OWC Mercury Elite-Al Pro Firewire/Usb Storage Solution Earns Exclusive Digidesign Pro Tools Certification

Professional grade storage solution passes rigorous testing to become one of only two external hard drive brands on market officially certified for use with world’s most advanced and utilized digital audio recording products

Sep 17, 2009 | Woodstock, IL


Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading PC and Mac technology company, announced today its award-winning Mercury Elite-AL Pro “Combo Interface” Firewire® 400/USB 2.0 Storage Solution has passed Digidesign’s rigorous testing to become one of only two external hard drive brands on the market certified for use with Digidesign’s Pro Tools® software and hardware products. Utilized by audio producers and engineers in over 40 countries because it is the most advanced audio creation and production software available, Pro Tools products are used to create the majority of audio tracks heard in modern professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcasts.

Professional Grade Storage With Plug and Play Conveniences

The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro single drive storage solution line is available in two different interface models: the Pro Tools Certified FireWire 400/USB 2.0 “Combo Interface” and the FireWire 800/400/USB 2.0/eSATA “Quad Interface” which is currently undergoing Pro Tools certification testing. Both models are ideal for A/V, digital photography, professional music, graphics, Time Machine backups, and any use requiring up to 2TB of reliable, high performance data storage. With multiple interfaces, all connection cables included, and a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro solutions offer Plug and Play ease of use with any Mac, PC, or Linux-based computer with a FireWire or USB interface.

In addition to the single drive Mercury Elite-AL line, OWC also offers a complete line of performance storage solutions from the highest capacity bus-powered portable solutions on the market to selectable RAID multiple drive solutions with up to 8TB capacity. For more information on OWC storage solution models, visit:

OWC – The Trusted Mac Music Experts
Other World Computing, well known in the Macintosh user community for high performance products and unrivaled, award-winning customer service, is rapidly becoming a favorite resource for both the amateur and professional recording musician. In a candid interview ( with Grammy® award-winning musician/producer and Pro Tool clinician Chris Vrenna, OWC was revealed as Vrenna’s choice for data storage “because your drives were always Pro Tools compatible right out of the gate and I’ve never had one of your desktop or portable drives go down.”

“Beyond the praise and accolades for our products is perhaps the real performance advantage of OWC for musicians,” said Rick Van Dyne, Audio Technology Manager, OWC. “All of the solutions we offer are backed by extensive Macintosh knowledge and free lifetime US-based support, so whether you’re an amateur or professional, we keep you playing your instrument and not playing computer technician.”

For further information on the complete line of audio products offered by OWC, visit:

About Digidesign
Digidesign, a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. For more information, visit


About OWC

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and reach higher. We believe in sustainability – OWC solutions are genuinely built to last, go the distance, and enable users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC's operation provides leadership in business sustainability, with its headquarters among the first in the world awarded LEED Platinum certification. OWC features an award-winning technical support team and an unparalleled library of step-by-step DIY and informational videos. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set, and beyond, there should be no compromise. That is why OWC is here.

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