Digidesign announced the release of Pro Tools® 6.7 software designed specifically for musicians. Pro Tools 6.7 software features comprehensive MIDI sequencing capabilities, while MIDI recording, editing, and mixing features are as easy to work with as audio.

The audio and MIDI feature set in Pro Tools 6.7 has been expanded to deliver tempo-dependent audio placement, tempo-dependent automation, graphic tempo editing, precise control of meter changes, MIDI step input, enhanced support for instrument plug-ins, MIDI Detective, and Beat Detective™ LE. Pro Tools 6.7 also brings true cross-platform parity for simplified session transfer with major MIDI functionality enhancements to Windows.

Pro Tools 6.7 software expands and enhances the Pro Tools 6.x feature set with features and benefits specifically designed to support the work of music composers. For instance, support for multiple plug-in outputs enables mixing and processing of individual sound sources from instrument plug-ins. There is step-by-step song composition with the MIDI Step Input window, which facilitates building complex or difficult MIDI tracks. With Beat Detective LE, Pro Tools LE users can now take advantage of many of the Beat Detective features previously only available to TDM users. The TC/E tool’s support for MIDI regions enables users to expand or contract MIDI passages exactly as it is done with audio regions, allowing timing changes of individual MIDI regions without affecting the overall session tempo. New support for RTAS instruments on TDM Aux inputs provides better instrument plug-in integration, session organization, and LE/TDM session interoperability.

Pro Tools 6.7 features new and accelerated editing options. The new MIDI Detective functionality allows tempo maps and groove templates to be generated directly from "free" MIDI performances. The Tempo Editor pane allows precise drawing and editing of tempo curves, including nudging and trimming of tempo segments. Tempo and Time Operations windows allow flexible tempo curves, global insertion/deletion of time, and auto-editing of data when changing meter. Tick (musical tempo)-based Audio, Aux and Master tracks keep audio region start points and automation in perfect sync with MIDI. New Undo History window enables users to instantly and conveniently return to previous stages of a session’s development

Straightforward management of external MIDI devices is available on Windows XP via the MIDI Studio Setup window and advanced patch name support. With Windows-based systems, support of MIDI Time Stamping and MIDI I/O provides accurate playback timing resolution, as continues to be the case on Mac-based systems as well. Non-administrator user support for Macintosh and Windows enables users who do not have administrative access to run Pro Tools unimpeded and allows IT professionals in facilities and schools to manage user preferences and access. Pro Tools 6.7 software requires a Digidesign-approved Pro Tools|HD®, Pro Tools|HD Accel, Digi 002®, Digi 002™ Rack or Mbox™ system running on Windows XP or Mac OS X.

Free upgrades and updates are available to Pro Tools/HD, HD Accel, and Pro Tools LE systems owners; for more information, visit Digidesign’s website at www.digidesign.com. For full information regarding the Pro Tools|24 and Pro Tools|24 MIX Hardware Exchanges, visit www.digidesign.com/exchange. Please note that Pro Tools LE 6.7 software is not compatible with Digi 001® systems.

Pro Tools 6.7 Inclusion in New Pro Tools|HD Systems & Pro Tools LE Systems: Full Pro Tools 6.7 installer CDs will be included in shipping Pro Tools|HD and HD Accel systems beginning late October 2004, and in Pro Tools LE systems around January 1, 2005.