You are here

Pro Tools & Eucon Updates

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques By Julian Rodgers
Published January 2022

The preamps on Avid’s Carbon interface can now be remotely controlled directly from within Pro Tools, or via the Avid Control app.The preamps on Avid’s Carbon interface can now be remotely controlled directly from within Pro Tools, or via the Avid Control app.

The latest Pro Tools and Eucon updates offer much to both pro- and project‑studio users.

In the closing days of October, Avid announced the release of Pro Tools 2021.10 and Eucon 2021.10. Although not a milestone like 2021.6, which offered huge performance gains courtesy of the Hybrid Engine, this double release brought some useful improvements for music production. There’s also some very welcome news for HDX users anticipating upgrading their Apple computers to one of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max machines announced in October.

Going Native

The word ‘native’ has always been one that needs careful attention in the Pro Tools world. The potential for confusion about whether a ‘native’ Pro Tools system is software‑only Pro Tools or the confusingly titled HD Native hardware can get messy, and the same has to be said of the language used to describe Apple Silicon compatibility. At the time of writing, Pro Tools software is compatible with Apple Silicon‑based Macs via Rosetta 2, but it is not yet natively supported. However, users of Pro Tools HDX systems haven’t been able to use their hardware on M1 Macs because although applications can run using Rosetta, drivers cannot. Without a suitable HD driver, HDX systems have been excluded from the ‘M1 via Rosetta’ party.

This has changed in 2021.10 with the release of a Universal Binary HD driver that supports Apple Silicon natively. This means that hardware‑based Pro Tools systems can now run on M1 Macs. Only when a fully M1‑compatible version of Pro Tools software is released will the program be able to run completely natively on Apple Silicon, but until then, HDX users will be able to use their systems, with an appropriate chassis, on an M1 Mac.

Remote Control

The release of Carbon was proof, if it were needed, that Avid haven’t forgotten about project‑studio users. Those who have used it — and I’ve had a unit since it was released — will know just how well the features and workflow address the needs of the user who needs a latency‑free Pro Tools tracking experience for recording bands. This kind of user is typically working without the benefit of assistants, so the remote and recallable mic preamp settings introduced to Carbon in 2021.10 will be extremely welcome.

Being able to tweak gain, polarity and phantom power from an iPad while setting mics is something which will make setting up sessions much easier.

The eight built‑in mic preamps in Carbon can now be remotely controlled from Pro Tools software or the Avid Control app. The ability to tweak gain, polarity and phantom power from an iPad while setting mics is something which will make setting up sessions much...

You are reading one of the locked Subscriber-only articles from our latest 5 issues.

You've read some of this article for free, so to continue reading...

  • Log in - if you have a Subscription you bought from SOS.
     
  • Buy & Download this Single Article in PDF format £1.00 GBP$1.49 USD
    For less than the price of a coffee, buy now and immediately download to your computer or smartphone.
     
  • Buy & Download the Full Issue PDF 
    Our 'full SOS magazine' for smartphone/tablet/computer. More info...
     
  • Buy a DIGITAL subscription (or Print + Digital)
    Instantly unlock ALL premium web articles! Visit our ShopStore.

RECORDING TECHNOLOGY: Basics & Beyond
Claim your FREE 170-page digital publication
from the makers of Sound On SoundCLICK HERE

Buy Related Tutorial Videos

  • Pro Tools 101 - Beginner's Guide
  • Studio Series - Recording Drums
  • Studio Series - Recording Vocals
  • More Plugins Explored
  • Studio Series - Recording Guitars
  • Mastering Essentials
  • Mixing & Automation
  • Recording & Editing Audio