Digidesign has announced two new hardware exchange programs that allow owners of previous Pro Tools systems (and even some of their competitors) to trade-in their hardware for newer models at substantial discounts. Owners of qualifying hardware can now upgrade to the Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, or Control|24. According to Digi, the two new exchange programs are as follows:
Digi 002/Digi 002 Rack Hardware Exchange Program
Registered owners of Digi 001, Mbox, and Digi Toolbox/Audiomedia III can now upgrade to Digi 002 or Digi 002 Rack and save up to $900 off the list prices.
Digi 002 and Digi 002 Rack are 96 kHz-capable, FireWire-based, and feature eight channels of analog I/O (with four mic pres), ten channels of digital I/O, and built-in MIDI I/O. Additionally, the Digi 002 includes an integrated control surface with eight touch-sensitive motorized faders and eight motion-sensitive rotary encoders. The Digi 002 Rack includes the same I/O capabilities as Digi 002, but in a 2U enclosure without the control surface. Both systems include the latest version of Pro Tools LE software for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
Pricing: Exchange a Digi 001 for a Digi 002 for only $1,595 US (a savings of $900). Exchange a Digi 001 for a Digi 002 Rack for only $795 US (a savings of $500). Exchange an Mbox or Digi Toolbox for a Digi 002 for only $1,795 US (a savings of $700). Exchange an Mbox or Digi Toolbox for a Digi 002 Rack for only $895 US (a savings of $400).
Control|24 Hardware Exchange Program
Owners of qualifying control surfaces and mixers can now upgrade up to Control|24, an integrated front end for Pro Tools TDM and LE systems, for only $5,495 US (a savings of $2,500 US).
The result of a Digidesign and Focusrite partnership, Control|24 shatters everything in its price range in terms of quality and performance. Control|24 features an ergonomic control surface that includes 24 touch-sensitive and motorized faders, 16 Focusrite Class A mic pres, 5.1 surround capabilities, Ethernet connection, and compatibility with both Pro Tools TDM- and LE-based systems (except Digi 002). The control surface provides hands-on access to and control of Pro Tools recording, routing, mixing, and editing parameters. Control|24 transforms even the most complex sequence of functions into a series of intuitive movements, substantially enhancing the speed of working with Pro Tools.
Eligible products for exchange to Control|24 include select control surfaces by JL Cooper, Mackie, Radikal Technologies and Steinberg; select digital mixers by Mackie, Panasonic/Ramsa, Roland, Spirit/Soundcraft, Tascam, and Yamaha; and select analog mixers by Soundcraft, Spirit, and Mackie.
For a complete list of qualifying products and details on how to participate in the exchange programs, visit Digidesign?s Web site at www.digidesign.com.