December 16, 2005


Existing Pro Tools|HD systems are designed to work in PCI and PCI-X slots only, and are not compatible with PCIe technology.

Digidesign has qualified Pro Tools|HD systems for PCIe with the new range of Apple Power Mac G5 computers. The company is planning to test and qualify its PCIe systems with Windows-based computers once machines with at least three usable PCIe slots as standard are introduced to the market.

Since the new Power Mac G5 computers have only three usable PCIe expansion slots, initial Digidesign support for PCIe-based Pro Tools|HD systems is limited to a maximum configuration of three cards. If pros plan to use the new PCIe-based Power Mac G5 computers and want to build an expanded configuration beyond three cards, they will need to use the PCI version of the company’s Pro Tools|HD cards in conjunction with the newly introduced Digidesign Expansion|HD expansion chassis.

The Digidesign Expansion|HD expansion chassis is a brand-new six-slot PCI expansion chassis that connects to the host Windows or Mac computer using either a PCI/PCI-X or PCIe expansion slot. With Expansion|HD, users can install expanded Pro Tools|HD configurations on a wide range of PCI, PCI-X, and PCIe-equipped computers.

PCIe-compatible Pro Tools|HD systems are the same price as their PCI counterparts. Digidesign has expanded its hardware exchange program so users can exchange their Pro Tools LE or legacy Pro Tools TDM system for a Pro Tools|HD system for PCIe or PCI. In addition, Digidesign is offering a crossgrade program for PCI users who want to transition their Pro Tools|HD system to a host computer with PCIe slots.

Pro Tools|HD software Version 7.1 will be required for the PCIe systems. As with Pro Tools 7.0 software, users of PCIe systems wishing to exchange sessions with users of Pro Tools 6.9 or earlier software will need to perform a “Save Session Copy” operation.