Digidesign Releases Transfuser and Announces Remixing Competition with The Crystal Method on Fuzz.com


Daly City, Calif, 2008-06-27 Digidesign, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID), announced today the immediate availability of its eagerly-anticipated Transfuser virtual instrument for Pro Tools.  

Making it easier than ever to begin making music in Pro Tools®, Transfuser comes packed with nearly 2 GB of loops and phrases to get users started quickly. By combining a series of modular drum machine/sound generators, dedicated sequencers, loop manipulation tools, and effects with an intuitive drag-and-drop composition/editing interface, users can easily create, manipulate and perform loop- and rhythm-based music on the fly with Transfuser

“Transfuser is an incredibly fun and creative way to quickly make and manipulate music right in Pro Tools.” says Dusty DiMercurio, Digidesign’s personal studio products marketing manager. “Many people today rely on audio loops and phrases to create music. Transfuser offers user-friendly tools and a simple workflow that enables anyone to easily remix grooves and create original music from these building blocks—as quickly as their creativity flows.”

Remixing Pro Tools: The Crystal Method Contest (US and Canada only)*
Marking the release of Transfuser, Digidesign has teamed with noted electronic music pioneers The Crystal Method, artist community Fuzz.com, and Remix magazine to offer Pro Tools users, remixers, DJs, musicians and music fans an opportunity to take part in a remixing contest to create their own original version of a brand new track from The Crystal Method’s upcoming studio album due in stores this fall.

By visiting www.fuzz.com/remixingprotools, participants can download The Crystal Method song session, create their own remix, and then upload an MP3 of their work by September 30, 2008. The Fuzz.com user community (a free membership) will vote for their favorite remixes, with The Crystal Method, Digidesign, Remix, and Fuzz.com staff reviewing the top voted remixes and selecting one winner and one runner-up to each receive a personal studio prize package. 

Since downloading the preview last month, The Crystal Method’s Ken Jordan has become a huge fan of Digidesign’s newest virtual instrument. “We are so excited to be a part of this remix contest. This will be the first time anyone has heard anything from our new album and now you have the opportunity to remix it. We've been using Transfuser ourselves at Crystalwerks and can't wait to hear how others use it to get creative with this track. Transfuser works so well on Pro Tools that we know everyone will have lots of fun creating their own remixes.”

“This competition is a great way to kick off the official release of Transfuser,” adds DiMercurio. “Thanks in part to the 3-month free preview of Transfuser we’ve been able to offer Pro Tools users, there’s already a tremendous level of excitement and anticipation for the product. We’re happy to further empower this community with the release of the full version, and I’m personally really excited to hear what our users come up with now that they have access to the expanded sound library included with the full release.”

Pricing and Availability
Transfuser has a suggested retail price of $295 US and is currently available for purchase from the Digidesign website. For more information, visit www.digidesign.com/transfuser. To enter the remixing contest with The Crystal Method, visit www.fuzz.com/remixingprotools*

*The Remixing Pro Tools: The Crystal Method contest is open to legal resident of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec), who have reached eligible age in their state or province at the time of entry.

About The Crystal Method
As The Crystal Method, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have been fixtures on the electronic music scene for more than 10 years. Over the course of three studio albums and two mix records, including the ground-breaking debut Vegas, the band has cemented its reputation through successful collaborations with rock heavyweights and years of touring, both as a live act and as DJs. Grammy nominated for 2004’s Legion of Boom, the duo currently host “Community Service” on LA’s Indie 103.1 FM, and have recently finished scoring both their first feature film, London, as well as the theme to Fox’s series Bones. The Crystal Method recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary (and platinum certification) of their momentous debut album Vegas with the release of Vegas (Deluxe Edition).  The band are currently hard at work on their fourth studio album, which they will support with an extensive tour.

About Digidesign
Digidesign is a worldwide 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. Digidesign is a part of Avid Technology, Inc. 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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