Pro Tools 11

April 10, 2013

Avid has just announced that the next version of their popular Pro Tools software is going to be available soon. Love it or hate it, there are a lot of changes Avid is bringing to the table with this release.

  • All new Avid Audio Engine – Get multiple times the processing power of Pro Tools 10 to work with way more virtual instruments and effects plug-ins than ever before. And with the new 64-bit architecture, you gain the performance you need to handle the most sophisticated sessions—with more memory headroom to go even bigger.
  • Offline bounce – Forget the wait—speed up your final mix delivery with new faster-than-real-time bounce capabilities. They are claiming that this offline bounce mode will be sample for sample accurate with its real-time bounce counterparts.
  • New metering options (HD only) – New built-in metering standards provide a variety of scale and ballistics options, so you can be assured that you’re creating the best mix possible.
  • Work directly with HD video – Play MXF HD, Avid DNxHD, and other HD video formats directly in the Pro Tools timeline, without transcoding, using the built-in Avid Video Engine—the same as in Media Composer.

One downside to the new version is their system requirements. If you are running a Mac computer, you will need to have a mid-2012 or later model design. Specifically:


  • Supported
    • Mac Pro mid-2012 5,1 (all models, all speeds)
    • Mac Pro  early 2009 (all models, all speeds)
  • Not Supported
    • Mac Pro 3,1 “Harpertown” models and lower


MacBook Pro & Air

  • MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2012: 10,1)
  • MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Late 2012: 10,2)
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012: 9,1)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012: 9,2)
  • MacBook Air (mid 2012 models)
  • MacBook Air (2011 models)

Mac Mini

  • 2012 Mac Mini (all models, all speeds)
  • 2011 Mac Mini (all models, all speeds)
  • Mid-2010 Mac Mini (all models, all speeds)


  • 2012 iMac i5 (all models, all speeds)
  • Mid-2012 to Late 2009 i5 & i7 (Unibody)

Some interfaces will be no longer compatible with this version of PT.

Not Compatible (Will Not Work)

  • Audio Devices
    • Mbox (original)
    • Digi 001
  • Avid Control Surfaces
    • ProControl Main Unit
    • ProControl Edit Pack
    • ProControl Fader Pack

If you have purchased a version of Pro Tools 10 after April 7th, you will be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to 11. This new version does indeed look promising, and we are excited to see what performance it can bring us.

Here is a video running down everything you need to know about Pro Tools 11.

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