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Old Apr 8, 2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Avid Announces Media Composer 7 and Pro Tools 11, iOS Compatible Recording Hardware




Avid today announced new versions of its flagship video editing and audio production applications Media Composer 7 and Pro Tools 11, as well as two new Mac- and iOS- compatible hardware interfaces for recording audio at home or on the road.

In addition to a number of new features, Media Composer 7 receives a significant price cut, bringing the standard edition to $1000, down from $2500. It will be available in June.

ProTools 11, which Avid says "represents a quantum leap in creative power", gains a redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture. The standard edition of Pro Tools 11 is available for $700, with upgrades ranging from $300 to $500 depending on which previous version of Pro Tools is owned. The new version should be available later this quarter.

The Avid Fast Track Solo and Duo include Pro Tools Express for recording and editing audio on a Mac, and also connect directly to the 30-pin connector on older iOS-hardware, and to newer iOS devices via the 30-Pin to Lightning adapter.

The Solo provides one mic preamp and one instrument input, while the Duo provides two mic preamp/instrument inputs, and two line inputs.
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"Today's aspiring songwriters and musicians want a high-quality, affordable recording solution that's portable enough to let them create wherever they are," said Dana Ruzicka, vice president of Segment and Product Marketing at Avid. "Providing access to the industry-standard Pro Tools family, Fast Track Solo and Duo deliver this capability like nothing else on the market today."
The Fast Track Solo and Duo are available now for $180 and $300 respectively.

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Old Apr 8, 2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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Great to see this stuff coming around. Is there any issue with lag using the 30 pin to Lightning adaptor?
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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Great, now come on Apple give us some Logic Pro love too. Pretty please....


(Those ProTools 11 licences are damn pricy even for upgrade of ProTools 10)
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 11:49 AM   #4
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At last! Now if Apple (hopefully) has a new Mac Pro around the same time I'll be set!
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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Interface with Garageband?
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 11:55 AM   #7
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FML, this is the EOL for for millions of TDM cards. And if the price wasn't hurting you bad enough for an upgrade, the lack of plugins converting over to the new AAX will be.
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quantum leap?

confused quantum "leap" with quantum tunneling.

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Old Apr 8, 2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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So we now have Digital Performer 8, Ableton Live 9, and Pro Tools 11...

And yet still, Logic Pro X hasn't been released.
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As a Avid user, this is great news!
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Interface with Garageband?
Overkill a bit?
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 12:58 PM   #12
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I don't care that my old TDM cards are dead with this version.

I don't mind waiting for updates for some of my favorite plugins.

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I have a stiffy under the desk at work just thinking about it.
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to newer iOS devices via the 30-Pin to Lightning adapter
Avid is a bit late to the game with this. There are several other iOS audio options with more to offer. Avid should have gone with native Lightning support to differentiate themselves from the competition.
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Avid is a bit late to the game with this. There are several other iOS audio options with more to offer. Avid should have gone with native Lightning support to differentiate themselves from the competition.
pretty sure the $599 upgrade for offline bouncing is all anyone who uses this day in day out cares about. everything else is fluff.
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Avid is a bit late to the game with this. There are several other iOS audio options with more to offer. Avid should have gone with native Lightning support to differentiate themselves from the competition.
Unfamiliar with the latest. What are some other reccommended iOS audio recording devices?
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Let's hear it for competition.

I'll admit, I had completely forgotten that the previous version of AVID Protools was still 32-bit.

I'll be interested to see how the speed differences play out in real world scenarios.
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FML, this is the EOL for for millions of TDM cards. And if the price wasn't hurting you bad enough for an upgrade, the lack of plugins converting over to the new AAX will be.

TDM is too old an architecture for 32-bit, even; and there should be a serious overhaul... But I agree there should at least be some support for an exchange or upgrade program. Avid should give incentive for manufacturers of older plug-ins to upgrade to AAX. Like Sonic NoNoise for instance... There's a good chance that will never be upgraded to AAX.
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I'm glad that they've finally come out with a 64-bit version, but I'm pretty pissed at the cost of upgrade. I understand that it's 100% new code; but back with Pro Tools 7|HD, it only cost $300 to upgrade to 8|HD, which incidentally came with a free upgrade to 9|HD... So, $1000???? I know 7|HD was $800 brand new, and you had to buy HD|Accel card(s), and there is something to say for inflation... But an upgrade... For $1000?? Jiminy H. Criminy!
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Nice to see they finally have these features, but they're the last major DAW to go 64 bit (over three years ago for Logic), and all the others have been doing offline bouncing for years. Not much else listed, so this mostly looks like a release catching up to the other DAWs. I guess they also are hyping "more power" but that sounds like they just fixed up the native plugin processing which has never been particularly efficient. And along with that comes loss of compatibility of plugin formats and plenty of hardware - it's a painful and expensive road being a PT user these days.
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Nice to see they finally have these features, but they're the last major DAW to go 64 bit (over three years ago for Logic), and all the others have been doing offline bouncing for years. Not much else listed, so this mostly looks like a release catching up to the other DAWs. I guess they also are hyping "more power" but that sounds like they just fixed up the native plugin processing which has never been particularly efficient. And along with that comes loss of compatibility of plugin formats and plenty of hardware - it's a painful and expensive road being a PT user these days.
It does have a sort of Quark Xpress redux vibe to it. ;-)
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At last! Now if Apple (hopefully) has a new Mac Pro around the same time I'll be set!
Agreed, if there's something decent to run it on, I'll be very happy!
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I'm not a Pro-Tools user, but to be honest given the way they've treated users of their other software (Sibelius specifically) I wouldn't throw any more money at upgrades to anything Avid still owns at this stage.
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In addition to a number of new features, Media Composer 7 receives a significant price cut, bringing the standard edition to $1000, down from $2500. It will be available in June.
That's one hell of a price cut...
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That's one hell of a price cut...
Which is great for new users but a bit scary for a company with such big financial problems.
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