Avid has announced Digidesign Eleven Rack, a standalone hardware unit that combines a realistic guitar amp and effects processor with a high-quality computer recording audio interface, to create what Avid describes as "the ultimate recording and performance solution for guitar players". Bundled with Pro Tools LE, Avid says that Eleven Rack "empowers performing or recording guitarists to focus on what's most important—great tone, great recordings and great performances".
- Replicate everything guitarists love about vintage and modern amplifiers—without the hassle of storing or maintaining them.
- Create the ability to record incredible guitar tone without needing to re-record a great performance due to bad tone.
- Reproduce tones captured in the studio in live performances with ease and flexibility.
Avid says that Eleven Rack "delivers a new level of tone realism" with a broad range of emulations of legendary guitar amplifiers. A unique Tone Cloning process differentiates Eleven Rack from other modeling products by capturing every stage of the signal path—point-to-point—ensuring authentic guitar amp tone. Eleven Rack delivers all of the subtle nuances that for decades have defined the uniqueness of playing through a physical guitar amp, including power amp sag, ghost notes and cabinet resonance. Additionally, the system uses convolution processing to create realistic microphone and cabinet sounds, and offers emulations of the most popular stomp-boxes and effect units of the last 40 years.
Eleven Rack is also a high resolution USB 2.0, 8-channel recording interface and includes Pro Tools LE 8—providing access to 48 stereo tracks and more than 70 plug-ins, effects and virtual instruments. Guitarists never have to re-record a track again if they are unsatisfied with the guitar sound in a performance. Eleven Rack directly interfaces with Pro Tools allowing a guitarist to record both dry and processed guitar tracks while simultaneously allowing for re-amping later, without re-patching a single cable. With all amplifier and effect settings embedded into the recorded Eleven Rack audio tracks, guitar players can easily recall previous settings at any time. Built-in DSP processing also enables guitar players to benefit from no audible latency when recording—a vital part of the guitar recording experience.
From Studio to Stage
Eleven Rack can also serve as a standalone effects processor—with no computer required—offering guitar players access to rich tones when they play live. The unit has a number of I/O connections that enable users to easily incorporate it into their live setup or use it as a replacement for their live rig by running it directly into a PA/live sound system. Any tone perfected in the studio can be controlled during a performance using MIDI controllers and expression pedals. Guitarists have full control over everything from amp and cabinet combinations to vintage "wah" effects, tempo-driven delays and more, all at the touch of a button or stomp of a pedal.
"Guitar players have unique challenges when recording; Eleven Rack was designed to specifically help overcome these challenges," said Hiro Shimozato, product manager at Avid. "As a purpose-built guitar recording system, Eleven Rack addresses the many needs and desires of recording guitar players. The fact that it also operates as a standalone effects processor makes it an appealing solution to every guitar player—recording or not," cites Shimozato. "At the end of the day, with guitar players, it's all about one thing: how it sounds. And this is where Eleven Rack really shines."
Pricing & Availability
Eleven Rack will be available worldwide in September 2009 and carries a US MSRP of $1,259.