During the busy Christmas season it’s very hard to find time to upgrade software, and normally I try to avoid such rapid upgrades, but as we planned, it was clear that if we don’t do it now, we won’t have time for this for months. Not that we couldn’t live without upgrade, but as we have multiple S6s, Pro Tools and Nuendo workstations, Artist series controllers, everybody felt the need of the new functions, only available in the new software versions.
Plan, prepare, execute
Before the big upgrade, honestly weeks weeks before that we started to test everything. Installed Nuendo 7 demos, upgraded one S6 and one Pro Tools workstation and used them constantly to find out if something weird happen.
As usual, I was the test dummy for the Pro Tools & S6 rig. But frankly, the upgrades has been so stable so far that I wasn’t worried a bit. Tested this rig in many situations from live broadcast mix to post production chores and it was really flawless. Honestly I can’t really remember the last time I had a crash with Pro Tools and the S6 (knock on wood…).
So finally, the day has come. Well, we searched for it…
We had a full day “offline” without any need for those studios. It was a fully official upgrade day!
I started with the S6 as it needs not only a simple install, but a tedious authorisation process in order to use the new software version. I think it’s because of the new subscription model, Avid need to check if we have a support plan. I could live without the long activation numbers, but it doesn’t take that long to active the new version, and if your S6 is happened to be connected to the internet, then it’s a much easier process. The whole process went as usual, after the software upgrade I needed to initiate a module update as well.
A bit of maintenance on the OSX side and I was already into Pro Tools and plugin installation for a while as we received some plugins with the Pro Tools annual plan. One thing to remember though, the additional plugins are not the same as if you bought them. They are tied to your subscription, so you can use them as long as you pay the monthly/yearly plan. Still, I think it’s a nice addition as for example we didn’t have to buy all Pro series plugins for all the workstations, we got them with the yearly plans. If you do the math, it’s a really good deal to us.
Everything went well, although I was wishing for a bundle installers with the plugins…
On the Mac, all went well, however, the Windows side needed some trickery. By default, the HP workstations only had one network card, we installed the second in order to have a separate data and controller network. But it turns out that during the boot process the two cards initialised at different times, so we need to delay the Eucon startup a bit to gain ample time for the operating system to get the hardware ready. Once the Eucon is delayed, all things came to life perfectly at every boot up.
During the tests everything seemed to be working perfectly, just as we hoped and tested before. Right now, all the Windows machines run Win7 with Nuendo7, all the Macs has Yosemity with Pro Tools 12. So far so good. 🙂