Am I the first to make this horrid joke? I don’t know, but Pro Tools now goes to 11, which means of course it’s more better.
All joking aside, this update might be a very necessary move on Avid’s part to stay on top of the DAW game. While fears have been circulating about Avid’s financial trouble, Pro Tools still remains the industry standard for audio production, though it might be losing it’s foothold. Although I still think Pro Tools is the best for recording and editing live music, I must admit I’ve come to appreciate some of the benefits of Logic and Ableton Live over the years. If Apple’s Final Cut software displaced Avid from it’s video world throne, the apparent lack of development on Logic Pro might allow Pro Tools to reign supreme for a while longer. Pro Tools 11 has a few very important new features that bring it up to par with its competitors.
So, what’s new this time? Well, everything really. Pro Tools 11 has a totally redesigned audio engine, promising loads more processing power. And who doesn’t want that? Users who need MOAR POWER will be happy to know that the revamped Avid Audio Engine is now built on 64-bit architecture. All of this simply means you can run more plug-ins and virtual instruments, making Pro Tools a comparable composing environment to its adversaries.
Another amazing new feature is OFFLINE BOUNCING. Why we had to wait this long for something common to other DAWS is beyond me, but it has been a major point of contention, so it’s a very welcome addition.
Other improvements are new metering options and the ability to playback HD video. These may not seem like a big deal, but it’s the little things that make all the difference you know.
Pro Tools 11 will be available sometime later this year at these price points:
- Pro Tools 11 software (full version) – $699 USD
- Pro Tools 10 to 11 upgrade – $299 USD
- Pro Tools 9 to 11 upgrade – $399 USD
- Pro Tools Express to Pro Tools 11 cross grade – $499 USD
- Pro Tools HD 10 to 11 upgrade – $599 USD
- Pro Tools HD 9 to 11 upgrade – $999 USD