Just a quick testimony as Pro Tools 9 has been a hot topic lately, I thought I’d share my own experience with it.
So I got the Pro Tools 9 upgrade. It installed flawlessly and launched ok appart from the very, very long boot time (fresh OS, no extra plugins). Finally the long boot time is due to the antivirus (you’ll have to make an exception for the program files folder) and subsequent launches were fast.
My SonicCore cards were recognised and I could get my hardware inserts back.
Now the asio performances : catastrophic. I don’t know where users take their figures, but on my system, I have to triple the asio buffer size compared to nuendo. Where I work on 128 buffer size on NU3, I had to up it to 512 to get a smooth audio with no clicks or warnings.
Then the VI test… Not any better. Worst even. It’s random clicks here and there at buffer size I don’t even feel comfortable playing with. The cpu meter is on par with the windows performance meter (wich is not the case with Nuendo). As soon as I move a windows (resizing the mixer for instance) it’s click festival. I had better performances letting one cpu to windows.
So is it all bad ? No I reckon with some improvements in the upcoming versions, Avid might render it more usable, but I can feel they rushed to get this thing out (and probably due to the hacked pro tools hd that had been out for a couple of months already). Avid are fast to release cs updates (9.01 is here today) and they could polish Pro Tools pretty fast.
Not the time to throw Nuendo into the bin I reckon. Steinberg still has the edge as far as native and performance is concerned. But they are coming closer everyday. Watch your back Steiny !