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Avid Announces Pro Tools Thunderbolt Interface
Pro Tools|HD Native is now available in a Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card 13/09/12
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Avid has announced the new Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface, which they tell us delivers the lowest latency and the highest sound quality of any host based audio workstation for Thunderbolt technology equipped CPUs. They say that the Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface brings the industry-standard Pro Tools HD toolset and premium conversion of Pro Tools HD Series interfaces to a broader group of customers who use a laptop or other computer with Thunderbolt technology, at a great value.
Avid says, with its elegantly implemented Thunderbolt connectivity, the Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface gives producers, engineers, and mixers the incredible sound quality, low latency, and sheer power of the award-winning Pro Tools|HD Native system in a mobile-based hardware solution, while connecting with Pro Tools HD Series interfaces (such as HD OMNI and HD I/O) for capturing and monitoring audio with pristine clarity. In addition, customers can conveniently monitor mixes using the interface's built-in audiophile-grade headphone output, which is powerful enough to drive headphones with high impedance loads.
Avid tells us that Pro Tools|HD Native enables customer to:
Harness the power of your desktop or laptop computer with choice of Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card
Attain the highest performance and lowest latency of any native DAW
Achieve pristine audio clarity with Pro Tools HD Series interfaces
Get the advanced tools and workflows of Pro Tools HD 10 software
Monitor every mix detail with the built in audiophile-grade headphone output
Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products at Avid, told Sonic State, "Pro Tools|HD Native makes it easy for professionals to get top quality sound and performance in an affordable, host-based solution. With Avid's new solution, pros now can choose from two Pro Tools|HD Native designs: the new Thunderbolt interface for Thunderbolt-equipped laptop and desktop computers, or the original PCIe card." Pricing and Availability:
Pro Tools|HD Native is sold as a system that includes a choice of HD Native core --Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card -- Pro Tools HD software, and a choice of Pro Tools HD Series audio interface. System prices are the same for both core systems. In addition, customers who own a Digi 002, 003, or Mbox Pro can trade in their hardware towards a new Pro Tools|HD Native system and save $1,000 off GRP. System prices are as follows:
Pro Tools|HD Native (Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card), Pro Tools HD software, and HD OMNI system: $4,999
Pro Tools|HD Native (Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card), Pro Tools HD software, and HD I/O system: starts at $5,999
Digi 002™, Digi 003™, or Mbox Pro exchange to Pro Tools|HD Native (Thunderbolt interface or PCIe card), Pro Tools HD software, and HD OMNI: $3,999