Get in on the ground floor of Pro Tools with the streamlined Pro Tools MP 9 software and the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra audio interface. If you've spent any time in pro recording studios, you've probably seen and heard Pro Tools, the flagship audio recording and production software used by professionals all over the world. With the release of Pro Tools 9, Avid opened up Pro Tools to a new world of home project studios. The streamlined Pro Tools MP 9 software takes accessibility to another level, with support for popular M-Audio interfaces like the Fast Track Ultra. Pro Tools MP9 is quite simply the most economical way to get in on the ground floor of Pro Tools.
Fast Track Ultra: Lots of I/O for a Nice Price
Why limit yourself to just one or two inputs with a lesser interface? With the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra, run up to six simultaneous analog inputs up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. Choose from the four microphone preamps on the front and six balanced line inputs on the back, plus two S/PDIF digital inputs and even a built-in MIDI interface for your keyboard. The preamps include -20 dB pads and +48V phantom power for your condenser mics, and two of the front panel inputs are handy XLR-1/4" combination jacks, perfect for plugging in a guitar or bass directly. And with a full six balanced analog outputs, you can run multiple pairs of speakers or monitor sends right from the back of your Fast Track Ultra. You'll also find two separate headphone jacks with independently adjustable volume (great for you and an artist working in headphones in the same room). On the back of the Fast Track Ultra, you'll even find two analog insert jacks that you can use for an outboard compressor or any other insertable analog gear you'd like to add to the chain. Power your Fast Track Ultra over the included USB cable, or use the included power supply for full 8 channels in/8 channels out operation. After all, when you're running Pro Tools MP 9, why just limit yourself to just a few channels?
Pro Tools vs. Pro Tools MP 9
Pro Tools MP 9 is the less-expensive cousin to standard Pro Tools, and it comes with a few limitations. You get 48 simultaneous playback tracks, 18 simultaneous audio recording tracks, a max of 32 virtual instrument tracks, and a maximum sample rate of 96 kHz. The "full version" of Pro Tools has more brute power; for example, full Pro Tools supports up to 192 kHz recording and twice as many channels of I/O. But if your existing audio interface only supports up to 96 kHz anyway, you'd be wasting the extra power. And if you never record more than a few channels at a time, than 18 simultaneous tracks is plenty. The beauty of it all is that in exchange for these sample-rate and track-count limitations, you pay less than half of what you'd pay for "full" Pro Tools. What a deal!
If you've used earlier versions of Pro Tools, you'll be pleased to see that Automatic Delay Compensation and built-in MP3 export capability are now built right in to the software. Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch let you time-expand and pitch-correct performances with astoundingly natural results. Pro Tools MP 9 supports the same third-party plug-ins as Pro Tools -- and Avid now bundles a whopping 70 plug-ins right in the box, for music creation and endless audio tweaking. Install Pro Tools MP 9, throw the Boom drum machine on a track, plug in your instrument of choice and you're making music in no time. And user-interface-wise, the MP version is identical to what the "big boys" are using: Pro Tools' powerful audio editing and greatly enhanced MIDI production capabilities. If you're rocking an M-Audio interface, and you want your home studio sessions to be compatible with the system the pros use -- or if you're ever planning on upgrading to the full version of Pro Tools -- MP 9 is quite simply your most cost-effective choice.
- 8-in/8-out USB 2.0 audio interface with 96 kHz/24-bit recording
- 4 mic preamps with M-Audio's Octane technology, -20 dB pads, and +48V phantom power
- 2 of the preamps include instrument inputs with XLR-1/4" combination inputs
- 6 balanced line inputs on the back panel accommodate keyboards, hardware samplers and more
- 1 x 1 MIDI interface built-in
- 2 independent headphone outputs with their own volume controls
- 6 balanced analog outputs: run multiple pairs of monitor speakers or a separate headphone amp
- Power supply included for full 8 x 8 operation
- S/PDIF digital I/O
- Pro Tools MP 9 software
M-Audio's Fast Track series has been hugely popular in home studios, and it's not hard to see why. You get tons of I/O in a compact package, plus support for most major audio production software -- most importantly, the included Pro Tools MP 9. Get the inputs and outputs you need to make your home studio sing, and get in on the ground floor of Pro Tools with the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra.
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Nothing screams precise and professional like Pro Tools Software. The Avid Pro Tools MP 9 and M-Audio Fast Track Ultra Pack joins the newly redesigned Avid MP 9 recording software with M-Audio's flagship USB recording interface. Rather than rely on software that might work together or that might give you a great recording, why not get software and interfaces made for each other. This pack is a value combined purchase for those who demand the best no matter what the price.
M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB Audio Interface
The M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8 x 8 audio/MIDI interface takes M-Audio's acclaimed mobile recording line to the next level with high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, MX Core DSP mixer and four preamps with award-winning Octane technology.
Featuring both analog and digital I/O, it allows recording on all eight channels simultaneously with pristine 24-bit/96kHz fidelity-while M-Audio's mature low-latency drivers ensure rock-solid stability and performance. The on-board MX Core DSP mixer processes eight hardware inputs and eight software returns to the eight hardware outputs, delivering flexible routing and monitoring with delay and reverb.
Compatible with most major audio software, Fast Track Ultra lets you record the way you want-in the studio or on the go.
Avid Pro Tools MP 9 Software
Professional music creation has never been more accessible. Designed for use with select M-Audio recording interfaces, Avid Pro Tools MP 9 Music Production Software improves upon the industry-leading features that made it the top choice for music and audio production. With Pro Tools MP 9 you get 48-track mono or stereo audio recording, editing, and mixing with up to 24-bit/96 kHz fidelity. Shape sounds and add effects with over 70 included plug-ins.
Pro Tools MP 9 allows you to easily compose music with full MIDI and score notation tools, get great-sounding, phase-accurate mixes with Automatic Delay Compensation, and collaborate with other Pro Tools users in studios around the world. Avid Pro Tools MP 9 software puts all this power, and much more, at your fingertips.
NOTE: Pro Tools MP software requires a supported M-Audio hardware peripheral (PC | Mac) to function
Advanced Music Creation--Within Reach
Pro Tools MP 9 software gives you the power to work with many of the same features that make Pro Tools the top choice of today's audio professionals. Create amazing music, collaborate with other Pro Tools users, transfer projects between professional and personal studios, and more.
More Options, More Flexibility
A wide variety of M-Audio hardware peripherals are compatible with Pro Tools MP software music software, giving you more options in where, when, and how you work. Whether you need just a little I/O or a lot - or a desktop, mobile, or hybrid system - you'll find the perfect solution with our PCI, USB/USB 2, and FireWire audio interfaces.
A Well-Stocked Studio
Avid Pro Tools MP 9 software comes fully packed with a huge, comprehensive collection of music creation and sound processing plug-ins--giving you a well-stocked studio right out of the box. You get an incredible array of pro-grade effects and utility plug-ins, including EQ, dynamics, delay, reverb and many more. You can also create and play music with groundbreaking virtual instruments from the renowned Avid virtual instrument development group: the Mini Grand piano, Boom drum machine, DB-33 tone-wheel organ, Structure Free sample player, and Vacuum and Xpand!2 synths.
Pro Tools MP 9 software also lets you take advantage of a variety of RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins designed by the recording industry's largest professional third-party developer community. Track with powerful host-based vintage instruments, polish your mixes with effects and mastering plug-ins, and more.
Professional Recording, Editing, and Mixing
Avid Pro Tools MP 9 software enables M-Audio hardware enthusiasts to easily access the powerful recording, editing, and mixing features of Pro Tools. With up to 48 simultaneous stereo tracks of 16- or 24-bit digital audio, and support for up to 96kHz sample rates, Pro Tools MP is an ideal companion for M-Audio interfaces and audio interface keyboards - whether you're recording solo or entire bands.
Once you've finished your recording, you can fine-tune your performances with Pro Tools software's unmatched nondestructive editing tools. Shape sounds, compose parts, and add effects with RTAS instrument and effects plug-ins--then create polished mixes with professional mixing features and full mixer automation.
Pro Tools MP 9 now features Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)--previously only available with high-end Pro Tools|HD systems--which makes it easy to get great-sounding, phase-accurate mixes. During mixing, latency issues can arise when an external processor or plug-in algorithm induces enough latency to interfere with musical timing. Issues can also occur when you're maintaining nearly identical signal sources on separate tracks or paths--for example, a pair of bass tracks--and you insert a plug-in with latency on one of those tracks. When activated, the ADC feature automatically makes adjustments to compensate for internal latencies in your mixes--ensuring they stay time-aligned, phase accurate, and sounding great.
Once you've achieved the perfect mix, it's easier than ever to share your work. Quickly export your projects in a wide variety of audio formats, including MP3--then share them with the world.
Avid Pro Tools MP 9 software features a variety of tools that ease and speed loop-based music creation. In addition to importing REX and ACID files, the Loop Trim tool also makes it easy to turn audio or MIDI regions into loops. The Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch features make it a breeze to change tempo/time and pitch on the fly. As a result, you can integrate a wide variety of loops and audio files with your current session throughout the entire writing process. And DigiBase--the program's internal database--even has a Loop Preview feature that allows you to preview loops in sync, in real time, before bringing them into your session.
Transpose Audio with Elastic Pitch
Elastic Pitch allows you to you to effortlessly manipulate or correct the pitch of any audio region in real time, right inside the Edit window. Easily transpose an entire audio region in semitones--up to four octaves in either direction--without affecting its timing or tempo. Fix a less-than-perfect vocal performance by altering the pitch of individual notes in cent intervals. You can also create cool sound effects by linking pitch changes with time compression/expansion using the Varispeed algorithm.
Stretch Your Sound with Elastic Time
Elastic Time is a powerful real-time tempo manipulation feature that makes it easy to change tempo or time on the fly. For musicians, composers, and music producers, Elastic Time puts loop-based music creation in the fast lane, giving you the freedom to explore different tempos and experiment with loops and audio files that sync with your current session throughout the entire writing process. For post-production editors and engineers, Elastic Time makes it easy to stretch or squeeze audio tracks to fit video time frames, using high-quality algorithms that make your time manipulation virtually undetectable.
With Avid Pro Tools MP 9 software, you can change the tempo and timing of loops, music, dialog and other sound files without cutting up audio. Easily create loops from any audio file--even entire compositions--with the help of powerful tempo and transient analysis. Want to hear how a certain audio bit will sound in your song? The Context Preview lets you quickly audition loops and audio files in sync with the tempo of your session. Even imported audio files and loops automatically conform to match your session's tempo.
Pro Tools MP 9 also makes it easy to perfect the timing of performances. You can improve errant beats by quantizing audio to your session's Bar|Beat grid--or to grooves extracted from other audio or MIDI performances using the Beat Detective feature, which offers exceptional peak detection accuracy. You can also fine-tune Elasticized regions, with precision control over each individual beat, using the warp track view and warp markers. You can even make the same precise changes across multiple grouped tracks while preserving timing offsets in multitrack recordings, such as with drums.
To ensure that you get the highest quality results, Elastic Time delivers some of the best-sounding processing in the industry. You can choose from several premium time-stretching algorithms on a per-track basis. You can even adjust the decay and processing window length to tailor the audio processing for each track, rather than settling for a one-size-fits-all algorithm.
Comp Tracks to Perfection
It's easy to create flawless performances with Avid Pro Tools MP 9. Track compositing features let you quickly piece together the best possible version of a performance from multiple recording passes. Simply loop-record multiple takes on an Audio track, view and audition the takes in Playlist view, select the best parts from the track's alternate playlists, and copy them to the main playlist with a single click. You can also rate regions on a scale of one to five to help identify which takes you like the most when compositing playlists.
Advanced MIDI Production
Pro Tools MP 9 recording software's fully integrated MIDI sequencer and editor allow you to record, edit, and mix up to 256 MIDI tracks alongside your audio tracks. Dedicated Instrument tracks combine the audio and MIDI elements of a given virtual instrument into a single channel strip to streamline your workspace.
Launch your favorite instrument plug-in to get the sound you want. Engage loop recording to quickly develop a multi-layered drum pattern, then use Groove Quantize or Groove Templates to give it the right feel. Switch to MIDI Step Input to lay down a difficult passage. Turn on real-time MIDI processing to quantize your performance as it goes down.
Pro Tools MP 9 also features a comprehensive array of MIDI tools to streamline production with both virtual and traditional instruments. Gain extensive MIDI editing power through MIDI Editor windows, which can display MIDI and automation data for Instrument, MIDI, and Auxiliary Input tracks. Work with features that let you separate, consolidate, and mute MIDI notes; scrub and shuttle through parts; view superimposed MIDI and Instrument tracks for easier arrangement editing; color code MIDI notes by track, type, or velocity; audition velocity changes; and play MIDI notes when tabbing. Edit MIDI automation and continuous controller (CC) data through multiple Automation and Controller lanes. You can even watch your musical handiwork scroll by in real time during playback.
Score Your Music
Based on the Sibelius notation engine, the Avid Pro Tools MP 9 Score Editor window lets you view, edit, arrange, and print MIDI data as music notation. Whether you want to compose music using the notation tools--or transcribe recorded, imported, drawn (with the Pencil tool), or step-entered MIDI data into notation--the Score Editor features everything you need and nothing you don't.
Write parts on a single staff--treble, bass, alto, or tenor clef--or grand staff. Place and edit notes, and edit the meter and key signature on a whim. Add chord symbols such as Dm7 and guitar chord diagrams to sessions. Transcribe MIDI parts in real time. Print out a score in its entirety or print only certain instrumental parts. You can even export sessions as Sibelius (.sib) files for further finessing in Sibelius.
Customize Your Look
Pro Tools MP 9 recording software is as easy on the eyes as it is to use. Customize the toolbar to show only your favorite tools and rearrange them the way you want. Tile or cascade your window arrangement. Change the color of your channel strips, tracks, regions, groups, and markers to any hue. Navigate through sessions quickly using the Universe view. And with the QuickStart dialog, you can jump right into an existing session, quickly create a new session from scratch, or start from one of the session templates.
ReWire Torq and More
Fans of Torq DJ software and other standalone applications can utilize ReWire within Pro Tools MP 9 for the best of both worlds. Simply send Torq software's output streams into Pro Tools MP 9 via ReWire for further mixing and processing. Pro Tools MP 9 also accepts MIDI directly from ReWire applications for recording controller data to a Pro Tools MIDI or Instrument track. With Pro Tools MP and ReWire, the creative possibilities are endless.
If you want the tactile feel of a pro console while enjoying the benefits of a personal or project studio, Pro Tools MP 9 supports the M-Audio ProjectMix I/O and Command|8. Both give you control over the software's mixing and transport functionality. ProjectMix I/O even incorporates a built-in 18 x 14 FireWire audio interface complete with eight preamps so you don't need any extra gear.
If you're a DJ, Torq Xponent gives you a familiar DJ mixer surface combined with an audio interface and RCA outputs. And with Avid Pro Tools MP 9, you can map plug-in parameter controls to almost any encoder on your controller, and access each track's ten inserts.
- Supports a wide choice of M-Audio interfaces* including Delta PCI, USB/USB 2.0 and FireWire products
- Supports M-Audio ProjectMix I/O and Command|8 control surfaces for hands-on mixing
- Industry-standard session compatibility with countless Pro Tools-equipped project and professional studios around the world
- Award-winning Pro Tools recording and mixing environment
- 48-track mono or stereo audio recording, editing, and mixing up to 24-bit/96 kHz
- Real-time audio processing
- Import MIDI, REX, ACID, WAV, SDII, AIFF, AAC, and MP3 audio files
- Unique Beat Detective LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool
- Supports QuickTime video including H.264
- MP3 export capability and Automatic Delay Compensation
- Powerful loop recording options
- Elastic Pitch allows manipulation (+/- 4 octaves) or pitch correction of any audio region in real time without affecting time or tempo
- Elastic Time real-time tempo manipulation feature lets you change the tempo or timing of audio tracks on the fly without affecting pitch
- Loop playback automatically updates to the selection without manually stopping and starting the transport
- Loop Trim tool allows you to easily turn audio or MIDI regions into loops