Peter Gotcher, President of Digidesign said it best with this statement: "Our goal is to make Pro Tools available to a wider range of users. (Now we can) provide our customers with the maximum flexibility, expandability and options for digital audio production at every price point (and) supply remote editing capabilities and lower cost systems to these users."
Sweetwater has now issued its own statement concerning this exciting development: "Cool!"
Let's get to the specifics. Pro Tools software will now be available for use on multiple hardware platforms, including Digi's Session 8 for the Mac and Audiomedia II. The company also announced PowerMix, digital audio engine (DAE) technology that allows Pro Tools software to run as a stand-alone application on a PowerPC-based Macintosh computer - with absolutely no additional hardware of any kind!
Also making its debut at the AES Show, Pro Tools Project is a new 8-track system that utilizes the Session 8 Mac audio card and offers project studio owners the power of Pro Tools at an affordable price.
All these options allow audio pros and semi-pros unprecedented flexibility throughout the entire digital recording process. Just as an example: Pro Tools software running on a PowerPC-based PowerBook is an incredibly powerful mobile digital audio recording system, allowing work to be done at home or on the road. What's more, all Pro Tools software sessions are completely compatible, regardless of whether it was created on a high-end Pro Tools system or a PowerBook running Pro Tools 3.2 software! Audio production facilities can now use a full-featured Pro Tools III system with TDM for recording and mixing, then divide editing tasks among any number of smaller satellite systems. This greatly enhances productivity, lowers project costs and unleashes new creative freedom.
Psst, here's a tip: buy Session 8 right now and you can upgrade to Pro Tools Project for just $295 as soon as it's available. This will actually save you hundreds of dollars, plus you get to start using it right now!
By the way, we're happy to report that Sweetwater now has a greatly expanded sales territory for Pro Tools systems. Thanks to our success with this superb line of products, we can now offer Pro Tools hardware and software to thousands of additional customers around the U.S. Of course, your Sweetwater sales engineer can tell you immediately if you fall within our designated distribution zone. So what are you waiting for? Grab the phone and give us a call and see how Pro Tools can give you the edge in creativity and productivity!