“Anyone who knows me well will be aware of my dislike of planned obsolescence and with regards to Avid hardware the deliberate killing of the Pro Control Surface for Pro Tools 11 onwards was one particularly painful experience Avid dealt at 11’s release.
Along with Avid’s announcement for the discontinuation of support for Pro Control came the EOL (End Of Life) for the HD TDM DSP cards and EOS (End of Of Support) for any blue front fronted hardware including the HD 192 io, 192 Digital io, 96 io, 96i and Sync (not including Sync HD).
Avid have offered a discounted trade in from HD TDM systems and “Legacy Blue” interfaces up to the newer HD Native or HDX with HDio interfaces and Pro Tools 12 but the best value deals for the upgrades finish at the end of December 2015.
From the 1st of January 2016 the deals are less attractive and only a Core TDM card and blue interface can be used for a trade in and at a much higher cost (Accel cards will not be able to be used in the trade in).
This has no doubt put Avid dealers under a fair amount of stress coping with last minute upgrades both in the supply of new hardware and the logistics of dealing with the traded in items, so much so that one dealer in Germany “SMM – modernste Studiotechnik” have taken to posting on social media that they simply cannot cope with storing any more trade in hardware and anyone wanting to trade in must contact them first before attempting to return trade in gear.”
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