Pro Tools 2022.9 – new features
Posted on: Monday 17th of October 2022
The latest version of Pro Tools 2022.9 transforms Dolby Atmos Production Suite workflows, remote collaboration and music creation through features such as ARA2 (Audio Random Access) integration with Celemony’s Melodyne, and Aux I/O for flexible audio routing.
Pro Tools 2022.9 also brings a new offering to the previous Artist, Studio, and Flex tiers called Pro Tools Intro. This tier is a feature limited but completely free option aimed at hobbyists or those new to making music, recording, and editing audio. It’s a welcome reprise of the “blue Mbox” setup popular with students. Unlike previous free Pro Tools versions, it allows for local sessions in the standard .ptx file format which means users can start a project in Pro Tools Intro and easily interchange with other tiers of Pro Tools. Pro Tools Intro can also utilise 3rd party AAX plug-ins, which should make for a more natural switch over from other DAWs by having the familiarity of many of your favourite or go-to plug-ins.
The addition of ARA2 support means you can now manipulate audio in your timeline directly within the Pro Tools Edit window, which drastically speeds up the Melodyne workflow. Celemony’s Melodyne Essentials is included with Pro Tools Artist, Studio and Flex and this gives you the ability to alter pitch, vibrato, volume, sibilants, note length, timing, and more without having to transfer your audio between separate applications. This is just the start of Avid’s ARA2 journey, and we hope to see more 3rd party integration in the not too distant future. This would be a game changer for tools like Sound Particles or iZotope’s RX suite.
Aux I/O is a powerful and flexible expansion built on the existing Pro Tools playback engine which adds the ability to aggregate multiple additional CoreAudio paths in addition to the HDX, HD Native or 3rd party hardware. When working in Dolby Atmos using DAPS you can bolt the Dolby Audio Bridge onto your HDX system, allowing you to harness low latency I/O paths with DSP acceleration when recording and then seamlessly move onto mixing immersive audio through DAPS, all without changing playback engine or quitting and reopening Pro Tools. Aux I/O is completely user configurable so you can quickly define which devices and applications you want to combine and how you want to present them in the I/O Setup window. Aux I/O also makes it much easier to route audio via 3rd party applications such as Teams or Zoom for remote talent and creative review, or audio apps like Soundminer and iZotope RX Editor, as well as your system sounds. Due to Aux I/O being a CoreAudio feature it’s therefore MacOS only and requires Big Sur or higher. For PC users, we’d recommend Source-Nexus as an alternative way of routing audio to and from Pro Tools with 3rd party applications.
Previously only included with Pro Tools Flex annual subscriptions and current Pro Tools Ultimate perpetual licenses, SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition is now also included with all Pro Tools Studio annual subscriptions, as well as with all Pro Tools Studio perpetual licenses with an active support plan. SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition is a workflow automation platform that enables you to perform complicated, click-heavy tasks in a single keystroke, button press, or shortcut. With SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition, you have access to 1,600+ prebuilt macros and commands for Pro Tools that can be custom assigned and triggered by keyboard shortcuts, MIDI controllers, HID devices, and OSC-enabled controllers