Avid launches Pro Tools | Carbon: ‘A complete project studio solution’

Avid has today unveiled Pro Tools | Carbon, a new audio interface which the company has hailed as its “fastest, smoothest and most inspiring recording experience yet”.

Designed for artists, engineers and producers, Pro Tools | Carbon features intelligent Pro Tools integration that combines the power of the user’s native CPU with HDX DSP acceleration.

Darrell Thorp, nine-time Grammy Award-winning engineer for such artists as Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Beck, commented: “With onboard HDX DSP, Pro Tools | Carbon puts low latency power at your fingertips. I can have AAX DSP plugins on my tracking channels at the ready and access them whenever I want. I work extremely fast, so the fewer steps that I need to think about, the better. Pro Tools | Carbon really speeds up the recording process. Plus, it’s transparent converter and preamp design sounds amazing.”

“With Pro Tools | Carbon, Avid brings groundbreaking, innovative tools and technologies like HDX DSP to a new generation of music creators around the globe to capture their best performances,” said Dana Ruzicka, general manager of audio at Avid. “Pro Tools | Carbon is a complete project studio solution that has immense capability without the complexities that bog down music creators. It has onboard HDX DSP, which lets you record through effects in real-time, virtually eliminating latency, along with some of the highest quality I/O we’ve ever delivered to record a whole band and dial in individual low latency cue mixes for each player.”

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The all-new Pro Tools Hybrid Engine enables users to drive their CPUs to the limit when working with virtual instruments and mixing. It simultaneously allows users to access on-demand, low latency channels to record through AAX DSP plugins in real-time, with sub-1 ms latency monitoring performance.

AAX DSP is at the core of the Hybrid Engine and is the only plugin architecture that offers ‘true hybrid capabilities’. AAX DSP delivers the same sound quality in both native and HDX DSP Acceleration domains, meaning users can toggle in and out of DSP Mode. This also enables music creators to disconnect Pro Tools | Carbon and take their mix on the road or collaborate with others who don’t have the interface.

Pro Tools | Carbon comes with four headphone outputs to send individual monitor mixes, eight preamps combined with 16 channels of ADAT inputs and an onboard talkback mic.

Available now, pricing starts at $3,999 USD, which includes a one-year Pro Tools subscription and partner plugins from Arturia, McDSP, Plugin Alliance, UVI, Native Instruments and Embody at no additional cost.