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Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio. Create without bounds and work at the speed of your creativity, so you can take on the most demanding sessions and deliver the best sounding mixes possible.

And now Pro Tools 12 sets the stage for Avid Cloud Collaboration, the upcoming Avid Marketplace, and flexible licensing options, so you can access the industry standard in more affordable ways than ever.

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Pro Tools 12 Academic now includes one year of free support and upgrades from Avid!  The non-academic version DOES NOT include one year of free support or upgrades.  Please purchase the Annual Support contract to receive free upgrades and support.  

Notes on the academic version: the academic and regular version of Pro Tools are identical - please read this FAQ for further information. Please read Avid's requirements for academic proof before placing your order.

What is Pro Tools?

Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio. Create without bounds and work at the speed of your creativity, so you can take on the most demanding sessions and deliver the best sounding mixes possible.

And now Pro Tools 12 sets the stage for Avid Cloud Collaboration, the upcoming Avid Marketplace, and flexible licensing options, so you can access the industry standard in more affordable ways than ever. Create with a low-cost subscription or own the software outright - the choice is yours!

Get easy access to the audio industry's most trusted tool

The latest version of Pro Tools is now more easily and affordably accessible than ever. In addition to the software being available to own and upgrade as before, you can now subscribe to Pro Tools software on an annual basis, enabling you to pay only for the software when you need it. And you’ll always have access to the latest updates, upgrades, and support through the included Avid upgrade and support plan. Plus, when updates are available, you can get them delivered to you straight from the cloud.

Stay current, stay ahead

All Pro Tools purchases, upgrades, and subscriptions now come with an Avid upgrade and support plan that ensures you always have the latest features at your fingertips. This means that you'll get all future software updates and upgrades (as long as your plan is active), including the upcoming Pro Tools Cloud and other features mentioned below, and 24x7 access to Avid's Customer Care team experts to get help and advice whenever, wherever, and however you need it.

Collaborate in the cloud—coming soon

Imagine being able to work on a session with friends, bandmates, colleagues, or even your favorite artist, producer, editor, or voice actor no matter where they are, anywhere in the world. That’s what’s coming with Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, a groundbreaking new set of features that will enable you to compose, record, edit, and mix sessions collaboratively with other Pro Tools users as if you’re all working together in the same studio. Simply invite any of your available connections to collaborate using built-in chat, or find new collaborators through the online Artist Community, part of the Avid Marketplace.

Connect in the Avid Marketplace—coming soon

Gain the exposure you need to promote and sell your work. With the Artist Community, part of the upcoming Avid Marketplace, you’ll be able to publish session files, multichannel stems, and stereo mixdowns directly from Pro Tools for license in the public marketplace. Unlike social music sites that simply allow you to share and promote your music, the Avid Marketplace is designed to help you forge more meaningful connections with the audio community, enabling you to connect with other media professionals to share, collaborate, promote, and sell your work publicly or privately. This puts the power in your hands to make connections and create new opportunities.

Access your work anywhere—coming soon

Forget about having to comb through multiple hard drives to find past projects that you want to remix, repurpose, or remaster. With our upcoming audio archival service, you’ll be able to store content and track it, whether you store a session locally or in the cloud. Archive a stereo mix, the full session, individual stems, or even flatten all tracks so that the original plug-ins used to create them aren’t required. And with Avid's new cloud storage service, you’ll be able to house and access archived sessions and files plus all sessions, stems, and stereo mixes you make available in the Marketplace securely from anywhere.

Manage and track your assets—coming soon

Avid will be introducing and integrating a new open, universal metadata schema into Pro Tools that will help you manage, track, and document every asset and project you create. This metadata will enable media creators and distributors to keep track of everyone who creatively contributed to a piece of content, making it easy to document who did what, when, and where; manage and control versioning; and provide accurate credit information so that you have a better chance of getting paid for your work and getting hired for future projects.

Record and Compose

Get top-quality sound and performance with Avid hardware

Whether you’re tracking vocals, guitars, or an orchestra, you’ll get the best possible sound and optimized performance when you pair Pro Tools with an Avid audio interface. Record high-resolution audio up to 32-bit/192 kHz and experience exceptionally low latency to capture your best performances easily.

Experience more power and performance

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.

Loop and punch your way to perfection

Nobody’s perfect, but with Pro Tools you can create a seamless performance from multiple takes. Let your spontaneity shine with Loop recording and comp together your best takes. Or use QuickPunch to quickly replace any questionable section with a better performance.

No instrument? No problem.

Easily create parts for practically any musical instrument using great-sounding virtual instruments, a MIDI keyboard/controller or your mouse, and the built-in Pro Tools MIDI Editor. Get started fast with the included virtual instruments and audio loops, and expand your arsenal with AAX virtual instruments from Avid and third-party audio designers.

Compose with full MIDI and notation tools

Take your songwriting from sketchpad to final production. Create and edit virtual instrument and MIDI performances with the MIDI Editor. Or compose music using notation tools in the built-in Sibelius Score Editor. You can even export sessions as Sibelius (.sib) files for further finessing in Sibelius.

Work and collaborate on projects from other apps

Collaboration has never been easier. With Pro Tools, you can exchange sessions with any Pro Tools user or studio. Or work on projects created in other audio and video software including Media Composer, Logic, Cubase, and other third-party apps right in Pro Tools.

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Stretch your creativity with Elastic

Time and Pitch

Freely experiment without the time or effort investment. With Elastic Time, you can change the tempo or timing of any clip or an entire composition on the fly. And with Elastic Pitch, you can fix wrong notes, create harmonies, and transpose clips in real time without altering the tempo.

Edit with precision

Shape and fine-tune your music and audio with professional, sample-accurate editing tools. Create a flawless performance by comping together tracks. Speed up editing and mixing Clip Gain  with the Smart Tool. And smooth transitions with crossfades. Everything you need to perfect your tracks is available right from within a single Edit window.

Snoop out grooves with multitrack Beat Detective

With the versatile Beat Detective tool, you can quickly fix timing issues across multiple tracks or change up the feel of a beat to get a different groove. You can even use it to keep your rhythm section “in the pocket” by extracting the groove from a drumbeat and applying it to the bass part.

Create and cut sound to picture

With Pro Tools, you can create, edit, and mix audio to picture using the built-in Timecode Ruler and video track. Use the included plug-ins to clean up sound. Create sound effects that define (or defy) reality. Work easily with AudioSuite-rendered clips.  And record and edit voiceovers, Foley, and ADR with perfect frame accuracy. You can even share audio mixes with Media Composer editors through AAF.

Play HD video with the Avid Video Engine

With the built-in Avid Video Engine the same core engine as in Media Composer | Software you can add and play a variety of HD video formats (such as QuickTime, XDCAM, and more) and Avid DNxHD sequences directly in the Pro Tools timeline without transcoding. Plus, you can monitor the picture playback using video interfaces from Avid, AJA, and Blackmagic Design.

 

Mix

Create great-sounding mixes withPro Tools 11 audio production software.

Get the sound you want

Polish mixes with over 60 included effects, sound-processing and utility plug-ins. From high-quality reverbs, EQs, and compressors, to guitar amp emulators, surround sound fold-down, and channel strip dynamics, you have everything you need to create professional mixes. Want more? Browse the in-app Avid Marketplace to find the AAX plug-ins you need.

Grab control of your mix

You can use a mouse to make changes one… at… a… time, or mix faster and easier using a hardware control surface. Get hands-on Pro Tools control with a choice of Avid Pro Mixing control surfaces and consoles, plus third-party boards.

Collaborate, store, and share mixes

Whether you've got a work in progress or a finished piece, Pro Tools makes it easy to share. With direct SoundCloud support, you can share files privately with other collaborators, or share finished projects with the world. And bounce mixes to your iTunes library to share with others on your network.

Achieve the best mixes possible—automatically

Get great sounding, phase-accurate mixes with Automatic Delay Compensation with 4x the samples (16,383) to handle the largest mixes—no matter how many plug-ins you use. Plus, you can automate the settings of every element in the Pro Tools environment to add life to tracks and achieve the best mix possible.

Plug into legendary sound

Add life to your mix. With the included Avid Channel Strip plug-in, you get exact replications of the renowned EQ and compression algorithms of the Avid System 5, one of the most sought-after digital audio consoles used to create some of the greatest mixes ever produced.

Speed up delivery with offline bounce

Wait no longer... With faster-than-real-time offline bounce, you can speed up your final mix or stem deliveries at up to 150x faster and get the high-quality results you’d expect only from Pro Tools, thanks to time-stamped automation. If you mix and deliver radio programs or other long-format shows, this feature alone will save you hours of time daily. And with Pro Tools | HD, you can even bounce multiple stems simultaneously.

Here are a few Pro Tools tips that you might find useful:

  • Audio Interface Required!
    • Pro Tools requires an audio interface (sound card) with ASIO drivers (for Windows) or Core Audio drivers (for Mac).  
    • The soundcard built into your computer is not suitable for recording or playback with Pro Tools.  
    • If you don't already have an audio interface, we can make a recommendation for you - just reply to this message.
    • Our sound card buyer's guide might also be helpful where you can find inexpensive solutions such as the AudioFace II, or more professional, multi-channel solutions such as the StudioLive perfect for studios and live recording - and everything in between!
  • Consider a Control Surface...
    • A control surface is so much easier for working with Pro Tools than your mouse!  Instantly access multiple channels at once for complete control over your music.
    • The Artist Mix is the ideal way to control Pro Tools.
    • Looking for an inexpensive way to control Pro Tools?  Check out the i2 Control 37 USB MIDI controller which can be mapped to Pro Tools.   Plus you can also use it for recording, playing soft synths and more!
  • Become a Pro Tools Master
  • Monitors Make the Difference

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Manufacturer Part # 9935-65884-00
UPC 724643119331
Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer AVID
System Requirements (Windows)
  • Intel® PC with Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Editions) or Windows 8/8.1 (Standard and Pro Editions)
  • Intel® Core i5 processor
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port for iLok 2 authorization
  • USB-port or FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device
  • Supports AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools
System Requirements (Mac)
  • Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • Intel® Core i5 microprocessor
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more required for video playback)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port for iLok 2 authorization
  • USB-port, FireWire-port or Thunderbolt-port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
  • Supports AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools
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