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Avid Bows Pro Tools 10, HDX

Avid announced the Pro Tools HDX digital audio workstation and Pro Tools 10 software Thursday evening.

New York (October 21, 2011)—Avid announced its Pro Tools HDX digital audio workstation and Pro Tools 10 software Thursday evening.

The Pro Tools HDX system, available Nov. 18, aims to enable customers to mix bigger, more complex productions. According to Avid, the new system reportedly delivers up to five times more DSP per card; more than 1,000 dB of additional headroom and higher resolution sound, due to a new floating-point architecture; and up to four times the track counts and two times the I/O compared to its Pro Tools HD Accel predecessor. The system can be scaled to increase track counts, power and I/O, using up to three Pro Tools HDX cards and multiple Pro Tools HD Series interfaces. With this addition to the Pro Tools|HD family, users can choose the Pro Tools HD Native system or the new flagship DSP-accelerated Pro Tools HDX system.

Pro Tools HD 10 software lets users record and play back up to 256 audio tracks per card (or play back up to 768 tracks with three cards); provides an extended disk cache, which can load entire sessions into RAM, and handle maximum track counts from networked-attached storage, such as Avid Unity ISIS, and slower local drives; can control up to 12 Pro Tools HD systems from one using the Satellite Link option; and allows users to mix audio from up to two Pro Tools HD systems with a D-Command control surface through Multi-mode.

Pro Tools HD 10 also introduces the AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) plug-in format—AAX DSP and AAX Native—which Avid states enables “better workflows and sound parity” when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems.

Meanwhile, Pro Tools 10 software, available now, adds new features, such as Clip Gain, which separates pre-mix levels from Pro Tools software’s mixing automation. The new software also is said to provide improved performance, disk handling and real-time fades. Other features of note include the ability to use multiple file formats and mixed bit depths in the same project, including interleaved, without converting files; 32-bit floating-point file format support; the Avid Channel Strip plug-in, now included with Pro Tools 10; and 24-hour timeline capability when conforming multiple projects into a single timeline.

Also debuting is the Avid Vantage Program, an annual membership program for Pro Tools customers that provides unlimited online technical support and discounted phone support, as well as access to various audio plug-ins, and an Avid Store coupon that can be applied to new software purchases or upgrades. Pro Tools customers can also upgrade their memberships to include hardware coverage for an Mbox, Eleven Rack, or 003 audio interface or a Pro Tools|HD system, providing advanced hardware repair or replacement even if the product’s warranty has expired.