Avid announces new entry-level Pro Tools systems

Pro Tools SE is available in three new bundles.
Pro Tools SE is available in three new bundles.

Avid has announced the Pro Tools SE Family: a new range of music production systems designed for newcomers to the world of computer recording.

This range contains three products: KeyStudio features M-Audio's 49-note KeyStudio MIDI controller keyboard; Recording Studio comes with the M-Audio FastTrack audio interface; and Vocal Studio includes M-Audio's Producer USB microphone.

Common to the whole product family is the Pro Tools SE software, the headline specs for which Avid says are as follows:

· Mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks) and use the included pro-quality effects - reverb, EQ, and guitar amp/distortion effects - to create richly detailed and polished recordings.

· Use more than 100 different virtual instruments and more than 3 GB of audio loops to quickly construct songs and ideas.

· View integrated, intuitive tutorials that make it easy to learn how to compose, record, edit and mix on the Pro Tools SE platform.

· Record two instruments at once, and take advantage of built-in composing features including MIDI sequencing and score editing, which provide professional-grade creative solutions to users of every ability level.

Spec check

Looking at these, you'll see some limitations - only 24 tracks and a maximum of two recording simultaneously being the most obvious ones - but this is very much an entry-level version of Pro Tools, and you suspect that Avid is hoping that those who get a taste for it will eventually upgrade to the more capable Pro Tools M-Powered.

US prices for the Pro Tools SE bundles are $99.99 for Avid Vocal Studio, $119.99 for Avid Recording Studio and $129.99 for Avid KeyStudio. They'll be available in the States this month - UK pricing and availability is still to be confirmed.

Avid has also revealed that Pro Tools SE will now ship with M-Audio's MobilePre audio interface, while its MIDI controller keyboard line-up is being expanded with the launch of the Oxygen 88. This is an 88-note hammer action keyboard that also sports 32 assignable buttons, knobs and faders and support's M-Audio's DirectLink automatic mapping technology.

M-Audio oxygen88

M-Audio oxygen88

The Oxygen 88 will be available in September and has a US price of $749.95.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.