Digidesign HD Accel PCI Card

Sep 15, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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HD Accel is a new PCI card for Pro Tools|HD systems that delivers nearly twice the DSP power of first-generation Pro Tools|HD cards; Pro Tools 6.2 TDM software now included with all Pro Tools|HD systems to support the Pro Tools|HD Accel cards; and the latest HDpack plug-in bundles for free. The card is now shipping.

While the HD Core card remains unchanged from original Pro Tools|HD systems, the HD Accel card replaces the previous-generation HD Process cards and may be added to any Pro Tools|HD system to supercharge its processing power and provide access to new HD Accel-optimized plug-ins and features. Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel and HD 3 Accel systems feature the HD Core card and one or two HD Accel cards, respectively. The HD Accel card supports next-generation professional plug-ins, including the company’s new Impact mix bus compressor TDM plug-in.

The use of HD Accel cards result in 50% higher voice counts across all sample rates (44.1 to 192 kHz) and substantially increases DSP power and plug-in support; the card also supports future DSP-intensive plug-ins and features. Additionally, Pro Tools|HD Accel integrates with the entire line of Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces and peripherals. Because Pro Tools|HD Accel systems utilize the HD Core card, existing HD-compatible plug-ins are fully supported. HD Accel-enhanced systems continue to support TDM, HTDM, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats.

Also, Pro Tools TDM 6.2 software, which now ships with all Pro Tools|HD systems, is the first release to support the new HD Accel cards. Pro Tools TDM 6.2 software’s easy-to-use, intuitive interface combines V. 6.1’s feature set with support for the new 96i I/O audio interface, (the HD-only, 96kHz-capable 16-input/2-output audio interface), and import and export support for Windows Media Audio 9. Pro Tools TDM 6.2 software offers full cross-platform session compatibility with systems running Pro Tools TDM/LE 5.1 software or higher, and supports all older Pro Tools sessions.

Along with the included standard DigiRack plug-in bundle, Pro Tools|HD Accel systems offer the latest HDpack plug-in bundle, including over $6,600 in free TDM plug-ins. Included in this bundle are Access Virus Indigo, Focusrite d2/d3, Line 6 Amp Farm, Sony Oxford EQ, Wave Mechanics Speed, and Digidesign’s new Impact plug-in, Maxim, D-Fi, Bruno/Reso, Sound Replacer and Reverb One.

MSRP for Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel (HD Core and one HD Accel Process card) is $10,995 U.S. and Pro Tools|HD 3 Accel (HD Core and two HD Accel Process cards) is $13,995 U.S. Both systems come with Pro Tools TDM 6.2 software, either the HDpack 2 V. 5.0 or Hdpack 3 V. 5.0 plug-in bundle in addition to other free software.

For a limited time, Digidesign is offering a special exchange program from Pro Tools|HD to Pro Tools|HD Accel hardware. This special exchange program ends December 20, 2003. Visit www.digidesign.com for more details.

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