Avid HD Series Interfaces, HEAT

The HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI offer customers flexible configurations to support a variety of analog and open digital formats for audio recording, mixing and playback. Additionally, new HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology) software allows customers to add the realism of vintage analog sound to the Pro Tools mixer via a single global control.
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The HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI offer customers flexible configurations to support a variety of analog and open digital formats for audio recording, mixing and playback. Additionally, new HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology) software allows customers to add the realism of vintage analog sound to the Pro Tools mixer via a single global control.

The new interfaces feature advances in design, filtering and clocking and flexible digital I/O connectivity, which offers support for a variety of formats. Additionally, Curv, a new soft-knee analog limiter in HD OMNI and HD I/O, cuts the time customers spend re-recording and editing by tracking hotter signals when recording, preventing distortion when overloading inputs.

HD I/O allows customers to achieve the highest-quality audio record and playback with the option of three space-saving configurations—16x16 analog, 16x16 digital and 8x8x8 analog and digital—in a 2RU rackmountable interface. HD OMNI (pictured) frees up customer workspace by integrating the functionality of numerous costly outboard components into an all-in-one sound solution for recording, mixing and monitoring. Features include state-of-the-art conversion, two mic preamps, headphone outputs, a full-featured surround monitor section and a 14x26-channel persistent mixer that functions even when the computer is off. HD MADI opens up workflows and speeds production time for broadcast, live sound and post-production sound professionals by offering the ability to easily connect Pro Tools HD systems to industry-standard MADI infrastructures without the need for a format converter. Built-in sample-rate conversion on all inputs and outputs allow customers to integrate into workflows with multiple sample rates (upstream and downstream) using a single, 64-channel 1RU rackmountable interface.

Designed with digital/analog engineer Dave Hill of Crane Song, the HEAT software option for Pro Tools HD systems is an innovation for mixers who value the warmth and sound qualities of tubes, tape machines and analog consoles, but want to eliminate the complications and expenses of using tape machines and vintage outboard processors, or managing plug-in changes across multiple tracks. Customers can now directly add the best-sounding qualities to every track in the Pro Tools mixer using a single, global control.

HD OMNI, HD MADI and HD I/O converters and HEAT software are available today worldwide. Pricing begins at $3,995 U.S. MSRP for HD I/O; HD OMNI is available for $2,995; HD MADI is available for $4,995; and HEAT software is available for $495 in the box or via download on the Avid eStore.

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