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M-Audio ProTools M-Powered 8 Educational 2009

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This Educational Edition of Pro Tools M-Powered 8 is the regular version of Pro Tools M-Powered 8 but specially priced for purchase by K-12 and higher education institutions, instructors at such institutions, and currently enrolled students (including those who are home-schooled). Proper documentation, such as a school PO, faculty/student ID, or documentation from an applicable governing body recognizing the school/home school as an accredited education institution, must be provided in order to use and register this product.

Exclusively for use with M-Audio interfaces, it brings all of the Pro Tools functionality users know and love with some exciting enhancements, including double the inserts per channel, more customizability, and easier access to editing options than ever before. M-Powered 8 includes many changes over the last version 7, including a gorgeous new interface, dozens of plug-ins, five virtual instruments, exciting scoring and MIDI features, more editing and mixing capabilities, improved ease of use, and enhanced performance. It now supports up to 48 mono or stereo tracks, and comes packed with a huge collection of over 70 virtual instruments, effects, and sound-processing plug-ins, plus a high-quality sound library of nearly 8GB of loops to get you started creating music.

Stunning new look and interactivity

With its sleek new look, Pro Tools M-Powered 8 is as easy on the eyes as it is to use. All of the Pro Tools functionality you know and love is still in place but with some brilliant enhancements, more customizability, and easier access to editing options than ever before. Customize the toolbar the way you want. Tile or cascade your window arrangement. Change the color of your channel strips, tracks, regions, and more. Navigate through sessions quickly using the Universe view. And with the QuickStart dialog, you can jump right into an existing session, create a new session from scratch, or start from a session template.

A well-stocked studio

Pro Tools M-Powered 8 comes packed with a huge, comprehensive collection of music-creation and sound-processing plug-ins, giving you a well-stocked studio right out of the box. Create and play music with groundbreaking new virtual instruments, including the Mini Grand piano, Boom drum machine, DB-33 tonewheel organ, and Vacuum and Xpand!2 synths. Dial up awesome guitar tone with Eleven Free and SansAmp. Add character to tracks with 20 new AIR effects. Make music with over 9GB of high-quality loops. And with dozens of professional sound-processing plug-ins and tools at your disposal, you can fix, enhance, and polish your mixes with ease.

More tracks than ever

Get ready to create even larger mixes. Pro Tools M-Powered 8 expands the power of your current hardware interface, allowing you to work with up to 48 mono or stereo audio tracks to manhandle the needs of your most demanding sessions.

Score your music

The new Score Editor lets you view, edit, arrange, and print MIDI data as music notation. Whether you want to compose music using the notation tools or transcribe MIDI data into notation, the Score Editor features everything you need and nothing you don't. Write parts on a single staff or grand staff. Place and edit notes, and edit the meter and key signature at will. Add chord symbols and chord diagrams to sessions. Transcribe MIDI parts in real time. Print out a score in its entirety or print only certain instrumental parts. You can even export sessions as Sibelius (.sib) files for further finessing in Sibelius.

Complete MIDI production

Pro Tools M-Powered 8 features a comprehensive array of new MIDI tools. Gain extensive MIDI editing power through MIDI Editor windows, which can display MIDI and automation data for Instrument, MIDI, and Auxiliary Input tracks. Work with new features that let you separate, consolidate, and mute MIDI notes; scrub and shuttle through parts; view superimposed MIDI and Instrument tracks for easier arrangement editing; and audition velocity changes. Edit MIDI automation and continuous controller (CC) data through multiple Automation and Controller lanes. Even watch your musical handiwork scroll by in real time during playback.

Transpose with Elastic Pitch

As a complement to Pro Tools software's powerful Elastic Time tempo and time manipulating tool, Pro Tools M-Powered 8 introduces Elastic Pitch, which allows you to effortlessly manipulate or correct the pitch of any audio region in real time. Easily transpose an entire audio region”up or down up to four octaves”without affecting its timing or tempo. Fix a less than perfect vocal performance by altering the pitch of individual notes. Or create cool sound effects by linking pitch changes with time compression/expansion using the Varispeed algorithm.

Comp Tracks to Perfection

Creating flawless performances is easier than ever. Pro Tools M-Powered 8 features new track compositing workflows, enabling you to quickly and easily piece together the best possible version of a performance from multiple recording passes. Simply loop record multiple takes on an Audio track, view and audition the takes in Playlist view, select the best parts from the tracks' alternate playlists, and copy them to the main playlist with a single click. You can also rate regions to help identify which takes you like the most when compositing playlists.

New editing and mixing capabilities

Pro Tools M-Powered 8 equips your system with even more editing and mixing capabilities. Lock regions to the timeline to prevent them from being inadvertently moved or edited. Use the Automation and Controller lanes to view and edit track automation (such as volume, pan, and plug-in automation) and MIDI CC data (such as velocity, pitch bend, and modulation) without changing track views. And with 10 inserts to play with per track, you can now use more plug-ins than ever before.

Expanded hardware control

Pro Tools M-Powered 8 deepens its control surface integration, enabling you to map plug-in parameter controls to almost any encoder on your controller and access each track's 10 inserts.


Redesigned interface with new enhancements and customizability
Supports up to 48 mono or stereo tracks
Six groundbreaking virtual instruments for music creation (Mini Grand piano, Boom drum machine, DB-33 tone wheel organ, Vacuum synthesizer, Xpand!2 sample player/synth workstation, and Structure Free sample player)
Comprehensive collection of professional sound-processing plug-ins plus 20 new effects
Score Editor and MIDI Editor windows for comprehensive composing
Transpose audio regions in real time with Elastic Pitch
Access 10 inserts per channel
Create a flawless performance using new track compositing features
Automation and Controller lanes provide easy editing access
Check for Updates keeps Pro Tools and plug-ins up to date
QuickTime HD support on Mac OS X-based systems
Windows Vista (32-bit Business or Ultimate) support on Pro Tools|HD
Use more plug-ins than ever before, with access to 10 inserts per channel
Lock regions to the timeline
Supports files up to 4GB
System Requirements:
Digidesign-qualified Windows Vista- (32-bit Business or Ultimate), Windows XP-, or Mac OS X 10.5-based Pro Tools M-Powered system
Minimum 1 GB of RAM
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Something buyers should know.

By Anonymous

from Kelso, WA

For anyone who doesn't know, and as I found out, "educational" means no free updates, you're stuck with 8. When they come out with 9, you either get to buy ProTools again or fall behind. Also, if you're getting this with the Fast Track Pro, M-audio, as of me writing this review, HAS NOT come out with a driver compatable with Windows Vista Home. I haven't even been able to use ProTools yet because of this. Be sure to check that there is a driver for your hardware that is compatable with your OS before buying.

(16 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


A catchup release

By T.W. Day

from St. Paul, MN

Digi is desperately trying to catch up with Logic and, with Release 8, Pro Tools has made some big steps in that direction. PT8 is a long ways from having the kind of universal audio production and performance capabilities of Logic, but it's also a long ways from the last version of PT. Overdubs are handled in a much more sophisticated manner than previous versions, some useful new MIDI instruments are now included with PT8 (including a pretty good drum machine), and the score editor is an appreciated new feature for PT. If you've used Sonar or Logic, all of those have been with us for a while. Like I said, Digi is catching up with the competition. This is only a "breakthrough release" for dedicated PT users. The appearance is oddly cartoonish. Some like that, I don't. It seems that the GUI designers have an affinity for garish colors and hyped 3-D and it wears on you after a few hours of editing. There must be a way to turn these "features" off, but I haven't found it yet.

(15 of 20 customers found this review helpful)



By John

from Rochester, NY

This program is without a doubt the best there is in pro recording. Yes it can be a bit intimidating at first trying to learn how to operate it, however, once you get down the basics, you can start kicking it up a notch at your own pace. Being that this is what is used in over 90% of professional recording studios, you can make your own recording and bring it to have it mixed at a studio by just bringing a cd with your audio files on it. Great program, beautiful look to it and an incredible amount of adjustments and add-ed on software that is compatible with the program. Highly recommend it if you are looking to get in to serious pro recording at home or at a studio.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Pro tools is great


from sac CA

ok theres a reason pro tools is used in most PROFESSIONAL studios. pro tools has had a awsome drum machine since version 7. if you now how to use pro tools then there is nothing stoping you from making high quality graet sounding music. thank you

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