The new Pro Tools version 9 is being billed by Avid as a “groundbreaking evolution” of what has for some time been the industry’s most popular music creation and audio production system.
Version 9 of Pro Tools offers customers the unprecedented choice to work with Avid audio interfaces, third-party audio interfaces, or no hardware at all when using the built-in audio capabilities of a Mac or PC. This first-ever software-only option for Pro Tools delivers customers what Avid touts as the most open, flexible and feature rich version in history, while also providing top professional features customers have requested. Also, new support for the Avid EUCON open Ethernet protocol now enables customers to expand control surface options to include Avid’s Artist Series and Pro Series audio consoles and controllers (formerly known as Euphonix consoles and controllers).
Customers can design their workflow of choice using the new Pro Tools software-only configuration with their favourite Avid or third-party audio interface - or standalone - and with Avid Artist and Pro Series controllers. Much, much more on the new features can be found here.
The company has lined up the usual quotes from the great and the good about the new version, the best of which is delivered by Ulrich Wilde, producer and engineer for bands including Dethklok, Pantera and the Deftones. “One big thing about Pro Tools being an open platform is that I won’t have to run two systems anymore,” he said. “Right now I have a dedicated Pro Tools system and a dedicated Apogee system and I have to reboot with one or the other—now I can save space and time toggling between them. EUCON support is also huge for me as I’ll be able to integrate Pro Tools into my studio workflow, which is based on Logic using an Artist Series controller.”
Avid says that V9 Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD software will be available worldwide on 12 November 2010 starting at £430.00.