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Digidesign Pro Tools M-Powered 8 DAW Software  

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        Exciting enhancements and up to 48 audio tracks to M-Power you.

        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, 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.

        Features

        • 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

        Enjoy the latest features, options, and enhancements of this newest version. Order now!

         

        Pro Tools M-Powered 8 DAW Software Specifications:

        • 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: http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?navid=54&itemid=36610&langid=1
        • iLok key included
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        4.2

        (based on 16 reviews)

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        OK now

        All these poor reviews are wrong! Obviously they do not know how to be a Pro Tools Operator, it is never the case of it won't do it, it's always the case of...Read complete review

        All these poor reviews are wrong! Obviously they do not know how to be a Pro Tools Operator, it is never the case of it won't do it, it's always the case of the operator does not know the correct procedure. Learn the correct way and you will be pleased, glitchy and poping noises reaks of amature settings of the input setup the key to working in PT's, read up learn and have a decent computer, max out your ram invest in your own flow. If you do the wrong thing long enough it will always seem strange when it finnally works correctly. Well IMHO I use PT's LE and it never crashes, with over 50 tracks and I've had so many plug ins running with a mastering pto gram simultaniously I thought for sure I could make it crash, but no i just get great sounding 320 mp3's for the internet that sound like wave files and 16 bit wave file to burn CD's always flawlessly.Learn your product, it does take time to get your head around it , but i find it the most intuitive software I've ever worked with. If your a GTR guy Get the Eleven Rack it has LE for free and you will be in heaven.I use eleven rack with an old 002 PT board and a Max G8, even my pod XT Live does POD's Amp Farm dual rig as a plug in, ha and then it also works with windows as the sound card, putting the board in live mode.....LEARN!!loowood google me an put some headphones on hear for your self

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        Price is misrepresented

        Yes, this is a fine piece of DAW software. No doubt about it. However, it should be clearly stated that the advertised price does not get you the use of the software....Read complete review

        Yes, this is a fine piece of DAW software. No doubt about it. However, it should be clearly stated that the advertised price does not get you the use of the software. That is why I gave Pro Tools such a low overall rating in this review.After you have purchased and registered the product you will find out (at the last step of "activation") that you will be required to enter into contract with a third party vendor (iLok) to purchase their USB product key(s) and pay their "upgrade" fees in order to use the Pro Tools software reliably. iLok makes no clear statement as to what will happen to your software licenses if the iLok is lost or stolen. iLok requires that you buy additional poducts from them if you want assurance of "zero downtime" (actually not possible with the iLok system) should the iLok fail, become damaged, lost or stolen. iLok provides no phone contact for their customers, and even has charges that they levy against you for things like typing in an erroneous access code. If you are foolish enough to have your DAW on an internet connection and iLok "detects" that your iLok "needs" the latest update/patch then they will disable your iLok and it's software licenses until you have downloaded and installed their latest "patch". It's really a shame that this is the path that software licensing has taken. I would suggest to anyone considering buying software that requires the iLok to read the customer reviews of the iLok product at the Musician's Friend website. It should also be noted that, for example, Cakewalk Sonar does not use the iLok or other hardware key (dongle) so there are no hidden costs or risks in buying and using their DAW programs. If Cakewalk Sonar can do without dongles (the highest rated DAW software; see reviews in Mix, Recording, Sound on Sound, etc.) then why can't everyone else?

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        4.0

        Little frustrating

        I have been using PT8 M-powered for about a year now. It has a good set of plug ins and has an excellent sound quality. My biggest complaint is that it is a resource hog. I am running an i5 (at 4G) processor on XP with 4G of RAM. I also try to run Omnisphere. I get tons of out of memory messages even after reconfiguring the system memory with the help of Omnisphere tech support. If you want to lay down some serious tracks purchase yourself a 64 bit program. I am planning on switching DAW's after I do some more research and upgrading to 64 bit, windows 7 on my machine. If you want to stick with the stock plugs in and just noodle around this is a good program for that.

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        5.0

        Great

        By dMon

        from Dallas, TX

        I'm shocked at all the issues and negative reviews. Maybe it's because I upgraded? I had Pro Tools 7 M-Powered (purchased from MF) and didn't really like it that much. I still found myself using Live and Logic to produce tracks. Then I upgraded to 8 via the m-audio.com site. 8 is a VAST improvement. I've since switched over to barely doing any MIDI work, and doing a lot more "live" playing. I may toss in a midi track to get going, but I immediately record the audio and dump the 3rd-party plug-ins to save CPU power. It's actually made music making more fun! It has a much more live feel to it. I haven't had any issues with PT other than CPU usage, and that can be fixed with some tweaking of the latency and the dumping of big plugs when not in use. My PT 7 came with the iLock dongle, and I haven't had any trouble with that. If you use soft synths, you're going to have to deal with iLock. That's just the way things are now. It'll be a long time before I jump to PT9, as I've learned that upgrading doesn't always fix issues; but usually causes them. If it ain't broke...

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        2.0

        Still waiting

        By slicktalemusic

        from mid ohio valley

        I bought the mpowered software and finally got it onto the outboard hard drive.however it will do ABSOLUTELY nothing if you don't purchase the hardware from avid. You can't even mix tracks you already have recorded. Lame, and good luck with any customer service, and try to find out what will work with this is impossible. I've had the software for almost a year and nothing. Be careful!!!!

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        5.0

        excellent...

        By James _pro-tools user

        from North Carolina

        Being a long time user of many workstations and other software DAW's ,I can say this about M Powered Pro Tools 8, it's great. I loaded it on my XP PC and am using an MAudio 2496 PCI card, no issues. Follow the instructions.It does use the USB ILOK key but registering is simple plus registration comes with added plug ins for free. There is no additioanal key charge to use this package, follow the instructions. One thing is for certain, users of other packages will love the Smart Tool and the ability to adjust meter around. Bringing outside sound files into your session with the workspace tool using elastic stretch is amazing...Editing is a snap as is punch and loop recording. The included plug-ins are clearly enough to complete and master an entire session and that includes midi instruments. Comapr4ed to other mainstream DAW's I can tell you this, not one crash and burn since loading, no lockups etc..and this is on a 4 gig XP PC. I cannot say the same about the other two packages I have. excellent value, excellent results but do not expect to load it and complete your own CD in a day or two, all DAW's have a learning curve, take the time to learn the system and it will give back 10 fold...

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        4.0

        Great DAW but be warned

        By Loves pro-tools

        from Illinois

        I purchsed this software from musicians friend because I already owned a M-Audio PCI card so I thought I could buy a used PC that met the specs and for under $500.00 I would be Pro tooling. Wrong ! It is strongly recomended that you store your audio files in an external hardrive so I bought one . USB & spent hours re-configuruing etc.,Wrong! only firewire! so I E-Bayed that and bought a firewire harddrive and firewire PCI card since the computer I bought didn't have firewire ports still Wrong ! My PC has only one PCI slot currently being used by my M-adio soundcard. So now 2 months after my software arrived,and hours on the phone with Dell tech support I will be using the second 2 port Firewire card that I bought " the first one didn't fit" with a new M-Audio firewiwe audio interface and my firewire external hardrive. and selling my old sondcard on E-bay. Total cost with additonal drum and pitch correct software $950.00 and endless aggrivation, though between reconfigurations I managed do make some pretty good demos with Pro tools and hope to finally start on my new record soon.

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        5.0

        Pro production environment

        By Wayno

        from Tacoma WA

        I am surprised to see any negative feedback on this product. I have 25 years of audio software sales and real world studio use. This is as close as your gonna get to this big boys for this kind of investment. The elastic audio is worth the price alone (fix the timing of any live audio tracks). You may want to check into Pro tools 9 for some of you, it can be used with any core audio or asio device, it's more money but is way cool. As to the Ilok, it is the standard and this package comes with a dongle, create your account and move on.

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        5.0

        OK now

        All these poor reviews are wrong! Obviously they do not know how to be a Pro Tools Operator, it is never the case of it won't do it, it's always the case of the operator does not know the correct procedure. Learn the correct way and you will be pleased, glitchy and poping noises reaks of amature settings of the input setup the key to working in PT's, read up learn and have a decent computer, max out your ram invest in your own flow. If you do the wrong thing long enough it will always seem strange when it finnally works correctly. Well IMHO I use PT's LE and it never crashes, with over 50 tracks and I've had so many plug ins running with a mastering pto gram simultaniously I thought for sure I could make it crash, but no i just get great sounding 320 mp3's for the internet that sound like wave files and 16 bit wave file to burn CD's always flawlessly.Learn your product, it does take time to get your head around it , but i find it the most intuitive software I've ever worked with. If your a GTR guy Get the Eleven Rack it has LE for free and you will be in heaven.I use eleven rack with an old 002 PT board and a Max G8, even my pod XT Live does POD's Amp Farm dual rig as a plug in, ha and then it also works with windows as the sound card, putting the board in live mode.....LEARN!!loowood google me an put some headphones on hear for your self

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        2.0

        Don't buy! AVOID!

        By JVonD

        from Boulder, CO

        I'm currently testing the DAW with the M-Audio Profire 2626 with the hopes of doing live band mixing/recording and I am encountering problems. Clicks and pops occur. It's a system hog! It doesn't seem to use too much CPU but it will still glitch the (RTAS) audio with all different kinds of setups. I use it with an awesome i7 CPU system with Win XP and Win 7. Both OS's encountered the same issues. I wouldn't trust this system with anyone's sound. Bouncing takes way to long. ILock key is unnecessary because you need their hardware anyway. You can NOT stereo bus to a single stereo file, only 2 mono files which makes it a pain in the butt when you want to burn a CD right away.Their customer service is horrible! Probably because they have so many people having problems with their products.It's ok but it will most likely let you down in the middle of a session.

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        1.0

        Price is misrepresented

        By Lostboy13

        from Olympic Peninsula, Washington

        Yes, this is a fine piece of DAW software. No doubt about it. However, it should be clearly stated that the advertised price does not get you the use of the software. That is why I gave Pro Tools such a low overall rating in this review.After you have purchased and registered the product you will find out (at the last step of "activation") that you will be required to enter into contract with a third party vendor (iLok) to purchase their USB product key(s) and pay their "upgrade" fees in order to use the Pro Tools software reliably. iLok makes no clear statement as to what will happen to your software licenses if the iLok is lost or stolen. iLok requires that you buy additional poducts from them if you want assurance of "zero downtime" (actually not possible with the iLok system) should the iLok fail, become damaged, lost or stolen. iLok provides no phone contact for their customers, and even has charges that they levy against you for things like typing in an erroneous access code. If you are foolish enough to have your DAW on an internet connection and iLok "detects" that your iLok "needs" the latest update/patch then they will disable your iLok and it's software licenses until you have downloaded and installed their latest "patch". It's really a shame that this is the path that software licensing has taken. I would suggest to anyone considering buying software that requires the iLok to read the customer reviews of the iLok product at the Musician's Friend website. It should also be noted that, for example, Cakewalk Sonar does not use the iLok or other hardware key (dongle) so there are no hidden costs or risks in buying and using their DAW programs. If Cakewalk Sonar can do without dongles (the highest rated DAW software; see reviews in Mix, Recording, Sound on Sound, etc.) then why can't everyone else?

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        5.0

        Really impressed

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Although it took me three days to download correctly and many trips to the support site, once i got it up and running Pro tools is awesome. I am really impressed with the layout and ease of recording. I was able to go the digidesigns website and upgrade my version for free. All in all this is a great product.

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