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    Digidesign Announces Hybrid and Strike Upgrades
Popular virtual instrument plug-Ins receive new sounds and features



ANAHEIM, Calif., January 17, 2008 (NAMM Convention, booth #6606) - Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), today announced significant updates for two of the most popular virtual instruments created by the company’s acclaimed Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) group. Hybrid™, the high-definition synthesizer, and Strike™, the award-winning virtual drummer plug-in, have each received important new features and dramatic content expansions for 2008.

Hybrid Version 1.5 offers a number of important new features, as well as a vast increase in the program’s already wide sonic palette. Boasting an entirely new VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter) vintage filter, this plug-in update makes it easier than ever to achieve the classic, retro analog synthesizer sounds of the ’70s and ’80s. Hybrid 1.5 also features five new filter saturation modes (Distort, Hard Clip, Rectify, Bit Crush, and Resample), providing additional tone-shaping flexibility. Along with more than 330 all-new patches, all of the original 256 Hybrid 1.0 patches have been reprogrammed to take advantage of the new vintage filter and saturation modes.

Also new is Strike Content Expansion, a software add-on that expands the capacity of Digidesign’s immensely popular Strike virtual drummer plug-in, opening it to an even broader range of musical styles. Strike Content Expansion adds over 300 MB of classic drum machine samples to Strike, all recorded in high definition and making full use of the instrument’s unique control parameters, such as Complexity, Intensity, and microphone placement options. Also included are 100 new “Style” settings, all expertly programmed by artists representing a wide variety of musical genres, expanding the instrument’s functionality to encompass a broader range of drum sounds and rhythm styles.

Pricing and Availability
Both Hybrid Version 1.5 upgrade and the Strike Content Expansion package will be available as a free download for registered Hybrid users from January 22 through March 22, 2008. After March 22nd both upgrades will cost $19.95 (USD).

About Digidesign
Digidesign is the world’s leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. M-Audio, a leading provider of creative tools for computer-centric musicians and audio professionals, and Sibelius Software, the market leader in software for writing, teaching, and publishing music, are business units of Digidesign. For more information, visit www.digidesign.com.

About Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid’s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid® Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company’s Oscar, Grammy and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com.
       
             
             
             
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