DirectConnect

 

The following software is the DirectConnect TDM and RTAS Plug-In for Pro Tools 5 MIX and LE Mac OS systems. (this plug-in is absolutely free!) Pro Tools 5.1 and higher users should use the version of DirectConnect installed with their Pro Tools CD or 5.1.1 updater, or the latest available version below.

A list of DirectConnect-compatible applications can be found at the bottom of this page, along with links to download demo versions you can try with DirectConnect.

For more information about the general operation of DirectConnect, please refer to the DirectConnect portion of your DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide

 

Date

Version

Download

Size

Details

03/02
5.1.1cs10
623 k

Direct Connect/Digidesign StreamManager v5.1.1cs10

  • For TDM and Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS) Mac systems

What's New?

This version of DirectConnect and Digidesign StreamManager applies to Pro Tools|24 MIX users only. It allows you to instantiate a second HTDM plug-in or combination of DirectConnect and HTDM plug-ins without the need for an empty SRAM chip. Previously there was a bug in the Digidesign StreamManager that would prevent you from instantiating more than one HTDM plug-in or any combination of DirectConnect and HTDM plug-ins without an empty SRAM chip available. A single SRAM chip is now able to handle up to 16 stereo DirectConnect or HTDM plug-ins in any order and any combination.

System Requirements

  • DirectConnect and Digidesign StreamManager v5.1.1cs10 require a Pro Tools TDM or Pro Tools LE system running software version 5.1.1 or higher.

Third Party Application Compatibility

  • DirectConnect and Digidesign StreamManager v5.1.1cs10 are fully compatible with all existing DirectConnect client applications on both Pro Tools TDM and Pro Tools LE platforms.

This download includes the following files:

  • DirectConnect v5.1.1cs10

  • Digidesign® StreamManager v5.1.1cs10

  • Digidesign® StreamManager_128 v5.1.1cs10

  • DirectConnect CS 10 Read Me (30 k Acrobat PDF, above text plus installation instructions)

For more information about the general operation of DirectConnect, please refer to the DirectConnect portion of your DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide.

11/01
5.1.1cs9
632 k

Direct Connect/Digidesign StreamManager v5.1.1cs9

  • For TDM and Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS) Mac systems

What's New?

This new version of DirectConnect and Digidesign StreamManager improves the following features and functions:

Consolidated Support For Different Sample Buffers

  • In the past you had to swap both DirectConnect and Digidesign StreamManager files when changing buffer sizes between 512 and 128 samples. This is no longer necessary as Digidesign StreamManager now solely determines the buffer size while the DirectConnect plug-in automatically adjusts to the currently installed version of Digidesign StreamManager.

  • To change the buffer size of DirectConnect you will have to swap the Digidesign StreamManager file only. The DirectConnect plug-in will not have to be changed.

    A side effect of the lower buffer size is a higher load on your host CPU. In extreme cases, you might not be able to reach the same level of performance achieved with the standard version of DirectConnect. If you experience excessive "low CPU" warnings, or even audio dropouts, we recommend going back to the shipping version of DirectConnect.

  • Please note that this functionality is essential for correct operation of HTDM (Host TDM) plug-ins such as Native Instruments B4 or Pro52. Please make sure that you are using Digidesign StreamManager and DirectConnect v5.1.1cs9 when working with HTDM plug-ins.

Corrected Handling Of DirectConnect Nodes After A DSP Shuffle

  • TDM Systems Only

  • With previous releases it was possible to lose DirectConnect audio connections when working in large sessions and forcing a DSP shuffle by adding certain plug-ins or opening a session on a smaller system. This has been corrected and should no longer occur.

System Requirements

  • DirectConnect and Digidesign StreamManager v5.1.1cs9 require a Pro Tools TDM or Pro Tools LE system running software version 5.1.1 or higher.

Third Party Application Compatibility

  • DirectConnect and Digidesign StreamManager v5.1.1cs9 are fully compatible with all existing DirectConnect client applications on both Pro Tools TDM and Pro Tools LE platforms.

This download includes the following files:

  • Digidesign® StreamManager v5.1.1cs9

  • DirectConnect v5.1.1cs9

  • Digidesign® StreamManager v5.1.1_128cs9

  • DirectConnect 5.1.1cs9 Read Me (40 k Acrobat PDF, above text plus installation instructions)

For more information about the general operation of DirectConnect, please refer to the DirectConnect portion of your DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide.

05/01 5.1.1_128 492 k

DirectConnect Version 5.1.1_128

  • For TDM and Real Time AudioSuite (RTAS) Mac systems

  • Low latency version

  • For use as an alternative to the standard version of DirectConnect installed with Pro Tools 5.1 or higher

  • Replaces DirectConnect v2.0d, now expired, from the beta folder on the Pro Tools 5.1 CD. Note: this version has no expiration date

  • Included on Pro Tools 5.1.1 CD in the Beta folder

This download includes the following files:

  • DirectConnect_128 Read Me (with installation instructions)

  • DirectConnect v5.1.1_128

  • Digidesign® StreamManager v5.1.1_128

System Requirements:

  • This version of DirectConnect requires Pro Tools or Pro Tools LE v5.1 or v5.1.1 on your system.

The standard versions of DirectConnect v5.1 and v5.1.1 that are installed with your Pro Tools v5.1 or v5.1.1 software provide a 512 sample buffer for streaming audio into Pro Tools. This newer version of DirectConnect 5.1.1_128 has a much reduced buffer size of 128 samples. The smaller buffer results in much lower audio latencies that now range well below 9 milliseconds for TDM systems and below 12 milliseconds for Pro Tools LE (at 44.1 kHz sampling rate). This means that if you play notes on your DirectConnect compatible synthesizer (such as Native Instrument's Reaktor) you will most likely no longer perceive latency.

A side effect of the lower buffer size is a higher load on your host CPU. In extreme cases, you might not be able to reach the same level of performance achieved with the standard version of DirectConnect. If you experience excessive "low CPU" warnings, or even audio dropouts, we recommend going back to the shipping version of DirectConnect.

09/00

1.1

 

DirectConnect

564 k

TDM/RTAS, release version, use to replace v1.1b. This download includes the following files:

07/02
5.3.1r2_128
371 k

Digidesign StreamManager_128 v5.3.1r2_128

For Pro Tools|HD Macintosh systems with the 192 Digital I/O interface only. The Pro Tools 5.3.1r2 download includes version 5.3.1r2 of the Digidesign StreamManager (512 sample buffer) which has the following fix:

  • DirectConnect plug-ins or applications like Soft SampleCell and Native Instruments did not work with the 192 Digital I/O

The Pro Tools 5.3.1r2 download does not include this Digidesign StreamManager_128 file (128 sample buffer) with the same fix for the 192 Digital I/O, but with the smaller sample buffer size. If you have a Pro Tools|HD Macintosh system and the 192 Digital I/O, this download can be used instead of the Digidesign StreamManager_128 file located on your Pro Tools|HD 5.3 or 5.3.1 CD in the Beta & Bug Fix folder.

Please review the included StreamManager_128 ReadMe.pdf v5.3.1r2 for installation and additional instructions

06/01

1.0

 

Soft SampleCell™ Plug-In

163 k

The file "Soft SampleCell™ Plug-In" is needed to run Soft SampleCell software together with Pro Tools and DirectConnect. Please copy this file into System Folder>DAE Folder>Plug-Ins and make sure to quit and relaunch Pro Tools before continuing. For information on how to operate DirectConnect please refer to the DirectConnect manual included in the DirectConnect download above, or on your Pro Tools CD. See also: DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide.

11/99

2.5

 

TokyoPlug

145 k

The file "TokyoPlug" is needed to run Koblo's Studio 9000 software together with Pro Tools and DirectConnect. Please copy this file into System Folder>DAE Folder>Plug-Ins and make sure to quit and relaunch Pro Tools before continuing. For information on how to operate DirectConnect please refer to the DirectConnect manual included in the DirectConnect download above, or on your Pro Tools CD. See also: DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide.

01/02
5.3
5.3 DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide
1 MB
Included on Pro Tools 5.3 & higher CD. Contains information on installation and use of DirectConnect.
12/00
5.1
5.1 DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide
905 k
Included on Pro Tools 5.1 & higher CD. Contains information on installation and use of DirectConnect.
04/00
5.0.1
5.0.1 DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide
856kb
Included on Pro Tools 5.0.1 CD. Contains information on installation and use of DirectConnect .

 

DirectConnect System Requirements:

Pro Tools LE

  • Pro Tools LE v5.0.1 or higher software for Macintosh (will not run on Pro Tools LE 5.0)

  • Mac OS-based Pro Tools LE system (Audiomedia III, ToolBox XP, Digi 001 hardware)

  • Mac OS-based Pro Tools FREE system

  • DirectConnect compatible application (see list below)

Pro Tools TDM

  • Pro Tools v5.0.1 or higher software for Macintosh

  • Mac OS-based Pro Tools|HD system

  • Mac OS-based Pro Tools|24 MIX system
    (original Pro Tools|24 allows using DirectConnect as part of the new "RTAS on disk tracks" feature in Pro Tools v5.1 or higher only)

  • DirectConnect requires one free SRAM chip on a MIX system
    (there are 3 SRAM chips on each MIX card.)

  • DirectConnect compatible application (see list below)

 

Companies Developing for DirectConnect*

 

Products Released for DirectConnect

     

Digidesign
www.digidesign.com

 
Digidesign Soft SampleCell
     

Koblo
www.koblo.com

 


Koblo Studio9000

     

Bitheadz
www.bitheadz.com

 


BitHeadz Retro AS-1

BitHeadz Unity DS-1

BitHeadz Voodoo

BitHeadz Phrazer

     

Gallery Audio Genetics
www.gallery.co.uk/audio-genetics

 


Gallery Audio Genetics Alkali

     

Native Instruments
www.nativeinstruments.com

   

www.ni-absynth.com

 

Native Instruments Absynth

www.ni-b4.com

 

Native Instruments B-4

www.ni-battery.com

 

Native Instruments Battery

www.ni-dynamo.com

 

Native Instruments Dynamo

www.ni-fm7.com

 

Native Instruments FM7

www.nativeinstruments.com

 

Native Instruments Kontakt

www.nativeinstruments.com

 

Native Instruments Pro-52

www.nativeinstruments.com

 

Native Instruments Pro-53

www.ni-reaktor.com

 

Native Instruments Reaktor

     

TC|WORKS
www.tcworks.de

 


TC|WORKS Spark XL

 

*Check with these companies for information on upcoming DirectConnect compatible versions of their software. Please refer to the DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide, the DirectConnect ReadMe, and the documentation for the individual products for additional information on setting up these applications with DirectConnect in Pro Tools.

 

Download Notes:
The DirectConnect downloads are Macintosh Self-Extracting Archives (.sea) encoded in Macintosh BinHex (.hqx) format. They can be downloaded to either a Mac or a PC, but must be expanded on the Mac. The .hqx file will fit on a PC formatted floppy, and can be opened on a Mac using Stuffit Expander. Newer Mac downloads require Stuffit Expander 5.1.2 or higher: Download Aladdin's FREE Stuffit Expander
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