I literally JUST got PT10. Doh! Looks like 64 bit is the big change. Anyone considering making the switch?
S.H.A.F.T.E.D. For those of us who own Pro Tools and the CPTK 2, we now have to spend a huge amount of money AGAIN to re-purchase the features we have already paid $2000 for. Ludicrous. Not only that, it's also 40% more for our upgrade than anyone else will be paying, just to keep the same feature set. The reason we bought the CPTK 2 is because we can't afford to spring for the high end HD set-up's like the big facilities so the vastly higher upgrade price for all of us freelance/home based Pro Tools users seems really unfair. I would happily pay the $599 for the HD upgrade seeing as that is essentially the system we are upgrading from but to add another $400 on top of that just seems a bit greedy. Anyone from Avid care to comment?
The strap line of Avid's own press release is "Sets New Standard for Audio Production". I don't mean to sound cynical, but reading the feature list there is nothing new here that is not already available from other vendors. Even when it comes to the supposed performance increase they are very vague, stating "Delivers multiple times the processing power of Pro Tools 10 on the same hardware configurations." What is the multiple? x1.1? x1.2? x1.3? etc. Has anyone seen any precise performance figures?
Given the cost of upgrading again (less than 8 months since we upgraded to 10) we will be looking at alternative vendors.
While I understand some of the complaints about pricing, I think it is important to keep in mind that this is a huge upgrade -- potentially the biggest one ever. Contrary to popular belief, 64-bit is not the biggest change; among other things, Avid completely rewrote the entire audio engine (goodbye DAE) and finally ditched QuickTime in favor of the new Avid Video Engine. Add to that new features such as dynamic host processing (which can save a lot of resources especially with checkerboarding) and offline bouncing (which, granted, most DAWs have had for years), and you realize that we're essentially looking at a completely different Pro Tools under the hood. I can't even begin to imagine how much that cost in R&D.