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.
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.
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...