I’ll lay my cards on the table here – I’m a Cubase user. I learnt sequencing on Cubasis VST, I learnt audio recording on SX, and having gone through Pro Tools, Logic, and Reaper at various stages I always come back to Steinberg’s drummer-proof* User Interface.
*NB. I’m reclaiming that old joke – but it doesn’t mean non-drummers are allowed to use it.
There’s no denying, however, that Digidesign (now Avid) have led the professional market for years with ProTools. I was almost persuaded by the release of PT9, with Complete Production Toolkit 2 making some of ProTools’ best features available to Native LE and M-powered systems; some really handy additions such as proper delay compensation, Elastic Audio, and VCA groups; and – best of all – with ASIO support you could use your ProTools 9 license on more than one machine, WITHOUT Avid hardware!
So now Avid have released 10, what can we expect – Track freeze? 64 bit? Backwards compatibility? Faster-than-realtime bounce?
What Avid have done is to remove the 4GB file limit with support for the new RF64 WAV extension; Extended Disk Cache (meaning that you can use RAM to store audio files with a 64-bit system); mixed filetype support; new Import/Export options (including export direct to SoundCloud and iTunes); and some useful workflow improvements with clip-based gain and realtime fades.
The upgrade price from ProTools 9 is $299, and if you bought PT9 or the M-Box bundle after October 1st, you’re eligible for a free upgrade, which is nice.
There isn’t enough here to persuade me to switch, but to be honest I’m being a little unfair because none of the features I’m asking for have ever been available with ProTools – and with 50+ new features (detailed on Avid’s website) there is plenty for current users to get excited about!
Join the conversation:
Which DAW are you using? Would you switch? It would be nice to hear from some ProTools fans about whether the new suite of features has you persuaded to upgrade.