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Pro Tools 11 Unleashed by Avid

The long-awaited Pro Tools 11 has finally been unveiled by Avid today with some extremely interesting features that will satisfy many users, especially professional recording studios and broadcast and post-production users.

Avid Pro Tools 11


64-Bit Architecture and new Avid Audio Engine

For a start Pro Tools 11 has now a true 64-bit architecture which gives you much more power than Pro Tools 10. Pro Tools can accommodate heavy sessions with many audio files, or processor intensive plug-ins or virtual instruments. Along with this new architecture, Pro Tools 11 also features a newly redesigned audio engine called AAE (Avid Audio Engine) replacing the old DAE (Digidesign Audio Engine) which was responsible for some critical errors.

For this release, Avid has implemented many features that most users asked for a long time ago and as such, Pro Tools 11 finally boasts a faster-than-real-time Offline Bounce. This feature was a crucial request from users for many years that Avid could not afford not to implement it, and not only did they implement it, but they’ve done it in a way that will make customers extremely happy. Indeed, it is now possible to bounce offline up to 150 times faster than real-time playback which is impressively fast.

Pro Tools 11 Offline Bouncing


Extended Metering and Mixing Enhancements

Avid Pro Tools 11 newly redesigned meter


Avid has also redesigned the mixing window bringing some interesting visual improvements to the mixer, starting with a brand new metering. Indeed Pro Tools meters offer a wide range of standards from PPM metering, K-System, VU ballistics, Peak, RMS, Linear. Cleverly enough, It is also possible to display the gain reduction applied to the channel no matter what compressor is used on the channel. If several compressors are used, the meter will show the total gain reduction applied.  Finally the master meter and channels meter can be made to display different ballistics. This is a really useful feature that will be highly appreciated by everyone especially broadcast and post production engineers. The mixer also features mini dynamic displays next to the plug-ins to show the amount of gain reduction applied, as well as sends mini display to give instant visual information of how much is sent to the auxiliary channel.

Another great feature is the ability to use automation in input or recording mode. This goes a long way towards emulating mixing or tracking on an analogue console helping shape the dynamic of the song on the fly. The result can then be fine-tuned, or corrected at the mixing stage with the usual automation modes.

A New Avid Video Engine

For Post-production and Broadcast users, Avid has overhauled the video engine in Pro Tools to support full HD playback and editing. Actually, Avid has transferred its own Media Composer video engine to its industry standard audio production software. As such, Pro Tools 11 now supports all the most popular codecs including Avid HD DNX & MXF, QT, P2, XDCAM, MPEG. Pro Tools  also supports the most popular Video Interface such as Avid Mojo DX and Nitris DX, AJA Kona3G, Kona3, KonaLHi, KonaLHe Plus, ioExpress, ioXT, Ttap* as well as Blackmagic Design.

A New Standard in Audio Production

With the release of Pro Tools 11, Avid has focused its energy on getting a powerful and stable system designed for professional users. As such there are no fancy channel strips, or plug-in. These are all under the hood features designed to make Pro Tools the truly professional and powerful software which made it the industry standard.

Pro Tools 11 is scheduled to ship in May, but customers buying Pro Tools 10 from today will qualify for a free upgrade to Pro Tools 11 when it’s out. Actually you could probably save quite a bit by ordering your copy Pro Tools 10 and upgrade when it’s out. If you have any questions about Pro Tools 11 and the different upgrade paths, why not give us a call on 020 8445 2446 or e-mail us on sales@kmraudio.com or come and see us in store?

By Paul Lavigne

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