According to Avid, the new Pro Tools | HD Native enables users to tackle demanding audio projects using the full capabilities of Pro Tools HD software running entirely on computer CPU host-processing power.
The Pro Tools | HD Native system offers customers an integrated professional hardware and software system featuring a new Pro Tools | HD Native PCIe card and running Pro Tools HD software – delivering a “new level” of price-performance and simplified, open workflows for recording, editing and mixing. Pro Tools | HD Native uses Pro Tools HD Series interfaces for up to 64 channels of premium audio conversion and I/O. Support for SYNC HD enables accurate synchronisation to picture for post production workflows. For integrated monitoring and tactile control, the system integrates with Avid ICON and C|24 work surfaces, and features lossless session and project interchange with other Pro Tools and Avid video editing systems for simplified collaboration.
Other features include third-party DAW support; a new integrated low latency mixer; Pro Tools HD Series Interface support; and what the company says is broad compatibility, and is essentially Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard 10.6 or higher support.
Avid’s assembled a list of suitably impressed customer quotes, the pick of which is probably that of Andrew Scheps, producer, mixer and engineer for bands such as the Rolling Stones, U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Pro Tools | HD Native is amazing!” he says. “It was incredibly easy to set up and allowed me to open up a mix I had been working on in HD and get right to work, using the same 64 channels of analogue I/O as well as my Sync I/O. I even ran the same session with all the peripherals on my MacBook Pro with a Magma chassis. It works great!”
Pricing and Availability The Pro Tools | HD Native system will be available worldwide November 5 starting at $3495. Pro Tools | HD Native will also be available bundled with Pro Tools HD OMNI I/O starting at $5,995.