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M-Audio ProTools M-Powered 8 Educational 2009 - 5 seat Lab Pack

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Note: This Educational 5-Seat Lab Pack Edition of Pro Tools M-Powered 8 is the regular version of Pro Tools M-Powered 8 with 5 user licenses 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, suc...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Note: This Educational 5-Seat Lab Pack Edition of Pro Tools M-Powered 8 is the regular version of Pro Tools M-Powered 8 with 5 user licenses 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.

Pro Tools M-Powered 8 has double the inserts per channel, more customizability, and easier access to editing options than ever before. It 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. Version 8 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:
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Easy to use

By Jonathan Allen

from Mesquite, Texas

This software is very easy to understand and has a lot of different things with it and so many levels of music information and I have recommended it to several of my friends.....great product...

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


The Best

By Dave Schirmer

from Summerville, PA

Best DAW on the market. Great introduction to Pro Tools. If you can use this you can adapt and learn any version of Pro Tools which is the industry standard. Walk into any professioanl recording studio and be good to go. Don't waste your time and money on any other product.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


PRO Tools on a budget

By Matt P.

from Everett, WA

I recently purchase a M-Audio 2626 and wanted to try Pro Tools. I didnt want to spend over 1300 for a LE system. I purchased the Profire as well as the M-Audio Protools M-Powered v. 8. I love it. Very intuitive. Engineering on it is a breeze. Highly recommended.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Recording Software

By Green

from atlanta, ga

M-Powered is a solid software for the composer and producer. Yeah it's not HD but for most people who are truly trying to take their compositions to "radio" mixing and mastering on their system isn't an option. Most will take it to another engineer with more experience and tools (probably HD) and M-powered puts you in the game. For the money it's wonderful and will more than likely fulfill your audio needs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I Love PT

By Deborah Thomas

from ABQ NM

Just like being in a studio. I love protools, it gives original musicians the freedom to create songs without worry about the high cost of studio time. I found as a guitarist, it's best to use a guitar FX or preamp when recording, you really need a high CPU to get away with the built in guitar plugins. One I optimized the computer (see all the tips at digidesign), recording real instruments went much better. I love Protools, being and old school real musician, it's so liberating to have the time to do as many takes as you want, without looking at the clock.

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Protools Mpowered

By Dominic Milella

from Elkhorn, WI 53121

This product is possibly the best thing that I have ever bought for my recording studio. It handles everything I could possibly need. 3rd party effects are no problem. The interface is easy to use plus mPowered makes outboard interfaces to control every part of the recording process. It is by far the easiest software based recording solution I have ever found. I've used just about everything from Cubase to Cakewalk to Acid and nothing compares. You will not be disappointed with all the ease of use features and user friendly interfaces. Handling up to 32 tracks with all the processing power you can ask for. This is the Recording solution for any serious home studio.

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