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Create. Collaborate. Be Heard.

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.

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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
  • 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.

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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

Create music

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)
  • Intel® Core i5 processor (Pro Tools Standard), Intel® Core i7 processor (Pro Tools | Ultimate)
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (incl. one power connection on motherboard), Thunderbolt port for supported PCIe-chassis or HD Native Thunderbolt
  • or USB port, FireWire port or Thunderbolt port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
  • Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools


  • Intel® PC Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions (please find version specific qualifications in the Windows OS Compatibility Grid below)
  • Windows 10 for Workstations supported on Intel® Xeon processor-equipped machines
  • Intel® Core i5 processor (Pro Tools Standard), Intel® i9, or Intel® Xeon processor (Pro Tools | Ultimate)
  • 16GB RAM (32GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection for installation
  • 15GB disk space for installation
  • 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

Additional Requirements

  • Copy Protection: iLok 2, iLok 3 or 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.

ALERT: Windows 10

  • Pro Tools 12.5 added support for Windows 10.

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)

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.

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)

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.

How To Create AAX PlugIns For Pro Tools And Media Composer

With Blue Cat Plug'n Script 3.2 you can export audio and MIDI plug-in creations as AAX plugins, which can be used in Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools.


Get Started Fast with Pro Tools

Get Started Fast with Pro Tools is your manual for creating professional-level sound and music productions—from the first beat to the final mix.


Bang your Drum: A Roundup of Drum Tutorials

These Drum Tutorials start out with creating digital beats in Propellerhead Reason and then we'll showcase a few tutorials about mixing live drums.


Drums Dirt Bus from Andrew Scheps + iZotope Sale Info

Drums Dirt Bus from Andrew Scheps talks about iZotope Trash for creating drum distortion. He creates a pretty interesting tutorial.


Tutorial: How To Sync Final Cut Pro X With Avid Pro Tools

This is an excellent workflow tutorial from Pro Tools Expert. It explains how to sync your sound in FCPX with Pro Tools using Lock Step, a free download.


Burning Question: What are Foley Effects?

This article explains what foley effects are and shows some videos of foley artists in action, plus, some tips on creating your own foley effects for your own sound design. 


What are Audio Compressors and How do I Use Them?

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.


In Depth: Audio Plugins and Formats for Video Professionals

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.


RX Monitor & RX Connect Plug-Ins

This tutorial explains how to streamline the workflow when working with a DAW, like Pro Tools, and the standalone version of RX.


A Beginner’s Guide to Automation in Pro Tools

Joe Albano on Ask.Audio has put together an informative primer on using Automation in Pro Tools.


Pro Tools Tips: Shortcuts For Day-to-Day Session Tasks

Learn how to use the plethora of short cuts in Avid Pro Tools to increase your speed and efficiency.


Adjust Time and Warp Using Elastic Audio in Avid Pro Tools

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.


Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter

Using Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter To Bring Character And Sheen


How To Use iZotope RX to Soften Pick Noise On Acoustic Guitar

We don’t have enough audio tutorials on Tutorial Tuesday, so here’s one. Pro Tools Expert Russ explains the ins and outs of softening pick noise on an acoustic guitar using with RX4.


In Depth: Video Software and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

This article is for motion graphics, vfx, and 3D artists and also video editors. We’re keeping track of issues you might have with your software and with information on how to fix problems.