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Matt from iZotope has said “While I know this is something we’d like to do, I have not been made aware of any timetables for such features in any of our plug-ins.”
Eventide when asked on their forum “will the AAX license be only AAX-native or will there be AAX-DSP as well? Would be nice to know while thinking about HD->HDX card upgrade.” – Their response was “We can’t make any announcements regarding AAX-DSP support at this time. We’re looking into it, but I would not purchase it with the expectation that AAX-DSP support is coming soon.”
Antares in response to an email question on the subject said “Antares is currently formulating our AAX strategy for the release of AAX plug-ins. Please check our website for coming news about AAX plug-ins. We are sorry to not be able to give you a more concrete answer at the moment.”
Now that said, Avid and all the 3rd party developers would say ask the problem is? - You still have access to all your plug-ins through RTAS. This is true for most plug-ins that were available in both RTAS and TDM, but obviously not for those TDM only plug-ins. Also RTAS will use my computer processors and have to come out of the Pro Tools mixer with the appropriate latency hit (yes I know I can use Delay Compensation to cover this), where as my TDM plug-ins (and presumably the AAX DSP ones will too) keep the audio path in the Pro Tools mixer.
In being an early adopter, I feel that a lot of my HDX investment is sitting idle at the moment. Maybe I was being too hopeful in expecting developers to re-code their plug-ins overnight to the new format, maybe the statement from Avid saying they had 30 plus developers ready to release AAX plug-ins convinced me that the transition would be reasonably quick. Either way the reality after the buzz and glow of all the new features is that this transition is going to be a slow affair probably more like 6 to 12 months.
I just wish Avid had been more up front about the timescale of the transisition and Avid had explained it, early on, as clearly as Bobby Lombardi did in the interview with Russ Hughes at NAMM. I might not have jumped so quickly, but then again if I and others hadn’t jumped so soon would Avid’s figures been as good as they were? A difficult call to make, but despite the confused Pro Tools 10 launch, I do feel a lot more loved by Avid and a lot of that is down to Bobby Lombardi. There is no doubt that Pro Tools 10 is the best yet and all the features, many under the hood like the disk caching, which makes Pro Tools so much less depend on super fast drives etc is SO good. When I go back to clients systems that haven’t upgraded to PT10 I really miss a number of features, like clip gain and being able to integrate the Pro Tools mixer to establish how the routing is configured in your session.
So would I have upgraded to HDX if I knew then what I know now? Probably not, I would have definitely upgraded to Pro Tools 10 HD but probably got a little more money out of my HD2 cards and my 192 interface and made the jump in 6 months time when hopefully there will be many more AAX plug-ins.