Air Updates Expansion Pack With AAX Support and Instruments

Compatible with Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools 11, the new Air Instrument Expansion Pack includes 2.0 enhancements to its 5 core offerings plus 2 additional instruments: Loom and Vacuum Pro.  

AIR Music Technology created the original Pro Tools Instrument Expansion Pack, providing an essential collection of professional software instruments to legions of Pro Tools users. With the recent launch of Avid® Pro Tools 11, AIR has now released an updated and expanded AIR Instrument Expansion Pack, offering immediate compatibility with the latest Pro Tools AAX format. In addition, the new AIR Instrument Expansion pack includes two of AIR's latest virtual instruments at no additional cost— Loom and Vacuum Pro.

The AIR Instrument Expansion Pack contains:

  • Hybrid 2.0 - High Definition Analog Synth
  • Velvet 2.0 - Vintage Electric Piano Instrument
  • Structure 2.0 - Sampler Instrument Workstation
  • Strike 2.0 - Ultimate Virtual Drummer Instrument
  • Transfuser 2.0 - Interactive Melodic & Rhythmic Groove Creation Instrument
  • Loom 1.0.1 - Modular Additive Synthesizer
  • Vacuum Pro 1.0.1 - Polyphonic Analogue Tube Synthesizer

Updated and expanded versions of each of the five core software instruments are contained in the new AIR Instrument Expansion Pack. Each one of these new 2.0 versions fully supports the 64-bit AAX plug-in format of the recently released Avid Pro Tools 11, while also offering 32-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 10. Loom and Vacuum Pro also offer 64-bit AAX support in addition to RTAS, AU, and VST. 

“The addition of Loom and Vacuum Pro makes this pack unbeatable, both in terms of capability and value,” said Mario Reinsch, Senior Engineer at AIR Music Technology.

Together, these instruments provide every Pro Tools 10 and 11 user with multiple synthesis technologies, access to stunningly realistic sampled versions of nearly every imaginable instrument, incredibly expressive high-definition drums, the most sought-after electric pianos, and a comprehensive groove creation platform. 

The addition of Loom give users another unique, sought-after technology: Additive Synthesis. Loom takes an exclusive modular approach to creating the captivating sounds and unique harmonic signatures that are the trademarks of Additive Synthesis. The easy-to-use Loom architecture allows anyone to quickly combine any of the 30 editable modules into 10 available cells to realize incredible, unheard of sounds. Onboard effects, on-screen pop-up Tool Tips, and the amazing Morph page bring Loom to life for fantastic, accessible sound. 

The AIR Instrument Expansion Pack's second new addition, Vacuum Pro, is a polyphonic analog tube synthesizer, which re-invents the gritty glory of the analog age. The front panel is filled with filters, oscillators, and envelopes. Six virtual vacuum tube circuits add a healthy dose of warmth and snarl at every stage of sound creation. 

In short, the AIR Instrument Expansion Pack provides the musician, composer, or producer with a complete collection of proven, inspiring, and effective music creation tools.

“More than simply updating the original Instrument Expansion Pack to provide AAX compatibility, AIR has gone above and beyond to make every Instrument Expansion Pack plug-in into an outstanding and up-to-date product,” said Reinsch. “For example, Strike has been given an entirely new interface that is easy to use and provides every user the ability to create astounding drum tracks. With Transfuser 2.0, we've added two new synth engines plus polyphonic and chord sequencers that offer an entirely new melodic dimension to real-time groove creation.”

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New Feature Highlights:

  • New in Hybrid 2.0:
  • New 2nd Filter
  • New Pumper LFO
  • Over 150 new patches
  • New preset browser


New in Velvet 2.0:

  • New “Pianette”-type model
  • New routing options for compressor (Pre or Post FX)
  • New preset browser
  • 70 new patches
  • New Vintage Timbre Mode


New in Structure 2.0:

  • 20 GB of new content—twice the size of the previous version
  • New FX, Pop Brass & Woodwinds, and World categories
  • 386 new patches

New in Strike 2.0:

  • Improved user interface
  • Faster creating and editing
  • New audio & MIDI recording—and export
  • Solo Safe mode
  • Massive new data set
  • 60 new Styles


New in Transfuser 2.0:

  • New Analog Poly Synth based on Vacuum Pro
  • New Electric Piano module
  • New Poly Sequencer
  • New Chord Generator
  • New Drum Kit Randomizer
  • Over 3,200 new tracks
  • Over 1,252 new drum machine samples

Loom 1.0.1:

  • 30 distinct sound modules, freely combinable in 10 cells
  • Point-and-click sound morphing with powerful control
  • Over 350 patches
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds
  • Economy mode reduces the load on the host processor with minimal impact on the sound

Vacuum Pro 1.0.1:

  • Super-wide, fat, and organic analog sound
  • Two individual parts, expandable to four
  • Over 350 patches
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds
  • 8 Smart Knobs for macro control over parameters
  • Economy mode reduces the load on the host processor with minimal impact on the sound

The AIR Instrument Expansion pack retails for $299.99 and is available for download at 

Those who already own instruments contained in the AIR Instrument Expansion Pack and those who own the original Pro Tools Instrument Expansion pack are eligible for special upgrade pricing, the details of which can be found at

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