By PSW Staff • April 14, 2009 The Digidesign Pro Tools LE Hardware Exchange program allows customers to trade in old or existing Pro Tools LE systems for significant savings on the purchase of a new 003-based Pro Tools LE system. Specifics of the program: A free Pro Tools 8 software upgrade. The upgrade to Pro Tools LE 8 software is $149.95, but participants in the Pro Tools LE Hardware Exchange program will receive the software in the new system. Highlights of Pro Tools 8 include up to 3 times more audio tracks – now 48 stereo audio tracks; dedicated MIDI Editor window vastly simplifies and streamlines MIDI sequencing; five new A.I.R. virtual instruments; 30 additional effects plug-ins; new Score Editor window based on Sibelius notation engine; redesigned user interface with new enhancements and customizability; Elastic Pitch functionality allows real-time pitch transposition; new track compositing workflow allows for easily constructing a performance from multiple takes. Access to the all-new 003 Rack+ Factory, the newest Pro Tools LE hardware interface, which features eight built-in mic preamps. Customers can access the new 003 Complete bundles, which pair a 003 Factory or 003 Rack Factory system with the Complete Production Toolkit – supporting up to 7.1 surround mixing, up to 128 simultaneous audio tracks, over $2,650 in additional effects and virtual instrument plug-ins, and much more. Access to the new Music Production Toolkit 2 for additional savings. Music Production Toolkit 2 features a more powerful plug-in selection, support for up to 64 simultaneous stereo audio tracks, and more. Registered owners of a Digidesign ToolBox, Digi 001, Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, Mbox 2 Mini, Mbox 2, or Mbox 2 Pro system are eligible. Visit www.digidesign.com/grow for additional program details, pricing information and to find your local authorized Digidesign dealer. Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Audio Avid DAW Effects Free Frequencies Hardware Instruments Manufacturer Microphones MIDI Mixing Music New Performances Plugins Pro Tools Production Programs Racks Software Stereo Support Surround System Systems Tracks Virtual · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.