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AES 2015: Avid Announced new Pro Tools 12.3 update and new Dock Control Surface

At this year’s AES, Avid made two major announcements including an upgrade to is flagship Pro Tools software and a promising new iOS powered Control surface called Pro Tools Dock.

Commit with Pro Tools 12.3

Avid announced an incremental upgrade of Pro Tools up to 12.3, which should be available to download any time now for people with a current upgrade plan. Along with some stability improvements, the star of the show was undoubtedly the new Commit functionality. This functionality, which appears similar to a Track Freeze in appearance, differs somewhat but goes much further. First of all Commit actually commits your track (in other words “print”) rather than simply printing them in the background. Unlike a simple track freeze, it offers a range of options that make it stand out from the other DAWs.

Avid Pro Tools 12.3 Screenshot

The first option is to commit an entire track with inserts which is possibly the classic printing or Bounce in place for logic users. Second option lets you commit the audio up to the first insert point. This is very useful when working with virtual instruments and wanting to print them but keeping the option of tweaking EQ, compressions or other inserted effects. It even goes further with advanced committing features such as the option of committing edit selection rather than entire tracks. Mixing engineers will love the ability to commit a track with send and group assignments to a new track. This makes creating stems so much quicker than previously and faster than what any other DAW offers. The new Track Commit Mix delivery pushes things even further offering the option to create stems with or without plug-ins into a dedicated session, which can then be sent to other Pro Tools users.

MIDI tracks can also be committed by simple drag and drop providing much improved editing workflow. Other editing improvements include a new Clip Transparency, which shows the original position of a clip when they are dragged. A Batch fades window also lets you add different fades at the same time. Up to 5 memory locations can be also be attributed to favourite fades for even improved editing.

Avid Pro Tools | Dock

In addition to the new Pro Tools 12.3, Avid has announced a new iPad powered control Surface called Pro Tools Dock.

Avid Pro Tools Dock

The Avid Pro Tools Dock works in combination with the Pro Tools Control iPad App to provide some advanced touchscreen similar to functionalities to the flagship Pro Tools S6 console.

The hardware includes a single long throw fader, a large central jog wheel, full transport functionality, eight soft knobs on either side of the iPad connector to control eq, dynamics, pan and sends parameters on the focused channel, eight soft keys and more.

The Pro Tools Dock offers the best of both physical controls and software workflow. When used in combination with the Pro Tools Dock, the Pro Tools Control App offers a brand new Super Channel view offering further workflow improvements and functionalities. The eight soft keys on the Dock also map to the soft keys on the iPad.

Avid Pro Tools 12.3 will be available for free for all users on a current support plan. We are still waiting for availability of the Avid Pro Tools Dock which will retail at £789 ex VAT or £946.80 inc VAT

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