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Avid Artist Transport Software Controller

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Experience a new level of control with Avid Artist Transport - a compact media controller that enables you to quickly navigate and edit projects with just one hand. Get the features and tactile feel of a high-end console transport section in a more affordable, portable solution that is perfect for laptop use - and the perfect add-on to Artist Mix and Artist Color. From the weighted data wheel and spring-loaded shuttle ring to the ergonomic transport controls and numeric keypad, Artist Transport puts ultra-precise control right at your fingertips. You can even use the Soft Keys to reassign data wheel functions instantly, making it easy to switch from navigation and editing to writing automation or tweaking plug-ins.

Avid Artist Transport features EUCON (Extended User Control), a high-speed open control protocol that has been adopted by many of the world's leading software developers. Pro Tools, Media Composer, Apple Logic, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Smoke for Mac, Steinberg Cubase, and many other applications support EUCON, giving you highly responsive control over almost all software functions. You gain a tightly connected experience in which the software controller acts and feels like a physical extension of your software.

KAvid Artist Transport ey features and benefits
  • Speed up tasks with the assignable, weighted data wheel
  • Move through your project using the assignable, spring-loaded shuttle ring
  • Trigger keyboard shortcuts, macro commands, and more with six programmable Soft Keys
  • Navigate through projects fast using seven programmable transport controls with multi-color status LEDs
  • Quickly navigate to time code/markers or edit parameters using the integrated numeric keypad
  • View time code, parameter names/values, and more through high-resolution OLED display
  • Get high-speed, high-resolution control through Ethernet connectivity
  • Take control of software using EUCON, HUI, or Mackie Control protocols
  • Control multiple applications and workstations
  • Slim, compact design for easy studio integration and portability

Key Features
OLED Display
Soft Keys (6)
Transport/Navigation Controls
Data Wheel and Shuttle Ring
Application/Workstation Change
Function Key (Shift Key)
Numeric Keypad
Ethernet Port

Take control with EUCON
With Artist Transport, you gain deep, integrated control over your favorite EUCON-enabled creative applications, such as Pro Tools 9, Media Composer, Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Final Cut, Digital Performer, and more. EUCON carries high-resolution control information for faders, knobs, displays, and more between Artist Transport and whatever application is in focus on your computer. This enables you to quickly switch between multiple applications - and even workstations - at the touch of a button, with all controls and displays automatically matching the selected application.

Get precision control
From navigation to fine editing, the weighted, optically encoded data wheel puts a host of functionality at your fingertips with the responsiveness and feel of a high-end console data wheel. Navigate your timeline, edit clips, and tweak parameters with precision. Use the Soft Keys to assign various functions to the data wheel instantly. And perform everything from basic jogging to zooming horizontally or vertically, trimming clip heads and tails, setting clip gain, crossfading clips, and more.

Speed up navigation and more
Effortlessly shuttle through your timeline using the optically encoded, spring-loaded shuttle ring. The rubberized surface provides excellent tactile control, and like the data wheel, you can switch the shuttle ring functionality instantly using the Soft Keys for quick custom control.

Trigger custom actions
Instantly perform application functions, keystroke shortcuts, and macro commands using the six Soft Keys. Take a series of repetitive keyboard shortcuts that you use for editing and assign them to a single Soft Key. Assign various functions to the data wheel and shuttle ring instantly. Effortlessly navigate your application menus and more - all without your hands ever leaving the controller. And when you use the Shift key together with any of these six Soft Keys (as well as the transport and numeric keys), you gain another 29 Soft Keys that you can program to gain fast access to your most frequently used functions.
Artist Transport intelligently recognizes the current application in focus. Each application has an associated Application Set, which automatically loads the appropriate Soft Keys whenever you switch apps. Artist Transport comes with preprogrammed Soft Keys for most popular audio and video applications, but you can easily create your own custom Soft Keys for your needs.

Control playback with ease
Play, rewind, fast forward, set markers, and more using the seven ergonomic keys set around the data wheel. You can view the status of each key through the multi-color LEDs, and easily program the functionality of each using the Soft Key editor. These controls automatically switch to match whatever application is in focus, and when used in conjunction with the Shift key, you get additional Soft Keys to program custom navigation and editing functions.

Enter data quickly
Using the integrated numeric keypad, you can instantly jump to time code or marker locations, as well as edit parameters by entering numbers. Like the transport controls, you can have all 16 numeric keys function as programmable Soft Keys when you use them with the Shift key. Press the Show Key on the numeric keypad to display the function of any Soft Key.

Customize your software controller
Because Artist Series controllers are modular, you can combine them in a variety of configurations to suit your workflow. Customize your Artist Series system with up to one Artist Control, four Artist Mixes, one Artist Transport, and one Artist Color for total flexibility. Simply clip the units together to form a seamless surface - or use them separately - as each has its own Ethernet connection.

Compatible Software
For the deepest, most integrated hardware/software experience, use Artist Transport with any EUCON-enabled audio or video software. In addition, Artist Transport supports the HUI and Mackie Control protocols for even greater flexibility with other creative apps.

EUCON-enabled software
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Autodesk Smoke For Mac
Get hands-on control of Smoke for Mac, a software-only (native) application that offers an all-in-one editorial finishing toolset. EUCON support is included in Smoke for Mac 2011 Extension 1 and later.

Artist Transport features in Smoke for Mac:

Get access to most top-level Smoke functions using the six preprogrammed Soft Keys-and get an additional six functions for your most-used edit commands when you use them in conjunction with the Shift Key
Create custom Soft Keys for any function, macro, or key injection command using the Soft Key Editor
Map any numeric field from any module within the Smoke interface to Artist Color for total custom control-program any effect; scaling, rotation, or movement in the 2D or 3D space
Quickly control playback and move through areas of the Smoke interface in Navigation mode-you can access the player, source record, and audio mix panel, and toggle Tryptich, Full Screen, and Vector Scope views directly from the surface
Perform editing functions from the surface in Edit mode-use the trackwheel to jog through source and record, set in and out points, and perform edits
Use the trackwheel and shuttle ring to control soft axis effects such as zoom, pan, and transparency, or adjust any soft effect parameter
Control audio effects and filters in real time-you can adjust and keyframe effects parameters during playback, including track gain, track EQ, and more

Dimensions: 9" x 9.5" x 1.2" (231mm x 238mm x 30mm)
Weight: 2.6 lbs (1.2kg)
Screen size: 6.02" x 3.62" (153mm x 92mm)
Line voltage: 100 - 240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz

System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (32- or 64-bit)
Intel processor (no PowerPC support)
1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
500 MB free hard disk space
1 available 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port*

Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32- or 64-bit)
1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
500 MB free hard disk space
1 available 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port*
* Ethernet hub or switch required to connect additional units or to connect to a network

What's Included
Artist Transport controller
Artist Series DVD-ROM (includes software and electronic user guides)
Ethernet crossover cable
Riser brackets (2)
AC power adaptor
Quick Setup guide
Registration card

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AVID warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.