Digidesign announced an upcoming version of Pro Tools that will enable worldwide internet collaboration in DigiStudios. The first collaboration between Digidesign and its strategic partner, Rocket Network, DigiStudios are virtual workplaces for online audio collaboration and production, accessible via the Digidesign Production Network (DigiProNet.com).
DigiStudios will liberate producers and talent from the constraints of being in one location to work together. To work in a DigiStudio, users will need the upcoming version of DigiStudio-enabled Pro Tools, a free downloadable DigiStudioControl client application, and a DigiStudio account via the DigiProNet web-site. Once the studio is set-up, takes can be tracked and sent at the click of a button. Contributors can upload both audio and midi track changes to a Pro Tools master arrangement which then automatically updates and distributes new parts to other studio participants.
DigiStudio-enabled Pro Tools will build upon the powerful functionality of Pro Tools v5.1 software, so users will be able to exchange stereo and multi-channel surround tracks as well as mono tracks (in multiple file formats) over the Internet. Pro Tools professionals will enjoy the richest interchange possible over the web with other DigiStudio-enabled Pro Tools users, as well as collaboration with anyone using a digital audio application with "Rocket Power™". The communication and navigation option of DigiStudioControl will allow collaborators to chat about projects instantly.
Catering to every level of user, from hobbyists to audio professionals, DigiStudios are a cost-effective and convenient complement to traditional studios. Expected availability is early 2001.