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    Digidesign Announces Two New Personal Studio Packages

New “studio-in-a-box” Pro Tools LE systems combine industry-leading software and hardware from Digidesign and M-Audio



ANAHEIM, Calif., NAMM Convention, Booth #6606, January 17, 2008 —Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), today announced the availability of two new personal studio system bundles that each offer popular products from Digidesign and M-Audio. The Pro Tools® Music Creation Studio and Pro Tools Personal Studio bundles both provide everything users needed to record, edit and mix their music, including a complete Pro Tools audio system, microphone, and monitors.

The Pro Tools Music Creation Studio bundle features an Mbox® 2 Factory system, which includes the Mbox 2 audio interface and Pro Tools LE® 7.4 software, along with over $1000 worth of Digidesign® and Bomb Factory® plug-ins. The bundle also includes an M-Audio® Nova® large capsule cardioid microphone, an M- Audio Axiom® 25 advanced 25-key USB MIDI controller keyboard and M-Audio Studiophile™ AV40 desktop monitors. Completing the bundle are three of Digidesign’s acclaimed virtual instruments by the A.I.R. group: Structure™ LE, an advanced sample player; Xpand!™, the sample-playback/synthesis workstation, and Velvet™, the vintage electric pianos emulator. Cables to connect the system are also included.

Also available is the Pro Tools Personal Studio bundle, which features the Mbox® 2 Mini audio interface and Pro Tools LE 7.4 software, an M-Audio Nova mic and Studiophile AV40 desktop monitors, plus Structure LE, the advanced sample player, and Xpand!, the sample-playback/synthesis workstation plug in. Cables to connect the system are also included.

“These packages provide users with everything they need to get started creating pro-sounding music right away—all for a compelling price savings,” remarked Dusty DiMercurio, marketing manager for Digidesign personal studio products. “Users can purchase either a basic or enhanced personal studio system package— complete with all the Digidesign and M-Audio hardware and software they need, including the cables to pull it all together—all for a fraction of the combined cost of the individual components.”

Pricing and Availability:
The Pro Tools Music Creation Studio has a suggested retail price of $895 (USD), a savings of up to $700 if all items are purchased separately. The Pro Tools Personal Studio has a manufacturers suggested retail price of $495 (USD), a savings of up to $350 if all items are purchased separately. Both bundles will be available in the first quarter of 2008 from authorized Digidesign dealers.

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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