This is a seriously post friendly update and offers a shed load of features we have been asking for, for a very long time.
- Clip based gain workflow – this is as we have seen in the videos
- Real-time Fades – as we have seen in the videos, but backward compatibility needs careful management as PT10 doesn’t use rendered files at all.
- Extended Disk Cache, Improved Disk Scheduler, Support for NAS – if you saw the videos then you knew the lot was coming, but it does mean that you can run sessions across network attached shared storage without having to copy the media across to a local drive. But note that the disk cache is an HD only feature.
- 24-Hour Timeline – hooray, especially if you have ever hit the session length limit.
- Visual Indication Improvements – things like global solo and mute indicators.
- Export Selected Tracks – this is great so rather than having to open another session and import, you can export selected tracks to a new session all from the source session.
- Improved ISIS Support – very good news for facilities built round ISIS infrastructure.
- EUCON Integration Phase II – you can have loads more shortcuts and soft keys for the EUCON surfaces including the the Artist series.
- Channel Strip Plug-in – from the screen shots this looks very comprehensive and joins the channel strip band wagon.
- Down Mixer Plug-in – This bundled plug-in will let you monitor downmixes of your 5.1 or 7.1 mixes into stereo and mono to check compatibility.
- In App Browser for Plug-in App Store, Help etc. – So you can access the Avid Store to buy or rent plug-ins as well as access the help forums all from within Pro Tools, no need to open a web browser.
- Support for Mixed File Formats (FIle type, Bit-depth) – includes support for Poly files too.
- 32-Bit Float Session Format – but not on old hardware
- Bounce To iTunes, Send To Soundcloud – enables you to mix out to your iTunes library or a wider audience on Soundcloud.
- Bus Interrogation – you can now ask Pro Tools to highlight tracks assigned to a particular buss, wry helpful when managing complex mixers when you need to re-assign busses. You can be sure you haven’t missed one by mistake.
- Low Latency Monitoring for ASIO/Core Audio – very necessary for non Avid hardware users.
- Audiosuite Now Preserves Metadata – this will be great, loosing the metadata when using Audiosuite was a real pain.
- Audiosuite Now Has Multiple Windows – you can use Window Configurations to recall multiple AudioSuite plug-in setting in one go.
- Audiosuite Handles – all the AudioSuite features are long overdue , you can choose how long your handles should be or select the whole file to be processed.
- Di-Fi Update – especially the var-fi plug-in which now has options to process part of the selection and also put a fade on the in or out to soften the tail.
- Right Click to Reveal In Finder – So where is this file, now you can find it.
- Media Composer Clip Gain Interop – obvious but will help compatibility between MC and PT.
- 256 Voices (Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools with CPTK)
- 768 Tracks – loads of tracks, now if only I can find that track with the door close on it!
- 512 Aux Tracks – may seem a lot but once you are working n Surround you soon eat up those busses building your mixer with surround stems etc.
- Improved ADC with up to 16,000 samples (Pro Tools HD and HD Software only). – Thank you Avid, with some plug-in combinations the current limit hasn’t been enough.
- Extended Disc Cache – all part of the network attached storage solution and with all those tracks a good sized cache is going to be essential to keep those Disk Too Slow error messages away.
- Field Recorder Improvements – very helpful when your location recordist has tracked up sources on separate tracks and the improvements make assessing the edit info on the guide track easier to transfer across to the iso tracks.
- Support for up to 2 Satellites
- Support For D-Command Multi-mode
- Media Composer Surround Track Interop – with more and more surround projects coming with HD pictures, a useful feature but will the video editors know what to do?
- CPTK Users now get Track Input Monitoring and Destructive Punch Record
Computer Specs. – Avid recommend the following minimum system;
Mac OS X 10.6.5 or higher and 10.7 or Windows 7
Works in 32 and 64 bit modes (but is not a 32 bit app)
Minimum 4gb RAM, 8gb recommended
Note that this will be the last version that will support the ‘blue’ interfaces like the 96 and 192 I/O interfaces as well as the HD Accel cards. They won’t work in a fully 64 bit environment so start looking at your upgrade options now.
Pro Tools 10 standalone $699
PT 10 will be available immediately
PT 9 to PT10 standalone $299
PT 9 HD to PT10HD $999
PT 8 HD to PT10HD $1499
PT 7 HD to PT10HD $2499
So they are clearly setting the pricing to encourage legacy users to upgrade your the software and hardware rather than just the hardware.
Check out what AIR Users blog have been saying about it
Check out what ProToolerBlog has to say about it