High-performance interface for Pro Tools native systems provides an affordable entry to the power of Pro Tools | Ultimate
With an Avid Pro Tools | Ultimate Native Thunderbolt Core interface, a Pro Tools Ultimate system is no longer out of reach for the home or project studio owner looking to create high-quality music productions or sound for picture. With Pro Tools | Ultimate Native, you get the same sound quality of Pro Tools | HDX. However, instead of dedicated DSP, Pro Tools Ultimate Native taps the power of your Mac or PC, while still enabling you to take on massive projects. Thanks to the incredible speed of Thunderbolt, the latency of USB and FireWire interfaces is a thing of the past. Pro Tools | Ultimate Native provides the advanced tools and functionality you require, as well as near-sample-accurate lock to timecode to syncronize and expedite video post projects. With its flexible options and lower pricing, you can have the highest performance of any host-based audio workstation—proving once again that less is more when it comes to Pro Tools | Ultimate Native.
Avid Pro Tools | Ultimate Native Thunderbolt Core in one take:
- Your choice of Thunderbolt or PCIe
- Audiophile-quality sound
- Double your I/O with up to 64 channels
- Easy integration for studio upgrades
Which should I use, Thunderbolt or PCIe?
PCIe cards are well known for their high speed and ability to create a seamless link between computer and audio interface, which in turn makes audio streaming more robust and reliable. If you are using, or planning to buy a PC workstation, such as one of the Avid-certified HP Z-series, PCIe is also your only option. However, the new generation of Macs are now Thunderbolt-equipped and lack the expansion slots for PCIe cards. As a Mac user, Thunderbolt is chosen for you (see below). However, if you have PCIe processing cards you don’t want to lose, such as a UAD-2 powered DSP cards, or a video capture card, a PCIe expansion chassis such as the Magma ExpressBox 3T, which is Avid certified, will let you integrate your existing PCIe cards with your Mac via Thunderbolt 2, allowing you to keep your powered plug-ins without re-investing. If you’re using a legacy Mac Pro silver tower (up to 2012), or plan on buying a refurbished one, then PCIe is the only option.
Avid Pro Tools|Ultimate Native Thunderbolt
If the name wasn’t already trademarked, Avid’s Pro Tools | Ultimate Native Thunderbolt interface would be called, The Flash (or Zoom). Thunderbolt virtually eliminates the performance inhibiting latency found on most USB or FireWire interfaces. Avid Pro Tools | Ultimate Native Thunderbolt employs 64-bit floating-point processing, which yields up to 256 tracks on 64 channels, as well as providing greater headroom and mix resolution than other Native solutions. Thunderbolt offers performance rivaling that of any professional MADI or PCIe audio system.
Thunderbolt’s speed and elegant simplicity make it the perfect companion for mobile systems. With Pro Tools|Ultimate Native Thunderbolt, you can use your MacBook, Mac Mini, or iMac to connect with your Ultimate Omni, and enjoy the sound quality, low latency, and the power that professionals have come to rely on. The Thunderbolt interface has an audiophile-quality headphone amp that gives you an additional headphone out for monitoring alongside your Pro Tools Ultimate interface. Plus, it’s powerful enough to drive high-impedance headphones.
With floating-point processing at up to 32-bit/192kHz resolution, Pro Tools | Ultimate Native provides the highest audio fidelity and transparency with any Pro Tools | Ultimate-series audio interface you choose. Simply add one or more premium Pro Tools audio interfaces to your core system. Customizable Ultimate I/O enables you to select the I/O you need to connect to your analog and digital sources. Track, mix, and monitor in up to 7.1 surround with the all-in-one Ultimate OMNI. Plus, Ultimate Native gives you more headroom thanks to 32-bit floating-point processing. Keep clip lights at bay while preserving the level and response of your instrument tracks without obsessive gain staging.
Go big or go home
Whether you’re on the scoring stage recording an orchestra, or mixing a noisy feature film with thousands of audio clips and effects, Pro Tools | Ultimate Native will double your I/O with up to 64 channels. Pro Tools | Ultimate Native delivers 4x more automatic delay compensation, which enables you to work with large plug-in-heavy mixes without the phase issues that come from inaccurate latency reporting—and, if you’re a Gustav Mahler kind of composer, you can create enormous sessions with up to 256 audio and 256 instrument tracks, and up to 512 MIDI tracks and 512 Aux tracks.
Easy studio integration
Pro Tools | Ultimate Native makes it easy to upgrade your DAW or even your entire studio. Simply connect the system into any MADI-enabled broadcast, post-production, or live sound environment through the Ultimate MADI option. With SYNC Ultimate you can keep your Pro Tools | Ultimate Native system and all other digital devices locked together in perfect sync.
Strengthen your core with a Pro Tools | Ultimate Native Thunderbolt Core system and unleash Pro Tools mayhem on an unsuspecting studio. For more information, call or chat with your Westlake Pro sales consultant today.