updated 10:55 pm EDT, Wed September 15, 2010
Keyboard, microphone, guitar interface bundles
Avid has introduced several new products in its M-Audio line of audio hardware, each paired with an update to the consumer-level edition of Pro Tools. Electronista had a chance to preview the new products at a special event in New York City. The new bundles include KeyStudio, Recording Studio, and Vocal Studio.
The basic variation of Pro Tools has been updated with additional capabilities, while the name has been changed from Pro Tools Essentials to Pro Tools SE. Users will have access to over 100 virtual instruments, up from 60 in the previous package. The software comes with a variety of effects, over 3GB of audio loops, and support for 16 audio tracks and eight virtual instrument tracks.
The KeyStudio and Vocal Studio packages remain mostly unchanged, aside from the software upgrade. The Recording Studio package now includes the latest version of M-Audio's Fast Track audio interface. The Mk. II variant offers many of the same basic features, with the addition of a 48V phantom power option for condenser microphones.
The Pro Tools SE-based packages should be available soon. Customers can purchase the Recording Studio bundle for $119, while the Vocal Studio package costs $99 and the KeyStudio variant brings the price up to $129.