New Pro Tools less hardware dependent
October 12, 2010

New Pro Tools less hardware dependent

BURLINGTON, MA — Avid ( has introduced Pro Tools|HD Native, a new version of Pro Tools that relies on computer CPU host processing power. Making use of an efficient native audio driver, the system provides high performance without the need for additional dedicated processing hardware. 

The Pro Tools|HD Native is an integrated hardware and software solution featuring a Pro Tools|HD Native PCIe card and running Pro Tools HD software. The system offers up to 64 channels of premium audio conversion and I/O. Support for SYNC HD enables accurate synchronization to picture for post workflows. The system also integrates with Avid’s ICON and C|24 worksurfaces. 

Pro Tools|HD Native supports Core Audio and ASIO drivers, enabling broad compatibility with third-party audio applications, such as Apple Logic and Steinberg Cubase. An integrated low latency mixer allows customers to focus on recording high quality audio, and the PCIe card enables users to easily establish a low latency monitor path directly in the system.

Customers can choose between Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard 10.6 or higher versions. The solution will be available November 5 with prices starting at $3,495. Pro Tools|HD Native will also be available bundled with Pro Tools HD OMNI I/O, starting at $5,995.