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Avid Announces Media Composer 7 and Pro Tools 11, iOS Compatible Recording Hardware

Avid today announced new versions of its flagship video editing and audio production applications Media Composer 7 and Pro Tools 11, as well as two new Mac- and iOS- compatible hardware interfaces for recording audio at home or on the road.

In addition to a number of new features, Media Composer 7 receives a significant price cut, bringing the standard edition to $1000, down from $2500. It will be available in June.

ProTools 11, which Avid says "represents a quantum leap in creative power", gains a redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture. The standard edition of Pro Tools 11 is available for $700, with upgrades ranging from $300 to $500 depending on which previous version of Pro Tools is owned. The new version should be available later this quarter.

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The Avid Fast Track Solo and Duo include Pro Tools Express for recording and editing audio on a Mac, and also connect directly to the 30-pin connector on older iOS-hardware, and to newer iOS devices via the 30-Pin to Lightning adapter.

The Solo provides one mic preamp and one instrument input, while the Duo provides two mic preamp/instrument inputs, and two line inputs.
"Today’s aspiring songwriters and musicians want a high-quality, affordable recording solution that’s portable enough to let them create wherever they are," said Dana Ruzicka, vice president of Segment and Product Marketing at Avid. "Providing access to the industry-standard Pro Tools family, Fast Track Solo and Duo deliver this capability like nothing else on the market today."
The Fast Track Solo and Duo are available now for $180 and $300 respectively.

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13 months ago
So we now have Digital Performer 8, Ableton Live 9, and Pro Tools 11...

And yet still, Logic Pro X hasn't been released. :mad:
Rating: 4 Positives
13 months ago
At last! Now if Apple (hopefully) has a new Mac Pro around the same time I'll be set!
Rating: 4 Positives
13 months ago
Great, now come on Apple give us some Logic Pro love too. Pretty please....


(Those ProTools 11 licences are damn pricy even for upgrade of ProTools 10)
Rating: 4 Positives
13 months ago

to newer iOS devices via the 30-Pin to Lightning adapter


Avid is a bit late to the game with this. There are several other iOS audio options with more to offer. Avid should have gone with native Lightning support to differentiate themselves from the competition.
Rating: 3 Positives
13 months ago
I don't care that my old TDM cards are dead with this version.

I don't mind waiting for updates for some of my favorite plugins.

OFF
LINE
BOUNCING

I have a stiffy under the desk at work just thinking about it.
Rating: 3 Positives
13 months ago
I'm not a Pro-Tools user, but to be honest given the way they've treated users of their other software (Sibelius specifically) I wouldn't throw any more money at upgrades to anything Avid still owns at this stage.
Rating: 2 Positives
13 months ago
Meanwhile, Apple is hard at work bringing us back the features we had in Final Cut Pro 7, released three years ago...
Rating: 1 Positives
13 months ago
I remember when a Media Composer setup would cost you $250,000.
Rating: 1 Positives
13 months ago





In addition to a number of new features, Media Composer 7 receives a significant price cut, bringing the standard edition to $1000, down from $2500. It will be available in June.

That's one hell of a price cut...
Rating: 1 Positives
13 months ago

Nice to see they finally have these features, but they're the last major DAW to go 64 bit (over three years ago for Logic), and all the others have been doing offline bouncing for years. Not much else listed, so this mostly looks like a release catching up to the other DAWs. I guess they also are hyping "more power" but that sounds like they just fixed up the native plugin processing which has never been particularly efficient. And along with that comes loss of compatibility of plugin formats and plenty of hardware - it's a painful and expensive road being a PT user these days.


It does have a sort of Quark Xpress redux vibe to it. ;-)
Rating: 1 Positives

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