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Avid introduces Pro Tools HD Native

The latest member of the Pro Tools family couples the features and compatibility of Pro Tools HD systems with a “highly efficient” native audio driver.

The latest member of the Pro Tools family couples the features and compatibility of Pro Tools HD systems with a “highly efficient” native audio driver. This combination is said to offer customers outstanding performance without the additional dedicated processing hardware included in larger Pro Tools HD DSP-assisted systems.

The Pro Tools HD Native system offers customers a completely integrated professional hardware and software solution featuring a new Pro Tools HD Native PCIe card and running Pro Tools HD software. Pro Tools HD Series Interface provides the ability to achieve audio conversion with up to 192 tracks of audio, and up to 64 channels of I/O using HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI, while support for SYNC HD enables accurate synchronisation to picture for post-production workflows. For integrated monitoring and tactile control, the system integrates with Avid ICON and C|24 work surfaces, as well as featuring lossless session and project interchange with other Pro Tools and Avid video editing systems.

The new system also offers third-party DAW support for Core Audio and ASIO drivers, enabling broad compatibility with non-Avid audio applications such as Apple Logic and Steinberg Cubase. Other features include an integrated low latency mixer and support for Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard 10.6 or higher.

Produce/engineer Glenn Rosenstein (Ziggy Marley, U2 and Heaven Hill) is among those to have already commented upon the new release, remarking that Pro Tools HD Native is “the natural evolution of a tried-and-true recording system. It takes full advantage of today’s higher revving computers, while accessing all that is right and familiar with the Pro Tools environment. Compatibility is no issue – HD Native fits transparently and reliably into my world, bringing a new flexibility and unmatched sonic performance. I’ve noticed a definite boost in Pro Tools responsiveness, and a significantly more aggressive workflow. The Pro Tools HD Native PCIe card, combined with the new compliment of Pro Tools HD Series I/O’s, is truly the next step.”

Tony Cariddi, professional segment marketing manager, Avid, tells PSN-e: “We’re very excited to introduce Pro Tools HD Native as the newest entry in our Pro Tools family and the best performing host-based DAW available. Bringing the industry-leading capabilities of Pro Tools HD software to a host-based PCIe solution that relies entirely on the processing in your Mac or PC is great for music and audio production professionals, who can now be more productive than ever before with a completely native solution.

“The performance you get from HD Native goes beyond what has been possible with other host-based DAWs because it is an integrated hardware/software solution, and to top it all off you get incredible sound quality from the HD Series interfaces. At the same time, you also get great performance running Core Audio and ASIO apps with HD Native hardware giving you the flexibility to work the way you want and collaborate with others. And those things are of the upmost importance to our customers – sound quality, performance and flexibility – and we’re committed to providing them.”