Avid announces Pro Tools 11 with new Avid Audio Engine, 64-bit architecture, and more

Avid today announced Avid Pro Tools 11, a major upgrade of the company’s digital audio workstation. This latest version enables audio professionals to take on demanding productions with new, high-powered audio and video engines, 64-bit architecture, expanded metering, and direct HD video workflows.

“Pro Tools 11 represents a quantum leap in creative power,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Services at Avid, in the press release. “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.”

Pro Tools 11 delivers the features, performance, and workflows professionals need to take on today’s increasingly complex sessions and tighter timelines. Key benefits and features include:

• Fully redesigned audio engine and 64-bit architecture
• New Avid Audio Engine — Delivers multiple times the processing power of Pro Tools 10 on the same hardware configurations.
• 64-bit architecture — Exponentially 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.
• 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
• Extended standards support — Features 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 — Shows gain reduction for all dynamics plug-ins on each channel.
• Direct HD video workflows
• 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.

Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools HD 11 will be available in the online Avid Store and at Avid resellers worldwide later in Q2 2013. Pricing will be as follows:

• Pro Tools 11 software (full version)— US$699
• Pro Tools 10 to 11 upgrade— $299
• Pro Tools 9 to 11 upgrade— $399
• Pro Tools Express to Pro Tools 11 cross grade— $499
• Pro Tools HD 10 to 11 upgrade— $599
• Pro Tools HD 9 to 11 upgrade— $999

Source: Avid Technology, Inc.


  1. 64-bit architecture would have been really cool three years ago. Although users will probably be excited, AVID have been woefully behind in getting PT up to the standard of the last decade.

  2. 4 long years since Logic Pro was released. 4 years ago it was the best in the business. Now, music producers are asking Apple to keep up with the competition — with some very reasonable update requests:


    So, while Cook & Co sit and fiddle, they are losing the market to the competition. How long do Logic Pro users have to wait for version X?

    How long until pro users get a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac Pro?

    How long until Apple releases new rack-mountable equipment?

    Does Mr. Logistics even ask his customers what they need, or does he expect them to wait forever for the mysterious murky day sometime in the future when Apple decides the time is right to respond to competition?

    Cook: LOOK ALIVE. At your pay rate, we expect forward motion.

  3. Can someone tell me if ProTools 11 will work with Mac built-in audio? Avid’s support of this product is so poor that this simple question is NOT ANSWERED ANYWHERE on their site.

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