The software, published in 1990, was the first multi-track digital recorder based on a personal computer. The base model had 8 faders, the extension offers another 16. [47], When Apple changed the expansion slot architecture of the Mac G5 to PCI Express, Digidesign launched a line of PCIe DSP cards that both adopted the new card slot format and slightly changed the combination of chips. I hope you have enjoyed this series on the History of Pro Tools half as much as I did in putting it together. [16] Five different upgrade chips were available, offering different alternate drum styles. 2006 – Pro Tools 7.2 - Version 7 was the big user interface overhaul, and was largely aimed at music composition users. 2008 - ES | D-Control - Digidesign changed the appearance of the D-Control and gave us the ICON D-Control ES, as a sleeker version of the ICON D-Control in black. Up to 24 sources of up to 10 channels each can be mixed down simultaneously—for example, to deliver audio stems. [15], Other software milestones were background tasks processing (such as fade rendering, file conversion or relinking), real-time insertion of TDM plug-ins during playback, and a browser/database environment introduced with Pro Tools 6 in 2003;[46] Automatic plug-in Delay Compensation (ADC), introduced with Pro Tools 6.4 in 2004 and only available with TDM systems with HD Accel;[50] a new implementation of RTAS with multi-threading support and improved performance, Region groups, Instrument tracks, and real-time MIDI processing, introduced with Pro Tools 7 in 2006;[51] VCA and volume trim, introduced with Pro Tools 7.2 in 2006;[52] support for ten track inserts, MIDI Editor, and MIDI Score, introduced with Pro Tools 8 in 2009.[53]. You could mix multiple audio file formats and bit depths within the same session, including interleaved, without any file duplication together with support for the 32-bit floating-point file format. 2000 – Pro Tools Free - This was a trimmed down version of Pro Tools 5 LE that let you record up to 8 audio tracks, 48 MIDI tracks, up to 5 inserts and 5 sends per track and 16 busses to route to. Track playback and signal processing operations were managed independently by the processors; they also provided lower monitoring latency and more computational power. Icon D-Control (2004) incorporated an HD Accel system and was developed for larger TV and film productions in mind. The Digidesign team had recognised that relying on a third party to develop part of the Pro Tools software was a mistake. [20] Thanks to the universal file specification subsequently developed by Brooks with version 1.5,[20] Sound Designer files could be transferred via MIDI between sampling keyboards of different manufacturers. 1994 – Pro Tools III – One of the key milestones in Digidesign hardware development was the introduction of ProTools III NuBus and Pro Tools 3.0 software offering 16 to 48 voices for NuBus-based Mac systems. It worked with 16-bit or 24-bit sessions of audio, had RTAS support and worked with any interface, not just Digidesign interfaces. Video processing is GPU-accelerated and managed by the Avid Video Engine (AVE). Digidesign introduced the new Pro Tools HD hardware in conjunction with the 192 I/O Audio Interfaces. Pro Tools LE, first introduced and distributed in 1999 with the Digi 001 interface, was a specific Pro Tools version in which the signal processing entirely relied on the host CPU. 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