Avid are either supremely cautious or annoyingly slow when it comes to supporting Windows operating systems. It just takes them forever. Here we are ten months after the release of Windows 10 and Avid has finally decided that Pro Tools might work ok on it after all.
They haven’t released a software update that makes it compatible, it’s still the same Pro Tools 12.5 that wasn’t supported on Windows 10 just the day before. Maybe we’ve been waiting for the support staff to finish their Windows 10 training. Or maybe they’re aware that many people are actually using Pro Tools on Windows 10 and nothing bad has happened. All we know is that someone somewhere in Avid has said “yep, it’ll be fine, let’s not make a big deal about it”. It’s a bit weird because you’d think it was a big deal but all they did was release a little “ALERT” (in capitals so it must be important) on the System Requirements page. I stumbled across someone mentioning it on Facebook, otherwise there seems to be no other press release or announcement.
There are some provisos if you are using Pro Tools HD Native or HDX.
HD Native – avoid using these buffer settings:
32 samples at 44.1/48kHz
64 samples at 88.2/96kHz
128 samples at 176.4/192kHz
HDX – avoid using these buffer settings:
64 samples at 44.1/48kHz
128 samples at 88.2/96kHz
256 samples at 176.4/192kHz
With regular Pro Tools there appears to be no such limitations other than the usual feature of not being able to cope with anything but regular 2-powered buffer sizes.
What these problems are is anyone’s guess. Having built a few systems with Windows 10 and Pro Tools I confess that I’ve not tried those particular combinations but otherwise I’ve found Pro Tools to work very well on Windows 10. Hooray for progress!
More information on the original alert can be found here.