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Pro Tools 11 from Avid is the next incarnation of the industry standard software that is now based on a 64-bit architecture. While there are several important enhancements, this one feature finally allows the software to access as much RAM as is present on a computer system, over the previous 4 GB limit. What this means in particular is that virtual instruments that contain large sample file bases can now be fully loaded, while the number of instruments that can be simultaneously available in a session is also increased.
Another major feature that many have clamored for is the offline bounce function. Now preparing intermediary or final mixes is much faster using a simple command. Sound quality is maintained throughout due to the time-stamped automation and multiple files in different file formats can be created simultaneously. Record input monitoring has been enhanced with ultra-low latency even when routing through plug-ins. And those working with audio for picture will appreciate the ability to play Avid DNxHD files and other HD formats directly within the timeline without transcoding.
A wide variety of plug-ins are included with the software, as are six virtual instruments. The software not only works with the company's interfaces, but since version 9, with any Core Audio or ASIO compliant interface. That means that working on an approved Apple portable computer or Windows-based device (requires an ASIO soundcard) allows for convenient portable recording or editing. Along with the recommendation that any system have as much RAM as possible, the software now requires the use of an iLok 2 authorization key if one is not provided, as the original iLok is no longer supported.
Since Pro Tools 11 no longer supports RTAS plug-ins, the company includes a full copy of Pro Tools 10 for those occasions that require the use of non-updated plug-ins. Both versions can coexist on the same hard drive and session interchange between the two is seamless.
Multiple times the processing power of previous versions with a new, fully optimized Avid Audio Engine
64-bit performance for access to larger RAM configurations, which in particular, benefits virtual instrument usage
Speed up mix delivery with faster-than-realtime off-line bouncing with time-stamped automation
Create mixes with up to 96 audio tracks (sample rate dependent)
Compose with virtual instruments and MIDI and Score Editors
Monitor record inputs on native systems with ultra-low latency
Loop recording/track comping workflows
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch processing
Over 75 AAX virtual instruments and effects plug-ins
Dynamic host processing maximizes plug-in count by reallocating processing resources as needed
Automatic delay compensation
Multi-track Beat Detective
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange
Play HD video directly in the Pro Tools timeline using the Avid Video Engine
Speed up mixing with industry-trusted automation tools
Mac Avid-qualified Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 2 GB RAM minimum (more highly recommended) 15 GB free hard drive space for installation USB port for iLok (plus Internet connection for software download) iLok 2 (original iLok not supported)
PC Avid-qualified PC Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (64-bit) 2 GB RAM minimum (more highly recommended) 15 GB free hard drive space for installation USB port for iLok (plus Internet connection for software download) iLok 2 (original iLok not supported)