Avid Announces Music Creation Tool for the Masses

Paul Lilly

Professional musicians are already familiar with Avid's Pro Tools hardware and software bundles, and starting today, hobbyists and audio enthusiasts whose pockets don't run quite as deep can join in the fun with Avid's new Pro Tools SE line, essentially simplified versions of the beefier bundles.

Avid promises users will have access to the same front-end used in more powerful members of the Pro Tools family, while including all the necessary features for casual music creation. Some of the key features of the Pro Tools SE software include a simplified user interface, improved project browser, and a Quick Start option for projects with Music Selector.

There are a few different hardware/software bundles to choose from, including Avid KeyStudio ($130) with a 49-key keyboard, M-Audio Micro USB audio interface, and USB connector cable; Avid Recording Studio ($120) with M-Audio Fast Track audio interface and USB connector cable; and Avid Vocal Studio ($100) with an M-Audio Producer USB microphone, desktop mic stand, carrying pouch, and USB connector cable. Each package also comes with Avid's Pro Tools SE recording software.

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