The release of Pro Tools 2018.7 has brought several new features which are mostly aimed at speeding up workflow in cases where an action had to be done over and over again but there was one feature at the bottom of the list which caught my attention and once I'd investigated it I wondered why it wasn't at the top of the list.
In this free video tutorial brought to you with the support of Avid, Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates the new Low Latency monitoring features in 2018.7 and explains the cause of the problem they solve.
Low Latency Monitoring Enhancements
Pro Tools HD Native, Core Audio, and ASIO systems provide the following enhancements with Low Latency Monitoring:
- Software monitoring is automatically disabled for all TrackInput Monitoring–enabled tracks.
- Software monitoring is automatically disabled for all Record-enabled tracks.
This lets you use hardware monitoring with any output channels on your audio interface without having to re-configure your session. Previously when Low Latency Monitoring was enabled, software monitoring was disabled only for tracks assigned to physical outputs 1 or 2 on your audio interface. This is a significant upgrade to the functionality of Low Latency Monitoring as when systems grow it can no longer be assumed that monitoring is going to be happening via physical outputs 1+2..
Allow Sends to Persist During LLM Preference
All plug-ins and sends are bypassed by default when Low Latency Monitoring (LLM) is enabled in the Options menu. Pro Tools 2018.7 now lets you enable the Allow Sends to persist during LLM option to maintain sends audio signal output with Low Latency Monitoring.
To maintain (or bypass) sends with Low Latency Monitoring enabled:
- Choose Preferences > Mixing and click the Setup tab.
- Select (or deselect) the Allow Sends to persist during LLM option.
- Click OK.