Digidesign is pleased to announce version 5.1 of Pro Tools LE software for their home and project studio solutions, Digi 001 and Digi Toolbox XP. Exciting new editing and mix innovations within Pro Tools LE v.5.1 continue to make it the platform of choice for first time users, hobbyists, and project studio owners. Both packages deliver the power and sophistication of Pro Tools at affordable price to performance value. Pro Tools LE v5.1 introduces integrated stereo tracks, enhanced MIDI functionality as well as significant improvements to editing, mixing, navigation, and session interchange.
Renowned for its editing features, Pro Tools LE 5.1 gives even more flexibility and ease-of-use. New stereo track support and collapsible hierarchical stereo region display in the Regions List provide simplified management when editing and mixing stereo audio data.
Continuing to expand the Pro Tools MIDI sequencer, version 5.1 includes a new MIDI Event List window. The single window can be used for quick and precise input and editing of all MIDI data. A unique "Insert Event at Playback Location," allows either notes or MIDI events to be added without a MIDI keyboard. Users can quickly navigate and edit any event without having to touch the mouse. Additional new MIDI features include individual MIDI track offsets and multi-device MIDI recording.
The performance of Pro Tools LE mixing, already unparalleled for features, quality and value, has also been enhanced: Each track now supports multiple output assignments for simultaneous creation of multiple mixes. A new I/O Setup page is included for flexible mono and stereo routing, with I/O setting files that can be saved for import/export between sessions and other system configurations. Version 5.1 also adds a duplicate track option that copies selected tracks with all associated plug-in instances, settings and automation.
This new software version further increases the effects processing functionality of Digi 001 and Digi Toolbox XP systems. Version 5.1 adds multiple plug-in window displays for immediate on-screen access to any parameters. Now users can simultaneously view, edit and automate their favorite RTAS Plug-Ins from Prosoniq and more. Other enhancements to plug-in editing include new drag and drop plug-in re-ordering and duplication, plus individual plug-in automation safe mode to prevent existing automation data from being overwritten during automation write passes.
Pro Tools LE 5.1 includes many other significant new features, such as Multiple levels of Undo and automatic session saving at user defined intervals. Comping and auditioning takes becomes even more effortless as the Alternate Audio Playlist switching and "matching start time" takes list now works on multiple tracks, including groups, and selections. Navigation options have also been increased with a new Tab to Transient feature - a single keystroke finds audio attack transients in addition to edit boundaries. A new Zoom Toggle feature has been added for instant magnified focus on an edit selection and automatic return to the original track view.
Session portability and interchange have also been improved. Version 5.1 adds the ability for manual and automatic deactivation of routing assignments and plug-ins while keeping all settings and automation. When moving a session to a different system, Pro Tools will automatically deactivate the necessary items while retaining all related data (including reference to plug-ins not installed on the current system). A new integrated Import Track feature will seamlessly transfer audio and MIDI tracks between sessions with all mixer settings, tempo maps, plug-ins and automation intact. Unique file identifiers will resolve file and location references when moving sessions and media between systems. Pro Tools 5.1 also supports work with offline media, allowing a session to be edited even if all the session's audio or video files are unavailable.
Pro Tools version 5.1 is expected to ship at the end of 2000.