X-HD: General

HDX or HD Native is not showing up in Pro Tools HD Playback Engine

If you have an Apogee Symphony I/O or Symphony I/O MkII (or a Rosetta/16x with X-HD card) and you’re using it in Pro Tools HD mode with an HDX card, HD Native card, or HD Native Thunderbolt and you’re not able to see HDX/HD Native as a possible selection in the Pro Tools Playback Engine, there are a few things to check:

 

  • If you’re using a Symphony I/O (mkI or mkII), confirm it is properly connected to the HD card/box and that the unit is in ‘Pro Tools HD’ mode.
  • Confirm that you have installed the ‘HD Driver’ for the version of Pro Tools you’re using (this is a separate install from the Pro Tools software). The installer is included in a separate folder in the Pro Tools installer package.
  • If you are using a current (12.6 and above) version or Pro Tools HD, you will need a ‘Digilink IO’ license to use 3rd-party hardware with your system. Click here for more information.

Signal showing up on wrong channels in Pro Tools with AD16x, DA16x, or Rosetta

This post describes a known issue and workaround with X-HD firmware version 3.0 and AD16x’s, DA16x’s, Rosettas.

 

Known Issue:

There is a known issue when using 2 or more units per port (and especially when the AD/DAs are in ‘Advanced Routing’) where the input/output channels can become misaligned and/or mirrored.

 

Workaround:

Toggling the sample-rate in Pro Tools by opening up sessions saved at different sample-rates and then going back to the session you were working on will usually get the units out of this state.

Updating X-HD Firmware for AD16x, DA16x, and Rosetta

 

To update an X-HD card, follow the instructions below in the EXACT ORDER

 

– Download the latest X-HD firmware updater app from our website. This contains both versions 3.0 and the older 2.7.

Download X-HD updater here.

 

– Make sure the updater app is not open.

– Disconnect the Interfaces from each other and the ProTools HD card(s)… this includes all the word-clock cables as well.

– Do a hardware reset of the Interface (for AD16x/DA16x- hold down the ‘down’ arrow button while powering up the unit. For Rosettas, hold down the ‘Sample-Rate’ button while powering up the unit).

– Make sure the Interface is set to ‘44.1k’, and clocked internally. The Rosettas will sometimes switch to 48k after powering up, so wait about 10 seconds after powering up a Rosetta and then manually switch it to 44.1k if it set itself to 48k.

– We recommend using only class-compliant MIDI interfaces, such as the Elektron TM-1. Connect the MIDI interface to the X-HD card. The LED on the X-HD should be green right now.

– Open the updater app and make sure you’ve selected ‘Avid Digital HD I/O’ and that the correct midi interface port is selected in the updater app (if you’re using ‘port A’, make sure ‘port A’ is selected)

– Run the updater. After a couple of seconds, you should see the LED’s on the X-HD card flashing red & green.

– After the update is finished, QUIT the updater app and power-cycle the Interface.

– Follow the same steps for each additional Interface.

– Reconnect everything and launch ProTools. The Apogee Interfaces should now be showing up as Avid Digital HD I/Os in the ProTools I/O Setup.

 

Differences in X-HD firmware versions

This post explains the differences in X-HD firmware versions and how the Apogee interfaces show up in different versions of Pro Tools, depending on the X-HD version.

 

X-HD version 3.0:

Download version 3.0 here.
All Apogee devices show up as digital Avid HD I/Os.

Not compatible with any version of ProTools prior to HD9. Recommended X-HD firmware for users of HD-Native and HDX.

When an AD16x & a DA16x are daisy-chained in that order in Advanced Routing, the analog inputs of the AD and the analog outputs of the DA will both show up on ‘Digital Avid HD I/O- unit A’. The digital inputs of the DA and the digital outputs of the AD will both show up on ‘Digital Avid HD I/O- unit B’. This is so the hardware inserts work correctly- analog lines up with analog.

The X-HD user’s guide on our website is current to version 2.07, but can be applied to version 3.0 if you replace “Digital Digi 192” with “Digital Avid HD I/O” and shows you all the different configurations and where the channels show up:

X-HD user’s guide

Known issue with version 3.0 firmware:

There is a known issue when using 2 or more units per port (and especially when the AD/DAs are in ‘Advanced Routing’) where the input/output channels can become misaligned and/or mirrored. Toggling the sample-rate in ProTools will usually get the units out of this state.

 

 

X-HD version 2.07:

All Apogee devices show up as digital Digi 192s.

When an AD16x & a DA16x are daisy-chained in that order in Advanced Routing, the analog inputs of the AD and the analog outputs of the DA will both show up on ‘Digital Digi 192- unit A’. The digital inputs of the DA and the digital outputs of the AD will both show up on ‘Digital Digi 192- unit B’. This is so the hardware inserts work correctly- analog lines up with analog.

The X-HD user’s guide on our website is current to version 2.7 and shows you all the different configurations and where the channels show up:

X-HD user’s guide

Not recommended for use with ProTools HD-Native, HDX, and software version HD 11.

 

 

X-HD version 1.05

All Apogee devices show up as regular 192s.

Not recommended for use with ProTools HD-Native, HDX, and any version of Pro Tools HD software from version 9 and up.