Avid has stolen the show at the AES expo today by unveiling not only a new version of Pro Tools but also, in a ‘one more thing’-moment, brand new HD hardware.
Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HDX cards mark a huge development in the world of audio, and anyone currently running PT software or full HD systems will no doubt be worked into a frenzy of excitement right now.
So, here’s a rundown of my top features in Avid’s new product line…
Pro Tools 10
The release of Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools 10 HD offers many new features that have come at the request of users. While a lot of them are post-centric, there will definitely be features in there that will be very interesting to the music community too.
Chief among these is clip-based gain automation that lets you adjust the volume on individual clips independently of mixer automation. As well as speeding up the mix process for any session with a large number of regions, this consolidates the workflow between Media Composer and Pro Tools. Incoming clip automation from Media Composer can be kept as clip automation in Pro Tools or converted to mixer automation, and there’s also support for a mixture of file formats and bit depths within the same session.
Then there’s Disk Cache (for Pro Tools HD software), letting you allocate up to half the available RAM in your system as a cache and load your entire session into it. As well as vastly improving disk performance and offering near instantaneous playback of even the largest sessions, it enables Pro Tools users to work with storage media that were previously unsupported, such as any networked attached storage (NAS) and Avid’s ISIS 5000. Pro Tools 10 also offers improved disk scheduling to give optimal performance, even on non-HD systems.
Other important improvements in Pro Tools 10 include:
- Deeper EUCON control integration. Nearly 500 new Pro Tools commands added to the AppSet, any of which can be assigned to dedicated keys.
- Refreshed Avid Rack plug-ins. There’s a newly included Avid Channel Strip plug-in, taken from the Euphonix System 5 console, Revibe, Impact and Reverb One are now available as native versions.
- Improved workflows for rendered Audiosuite plug-ins. Window Configurations let you recall multiple plug-ins complete with settings for speeding up repetitive processing tasks. Audiosuite plug-ins now feature user definable handles, so processing is no longer limited to just the section of the audio included in a clip. Delay and Reverb plug-ins now also feature a ‘reverse’ function.
For more details and pricing, take a look at Avid Pro Tools 10 on our site.
So that’s the feature set, here’s the other really important news: this will be the last version to support the HD Accel cards and legacy HD interfaces (192, 96 IO, 96I). Also, Pro Tools 10 is not 64-bit. The reason for this is that the architecture of the Accel cards does not support integration with 64-bit Pro Tools Architecture. Despite being a 32-bit application, the disk cache leverages functionality of 64-bit operating systems independently to access more than 4GB RAM for caching functions. However, the next iteration of Pro Tools will be 64-bit, and will require users to be running the new HDX cards.
Pro Tools HDX
Along with the Pro Tools 10 release, Avid also announced the successor to the Pro Tools HD system – Pro Tools HDX. Pro Tools HD has been powering pro quality mixing and post sessions around the world for nearly nine years – now HDX offers vastly increased power and performance, with support for up to 192 channels. There’s up to 5x the DSP per card compared to HD Accel, and HDX is also scalable, so up to three cards can be used per system. You get 4x the voices over the previous hardware (256 voices per card, 768 voices in total, 4x as much delay compensation and double the I/O count. Avid has also shaved time off its latency, with HDX capable of less than 0.7ms regardless of your buffer setting! That’s the lowest latency of any system.
In other news, Pro Tools HDX will use floating point processing, which gives massive amounts of headroom (an additional 1000dB!) without clipping. And with the new architecture comes a new plug-in environment. AAX replaces TDM and will support both floating point processing and 64-bit. Ultimately a native version will replace RTAS, and in the interim (Pro Tools HD 10 with HDX cards) will continue to support RTAS, but not TDM.
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