Pro Tools 11 Announced

New audio engine, 64-bit architecture, and expanded metering   08-Apr-13

Avid has announced Pro Tools 11, which they describe as a major upgrade of its industry-leading digital audio workstation that redefines music and audio production for today's workflows. They tell us that this latest version enables audio professionals to take on the most demanding productions with new, high-powered audio and video engines, 64-bit architecture, expanded metering, and direct HD video workflows.

Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Services at Avid, told us, "Pro Tools 11 represents a quantum leap in creative power. The newly designed architecture turbo-charges production with more plug-in processing, the ability to run more virtual instruments--and a host of new features--letting users create ambitiously, without holding anything back."

Avid believes that Pro Tools 11 delivers the features, performance, and workflows professionals need to take on today's increasingly complex sessions and tighter timelines. They say that the key benefits and features include:

Fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture

  • New Avid Audio Engine -- Delivers multiple times the processing power of Pro Tools 10 on the same hardware configurations.
  • 64-bit architecture -- Exponentially increases the number of simultaneous virtual instruments and the performance to handle the most sophisticated sessions.
  • Offline bounce -- Delivers mixes up to 150 times faster than real time.
  • Low-latency input buffer -- Ensures ultra-low latency record monitoring without sacrificing plug-in performance.
  • Dynamic host processing -- Maximizes plug-in count by reallocating processing resources as needed.

Expanded metering

  • Extended standards support -- Features a broad range of built-in metering standards, from peak and average to VU and PPM, to maintain adherence to regional broadcast requirements.
  • Gain reduction -- Shows gain reduction for all dynamics plug-ins on each channel.

Direct HD video workflows

  • Built-in Avid Video Engine -- Enables audio post professionals to play and edit a wide range of HD video formats including Avid DNxHD®, directly in the Pro Tools timeline without transcoding, using the same core engine as in Media Composer®.
  • Video interface support -- Enables monitoring of DNxHD and QuickTime media through Avid Nitris® DX, Avid Mojo® DX, and other video interfaces.


Tim Palmer, mixer and engineer for U2, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure, and INXS, had this to say, "In the world of professional mixing, I constantly need more processing power, and the extra power in Pro Tools 11 is exactly what I need. I love the new metering and the new sends view is excellent.  It is really impressive. Pro Tools 11 is a big leap forward."

Pricing and Availability:

Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools HD 11 will be available in the online Avid Store and at Avid resellers worldwide later in Q2 2013.  Pricing will be as follows:

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

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loneraver    Said...

holy crap! After Pro tools 10 was meh, I didn't think they could pull out something this impressive.

Fast offline bouncing is way too long in the making but thank god it's now here.

64 bit is nice but I wish I could use the RAM disc cache feature without buying the HD version.

The Direct HD video workflows could be huge if it works. We will see

08-Apr-13 08:54 AM

onimpusle    Said...

Really hope they do a grace period like Steinberg. But than again there are Avid...

08-Apr-13 11:03 AM

edlikethehorse    Said...

I've been waiting to use the 10GB of RAM that I have had in my Mac Pro since 2007... I can only use 4GB. This is because of PT being a 32bit application. PT 10 could be upgraded to get a seperate 64bit process going via the "Complete Production Toolkit" but that was $2000!!!... So now they say that I can upgrade to PT11, an thus, 64-bit... Finally getting what I have waited 6 years for.... for $300??... My question is.... BLLUUUHHH?!?!?!?!... followed by, How am I going to get screwed by upgrading to PT11?...What will I lose?... Or did we ACTUALLY just get the software that our hardware has been waiting so long for? Anyone in my situation, who has stuck with Pro Tools through these years of 32bit software in a 64bit world understands my suspicions.... Is it true?... Be gentle.

08-Apr-13 11:51 AM

EveryoneWantstoKnow    Said...

This is nice but how does Jordan Rudess fell about this?

08-Apr-13 08:05 PM

tritone    Said...

There is a grace period. Buy or upgrade or crossgrade from earlier versions of PT, PT LE, or PT MP to Pro Tools 10 after April 7, and get PT11 for free! I'm on board with that, having skipped 9 and 10 previously but I'll go for this.

09-Apr-13 12:11 AM

onimpulse    Said...

But I have bought Pro Tools 10 in last few weeks...

09-Apr-13 06:02 AM

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