M-Audio Announces Availability of Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 Software for Mac
OS X and Windows
New Elastic Time functionality tops the list of new features
Los Angeles, CA, November 30, 2007 — M-Audio, a leading manufacturer of
creative tools for computer-centric musicians, is proud to announce
availability of Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software. Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4
software offers numerous new music features and workflow enhancements
including a powerful, multifaceted new music composition and production
tool called Elastic Time.
Elastic Time allows users to easily change the tempo and timing of loops,
music, dialog and other sound files in real time without cutting up audio
tracks. Users can now easily audition or import loops and audio
files–including REX and Acid files–that instantly sync with a session’s
tempo. Users can also use the Elastic Time feature to quantize audio to the
session grid or extracted grooves, and fine-tune regions with precision
control over each individual beat.
Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software delivers a variety of other features,
improvements and enhancements. The software now includes Structure Free,
Digidesign’s powerful sample player, which comes with over 885 MB of
high-quality instrument samples from the acclaimed Digidesign Advanced
Instrument Research group. For those who use ReWire applications (such as
Reason), Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software accepts MIDI directly from ReWire
applications for recording controller data to a Pro Tools MIDI or
Instrument track. The software also supports Unicode characters throughout
the application, allowing users to label and edit text anywhere in Pro
Tools in any language supported by Unicode. Unicode-supported languages
include Japanese, French, Greek, Russian and Hebrew.
With the release of Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software, M-Audio’s KeyStudio
49i keyboard controller/audio interface joins the list of nearly two dozen
compatible M-Audio hardware peripherals. The software also extends support
to Windows Vista Ultimate or Business (32-bit versions only), in addition
to its current Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.4.9 support.
“The new Elastic Time feature will revolutionize the way musicians work in
Pro Tools,” says Adam Castillo, M-Audio marketing director. “The ability to
manipulate audio events in real time opens up a world of creative
possibilities, while delivering the superior audio quality that the Pro
Tools community expects.”
Pricing and Availability
Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 software is now available for Windows XP-, Windows
Vista- and Mac OS X (Tiger)-based Pro Tools M-Powered systems. Expanded
Windows Vista and OS X (Leopard) support will be announced later. The
standard upgrade cost is $75; the cost of upgrading from Pro Tools
M-Powered 7.3 is $49.
Customers who have purchased a new Pro Tools M-Powered system or upgrade on
or after October 1, 2007 will be eligible for a free software upgrade.
Customers purchasing new systems that contain Pro Tools M-Powered 7.3
software are eligible to upgrade to 7.4 at no additional cost. Upgrades
will be available through the DigiStore located at
(http://store.digidesign.com), as well as through authorized Digidesign
M-Audio, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of
innovative tools for today’s computer musicians and audio professionals.
Founded with the goal of democratizing music creation, the company’s
products deliver the latest production and performance technology at
accessible price points. M-Audio has received numerous industry accolades,
including Music Trades’ “Company of the Year” and “Fastest Growing Company”
distinctions. The company’s award-winning and comprehensive product line
includes PCI-, FireWire- and USB-based audio interfaces; USB/MIDI keyboard
controllers; stage pianos; microphones and preamps; reference monitors; and
DJ tools. M-Audio was acquired by Avid Technology, Inc. in August 2004 and
is now part of the Avid Audio division along with Digidesign and Sibelius.