In 1991 the first version of Protools rolled out. Since then, audio engineers and home musicians have been spoiled by the many tech additions that have been added. However as technology expands we take much of that for granted, and always seem to want more.
With Protools 10 reaching its half year mark, many audio recording enthusiasts have complained that the jump from PT 9 was not drastic enough. While Protools remains king in the digital audio workstation kingdom, there are still some qualms that many would like to see hashed out, especially to justify a buyer to let go of their hard earned dollars on an upgrade from previous versions. The following are some of the most important improvements needed.
- The waiting game: One thing that many DAW programs are including today is a quick bounce feature. Recording a two hour session of audio in Protools means you have to wait two hours for it to mix down to mp3, wav, or any other audio format. This is often the case for post production work where edits are being made in movies and television. No engineer wants to sit and wait, especially if its a time sensitive project.
- Lose the lock: Having to carry around a separate USB device to launch Protools may be the most frustrating thing of all. Imagine you have a band to record at a local venue, you just drove an hour with your laptop geared to go, you check your bags and you can’t find your ilok. It dawns on you that you left it at home. Not only is the ilok extremely fragile and easy to lose, it will run you $50 to replace.
- Some keys please: Not everyone has the cash to blow on a midi interface. So being able to use your computer keyboard to use instruments in protools would be a great feature. Using a mouse to click varying instrument keys is just not practical. Having a keyboard interface is a no brainer for anyone taking themselves seriously, but having the aforementioned feature handy in a pinch would top the icing on the digital audio cake. There would be some work around on bypassing key commands, but it seems like its something that could be intergrated.
- All in one layout: It can be frustrating to go back and forth between two windows for mixing and editing audio. When a paying job is on the line, the quicker its done, the more efficient and productive you can be. Having both mix and edit windows on one screen would make things a whole lot easier to navigate through.
While Protools remains the industry standard in audio recording. There is still plenty of room for improvement. So what features would you like to see in Protools 11? Leave a comment to make your voice heard.