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At the beginning of this year, now that Avid have released an approved version of Pro Tools for use with Apple’s Yosemite, I decided to take the plunge and do the deed. I have been running PT 11.1.2 HD on my cheese grater Mac Pro Tower with my HDX1 system for a long time now. I chose to avoid going to Mavericks because of all the issues, mainly to do with Mac OS rather than Pro Tools that I had heard about, as well as Russ’ experiences with him having to revert to Mountain Lion to get a reliable computer. Because I use my studio Mac Pro for everything, not just Pro Tools, I need a stable reliable system for a broad range of activities.
Clean Install Or ‘Over The Top’?
I decided that I would go for an ‘over the top’ install to save time reinstalling everything and setting up all my settings and preferences for a myriad of applications.
The first thing I did was to upgrade all my existing applications. I had held back on a number of upgrades because they related to Mavericks or Yosemite. I used the Apple Update and ran everything except for the OS related stuff because I knew that would be a waste of time.
I then went through my applications folder and had a prune, of apps that I hadn’t used for ages or I knew would be an issue with Yosemite like Final Cut Pro 7. I ran de-installers where possible so that they would hopefully take out all the stuff relating to an application rather than just the app itself.
Make A Clone
Next I made a dedicated clone of my boot drive before I did anything else. This would be very important if everything went pear shaped. As part of my backup strategy I have SuperDuper creating an up to date clone of my boot drive every day, but of course that would only last a day. I needed another clone of my boot drive that wouldn’t be updated the next day. From my last major update I had a drive that I did the same thing with then, It was when I went from Lion to Mountain Lion, and so I erased that drive and used Super Duper to create a clone of my current boot drive onto that drive and renamed it Mountain Lion Safety Backup.
Let’s Do It
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
Mac users may recall that since launch of Pro Tools 11 for Mac that to install Pro Tools 11 it was simply a case of unarchiving and then dragging the Pro Tools 11 application into the Applications folder.
It appeats that with Pro Tools 11.3 Avid have now reinstated a full installation procedure.
It’s not known why this is the case but it may be that Avid have been working on improving their installers to deal with possible issues caused by remnants of earlier installations being left behind.
Some users have also noted that on first launch Pro Tools is running a new PACE licence installer procedure. PACE is the software that contains the copy protection as part of iLOK. This software periodically updated by PACE.
Please do post any issues or other observations you have if you install Pro Tools 11.3
Thanks to eagle eyed community member Brett Parker for spotting that Avid have released Yosemite compatible drivers for the Mbox3 family of Avid Interfaces.
Lets hope that this points to Yosemite support for Pro Tools 11 coming along very soon.
Here is a very interesting offer from Absolute Music for a great deal on Pro Tools 11 with Waves Tune LT.
The deal is already super low £299 inc VAT, but Absolute Music are offering the Pro Tools Expert community a further £50 off making it just £249 inc VAT. There’s a small charge for shipping which you can see before committing to purchase and worldwide shipping is also available.
This clever Pro Tools 11 deal is supplied as Pro Tools Express, includes an iLok2 together with a crossgrade to the full version of Pro Tools 11 Vanilla, plus Waves Tune LT pitch manipulation software.
Remember to use the code EXPERT to get the extra discount.
Click here to find out more
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)
We’ve got the lastest Macbook Pro Retina 15” at Pro Tools Expert HQ so we thought we’d take it for a spin to see how it handles Pro Tools 11. This is the ‘stuck on a plane or in a hotel room’ test, just the Macbook Pro, internal soundcard and internal drive, it’s just you, your Mac, an iLok, headphones and a USB micro keyboard.
Is it just fit for a few demo tracks or can you get some real work done… find out below.
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.
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.
Slate Batch Commander Pro Tools Enhancement Software Now Available To Buy Separately As Software For Mac
When Pro Tools users saw the Slate Batch Command software for Raven many of us thought, love that software but do I have to buy the Slate Raven to get it? Not anymore, from today Slate has released it in software form for Mac. It seems it is possible to get powerful Pro Tools features without having to buy hardware you either don’t need or can’t afford.
The Slate Batch Commander software for Pro Tools enables complex and often laborious tasks to be automated. They explain;