Pro Tools HD Native Announced

Avid have announced the latest Pro Tools HD system – Pro Tools HD Native, the full capabilities of Pro Tools HD software in a lower-cost native solution.Pro Tools HD Native

Key benefits

  • Create bigger sessions with up to 192 audio tracks and up to 64 channels of I/O using a single PCIe card
  • Record, edit, and mix with ease using Pro Tools HD software, the industry鈥檚 most trusted toolset
  • Attain the highest performance and lowest latency of any native digital audio workstation
  • Get the ideal tracking experience and set-and-forget direct monitoring with an integrated low-latency monitor mode
  • Achieve ultimate audio quality with a Pro Tools HD Series interface (sold separately)
  • Boost your capabilities with advanced automation, surround mixing, input monitoring, AFL/PFL solo, destructive punch, and other professional features
  • Get better sounding mixes with RTAS plug-ins and Automatic Delay Compensation on hardware and software inserts
  • Share sessions with Pro Tools|HD users without any loss of data
  • Synchronize to timecode and video reference, with frame-edge accuracy, when using SYNC HD (sold separately)
  • Get the ultimate hands-on control over your mixes using ICON or C|24 control surfaces
  • Total flexibility鈥攚ork with Mac or Windows, Pro Tools HD or third-party software, and more

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  1. So, from what i’ve read it’s a few less cards but you still need the C|24 or icon though… 馃檨

    • Chris Bryant says:

      Hey Dom ~ I don’t believe so. It looks like they’ve just eliminated the DSP for plug-ins from the card and enabled you to run the full version of PT, using HD hardware, and Host processing for plug-ins. This is something that, really, allot of people have been scratching their heads about for a few years, wondering why they hadn’t done it yet. So, I think it’s a step in the right direction.

  2. Ahh okay, you think 64bit PT is around the corner? Because i’m not that familiar with HD hardware and how it truly all works together, is 64bit needed if your running PT HD with the hardware?

    • Well…I think 64 bit PT is a matter of time. Perhaps too much time for many users. But time, nonetheless.

      Essentially, with HD|TDM systems, your host computer handles only: RTAS processing, automation processing, and native functions like screen re-draws, etc.

      The TDM cards that come with HD each have 9 processors on them that are utilized via the TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) bus. One of the nine DSPs is always allocated for Mix and I/O (depending on your mixer configuration, more processors will be allocated to Mix/ IO). So, the remaining processors (not allocated to I/O and mixer) are used for plug-in processing.

      But the argument has rightly been, for the last several years – actually make that – the last decade – that there’s really no need to pay for Digi/Avid proprietary processing for people who only wanted it for plug-ins processing.

      Host CPU has increased so much since TDM came out (in 1991) that to buy TDM processing (and the more expensive TDM plug-ins needed) would be a waste of money.

      But TDM has never been just about plug-ins. And that’s where this all fits together.

      What is often overlooked is the fact that the TDM processing is utilized for I/O capabilities, mixer routing, summing, dithering, and maybe a few things I’m forgetting to mention.

      On a TDM system, the DSP allocated to Mix and I/O processing enables you to record more tracks, through multiple interfaces, at up to 192kHz sample rates with low latency.

      This functionality (and the fact that the HD interfaces sound better and have more professional connectivity than LE/MP interfaces) has kept many users using TDM systems.

      While, on the flip side, it’s made LE/MP users who want better audio quality without buying a TDM system seek out middle-ground* solutions like Black Lion Audio’s mod versions of 002, and 003. [*By middle ground, I don’t mean audio quality, I mean that, despite the superior audio quality of products by Black Lion, they still do nothing to improve the processing speed between the software and I/O]

      So – there’s a big hole in the product line: users who don’t need the extra plug-in processing and just want the interface capabilities and the additional software capabilities (track count, busses, automation, etc) of the full version of Pro Tools.

      For them to pay for 7 or 8 additional processors they don’t plan on using (those on the TDM cards for plug-ins) is a waste.

      So, with HD Native it looks like Avid is presenting a solution.

      People who want the mixer and Hardware I/O benefits of TDM HD, but don’t want to pay for unused plug-in DSPs – can.

  3. wow, that’s the best answer i’ve found, anywhere. Thanks Chris for taking the time to write all that.