There has recently been a lot of talk regarding when the next version of Pro Tools will become available to the public, the hype then increased on April 1st when many websites joined in on the fun of April fools sharing a mock release of the software which featured hillarious points including having to take an exam to use the new product and having to have an interview with a member of Avid’s staff before you are even allowed to purchase the software!
Thankfully Pro Tools 11 has now been officially announced with lots of new exciting features and tools designed to give you a helping hand with your productions.
Those who are worried about making the leap should feel comfort in knowing that the new version of the software can be installed alongside the previous version 10, should you find any issues and wish to revert back and forth.
In this article we will take a look at some of the key new features which have been discussed so far, from which you can decide whether it will be beneficial for you to make the jump once again…
You heard correct, DAE is no more as Avid release a brand new outlook which could potentially save you hitting your keyboard from current on-going error messages.
One thing we have all been talking about and hoping for has thankfully come at last, a new 64-bit audio engine. Pro Tools now jumps up to supporting 64-bit operation which finally brings it up inline with its main competitors, but of course more importantly will make better use of your systems memory allowing for much more stable sessions featuring bulky virtual instruments and plug-ins. Avid state that the new Avid Audio Engine or ‘AAE’ will be noticably more powerfull than the previous release, so those who are currently looking at a new system, hold that thought and give Pro Tools 11 a go first.
Pro Tools 11 will feature Low Latency Buffer support, while this may not mean very much to the mixers out there, I can say that for those of us who deal with the tracking side of things will benefit no end!
Until now you will have had to make the decision of either having a low sample recording which results in little latency but an unstable system, or a high sample recording which results in latency time issues but a system that runs a little smoother.
Low latency buffering controls the output buffering which means you can set a lower input buffer, confused yet? The bottom line is that you will now be able to lower your recording sample without suffering from latency as before. Happy Days.
Dynamic Host Processing
A very clever new feature which many of us have previously only achieved through complicated automation and session tweaking. We all know that plug-ins eat a lot of processing power, but what about when they are just sat there in quiet track areas waiting for something to process…
Dynamic host processing will mean that Pro Tools will now only give processing power to plug-ins that require it at the time, meaning that while plug-ins are sat there with nothing to do, more processing power is available where it is actually needed.
Something that most will feel should have been introduced a long while ago, Offline Bounce has finally arrived!
We have all been there, bounced down a song we’re working on and then you notice something afterwards that needs adjusting slightly, this means opening up the session once more and waiting yet another few minutes to bounce it down once again…
Offline bouncing will now offer a 150x bounce speed as you may have previously experienced in workstations such as Apple’s Logic Pro. A small change that will make a BIG difference to production time.
We are all familiar with the current meter views which are available to us in Pro Tools 10, but those who work within post production and broadcast have for many years had to rely on plug-in versions of various others such as PPM.
Pro Tools 11 offers much more in the meter department, 17 different forms in fact, from VU to PPM to K-metering. The new version will be much more accommodating to a broader range of sound workers, even better news is that you can have a varied meter between your master bus and single channels, so you can keep your single channels as they were and just have a PPM for your master, should you wish. Nice Work.
The beady eyed amongst you will also notice that the height of the standard meters has increased (by 30%) as well, not as exciting as offline bouncing but it’s always better to see lots of beneficial smaller changes than a pointless big one.
You will now also notice the amount of gain reduction occurring on each channel, which even shows the sum if you have used more than one dynamic processor, saving you previously wasted time opening and closing plug-ins. Each insert point also offers a small level display as well so you can monitor how your sound is flowing.
Finally Avid have tweaked the way in which the ‘mini’ send faders can work on each channel. Until now we had the ability to control a single send from a nice little mini fader on a channel but had to mess around to reach the others. This obstruction has now been removed so now the little fader can be used on multiple sends…
All of these new meters and dynamic displays are tempting you right?…Well unfortunately, as ever, there is a catch, these will only be available within Pro Tools 11 HD. So those of you on the native systems will unfortunately not get all the fun…
Strange to think that video well-knowns Avid have taken their time in implementing more efficient video features within Pro Tools, but the time is finally here!
Pro Tools 11 now features an in-built version of the ‘media composer video engine’ allowing users to import video without the hassle of transcoding. The new video features within the software will now also allow you to playback the video at different qualities and better still will allow you to perform basic editing of the footage from within the timeline itself, exciting stuff indeed. So if you are an audio editor who is working on a video showreel but don’t want to waste time learning new software, Pro Tools 11 will most definitely be of benefit.
Hands In Pockets
So Avid’s new features have tempted you to part ways with your finances, but how much is it all going to cost?
- – Pro Tools 11 Software (Full Version) $699 USD
– Pro Tools 10 to 11 Upgrade $299 USD
– Pro Tools 9 to 11 Upgrade $399 USD
– Pro Tools Express to Pro Tools 11 Crossgrade $499 USD
- – Pro Tools HD 10 to HD 11 $599 USD
– Pro Tools HD 9 to HD 11 $999USD
So lots of new features are on the horizon, some admittingly should have come a long ago but hey, they’re here now right?!
If you’re excited about a particular new feature coming in Pro Tools 11 or want to let us know how the new features are going to effect your productions, please do drop us a message below or say hi on Twitter!
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