Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" Qualification for Pro Tools Systems

Pro Tools TDM or LE software version 6.2.2 or higher is required to use Pro Tools on Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)

Pro Tools 6.2.3

Pro Tools 6.2.3 is a free update for all Pro Tools LE or TDM v6.0 or higher owners:

Pro Tools TDM 6.4

Because Pro Tools TDM 6.4 software for Pro Tools|HD systems adds many new features, including auto-delay compensation (ADC), the Pro Tools 6.4 TDM software upgrade for HD systems is a paid upgrade for anyone that purchased a Pro Tools system or Pro Tools 6 upgrade before January 1st, 2004.

Pro Tools LE 6.4

Pro Tools LE 6.4 is a free update for all Pro Tools LE v6.0 or higher owners:

Apple Power Mac G5 Qualification for Pro Tools Systems

Pro Tools|24 MIX, older Digidesign & Third-Party PCI Cards Will Not be Supported on G5

Apple's Power Mac G5 computers include technical changes to PCI card support which renders Pro Tools|24 MIX, and some other Digidesign and third-party PCI cards incompatible.

The G5's PCI slots accommodate 3.3 volt-powered PCI cards only, compared to the G4's PCI slots which supported mixed voltage cards (5.0 V, 12 V, or 3.3 V). While some of Digidesign's PCI cards are compatible with both 5.0 V or 3.3 V PCI slots, others require 5.0 V-capable PCI slots and will not fit in the PCI slots of a Power Mac G5.

All Pro Tools|HD core cards, HD Process cards, and HD Accel cards are fully compatible with the Power Mac G5.

Although MIX Core and MIX Farm cards are 5.0 or 3.3 volt-powered PCI cards, other changes in the Power Mac G5's PCI architecture have reduced performance of these cards to the point where Digidesign cannot support them in a Power Mac G5. Please see the following message from Digidesign:

Pro Tools|24 MIX Systems — End of Development

Digidesign PCI Cards Incompatible with Power Mac G5 due to 5.0 volt limitation:

  • Digi 001
  • Pro Tools|24 system cards, in Pro Tools|24 or Pro Tools|24 MIX systems:
    • d24 (core card on Pro Tools|24 systems)
    • DSP Farm
  • Pro Tools|24 MIX system card:
    • MIX I/O
  • Audiomedia III (Toolbox)
  • Pro Tools Project PCI
  • Project II
  • Disk I/O (Pro Tools III Core card)
  • SampleCell II
  • SCSI64 Kit (included ATTO Express PCI-DC card is not compatible)

Third-Party PCI Cards Incompatible with Power Mac G5

  • ATTO Express PCI-DC SCSI card
  • Aurora Igniter, IgniterRT, and IgniterLT (manufactured before Spring 2003)

Older versions of the Igniter, IgniterRT, and IgniterLT card are not electronically or physically compatible with the Power Mac G5, as they are 5 volt-only cards. You can tell if your card is compatible by examining the edge connector. If there is only one "slot" in the PCI edge connector, it is the older style 5 volt-only card. For details on how to upgrade to the newer IgniterX card, go to:

Hardware Exchanges to Pro Tools|HD Systems

Many TDM cards and peripherals can be exchanged for Pro Tools|HD system components. Pricing and other details are available in the Hardware Exchanges section, linked from the Support section of the website.

New Pro Tools LE Hardware Exchanges

All registered Digi 001, Mbox, and Audiomedia III owners can upgrade to Digi 002 or Digi 002 Rack systems as well as previously available exchanges to Pro Tools|HD and HD Accel systems. Pricing and other details are available in the Hardware Exchanges section.

Digidesign Compatibility Documents Index