New Nine Inch Nails tour CD, DVD edited using Macs
Peter Cohen, pcohen@maccentral.com
October 3, 2001 8:00 am ET

Nine Inch Nails and Nothing Records today announced plans to release CDs and videos of the band's Fragility 2.0 tour later this year. The new collection is called "Nine Inch Nails live: And all that could have been." Look for it stores on December 4th. What makes it remarkable to Mac users is that the video and audio was edited exclusively with Macs.

The CD itself was produced by Trent Reznor, founder and frontman of the group. It contains sixteen songs performed live during the U.S. tour -- the first live album from the group. Popular Nine Inch Nails tunes included on the disc include "The Wretched," "Head Like A Hole," "Wish," "Closer," and many others. A special limited edition CD will also be available which will include a special bonus disc containing "select [Nine Inch Nails] songs recorded live in a deconstructed fashion, as well as some brand new material," according to a recent statement from the band.

The video, to be available in DVD and VHS formats, was also produced by Trent Reznor, with Rob Sheridan directing. It contains 18 songs culled from video shot by the band and its crew during the entire run of the Fragility U.S. concert tour. The DVD will incorporate digital 5.1 surround sound, along with extra features like multiple camera angles, audio commentary, still photos and more. It'll be available in both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio formats.

Nine Inch Nails noted that the film was shot entirely on Mini DV format and edited exclusively on Macs using Apple's Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro software. All of the audio was edited and assembled on a Mac with Digidesign's Pro Tools software.

Nine Inch Nails' evangelism of Macintosh hardware and software shouldn't be any great surprise to Mac fans who keep up with the music business. Last year Apple profiled Reznor and the band's plans to record the Fragility tour. Video director Rob Sheridan posted QuickTime clips of their live performances to the band's Web site, and Reznor mentioned at the time that a DVD was likely. He also indicated that his tour bus was equipped with a rack-mounted G4. Reznor said that he and the rest of Nine Inch Nails are all Mac advocates. Reznor points to their "purist attitude" and said that he's declined endorsement opportunities for PC software. "... I'm not going to endorse it if it doesn't run on a Mac, and I told them that," said Reznor.