Avid Pro Tools Carbon Hybrid Audio Production System


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The Avid Pro Tools Carbon Hybrid Audio Production System brings a new level of power and flexibility to the Pro Tools HD world, with professional level converters and sound, combined with a Hybrid AAX DSP and Native functionality for seamless workflow DSP processing and real-time recording through AAX plug-ins with sub 1ms latency.

With the Avid Pro Tools Carbon Hybrid Audio Production System, at the heart of the interface is a custom-designed, high-performance FPGA and eight HDX DSPs. The FPGA routes audio lightning fast—one sample at a time—with virtually no latency. While the HDX DSPs handle real-time plugin processing, performing an amazing 22.4 billion operations per second. So no matter how big your session gets, or how many plugins you use in it, you can record with sub-1 ms latency. And it frees up your CPU cores for more virtual instruments and creative mixing. Every aspect of Carbon is engineered in pursuit of sonic excellence. Superior audio conversion. Double resolution clocking. And our most transparent preamp design ever. All details have been meticulously considered, so that Carbon captures every nuance with the greatest depth, dimension, and clarity. All you have to do is press record. The best sound quality begins with exceptional audio converters—we went the extra mile designing ours. With four ADCs per channel, Carbon has a remarkable 126 dB dynamic range. And from input, to the HDX DSPs, and into Pro Tools, the entire gain structure works at uniform 32-bit precision, providing more headroom without any signal degradation. The result? You’ll capture clean, natural sounding audio. Every time you record.

With HDX DSP acceleration under the hood, Carbon is a powerhouse built on our industry-leading technologies. It’s finely tuned to process audio at blazing speed, so you can record with rock-solid sub-1 ms latency monitoring. Which means you’ll always hear yourself in perfect sync with the music as if you were playing live. The Hybrid Engine maximizes the performance of Pro Tools by using your native CPU and HDX DSP processing at the same time. When you put a track in DSP Mode, Carbon accelerates real-time AAX DSP plugins while your CPU plays back the rest of your mix. And because every AAX DSP plugin has a native counterpart, you can move seamlessly between worlds—just click a button. Record with HDX DSP power for near-zero latency monitoring. And work natively with the same plugins.

With intelligent Pro Tools integration, you’ll work smoothly all in one creative environment. The Hybrid Engine lets you offload real-time AAX DSP plugin processing to Carbon at will. This means you can record with a polished sound that brings out the best in your performance. No more third-party apps to slow you down. Just focus on the music you’re making—not what you’re making it with.

Avid Pro Tools Carbon Hybrid Audio Production System Features

  • 25 x 34 simultaneous I/O
  • Hybrid Engine
  • Intelligent Pro Tools Integration
  • High-performance FPGA
  • Eight HDX DSPs
  • Sub-1 ms latency
  • Superior audio conversion
  • Transparent preamp design
  • Four headphone outputs
  • Premium plugins included

Avid Pro Tools Carbon Hybrid Audio Production System Specifications

  • Combo Mic/Line Inputs: 8 balanced XLR/TRS with Variable Z (impedance) on inputs 5–8
  • DB25 Line Inputs: 8 balanced via 25-pin D-sub
  • Instrument (Variable Z) Inputs: 2 unbalanced ¼-inch TS
  • Digital Inputs:
    • ADAT: 16 channels @ 44.1–48 kHz
    • ADAT: 8 channels @ 88.2–96 kHz
    • ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4–192 kHz
  • Mic Preamps
    • Dynamic Range: 126 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N: -105 dB (0.00056%)
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • EIN: -129 dB (A-weighted)
  • Line Inputs
    • Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N: -106 dB (0.0005%)
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
  • Line Inputs (True Bypass)
    • Dynamic Range: 126 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N: -113 dB (0.00022%)
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
  • Instrument Inputs
    • Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N: -103 dB (0.0007%)
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
  • DB25 Line Outputs: 8 balanced via 25-pin D-sub
  • Monitor Outputs: 2 balanced ¼-inch TRS
  • Headphone Outputs: 4 stereo ¼-inch TRS
  • Digital Outputs:
    • ADAT: 16 channels @ 44.1–48 kHz
    • ADAT: 8 channels @ 88.2–96 kHz
    • ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4–192 kHz
  • Headphone Outputs:
    • Power: 100 mW into 300 ohm; 200 mW into 32 ohm
    • Dynamic Range: 116 dB (A-weighted)
    • THD+N (32 ohm): -87 dB (0.0045%)
    • THD+N (300 ohm): -100 dB (0.001%)
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
  • 8 HDX DSP processors (2.8 GHz aggregated processing)

Avid Pro Tools Carbon Hybrid Audio Production System Includes

  • Carbon Hybrid Audio Interface
  • 1-year subscription with a Pro Tools perpetual parachute*
  • 116 AAX plugins (over 70 AAX DSP plugins), including UVI Falcon, Celemony Melodyne 5 essential, the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle, and HEAT
  • 3 free months of Antares Auto-Tune Unlimited, including Auto-Tune Hybrid
  • 5.4 GB sound library
  • Standard support
  • Power cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • Rackmount screws and desktop feet
  • Registration card
  • Included premium plugins
    • Arturia Rev PLATE-140
    • Brainworx bx_console N
    • Brainworx bx_rockrack
    • Brainworx bx_masterdesk
    • Brainworx bx_Purple Audio MC77
    • Embody Immerse Virtual Studio
    • McDSP 6050 Ultimate Channel Strip HD
    • Native Instruments Vintage Organs
    • UVI Model D


*Carbon comes with a 1-year subscription to Pro Tools software, which includes access to the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle, HEAT, UVI Falcon 2, Celemony Melodyne 5 essential, a 5,4 GB Sound-Library, and Standard support, renewable annually. If you choose not to renew your subscription, your Pro Tools license includes a “perpetual parachute” that allows you to continue using Pro Tools at the last version you downloaded (it won’t ever expire). Please note that you will need to renew your subscription if you’d like to continue receiving access to the latest Pro Tools updates and all bundled items noted above.

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  • 5
    M A Lange

    Avid's Carbon brings superior audio for our studio with its brilliant integration with ProTools. Sonically it has no equal that I'm aware of - pres, monitoring, etc. are all top-notch. Do be aware that while there are many different analog inputs available, Carbon only allows combinations of up to 8 simultaneous analog input sources. All audio for additional channels 9-24 is routed externally via Lightpipe. only. Just an FYI.