5 Common Misunderstandings About A Move To Pro Tools 11

07-14-2013 07:51 AM

It has been a long journey for those waiting for Pro Tools 11. First announced, or should we say implied, in the winter of 2011, the idea of a 64 bit version of Pro Tools has perhaps been the most eagerly anticipated release. This means that there has been over a year of discussion on this and many other forums about what it can and can’t do - here are 5 common misunderstandings about Pro Tools 11.

  • Pro Tools 11 Software Sounds Different
    It neither sounds better or worse, it sounds the same. The 64 bit AAE is all about performance not sound. If you are buying it to improve your sound then you’ll be disappointed, for that you need to look at new interfaces with better A/D pre-amps and converters - not the software.
  • There is an AAX2 format
    There is no such thing as AAX2, there is only one AAX format. This misunderstanding was perhaps not helped by the early releases of 32 bit versions of AAX plug-ins, these do not work in Pro Tools 11. You need a 64 bit version, this is not AAX2 simply AAX 64 bit. Read recent discussions about the AAX delay here and the thinking behind AAX here.
  • You Need To Buy All Your Plug-Ins Again In AAX
    Not at all, check out our AAX database, supported by our friends at Softube. It has a column showing you the cost to replace existing plug-ins in the AAX format. Even though creating AAX versions of existing plug-ins has cost their vendors, nearly all are not charging to update your existing plug-ins. All of our team have moved to Pro Tools 11 and we already have a lot of our plug-ins in AAX format and have not been charged for them in AAX format. If push comes to shove then use one of our many ways to host your favourite plug-ins in Pro Tools 11, some of them are FREE.
  • Students Waiting For Upgrades Have To Wait To Use Pro Tools 11
    With a long wait for letters some students are frustrated at not being able to use Pro Tools. If you are one of those people then simply download the demo from Avid and use that for 30 days or until your full licence arrives. Installing the demo should not create issues later.
  • There Is No Pain Moving To It
    If you are a Pro Tools native user then spare a thought for some legacy HD users, their move is a much bigger consideration and that is the need to invest in new HDX hardware and/or consoles. However firstly, one argument banded around is that Avid have made their previous business investment worthless. Any well run and financially savvy business worth its salt should be depreciating their equipment and getting the tax breaks, so talking about their previous investment being worthless is incorrect - over 3-4 years the investment should be zero in their accounts anyway. So whilst the investment is not worthless, businesses still need to find new money for CAPEX - for some studios and facilities with big systems and multiple seats that investment runs into tens if not hundreds of thousands. BUT remember your systems didn’t stop working the minute Pro Tools 11 was released so if you don’t need to invest now then wait until you have the cash to do it. As my Dad always says ‘profit is what you don’t spend.’

A move to Pro Tools 11 is not without its issues, but its best to concentrate on the real ones and not the urban myths that perpetuate on social media.