Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Avid has developed a new Pro Tools digital audio workstation, the Pro Tools|HDX system, to mix larger,
more complex productions using DSP-accelerated hardware, delivering more DSP per card.
|According to Avid, the workstation achieves up to four times the track counts and twice the I/O compared to the previous Pro Tools|HD Accel, with additional headroom. If a user’s requirements change, the system can be scaled to increase track counts, power and I/O, using up to three Pro Tools|HDX cards and multiple Pro Tools HD Series interfaces.|
|The new DSP-accelerated Pro Tools|HDX system aims for consistent peak performance and near-zero latency when handling very large complex productions. The extra processing power should allow production management with fewer cards, with up to 64 channels of I/O per card.
Pro Tools HD 10 is included and introduces the new AAXplug-in format, Avid Audio eXtension, for setting up workflows and sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems. Two formats are available - AAX DSP and AAX Native.
The Pro Tools HD 10 software can be used to record and play back up to 256 audio tracks per card, up to 768 tracks with three cards. An extended disk cache, can load entire sessions into RAM and control track counts from networked-attached storage, such as Avid Unity ISIS, and slower local drives. You may control up to 12 Pro Tools|HD systems from one, using the Satellite Link option, and mix audio from two Pro Tools|HD systems with a D-Command control surface through Multi-mode.
The new Pro Tools 10 software adds some other functions to the workstation, such as Clip Gain, which separates pre-mix levels from mixing automation to speed up and improve the workflow between sound editors and mixers. Disk handling and real-time fades are further improvements.
Multiple projects can be conformed onto one timeline, and multiple file formats and mixed bit depths may be used in the same project, including interleaved, without converting files. New 32-bit floating-point file format support should help to record, edit and mix in higher resolutions. Avid’s Channel Strip plug-in is included with Pro Tools 10 to emulate the System 5 console equalizer and dynamics.
To accompany this launch, Avid has started Avid Vantage, an annual membership program for Pro Tools customers. Subscribers receive unlimited online technical support, plus discounted phone support, and access to audio plug-ins. Memberships can be upgraded to include hardware coverage for an Mbox, Eleven Rack or 003 audio interface or a Pro Tools|HD system.
Complete Pro Tools|HDX systems, which include the Pro Tools|HDX PCIe card, Pro Tools HD 10 software, and a choice of Pro Tools HD Series interface, will be available on 18 November 2011 starting at AU$10,599. Pro Tools 10 software is available now, priced at AU$739 for the full version. www.avid.com