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Pro Tools Ultimate without HD hardware
Old 23rd February 2019
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Pro Tools Ultimate without HD hardware

Hello

I hope everyone is well.

I have a perpetual 2018 license that is in a current plan.

I am not interested in upgrading to HD hardware since I am very happy with my RME Baby Face Pro.

The Reasons I am interested in upgrading to ultimate are:

-Having Access to more than one video track
-Heat (Is it available without HD hardware?)
-Advanced Automation (Updated features worth it)
-256 tracks ( are 256 available even without HD hardware?)
-Advanced audio editing (Are they worth it?)
-Dolby Atmos mixing
-Advanced Automation (What its added to this?)

I am working mostly on creating sync music but I will like to work on composing for film and videogames, but using my own music as sync music with video is truly what I would like to focus on.

I am wondering if upgrading to Pro Tools Ultimate from Pro Tools 2018 would be worth it for me? The money is not the issue but

I spent time researching avid docs and they
Old 24th February 2019
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You can run PT Ultimate within it any HDX or HD Native hardware. The only limitation is some of the low lat not monitoring features and you won’t be able to record more than 32 channels at once, for which you would need the HD hardware. All the other increases in automation, Heat, and track counts will persist with Ultimate software only.
Old 21st March 2019
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thanks, I got ultimate and it is working great with my RME

is heat even worth it? I have a ton of native saturation stuff, so outside of heat being built in, is it any good?
Old 23rd March 2019
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I used Ultimate for years with HDN and HDX hardware and recently with non Avid hardware, Rednet PCIe. I was surprised that Ultimate performed better, especially if your session includes lots of VIs.

Of course you're limited to 32 I/O...
Old 24th March 2019
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Originally Posted by Badaboom View Post
e. I was surprised that Ultimate performed better, especially if your session includes lots of VIs.
..
Really ?you tested this ?
I have an hd lic but didn’t upgrade since it’s stupid price
So I use native non hd
But vi cpu stinks in pt
There’s a dif?
Old 27th March 2019
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and in few short weeks you will have 384 tracks @ 48/44.1
I never have VI spikes in Ultimate - it's all how you use it and your set up
I even started using my 2018 i9 MBP instead of my 2013 Mac Pro.
I am running tons of VI, NI Ultimate, SSD5 , Superior 3, Ivory, Structure all work even on Mojave and it's not yet qualified.
Old 27th March 2019
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The newer CPUs (bus designs) are more efficient.
Old 22nd July 2019
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I have a apogee Ensemble Thunder bolt, and was told that PT Ultimate software would interface with my current hardware. I called Apogee regarding this and they verified this. Since Avid unlocked Protools HD to run without hardware Apogee said it would run with my current hardware configuration. Has anyone tried this? I want to know ? before making the upgrade.
Old 24th July 2019
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Pro Tools Ultimate without hardware

I use Pro Tools Ultimate and an Apogee Symphony 1st edition through USB and it works perfect. I came from HD system and moved to the HD Native card so I could upgrade to the current PT Ultimate. Ive been on HD since 2000. I recently took the Native card out and it has run great without it.

I do 95% mixing on this system but ocassionally track a few things. I do large mixes of up to 100 tracks at times with tons of plugins. I also tested some earlier large sessions to make sure it would handle it and they all worked as they should.

I use UAD plugs a lot on an Octo card but the rest are just native AAX.

When I was testing the system I felt like the imaging was a tiny bit better without the Native card. I could be nuts but I noticed it.

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Old 24th July 2019
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Using PT Ultimate at home with Apogee Quartet and no issues. No HEAT though.
Old 25th July 2019
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you should be able to use HEAT natively plus even regular Pro Tools now can use HEAt - though you still need an ilok license maybe it'll be free in Pro Tools 2030 ...
Old 30th July 2019
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I have a apogee Ensemble Thunder bolt, and was told that PT Ultimate software would interface with my current hardware. I called Apogee regarding this and they verified this. Since Avid unlocked Protools HD to run without hardware Apogee said it would run with my current hardware configuration. Has anyone tried this? I want to know ? before making the upgrade.
Yes pro tools runs on any core audio interface...
Old 6th August 2019
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Be aware you can't sell your license without hardware.
Sorry if I'm possible way behind, as the whole updateplan has changed.
I have a great HD11 that suddenly was impossible to sell and now ancient :-)
Best, Pelle
Old 7th August 2019
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Be aware you can't sell your license without hardware.
Sorry if I'm possible way behind, as the whole updateplan has changed.
I have a great HD11 that suddenly was impossible to sell and now ancient :-)
Best, Pelle
You’ve been able to sell licenses without hardware o absolutely ages. Certainly pre HD11. But they’ve dropped in value due to the licensing plans.
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