Avid's recent hardware launches change the game for HDX and HD Native users.
The big software announcement from Avid at NAMM 2020 was, of course, the introduction of folder tracks into Pro Tools. This was the focus of April's column, and when it becomes available, this feature looks like it will represent something of a sea change in how larger sessions are handled. There were, however, a couple of other announcements from Avid. On the hardware side, the most significant of these was the introduction of the MTRX Studio: a smaller, non-configurable version of the MTRX.
Like the MTRX, the MTRX Studio has been developed in partnership with Digital Audio Denmark; but, unlike the MTRX (which was in effect a re‑badged version of the highly respected DAD AX32), the MTRX Studio is a brand‑new product. So what is the difference between the MTRX Studio and the 'full fat' MTRX, and who is it for?
The days when Pro Tools software worked exclusively with Avid or Digidesign hardware are, of course, long gone, provided you aren't using HDX or HD Native. The terminology around HD Native has always had the potential to confuse, an issue which has been addressed by changing the name of the Pro Tools HD software to Pro Tools Ultimate. 'HD Native' (with a capital 'N') refers to the system using the dedicated HD Native Thunderbolt interface, rather than a software–only version of Pro Tools running 'natively'. Since Pro Tools 9 was released 10 years ago, software–only versions of Pro Tools have been able to use any audio interface, but to exceed the 32 I/O limit which restricts software–only versions, an interface...