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Avid Announces Pro Tools 12 & Free Pro Tools First

Pro Tools 12

Avid have announced Pro Tools 12 - an update to their industry-leading DAW - which will arrive in the first quarter of 2015. Pro Tools will now have more purchasing options with a subscription service which entitles the user to free upgrades and an outright perpetual license.

They have also announced Pro Tools | First which is a free incarnation of the software featuring cloud based projects and access to many of tools found in Pro Tools software.

Pro Tools 12

Pro Tools is the audio workstation that redefined the industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio. Proven and trusted by professionals in every segment of music creation, movie making, television, live sound, broadcast, and streaming media, Pro Tools enables you to create without bounds, take on the most demanding sessions, and maximize efficiency, so you can deliver the best sounding mixes possible. And now Pro Tools 12 sets the stage for Avid Cloud Collaboration and the upcoming Avid Marketplace, offering more flexibility, so you can access the industry standard in more affordable ways than ever. Create with a low-cost subscription. Own the software or a complete system outright. Or get started with Pro Tools | First, a completely free version of Pro Tools. The choice is yours.

Experience more power, performance, and versatility With the redesigned Avid Audio Engine and 64-bit performance, you get multiple times the processing power of previous versions of Pro Tools on the same hardware configurations. Add epic numbers of virtual instruments and effects to create bigger, richer sounding, and more complex mixes. And with the Avid Video Engine, you can play and edit a variety of HD video formats directly in the Pro Tools timeline—without transcoding.

Work faster with comprehensive tools and automation Get everything you need to compose, record, edit, mix, and deliver high-quality productions with speed and ease. From easy-to-use creative tools and ultra-low latency recording, to the industry’s most proven automation efficiency and faster-than-real-time offline bounce, you get the high-quality results you’d expect only from Pro Tools.

Compose with full MIDI and notation tools Pro Tools comes packed with a variety of high-quality virtual instruments and music creation tools to turn the ideas in your head into full-fledged reality quickly. Create and edit virtual instrument and MIDI performances with impeccable detail using the MIDI Editor. Or create beautiful compositions using the easy-to-use notation tools in the built-in Sibelius Score Editor.

Enhance your creativity with the AAX plug-in bundle Create great-sounding professional mixes with a collection of studio-staple effects, virtual instruments, and sound processing plug-ins. With the AAX format, you get extended headroom and complete sonic parity between both DSP and Native versions of the plug-ins.

Collaborate and share sessions With any version of Pro Tools, you can share and exchange sessions with other Pro Tools, Pro Tools | HD, Pro Tools | First, and Pro Tools Express users and studios, making collaboration easy. What’s more, you can even work on projects created in other audio and video software, right in Pro Tools. Optimize your performance with Pro Tools hardware Get the best possible audio quality and performance, and the lowest latency, when you pair Pro Tools with an Avid audio interface. Choose from a variety of systems, including studio staples Pro Tools | HDX and Pro Tools | HD Native, as well as the more affordable Pro Tools | Duet, Pro Tools | Quartet, and Pro Tools | Eleven Rack.

Get advanced tools and workflows with Pro Tools | HD

  • Mix in mono, stereo, 5.1/7.1 surround sound, or even Dolby Atmos
  • Go bigger with support for up to 768 voiceable audio tracks (with Pro Tools | HDX)
  • Capture audio in pristine clarity with Pro Tools | HD hardware and interfaces
  • Record and edit with advanced audio and video tools
  • Experience maximum performance with the extended disk cache
  • Work with K-system, VU, and other built-in professional metering standards to optimize mixes and monitor gain reduction
  • Get extended mix control with VCA masters and advanced automation features such as Capture and Preview
  • Control up to 12 Pro Tools | HD systems from a single transport with the included Satellite Link

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools | First is a free version of industry-standard Pro Tools that enables you to compose, record, and mix music with many of the same tools used by top artists and studios.

It offers a complete set of audio and MIDI features for easy music creation. And while it’s simple enough for those new to music recording, enabling you to quickly turn ideas into reality, it also provides more sophisticated capabilities for the experienced musician who wants to collaborate with Pro Tools artists, studios, engineers, and producers. And because it offers the same core tools as Pro Tools, you can start off your musical journey on the right path, then feel right at home when you’re ready to take your music to the next level with the industry’s most trusted and used audio workstation. Pro Tools | First is also fully integrated with the Avid MediaCentral Platform, making it easy to collaborate and share your work across the entire Pro Tools and extended Avid family.

Projects for Pro Tools | First are stored in the cloud, accessed through your Avid Master Account. Avid provides up to three free projects (songs) with Pro Tools | First. Avid will offer additional Pro Tools | First projects to purchase from the Avid Marketplace in the near future.

Pro Tools | First comes with over 21 plug-ins including Xpand!2 a powerful music synthesizer plug-in that can generate an incredible range of sounds with over 2,500 presets. Additional plug-ins can be purchased in-app from the Avid Marketplace. 7 new, low cost creative plug-in bundles, designed for Pro Tools | First users, will be on the Avid Marketplace when Pro Tools | First becomes available. These bundles include some of the Avid core plug-ins not included with Pro Tools | First, such as the Avid Channel Strip, and selections from the new Eleven Effects Bundle which is a bundle that will be available for all Pro Tools users that includes 17 plug-ins modeled after analog stomp box guitar, bass and studio effects.

Pro Tools I First Specs

  • Mono tracks/voices (@48k): 16
  • Stereo tracks (@48k): 16
  • Mono tracks/voices (@96k): 16
  • Stereo tracks (@96k): 16
  • Max Aux Tracks: 16
  • Instrument tracks: 16
  • MIDI Tracks: 16
  • Video Tracks: 0
  • Inserts: 4
  • Sends: 4
  • Max I/O (@48k): 4
  • Beat Detective: No
  • Sibelius Score Editor: No
  • MIDI Editor: Yes
  • Clip Gain: No
  • Elastic Audio: Yes
  • Surround Mixing: No