A Review Of The Continuing Saga Of The Transition To AAX Plug-ins

Very interesting article touching on many aspects ranging from application / processing bit depth, through AAX Native vs. AAX DSP, to hints at track freezing on the horizon in Pro Tools. A programmer’s perspective, but informative nonetheless.

A Review Of The Continuing Saga Of The Transition To AAX Plug-ins:


Pro Tools 10

Fantastic, a new version of Pro Tools however I just thought I’d echo the thoughts and feelings of Avid Certified Instructors across the globe (as I largely agree). All Avid instructors are connected via a mailing list, which allows Pro Tools related issues to be discussed between professionals across the globe.


With the release of Pro Tools 10 came some new features (which is always good) but at an inevitable cost to upgrade. I share the concern that the now yearly scheduled upgrades so far contain relatively minor features such as RAM fades and realtime clip gain. Although also including numerous other features (a new plugin architecture), they have been described as “under the hood” upgrades; a label with which I agree – not necessarily customer focused new breakthrough features. Yes Pro Tools 9 was a shock – with the ability to choose your interface, but no matter how many videos Avid make showing people sat in the sunshine mixing this is NOT some kind of breakthrough feature – is is a built in feature of every major operating system used by every other major DAW from the year dot.

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I updated the UI for the first one of my plugins and it appears that something freaky is going on with SonicBirth, probably to do with leopard come to think about it and now none of the controls work in any host. At least it’s not just me experiencing this and at least its not just my plugins, the SonicBirth ones don’t work either. Anyway here’s a screen shot of what it would have looked like…

Bit Destroyer, what would have been.

I’ve had to put my plugin development to bed, for good now. If MAX5 / Pluggo gets the appropriate functionality or SonicBirth springs back to life I will persevere.