Topic: Pro Tools ASIO 32 I/O limitation and UFX+
As many know, AVID artificially limits Pro Tools (non-HD and HD) when using ASIO to the FIRST 32 I/O presented by the ASIO driver to the system to not canibalize their PT HD and AVID I/O hardware sales.
I'm a happy owner of the MADIface USB using it to track live mixes from DiGiCo SD9 into Pro Tools (12.5 nowadays) - as long as only up to 32 channels are in use. DiGiCo fortunately allows to map their I/O relatively flexible to MADI channels.
In studio work, I use the RME UFX which has up to 30 I/O, so I'm fine with PT too. For the future, I would love to purchase the upcoming UFX+ to have the unit itself placed in the control room, and using the MADI link to connect to remote 32 I/O (e.g. Antelope Orion 32), as well as take the UFX+ for live MADI recordings with local Mic preamps for room mics etc.
Problem is, that UFX+ with MADI will have vastly more than 32 I/O, and in Pro Tools only the FIRST 32 will be usable.
The killer feature of the year would be a "Pro Tools Mode" of the UFX+ driver, to specify which specific 32 out of all available UFX+ I/O are presented to ASIO and thus to Pro Tools, separately for inputs and outputs. Ideally, via TotalMix, with storable presets. This way, the UFX+ (and MADIface) user could flexibly determine, WHICH 32 I/O of the RME hardware are concurrently usable at any time within PT.
Yes, change of DAW has been considered but is currently not an option for studio work.
RME, please let us know your thoughts on that.
Best regards and keep up the great work,