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Avid launches major upgrade to Pro Tools 11

Avid announces Avid Pro Tools 11, a major upgrade of the leading digital audio workstation. Core engine, 64-bit architecture, and expanded metering empower audio professionals to handle the most demanding sessions, compose with more virtual instruments and effects, and collaborate directly with Media Composer editors. Pro Tools 11 was launched at NAB in Las Vegas and was also on show at Musikmesse /Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2013.
“Pro Tools 11 represents a quantum leap in creative power,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Services at Avid. “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.”
Key benefits and features of Pro Tools 11 include a fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture. The new Avid Audio Engine delivers multiple times the processing power of Pro Tools 10 on the same hardware configurations while the 64-bit architecture 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. A 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 features proivide 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 are shown for all dynamics plug-ins on each channel.
The 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.
“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,” said Tim Palmer, mixer and engineer for U2, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure, and INXS. “I love the new metering and the new sends view is excellent.”
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