The 2021.3 update brings limited Big Sur compatibility, and more besides.
At the end of March, Avid released Pro Tools version 2021.3. While the preceding 2020.12 update brought with it some really significant new features, particularly Audio to MIDI and the integration of Melodyne, 2021.3 is more focused on OS compatibility for Mac users, bringing as it does limited support for Big Sur.
Unlike most OS releases where ‘support’ means exactly that, in the case of Big Sur something being ‘officially supported’ requires closer inspection, because Big Sur support can cover three scenarios: Big Sur on an Intel Mac (though, of course, not all Intel Macs are supported for Big Sur), Big Sur native support on an Apple Silicon Mac, and Big Sur on an Apple Silicon Mac via Rosetta 2. Not the simplest of situations.
Add to this the fact that most DAWs include three software components — the DAW itself, third‑party plug‑ins, and copy protection — and things can get tricky. For this reason it’s important to proceed with care and check thoroughly that all the software you need to run is going to work before you attempt moving to Big Sur. That being said, in this kind of technology stand‑off someone has to move first, and Avid have announced Big Sur compatibility but with important caveats.
Pro Tools 2021.3 is compatible with Big Sur on Intel Macs. This applies to native systems as well as HDX and HD Native users, and users of the new Pro Tools Carbon interface. The included Avid plug‑ins are also compatible, but third‑party...