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Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
Version 6.0 for TDM and LE Systems on Macintosh
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contents
Chapter 1. Installing Pro Tools LE 6.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Apple System Settings for Mac OS X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Installing Pro Tools LE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Installing the Demo Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Launching Pro Tools LE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Configuring Pro Tools LE System Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Chapter 2. Installing Pro Tools TDM 6.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Apple System Settings for Mac OS X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Installing Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Installing the Demo Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Launching Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Configuring Pro Tools TDM System Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Chapter 3. Configuring AMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
chapter 1
Installing Pro Tools LE 6.0
This chapter explains how to install and configure Pro Tools LE 6.0 software on supported
Apple Macintosh computers.
For complete system requirements and compatibility information, visit the Digidesign Web site
(www.digidesign.com).
Apple System Settings for
Mac OS X
To ensure optimum performance and compatibility, configure the following settings for
Mac OS X before you install Pro Tools LE software.
Do not use the Mac OS X automatic Software Update feature, as it may upgrade
your system to a version of Mac OS that has
not yet been qualified for Pro Tools. For details on qualified versions of Mac OS, refer
to the latest compatibility information on
the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com).
To configure Mac OS X for Pro Tools:
1 Turn on your computer.
2 Make sure you are logged into an administrator account where you want to install
Pro Tools LE. For details on Administrator privileges in Mac OS X, refer to your Apple OS X documentation.
3 Choose System Preferences from the Apple
Menu and click Energy Saver.
4 Click the Sleep tab and turn off the Energy
Saver feature by setting the sleep feature to
Never.
5 Return to the System Preferences and click
Software Update.
6 Deselect “Automatically check for updates
when you have a network connection.”
7 Close the Software Update dialog box.
Chapter 1: Installing Pro Tools LE 6.0
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Installing Pro Tools LE
To install Pro Tools LE 6.0 on Mac OS X:
1 Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator for the account where you want to install
Pro Tools. For details on Administrator privileges in Mac OS X, refer to your Apple OS X documentation.
2 Insert the Pro Tools LE 6.0 Installer CD-ROM
in your CD-ROM drive. Double-click “Install
Pro Tools LE.”
3 Enter your Administrator password and click
OK to authenticate the installation.
4 In the installer window, select the version of
Pro Tools LE for your system.
5 Make sure the Install Location is on your Startup hard drive.
6 Click Install.
7 When installation is complete, click Restart.
– or –
Click Continue to install any additional software or documentation, and restart your computer when you are finished.
If you plan to use any MIDI devices with
Pro Tools, configure your MIDI setup with the
Apple Audio MIDI Setup (AMS) utility. See
Chapter 3, “Configuring AMS” for details.
2
Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
Removing Pro Tools LE on Mac OS X
If you need to remove Pro Tools LE 6.0 from
your computer, you can use the Installer CDROM.
To remove Pro Tools LE 6.0 from your computer:
1 Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator for the account where Pro Tools LE is installed. For details on Administrator privileges
in Mac OS X, refer to your Apple OS X documentation.
2 Insert the Pro Tools LE 6.0 Installer CD-ROM
in your CD-ROM drive. Double-click “Install
Pro Tools LE.”
3 Enter your Administrator password and click
OK to authenticate the installation.
4 In the Installer window, choose Uninstall
from the pop-up menu, and click Uninstall.
5 Click Quit to close the Installer window.
Installing the Demo Session
(Optional)
Configuring Pro Tools LE
System Settings
The Pro Tools LE Installer CD-ROM includes a
demo session that you can use to verify that
your system is working.
Pro Tools LE lets you adjust the performance of
your system by changing system settings that affect its capacity for processing, playback, and recording
To install the demo session:
In most cases, the default settings for your system provide optimum performance, but you
may want to adjust them to accommodate large
or processing-intensive Pro Tools sessions.
1 Insert the Pro Tools LE Installer CD in your
CD-ROM drive. Locate and double-click the
demo session installer icon.
2 Select the demo session you want to install.
3 Set the install location to your audio drive,
and click Install.
4 When installation is complete, click Quit.
Launching Pro Tools LE
When launching Pro Tools LE 6.0 the first time,
you are prompted to enter an authorization
code to validate your software.
To validate Pro Tools LE software:
1 Double-click the Pro Tools LE application, located in the Pro Tools folder, inside the Digidesign folder.
2 Enter the authorization code in the dialog
when prompted, making sure to observe any
spaces, then click Validate.
Hardware Buffer Size
The Hardware Buffer Size (H/W Buffer Size) controls the size of the hardware cache used to handle host processing tasks such as Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS) plug-ins.
◆ Lower Hardware Buffer Size settings reduce
monitoring latency, and are useful when you are
recording live input.
◆ Higher Hardware Buffer Size settings allow for
more audio processing and effects, and are useful when you are mixing and using more RTAS
plug-ins.
In addition to causing slower screen response and monitoring latency, higher
Hardware Buffer Size settings can affect the
accuracy of plug-in automation, mute data,
and timing for MIDI tracks.
The authorization code is located on the inside
cover of the What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 guide
that came with your upgrade.
Chapter 1: Installing Pro Tools LE 6.0
3
To change the Hardware Buffer Size:
3 Click OK.
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
◆ Lower CPU Usage Limit settings limit the effect of Pro Tools processing on other CPU-intensive tasks, such as screen redraws, and are useful
when you are experiencing slow system response, or when running other applications at
the same time as Pro Tools.
2 From the H/W Buffer Size pop-up menu, select
the audio buffer size, in samples.
◆ Higher CPU Usage Limit settings allocate
more processing power to Pro Tools, and are
useful for playing back large sessions or using
more real-time plug-ins.
Increasing the CPU Usage Limit may slow
down screen responses on slower computers.
Playback Engine dialog for Digi 001
3 Click OK.
CPU Usage Limit
The CPU Usage Limit controls the percentage of
CPU resources allocated to Pro Tools host processing tasks.
With Pro Tools 5.x, the maximum CPU Usage
Limit is 85 percent.
◆
With Pro Tools 6.0, the maximum CPU Usage
Limit is 85 percent for single-processor computers, and 99 percent for multi-processor computers. (The 99 percent setting dedicates one entire
processor to Pro Tools.)
◆
To change the CPU Usage Limit:
DAE Playback Buffer Size
The DAE Playback Buffer Size determines the
amount of memory DAE uses to manage disk
buffers, which affects system performance.
◆ Lower DAE Playback Buffer Size settings can
improve playback and recording initiation
speed. However, a lower setting can make it difficult for slower hard drives to play or record
tracks reliably.
◆ Higher DAE Playback Buffer Size settings can
allow for a higher density of edits in a session.
However, a higher setting can cause a time lag to
occur before playback or recording begins. It can
also cause a time lag to occur when you are editing during playback.
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
To change the DAE Playback Buffer Size:
2 From the CPU Usage Limit pop-up menu, select the percentage of CPU processing you want
to allocate to Pro Tools.
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
2 From the DAE Playback Buffer pop-up menu,
select a buffer size.
3 Click OK.
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Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
chapter 2
Installing Pro Tools TDM 6.0
This chapter explains how to install and configure Pro Tools TDM 6.0 software on supported
Apple Macintosh computers.
For complete system requirements and compatibility information, visit the Digidesign Web site
(www.digidesign.com).
Apple System Settings for
Mac OS X
To ensure optimum performance and compatibility, configure the following settings for
Mac OS X before you install Pro Tools software.
Do not use the Mac OS X automatic Software Update feature, as it may upgrade
your system to a version of Mac OS that has
not yet been qualified for Pro Tools. For details on qualified versions of Mac OS, refer
to the latest compatibility information on
the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com).
To configure Mac OS X for Pro Tools:
1 Turn on your computer.
2 Make sure you are logged into an administrator account where you want to install Pro Tools.
For details on Administrator privileges in
Mac OS X, refer to your Apple OS X documentation.
3 Choose System Preferences from the Apple
Menu and click Energy Saver.
4 Click the Sleep tab and turn off the Energy
Saver feature by setting the sleep feature to
Never.
5 Return to the System Preferences and click
Software Update.
6 Deselect “Automatically check for updates
when you have a network connection.”
7 Close the Software Update dialog box.
Chapter 2: Installing Pro Tools TDM 6.0
5
Installing Pro Tools
To install Pro Tools 6.0 on Mac OS X:
1 Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator for the account where you want to install
Pro Tools. For details on Administrator privileges in Mac OS X, refer to your Apple OS X documentation.
2 Insert the Pro Tools 6.0 Installer CD-ROM in
your CD-ROM drive. Double-click “Install
Pro Tools.”
3 Enter your Administrator password and click
OK to authenticate the installation.
4 In the Installer window, select the version of
9 Click Continue.
10 When installation is complete, click Restart.
– or –
Click Continue to install any additional software or documentation, and restart your computer when you are finished.
If you plan to use any MIDI devices with
Pro Tools, configure your MIDI setup with the
Apple Audio MIDI Setup (AMS) utility. See
Chapter 3, “Configuring AMS” for details.
Removing Pro Tools on Mac OS X
If you need to remove Pro Tools 6.0 from your
computer, you can use the Installer CD-ROM.
Pro Tools for your system.
5 Make sure the Install Location is on your Startup hard drive.
6 Click Install.
7 Select your work environment. This loads an
initial set of Pro Tools Preferences that include
some of the more popular settings for post production, audio, or audio with MIDI.
Preference settings can be customized at any
time in Pro Tools. See the Pro Tools Reference Guide for more information about Preferences.
8 Select whether to install the Surround Mixer
plug-in. This plug-in is required for mixing,
mastering, and monitoring in surround:
• For Surround systems, select “Yes – Monitoring Pro Tools Film Format” if your monitoring
is configured for Film Format.
• Select “Yes – Monitoring in ProControl (DTS
Format)” if you are using a ProControl dedicated controller.
• Select “No – Stereo mixing only” if your monitoring is configured for Stereo.
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Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
To remove Pro Tools 6.0 from your computer:
1 Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator for the account where Pro Tools is installed.
For details on Administrator privileges in
Mac OS X, refer to your Apple OS X documentation.
2 Insert the Pro Tools 6.0 Installer CD-ROM in
your CD-ROM drive. Double-click “Install
Pro Tools LE.”
3 Enter your Administrator password and click
OK to authenticate the installation.
4 In the Installer window, choose Uninstall
from the pop-up menu, and click Uninstall.
5 Click Quit to close the Installer window.
Installing the Demo Session
(Optional)
Configuring Pro Tools TDM
System Settings
The Pro Tools Installer CD-ROM includes a
demo session that you can use to verify that
your system is working.
Pro Tools lets you adjust the performance of
your system by changing system settings that affect its capacity for processing, playback, and recording.
To install the demo session:
In most cases, the default settings for your system provide optimum performance, but you
may want to adjust them to accommodate large
or processing-intensive Pro Tools sessions.
1 Insert the Pro Tools Installer CD in your CDROM drive. Locate and double-click the demo
session installer icon.
2 Select the demo session you want to install.
3 Set the install location to your audio drive,
and click Install.
4 When installation is complete, click Quit.
Launching Pro Tools
When launching Pro Tools 6.0 the first time,
you are prompted to enter an authorization
code to validate your software.
To validate Pro Tools software:
1 Double-click the Pro Tools application, located in the Pro Tools folder, inside the Digidesign folder.
Voice Count
The Number of Voices setting lets you control
the number of voices available on your system.
For example, the default number of voices on an
HD 1 system is 48 voices, using one DSP (at sample rates of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz).
Changing the number of voices affects
DSP usage, the total number of voiceable
tracks, and overall system performance.
Depending on the current sample rate and the
number of HD Core and HD Process cards in
your system, you will have different choices for
voice count. For voice limits on different HD
systems, refer to the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
2 Enter the authorization code in the dialog
To change the Voice Count:
when prompted, making sure to observe any
spaces, then click Validate.
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
The authorization code is located on the inside
cover of the What’s New in Pro Tools 6.0 guide
that came with your upgrade.
Playback Engine dialog for Pro Tools|HD system
Chapter 2: Installing Pro Tools TDM 6.0
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2 Select the number of voices and DSPs to allocate for voicing by choosing a value from the
Number of Voices pop-up menu.
• Select higher voice numbers when your
Digidesign cards are the only PCI cards in
your computer, or when you are using an
expansion chassis to run higher track
counts (such as 64 tracks at 96 kHz) and
you want more voices per DSP (such as 16
voices per DSP at 96 kHz).
• Select medium voice numbers when your
Digidesign cards are in an expansion chassis, or when you are using other PCI cards
along with Digidesign cards.
• Select minimum voice numbers if you are
using high-bandwidth PCI cards (such as
video capture cards) along with your
Digidesign cards.
3 Click OK.
Hardware Buffer Size
The Hardware Buffer Size (H/W Buffer Size) controls the size of the hardware cache used to handle host processing tasks such as Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS) plug-ins.
Lower Hardware Buffer Size settings reduce
monitoring latency, and are useful when you are
recording live input.
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
2 From the H/W Buffer Size pop-up menu, select
the audio buffer size, in samples.
3 Click OK.
CPU Usage Limit
The CPU Usage Limit controls the percentage of
CPU resources allocated to Pro Tools host processing tasks.
◆ With Pro Tools 5.x, the maximum CPU Usage
Limit is 85 percent.
◆ With Pro Tools 6.0, the maximum CPU Usage
Limit is 85 percent for single-processor computers, and 99 percent for multi-processor computers. (The 99 percent setting dedicates one entire
processor to Pro Tools.)
To change the CPU Usage Limit:
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
2 From the CPU Usage Limit pop-up menu, select the percentage of CPU processing you want
to allocate to Pro Tools.
◆
3 Click OK.
Higher Hardware Buffer Size settings allow for
more audio processing and effects, and are useful when you are mixing and using more RTAS
plug-ins.
◆ Lower CPU Usage Limit settings limit the effect of Pro Tools processing on other CPU-intensive tasks, such as screen redraws, and are useful
when you are experiencing slow system response, or when running other applications at
the same time as Pro Tools.
◆
In addition to causing slower screen response and monitoring latency, higher
Hardware Buffer Size settings can affect the
accuracy of plug-in automation, mute data,
and timing for MIDI tracks.
8
To change the Hardware Buffer Size:
Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
◆ Higher CPU Usage Limit settings allocate
more processing power to Pro Tools, and are
useful for playing back large sessions or using
more real-time plug-ins.
Increasing the CPU Usage Limit may slow
down screen responses on slower computers.
DAE Playback Buffer Size
System Memory Allocation
The DAE Playback Buffer Size determines the
amount of memory DAE uses to manage disk
buffers, which affects system performance.
When you start your computer, Pro Tools automatically reserves a portion of system memory
for the DAE Playback Buffer. This reserved memory is unavailable to other applications, even if
Pro Tools is not running.
Lower DAE Playback Buffer Size settings can
improve playback and recording initiation
speed. However, a lower setting can make it difficult for slower hard drives to play or record
tracks reliably.
◆
Higher DAE Playback Buffer Size settings can
allow for a higher density of edits in a session.
However, a higher setting can cause a time lag to
occur before playback or recording begins. It can
also cause a time lag to occur when you are editing during playback.
◆
To change the DAE Playback Buffer Size:
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
You can set Pro Tools to reserve only the minimum amount of required memory, so that more
system memory is available to other applications.
To minimize system memory allocation:
1 Choose Setups > Playback Engine.
2 Select the “Minimize System Memory Allocation” option.
3 Click OK.
4 Restart your computer.
2 From the DAE Playback Buffer pop-up menu,
select a buffer size. Memory requirements for
each setting are shown at the bottom of the
Playback Engine dialog box.
3 Click OK.
4 If Pro Tools needs more system memory for
the DAE Playback Buffer, it will prompt you to
restart your computer.
Chapter 2: Installing Pro Tools TDM 6.0
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Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
chapter 3
Configuring AMS
Pro Tools 6.0 recognizes the ports on your MIDI
interface as generic ports. With Mac OS X, you
use Apple’s Audio MIDI Setup (AMS) utility to
identify external MIDI devices connected to
your MIDI interface and configure your MIDI
studio for use with Pro Tools.
3 For any MIDI devices connected to the MIDI
interface, click Add Device. A new external device icon with the default MIDI keyboard image
will appear.
To configure your MIDI studio in AMS:
5 Connect the MIDI device to the MIDI interface by clicking the arrow for the appropriate
output port of the device and dragging a connection or “cable” to the input arrow of the corresponding port of the MIDI interface.
1 Launch Audio MIDI Setup (located in Applica-
tions/Utilities).
– or –
4 Drag the new device icon to a convenient location within the window.
In Pro Tools, choose Setups > Edit MIDI Studio
Setup.
2 Click the MIDI Devices tab. AMS scans your
system for connected MIDI interfaces. If your
MIDI interface is properly connected, it appears
in the window with each of its ports numbered.
Making MIDI input and output connections
Audio MIDI Setup (MIDI Devices tab)
Chapter 3: Configuring AMS
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6 Click the arrow for the appropriate input port
of the device and drag a cable to the output arrow of the corresponding port of the MIDI interface.
2 Select a manufacturer and model for the new
device from the corresponding pop-up menus.
(If the Manufacturer and Model pop-up menus
do not provide a name for your particular device, you can type a name.)
To remove a connection, select the cable and
press Delete. To delete all connections, click
Clear Cables.
7 Repeat steps 3–6 for each MIDI device in your
MIDI setup.
To configure an external MIDI device:
Naming a new MIDI device
1 Select the external device icon and click Show
Info (or double-click the new device icon).
External Device Icon
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Upgrading to Pro Tools 6.0
AMS refers to one or more files with the suffix “.middev” in the directory Root/Library/Audio/MIDI Devices for Manufacturer and Model names. Pro Tools installs
two such files that contain information for
many commercially available MIDI devices,
“Legacy Devices.middev” and “Digidesign
Devices.middev.” If the Manufacturer or
Model names for any of your external MIDI
devices is not available in the AMS Manufacturer and Model pop-up menus, you can
add them by editing any of the current
.middev files in any text editor (such as
TextEdit).
3 Click the More Properties arrow to expand the
4 Click the device image. The window expands
dialog, then enable the appropriate MIDI channels (1–16) for the Transmits and Receives options. (These determine which channels the
device will use to send and receive MIDI.)
to show images for various MIDI devices (such
as keyboards, modules, interfaces, and mixers).
Select an icon for your device.
Selecting a device icon
Enabling MIDI channels
To use your own custom icons, you can
place TIFF image files in /Library/
Audio/MIDI Devices/Generic/Images, and
they will appear as choices in the AMS device window.
5 Click OK.
The device names you enter appear as MIDI input and output choices in Pro Tools.
Chapter 3: Configuring AMS
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