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NAB 2013: Version 11 of Pro Tools finally cures its Achilles’ heel

Finally Pro Tools will be able to “bounce” and export quickly, instead of in real time.

By Allan Tépper | April 11, 2013

Forget about its brand-new engine, 64-bit architecture, and expanded metering. The most important improvement I see in the palindromic version 11 of Pro Tools is that with this update, the renowned audio editing tool from Avid will finally cure its Achilles’ heel. I am talking about its (up until version 10) prolonged “real time” bounce/export, which has prevented Pro Tools' acceptance among many time pressed editors of long-form applications, including audiobooks and audio podcasts. At the press conference at NAB 2013, an example given by Avid included a two-hour sequence exported from Pro Tools 11 in 48 seconds, instead of 120 minutes. Now Pro Tools will be able to compete in those situations with apps like Adobe Audition and Apple Logic.

Other features in Pro Tools 11:

  • Fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture
  • New Avid Audio Engine — Delivers multiple times the processing power of Pro Tools 10 on the same hardware configurations.
  • 64-bit architecture — Exponentially increases the number of simultaneous virtual instruments and the performance to handle the most sophisticated sessions.
  • Low-latency input buffer — Ensures ultra-low latency record monitoring without sacrificing plug-in performance.
  • Dynamic host processing — Maximizes plug-in count by reallocating processing resources as needed.
  • Expanded metering
  • Extended standards support — Features a broad range of built-in metering standards, from peak and average to VU and PPM, to maintain adherence to regional broadcast requirements.
  • Gain reduction — Shows gain reduction for all dynamics plug-ins on each channel.
  • Direct HD video workflows
  • Built-in Avid Video Engine — Enables audio post professionals to play and edit a wide range of HD video formats including Avid DNxHD, directly in the Pro Tools timeline without transcoding, using the same core engine as in Media Composer.
  • Video interface support — Enables monitoring of DNxHD and QuickTime media through Avid Nitris DX, Avid Mojo DX, and other video interfaces from third parties which I have covered previously.

Avid says that Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools HD 11 will be available in the online Avid Store and at Avid resellers worldwide later in Q2 2013. They say that pricing will be as follows:

  • Pro Tools 11 software (full version)— US$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

Educational pricing wasn’t available at publication time. I hope to review Pro Tools 11 shortly after its release.

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