IBC 2012: Avid launch Pro Tools HD Native Thunderbolt interface

Avid probably bagged the ‘biggest audio announcement’ award on the first day of IBC 2012 by revealing a new Thunderbolt interface. Designed to work as part of your Pro Tools HD Native setup, the new, self-powered Thunderbolt interface boasts dual DigiLink Mini connectors, supports 64 channels of I/O and includes a serial connector that supports SYNC HD. Designed to be sold in system bundles with HD Series I/O solutions, it ships with Pro Tools 10.3 and Mountain Lion support.

“Avid’s HD Native Thunderbolt is the newest addition to the Pro Tools HD family, giving you all the functionality of the PCIe HD Native card in a portable/desktop-friendly external Thunderbolt format,” explains our Pro Tools expert Rob Holsman. “It offers 64 channels of I/O, is compatible with all the HD I/O series interfaces and is going to perfect for anyone who wants a mobile system (its even bus powered), or would prefer to work on an iMac rather than having to shell out top cash for a Mac Pro.

“Of particular interest to video customers is the fact that HD Native Thunderbolt features a serial connection for a Sync HD peripheral, and the fact that it features an on-board headphone monitoring socket means you don’t have to opt for the Omni I/O just to get this feature. Like the PCIe HD Native card, Avid will be shipping these in bundles with either an Omni or 8x8x8 interface and Pro Tools HD (10.3), and pricing will be identical to the PCIe versions of the bundles.”

Digi 002, Digi 003 and MBox Pro owners will be able to trade in their units for a cheaper Thunderbolt interface (the starting price is around £2079 ex VAT, which is a $1000 saving on the RRP). You can see the full range of HD Native Thunderbolt Interface options here.

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