Avid releases new Pro Tools HD software

Harmonically enhanced algorithm technology adds vintage sound option.
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Avid has introduced a series of newly-designed hardware and software solutions designed to enhance the quality and performance of its Pro Tools|HD, digital audio workstation.

The new HD Series interfaces - HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI - offer customers flexible configurations to support a variety of analog and open digital formats for audio recording, mixing and playback, according to the company.

Additionally, new HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology) software allows customers to add the realism of vintage analog sound to the Pro Tools mixer via a global control - eliminating the time consuming and complex task of managing plug-in changes across multiple tracks and allowing customers to remain focused on the craft of mixing.

HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI interfaces for Pro Tools|HD enable customers to achieve the highest-quality audio with improvements to digital audio conversion quality, a variety of new configuration options and increased support for open digital standards like the popular MADI protocol, said Avid.

Features include advances in design, filtering and clocking, flexible digital I/O connectivity, which offers support for a variety of formats and Curv, a new soft-knee analog limiter in HD OMNI and HD I/O, which cuts the time customers spend re-recording and editing by tracking hotter signals when recording, preventing distortion when overloading inputs.

“Anybody who is a dedicated producer or audio engineer wants the purest and most natural sound they can capture when they record, and Avid’s new HD I/O converter sounds really natural and transparent. These new interfaces have a really nice, smooth air to them—a silky quality that blows away the competition,” says Butch Vig, Garbage drummer and Grammy winning producer of Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown”:

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