

According to Butch Vig, Garbage drummer and acclaimed producer: “Anybody who is a dedicated producer or audio engineer wants the purest and most natural sound they can capture when they record, and Avid’s new HD I/O converter sounds really natural and transparent. These new interfaces have a really nice, smooth air to them - a silky quality that blows away the competition.”

Designed in collaboration with engineer Dave Hill of Crane Song, the HEAT software option for Pro Tools|HD systems is an innovation for mixers who value the warmth and sound qualities of tubes, tape machines and analog consoles, but want to eliminate the complications and expenses of using tape machines and vintage outboard processors, or managing plug-in changes across multiple tracks.

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