Digidesign has announced that Pro Tools 7 software is now shipping for Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools LE systems. Pro Tools 7 M-Powered will follow soon.

The updates deliver a wealth of new features and enhancements such as expanded recording and editing capabilities for audio and MIDI, greater mixing power and flexibility, enhanced efficiency, and improved ease of use.

Digidesign general manager Dave Lebolt said: "We've added new music creation tools such as Instrument Tracks for simple and straightforward integration of virtual instruments, non-destructive real-time MIDI processing, and the ability to work with industry-standard REX and ACID files."

Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of worldwide developer relations said: "Mac OS X is built from the ground up for audio and is used in more professional audio studios than any other platform. With the release of Pro Tools 7, we're thrilled to see Digidesign take advantage of the innovation in Mac OS X Tiger and Power Mac G5 to deliver exceptional performance for music creation and all types of audio production."

Pro Tools 7 is available for Pro Tools systems running Mac OS X and Windows XP.