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  • ProTools Dock

    Posted by Glenn Sakatch on October 30, 2019 at 5:35 am

    Just wondering if anyone has any experience with the ProTools dock, and how it integrates with Media Composer. I have a transport and an Artist control, but am looking at taking up a bit less real estate on the desktop…plus the transport is starting to show signs of EOL as it can take several tries to power on some days.

    Every thing I read spews the same press release. It works with Media Composer, but I can’t find a listing of what parts integrate, and what parts don’t.
    I get that it is designed for ProTools, but if they say it works with MC, it would be nice to know how well.

    Anyone with any working knowledge….would love to hear from you.


    Glenn Sakatch replied 4 years, 7 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Eric Santiago

    November 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This is new to me.
    Does anyone have any experience with one?
    What about latency with the iPad?

  • Glenn Sakatch

    November 15, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Well, someone has to be the first…i guess its me.

    After as much research as i could find on this device, which wasn’t much…the product manager at Avid did mention in one post that this was designed to replace the transport and the Avid Artist control, both of which i have. As I mentioned originally, i’m trying to minimize the desktop footprint of those two devices. (i’ve already put my artist colour into a box in storage, in favour of the Resolve mini panel)

    To give the backstory, i have owned the transport, colour and control for many many years. I think I got the transport and colour in 2011 or 2012

    I love the transport…to the point where i’m lost if my box flakes out and eucontrol crashes. I pretty much have to stop and get it going again.

    The Artist contol is also fantastic, but i’ve switched to a series of StreamDecks for much of what it did as far as touch screen and keystroke buttons…but what I miss is the solo/mute function, and the ability to just reach over and lower the levels on a track with a slider.

    The protools dock gives it all back to me. I’ve only played with it for a couple of hours so far, but all the functionality of the transport and the control are there, and working in Avid.

    It is a bit larger than I thought it would be…maybe the transport plus another 2/3rds?, but certainly smaller than the control, and way smaller than the combo of the two.

    Combine it with a streamdeck XL and two “normal’ stream decks, and my mouse use and keyboard use are cut down dramatically.

    The ipad aspect of the dock seems really nice. I’m using an old Ipad that has been sitting on a shelf for a few years…and it was used when I bought it, so it doesn’t have to be a brand new model.

    The sliders seem quite responsive if using the IPAD, or you can select a channel, and use the hardware fader on the dock itself.

    And of course, tons of programmable buttons to serve almost any purpose you can imagine.

    i’ll have to reprogram my muscle memory, but so far, i am quite happy with the item.


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