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have announced Pro Tools 6.0 for Mac OS X. Pro Tools is audio recording, editing and mixing software. Version 6.0 is due “soon”; pricing hasn’t been announced.
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Version 6.0 not only adds the long-awaited support for Mac OS X, but also boasts a new, streamlined look for the Mix, Edit, and Transport windows. There’s also now multi-user log-in functionality, a new DigiBase file management utility, enhanced MIDI functionality (including hi-res groove templates), additional Beat Detective features, new Import Session options, plug-in functionality enhancements, MachineControl additions, and more.
Functionally, DigiBase is similar to the Mac Finder and lets you manage the files on your system. It allows you to view complete file information including duration, timestamps, and two user comments fields. Display layouts can be customized.
You can also now audition files and view their waveform thumbnails before importing into Pro Tools, regardless of file format or sample rate. When you’ve determined a selection, the one-step drag-and-drop process from DigiBase to your session timeline includes automatic file copy and conversion. Pro Tools 6.0 now handles many tasks such as copying, conversion, and fade creation in the background. A new Task Manager feature also enables you to monitor and manage Pro Tools 6.0 software incorporates enhanced MIDI functionality, including full support for Mac OS X’s Core MIDI Services. MIDI Time Stamping (MTS) support provides sample-accurate MIDI with Pro Tools-compatible software synths and samplers.
Pro Tools 6.0 software’s new MIDI capabilities include a Groove Quantize feature that incorporates intelligent Bar|Beat adjustment, as well as support for the new 960 ppq DigiGroove templates. The update’s MIDI implementation also features a new Restore Performance function, enabling you to return to an original MIDI-based performance whenever you want.
Additional new features include a new Relative Grid option, a new keyboard shortcut for temporarily disabling Grid mode, and definable note duration when drawing notes (the Pencil tool now also trims notes). The Trim tool trims notes in Velocity view, and MIDI Operations and Tempo/Meter Change are accessible via floating windows. Pro Tools 6.0 now supports up to 256 MIDI tracks, and works with DirectMIDI plug-ins, enabling automatic tempo data broadcasting. There are news mixing options, MachineControl option enhancements (TDM only), and a new Offset setting for MachineControl, chasing timecode, and MMC that lets you compensate for minor differences in source tape versions.