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It's been reported to us by a couple of users that Pro Tools 10 now operates in the system language of your choice. From Page 405 of the Pro Tools Reference Manual;
'Pro Tools Application Language (Windows Only)
You can choose the language you want to use in the Pro Tools application, independently of what language version of Windows you are us- ing.
To select the language for Pro Tools:
- 1 Choose Setup > Preferences and select the Display tab.
- 2 Choose the language you want to use in
Pro Tools from the Language pop-up menu.
Multilingual Application Support for Pro Tools Systems (Localized OS on Mac Only)
Localized versions of Pro Tools (such as
Pro Tools Korean, simplified Chinese, or Japa- nese) can be opened on a qualified Mac that sup- ports English and the localized language ver- sions of Mac. You can also select a different language in any localized version of Pro Tools (including English) in the Apple System Prefer- ences.
To change to a different language version of Pro Tools:
- Close Pro Tools if it is currently open.
- Launch Apple System Preferences.
- Click International (the “flag” icon).
- Click the Language tab.
- In the Languages column, drag the language you want to the top of the list.
- Close the International window.
- Do one of the following:
- If you are changing from a localized language to English, launch Pro Tools. – or –
- If you are changing from one localized lan- guage to another (or from English to a lo- calized language), log out and log in from the Apple menu, then launch Pro Tools.
If you want your computer to start with the previous language (after working on a dif- ferent language version) follow the above steps and change the International preference back to the previous language.'
Whilst the software upgrade cost for Pro Tools 10 is not going down very well with users, the hardware deals from Avid for a Pro Tools HDX system are very competitive.
However some professional users are complaining that a system they paid $15,000 for 3 years ago is now only worth about $3,000 in an upgrade programme. However, this thinking may be misunderstanding what they do when they buy a Pro Tools system for their business.
Professionals make their living from producing music. If this is the case, then buying a Pro Tools system for their business is capital expenditure (cap-ex) and this then has depreciation applied against it in the company accounts. Over which period the cost of the equipment is written off on the accounts for tax purposes, by the end of the depreciation period the equipment is worth nothing, or a nominal value in the company accounts. If the equipment is then sold then any profit made is subject to capital gains tax.
I'm therefore at a loss to understand some of the arguments from professionals about the value of their equipment. The equipment is a business cost and is treated as such in the accounts, it's not a personal cost or an investment, like say shares or an antique. Don't buy a Pro Tools system, or anything else for that matter and think of it in any other way. If you want stuff to retain or rise in value then start buying paintings.
I'm not talking about affordability here, that's a different discussion, but I do not understand the idea that something a business has had, say 4-5 years use of, plus the associated income it has generated, should then be treated as anything other than its depreciated worth?
If professional users are not doing this, then it's not an new Pro Tools system they need, it's a new accountant.
Let's not confuse the important ongoing value for money argument with this one.
UPDATE: I forgot to add, 13 months ago we invested in a complete Pro Tools HD3 system at around £15,000, so we are in fact one of the alledged 'losers' in this. However it serves its purpose for our business and is what we require to do the work we need for our clients. So please do not think I'm speaking without any empathy on this matter.
Many users feel aggreived at the thought of paying a minimum $300 to upgrade now only to be hit again in another year for the full 64 bit version.
Well a post from one of the Avid team on the Ideascale site, confirms this is indeed the way Avid are thinking (see image capture above). They write 'The features you see in Pro Tools 10 are a stepping stone to further feature integration. Some of the features in 10 are necessary before we could even think of being able to do the other top feature requests. Closing this topic'.
Pro Tools 10 is a very good upgrade, you can see that in my review, no one is arguing about that. What many of us are concerned about is a possible double hit when it comes to paying for it.
I'll be putting this very question to Avid and asking how they plan to deal with this very valid concern.
There was a new face on stage at the AES 2011 presentation, I've now ascertained he is Chris Gahagan, VP of Avid Products & Solutions.
You can see from his picture above (left), that he's is a pretty big guy; in fact he caused quite a stir in our web chat, the guys were gasping with 'sh*t he's big' and the girls went weak at the knees.
However, I have a theory that he is actually a new guy that Avid put on stage for press launches for one reason. If you cross him, then you'd better not be around to see him when he's angry (right).
I'm reliably informed that not a single journalist in the room brought up the dreaded 64 bit question at the event. Are they surprised? Who in their right mind is going to want to make this guy angry? He he...
We've been impressed by Avid's willingness to reach out to the Pro Tools community over user concerns about pricing. It shows a desire to listen and wherever possible to make changes to policy.
It has happened before, when we raised the issue of the Structure fix being paid for, Avid put it right. So I have faith that even if they may have misjudged public opinion on Pro Tools 10, that if they can they may do something to put it right.
If you've yet to submit a question, then visit our Facebook page and make sure you have it in by 6:00pm GMT tonight. Then Max Gutnik from Avid will try and address those questions for us all. I'm going to make it clear that any 'we can't discuss that as we a public company' answers are simply not good enough and frankly unhelpful.
So in anticipation of a possible change of heart at Avid, I've put together another poll to ask 'What Would Tempt You To Buy Pro Tools 10 Now?'
I can't guarantee anything of the sort is even possible, but at least it gives Avid an idea of how they can scratch this itch.
I've just had word back from Avid (on a Saturday and at AES), who are offering Max Gutnik to answer questions over the concerns raised by the community over Pro Tools 10 pricing.
They are suggesting we submit the top questions; so I'm going to make this as democratic as possible and ask you all to submit questions on our Facebook page; then I'm going to ask everyone to head over there to vote for the questions using the like button.
The 5 questions with the most 'Likes' by 6:00pm GMT tomorrow will be submitted to Avid and we'll get responses back as soon as we can (remember they are at AES).
I know some of you don't have Facebook accounts, but I think with over 800 milllion users, you'll be able to find a friend or family member to post it for you. This is not about us getting Facebook fans, so once this is over if you want to 'Unlike' us, then feel free. Help us to help you.
In the meantime watch the video, it may be of help.
Some of the features found in Pro Tools 10 do not depend on HD or HDX hardware (as our video shows) but are locked at licence level.
To prove it I've just opened the same session used for my review on the same machine with a different iLok, it now opens as regular Pro Tools 10 and timeline cache is no longer available. It shouldn't come as any surprise that an iLok determines which version of Pro Tools will run, as Avid moved to a single unified installer with Pro Tools 9.
So here's the rub and a few savvy people figured this out last time around, if you want some of the HD features then you either buy CPTK or get a Pro Tools 10 HD iLok licence; your only chance of getting one without the hardware is to buy one used.
We've had a lot (and I mean a lot!) of feedback on the new pricing for both Pro Tools 10 and in particular Pro Tools 10HD. We have also been asked why we did not mention pricing in the review. So here is my response.
Prices range between $300 - $2500. Which to be frank is going to make even the toughest person swallow hard.
This clearly puts a lot of home enthusiasts off, especially after paying $300 12 months ago to move to Pro Tools 9.
Both enthusiasts and professional forums and blogs are lighting up with comments ranging from "I just can't justify this for my home studio' to 'this is complete rip-off!'
If I may try and summarise the general feeling I'm getting, perhaps this can be found in the questions below?
- Who are Avid trying to attract to Pro Tools moving forward?
- Is Avid expecting enthusiastic music makers to use Pro Tools 9 and the rest Pro Tools 10?
- Should one make the leap now or wait until the obvious arrival for the 64 bit version?
- If this is indeed an interim measure, and we know it is by Avid's own presentations (You don't create 64 bit ready hardware if you're not going to deliver the software) then should Avid really expect this kind of cost to be applied?
My own opinion for what it is worth is this; my review stands, I would not change a word about what I think of this release. Knowing what we do about the future and then asking ourselves if this represent value for money? Well that's different question. Surely it would have been more appropriate, particularly for those not using HD hardware, to offer a much less painful upgrade cost of let's say $99.
But of course, you can be sure that over the last weeks, you can guess that the marketing team have been battling with the bean-counters to come to this point.
Discuss - take a moment to answer the questions below; please note the first one should be answered without considering the price, the second deals with the price.
Celemony have announced the release of Melodyne Editor 2 with new scale functions, more powerful timing tools and Rewire.
Melodyne editor 2 will be available in November 2011 for US$/€ 399. The update from Version 1 will cost US$/€ 99, but is free of charge to users who registered Melodyne editor after October 1, 2011. At the same time as the update to Melodyne editor 2, free updates to Version 2 of Melodyne assistant and essential will be released, as well as an updated trial version that allows you to test Melodyne editor for 30 days without any limitations. Celemony will inform all Melodyne users by newsletter as soon as the updates are available.
We've had a few requests from the community to show the new Timeline Cache feature tested without HD hardware. So we thought we would do it and really throw some smoke at Pro Tools to try and make it fall over. This is a crash test; in other words, we are trying everything possible to make it fall over.
My test machine is a Mac Pro Mid 2010 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 12 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC, and running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2
My test session was one I have used a lot and a good one to use; I know it like the back of my hand. It consists of live drums, bass, 2 acoustics, main vocals, 12 backing vocals, Hammond, Wurly piano, loops and percussion. It has instances of Elastic Audio and a lot of edits.
Watch the video and make your own. Discuss.
Cult of Mac are reporting that the new Mac Pro is likely to be delayed until Q1 2012 earliest.
According to their report 'The Xeon class chips the Mac Pro uses are getting a bump to the Sandy Bridge architecture, which was meant to happen in mid-November. Due to an unexplained delay, though, the Xeon E5 chips are being pushed back at least one quarter.'
A look under the hood of the Pro Tools 10 installer shows quite a lot of hidden content, not cited as part of the Pro Tools 10 product. For example you can see in the list below plug-ins such as Tranfuser, Structure Full, Impact, Bruno and many more. Perhaps these lie dormant until an iLok licence is applied?
Take a guided tour of the new Avid Channel Strip from Pro Tools 10. It's a brand new plug-in from Avid using the new AAX format. This over time will replace both RTAS and TDM plug-in formats.
Read my lips, when you think about comparing the price of a Pro Tools|HD with a Pro Tools|HDX then think power not the amount of cards. Some helpful chap has created the chart above to show just how much more you get for you money with a Pro Tools|HDX package.
If you find a dealer who starts comparing systems on a card for card basis, our advice is find another dealer.
On comparison, the savings are huge.
Avid have today announced their next generation professional HD system, Pro Tools HDX. As soon as we get hold of one we'll have a Pro Tools|HDX review for you.
Pro Tools HDX offers;
- Up to 5x more DSP acceleration per card
- 4 x the voices
- 4 x the delay compensation
- 2 x the I/O per card
- Scalable up to 3 cards
More headroom, giving over 1000db of additional headroom in plug-in processing with floating point math.
Complete system bundles will be available, Avid say this is to ensure the greatest performance, stability, sound quality and price.
- Pro Tools HDX & HD Omni
- Pro Tools HDX & HD I/O
- Pro Tools HDX and HD MADI
Bundle prices will start at $9,999
- Available for HDX DSP Accelerated and native workstations
- Ready for 64 bit operating systems
- 3rd party support so far from over 35 companies including;
- Metric Halo
Tonight Avid will make a number of announcements that will further underline their commitment to openness in both music and post production.
As a huge Apple fan-boy, it pains me to say it, that Apple seem to be on completely the opposite path, to a closed propriety prosumer platform.
Which leaves me asking the question 'is there only so much openness to go around?'
Any software developer in the production world, who wants to be taken seriously, needs to make sure that their products allow producers to collaborate with as many other software and hardware options as possible.
Let me just say, I'm glad my money is in Avid gear right now.
Avid has released its next version of Pro Tools, Pro Tools 10, which features over 50 new features (see below).
As predicted, this update addresses many features requested by both the post and pro communities. However it still offers some excellent new features for all Pro Tools users.
- Clip based gain
- Real time fades
- A new plugin format to eventually replace both RTAS and TDM formats
- Multiple Audiosuite option
- None destructive audio suite processing
- A new Channel Strip (More later)
- A new version of Vari-fi
- Send mixes to iTunes and Soundcloud
- Export tracks function
Pro Tools 10 Has Over 50 New Features;
- Clip based gain workflow
- Real-time Fades
- Extended Disk Cache
- Improved Disk Scheduler
- Support for NAS
- 24-Hour Timeline
- Visual Indication Improvements
- Export Selected Tracks
- Interplay Send To Playback
- Improved ISIS Support
- EUCON Integration Phase II
- Channel Strip Plug-in
- Down Mixer Plug-in
- In App Browser for Plug-in App Store, Help etc.
- Support for Mixed File Formats (FIle type, Bit-depth)
- 32-Bit Float Session Format
- Bounce To iTunes
- Send To Soundcloud
- Bus Interrogation
- Low Latency Monitoring for ASIO/Core Audio
- Audiosuite Now Preserves Metadata
- Audiosuite Now Has Multiple Windows
- Audiosuite Handles
- Di-Fi Update
- Right Click to Reveal In Finder
- Media Composer Clip Gain Interop
- FGS UI Localisation
- 256 Voices (Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools with CPTK)
- 768 Tracks
- 512 Aux Tracks
- Improved ADC with up to 16,000 samples (Pro Tools HD and HD Software only)
- Extended Disc Cache
- Field Recorder Improvements
- Input Monitoring (with CPTK)
- Destructive Punch (with CPTK)
- Support for up to 2 Satellites
- Support For D-Command Multi-mode
- Media Composer Surround Track Interop
- CPTK Users now get Track Input Monitoring and Destructive Punch Record
Avid are offering a free upgrade to any user who purchased Pro Tools 9 after October 1st 2011.
Avid recommend the following minimum system;
- Mac OS X 10.6.5 or higher and 10.7, Win 7
- Works in 32 and 64 bit modes (but it is not a 64 bit app)
- Minimum 4gb RAM, 8gb recommended
Avid Channel Strip is an AAX plug-in (Native and AudioSuite) that provides EQ, Dynamics, Filter, and Gain effects. The Avid Channel Strip processing algorithms are based on the award winning Euphonix System 5 console channel strip effects.
Channel Strip supports 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz sam- ple rates. Channel Strip supports mono, stereo, and greater-than-stereo multichannel formats up to 7.1.
In addition to standard knob and fader controls, Channel Strip also provides a graph to track the gain transfer curve for the Expander/Gate and Compressor/Limiter effects, and a Frequency Graph display that shows the response curve for the current EQ settings on a two-dimensional graph of frequency and gain. The frequency graph display also lets you modify frequency, gain and Q settings for individual EQ bands by dragging their corresponding points in the graph.
Channel Strip provides different sections for signal metering and gain adjustment, signal path ordering, dynamics processing, and equaliza- tion and filtering.