Avid Pro Tools Carbon

Avid Pro Tools Carbon

Avid Pro Tools Carbon

  • Pro Tools Hybrid audio interface 
  • 8 HDX DSP processors for tracking with effects with zero latency
  • Pristine 32-bit 192KHz conversion
  • Comprehensive I/O including 8 microphone preamps and 4 headphone outputs
Normally ships 5-9 days


For artists, bands, and producers, Pro Tools | CarbonTM is a new breed of audio interface—built to capture brilliance. It’s a hybrid audio production system that features incredible sound quality and combines the power of your native CPU with onboard HDX DSP acceleration. So you can push your computer to the limit when you mix and record through AAX DSP plugins with near-zero latency monitoring. All at the touch of a button. All in Pro Tools®.

DSP And Native. The best of both worlds

With the Hybrid Engine under its hood, Carbon maximizes Pro Tools performance, letting you say goodbye to distracting third-party apps. Because every AAX DSP plugin has a native counterpart, you can move seamlessly between worlds at the touch a button. Put a track in DSP Mode for recording, and Carbon accelerates real-time AAX DSP plugins, while your CPU plays back the rest of your mix. Bring the track back to native mode for mixing, and Pro Tools automatically takes care of the technical tasks for you.

AAX. Architected to go beyond.

Unmatched dynamic range. 64-bit float double precision processing. When it comes to shaping and enhancing sounds, the AAX plugin architecture lets you take your music further. It’s the only plugin architecture with true hybrid capability. And it’s designed to deliver the same impeccable sound quality in both native and HDX DSP domains. That means you can disconnect Carbon and take your mix on the road or collaborate with others who don’t have the interface.

HDX DSP Acelleration. Made to remove barriers

With a custom-designed FPGA and eight HDX DSPs at its core, Carbonis a powerhouse. The FPGA routes audio blazingly fast—one sample at a time—with near-zero latency, while the HDX DSPs handle real-time plugin processing, performing at 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 always record with sub-1 ms latency monitoring. And it frees up your CPU cores for virtual instruments and more creative mixing.

Super Sonics - Converters. Clean and true

The best sound quality begins with exceptional audio converters. We went the extra mile designing ours with four ADCs per channel, providing a remarkable 126 dB dynamic range. 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 can capture clean, natural sounding audio. Every time you record.

Mic preamps. Musical and transparent.

With a padless design, incredible 126 dB dynamic range, and support for 32-bit/192 kHz audio conversion, Carbon features the most pristine preamps we’ve ever made. Capture performances without coloration. Bypass any preamp to use your own outboard gear. And with Variable Z built in, you can adjust input impedance to optimize or alter the tone of any microphone or instrument—from dynamic and ribbon mics, to guitar and bass.

Clocking. Twice as accurate

Precision clocking is crucial for distortionless, artifact- free audio. That’s why we designed a double resolution implementation of the patented JetPLLTM jitter elimination technology that runs twice as fast as typical JetPLL-based clocks for better sound and separation. And it’s twice as accurate, with extraordinarily low jitter, ensuring high-fidelity capture and playback.

All the I/O you need - Connections. For the whole band

With 25 x 34 simultaneous I/O, Carbon is ready to record any session—from solo artists to full bands. Eight pristine preamps, four headphone outputs, and 16 channels of ADAT I/O open up creative possibilities for miking, cue mixing, and expansion. Plus, its super-fast, high- bandwidth Ethernet connection not only preserves the highest possible sound quality from input to output, it’s designed to support future workflow enhancements too.

  • Achieve maximum Pro Tools performance with a hybrid system that harnesses onboard HDX DSP and native CPU power
  • Record flawlessly through AAX DSP plugins in real time, enabling you to create polished cue mixes and track with zero audible latency
  • Toggle any track from native to DSP processing mode, freeing up your CPU cores to handle virtual instruments and more creative mixing
  • Capture every performance detail with up to 32-bit/192 kHz audio conversion, double precision clocking, and our most transparent mic preamp design ever
  • Create, record, edit, and mix professional-quality music with Pro Tools, thousands of instrument sounds, and studio-staple effects and sound processors
  • Expand your sonic possibilities with a special pack of premium plugins from Arturia McDSP, Plugin Alliance, UVI, Native Instruments, and more
  • Get all the I/O you need to record an entire band, with 25 x 34 simultaneous channels, including four headphone outs
  • Optimize or change up the tone of your mics, guitars, and basses with Variable Z inputs

Combo mic/line inputs
DB25 line inputs
Instrument (Variable Z) inputs Digital inputs
Mic preamps
Line inputs
Line inputs (true bypass) Instrument inputs
DB25 line outputs Monitor outputs Headphone outputs Digital outputs
Line outputs Monitor outputs Headphone outputs
Supported sample rates Host connection
Power supply
8 balanced XLR/TRS with Variable Z (impedance) on inputs 5–8 8 balanced via 25-pin D-sub
2 unbalanced 1⁄4-inch TS
ADAT: 16 channels @ 44.1–96 kHz
ADAT: 8 channels @ 176.4–192 kHz
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)
Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -103 dB (0.0007%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
Dynamic Range: 126 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -114 dB (0.0002%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -103 dB (0.0007%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
8 balanced via 25-pin D-sub
2 balanced 1⁄4-inch TRS
4 stereo 1⁄4-inch TRS
ADAT: 16 channels @ 44.1–96 kHz ADAT: 8 channels @ 176.4–192 kHz
Dynamic Range: 120 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -110 dB (0.0003%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
Dynamic Range: 120 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -110 dB (0.0003%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
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)
44.1 kHz–192 kHz; 32-bit, 192 kHz max Ethernet
Single (internal)
1U 19-inch rack-mountable unit

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