US: The agreement licenses the use of Mackie's new Onyx-i Series mixers with Avid Pro Tools M-Powered 8 software, reports PSN-e. Onyx-i users simply need to purchase the Mackie Universal Driver upgrade (priced at $49.99 USB) at the Mackie website (link below).
Once the driver has been downloaded and installed, the Onyx 820i, 1220i, 1620i (pictured) and 1640i Firewire Recording Mixers can be used with Avid Pro Tools M-Powered 8 software.
"For years, Mackie customers have wanted to combine the familiar workflow of an analogue mixer with the world's most popular DAW," commented John Boudreau, v-p of LOUD's Music Gear group. "Through our newly-signed agreement with Avid, Mackie's Onyx-i mixers now make this possible."
Chris Gahagan, senior v-p of products at Avid, added: "Avid has made openness a key component of its ongoing strategy, and this agreement with LOUD is a perfect example of how we continue to open up our ecosystem. As joint developers of the HUI protocol, Avid and LOUD have a history of working productively together, and we're pleased to be working together on this latest endeavour to provide our customers with more choice and flexibility when it comes to unleashing their creativity."