Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix audio—in the studio or in the cloud, from anywhere.
Create your sound
From doubling your MIDI track counts and providing non-stop workflows, to more virtual instruments and sounds, Pro Tools keeps your creativity flowing. That’s why top artists, musicians, and audio professionals choose it for everything they do. Because when you need to sound your best, nothing delivers like Pro Tools.
Work smarter and faster
When deadlines are looming, Pro Tools offers timesaving tools to streamline your creative workflow. Whether you’re making music or producing soundtracks for picture—on your own or collaboratively with others in the cloud or in the studio—Pro Tools maximizes your efficiency, so you can stay inspired and focused to deliver your best work possible.
Access Pro Tools your way
No matter who you are or what you do, there’s a Pro Tools for you. Get the lowest cost of entry with a subscription. Purchase and own the software outright. Upgrade your sound with a Pro Tools system. Or get started with Pro Tools | First, a free version of Pro Tools. The choice is yours.
Stay current, stay ahead
We strive to make Pro Tools the best creative tool you could ever want. That’s why we release a steady stream of new features and improvements throughout the year to all Pro Tools users with an active subscription or Software Updates + Support Plan (included with new perpetual license purchases). This ensures you always have access to the latest software, plus support whenever you need it.
What’s new in Pro Tools 2019?
From double the MIDI tracks and non-stop audio creation, to new virtual instruments, samples, and sounds, Pro Tools enables you to keep your creativity flowing.
Double your MIDI track count
Pro Tools now supports 1,024 MIDI tracks (up from 512), giving you the freedom to create colossal, richly orchestrated pieces. With a larger palette of instruments and articulations at your disposal, you can spend more time creating and less time stressing on setup workarounds or having to forgo certain articulations. It’s ideal for film scoring and ardent sample library users, where MIDI tracks can quickly run up into the hundreds.
Create more fluidly during playback
With the latest version of Pro Tools, you can now interact with and make updates to tracks and timeline selections during playback without interruption. Freely experiment with different effects, presets, loop points, and more as your music plays on, keeping you in your creative groove.
Create or delete tracks
Enable or disable tracks
Add a preset to a track
Insert, move, or remove plugins
Insert, move, or remove sends
Make changes to your I/O
Adjust start and end points of a loop or timeline selection
Move an entire loop or timeline selection
Name tracks faster
Pro Tools now lets you name new tracks as you create them, providing a new “Name” field in the New Track dialog. This makes it faster and easier to name multiple new tracks in one fell swoop. If you don’t immediately give a new track a name, Pro Tools will automatically create a default name for you, respective of the track type, making it easy to understand what it is if you forget to name one.
Support for macOS Mojave
Over the last few months, our Pro Tools team has been working closely with Apple to optimize Pro Tools 2019 for improved performance and reliability on macOS Mojave. You can now use Pro Tools on any Mac running Apple’s latest OS and enjoy a significant boost in performance. With increased power on hand, you can create and mix with more effects, plugins, and virtual instruments and fewer CPU limitations.
Get easy multiseat licensing
Need Pro Tools for a large post, broadcast, or media education facility? You can purchase a Pro Tools or Pro Tools | Ultimate Multiseat License, which includes the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle—plus HEAT, Pro Tools | MachineControl, and Pro Tools | DigiLink I/O License with all Pro Tools | Ultimate seats. This server-based PACE floating license not only makes administering licenses faster and easier, it reduces licensing complexity and eliminates the need for iLoks across your facility.
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
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, Commit and Bounce
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.
Key features and benefits
Create big, great-sounding mixes
Pro Tools comes with everything you need to create professional-quality music and audio. From powerful recording, MIDI, and score editing tools, to studio-staple sound processors and full mixing automation, Pro Tools is fast and fluid for composing, editing, and mixing big productions with up to 128 audio tracks, 512 instrument tracks, and 1,024 MIDI tracks.
Sound your best
Pro Tools is renowned for its sound, whether you’re tracking through an audio interface or directly to your computer. Hone performances with powerful tools, including loop recording and track playlists, and comp together a flawless performance from multiple passes ( see it in action ). You can even replace mistakes non-destructively with QuickPunch recording.
Collaborate in the cloud
Imagine being able to work on a project with other Pro Tools users online—as if you’re all working together in the same studio. You can with Avid Cloud Collaboration. Work with up to 10 collaborators on a single project. Access projects from anywhere using any Pro Tools-equipped computer. Need more space? Get an Avid Premium Cloud Plan, starting at just $4.99 USD/month.
See how it works
Edit audio with ease
With Pro Tools, you can reshape sounds, fix what’s funky, and edit tracks with ultimate flexibility and precision. Trim clips, edit notes, and add fades with the Smart Tool. Change tempo or timing on the fly with Elastic Time. You can even make bad notes pitch-perfect with Elastic Pitch.
Take hands-on control of your mix
Experience the deepest level of integration when you pair Pro Tools with any EUCON-enabled control surface—including Pro Tools | S6, Pro Tools | S3, Pro Tools | Dock, Pro Tools | Control, and Artist Mix. Speed up recording, editing, and mixing tasks with access to tracks, plugins, and automation control right from the surface. You can even create custom keys to perform practically any Pro Tools function with a single button press.
Mix quickly and creatively
From VCA Masters, Track Freeze, and professional metering, to the unrivaled ability to automate practically every element in your mix, Pro Tools makes the art of mixing music and soundtracks fast and easy. You can even explore alternative versions of a song or soundtrack with Project Revisions. And take remote control from an iPad with the free Pro Tools | Control app.
Fuel your creativity with pro plugins
Polish mixes with a collection of studio-staple effects and sound processing plugins. From high-quality reverbs, EQs, and dynamics, to guitar amp emulators, you have everything you need to shape, enhance, and fine-tune your sound. Want more? Shop the in-app Marketplace—or get every audio plugin we offer* with the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle.
Connect and share your work
Pro Tools makes it easy to share your music and mixes with the masses. With Avid Link integrated into its interface, you can connect with a community of creatives, find collaborators, and promote your work and skills.
Go further with Pro Tools | Ultimate
Need surround sound or immersive audio capabilities and more advanced audio editing and automation tools? Pro Tools | Ultimate is ideal for artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and mixers working in demanding music and audio post-production environments.
Here are some key advantages that Pro Tools | Ultimate offers over Pro Tools:
Create massive mixes with up to 384 simultaneous audio tracks, or up to 768 audio tracks with additional voice packs or a Pro Tools | HDX system with additional cards
Edit and mix multichannel and immersive audio, including 5.1/7.1 surround, Dolby Atmos, and Ambisonics
Get access to the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle, which includes all Pro Series plugins, ReVibe II, Reverb One, Space, Eleven, vintage stompbox effects, and more
Apply real-time EQ and dynamics to a single clip or clip group with Clip Effects
Get timesaving workflows for field recording, re-recording, and (with Pro Tools | HDX) in-the-box dubbing
Edit audio and video with advanced editing tools and support for up to 64 video tracks
Get advanced automation features such as Capture, Automatch, and Preview
Control up to 12 Pro Tools | Ultimate workstations from a single transport with the included Satellite Link
Integrate and control external audio and video devices from Pro Tools with the included Pro Tools | MachineControl
Build up your sound
Fuel your creativity with a wide range of virtual instruments to create the parts you need. Lay down beats with the drum machine and sampler. Create unique instruments and sounds quickly with UVI Falcon. 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.
Get inspired and build up tracks fast
Looking for that perfect beat, orchestral hit, or sonic boom? Soundbase makes it a snap to browse and experiment with loops, samples, and sound effects from your libraries and hear how they sound in context with your tracks. To get you started, Pro Tools comes with over 5 GB of high-quality sound content to wake up mixes and give your projects that sonic edge.
Work with MIDI and notation
Pro Tools works with all MIDI controllers and features a comprehensive MIDI Editor to create richer, more inspired performances—from tweaking notes, layering sounds, and switching up instruments, to adjusting dynamics, timing, and more. It also offers a Score Editor to create and edit music using notation. You can even export sessions to Sibelius for further finessing.
Create and mix audio for post
Work with sound for picture
Pro Tools enables you to play HD video and Avid DNxHD sequences right in the Pro Tools timeline, so you can create and mix stereo soundtracks in sync with the picture. Edit audio clips with timecode precision and position them perfectly in the scene. And clean up tracks and ensure every bit of dialog, music, and sound is heard using plugins and automation.
Record voiceovers and sound effects
Need to record a voiceover for narration, punch in some dialog, or create a sound effect? Pro Tools provides all the tools you need to capture audio with great sound clarity—from automating punch-in recording using pre- and post-roll, to setting up an effects chain with all the necessary EQ and dynamics processing to optimize your sound.
Design sounds and soundscapes
Whether you’re creating sound that defines or defies reality, Pro Tools enables you to sculpt, shape, and transform audio quickly and build up scenes from scratch. Tweak and destroy sounds to create new ones with an army of plugins and Elastic Audio. Trim clips and nudge video frames for precision placement. And quickly adjust gain levels with Clip Gain.
Integrate into post workflows
Need to collaborate with video editors or post-production teams? You can easily share your audio mixes with Media Composer editors by exporting tracks or an entire session as an AAF file. Pro Tools also 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.
* Please note that Avid HEAT and Aphex Aural Exciter and Big Bottom Pro are not included in the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle.
For optimal performance and reliability, be sure that your computer or laptop meets the following minimum system requirements.
Intel® Mac with macOS 10.12.6, 10.13.6, or 10.14.4 (please find version specific qualifications in the macOS Compatibility Grid below; confirm that your other software is compatible with macOS Mojave before upgrading–see this article for more information)
PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (incl. one power connection on motherboard)
or USB-port, FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device
Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools
Copy Protection: iLok 2, iLok 3or iLok Cloud. (Note: Original iLok 1 not supported)
Audio Drive Requirements: One or more hard disk drives dedicated for audio record and playback.
Audio drives should be formatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac or NTFS for Windows
When daisy-chaining a Thunderbolt drive and expansion chassis, the drive should be placed at the end of the chain
Graphics Card: Dedicated graphics card highly recommended for desktop workstations.
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: Windows 7 End of Support
Pro Tools 12.8.3 was 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.
Video Engine Supports Higher Frame Rates and Raster Sizes
The Avid Video Engine (AVE) expands frame rate and raster dimension capabilities (up to 4k and 60 fps). The ‘I/O’ column of the video track will now have independent “engine settings” for both frame rate and raster size. This will be set automatically depending on the attributes of the imported file or AAF sequence.
Dolby Audio Bridge Support for 130 Outputs (Pro Tools Ultimate only)
Pro Tools now supports 130 outputs via Core Audio when used in conjunction with the Dolby Atmos Production Suite and the Dolby Audio Bridge. 128 channels can be used for beds and objects, while the additional 2 may be used for sending LTC. This streamlines setup procedures and helps facilitate the use of Dolby Atmos tools in a self-contained local environment. It also allows for accurate Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC), as well as easier session interchange between Pro Tools systems working with the Dolby Cinema RMU or Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite.
Multi-Stem Bounce in a Single File (Pro Tools Ultimate only)
For localization (dub) mixes, Netflix requires a 5.1 and Stereo (LoRo) deliverable in a single file. This has historically been accomplished by dragging these two stem formats onto a single 7.1 track before exporting.
You may now export multiple stems into a single Wave file. When BWF (.WAV) is selected as the File Type, Interleaved is the File Format, and multiple Bounce Source stems are used, a new Delivery Format selector will appear.
The Delivery Format selector has two options:
File Per Bounce Source
This is the legacy option and will result in a single file for each Bounce Source.
This is the new functionality.
The stems will be embedded in a single Wave file in the order they are listed in the bounce source section of the bounce window.
The resulting file will have each stem in WavEXT channel order, with an additional iXML stem/channel definition embedded in the file. When Pro Tools imports one of these files, it will stay as a single interleaved file, as long as the channel count is below 32, otherwise it will be split into mono files. In all cases, the stems will be represented in the clip list as their own autonomous multi-channel clip, just as if they were each their own file.
Steep Breakpoint Smoothing Time Preference
The Steep Breakpoint Smoothing Time preference (Preferences > Mixing) lets you set a minimum delay time in milliseconds to help avoid pops or clicks due to abrupt changes in volume or pan automation.
If there are any automation breakpoints with large value differences that are extremely close together, this preferences applies a slight delay between those breakpoints to smooth the audio ramp between them.
The default value of 0 applies no delay between breakpoints.
Every increment of 1 adds a minimum delay in milliseconds to reading any automation breakpoints that are closer together than the specified value.
Breakpoints that are already separated by at least the specified amount are not affected.
Scan Audio Files for Irregularities
A new command called, ‘Scan Audio Files for Irregularities’ has been added to the contextual menu(s) available for Workspace selections that include audio files or folders.
The command is also available for the current Session and its Audio Files.
The scan will look for the following corrupt files and irregularities:
File header size that doesn’t match file size.
Chunk chains that don’t proceed linearly.
Chunk sizes / offsets that point outside file bounds.
Suspected invalid chunks – chunk ID’s with non-alphanumeric or space characters.
After the scan is complete, any irregularities found will be reported. A more detailed report can be generated from the dialog.
AAF Import Option to Exclude Non-Timeline Related Clips
A new option when importing an AAF, ‘Only Include Clips on Timeline’, has been added to the Import Session Data Window.
An AAF often contains clip information referencing all channels related to a multi-channel clip/file even if not all channels are on the timeline. This can be useful if you are on the same shared storage environment with the video editor if they have decided not to include the alternate channels in the edit. However, this can result in missing files if users don’t work in a shared storage environment. This is because when an AAF is exported from Media Composer, the timeline contents are copied to a folder, but the AAF is still aware of the alternate channels.
The ‘Only Include Clips on Timeline’ checkbox will prevent missing files for those that don’t work directly on a shared storage environment with the video editors.
SMPTE ID Support for Wave Files
Pro Tools will now generate and read the SMPTE ID in Wave files. This will ensure more uniqueness when generating file IDs, as well as improve interop with Media Composer, which has been generating SMPTE IDs since version 2018.2.
Cut All Automation Key Command
A new key command as added to cut all automation.
Alt+Shift+X (Windows OS)
Customer Care Improvements
Pro Tools now saves video logs alongside audio (Digitrace) logs.
It is now possible to save logs and reset logging from the Pro Tools Preferences>Operations pane. This should only be done when directed by Customer Care.
MTRX DigiLink I/O Card
The number corresponding to the installed MTRX card slot is now displayed in Pro Tools (Hardware Setup and I/O Setup) for any attached DigiLink I/O Cards.
DigiLink Port 1 and Port 2 information now appear in Pro Tools for both DigiLink Main and DigiLink I/O Card connections.
‘MTRX 32×32’ and ‘DigiLink Card’ DigiLink modes are now both available for DigiLink I/O Cards in DADman.
Note: ‘MTRX 32×32’ mode should only be selected when using Pro Tools 2019.5 and earlier.
These improvements require DADman 5.3.4 b5 or later and MTRX Firmware 126.96.36.199 or later.
Fixed an issue where Pro Tools would miss transport commands from Soundmaster if commands were issued in quick succession. (PT-244045)
The track enable/disable state is now respected when receiving an AAF from Media Composer. (PT-253814)
Fixed an issue where some AAF’s would fail to export with an “unexpected error” if clips landed on a specific sample position. (PT-250035)
30fps is now an available option when exporting an AAF from Pro Tools. (PT-250031)
Audio-only 100 fps (and higher) AAF’s, created in Media Composer, will now import into Pro Tools. (PT-245210)
Added a checkbox in Import Session Data to “Only Include Clips on Timeline.” This will prevent certain cases where many offline clips will be seen after import. See the Pro Tools Reference Guide for further details. (PT-244513)
Clips that were muted in Media Composer now come across properly muted in Pro Tools via an AAF, instead of missing. (PT-243588)
Fixed a case where a missing file from an AAF import could not be linked by “Find By File ID,” even though the ID matched. (PT-251492)
Enabled reading/writing of SMPTE ID’s in .wav files. This helps files relink more reliably when importing AAF’s that contain both a unique ID and SMPTE ID. SMPTE ID’s can also workaround any problems with duplicate or missing unique ID’s. (PT-249146)
It is now possible to delete inputs, outputs, busses, and inserts in the IO Setup using Voice Over. (PT-248970)
Coalescing Clip Gain to Volume and vice versa with extreme settings, is now accurately processed. (PT-250335/PT-214084)
Fixed a bug where automation would not move when the Song Start was moved. (PT-250022)
Fixed a bug where erroneous automation break points appeared when using Repeat to Fill Selection. (PT-249621)
Fixed a bug where local project files could be incorrectly deleted when signing out and back in. (PT-253729)
Adding/Removing inserts from a EUCON surface will once again affect the correct insert slot in Pro Tools. (PT-255748)
When the S6 option for “Edit Selection Move Up/Down” is ON, moving an edit selection up and down (using the P/; keys) will now attention a track regardless of the “Link Track and Edit Selection” state in Pro Tools. (PT-255578)
Crashes and Errors
Fixed a crash when encountering some AAF’s when indexing from the workspace. (PT-250036)
Prevented a crash that could occur when importing several AAF’s. (PT-229388/PT-245127)
Fixed several cases where disabling and re-enabling the video engine would cause a crash. (PT-250065/PT-250060)
Pro Tools no longer crashes on launch (on Windows 10) if ASIO4All is the playback engine and a Black Magic device is present on the system. (PT-244170)
Pro Tools will no longer crash in certain cases when video hardware is enabled, and the video engine is turned off from the Playback Engine. (PT-248038)
Fixed a crash that may occur when browsing the Workspace while many video clips are on the timeline. (PT-245160)
Fixed a crash when Importing Session Data from a session that contains busses from a session that has the same internal bus ID’s, and name, as the destination session, but a different channel format. This could result from creating sessions from a template and changing the format in the template at a later time. (PT-252944)
Fixed a crash that occasionally occur on projects after tracks are deleted. (PT-238792)
Fixed a bug where Pro Tools fails its first launch after installation under certain conditions. (PT-241522)
Fixed a crash that can occur when dragging and dropping clips. (PT-244813)
Fixed some cases where Pro Tools would crash when attempting to quit during launch. (PT-246129)
Fixed a crash that would occur when importing session data and overlaying tracks when layered editing was enabled. (PT-250864)
Fixed a crash that occurred after any edit action over a clip with specific characters in the name (PT-253576)
Fixed a crash that occurred after a new track name creation attempt (PT-250760)
Removed a crash when assigning a target playlist after matching tracks in the Import Session Dialog (PT-250437)
Fixed an intermittent issue where audio re-recorded (printed) from one track to another track would not be properly delay compensated. (PT-255310)
Dolby Atmos Workflows
When Recorder system has “Link Object and Audio Recording” enabled and Input monitoring is disabled, track breakpoint changes are now properly updated. (PT-251157)
Height pan automation is now punching correctly from automation preview mode. (PT-249666)
Unmapping an object in IO Setup, that is in use in the session, will now warn the user that it can remove pan automation from the track. (PT-251759)
Pressing the Default button in IO Setup, with the “Use Atmos Render” option, will no longer create subpaths for outputs, which resulted in redundant subpaths. (PT-253521)
Dolby ADM imports into 29.97 and 30 fps sessions will no longer be offset by approximately 280 samples. (PT-245456)
Clip Gain data will be pasted at the edit selection start point instead of the clicked location, when pasting via the right-click menu. (PT-242664)
Control-dragging with the Zoomer tool is now smoother and easier to control. (PT-252937)
Fixed a bug where repositioning a fade on a clip, after that clip has been moved in the timeline, can overwrite automation. (PT-241025)
Trimming a clip with the View menu Clip > Transparency option off no longer makes the clip invisible. (PT-251455)
Elastic Audio’s effect on audio is now more deterministic when there are no analysis markers. (PT-226822)
Sound Devices Scorpio will now import a single 36 channel file as a single clip. (PT-251382)
Importing interleaved files that are greater than 32 channels into an interleaved session will no longer encounter a -9401 error. Instead, if will split the file into mono files. (PT-251381)
Import Session Data will now remember last used Audio/Video Media Options settings. (PT-247061)
It is now possible to hover over track names in the Import Session Data Window. A tooltip will display the full track name. (PT-253617)
Markers can now be imported via import session data and maintain their absolute position. (PT-255149)
Markers are now imported to the correct location when the source and target sessions have different start times. (PT-216386)
Import Session Data from a session with an earlier session start, and choosing to “Adjust Session Start Time to Match Source Start Time,” will no longer adjust content in the destination session. (PT-254593)
“Adjust Session Start Time to Match Source Start Time” is no longer allowed if the source session start is later than the destination session. This prevents unexpected problems. (PT-254590)
Users are now informed about the use of the “Adjust Session Start Time to Match Source Start Time” if the session start is earlier than the destination. (PT-252405)
Importing session data with only audio tracks, from a session with a different TC rate than destination session, no longer causes an unwelcome change in video project type. (PT-253013)
“Offset incoming tracks by” now defaults to 0|0|000 instead 1|1|000 in the Import Session Data Window. (PT-251258)
Using Import Session Dialog with any element selected in Track Data to Import no longer causes removal of Target Playlist (PT-253134)
Pro Tools no longer deletes alternate playlists on destination track when using Import Session Dialog with Match track option (PT-251179)
Importing track presets that contain only automation will now extend the session length to accommodate any new material. (PT-249612)
OMF files from Adobe Premier will no longer become corrupt on import. (PT-244208)
Converting MultiStem file on import in an interleaved Session no longer causes Assertion Error (PT-255489)
Fixed an issue where Cross Fade or Fade to End for every clip was lost after Import Session Dialog if Layered Editing enabled (PT-254836)
Fixed an issue where some small channel count files would come in with a much larger channel count because of a false metadata value in the file. (PT-250755)
Removed an assertion when bringing in an audio file larger than eight channels using drag and drop (PT-207299)
Fixed inconsistencies with how certain stem formats were displayed in the Clip List on second import (PT-252085)
Toggling MIDI Merge during recording no longer deletes previously recorded MIDI notes. (PT-251940)
Fixed a bug where MIDI events could not be added into a clip at the beginning of the session. (PT-250778)
Fixed a bug where MIDI clips could not be trimmed. (PT-250777)
Fixed a bug where dragging the length of a MIDI note would cause glitches in CC data. (PT-250749)
Fixed a bug where the velocity value in the Event Operations dialog erroneously affected the shortcuts for increasing and decreasing MIDI velocity (Command+up/down). (PT-250680)
In the MIDI Editors, Command+clicking the pencil icon in the Tracks list will now correctly add/remove it. (PT-244798)
Using left/right arrows will now correctly move between fields in the MIDI Event List Window when creating a new event. (PT-242872)
Drawing velocities across clips will no longer reveal notes that are outside of the clip boundaries. (PT-239724)
Left/Right arrow keys will now correctly select and audition notes that are contained in an edit selection. (PT-238742)
Fixed a case where sessions on native systems with a large number of voices could result in no audio output on some tracks. (PT-254179)
Fixed a case where changing the Hardware Buffer Size during high CPU usage could result in a SWOD. (PT-249921)
Fixed a case where using a Hardware Buffer Size of 32 with Eucontrol running could result in -6101 errors. (PT-248711)
Using a key command to start/stop record/playback passes, such as F12 or Num Pad 3, is more responsive. (PT-208234)
Inserting Time performance has improved. (PT-253828/PT-255965)
Selecting/nudging clip performance has increased. (PT-253826/PT-255964)
Performance has increased when individually adding tracks to a session with high track counts. (PT-253827)
Improved transport responsiveness when filling disk cache and stopping/starting play quickly. (PT-251517)
Removed slow down when editing audio with high Alternate playlists counts and in Playlist View (PT-244304)
Fixed a bug where an audio track would not play if session had over a certain amount of plug-ins (native) (PT-225280)
Eliminated the SWOD after unlocking security screensaver with a Pro Tools session open (PT-252611)
Removed a SWOD caused by how Pro Tools behaves when mounting volumes (PT-251558)
Time Machine Backup no longer causes Pro Tools to SWOD (PT-247868)
Removed a five to ten second lag when editing large numbers of clips (PT-241228)
Fixed a SWOD that might occur when clicking/holding menu items. (PT-253345)
Removed a SWOD affecting NAS or Cloud Drive folders caused by Time Machine backups (PT-251529)
Fixed an issue that caused SWODs or major slowdown when clicking on track names, all mutes, etc in a session with many of grouped small clips (PT-254822)
Clip color now follows when copying to target playlist from the first playlist (PT-252395)
Removed a crash that occurred while undoing “select playlist” command after ISD (PT-252253)
Fixed a crash caused by combinations of Target Playlist, Save Session, Close Session, and Open Session (PT-251646)
Playlist soloing no longer hangs with high playlist count (PT-244229)
Files exported from Melodyne into Pro Tools are no longer replaced with their original, unedited versions after saving and relaunching the session (PT-250825)
Routing and I/O Setup
Fixed an issue where audio may become routed incorrectly when disabling/re-enabling a sub-path in IO Setup on a Non-HDX system. (PT-253506)
Improved Satellite Stability when issuing frequent play/stop commands. Especially common in a multiple operator environment. (PT-243286/PT-253328)
Video window on a satellite now displays the frame at the end of a selection when making the selection via Shift+Tab. (PT-250197)
Satellite systems now stop in sync more consistently when using Center Playhead scrolling. (PT-248957)
Satellite link playback no longer fails on the first attempt after launch. (PT-248250)
Rejoining playback in large satellite configurations will no longer lead to satellite network instability. (PT-243473)
Fixed instability in the satellite network if one of the machines encountered an unexpected error or crashed. (PT-243190)
Pro Tools no longer complains of an incorrect video reference rate when linked to a Media Composer Video Satellite that contains a larger than HD sequence. (PT-233603)
When renaming a Track Preset, the file extension is no longer included in the automatic selection (PT-254588)
Fixed a case when there were missing PNG’s for the Synchronization page of the Peripherals window. (PT-248085)
Altering the “Current Feet+Frame Position” will no longer cause an offset of the grid lines in the Edit Window. (PT-254159)
Non-english text alignment no longer cutoffs “Bit-Depth” text in Track Bounce window (PT-255591)
Fixed Type Ahead Search Popover position if opened on a Hi-Res second monitor (PT-241300)
Importing DNxHR MXF video media from Adobe Premiere no longer encounters a missing codec error. (UME-1406)
1080p59.94 MXF video will now import via an AAF. (PT-250334)
60fps and higher MXF video files, that are referenced by an AAF, will now import. (PT-247962)
A codec error is no longer seen when dragging a video file onto the timeline that’s a different frame than the existing file in the session, and then choosing to “Remove existing video clips”. (PT-245094)
Load time performance has improved for sessions with many video files. (PT-246464)
Windows Configurations once again save the video window size/position, including the full screen setting. (PT-252125/PT-254347)
Zoom Toggle now ignores video tracks. (PT-250121)
The video project type (engine settings) will no longer get stuck after disabling/re-enabling the video engine and importing a file of a different frame rate/raster. (UME-1519)
The video window will now stay on the appropriate monitor when the size is changed from the right-click menu on a HiDPI display. (UME-1486)
Video will no longer display black at the beginning of a loop if a pre-roll is on and video sync offset is set higher than 0. (UME-1481)
“Video file and its associated clips were removed” is no longer seen when importing 1080i50 AVCI MXF from an AAF or Interplay. (UME-1463)
A codec error is no longer seen when attempting to import AVCI MXF media. (UME-1389)
Fixed many cases where Pro Tools would complain that the “video engine was unable to stop.” This may have resulted from general performance reasons or if the disk is too slow. (UME-1458/PT-239362/PT-226682/PT-215967)
There is now a proper warning that a video file cannot be imported if there is an illegal character in the path name. (UME-1457)
Video files with a width of 1440 pixels (Thin Raster) are now drawn with a width of 1920. (UME-1439/PT-251457)
Fixed an issue where some MP4 and H.246 .mov files would not import because of a missing codec error. (UME-1370/UME-1424)
The last explicitly set frames vs block view is now be remembered for all future imports and track creations. (PT-254216)
Improved performance with various H.264 video files. (PT-251473)
Fixed a case where MXF video would allow import but then show as missing when reopening the session. (PT-246568)
Improved session responsiveness when working with many video clips on the timeline. (PT-245985)
Attempting to play immediately after a bounce operation will no longer cause video engine error messages. (PT-236981)
Fixed an issue where Pro Tools would intermittently complain of a missing codec upon reopening a session. (PT-236807)
Fixed an issue with poor video performance when using Blackmagic driver 10.11.3 and up on Windows OS. (UME-1479)
The “More Info” button now properly searches for error codes on the Avid knowledge base. (PT-254133)
Hitting the Esc key will now cancel a Session Start change if a dialog requests that the user chooses to maintain relative or absolute positions. (PT-253934)
It is now possible to adjust the session start by an absolute value if there are tick based tracks on the timeline with no content preceding the start adjustment. (PT-217498)
Added an extra protection so that the SYNC HD would throw an error in the unexpected case where the SYNC HD did not start on a frame boundary when it’s locked to video reference. (PT-226820)
Pressing the cancel button, or Esc key, in the “Shift…” window will no longer remember setting changes the next time the window is opened. (PT-255733)
Pro Tools will no longer get stuck ‘Waiting for the Video Engine to Quit’ after an HDX firmware update. (PT-250325)
The Clock Source menu in the Hardware Setup window displays correctly when the Clock Source in the Session Setup is set to SYNC HD. (PT-251237)
HDX and HD Native devices remain available in Core Audio when Pro Tools is using a non-HD Playback Engine device (PT-249619)
Updated the URL for the More Info button on the error window for, “Pro Tools hardware is either not installed or used by another program.” (PT-253518)
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.
Cloud / Collaboration
Locally saved Projects will no longer be deleted when using an unstable internet connection. (PT-252067)
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)
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)
Pro Tools 2019.5 Release Notes
1,024 MIDI track support
continuous playback improvements
batch track naming
Pro Tools Multiseat Network Site Licensing option
Pro Tools | Ultimate 2019.5 Release Notes
384 voice/audio track support in the base software
increase counts up to 768 voices natively with optional Pro Tools | Ultimate Voice Packs
1,024 MIDI track support
continuous playback improvement
batch track naming
Pro Tools | Ultimate Multiseat Network Site Licensing option
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.
Hold Ctrl + click (Mac) or Start + click (Win) in the following menus to select multiple items without closing the menu:
IO Setup > Bus > Mapping to Output (added in 2018.1)
Clips List > Show
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
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
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:
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)
Maintains the current Edit selection start time but reduced its duration by half.
Command + Option + Control + Shift + L
Control + Alt + Start + Shift + L
Maintains the current Edit selection start time and doubles its duration.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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.
Learn about types of compression; terminologies like attack and release, limiting, and compression ratio; compression in vocals and voiceovers; and third-party compression plug-ins. This is an overview, so there’s a lot that isn’t covered here, but this will hopefully give you some background for further exploration.
You may think of Toolfarm as a place for just visual effects plug-ins and video tools, but we also know a bit about audio plug-ins. Did you know that many NLEs support audio plug-ins? This is a guide that explains the difference between Native and DSP-based plug-ins. Find out which format works with your system, whether you’re using ProTools, Cubase, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Vegas or Final Cut Pro X.
Pro Tools’ Elastic Audio features powerful warping and time flexibility algorithms when editing rhythmic parts, dialogue and ADR. In this tutorial Matt Hibbard from Premium Beat walks us through the keyboard symbols, techniques and functions with their relationship to warping techniques in Avid’s Pro Tools.