I just received a note from Avid/Digidesign Product Manager Steve Siacotos saying that Avid has decided to change their mind in reference to shutting the door on legacy gear in their upcoming Pro Tools 8.0.3 Snow Leopard release (see full email below). This is great news for legacy gear owners who were afraid they’d be left out of any future software upgrades.
After a quick search on Digidesign’s website, I found DigiSteve’s DUC post from 10/15/09, however as of today, the old info was still posted on Digidesign’s website. This was cleared up in a subsequent email from Steve stating: “The info on the page you referenced is actually correct. Mix Peripheral support is not in the Pre-release of 8.0.3 but will be in the actual release when it comes out.Â Hope that clears things up a bit.”
Despite the altered game plan, the company left themselves an out with this statement: “While I hope that this is good news for most of you, please understand that there are no guarantees as to how long we will be able to maintain support for these and other legacy hardware products.” This is understandable in light of the difficulties in coding software to maintain support for older gear. Bottom line: Digi is listening to their user base and the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Back on 11/20, you had an entry on your blog announcing that Avid/Digidesign would be ending support for Pro Tools Mix-era Peripherals (888|24 I/O, 882|20 I/O, 1622 I/O and 24-Bit ADAT Bridge I/O) in a forthcoming release.Â While that had been our plan initially, we reconsidered our position based on overwhelming user demand and have decided to maintain support for these devices (please see my post to the Digidesign User Community page dated 10/15: http://duc.digidesign.com/showthread.php?t=254166).Â We would appreciate it if you could correct this information as soon as possible. Thanks much.
Jon Connolly from Digidesign further clarified what’s supported and what’s not in this email:
To be clear, there is no such thing as PPC or Intel Pro Tools HD hardware. There is PCI (aka PCIx) and PCIe Pro Tools HD hardware.
Apple, not Digidesign/Avid, made the decision no PPC Mac support in Snow Leopard OS.
Pro Tools 8.0.3 will not support PPC Macs because it is a Snow Leopard release. Digidesign does not have the resources to concurrently support two flavors of Mac OS versions of Pro Tools if the Mac OS doesn’tÂ support two.
There are three Expansion chassis in question here…
- Expansion HD. Made by Digidesign a few years back. Ethernet connected between host card and expansion chassis. This chassis is no longer made and is not only NOT Supported but will not work in Snow Leopard.
- PE6R4. This Chassis is made by Magma. Was previously available through Digidesign and had the Digidesign name on it. It has a PCIe host card (for Intel Macs) and PCI (or PCIx) slots for PCI(x) Pro Tools HD cards. This is no longer SOLD by Digidesign but is available through Magma (your local Pro Tools dealer). It is currently supported and will continue to be supported in Snow Leopard and indefinitely into the future.
- Magma PCIe to PCIe chassis (I don’t know the model number off hand). This chassis is made by Magma and can be currently purchased through Digidesign (Pro Tools dealers) with the Digidesign name on it or directly through Magma (specifically your local Pro Tools dealer). This chassis is currently supported, will be supported in Snow Leopard and indefinitely into the future.