December 7, 2006


The update makes its way across the Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered line up.

New features for music creation include Dynamic Transport mode, which allows playback to operate independently of the current selection, and the Loop Trim tool, which allows users to easily turn audio or MIDI regions into loops. New key signature features, loop preview options, and click track features also streamline music composition. Pro Tools 7.3 also bridges the DAW with Sibelius notation software, allowing users to "Send to Sibelius" where they can easily export Pro Tools MIDI compositions or individual tracks to Sibelius to print arrangements or instrumental parts.

User customization and speed-enhancing features have also been added to the new release. The new Window Configurations feature allows users to store and recall up to 99 window layouts, while memory locations, Zoom Toggle preferences, and track heights are all user-customizable. For efficiency, users can make many changes to their mixing configurations without manually stopping and restarting playback. New drag-and-drop plug-in settings functionality allows for instant plug-in opening or settings recall. For post pros working with Pro Tools LE 7.3 software, the DV Toolkit 2 option adds new QuickTime video editing and export features, as well as integrated multi-channel field audio matching.

Version 7.3 is available for all Digidesign-qualified Windows XP- and Mac OS X-based Pro Tools systems — including Intel-based Mac systems. Pricing is  $199 for the standard HD upgrade or $79 from Pro Tools HD 7.2. LE users can upgrades from LE 6.x for $75 or from LE 7.x for $49. And M-Powered users can upgrade to V.7.3 for $49.