Pro Tools M-Powered 8 from Digidesign provides a substantial leap forward for an already iconic software, adding long requested features, several virtual instruments, multiple processing and utility plug-ins, and a redesign of the user interface.
Basic track count has been increased and several new virtual instruments added, along with a host of sound-processing and utility plug-ins. MIDI note input has been enhanced with a very comprehensive score editor, while MIDI editing is now easier with a dedicated MIDI editor.
Additionally, Pro Tools M-Powered 8 ships with 8GB of professional quality loops for quickly sketching out musical ideas. The included Structure Free sample player comes with an almost 1GB sample library, while also being able to import unencrypted third-party sound libraries.
Note: Pro Tools M-Powered require qualified M-Audio based hardware to function.
Expanded audio track count to 48 mono or stereo tracks
Support for up to 10 plug-ins on any given track
Track-comping feature simultaneously displays each take created during cycle recoding, with each take viewed as a discrete track, one below the other
Solo and promote buttons facilitate immediately assembling of the perfect take from any part of the playlist
Smart Tool automatically switches between the multiple edit tools, allowing the user to stay focused on the task at hand
Memory locations can be set as location markers to specific points in the Timeline, edit selections, or as a set of track display-settings, allowing for quick recall with a keyboard shortcut
Everything in the Pro Tools environment can be automated, providing full dynamic control and absolute recall of every session element, from track volume, mute and panning, to all plug-in parameters
All automation data stays tied to its corresponding audio and MIDI
For faster opening times, sessions can be opened with all plug-ins inactive, for instance to provide a visual check of a session layout
Completely redesigned graphical user interface
Edit windows features a fully customizable tool bar that allows for displaying and rearranging any element
Each track in the edit window can show multiple lanes of data that can include waveform, volume, pan and any other automation parameter
Mix window has been refreshed with new faders, LEDs, pan knobs and a new color palate provides total user customization
MIDI tracks can also display multiple lanes of MIDI data
Effects and Instruments
Virtual instruments from the Advanced Instrument Research (AIR) group now include a mini grand acoustic piano, a "vacuum tube" monophonic synthesizer, complete with a decidedly vintage look, Xpand!2 synthesizer, the DB-33 tonewheel organ, and Structure Free sample player
The DB-33 organ includes a rotating speaker simulator that can be accessed by any other track or instrument
Percussion is represented by FXpansion BFD Lite acoustic drum module and Boom, an electronic drum machine and sequencer
Plug-ins include the usual DigiRack plug-ins, EQ III, dynamics and delays
A whole suite of processing plug-ins from the AIR group provide things like chorus, flanging, a phaser, various flavors of reverb, an enhancer, and much more
For guitar processing, PT LE 8 includes Eleven Free and SansAmp guitar amp and speaker modelled plug-ins
A whole range of AudioSuite off-line processors is also included
M-Audio Torq LE DJ software and an 8GB collection of professional quality loops from Big Fish Audio provide DJ tools or the means for quickly creating backing tracks to enhance songwriting workflow
Editing can be done via a dedicated MIDI editing window, or a split edit screen with a docked editor that targets every selection made
The MIDI edit tools allows for inserting, selecting, deleting and stretching all without changing tools
The docked editor also has it its own set of tools including a Smart Tool and the information panes can be moved around to suit individual requirements
Using the track list users can decide which track to work on
When editing multiple tracks the MIDI editor allows for targeting a particular track to make sure only the notes that belong to that track are edited
Viewing the score editor is done via a single click without leaving the MIDI editor
MIDI Beat Clock Sample Offset can be set on a port-by-port basis
Just like the MIDI editor, score editing can be done via a dedicated score editing window, or a split edit screen with a docked editor that targets every selection made
Editing note information, deleting and transposing is easy and flexible
Includes real-time transcription and chord symbols
The trimmer tool will extend notes; the pencil tool is used for positioning, and using a modifier key allows for instant velocity changes
Clicking the track list will add another stave to the score and the track display settings allow each instrument to show with its correct individual or global attributes
Score setup provides control over score information, display, spacing and layout parameters
The export to Sibelius function makes score printing easy and professional looking
Addition to the Elastic Audio feature in Pro Tools, Elastic pitch allows for real-time transposition of audio as if it were MIDI information
Can be used during production for testing out arrangement ideas
Can also be used for making radical changes in timbre
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