Digidesign Announces Transfuser Remix Competition Winners


Daly City, Calif, 2008-12-04 DALY CITY, Calif., (December 4, 2008) — Digidesign®, a part of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), today announced the winners of Remixing Pro Tools: The Crystal Method contest. The contest, which ran in cooperation with dance music pioneers The Crystal Method and online community Fuzz.com, kicked off in June and marked the release of Transfuser™, Digidesign’s new groove creation virtual instrument for Pro Tools|HD®, Pro Tools LE® and Pro Tools M-Powered™ systems.

The contest encouraged participants to create their own original remixes of a track from The Crystal Method’s newest album using Transfuser software. The Fuzz.com community users were then given the chance to vote on the best remix and narrow the field to a handful of finalists. The winners were then selected by Digidesign and The Crystal Method.

Jack Kirkpatrick of Chapel Hill, North Carolina was awarded the first prize, a complete Pro Tools Transfuser personal studio package with a retail value of more than $2,400 US, which included a Digidesign 003® Rack Factory, the Transfuser virtual instrument, M-Audio® Studiophile® BX8a Deluxe studio monitors, an M-Audio Axiom® 49 keyboard and a one-year subscription to Remix magazine. Runner-up Ed Faris of Los Angeles, California, won a Pro Tools Transfuser portable studio package valued at more than $800 US, which included a Digidesign Mbox® 2 Micro, the Transfuser virtual instrument, a M-Audio KeyRig™ 25 keyboard, a set of M-Audio IE 20 XB reference headphones and a one-year subscription to Remix magazine.

Transfuser software offers an array of unique tools and real-time effects for working with audio files and makes it easy to create, manipulate and perform innovative loop- and rhythm-based music on the fly—within the studio-standard Pro Tools digital recording environment. The library of nearly 2 GB of loops and sounds makes it easy for users to begin making music instantly.

“Winning the 003 Rack Factory system gives me a whole new set of tools to work with,” said Kirkpatrick.

Faris added, “I’m sure it’s going to give my creativity a serious kick-start. “I use Pro Tools nearly every day, so it’s great to now have a portable setup too.  I’m really excited about the full version of Transfuser. It’s a really powerful instrument.”

Dusty DiMercurio, Digidesign’s personal studio products marketing manager, said “This competition has been a great way to kick off the official release of Transfuser. Our users have come up with so many great remixes; it’s been a real challenge to select a winner.”

Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method said, We want to thank everyone who took the time to participate and submit a remix. This plug-in is just amazing—it’s really such a perfect tool for remixing, and it's really cool to hear the outcome of so many unique and well-done interpretations of this track. It's exciting to be able to share brand new music with people in such an instant and interactive way. It's taken us weeks to absorb them all and select a winner. We loved many of them, so it wasn't easy. In the end, we've chosen two winners. Congratulations to them, and thanks again to everyone who entered.

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 .  

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 is 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, 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®, 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 0Technical 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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