Avid has announced that its patented Hybrid Engine is now available for HDX Systems as part of Pro Tools | Ultimate 2021.6. The Hybrid Engine unlocks added power for HDX Systems to provide recording professionals the ability to run more demanding sessions with greater ease — even with single-card systems — as well as providing higher performance with on-demand access to very low recording latency.
The Hybrid Engine intelligently splits processing between native and HDX DSP mix engines, letting users take advantage of their host computer’s mixing and processing power while also giving them immediate access to HDX’s onboard DSP for supplementing computing power and recording through AAX DSP plugins with low latency. As a result, users can run very large sessions more smoothly with low CPU load, optimized voice usage and reduced system delay.
With the Hybrid Engine, even a single HDX card can now handle 2,048 voices at all sample rates for ample headroom for all the plugins, virtual instruments, surround mixes and other elements users juggle when achieving optimized mixes. It is designed to let users nullify the distracting effects of latency with the click of a button. When users put tracks in DSP Mode, the entire signal chain and AAX DSP-compatible plugins are processed directly on the HDX card while the host computer plays back the rest of their mix. When users toggle it off, the track reverts to Native Mode.
“With the expanded Hybrid Engine capabilities in the latest Pro Tools | Ultimate software release, HDX Systems are immediately transformed into the most powerful Pro Tools systems we’ve ever made. It unlocks new, maximized performance for HDX, which delivers the uncompromising power our users need to run the most demanding sessions with ease—from the plugin and instrument-heavy music sessions to complex theatrical Dolby Atmos mixes,” says Rob D’Amico, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Audio Solutions at Avid. “Because of the unique way that it works—leveraging native and DSP mix engines simultaneously—the Hybrid Engine enables our users to get the most out of their systems so they can deliver their best work as smoothly as possible.”
Pro Tools | Ultimate users with a current subscription or software maintenance plan receive the Hybrid Engine automatically with the June 2021 release of Pro Tools. Go here for more specifics about the HDX Hybrid Engine and Pro Tools | Ultimate.