The Upgrade “Sweet Spot.”

The Upgrade “Sweet Spot.”

Up-grading your software can be a tricky thing at the best of times, and when you rely on certain software to earn a living it’s crucial that your software is always working as you expect and need it to. This does not necessarily always mean the latest version!

I recently discovered (the hard way, with client in attendance-of course) an issue with the version of Pro Tools 10 I was using at the time. We had to move a project we were mixing to a different computer due to plug-in authorisations going wrong. (A whole different topic!)

When we got the project running on the new system in the same room, it sounded completely different to how it was sounding the night before on the previous system! I tore my hair out having to re-mix the track before I realised it was because a couple of buss plugins in my multi mix buss and parallel compression setup had completely changed to different plug-ins, on their own!

Thankfully the client’s pretty chilled.. But it was a good 3 hours down the drain!

I’d recently started to run my stereo plug-ins as un-linked dual mono to give a different sense of stereo width, and it turns out that if you load a session in PT v10.0-10.1 and any plugins inserted in the session previously are of the unlinked dual or multi mono variety, they most likely will load as a *completely different* plugin!!

I eventually found reference to the exact issue and it’s cause buried 15 pages into a readme file for  the then newly released Pro Tools v10.2. It’s the kind of thing you’d think they’d mention higher up in the notes to save customers some grief… but it seems there were other issues that they felt were more important to mention first.
I guess there is a sweet-spot somewhere between upgrading too early and never upgrading at all, and maybe, just maybe, it is worth reading *all* of the release notes after all. You may find there are more bugs in your current version than you knew existed!

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