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Jumpstart audio careers with the industry’s most trusted DAW

Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix audio. And now with Pro Tools 12 for Education, which sets the stage for Avid Cloud Collaboration and the upcoming Avid Marketplace, students and educators can access the industry standard in more affordable ways than ever. Create with a low-cost subscription or own the software outright (perpetual license).

This full boxed copy of Pro Tools 12 for Education includes an annual Avid upgrade plan, which provides all future Pro Tools software upgrades for one full year—including the upcoming Cloud Collaboration and Avid Marketplace features—plus, access to professional Avid support around the clock. After one year, simply renew your plan annually to stay current.

Academic eligibility

Designed for both students and teachers, Pro Tools 12 for Education provides the best and most critical head start to a successful career, as it’s the audio industry standard. Get all of the same tools, features, and workflows of Pro Tools software at incredible savings. To activate this software, you must be a current student or teacher and will be asked to verify your eligibility after purchasing. You will receive a serial number to use your software—upon approval—after submitting proof of education eligibility to Avid. See if you qualify here.

Power your sound with the tools that power the industry. Create music or sound for film/TV and connect with a premier network of artists, producers, and mixers around the world.

Pro Tools 2018 – Create at the speed of inspiration

From numerous new MIDI editing enhancements and retrospective MIDI recording to the ability to save your favorite effects chains and instrument sounds as track presets, Pro Tools enables you to keep your creativity flowing. That’s why top artists, producers, and engineers choose Pro Tools for everything they do. Because when you need to sound your best, nothing delivers like Pro Tools can.

New Pro Tools 2018 features that help musicians focus on their craft and creativity include:

  • Track Presets enabling quick preset browsing to build sessions on the fly.
  • New playlist comping workflows to save valuable screen real estate, and provide the ability to edit grouped tracks with ease and work quickly from Waveform view.
  • The ability to easily convert sessions to cloud-enabled product files for faster collaboration.
  • Mix Window EQ Graphs to intuitively display the combined EQ effects inserted on a track.

See more of what’s new under the Details Tab.

Collaborate in the cloud

Easily share tracks and work on projects with anyone—anywhere. As if you’re all together in the same studio. And now Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools is better than ever, enabling you to work with up to 10 collaborators, including Pro Tools | First users.

Create, connect, and collaborate with talent around the world.

Access Pro Tools in more ways than ever

You now have even more choices in how you acquire and use Pro Tools. Make Pro Tools available across your entire facility or university with new network site licensing. Get the performance and sound quality you need with a Pro Tools system. Purchase and own Pro Tools software for creative mobility. Get the lowest cost of entry with a subscription. Or get started with Pro Tools | First, a free version of Pro Tools. And now that Pro Tools supports iLok Cloud licensing, you no longer need a physical iLok to use the software.

Elevate your sound

How can you make your mixes really stand out? Having professional-quality sound processors at your disposal helps. That’s why Pro Tools comes packed with over 60 amazing virtual instruments, effects, and sound processing plug-ins, so you can sound your best. Plus, get access to 17 additional bonus plug-ins when you subscribe or buy now.

Get the sounds of natural sounding spaces and classic stompbox effects.

Stay current, stay ahead

We strive to make Pro Tools the best creative tool you could ever want. That’s why we offer a steady stream of new features and improvements released throughout the year to all Pro Tools users with an Avid upgrade plan, included with all new perpetual license purchases, upgrades, and subscriptions.

See all features under the Details Tab.

Why use Pro Tools?

  • Unleash your creativity with incredible processing power
  • Add epic numbers of virtual instruments and effects to create rich sounding mixes
  • Get unrivaled sound quality and powerful 64-bit performance to handle huge mixes
  • Monitor record inputs on native systems with ultra-low latency
  • Play HD video right in the Pro Tools timeline—without transcoding
  • Compose and polish mixes with over 60 64-bit AAX virtual instrument and effects plug-ins
  • Speed up mixing with industry-trusted automation tools
  • Enjoy the benefits of being on the Avid MediaCentral Platform
  • Connect and collaborate with other Pro Tools users around the world through the cloud (coming soon)
  • Store and archive your sessions locally or in the cloud (coming soon)
  • Sell your music and other sound assets in the Avid Marketplace (coming soon)
  • Document, manage, and track your assets with a universal metadata schema (coming soon)
  • Enjoy track freeze and many more exciting new features coming throughout 2015

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.

New features in Pro Tools 2018

Build sessions on the fly with Track Presets

Kick time-consuming tasks to the curb. With Track Presets, you can quickly save, catalog, and recall your favorite effects chains, vocal processing, session import criteria, and other track settings—boosting your efficiency—so you can spend more time creating.


Capture performances retroactively

Ever jam along to a song and nail the perfect run before hitting record? With retrospective MIDI recording, Pro Tools goes into “listen” mode even when you’re not recording, so you can retroactively drop those inspired improvisations into a track post performance, without missing a beat.


Take deeper control of your MIDI

Making music has never been easier. With numerous MIDI improvements and enhancements, you can fix and finesse every note to perfection—from transposing and trimming notes with the arrow keys, to building chords and scores faster than ever before.


Comp together the best takes

Build a Target Playlist of the best performances—from multiple playlists—right in Waveform view. It’s ideal when working with grouped tracks, making playlist management and viewing no longer a challenge. You can also now cycle through different takes within a clip using the arrow keys for faster review.


Retire your iLok key

Pro Tools and all Avid audio plug-ins now support iLok Cloud. That means you now have the option of putting your trusty old iLok key to rest and freeing an extra USB port for a MIDI keyboard or audio interface. Or continue using your iLok as before.

Get a better view of your mix

With new EQ curve graphs on all Mix window channel strips, you can see how your settings and automation are impacting each track in real time—even those with multiple EQs (supported plug-ins only). In addition, pre-fader sends and Automation lane view menu entries are now color-coded, making them easier to distinguish.


Start collaborating more easily

Got a session that you’re dying to work on with others? Select File > Start Collaboration, and Pro Tools will automatically save your current session, close it, and reopen it as a project in the cloud, with all tracks converted and ready to be shared.


Get easy network licensing—coming soon

Need Pro Tools for your post facility, broadcast enterprise, or educational institution? You can purchase a multi-seat Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD Network Site License, which offers many benefits for larger organizations.


Compose and record

Create music more easily

We heard you. Based on your user requests, Pro Tools features many new MIDI enhancements to help speed and ease your workflow. Quickly change Grid and Nudge sizes and Pencil tool commands using keystrokes. Record-enable, solo, and mute MIDI tracks right in the MIDI Editor. View chord names and notes as you play them to ensure input accuracy. Store and recall MIDI Editor lanes in window configurations. Constrain MIDI clips to edit selections while using the Smart Tool. And so much more.

Get more from the cloud

With the latest release, you can now work with up to 10 collaborators in the cloud on a single project, including Pro Tools | First users. You can also choose to save projects locally or in the cloud using Selective Project Sync, giving you easy access to all of your cloud-based work from any Pro Tools-equipped computer—from anywhere you log into your account. And if you need more storage, you can now expand your cloud space for as little as $4.99 a month.

Find the right loops and sounds fast

Need to find that perfect beat, groove, style, or sound for your project? Soundbase makes it a snap to browse, search, audition, explore, and experiment with loops, samples, and sound effects from nearly any sound library. This new Workspace pane provides customizable tag filtering, so you can find what you need quickly. Search your libraries by instrument, genre, tempo, key, time signature, and your own tags. And hear how content sounds in sync with your tracks.

Inspire and accelerate music creation

Get access to the latest loops created by the industry’s leading producers and sound designers. Pro Tools now comes with a 2 GB high-quality loop library from Loopmasters to wake up your mix and give projects that sonic edge. Whether you need a rhythm section, a cool riff, instrumental accompaniment, or just something to help you get started, you’ve got hundreds of mini musical works, waiting to be discovered. And it’s easy to find and audition loops with Soundbase.

Experiment and share new ideas

Wish you could try out something creatively, but easily go back to a previous version of your project if you change your mind? Now you can. With Project Revisions, you can explore new versions of a song or soundtrack, make notes, share ideas with others, and quickly jump back to any previous state from anywhere—without having to worry about breaking anything. That’s because Pro Tools keeps all version history, audio files, notes, and other data organized for you.

Collaborate in the cloud

Imagine being able to work on a session with friends, colleagues, or your favorite artist or producer with ease—no matter where they are in the world. You can with Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools. Record, edit, and mix projects with others as if you’re all working together in the same studio. And find new collaborators through the online Avid Artist Community.

Record with ease

Tracking vocals and instrument performances is now faster and easier than ever. Rehearse and record more easily with track input monitoring. Dial in cue mixes in a snap by copying fader settings to sends. And solo tracks in PFL (pre-fader listen) or AFL (after-fader listen) mode for optimal recording.

Go bigger

Working with a large multi-piece band or complex soundtrack for a movie or video? No need to worry about running out of tracks. With the latest version of Pro Tools, you can simultaneously play back up to 128 audio tracks, 512 instrument tracks, and 512 MIDI tracks.

Capture amazing performances

Nobody’s perfect. But you can create the perfect take. Record pristine sound—at up to 32-bit/192 kHz—with a supported audio interface. Get exceptionally low latency for easier recording. Let spontaneity shine by tracking multiple passes of a section. Replace questionable sections non-destructively with QuickPunch recording. And create that flawless take by comping together the best performances.

Make music—virtually

No instrument? No problem. Get access to a wide range of virtual instruments to record the parts you need. Lay down beats with the drum machine, samples, and loops. Add bass, guitar, horns, strings, piano, and other accompaniments. And layer in a variety of other sounds to build up your song—from world instruments to sound effects. No matter what music genre is at hand, you’ll find thousands of possibilities to explore.

Turn ideas into masterpieces

Take your songwriting from sketchpad to final production with speed and ease. Create and finesse every virtual instrument or MIDI performance—from tweaking individual notes, to adjusting dynamics, timing, and more. Write music using standard notation tools in the built-in Score Editor. You can even export sessions to Sibelius for further finessing.

Create with power

When your creativity is flowing, you don’t want your software getting in the way. With Pro Tools, you get 64-bit performance and dynamic host processing to keep your sessions running smoothly. So go ahead and add all of the virtual instruments and effects you want. Pro Tools won’t slow you down.

Work with sound for picture

Pro Tools is more than just sound—you can work with audio for movies, television, and other visual media too. Play HD video and Avid DNxHD sequences right in the timeline. Edit with precision using the built-in Timecode Ruler. Clean up sound using the included plug-ins. 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.

Collaborate with others

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, and Cubase—right in Pro Tools. And with Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, you are able to collaborate on projects with anyone, anywhere, over the cloud.

Edit tracks

Integrate into more post workflows

Need to collaborate with Media Composer or other video post-production editing teams? Pro Tools now supports XAVC Long GOP files and 1080p50 project types, enabling you to work your audio editing and mixing magic on projects that use these formats.

Gain greater efficiency

Got tons of tracks and countless clips? Giving them all meaningful names is now a much faster and easier affair with Batch Rename. This powerful new feature enables you to rename batches of tracks or clips in a variety of ways, including find and replace, adding prefixes and/or suffixes, and applying various numbering conventions.

Edit playlists more easily

It’s now easier than ever to access and manage Pro Tools’ powerful playlists. Quickly switch between playlists with new key commands. Know if you have multiple playlists on a given track with new visual indicators. And automatically send overlapped clips to new or existing playlists.

Edit layers of audio more easily

If you work in post, positioning countless audio clips to picture, you probably have multiple clips that overlap on a track. With new enhancements to the way Pro Tools handles such clips, editing audio is easier than ever. Clear only overlaps. Heal clips when removing one that overlaps two. Trim the starts and ends of two overlapping clips. Modify behaviors. And more. In addition, Pro Tools supports Clip Effects playback (editing requires Pro Tools | HD).

Adjust fades more easily

You can now quickly adjust a fade in, fade out, or crossfade's shape directly in the Edit window using the Smart Tool. Simply position your cursor over any clip’s fade area until it changes to the corresponding fade or crossfade cursor. Then click and drag left or right to change the fade's shape and slope.

Position clips more precisely with clip transparency

If you’re a sound editor or designer, precision and speed are paramount when it comes to aligning and editing clips. Now clips take on a translucent appearance whenever you move and overlap one over another, giving you better visual clarity of their context. This enables you to quickly align the waveforms of a new audio clip to the visual cues of an existing one’s waveforms with much better precision and ease.

Save time with batch fades

Fading tracks is one of the fundamentals of audio editing. But it can be tedious and time consuming when editing thousands of audio clips. With new fade enhancements, you can speed through repetitious tasks and gain more time to focus on the creative aspects of your mix. Create and tweak presets for fade ins, fade outs, crossfades, and batch fades. Recall presets directly from your keyboard or control surface. And control fade settings independently when working with batch fades.

Stretch your creativity

With its elastic audio features, you can edit audio as easily as MIDI to fix what’s funky and quickly explore your creative options. Change the tempo or timing of a clip or entire composition on the fly with Elastic Time. Make bad notes sound pitch perfect—without sounding like a chipmunk… or Vin Diesel—with Elastic Pitch. You can even 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 the perfect performance by comping together tracks. Speed up editing and mixing tasks with the Smart Tool. Even out volume levels with Clip Gain. And smooth transitions with crossfades. Everything you need to perfect your tracks is available right from within a single Edit window.

Get in the groove

A couple cups of coffee (or a couple of beers) can affect any drummer’s performance. With the Beat Detective tool, you can quickly fix timing issues across multiple tracks to get him or her on the beat. Or change up the feel of a beat altogether 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.

Mix and share

Maximize your sonic palette

Pro Tools comes stocked full of pro-caliber virtual instruments and sound processors to make you sound incredible. And now you can sound your absolute best with access to every audio plug-in Avid has to offer*—at a fantastic price. Subscribe to the Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle and you'll have the amazing sounds of classic compressors and EQs, studio-staple effects, vintage synths, powerful reverbs, the world's greatest guitar amps, and much more—all at your fingertips.

Get Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce

Processor-hungry virtual instruments can impact system performance. And sharing sessions used to require that everyone have the same plug-ins. No more. With Track Freeze, you can quickly freeze or unfreeze all plug-ins on a track—or just up to a certain insert—to free up processing power. Track Commit is similar except it renders the track (or an edit selection) permanently. And with Track Bounce, you can render out stems for fast and easy file delivery.

Take control with your iPad

Forget the tedium of working with a mouse or trackpad. With our free Pro Tools | Control iOS app, you can take wireless touch control of Pro Tools and other EUCON-enabled audio and video software to speed things along. Ride multiple faders with your fingertips. Trigger complex macros with a tap. Navigate through large mixes with ease. And we’ll say it again—it’s free.

Get the ultimate mixing experience

Make your mix the best it can be with more advanced tools added to Pro Tools. Mix and control groups of tracks faster and easier with VCA Masters. Work with confidence using 17 advanced metering options, including K-system, VU, and other professional standards. Get gain reduction metering on every channel to gauge dynamics. And get smoother performance and highly responsive recording and playback with the extended Disk Cache feature, which loads entire sessions into RAM—no matter how large.

Give yourself Space and some amazing effects

Get access to 17 incredible bonus plug-ins with your Pro Tools subscription, new perpetual license purchase, or Avid Plug-in and Support plan. Create natural sounding environments to add more life to tracks with the Space convolution reverb. And enhance guitar, vocal, and other instrument tracks with emulations of 16 of the most coveted stompbox effects, from screamin’ distortion and wah, to classic delay, reverb, and other vintage sounds.

Get the sound you want

Polish mixes with over 75 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.

Plug into legendary sound

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

Grab control of your session

You can use a mouse to make changes to your mix one… at… a… time. Or work with dramatically more speed and precision using a hardware control surface to complete projects faster. You’ll get the deepest integration and most efficient hands-on control when you pair Pro Tools with an Avid control surface. We offer a variety to fit every budget and need.

Automate your mix

Add life to tracks and achieve the best mix possible through mix automation. With Pro Tools, you can automate the settings of nearly every element. Effortlessly. Plus, with Automatic Delay Compensation, you’ll get great sounding, phase-accurate mixes with even the largest sessions.

Speed delivery with offline bounce

With faster-than-real-time offline bounce, you can deliver final mixes or stems up to 150x faster. Plus, you’ll get the high-quality results you’d expect from Pro Tools, thanks to time-stamped automation. If you mix radio programs or other long-format shows, this feature alone will save you hours of time—daily.

Share mixes with the masses

Whether you've got a work in progress or a finished piece, Pro Tools makes it easy to share. Promote your music and skills to an extensive network of media professionals and find collaborators in the online Avid Artist Community. Share files with direct SoundCloud support. Or bounce mixes to your iTunes library and share your music and audio masterpieces with anyone on your network.



Pro Tools 2018.7 Release Notes



  • You can now quickly search for inputs, outputs, sends, inserts, and side chains.  Simply open any of these menus and click the “Search…” item, press Tab, or just begin typing.  You can also use the search function to recall Track Presets from inserts or sends.
  • Here are some tips when using search:  
    • Pressing Enter/Return will accept the chosen item in the search and close the window.
    • Alternatively, once you find a search result for an output or send, you can press the Tab key to accept the result without closing the window.  This will allow you add another assignment.
    • Escape will cancel any changes made.
    • Deleting the tags will remove assignments.
    • Assignments can be made to multiple tracks if the menu is entered while holding the “do to all” or “do to selected” track modifiers.

Menu Multi-Select

  • Modifier Key
    • Hold Ctrl + click (Mac) or Start + click (Win) in the following menus to select multiple items without closing the menu:
      • Track Sends
      • Track Outputs
      • IO Setup > Bus > Mapping to Output (added in 2018.1)
      • Clips List > Show
  • Checkbox Popover
    • A checklist popover appears for the following menus allowing multiple items to be selected without closing the menu:
    • Ruler View selector
    • Edit Window View selector
    • Mix Window View selector
    • Edit Window Toolbar
    • Transport Window
    • Workspace Columns
  • Keyboard Behavior
    • Modifiers
      • Check/uncheck all menu items
        • Option + click (Mac) or Alt + click (Win)
      • Check/uncheck a range of menu items
        • Shift + click between two menu items
    • Close the menu
      • Esc

Playlist Navigation Improvements

  • When the edit insertion/selection is on the Main playlist, you can navigate playlists using the following key commands:
    • Navigate to first playlist in list
      • Shift + Home
      • Shift + Fn + Left Arrow
    • Navigate to last playlist in list
      • Shift + End
      • Shift + Fn + Right Arrow
    • Jump ahead 5 playlists in the list
      • Shift + Page Down
      • Shift + Fn + Down Arrow
    • Jump back 5 playlists in the list
      • Shift + Page Up
      • Shift + Fn + Up Arrow

NOTE: These are not yet available as EUCON commands.

Set Target Playlist in All Tracks or in All Selected Tracks

  • To target the same playlist in all tracks:
    • In Playlists view, Option-click the Target button for the playlist you want to target
    • Hold Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows), click on the Playlist Selector menu, then click the Target Playlist sub-menu and click on the playlist you want to target
  • To target the same playlist in all selected tracks:
    • In Playlists view, Option-Shift-click (Mac) or Alt-Shift-click (Windows) the Target button for the playlist you want to target
    • Hold Option-Shift (Mac) or Alt-Shift (Windows), click on the Playlist Selector menu, then click the Target Playlist sub-menu and click on the playlist you want to target

Relative Grid Editing

  • “Relative Grid” edit mode, which has been available for drag and drop editing, has been extended to cut, copy, paste, and merge.
    • Clips and MIDI notes that don’t start exactly on the grid, can now be cut or copied, and then pasted (including paste special > merge) with their timing relative to the nearest grid intact.

EQ Curves added to more plug-ins

  • EQ Curves, a feature originally added in PT 2018.1, has been extended to these additional plug-ins:
    • Joemeek Meequalizer
    • Focusrite EQ d2
    • Pultec EQ bundle

Master Fader Focus with EUCON

  • Right-click on any Master fader to designate it as a EUCON Main Monitor Controller.  This will allow the monitor knob on EUCON surfaces to control the volume, Dim (S6 only) and Cut states.  Only one track may be designated in a session at a given time.

Change Scroll Modes During Playback

  • The transport no longer needs to be stopped to change scroll modes.

Edit Selection Improvements

The Edit menu now includes certain commands that were previously only available using keyboard shortcuts.  Commands related to the Edit selection are organized in the Selection submenu as follows:

  • Move Edit Left 
    • ​Moves the entire current Edit selection to the left by the duration of the selection
      • Command + Control + Option + L
      • Control + Alt + Start + L
  • Move Edit Right
    • ​Moves the entire current Edit selection to the right by the duration of the selection.
      • Command + Control + Option + ’ (single quote)
      • Control + Alt + Start + ’ (single quote)
  • Halve Edit
    • ​Maintains the current Edit selection start time but reduced its duration by half.
      • Command + Option + Control + Shift + L
      • Control + Alt + Start + Shift + L  
  • Double Edit
    • Maintains the current Edit selection start time and doubles its duration.
      • Command + Option + Control + Shift + ’ (single quote)
      • Control + Alt + Start + Shift + ’ (single quote)
  • Duplicate and Extend
    • Edit Duplicates the Edit selection (including all track data in the selection), keeps the selection start, and extends the selection to the end of the duplicate.
      • Command + Option + Control + Shift + D
      • Control + Alt + Start + Shift + D  
  • Move Edit Up
    • Moves the Edit selection up one track. If more than one track is included in the current Edit selection, those tracks are removed from the selection and the selection is only on the one track.
      • Control + P
      • Start + P
  • Move Edit Down
    • Moves the Edit selection down one track. If more than one track is included in the current Edit selection, those tracks are removed from the selection and the selection is only on the one track.
      • Control + ; (semicolon)
      • Start + ; (semicolon)
  • Extend Edit Up
    • ​Extends the Edit selection up one track.
      • Control + Shift + P
      • Start + Shift + P
  • Extend Edit Down
    • Extends the Edit selection down one track
      • Control + Shift + ; (semicolon)
      • Start + Shift + ; (semicolon)
  • Remove Edit from Top
    • Removes the top track from the Edit selection.
      • Option + Control + P
      • Alt + Start + P
  • Remove Edit from Bottom
    • ​Removes the bottom track from the Edit selection.
      • Press Option + Control + ; (semicolon)
      • Alt + Start + ; (semicolon)

Retrospective MIDI Record Enhancements

  • QuickPunch Improvements
    • Retrospective MIDI lets you punch MIDI in and out in any recording mode and is available whenever punching happens on a MIDI track.
  • MIDI Thru Improvements
    • During playback, if the Default Thru Instrument is set to Follows First Selected MIDI Track (Setup > Preferences > MIDI), matching MIDI data is buffered for the first selected MIDI track. Likewise, matching MIDI data is buffered for each record-enabled MIDI (or Instrument) track. So, when applying Retrospective MIDI Record, MIDI data is recalled from each track buffer on a track-by-track basis.

Improved LLM Functionality

  • Removing LLM Output limitation
    • Previously (in PT 10 and PT 11) we forced software monitoring to be disabled when LLM was activated only for record/input enabled tracks that were assigned to physical outputs 1-2. Now this limitation has been removed and software monitoring will be disabled for every record/input enabled track.
    • This improved implementation allows users to take advantage of their monitoring hardware without having to modify their session routing.
  • Allow Sends to persist during LLM
    • Normally when LLM is enabled all plug-ins and sends are bypassed. With this preference we will allow the input signal to go to the sends while still not passing any of the signal from the input to the output.
    • Preferences -> Mixing -> Setup -> Allow Sends to persist during LLM

Increased 9-Pin Track Arming

  • We have extended our support for the Sony P2 9-pin protocol and can now support up to 112 tracks for the following actions.
    • Track Arm
    • Input
    • Mute
    • Solo

See Full Release Notes for bug fixes


Pro Tools 2018.4 Release Notes


The MachineControl iLok license is no longer required to utilize Deck Control and Deck Emulation modes.  This functionality will now be unlocked with the combination of a Pro Tools | Ultimate license and Pro Tools | HDX or Pro Tools | HD Native hardware.  Further information about MachineControl functionality can now be found in the Pro Tools Reference Guide for Pro Tools 2018.4 and later.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a crash when closing Pro Tools after modifying a track preset in the Workspace Browser (PT-239255)
  • Prevented a crash by not allowing playlists to be changed via a key command when a track is frozen (PT-239728)
  • Fixed a crash when setting a new target playlist after the previous one was deleted (PT-239722)
  • Fixed a crash that could occur after copying to a new playlist, switching playlists, and then undoing (PT-239611)
  • Fixed a crash when choosing to automatically find and relink a missing file after importing session data, but match candidates have a different unique ID (PT-239163)
  • Fixed a crash when recalling a track preset on an AOS track during playback (PT-238777 / PT-239165)
  • Fixed an intermittent crash resulting from MIDI Preferences' Default Thru Instrument to “First selected MIDI track”. (PT-214616)


  • Fixed an issue where audio in a fade could still be heard after another clip was moved on top of it. (PT-239832)
  • Fixed an issue where clips are not trimmed correctly when a clip covering the fade out of another clip is trimmed. (PT-239248)


  • Fixed a case where audio would fail to copy or consolidate with Import Session Data (PT-236499)
  • Volume automation can once again be imported from an AAF or OMF (PT-240030)
  • Clip panning in an AAF from Media Composer, that has default pan values, will now translate correctly (PT-236487)


  • Click II now opens with the correct default sounds and also corrects the order of available sounds (PT-236955)


  • Fixed an issue where updating Pro Tools versions on Windows could cause the video engine to fail to load (PT-239810)
  • The “Select Unused” command will once again select unused video clips in the Clip List (PT-239237)
  • Fixed an issue where some videos with a non-standard raster size would display as black in the video window (UME-1417)
  • Video will now properly link if a network or local volume is mounted with the name “Users” (UME-1388)
  • Exporting selected tracks as a new session will no longer force the video window open in the resulting session (PT-239234)
  • Reopening a session that was saved with the video window closed, will no longer open with the video window displayed (PT-208491)

Pro Tools 2018.3 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

Control Surfaces

  • The Pro Tools | S6, and Pro Tools | Control, now use the correct page table for the expand knob and fader assignment (PT-237378)
  • The page table for Dyn3 De-Esser now uses the correct page table on the Pro Tools | S6 Knob Module (PT-233948)
  • The Pro Tools | Control application will now reflect when tracks are hidden from Pro Tools | S6 or Pro Tools (PT-238653)
  • Opt/Alt touching a fader, in flip mode, will once again set the console and Pro Tools fader to its default value (PT-238654)


  • Fixed a crash when cycling clips in a selection and then undoing (PT-237545)
  • Fixed a crash when a deleted committed track is cleared from undo queue (PT-238766)
  • Fixed a crash when recalling track presets to incompatible track types (PT-237573)
  • Fixed a crash when working in a project that has a shared collaborative track at the bottom of the tracks list (PT-237679)
  • Pro Tools will no longer crash on launch if it does not have write permissions to the Pro Tools Preset folder (PT-237679)
  • Brainworx Digital v3 no longer crashes Pro Tools when Mix Window EQ curve is shown (PT-237575)


  • Fixed an issue where cycling clips from another playlist could affect other preceding cycled clips (PT-237546)
  • Increased the speed for promoting clips, in playlist view, when multiple tracks are selected (PT-237406)


  • Fixed an issue where selecting “Do Not Import” for Main Playlist Options, in Import Session Data, did not correctly deselect several Track Data to Import options (PT-237570)


  • Fixed an issue where the HD driver would no longer work on Windows 8.1 (PT-237431)
  • The Pro Tools | HD driver can now be installed if secure boot is enabled on an EFI motherboard (PT-230493)

Key Commands

  • Changed shortcut for retrospective MIDI command to Shift+Option+Z (PT-238631)
  • Fixed an issue where Shift+C did not display 'C' in the Mix window comments field (PT-238699)


  • Notes will now audition when using keyboard shortcuts to trim their velocity (PT-237627)
  • Tab to Transient no longer includes note OFFs (PT-237589)


  • LLM now working with surround monitoring (PT-237594)


  • Version info “2018.R1.0” mentioned on warning dialog when session created in 2018.1.0 is opened in older versions of ProTools which do not have some newer data (Clip Effects, etc.) (PT-237470)
  • Making a horizontal edit-selection across an edit-group is no longer sticky on Hi-Res displays (PT-237713)

For optimal performance and reliability, be sure that your computer or laptop meets the following minimum system requirements.


  • Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.8.5 (only supported below Pro Tools 12.5), 10.9.5 (only supported below Pro Tools 12.8), 10.10.5 (only supported below Pro Tools 12.8.2), 10.11.6, 10.12.6 (only supported with Pro Tools 12.8 and above) or 10.13.2 (Pro Tools 12.8.3 and above).
  • Intel® Core i5 processor
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 or iLok 3 required)
  • USB-port, FireWire-port or Thunderbolt-port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
  • Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools


  • Windows 8/8.1 64-bit (Standard and Pro Editions) or Windows 10 64-bit (Enterprise, Pro, or Home Editions)
  • Intel® Core i5 processor
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 or iLok 3 required)
  • USB-port or FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device
  • Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools

Additional Requirements

  • iLok 2 or iLok 3: Original iLok 1 not supported
    • See the Support section of ilok.com for assistance with iLok License Manager, your iLok account, etc.
  • Audio Drive Requirements: One or more hard disk drives dedicated for audio record and playback
  • Graphics Card: Dedicated graphics card highly recommended
  • Audio File Type & Session Support:
    • Supported: BWF, AIFF, MXF
    • Not Supported: SD2 audio files and Pro Tools 4.x sessions and lower
      • Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher (Mac) will automatically convert SD2 audio files to compatible audio files

ALERT: Pro Tools 12.8.3 supported on macOS 10.13.2 (High Sierra)

  • Pro Tools 12.8.3 is fully qualified for use with macOS 10.13.2 (High Sierra). Users who are running macOS 10.13.1 should update to 10.13.2 before installing Pro Tools 12.8.3 due to installer problems.

ALERT: Pro Tools 12.8.2 and higher not supported with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

  • Users who are running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) should upgrade their OS before updating to Pro Tools 12.8.2 or 12.8.3 due to Graphical artifacts in Pro Tools 12.8.2 on Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite.

ALERT: Windows 7 End of Support

  • Pro Tools 12.8.3 is the last release that will support Windows 7; releases after 12.8.3 will not be tested on Windows 7, and any new bugs that are Windows 7-specific will not be fixed. Please upgrade to Windows 10 before updating to Pro Tools versions past 12.8.3.

ALERT: Windows 10

  • Pro Tools 12.5 added support for Windows 10.
  • Note that there are specific Hardware Buffer limitations for Pro Tools|HDX and HD Native systems on Windows 10:

Pro Tools|HD Native – Avoid these Hardware Buffer settings

  • 44.1k/48k: 32 samples
  • 88.2k/96k: 64 samples
  • 176.4k/192k: 128 samples

Pro Tools|HDX – Avoid these Hardware Buffer settings when using the HP Z420 4-Core and 6-Core workstations:

  • 44.1k/48k: 64 samples
  • 88.2k/96k: 128 samples
  • 176.4k/192k: 256 samples

For additional system requirements, click here.

Pro Tools 2019.6 Release Notes

Last Updated: June 25, 2019
Products Affected: Pro Tools, Pro Tools First, Pro Tools Ultimate


MTRX DigiLink I/O Card Support
Provides interface support for MTRX DigiLink I/O Card

The HEAT software option can now be used with both Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate. Previously, HEAT was only supported with Pro Tools | Ultimate. To learn more about HEAT, go here.

Bug Fixes

Cloud / Collaboration

  • Locally saved Projects will no longer be deleted when using an unstable internet connection. (PT-252067)

Control Surfaces

  • Fixed a Pro Tools crash that may occur after removing VCA spills from the Avid S6 surface. (PT-252119)
  • VCA Bus knobs are once again updating when making adjustments to VCA member tracks. (PT-251990)

Crashes / Errors

  • Fixed a crash that may occur when opening a session on a playback engine device that doesn’t support the selected sample rate. (PT-252206/PT-251803)
  • Fixed a case where sessions created/saved in Pro Tools | Ultimate would crash when opened in Pro Tools software. (PT-252267)

Elastic Audio

  • Fixed a case where some options would not display in the Varispeed Elastic Audio plug-in “Elastic Properties” window. (PT-251842)


  • Fixed a hang that may occur after making an edit when the “Separate Clip On All Related Takes” preference is enabled (PT-251516)
  • Prevented some cases where keystrokes would be dropped immediately after signing into your Avid account. (PT-251515)
  • Fixed a memory leak when linking to files with a very large interleave index. (PT-249986)


  • Fixed a case where the wrong video engine project format is selected when importing a new video file. (PT-252143/PT-251509)


  • A space is once again allowed as a track name when renaming tracks. (PT-252019)
  • The “New Tracks” dialog will no longer appear when using the “New Paths” key command in the IO Setup window for a second consecutive time. (PT-251554)
  • Fixed an issue where solo’d tracks would no longer be heard if soloing multiple times during playback on a non-HDX system with AFL mode enabled. (PT-251511)

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