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Avid Introduces Pro Tools 12.3 and Pro Tools | Dock


Avid has started off AES with a bang by making two big announcements, Pro Tools 12.3 with Track Commit (a take on Track Freeze) and Pro Tools | Dock, a compact control surface that integrates with your iPad.


Pro Tools 12.3


Avid is pleased to announce a new software update for the industry-standard digital audio software, Avid Pro Tools®, available to customers with Avid All Access plans. These enhancements give audio and music professionals greater creative freedom and more efficiency with improved editing, fades and effects rendering workflows, enabling them to more quickly and easily prepare projects for mixing or collaborating with others.

The new Pro Tools 12.3 update includes:

Play and share sessions easily with Track Commit
Processor-hungry virtual instruments can impact system performance with plug-in-heavy mixes. And collaboration or project delivery to a client may require that you all have the same plug-ins used in the session. But no more. With Track Commit—a powerful and flexible precursor to the full Track Freeze workflow coming soon—you can render/flatten tracks to free up processing power and plug-in requirements. With tons of options that simplify the process for you.

Position clips more precisely with clip transparency
If you’re a sound editor or designer, precision and speed are paramount when it comes to aligning and editing clips. With Pro Tools 12.3, clips now take on a translucent appearance whenever you move and overlap one over another, giving you better visual clarity of their context. This enables you to align the waveforms of a new audio clip to the visual cues of an existing one’s waveforms with much better precision and ease.

Save time with batch fades
Fading tracks is one of the fundamentals of audio mixing. But it can be tedious and time consuming when editing thousands of audio clips. With new fade enhancements, you can speed through repetitious tasks and gain more time to focus on the creative aspects of your mix. Create presets for fade ins, fade outs, crossfades, and batch fades. Recall presets directly from your keyboard or control surface. And control fade settings independently when working with batch fades.

Pro Tools 12.3 will be available to HD and Standard users in early November.


Pro Tools | Dock


Pro Tools | Dock is a EUCON-aware, compact Ethernet control surface that integrates with an iPad (not included) running the free Pro Tools | Control iOS app, offering the best of touchscreen and tactile control for a variety of digital audio and video editing applications.

Accelerate your editing and mixing tasks in creative new ways. Based on the advanced touchscreen workflows of the award-winning Pro Tools | S6 and hybrid command of the bestselling Artist | Control, Pro Tools | Dock provides intelligent studio control in a portable, affordable surface. Working together with your iPad, you get the quick touchscreen access and tactile precision control you need to complete music and post projects faster using your favorite DAWs and video editing software. And when paired with Pro Tools | S3, you gain new timesaving touch workflows and custom control. Mixing deadlines have met their match.

Key Features and Benefits

Get extensive touchscreen control
Pro Tools | Dock easily connects with your own iPad and our free Pro Tools | Control iOS app, providing intelligent control of your audio and video projects. The app offers a host of touch controls and visual feedback to speed up your efficiency. Plus, you can navigate huge sessions with speed and ease using the Universe Scroller. And bring the channels you’re looking for quickly to the surface through color-coded tiles in Tracks view.

Enhance your existing workflow with EUCON
Why change the tools you love when choosing a control surface? Pro Tools | Dock respects the choices you make. That’s because it features EUCON, a high-speed Ethernet-based technology that enables the hardware to communicate directly with EUCON-enabled applications. That means you can work on a Pro Tools project, then switch to Logic Pro X, Cubase, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, and other audio and video software—in sequence or in parallel—in seconds.

Get deep Pro Tools integration
When paired with Pro Tools, the Dock becomes an extension of your software. Access hundreds of key commands, shortcuts, and UI elements without clicking a mouse. Record, edit, mix, and automate tracks right from the surface. Adjust EQ, dynamics, plug-ins, and other parameters. Get dedicated access to advanced automation modes. And create custom Soft Keys to perform practically any Pro Tools function, or recall layouts to the surface, with a single button press.

Bring enhanced touch workflows to Pro Tools | S3
Pair Pro Tools | Dock with a Pro Tools | S3 control surface and you’ll gain even more timesaving workflows. View and access any track instantly through the touchscreen. Customize and recall layouts to jump right into a track set or workflow quickly. Trigger frequently performed functions and macros with dedicated Soft Keys as you continue mixing on S3. And view tons of additional visual feedback to enhance your mixing experience.

Adjust parameters with a twist
The Dock provides eight push-top, touch-sensitive Soft Knobs that interact with whatever knobset you’ve chosen in the Pro Tools | Control app. Select an EQ, plug-in, send, pan, or other item, and all parameters instantly map to the knobs for tweaking. And because you’re making adjustments with physical controls, you don’t have to focus on your computer screen and can instead really listen to how your adjustments impact your mix.

Speed up tasks with Soft Keys
You can click-click-click your way through frequently performed editing and mixing tasks. Or you can assign the 16 Soft Keys to do the dirty work for you. Trigger menu commands and other software functions and recall layouts at the press of a button. Or adapt the Dock to your unique workflow by programming macros to perform more complex tasks.

Navigate your project your way
Quickly access any channel in Tracks or Universe view—no matter how huge the session. Get full transport controls, plus an alternate Shift layer to jump to a marker, mark points in or out, or toggle the pre/post roll on or off. Use the assignable weighted jog wheel and right-side switches to jog, shuttle, zoom, bank, switch workstations, and more. And scroll through projects or perform custom tasks with the two programmable Touchstrips.

Get your hands on important channels
You can work with multiple tracks in Pro Tools | Control. But when you need to focus on a specific track—or want more tactile precision—a single “attention” channel awaits. Select any track from the touchscreen and the channel maps directly to the Dock’s surface controls. Adjust levels with the touch-sensitive, motorized fader. Select, record-enable, solo, and mute the track. And keep an eye on your levels with the 10-segment meter.

Automate tracks with ease
With 12 dedicated automation switches, you can toggle modes and write automation directly from the surface. Press the ALT key and you have access to additional Pro Tools | HD functions using the same keys, including Preview, Join, Punch Capture, and Write to Punch. You can even attach a footswitch to the Dock to control punch recording.

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