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Yosemite Users, Don’t Do It!
Avid have announced the latest update for Pro Tools 11. However, disappointingly it doesn’t include support for Apple’s current OS - Yosemite. Avid tell us that Pro Tools 11.2.2 does support Mac OS X 10.9, 10.9.1, 10.9.2, 10.9.3, 10.9.4 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion).
On Windows, Pro Tools 11.2.2 supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1
Avid S6 Users, Don’t Do it!
Avid also say that S6 owners should not update to Pro Tools 11.2.2 at this time.
HD Users - New HD Drivers & HDX Firmware
Pro Tools HDX and HD Native users, be sure to install the 11.2.2 HD drivers. The HD drivers may be found in the Driver Installers folder included in the 11.2.2 download.
Pro Tools 11.2.2 requires a firmware update for HDX card. The firmware update will take place during Pro Tools launch after you have updated. Avid tell us that the firmware update has been tested for backwards compatibility with Pro Tools 10.3.6 and later.
New Versions Of Revibe, Space & X-Form
If you are upgrading to 11.2.2 and you own ReVibe, Space and X-Form you should update to the 11.2.2 versions of thes plug-ins which should be available from the respective plug-in pages on the Avid site or in you Avid Acoount.
Wait Until You have Downtime Before You Upgrade
As we always say, if you are in the middle of a project, consider very carefully whether you should run any upgrades. We recommend you wait for some downtime so that if there are any issues you have time to fix them or go back to the previous version.
Issues Resolved in Pro Tools | Software 11.2.2
- In certain mixer configurations, virtual instruments on Auxiliary Input or Instrument tracks that are configured to receive MIDI from standalone MIDI tracks are now correctly time-aligned in offline bounces. (PTSW-195783)
The results of out latest Pro Tools users poll are in, in which Pro Tools owners were asked to tell us their upgrade plans in light of the recent announcement from Avid about the new Pro Tools 11 licensing.
A poll was conducted before Avid confirmed the final details and after the same poll was conducted again. The latest results of the 1500 people polled show the number intending to upgrade beyond Pro Tools 11 dropping from half to one third. It seems that the facts only made Pro Tools users less convinced of the new Pro Tools licensing.
The results are shown below. Discuss.
Last week we ran a poll asking the community what their Pro Tools upgrade plans were, in light of what we all knew about the new Pro Tools licensing options. Some users said they were unable to say until they knew the facts, some voted at the time.
Now Avid has made the official announcement what are you plans? Have you changed your mind or has the announcement made little difference to what you already thought?
Let us know by voting and leaving your comments. We give our analysis of the new Avid Pro Tools licensing options here.
Now the dust has had chance to settle on the upgrade/support plans that Avid announced recently we thought it would be useful to try and take a more considered look at the advantages and disadvantages of them.
It’s A Gamble
The first problem with these plans whichever way you present them they are a gamble. Pro Tools users are being asked to spend $199 or $599 per annum but we have no idea what we are going to get in the way of new features other than the collaboration feature set. This uncertainty has caused a lot of concern as we have seen in the comments to the various stories here covering this ongoing saga as well as threads on the DUC and Avid’s own Facebook page.
However there have been some hints of flexible licensing, in the Licensing FAQ updated on November 3rd 2014 Avid state…
Q: If my Pro Tools | Software upgrade/support plan expires and I want to upgrade Pro Tools later on, what are my options?
A: In 2015 you will have two options to get on a support plan: (1.) Take advantage of flexible licensing options (details on additional licensing options will be available in the coming months), or (2.) Purchase a new perpetual software license with 12-month support plan.
This confirms what we have also been told from several sources inside Avid, that there will be options to license more flexibly and so if might be possible to add surround to Pro Tools vanilla, or VCAs, either temporally or permanently, but this is still all complete speculation, Avid are choosing not to reveal any detail on this.
Avid have now confirmed that the Cloud Collaboration features, that were presented at NAB and IBC as ‘technical previews” will be released into a Pro Tools version before the end of 2015. But again we are lacking detail. For example, will there be additional costs to use the collaboration features? We don’t know, Avid haven’t announced this yet.
Are The Collaboration Features Fit For Purpose?
Following all the uncertainly of the support plans and what would be included, or not included, Avid have today released the upgrade plans. In addition they have announced at there will be a package to be able to buy Pro Tools 11 software with standard support coming soon.
Upgrade or Crossgrade to Pro Tools 11
For $199 per year you can upgrade to Pro Tools 11 with 1 year of Avid Standard Support from any of the following versions of Pro Tools…
- Pro Tools 11 - to get the benefits of the support plan
- Pro Tools 9 or 10
- Any version of Pro Tools Express either from Avid or InMusic
- Any version of Pro Tools LE
- Pro Tools M-Powered 6 to 8
- Pro Tools MP 9
Please note if you own Pro Tools Express, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered/MP you must complete the upgrade before December 31st 2014. After that the only way to get Pro Tools 11 will be to buy a full version.
Upgrade to Pro Tools 11HD
For $599 per year you can upgrade to Pro Tools 11HD with 1 year of Avid Advanced Support from any of the follwing versions of Pro Tools…
- Pro Tools 11HD - to get the benefits of the support plan
- Pro Tools 9HD or 10HD
- Pro Tools 9 or 10 with Complete Production Toolkit (CPTK)
If you place your upgrade order for Pro Tools 11 or Pro Tools 11HD before December 31st 2014 Avid will extend your support plan through to March 31st 2016.
Avid are claiming that these prices offer savings of up to 60% over previous upgrade pricing and include a support plan as well.
The last few weeks have seen more discontentment amongst Pro Tools users, some fuelled by the uncertainty created by the recent support upgrade announcement.
How confident are you about Avid’s future? How much has this affected your confidence in using Pro Tools long term? Do you still think you will still be using Pro Tools in 3 years time?
As ever please vote and leave your comments for discussion.
Native Instruments have issued advice for those experiencing issues with Avid CoreAudio in Yosemite issues.
Yosemite is as yet unqualified by Avid, but this advice is for those users of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite who also use Native Instruments products with hardware dependencies.
In the advice Native Instruments say;
Community member Tom Jenkins has reached out to us so we can tell you all that Avid have suspended sales for all upgrades until the new support plans are released in November.
Tom was trying to upgrade his Pro Tools 10 and CPTK to Pro Tools 11HD but was thwarted online. So he checked with Avid Customer Care and they responded with this…
Thank you for contacting Avid Customer Care. For the moment, no upgrades for Pro Tools are available on our webstore because we are doing some changes in the our upgrade system. If you do not want to wish to wait until the launch, you can try and contact one of our resellers.
So for now the only way of getting an upgrade is through your Pro Tools dealer.
Native Instruments have published an update to their OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility statement and it seems that most of their hardware is currently unable to run reliably on systems using Avid’s CoreAudio Manager/Driver, the statement reads;
Native Instruments has conducted compatibility tests with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite which have shown current NI products to work without any specific issues under standard installations of this operating system.
However, products with a hardware dependency, such as Maschine, Komplete Kontrol, Traktor, Guitar Rig and Controller Editor will not launch when AVIDs CoreAudioManager/Drivers are installed under 10.10 Yosemite. Native Instruments and Avid are working together to resolve this compatibility issue.
Native Instruments is currently conducting further systematic compatibility and performance tests with the release version of Yosemite, and will provide new information as it becomes available.
We will keep you posted as soon as we know about a remedy for this issue, watch this space. In the meantime you can read our advice regarding upgrading your Mac to OS X 10.10 Yosemite here.
Avid have announced that starting in November 2014, new Pro Tools Software license purchases and upgrades will include a one-year, renewable standard Avid Support plan. This plan includes all future Pro Tools updates and upgrades including the new cloud collaboration and Avid Marketplace features we covered earlier this year plus, access to their support staff around the clock.
Cloud And Collaboration Features Now On The Table
This means that Avid have moved past offering these as Technical Previews as they are promising these feature will be added sometime in 2015.