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Upgrading to Pro Tools 9? DON'T DO IT! (Yet)

Avid has just released Version 9 of their famous Pro Tools software. But if you're thinking of upgrading, then maybe you should think again.


Do you run Pro Tools? Maybe you run the classic 7.3 version, which many will say was Pro Tools at its best.

Maybe you run the current version 8.1. It's a great machine for producing pro quality recordings.

Either way, it has to be tempting to upgrade to Pro Tools Version 9. It has a number of innovative features, perhaps the most important is that you can now use an interface of your choice, you are no longer restricted to Avid's narrow range.


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Don't do it! Don't upgrade!!

As you may know, we like Pro Tools here. It does the job for us, and when we go to Abbey Road to record demonstration material for Audio Masterclass, we come home with Pro Tools sessions that we can play directly.

But we won't be upgrading to Version 9. Not yet anyway.

The reason for this is that Digidesign, now fully absorbed into Avid, has a history of releasing new versions of Pro Tools that either don't install properly, don't install easily, don't run properly or simply don't get the job done. (And don't forget plug-in and instrument compatibility.)

Then they fix it with a point-one update, or a 'CS' release.

So that's when we will be upgrading to Version 9 - when it has been thoroughly tested by people who are prepared to have their workflow disrupted while they get to grips with the latest software, which for some reason they feel they've just got to have.

Now there is one way you can sensibly experiment with Pro Tools 9...

That is to install it on a separate disk or partition, so that it doesn't interfere with your existing version of Pro Tools.

In fact we would recommend this 'quarantine' procedure for any new software version where it is important that your workflow is not disturbed.

In summary, we will welcome Pro Tools 9, but for us not just yet, at least not in a production system until we have fully tested it and proven its stability.

P.S. Anyone still using Version 5.1? Now that really was a classic.

By David Mellor Tuesday November 9, 2010