If you’re looking for a Digital Audio Workstation, this might be a good time to look at Pro Tools 9.
[ad#Google Adsense 300x250 in story]If you purchase Pro Tools 9 + Mbox family or Pro Tools MP + M-Audio interface bundle, Avid will throw in Eleven LE, Strike and Velvet for free. The plug-ins alone are valued at $950, according to Avid.
In case you’re not familiar with the plug-ins, Eleven LE is Avid’s guitar modeling software. I’ve been using Eleven for a couple of years in my studio and the modeling of the amps is top notch.
Strike is a virtual drummer. It’s actually been a while since I’ve used Strike, but it is a full-featured plug-in allowing you to build drum beats in your DAW. Velvet is a plug-in that focuses on emulations of popular electric pianos.
If those virtual instruments aren’t what you’re looking for, you can purchase one virtual instrument and then upgrade to the Pro Tools Expansion Pack. The pack features the Structure sampler workstation, Transfuser groove creator, and Hybrid synthesizer, for a lower price.
You can also save 25 percent on M-Audio GSR PA speakers if that’s more up your alley.