Avid (http://www.avid.com) has introduced a set of tools — including the new Pro Tools Mbox family, the M-Audio MobilePre, Pro Tools SE bundles and M-Audio Oxygen 88 keyboard controller — for a range of musicians who are seeking to create, record and mix music at home or on the road.
According to Avid, new features in the third generation of the Pro Tools Mbox family — Pro Tools Mbox Pro, Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini — include: re-designed hardware with pro features delivering best-in-class audio and the flexibility to compose using Pro Tools LE or your DAW of choice
For first-time Pro Tools users and emerging artists with an interest in musical composition, editing and production, the new Avid Recording Studio, Avid KeyStudio and Avid Vocal Studio systems provide everything needed to create and record music at home, including new Pro Tools SE software and proven M-Audio hardware.
With Pro Tools SE software included, the new Pro Tools SE Family serves as an introduction into the world of Pro Tools software by offering the same user interface found in Avid’s professional Pro Tools product line. The Pro Tools SE Family, which offers dedicated solutions for guitarists, keyboard players and vocalists, includes:
° Avid KeyStudio, which is designed to make it easy for keyboard players to turn their inspiration into a recording with a 49-note, velocity-sensitive M-Audio KeyStudio keyboard and Pro Tools SE music creation software;
° Avid Recording Studio, which allows customers to capture guitars, instruments and vocals in better than CD quality at 24-bit/48 kHz with Pro Tools SE music creation software and an M-Audio Fast Track® audio interface;
° Avid Vocal Studio, which enables customers to record vocals for use in songs, soundtracks, podcasts or voice-overs with Pro Tools SE music creation software and the M-Audio Producer USB microphone.
With Pro Tools SE software, users can: mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks) and use the included pro-quality effects; use more than 100 different virtual instruments and more than 3GB of audio loops to construct songs and ideas.; view integrated tutorials on how to learn how to compose, record, edit and mix on the Pro Tools SE platform; record two instruments at once, and take advantage of built-in composing features including MIDI sequencing and score editing.
The second-generation MobilePre delivers musicians a studio-quality recording, mixing and production solution for use with Mac or PC. Customers can record anything from guitar, vocals, keyboards and more directly into their computer, and have the option to compose, record, edit and mix with included Pro Tools SE software, or any of the industry’s most popular DAWs, such as Pro Tools M-Powered, GarageBand, Apple Logic, Ableton Live and more.
Built for use in the studio or on stage, the new M-Audio Oxygen 88 USB MIDI controller keyboard is designed to satisfy players who need the feel of a piano combined with the power of a modern MIDI controller. The latest addition to Avid’s industry-leading Oxygen family of USB MIDI keyboard controllers includes: DirectLink technology; an 88-note hammer-action keybed; and 32 assignable buttons, knobs and faders.
Pro Tools Mbox family pricing begins at US$399 for the Pro Tools Mbox Mini, $679 for Pro Tools Mbox and $899 for the Pro Tools Mbox Pro. Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini are available worldwide this month. Pro Tools Mbox Pro will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter.
Pro Tools SE bundles begin at $99.99 for Avid Vocal Studio, $119.99 for Avid Recording Studio and $129.99 for Avid KeyStudio and will be available in the US this month. MobilePre is currently available worldwide for $179. Oxygen 88 is available worldwide for $749.95 beginning this month.