We have posted some of the key announcements from the Avid Live Q & A Webinar today, but it now finished we wanted to go through what Tom Graham, Tim Carroll and Tony Carriddi had to say.
Firstly you have to have a valid upgrade plan to get Pro Tools 12.2 or 12.2HD. Avid explained that anyone who already has Pro Tools 12 or 12HD is on an upgrade plan although there seems to be some confusion over educational owners.
More HD Features Now Made Available to Native Users In Pro Tools 12.2
One of the first announcements after the opening section was the addition of yet more HD only features into Pro Tools vanilla.
- VCA Faders - These tracks emulate the voltage controlled amplifier channels that you can find in some analog consoles. VCAs work as master faders for mix groups. They can be used in a very similar way to bussing to Aux Inputs and submixing but there are crucial differences in terms of signal path. One helpful feature of this method of mixing is that the VCA offers level control over the source tracks even when the group is disabled so you can have the source track faders for blending relative levels and VCAs available for balancing groups of channels from a handful of faders without having to manage the on/off status of the mix groups. No-group groups!
- Advanced Metering - 17 different metering formats - Linear, Linear Extended, RMS, VU, Digital VU, PPM Digital, PPM BBC, PPM Nordic, PPM EBU, PPM DIN, K-12, K-14, K-20, Venue Peak & Venu RMS. It is interesting that they still haven't included BS1770 loudness metering for ATSC or EBU R128 specifications.
- Disk Cache - This enables you to play large sessions of lower grade storage or even network attached storage by preloading the media from the session into RAM. In the Playback Engine the Cache Size setting how much Memory (RAM) the Avid Audio Engine (AAE) allocates to pre-buffer audio for playback and recording. In most cases, the default setting of Normal is the best Cache Size for most sessions. Now you obviously need a lot of RAM but you can configure how much RAM Pro Tools can use and PT will start loading media into RAM working from both sides of the cursor until the whole session is loaded or it fills the RAM you have allocated.
So What Features Are Still Only in Pro Tools HD?
5.1 & 7.1 Surround - Pro Tools vanilla still only supports mono and stereo tracks. If you want to work in surround then you need to get Pro Tools HD. There is still no sign of being able to buy Pro Tools HD software on its own and they confirmed this in the Q&A session.
Advanced Automation - There are still automation features that can only be done on Pro Tools HD, which include AutoJoin with Latch Mode, Touch/Latch mode, Trim mode, Converting Volume Information & Clip Gain, Coalescing Volume Information & Clip Gain, Glide Automation and Writing Automation to Start, End or All of a Track or Selection.
Bundled Plug-ins Included In Pro Tools Vanilla And Pro Tools HD
They are now including additional plug-ins in Pro Tools 12.2 and Pro Tools 12.2 HD, but although the Pro Tools licenses are perpetual, the bundled plug-ins will only work as long as you have a current upgrade plan. If your upgrade plan expires, the version of Pro Tools software will continue to work, but these bundled plug-ins will not.
In Pro Tools 12.2 Vanilla you can now get 16 Stomp Box Effects, which are not available on general sale. They include, BBD Delay, Black Op Distortion, Black Shiny Wah, Black Spring, CI Chorus/Vibrato, DC Distortion, Flanger, Gray Compressor, Green JRC Overdrive, Orange Phaser, Roto Speaker, Studio Reverb,Tape Echo, Tn+Knob Fuzz, Vibe Phaser and White Boost. In addition Pro Tools 12.2 owners will get Space, - Avid's convolution reverb plug-in.
Pro Tools 12.2 HD users will get all of these plug-ins and will also get the Pro Series plug-ins - the Pro Compressor, Pro Expander, Pro Limiter, Pro Multi-Dynamics and Pro Sub-Harmonic. In addition they will also get Revibe II, Reverb One and Eleven as well. But if you don't want to upgrade to Pro Tools 12 you can still buy these as Perpetual licenses as before.
New Pro Tools Pricing
Avid have announced new pricing for Pro Tools 12. They have reduced the price of the Pro Tools perpetual license with a one year support/upgrade plan from $899 to a new price of $599 and you will get the Pro Tools vanilla plug-in bundle for one year. If you prefer to use the subscription model then you have the same bundle for $299 per year.
Upgrade Options For Pro Tools Perpetual License Holders
Avid have announced today that they have split the Pro Tools vanilla upgrade plan so it is possible for $99 per year to have an upgrade plan without support and without the plug-in bundle. The prices are the same whether you already own Pro Tools 12 or you are upgrading from Pro Tools 11. If you don't jump onto a plan by the end of year then it will cost you $299 for the first year.
For Pro Tools HD users, Avid confirmed what we announced earlier. You can jump onto the HD upgrade and support plan anytime this year for $599 but the news today is you also get the extended plug-in bundle including the Pro Series plug-ins. Once on the plan, as long as you don't let it expire, it will cost $399 per year, and you will continue to be able to use the plug-ins. If you haven't jumped onto an upgrade& support plan by the end of 2105 for $599 then it will cost $999 from 1st January 2016. So in essence the only new offerings for HD users are the additional plug-ins as long as you keep your plan active.
Pro Tools First Available For General Download
Avid announced that Pro Tools First is now available to download. You don't need to wait for a download link to come from Avid. Once you click on the Download button this is what you will need to do to get Pro Tools First.
Other Snippets Of Information
- When they were talking about the iPad Control App they confirmed it only supports stereo panning, so no surround panning.
- They were at pains to explain that Pro Tools 12 has a whole host of stability issues have been fixed.
- They also stressed that it may take a few days before the licenses and links will be in your Avid account.
- It will possible to buy into the Plug-in Bundle without an upgrade bundle and so it would be possible to get the plug-ins for $99 per year, effectively on a rental plan but the key thing is they can work with Pro Tools 11, you don't need to upgrade to Pro Tools 12 to get these plug-ins.
- In the Q&A section they also confirmed that the Mod Delay II plug-in in Pro tools 12.1 and above will now translate Mod Delay II instances.