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Pro Tools 8.0.3 adds Snow Leopard support

updated 10:25 am EST, Fri December 18, 2009

Drops PowerPC compatibility

Avid has released Pro Tools 8.0.3, a major update to the company's audio production suite. The software handles most aspects of music production, from recording and mixing through to post-production and wholesale music composition. The v8.0.3 patch at last adds Snow Leopard support, for Macs running v10.6.1 or better.

Few under-the-hood details of the update have been made public, but the program now requires an Intel Mac, relegating PowerPC systems to using v8.0.1. Also made obsolete are the original Mbox and the Expansion|HD chassis. Compatibility issues are said to exist with Logic Pro 9 and the MOTU Digital Performer when either is running in DAE mode.

The suite runs on Mac OS X 10.5.5 or later, and costs $360 in an edition for M-Audio interfaces. The v8.0.3 update is a free download for all editions of Pro Tools 8.

by MacNN Staff



  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969



    my office upgraded all our machines over the last few months and since we were between projects switched the audio team to Logic (something they had been pondering for a while) because Pro-Tools was anti-SL. if this had happened sooner they might not have switched.

  1. indigoimac

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Digidesign said they were going to update ProTools for SL even before SL was out. It usually takes them about 3 - 4 months to update PT on Mac, though they've had an RC out for about a month (Which was solid as far as I could tell).

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Major update?

    Well yes, it is, but why the MINOR update from 8.0.2 to 8.0.3? It should have been 8.1.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If a couple of months...

    affected the first poster's office to switch, there were other factors at work. Anyone who has worked with Digidesign products for a while knows that they will not release an upgrade until it's certified.

    Looks like someone's bias is showing.

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