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Community member Tom Scrivano has given us the heads up on this, when going through the Spring 2015 Sweetwater Directory on page 465, he found more information about the Avid Pro Tools Subscription Service. We have no more information than what is in this post.
We haven’t had this confirmed from Avid but Sweetwater is a large dealer, so are unlikely to have got it wrong, but we cannot be sure this is official Avid policy. Avid appear to be offering two licensing models - Perpetual and Software Subscription and thus is what they say…
Pro Tools Perpetual License
A Pro Tools Perpetual license and Pro Tools HD system comes with a 12 month support and upgrade plan. Not only does this provide upgrades for a year - far better than any amnesty deal out there - but also comes with access to 24 hour customer support and a wealth of additional resources. The plan is renewable on a yearly basis for a moderate fee, and if you decide not to renew, you keep your system and all the upgrades you already have.
Pro Tools Software Subscription Service
Available on a yearly or monthly basis, the Pro Tools Software Subscription Service allows Pro Tools users to pay as they go and only when they need access to Pro Tools. This plan includes upgrades and support, providing you with access to the latest features and capabilities. You can cancel the subscription if you don’t need Pro Tools for a period, and then start up again the next time you have a project. And if you’re an industry professional, then the subscription service offers unique benefits to you, allowing you to to claim an operational expense while lowering your capital expenditures.
Avid has announced the release of S6 Software version 1.4 for the S6 Master Module and associated workstations. This software release delivers a number of new features for all S6 users. S6 Software v1.4 includes the following new and changed features….
- Input and Output Assignment Improvements
- Automation Trim Metering and Write Indication on Fader Modules
- New Preference Settings for Banking, Navigation and Display
- Home Screen Settings
- Page Switches on the Master Module
- Auto Talkback
- Displaying Names in Asian Characters
- Expand Mode Improvements for EQ and DYN Knob Sets
- Progress Indicators for Session Load and Workstation Connect
The Auto Talkback feature will be a very welcome addition for a lot of smaller production facilities that wee used to this featue on the ICON Consoles With an X-Mon. For more detail on exactly what is in the v1.4 update see the following documents:
Registered users will find the installers in their Avid Account under S6 Software Updates.
Avid, the makers of Pro Tools have announced Pro Tools 11.3.1 for both Mac and PC.
The update resolves bugs for both Mac and Windows users of Pro Tools 11.
Pro Tools 11.3.1 System Requirements
- Pro Tools 11.3.1 supports Mac OS X 10.10 & 10.10.1 (Yosemite), 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
- Pro Tools 11.3.1 supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1
A full list of issues resolved are shown below.
There’s been a lot of discussion around the recent Pro Tools 12 announcement, creating as many questions as answers, one in particular is the addition of track freeze. Whilst there have been implications of track freeze as an addition in Pro Tools 12 no one at Avid has explicitly said this. Even the new Pro Tools 12 Features page makes no mention of it.
Some users have said it comes as part of the cloud collaboration and that earlier demos of future Pro Tools features also indicated track freeze. However those early demos were technology previews and came with a very clear legal disclaimer that nothing was promised as features and would be confirmed at a later date.
However a recent addition to the Avid store page has a this line added (see image below) to the list entitled ‘Why Upgrade To Pro Tools 11’.
Last on that list it says ‘Enjoy track freeze and many more exciting new features coming throughout 2015’
Will it come in the first version of Pro Tools 12? Who knows, the text simply indicates it being a feature in 2015.
Pro Tools 12 has now been announced and there are web pages to look at, full of pretty pictures, reading what there is, it would seem that Pro Tools 12 is nothing more than Pro Tools 11 with the various cloud collaboration, Avid Marketplace, and cloud storage features presented in the tech previews at NAB last April and IBC last September.
You can learn more about Pro Tools 12 features in the video from Avid and a video from a 3rd party recorded on their phone. The video Avid link to on their site to explain the cloud collaboration and Avid Marketplace features was made back in April 2014.
No Pro Tools 12 release date has been offered on Avid’s web site, it is just announced as ‘coming soon’, but they will have to release it within 3 months now they have made a formal announcement at NAMM 2015.
All Purchases Come With An Avid Upgrade And Support Plan
Avid tell us that all Pro Tools purchases, upgrades, and subscriptions will now come with an Avid upgrade and support plan that ensures you always have the latest features at your fingertips.
This means that you’ll get all future software updates and upgrades (as long as your plan is active), including the upcoming Pro Tools cloud services and other features, and 24x7 access to our Customer Care team experts to get help and advice whenever, wherever, and however you need it.
Sign Up Early And Test The Product For Avid
Avid are asking users to help us make Cloud Collaboration, the Avid Marketplace, and other upcoming Pro Tools features the best they can be. Sign up for an opportunity to start using these features before they’re available to the public.
There’s been some rumours circulating about Avid announcing Pro Tools 12 at NAMM 2015.
Here’s a leaked image of the screen to sign-up for Pro Tools 12 from the Avid web site.
To be honest from reading the text there’s nothing earth shatteringly new about what’s coming and nothing that hasn’t been shown as technology previews in numerous shows during 2014.
It does however mention a new product called Avid Pro Tools | First, what do you think Avid Pro Tools | First could be?
Watch as Gary Lux and Richard McKernan demonstrate VCA Auto-Spill, the most anticipated and talked about new feature on Avid S6 v1.3 software. Once VCA Auto-Spill is enabled, you simply have to focus (or attention) the VCA master and all of the slaves automatically spill out on the surface, making adjustments and edits quicker and easier. Check it out, and stay tuned for more video tutorials on using the Avid S6.
To learn more about the Pro Tools | S6, visit our dedicated Avid Pro Tools | S6 blog.
There’s been a lot of discussion around the new Avid Support offer, many are wondering if they should take the plunge. It’s not been smooth roll-out with still many questions left answered.
Support contracts are in essence a form of insurance, just like car breakdown cover, so the big question is how likely is it that you would use Avid Support? With sites like Pro Tools Expert, the DUC and a multitude of other great free resources, is a support contract essential for you?
So here’s a simple survey, have you ever used Avid for support? If the answer is yes then did you get your problem resolved?
The results of this survey may help you to decide if you need to make the investment. Of course please feel free to comment as ever.
We have had a number of queries about what to do regarding taking up an Avid Upgrade/Support Plan and so we are going to try and outline the options as we see them. Please be aware that this is our interpretation of what Avid has said in their announcements and on their site, but as an independent site we cannot be definitive, only Avid themselves can do that.
Unfortunately Avid haven’t made any further announcements to clarify the questions we raised back in early November when we outlined the case that there are too many questions for us to recommend the new Pro Tools licensing.
Very recently Julian outlined a very well reasoned case covering piracy through to Avid’s new licensing plans. Do read it if you haven’t done so already.
There are some deadlines looming with regard to the new Avid Upgrade/Support plans and so here are our thoughts…
Pro Tools Express, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered/MP Owners
Avid have specified on their Pro Tools 11 licensing page that all Pro Tools Express, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered/MP Owners have until December 31st 2014 to take advantage of the Update/Crossgrade plan for a fee of $199 for 12 months and it also includes a 12 month support plan. These new licensing plans are not perpetual, although the Pro Tools software will continue to work after the 12 months is up, you will be unable to take advantage of newer versions of Pro Tools released after your plan has expired. If you want to continue to receive upgrades then you will need to be prepared to pay $199 per year.
Pro Tools LE Owners
The Importance of Perceived Value
I’ve posted some thoughts about “perceived value” before, in my recent piece about streaming vs owning music I suggested that if something costs less, it has less perceived value. The elephant in the corner of the digital economy is that there are two kinds of goods, those which are difficult to manufacture and those which are not. The huge difference between hardware and software is the ease with which digital goods can be copied. If you can make as many of a thing as you want, how much is one worth? This is where the illegal downloader tries to justify their action. “If the product is infinitely reproducible at zero cost then I haven’t cost you anything” would be the justification to the software pirate - Of course they have cost the industry a huge amount but this cost is less tangible than stealing a physical product.
Creative Content & Software
The two digital products we are most concerned with at Pro Tools Expert are creative content and software. As people who make their living or aspire to make their living producing creative content like music, videos radio programmes etc, we are more aware than most of the knock on effects of limitless online piracy. As we all know, the story can appear bleak for professionals trying to survive in a world which contains the perfect mechanism for the unrestricted, unauthorised distribution of the fruits of our labours.
Living in Cloud Cuckoo Land
As software consumers it is easy to assume that software is written by massive corporations in gleaming white futuristic buildings with overpaid developers whizzing down wide corridors on Segways (at least that’s how I imagine it is). However when you sit down and think about it, that is as silly as a consumer of music assuming anyone who has ever put a record out lies all day in a platinum infinity pool in a house in the Hollywood hills.