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Note: If you purchase Pro Tools 8 M-Powered today, you will are eligble for a free upgrade to Pro Tools 9 M-Powered. Free upgrade will be provided by the manufacturer once you register.Digidesign Pro Tools M-Powered 8 software has all of the Pro Tools functionality users know and love with some exciting enhancements, double the inserts per channel,...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Digidesign Pro Tools M-Powered 8 software has all of the Pro Tools functionality users know and love with some exciting enhancements, double the inserts per channel, more customizability, and easier access to editing options than ever before. For use exclusively with M-Audio interfaces, M-Powered 8 includes many changes over the last version 7, including a gorgeous new user 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
  • See DigiDesign's website for updated list of compatible hardware and software:
  • iLok key included
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Manufacturer's Warranty
90 day warranty on M-Box. One year parts and labor warranty on all other products.

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(80 of 140 customers found this review helpful)


Best Program Ever!!!

By Chris

from Conroe, Texas

I loved the old pro tools but pro tools 8 is so much better. If you don't have it get it. It's worth every penny!!!

(40 of 45 customers found this review helpful)



By B Plays the Black Keys

from The Bay

If you want to produce industry standard music...use the industry standard program. Pro Tools is simply the best at what it does. I was using it right out of the box with little experience. I have a Cubase background and felt very comfortable with navigating Pro Tools. I try not to be a fanboy and I believe to each his own and to be open to try new things but when you want to get serious, get Pro Tools.

(13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


LO MAS RANKIAO (puerto rican phrase for " the best ")

By Luis

from Durham,NC

Making reggaeton, you have to have unique effects. unique everything to make it stand out from everything else. and what stands out about this programe is how easy it is to work with and how dominating it is with the end results of you project. it blows the compitition away. their is nothing out their that can match the quality of Pro Tools. And as soon as the newer version comes out, believe that we will be the first in line to take it!!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By The Man

from newyork,newyork

When researching equipment for a home studio set up i knew i wanted something that would create studio quality sounds as well as be fun and easy to work with. After hours of searching and comparing i had to choose pro-tools and I'm glad i did. It's amazing software that great to just experiment with and very user friendly. WARNING: You have to have a compatible Audio Interface in order for pro tools to even open. so i suggest you find that first.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Pro Tools has it all!

By Jim Bell

from North Canton, Ohio

I've been in several studios (to record) in the past; from analog to digital. When I experienced Pro Tools for the first time, I was blown away by its abilities. I knew I had to have it for my home studio. Of course, that was Pro Tools 7. Now, Pro Tools 8 (and probably Pro Tools 9) just keep making studio work that much more enjoyable. Digital instrumentation, score editor, and more give both producers and musicians alike to have no limits when it comes to recording. When it comes to recording software, look no further than Pro Tools.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Compared To Cubase, Not Bad But...

By Rob Ertler

from Gresham, OR

I've used Cubase 3 for years now with VST plugins. My computer is a Windows XP 32-bit system with 4 GB 1333MHz RAM and dual core 2.93 MHz AMD processors. I can have 35 audio tracks and 90 plugins, a number of plugins are Line 6 Pod Farm Platinum and also 16 plugins are Waves RVerb (convolution) before I reached unstable processing at 100% of my processing power. In Pro Tools 8 M-Powered on the same computer, I can only have 32 audio tracks with 79 plugins, where I use 2 line 6 pod farm platinum plugs and 1 Waves RVerb before my processors hit 90% capacity. Pro Tools limits you to 90% capacity and this is a big problem to me. I can no longer mix and bounce full production works with out having to drastically cut back on quality. I can only use 1 convolution reverb and 2 line 6s. Cubase, I can do soo much more. So Pro Tools is a RAM hogg!! Sucks. Something else worth noting: you cannot input fader volume in PT like you can in Cubase 3. AND, cubase 3's faders are more sensitive. 1 click up or down vs. 1 click up or down in PT, Cubase is about .25db more acurate. In countless hours of A-B'ing and searching for the perfect mix, you get down to a quarter decible, and it seem like every single fader click up or down is almost .35-.4 db of change. Way too much for my level of acuracy needed. Also, no drivers for 64-bit OSs. PT panning: Cant input exact values like Cubase so it's annoying and time consuming trying to get the pan where you want it. Editing is too comlex for me and time consuming. Cubase has a much more user friendly naviagation system to access editing tools. Editing also hoggs RAM in PT, not so much in Cubase. Time is money, or time away from family or friends, so when your trying to get in and out, all these quirks are somewhat frustrating. I can't even imagine how much better Cubase 5 would be. What I do like: Audio time stretcher. Very valuable and I've needed it for years until now. Also, I like the notes section below each mixer view track. Cubase is on the side, disconnected from the visual track. Also, PT plays the song in while bouncing down, Cubase doesn't. Most commercial local studios will have PT and not so much Cubase. So sessions can be tracked at a big studio, then mixed at home to save money adn spend more time on better mix (assuming you have good racks and plugins). Overall: Glad to have PT in my studio for importing sessions and audio time stretcher, but I would prefer Cubase any day of the week. you can do a lot more with it, with use of more of the higher quality plugins, and much faster.

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