FREE DOWNLOAD: Pro Tools 10 – What’s New!
By Mike Collins
Mike Collins, author of Focal Press’ Pro Tools 9 book, breaks down the changes made in Pro Tools 10. Read about what is new, without having to buy a whole new book!
Pro Tools 10 – What’s new!
Avid now offers two main versions of its Pro Tools software – the high-end Pro Tools 10 HD (which is still only sold with Avid hardware but can be used without this) and standard Pro Tools 10 software (which can be purchased separately or with Avid hardware).
Anyone who has been using versions 8 or 9 of Pro Tools will appreciate that the changes to the user interface in Pro Tools 10 are minimal. So if you know how to work with these earlier versions, you will find it very easy to get up-to-speed with Pro Tools 10.
Lots of technical enhancements make Pro Tools 10 much more responsive to use and generally speed up workflow.
For example, fades are now calculated and played back in realtime, so no more waiting for fades to get re-built! Sessions open faster and fades are now instant even with the longest fades.
Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC) now has four times the number of samples (16,384) so you can handle bigger mixes, no matter how many plug-ins you use. The original PT HD systems were (and still are) limited to 4096 samples, but the new Pro Tools|HDX systems and all other Pro Tools systems can use the larger limit.
Another convenient new feature is the ability to export selected tracks from a session as a new session. Previously, it was possible to import selected tracks from any other session, but not vice versa.
A completely new disk engine has been developed for Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools 10 that greatly increases performance for audio recording and playback. As a consequence:
• The DAE Playback Buffer Size setting provided in the Playback Engine in lower versions of Pro Tools is no longer necessary and has been removed.
• For Pro Tools software only (not for PT HD), the Cache Size setting has been removed.
• Open-Ended Record Allocation settings provided in the Operation Preferences in lower versions of Pro Tools are no longer necessary and have been removed.
Track counts have also been improved for Pro Tools 10, which will play back up to 96 tracks at 44.1/48 kHz and can record up to 32 tracks simultaneously if your interface has enough inputs. It also provides up to 64 virtual instrument tracks, 512 MIDI tracks, 160 auxiliary tracks, 256 busses and one video track.
With PT HD 10 software or Complete Production Toolkit at 44.1 or 48 kHz you can record or play back 256 simultaneous tracks using any hardware, apart from with the original HD – which only allows 192 simultaneous playable tracks.
Plug-ins are now referred to as Native or DSP and there is a new (64-bit ready) plug-in format – AAX (Avid Audio eXtension). This uses the same software code for both AAX DSP and AAX Native versions, so these sound the same – which is not the case with TDM vs RTAS. Eventually, when the 64-bit version of Pro Tools appears, RTAS and TDM plug-ins will become obsolete and the AAX format will be the only format for Pro Tools.
Mike Collins is a studio musician, recording engineer and producer with more than 30 years experience of making records. He has many credits on UK chart singles and albums, for radio and TV broadcasts, advertising jingles and movie scores.
Mike was awarded a BSc Degree in Electroacoustics-with-Music from Salford University in 1979, became a Member of the Audio Engineering Society in 1980, and was awarded an MSc Degree in Music Information Technology, with Distinction, in 1989.
After graduating, he spent 14 months working on transducer designs for Standard Telephones and Cables (STC), followed by a couple of 6-month stints as a Planning & Installation Engineer for Neve Electronics and as a Film Sound Consultant for Dolby Labs, before joining Yamaha’s London R & D Studio in 1986 as Senior Recording Engineer and Music Technology Specialist.
Working freelance since 1988, Mike has regularly reviewed music and audio software and hardware and written about a variety of audio and music production topics, with more than 2000 articles and reviews published in Pro Sound News Europe, Future Music, Computer Music, Macworld, MacUser, Personal Computer World, Sound On Sound, AudioMedia, Studio Sound, Electronic Musician, EQ, MIX and similar publications.
In parallel with this, Mike established a career throughout the 1990’s as a studio musician, MIDI programmer, recording engineer and producer working on Top 40 albums and singles in the leading London recording studios including Abbey Road, Mayfair, Townhouse, Eden, Strongroom and Sony Whitfield Street Studios, CTS and Lansdowne Studios. In 1997, Mike set up a project studio equipped with a high-end Pro Tools system and has since been involved in everything from dance remixes to TV ads, background and featured music for TV and video, album editing and compilation, and, since 1999, producing jazz, blues and soul recordings. Notable projects include working on music for a Deutsche Bank promotional video, co-production credits on Ayetoro, an experimental jazz/Afrobeat album, and, in 2010, working as a freelance audio transfer engineer at Iron Mountain’s studio facility in Slough, helping to digitize Universal Music’s vast library of master tape recordings. Most recently, Mike has set up a ’boutique’ record label to release recordings he has produced – see http://rudenoterecords.com/author/rudenoterecords/