If you’ve ever tried to work on a recording session remotely, you know there are some serious workflow limitations. It can take forever to send the project files, find and import the changes to the session, and adjust the mix accordingly. Not to mention, what if the performance isn’t what you had in mind? It’s the cause of a lot of wasted time, and frustration. Plus, it’s bad for your creativity and it’s not fun.
We thought it was time to change all that.
Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools is one of the most innovative and groundbreaking features we’ve ever released. You can work on the same session with bandmates, engineers, and producers anywhere in the world—from New York to Singapore—in real time. You can collaborate as if you’re all working together in the same studio—without all of the file swapping, importing, and management headaches. It’s a big innovation—really big. So we thought it would be cool to tell you more about how we laid the groundwork for Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration, and why it’s a game changer for modern pro audio workflows.
Pro Tools 12 may have looked and felt a little like Pro Tools 11 (OK, a lot like Pro Tools 11). But there were several feature updates that provided the critical framework for Cloud Collaboration. First, we needed to bridge the gap between Pro Tools | HD and standard Pro Tools. Not only had our customers been requesting it, but HD contained some tools that were necessary for collaboration.
The two most import features we brought to Pro Tools 12 were Track Freeze and Track Commit. Our most requested feature, Track Freeze, allows you to quickly lock in all of the processing on a track (or tracks) to free up more CPU horsepower. Plus, you can quickly unfreeze a track whenever you need to edit it. Not only does this enable you to deal with bigger DSP and VI laden tracks—it’s important for collaborating with others who might not have the same plug-ins.
In previous versions of Pro Tools, it was a multi-step process to render a track down to free up resources and bring it back into a session. With the Track Commit feature, it’s as simple as selecting a track, selecting Commit. The track renders offline with all of the volume, mute, and pan automation—as well as the send and group assignments. You can render one track at a time, or an entire batch of tracks at once. It’s a great way to free up processing power and hand off a track for collaboration.
These are essential features for the overall workflows in Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, and facilitate a fast and smooth process to share tracks with lossless compression. Check out a special on-demand webinar hosted by Mix Magazine to get an in-depth look at Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools.
- See how Avid Cloud Collaboration enables artists and engineers to work together at the same time or offline
- Get the details on sharing audio and MIDI tracks, edits, mix changes, automation, markers, and more
- Find out how to connect with others and promote your work in the new Avid Artist Community