With the NAB and Musikmesse shows fast approaching, for the past number of months rumours have circulated amongst the pro audio community regarding the imminent release of the next instalment the popular DAW 'Pro Tools'. However, earlier this week, when Avid began sending out invitations to a 'special audio event' on the 7th April 2013, it was safe to say that Avid confirmed suspicions and were going to announce something big.
Arriving almost exactly year-and-a-half after the introduction of Pro Tools 10 Avid formally opened their door on the 7th April 2013 and welcomed all to the youthful new Pro Tools.
For all of those who were expecting to see a number of new toys to play with you will be sadly disappointed because the changes that Avid have brought to Pro Tools 11 are more related to the background 'internal engine' processes rather than the addition of face-value features or 'external cosmetics'. Whilst in previous versions Pro Tools has continually been left behind chugging on a 32bit operation for much longer than any other DAW, the new Pro Tools 11 is finally built to utilise a 64bit architecture which might begin to silence the hawking of those loyal Logic and Cubase users that have been rather rhetorical for the past good few years. With this little introduction behind there is a lot of smaller details but lets highlight the main additions or changes:
* Offline Bounce: Yes, finally Pro Tools has caught up with the likes of every other DAW out there by including an offline bounce and not having to go on a real-time bounce process that takes the length of time stipulated by your selection every time you want to bounce down a mix. This will save users a lot of time and frustration as before this process was exceedingly tedious.
* Dynamic Host Processing: This is a new feature to come to Pro Tools which essentially means that if you are either bouncing down one track of audio in a multiple track environment that the DAW does not overload the CPU with all the other plugins on tracks that are not enabled for the length of the selection.
* Redesigned Metering: Here the look of the metering has been updated after many years of the same design. Now they are 30% taller which makes monitoring the channel easier and also features a gain reduction feedback from any of the dynamics effects plugins that are on the channel. This also means that if you use multiple dynamics on a channel that the meter readings are even more accurate.
* Improved HD Video Handling: Considering that Avid produce video editing software it is with irony that they have not used this knoledge before to improve the post-audio production capabilities of Pro Tools, but now Avid's Media Composer engine apparently has been implemented to integrated in the background process on projects that use video. This means that Pro Tools is a much more fluid and capable DAW that can cater for the most serious of post-audio projects.
Pro Tools 11 Pricing Structure and Availability: First Avid have reported that Pro Tools is not available to purchase yet but it will be available on at authorised Avid resellers and on their own online store later in Q2 of 2013. Below is a small list of the published pricing in USD:?
* Pro Tools 11 Software Full: $699
* Pro Tools 10 to 11 Upgrade: $299
* Pro Tools 9 to 11 Upgrade: $399
* Pro Tools Express to Pro Tools 11 Cross Grade: $499
* Pro Tools HD 10 to 11 Upgrade: $599
* Pro Tools HD 9 to 11 Upgrade: $999
With the NAB and Musikmesse shows fast approaching, for the past number of months rumours have circulated amongst the pro audio community regarding the imminent release of the next instalment the popular DAW 'Pro Tools...