Pro Tools Stories October 28, 2015

Recording: PreSonus interface, MIDI keyboard, mic & USB hub $180 (Orig. $400) + 20% off music gear at Amazon, more

Amazon has an interesting home recording bundle available today. The PreSonus Audiobox Music Creation Suite is down to $179.99 shipped (matched at B&H). That’s $220 under the original listing, $70 below Guitar Center, the lowest Amazon has offered the bundle for and the best we can find. The interface and mic alone go for about $100 each.

Perfect for home recording or podcasting, the bundle includes the PreSonus M7 Condenser Microphone, PreSonus AudioBox USB 2×2 USB Recording Interface, the PS49 USB 2.0 49-key MIDI keyboard, HD3 studio monitoring headphones, powered 4-Port USB 2.0 hub and some bundled software (all of this gear will work with Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and more). PreSonus is a well known and trusted music production company and the AudioBox USB 2×2 interface has a 4/5 star rating from nearly 150 Amazon customers.

Before you head below for more discounted recording bundles, Amazon is currently offering an extra 20% off on production gear, guitars, keyboards and more. Use code 20FALLSAV during checkout to redeem the discount. The code will only work items listed in the sale.

More recording/podcasting bundles:

Pro Tools Stories June 10, 2015

Apogee now offers free Waves plug-in bundles worth up to $600 w/ its iOS/Mac audio interfaces

Apogee, an industry leader in digital audio, is now offering some serious software packages with its stellar home audio interfaces. Apogee’s Duet, Quartet and the professional Ensemble interfaces, now come with a free Waves plug-in bundle. While you will be paying regular price for the interface itself, these Waves packages are regular $600 for the Silver bundle and $800 for the Gold package.

You can grab a Duet or Quartet on Amazon right now for $100 less than the new Waves bundles, and you can get these particular plug-in packages for about $200 under their regular price on Amazon. But we rarely see Apogee interfaces go for much less than that outside of special holiday events, and it’s usually manufacturer refurbished models. Anyone in the market for a new Apogee will likely see a lot more value (between $300 and $600 depending on the model) with the new Waves bundle offerings.

These Waves plug-in bundles come with a number of very popular products among professional audio engineers/producers including complete EQ and compression suites for Logic Pro X or Pro Tools etc:

  • Over 30 essential audio plugins for mixing and mastering
  • Great introduction to the world of Waves
  • V5 features new versions of Enigma, MondoMod, Super Tap,
  • Includes compressors, equalizers, reverbs, effects and more

Be sure to check out our new weekly series: The Logic Pros, where we explore all the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices.

Pro Tools Stories September 11, 2014

Avid and Apogee introduce new Pro Tools Quartet and Duet audio interfaces

Announced today, Avid and Apogee have teamed up to offer a new line of Avid Artist Suite interfaces. The new Avid branded Apogee Duet and Quartet feature the same awarding winning I/O and functionality as their non branded counterparts, but sport an all black exterior and come bundled with Pro Tools 11.

With the new interfaces we are getting full Mac and Windows support along with a bundled download of Pro Tools 11, over 60 virtual instruments/effects and an iLok key to authorize it all. There is also access to EUCON-enabled (Extended User Control) I/O software for direct control between the Pro Tools software and the new Apogee hardware.

As for the hardware itself, both the Duet and Quartet pack the same impressive specs and functionality with up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording resolution, a combination of mic/line/instrument/digital/analog I/O, and USB connection for a MIDI keyboard or DJ controller. These interfaces come with Apogee’s reputation for some of the best sounding converters in pro audio, industry standard Pro Tools software, and are priced accordingly:

The new Pro Tools Quartet pre-order will run you $1,899 and the Duet is going for $1,099. If you aren’t interested in Windows support or the bundled Pro Tools software, both the Quartet ($1395) and Duet ($595) can be had at nearly half the price with iOS support included. Apogee has a couple nice charts outlining the differences between each model in detail.

Full Press Release below:

Pro Tools Stories September 10, 2014

Avid Fast Track Solo audio interface with Pro Tools Express $86 shipped (Reg. $179)

Amazon has the Avid Fast Track Solo audio interface with Pro Tools Express for $85.95 shipped. That’s $93 or 52% under the original listing, about $60 under the average selling price, $8 under Guitar Center’s currently discounted listing and the lowest we’ve seen.

It has a mic pre-amp (with phantom power), a 1/4 inch instrument input and ships with a download for Pro Tools Express. It records at up to 24-bit/48kHz and is designed to work with Mac/PC and iOS devices (may require a Lightning to 30-pin adapter which is sold separately). It can be a great introduction to industry standard recording software as well as a nice home recording starter kit at a fraction of the price of Pro Tools 11. Pro Tools is the top selling recording software on Amazon and just about all of Avid’s hardware receive positive reviews.

Pro Tools Stories August 21, 2014

Pro Tools 11 + Mbox Pro interface $760 shipped ($240 off), Pro Tools/KRK recording suite package up to $400 off, more

You can grab an Mbox Pro audio interface and a copy of Pro Tools 10 (w/ upgrade to Pro Tools 11) for $759.55 shipped at Amazon. This package regularly sells for $1000 elsewhere, saving you as much as $240.

The Mbox Pro interface features 8 inputs and 8 outputs total (6 analog), 4 mic pre-amps, 4 insert points for external processing, Midi, DI inputs, a built-in guitar tuner, an iLok 2 USB Key and everything else you’ll need to get going.

Next up, if you need a complete recording suite B&H has a deal on a Pro Tools package today as well. You get Pro Tools 11 and an Mbox interface (not the Pro model) plus KRK Rockit 6 studio monitors ($399 value), a Rode NT1-A Vocal Recording Bundle w/ mic ($239 value) and a number of other goodies like cables, a mic stand and speaker isolation pads for $999.99 shipped.

A full copy of Pro Tools brand new on its own is $600 and the best current price on the Mbox is about $252, adding the other goodies you get in this bundle you are saving as much as $400 compared to the individual prices. Keep in mind that if you already own Pro Tools 10, you can upgrade to 11 for $299.

KRK speakers are a recording industry standard along with Pro Tools software and interfaces. All of the hardware in these packages has received a 4+ star rating on Amazon.

Pro Tools Stories November 28, 2013

expiredNative Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate: $799 (Reg. $1000)

Amazon has just dropped the price on the Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate bundle $200!

You can grab NI’s flagship software bundle for just $799 right now, down from $1000. This is the lowest price we have ever seen Amazon offer this industry leading software bundle for since its release. This is an all inclusive production bundle with a ton of content, including some of the very best virtual instruments, effects, synths and sample libraries available.

It comes with:

  • The all-inclusive premium bundle for music professionals
  • 65 products in total, with 370 GB of samples
  • Over 16,000 sounds created by top sound designers for instant, inspiring quality
  • The cutting edge in studio production, live performance, instrument and sound design
  • Includes the uncompromising new MONARK synth and the completely redesigned powerhouse drum sampler BATTERY 4
  • Simple installation from dedicated hard drive
  • KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE also includes an e-voucher** worth $25 / 25 €, valid on KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects and MASCHINE Expansions at the NI Online Shop

Native Instruments is running its own sale today, offering a number of discounts including 50% off its popular RAZOR synth as well as 50% off all Komplete upgrades and updates. Head over to the official site for more information.

Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate includes everything you see below:

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