Pro Tools 10 Review + Q&A With Avid’s Tony Cariddi

June 20, 2012 


By now – if you’re a Pro Tools user – you’ve at least considered upgrading to Pro Tools 10 if you haven’t taken the plunge already. On this episode of Input/Output, our hosts Geoff Sanoff and Eli Janney offer a comprehensive review of this *latest release* in use, outlining the pros, the cons, and the most useful, most worth-the-investment new features and functionality.

Specifically, Geoff and Eli talk about the benefits of clip gain, real-time fades, longer delay compensation, 32-bit floating point processing, OMF/AAF/MXF file interchange, and disk cache – the full power of which is only accessible to Pro Tools HD10 and Complete Production Toolkit users (PT10 native users get 1GB of disk cache) – among other new features.

Then, tune in as Geoff and Eli interview Avid’s Tony Cariddi on some of Pro Tools 10’s more elusive features, advanced functionality, the new AAX plug-in format, and the future of the platform.

Should you upgrade to Pro Tools 10? Now? Later? Tune in and find out.

* This review is based on Pro Tools 10.0.1 and 10.1.2. Avid recently released Pro Tools 10.2which Input\Output producer Justin Colletti reports has been rock solid (running on Lion 10.7.4).

  • chris shaw

    I got in (HD Native) for $599 because I signed up for the Avid Standard Support (appropriately acronym-ed A.S.S.). You didn’t mention in your review that Avid is promising 3 years of continued support for HD cards. 

    For what it’s worth..

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Chris! That’s a good point. Sorry we missed that. 3 years in computer time is how many new updates/ generations of Macs, ProTools, USB,Thunderbolt, Firewire etc?

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  • RedBeard

    Well… I just want to say that I was lucky enough to win a free copy of PT10 from Pensados Place so I don’t think that I really have room to complain too much.

    BUT – being a relatively new engineer and probably lacking in my computer techy knowledge stuff – I wish something would have said in really big letters somewhere

    “LISTEN, IF YOU DON’T HAVE AT LEAST 4GIGS OF RAM DON’T INSTALL THIS UNTIL YOU DO!”

    Here’s the thing, I love pretty much every new feature of pt10 but I’m really limited into what I can do (until I have the money to upgrade my RAM) because if I put one too many plug ins on… guess what happens. 

    Yeah, I crash… all the time… and it’s annoying.

    I did as much reading as I can understand about it and didn’t see anything that said… look dude, you need some more RAM.

    Anyway… I liked the rest of the show and you guys covered a lot of good stuff and cleared a few things up for me, so cheers for that… 

    Now if you want to mail me $250 for my hardware upgrade… well that’d be grand.

  • yerboy

    Hey Red Beard,
    Thanks for the feedback.
    You know, I am a bit surprised that you are having trouble
    with PT10 using less than 4GB of RAM. Having said that, both Eli and I 
    have more than that so I don’t know that we could have told you to watch out for that problem. I am glad that you’ve posted about it though so that anyone seeing your comment watches out for that problem. Depending on your system, there are definitely cheap places to buy RAM out there at the moment. But I reckon you know what you need and how much it’ll cost. Did you try messing with the disk cache buffering options and also with the playback buffer? That often helps with stability when using lots of plug ins. Otherwise, figuring out which ones suck up the most juice and printing them as you go is what I end up doing when I’m taxing my system. and trust me, I have taxes most systems I’ve worked on at one point or another.
    Good luck!
    Geoff

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