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Avid 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.

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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 Avid 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.

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Pro Tools Comparison Chart

 Pro Tools | FirstPro ToolsPro Tools Ultimate
Key Features
Simultaneous voices/tracks
(@ 48 kHz/96 kHz/192 kHz)
Base software
Maximum inputs
(hardware dependent)
MIDI tracks
Instrument tracks
Auxiliary tracks
Video tracks
Included plugins
Included sounds
3.1 GB
5.4 GB
5.4 GB
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent)
32-bit, 96 kHz
32-bit, 192 kHz
32-bit, 192 kHz
* Get access to the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle (a $49.99 USD/year value), HEAT (a $495 value), UVI Falcon (a $349 value), Celemony Melodyne 5 essential (a $99 value), and 3 months of Auto-Tune Unlimited. Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate perpetual licenses with an active 1-Year Software Updates & Support Plan get access to 115 plugins (HEAT not included).
Create, Edit, Produce
Automatic plugin delay compensation
Nondestructive editing
Elastic audio
Retrospective MIDI recording
Track Presets
Time signature changes
MIDI Editor
Sibelius Score Editor
Loop record track comping
Beat detective
Input monitoring
In-the-box dubbing

(Requires HDX)
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch
Advanced audio editing
Field recorder workflows
Mix, Master, Deliver
Supported plugin formats
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Automate volume, pans, sends, solo, mute, plugin parameters, and more
Offline bounce
Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce
Freeze Only
Clip FX
Playback Only
Clip Gain
Variable stereo pan depths
Advanced metering with gain reduction
Timecode ruler
VCA mixing
Solo bus AFL/PFL
AAX DSP support
Surround mixing
Dolby Atmos mixing
ADM Export—NEW!
Ambisonics VR mixing
Advanced automation
Single file multi-stem bounce
Netflix Post Technology Alliance participant
Light and Dark themes—NEW!
Ableton Link Support
Folder Tracks
Space Clips—NEW!
Revision history
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange
Batch renaming
Full import session data
Extended RAM/Disk Cache
Satellite Link
Video tracks
Avid Video Engine
4K/UHD support
Advanced video editing
Collaborate and Connect
Cloud collaboration
Cloud storage
1 GB
Number of cloud projects
Selective project sync
Requires Cloud Plan
Compatible Hardware
Pro Tools | Carbon
Pro Tools | HDX
Pro Tools | HD Native
Pro Tools | MTRX
Pro Tools | MTRX Studio
Pro Tools | HD I/O
Pro Tools | HD OMNI
Pro Tools | HD MADI
Pro Tools | SYNC HD
Core Audio compatible interfaces
ASIO compatible interfaces
Avid Control (free mobile app)
Artist Mix
Avid Dock
Avid S1
Avid S3
Avid S4
Avid S6
HUI-compatible control surfaces
Avid Artist | DNxIQ
Avid Artist | DNxIV
Avid Artist | DNxIP
Avid Artist | DNxID


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

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.


  • macOS Catalina (10.15.7), macOS Mojave (10.14.6), and High Sierra (10.13.6)

⚠️ ALERT: macOS Catalina 10.15.4 is NOT supported ⚠️*

ALERT: New Apple Mac Pro is now supported with Pro Tools 

⚠️Plug-in support in Pro Tools on macOS Catalina ⚠️

⚠️File type support in Pro Tools on macOS Catalina ⚠️

  • Pro Tools – Intel® Core i5 processor
  • Pro Tools | Ultimate – Intel® Core i5 (specific models only) or Intel® Core i7 processor
  • 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 the motherboard), Thunderbolt port for supported PCIe-chassis or HD Native Thunderbolt
  • A USB port, FireWire port or Thunderbolt port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
  • Pro Tools Ultimate requires a Pro Tools DigiLink I/O license to access HD hardware. For more information see this article.

*Avid has recently become aware of an issue that may affect certain machines running Pro Tools 2019.12 or later on macOS 10.15.4. When recording or playing back audio, the OS may lock up and require a hard reboot. Avid has found that Thunderbolt 2 spinning disk drives are more susceptible to this issue.  Avid is working closely with Apple to resolve this issue with high priority. Until further notice, Avid recommends that you continue to run Pro Tools on macOS 10.15.3, and refrain from installing macOS 10.15.4. Thank you for your patience.

Before updating to macOS Catalina or purchasing a new Mac (which might require macOS Catalina) please visit these support pages so you can then decide whether your system and workflow are fully compatible:


  • Windows 10 64-bit build 1909
  • Pro Tools – Intel® Core i5 processor
  • Pro Tools | Ultimate – Intel® Core i9 or Intel® Xeon processor
  • 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 the motherboard)
  • USB-port, FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device
  • Compatible NVIDIA graphics card (see machine-specific Slot Order & Configuration pages linked below for tested NVIDIA card models)
  • Pro Tools | Ultimate requires a Pro Tools DigiLink I/O license to access HD hardware. For more information see this article.

Pro Tools 2019.12 brings support for Windows 10 (release 1909).

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 to 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.

Avid Installation Notes/Videos


Pro Tools 2020.12 Release Notes


Audio to MIDI Copy From Finder/Workspace

It is now possible to initiate an Audio to MIDI operation by dragging and dropping an Audio file from the operating system or Workspace Browser onto an instrument or MIDI track in the Pro Tools timeline.

Satellite Administration From Pro Tools Ultimate Software

Pro Tools Ultimate software can now administer one Pro Tools or Media Composer Video Satellite system, allowing video playback to be offloaded to a separate system, even when HD hardware is not present.  This allows Satellite Link to function when Pro Tools Ultimate is used with Dolby Audio Bridge, Pro Tools | Carbon, or any other playback engine device.

Generate ADM BWF Report

Generate a report from within the Bounce Mix window to see exactly which beds and objects will be included in the bounce ADM BWF.

Pro Tools | Carbon

Track presets for Pro Tools | Carbon recording workflows are now included for: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, and Talkback.

Bug Fixes

Audio to MIDI

Consolidate’ is no longer always enabled in the Audio to MIDI dialog when performing a MIDI extraction from the clip list (PT-268025)
Fixed an assertion that resulted when performing an Audio to MIDI operation from the clips list if the clip was missing (PT-267582)
The last used Conversion Type algorithm choice is now remembered in the Audio to MIDI dialog (PT-267469)
MIDI notes are no longer dropped when extracted from a tick-based clip group and the song start was different than default (PT-267172)
Audio to Midi conversion is now correct if there was a tempo change when initiated from a sample based clip group (PT-266864)

Control Surfaces

The “Update Window Config” soft key will now properly update the Pro Tools Windows Configurations (PT-268104)
EQ/Dyn cycling no longer puts knobs and switches out of sync with the active insert (PT-267216)

Crashes and Errors

Right-clicking on a MIDI clip in the Clip List that is part of a mixed-type clip group will no longer cause a crash (PT-267500)
Fixed a crash when dragging a mixed-type clip group to the timeline from the operating system or the Workspace Browser (PT-267499)
Importing Session Data from an ADM BWF file will no longer crash Pro Tools if there is an IAB MXF file in the same folder (PT-248710)
Clicking on “Choose A Profile” option in the “Machine Track Arming Profiles” window will no longer crash Pro Tools on macOS (PT-267465)

Dolby Atmos Workflows

Object Control Mode must now be set to Master on at least one object track in order for the object to be included in the ADM BWF bounce (PT-267351)
Defaulting the I/O setup with “Use Dolby Atmos Renderer” selected will once again default outputs in SMPTE order (PT-267198)
Importing an ADM file will now result in a SMPTE order output IO Setup (PT-267976)
An extraneous Session Notes warning will no longer be presented, after importing session data, if an object results in being mapped to the same renderer input as the source session or ADM file (PT-268065)
Improved round trip pan breakpoint accuracy with ADM BWF files by now including the original breakpoints in the bounce, as well as the breakpoints required for the renderer to decode and playback accurately (PT-267405)
There is now a Cancel button available during ADM BWF import (PT-267640)
Fixed an issue that would cause the Bed / Object Group window to become stuck on Windows OS (PT-267215)
Entering ‘localhost’ in the Peripherals Dolby Atmos RMU Host section will no longer be case sensitive when used in conjunction with Dolby Audio Bridge (PT-258935)


Fixed an issue where video tracks were being seperated from clip groups if there were mixed timebases present (PT-266795)


Sample Rate and Bit Depth settings are now respected when using the Bounce Mix Window to MOV (UME-1613)
DNxHR is no longer listed as an available codec option for 1080i/p and 720p rasters, as it is redundant functionality with DNxHD (PT-268008)
DNxHD and DNxHR compression settings now have more descriptive text (PT-268008)
720p MOV files created with the Bounce Mix window can now be created (PT-267517)
The Bounce Mix window now defaults the sample rate and bit depth to the session values when used for the first time in a new session (PT-267498)
New location options have been added to the previous Bounce QuickTime window (PT-267317)
Fixed a case where bounce to MOV would intermittently fail when using the Bounce Mix window (PT-267316)
Improved spacing in the Bounce Mix UI to better accommodate multiple languages  (PT-267219)
Improved Bit Rate slider granularity in the Bounce Mix window when bouncing to MOV H.264 (PT-266825)


It is once again possible to import an MP4 with multiple audio tracks (PT-267352)
Fixed an issue when importing video files that contain multiple audio stems.  If one of those stems was a mono channel, it would force the rest of the multi-channel audio stems to import onto individual mono tracks.  This is no longer the case. (PT-267063)
“Import Audio From Movie” Clip List command will now function on macOS Catalina (and above), as well as with Windows when QuickTime is not installed (PT-266823)


MIDI clips now report the correct usage when clearing them after they had been removed from the timeline and the undo queue (PT-267266)
Fixed a UI defect with how borders are drawn when dragging a clip from the clips list to the MIDI editor (PT-266777)


Favorite plug-ins no longer disappear from the menu after opening sessions with a different sample rate (PT-265708)

Pro Tools | Carbon

Aux Input or Routing Folder tracks receiving audio from a DSP Mode-enabled track (with a live hardware input) are now in low latency. (PT-267999)
Audio output is no longer lost when deleting a DSP Mode-enabled track during playback (PT-268273)
Fixed a case with a small sample offset when performing online Bounce Mix with DSP Mode-enabled tracks assigned to the same output as the Audition Path. (PT-267471)
Fixed a crash when opening a session containing an active DSP plugin with an assigned key input. (PT-267383)
Fixed a case where Pro Tools would lock up (SWOD) with heavy automation on DSP Mode-enabled track when playback is stopped. (PT-266683)
Fixed a case where a DSP Mode-enabled Master Fader track would not properly route audio playing back from disk. (PT-267361)
Fixed cases where Bounce Mix or Commit of DSP Mode-enabled tracks with Hardware Inserts could result in sample offsets. (PT-267191 / PT-267176)
Fixed a case where online Bounce Mix via MON L-R could result in a small sample offset when Alt monitors and headphone mirroring are enabled. (PT-266722)
Fixed a crash when enabling DSP Mode on a track with inactive output, no available DSP resources, and AFL/PFL path assigned to LINE or ADAT output. (PT-267176)
There is no longer an audio interruption when the warning dialog appears after enabling DSP Mode on tracks with Native-only plugins. (PT-267126)
The correct metering level is now displayed on Master Fader tracks after enabling DSP Mode during playback. (PT-264514)
The “Enable DSP Mode when Tracks with Hardware Inputs are Record-Armed/Input-Enabled” preference state is now recalled properly after relaunching Pro Tools. (PT-262209)
Fixed a case where Carbon firmware could crash when powered on with an external clock source connected. (PT-267486)
Carbon now correctly locks to word clock when sample rate in Audio MIDI Setup is changed to a matching incoming rate. (PT-267190)
HP chiclet text when Main is unchecked in the Hardware setup is now more visible (Dark Mode UI theme). (PT-267648)
Instructional text when a Carbon device is disabled in the Playback Engine is now translated. (PT-267041)

Routing and I/O Setup

When reopening a session, Input-enabled state is now properly recalled for tracks receiving signal for Auxillary Output Stem (AOS) plugins. (PT-267130)
Fixed an issue that caused repeated dialogs, which were not dismissible in bulk, when Option+clicking the Mapping to Output checkbox when outputs were not available (PT-264668)


Position and Divergence text are now positioned correctly in the surround panner UI (PT-266025)


The error message “Unable to create index for editor slide files” will no longer be seen, which prevented the video engine from initializing on a non-admin macOS account if the video engine had not first been initialized on an admin account (PT-259891)

Pro Tools 2020.11 Release Notes


Pro Tools | Carbon

Support for the initial release of Pro Tools | Carbon audio interface. For product information, go to www.avid.com/carbon

Dark Theme

Pro Tools has a “Dark” UI Theme in addition to the previous lighter colored look which is now called “Classic”. The “Dark” UI with its modern design, is now the default look for Pro Tools, but the theme can be switched in Pro Tools Preferences > Display based on work environment or personal preference. Note that there is no difference in Pro Tools functionality between the two available UI Themes.

Audio to MIDI

We have integrated Melodyne from Celemony into Pro Tools to provide the ability to convert audio to MIDI. Pro Tools analyzes selected audio and converts pitches to MIDI notes and amplitude to velocities. This can be achieved by dragging and dropping an audio clip onto a MIDI or Instrument track, using a new command found in the track menu, or using special clipboard commands in the audio track’s contextual menu(s).

Melodyne must be installed and activated for this feature to work.

Melodyne Essential

We are now including Melodyne Essentials for all active Pro Tools customers. Read the Licensing Melodyne essentials KB for activation instructions.

Space Clips

Space Clips is a new batch command that inserts a user-specified amount of space between selected clips on the timeline. This allows you to quickly space out a large number of clips by the desired amount in any time scale.

This feature was originally designed to vastly speed up certain game audio workflows that dealt with a huge number of clips, but can also be used in sound design, dialog editing, mastering, sample library creation, and music.

Bounce Mix Window

The “Bounce to Disk” window has been replaced by a single “Bounce Mix” window. It is now possible to bounce audio or video file formats from a single window, accessed by a single key command.

The entire window is driven by presets. Presets save and restore the parameters in the window, including the mix sources and location options.

The Bounce Mix window also offers custom location options, including the ability to bounce to a user-definable directory structure relative to the session file, as well as a static location.

All of the above improvements have also been applied to the Track Bounce window.

Dolby Atmos ADM BWF Export

(Pro Tools Ultimate Only)

“Dolby Atmos ADM BWF” has been added as a new exportable file format in the Bounce Mix window. This allows for much quicker deliverable turnarounds with offline bounces directly from Pro Tools. It’s possible to generate new deliverables from a new project, with new metadata, or rework previous ADM files, passing along or changing the previous metadata.

QuickTime Export (Public Beta)

We are opening up the ability to bounce to MOV files, across all OS’s, without the need to install any additional components. Not all intended functionality has been completed, but we realize the importance of this ability, so we’re sharing our current progress.

The new Bounce Mix window has an “MOV (Public Beta)” option in the File Type menu.

This allows you to bounce MOV files with the following options.

Transcode video to:

  • DNxHD
  • DNxHR
  • Apple ProRes
  • H.264 (VBR and CBR)

Includes the following audio formats

  • PCM uncompressed audio.
  • 7.1, 5.1, Stereo, and Mono channel widths
  • Multiple audio stems

More features will be added to this bounce method in the future, but in the meantime, the previous Bounce to QuickTime functionality is still available on macOS Mojave (and below), as well as on Windows with QuickTime installed.

QuickTime and MXF OP-1a Import

It is now possible to import audio from the following files, across all OS’s, without the need to install any additional components. This adds new support for macOS Catalina and beyond, and it removes the QuickTime installation dependency on Windows for import.

The following audio file types and codecs can now be imported on all supported OS’s, in addition to the existing file support. All imported audio will be converted to the current chosen session audio format.

  • .m4a/.m4v/.aac
    • AAC audio
  • .mov/.mp4
    • PCM (uncompressed)
    • AAC audio
  • .mxf
    • OP-1a (audio from a combined audio/video MXF)
    • PCM (uncompressed) audio

Master Fader Increase

(Pro Tools Ultimate Only)

Pro Tools Ultimate can now create 512 Master Fader Tracks. This is useful in situations where it is important to have plug-in processing at the end of the output stage for each output. Now it is possible to insert limiters when mixing in Dolby Atmos, for each object and bed, just before the signal reaches the final output.

AAF Mute

Static track mute settings can now be received in an AAF from Avid Media Composer 2020.9 (and later).

Pro Tools can also export static mute settings with an AAF. Media Composer 2020.9 (and later) can import this mute information.

Performance Improvements

  • Offline bounce speed has been improved.
  • Optimization at low buffer sizes:
    • A new setting has been added to the Playback Engine called, “Optimize Performance at Low Buffer Sizes”. This setting applies to the two lowest buffer sizes available.
    • In some cases, this optimization will conflict with certain plug-ins and cause a CPU error. If that occurs, Pro Tools will post a dialog with the suggestion to disable this optimization.

Bug Fixes

Control Surfaces

  • Automation Writing/Preview state now reflects knob state as well as fades on EUCON Control Surface display screens (Avid Control and S6 Display Modules) (PT-266464)
  • Fixed a Windows-only issue where the Pro Tools screen is not drawn completely, then stops responding when using an Artist Transport. (PT-263802)
  • Meters on Aux and Routing Folders correctly show input signals when the S6 has set PT meters to Off Disk Only. (PT-265215)

Crashes and Errors

  • MP3’s with a width greater than stereo are now correctly prevented from being attempted in the bounce dialog, avoiding a hang (PT-263483)
  • Fixed a crash on quit if a 403 error was encountered while using the Cloud Collaboration feature. (PT-266631)
  • Fixed a crash that may occur when clicking in and out of numeric or text entry boxes. (PT-258814)
  • Fixed a SWOD that could occur when bouncing a large number of tracks. (PT-266692)
  • Fixed an issue that would cause Pro Tools to crash on launch on some Windows systems (PT-265899)
  • Fixed an Ableton Live crash that could occur when running on HD Native Thunderbolt. (PT-255932)

Dolby Atmos Workflows

  • The Bus/Object toggle now defaults to Object for Objects imported with a Dolby Atmos ADM BWF file (PT-266137)
  • Splitting stereo tracks to mono will now also correctly divide the objects between the two resulting tracks (PT-266136)
  • Beds and Objects are now ordered according to renderer input index when importing a Dolby Atmos ADM BWF file (PT-266134)
  • Stereo busses, with objects assigned to the sub-paths, will automatically expand when IO Setup is opened (PT-263978)
  • Prevented an erroneous dialog that would claim objects could not be mapped after importing a Dolby Atmos ADM BWF file (PT-262550)
  • Defaulting IO Setup, with the “Use Atmos Renderer” setting, now properly accounts for skipped renderer inputs (PT-262531)


  • Fixed an issue where ‘Clip Slide’ was being added to the UNDO queue prematurely on mouse down, instead of mouse up. (PT-265820)

Elastic Audio

  • Removed an assertion when right-clicking selected clips on an audio track’s timeline with Elastic Audio enabled (PT-265582)


  • The “Mono (summed)” File Format option no longer disappears after bouncing with it selected. (PT-255617)

Field Recorder

  • Fixed an issue when importing embedded AAF’s where the wrong channel name was appearing on clips that referenced a channel which was not the first channel index (PT-265117)


  • Files with a .aac extension will once again import (PT-265317)
  • Fixed an issue where some AAC encoded files would import as silence (PT-241285)


  • Fixed a case where on some systems installation would be prevented by the following message, “Pro Tools Helper must be closed before the software can be installed.” (PT-262226)
  • The video engine is once again installed with Pro Tools on Windows (PT-265214/PT-260676)


  • Fixed an issue where the System Usage window showed DSP resources to be available when they were not. (PT-264415)
  • Fixed an issue where dragging a DSP plug-in to a different insert resulted in AAE errors -30003/-30015. (PT-262479)

Routing and I/O Setup

  • Subpath channel orders (7.1.2) are now correct on busses created using the track Output Selector > “New Track” or by creating Routing Folders. (PT-265748)


  • The voice meter is no longer incorrectly displayed in the Pro Tools (non-Ultimate) System Usage Window (PT-265180)
  • Fixed an issue where the Ableton Link cluster was rendering in the wrong toolbar location if the project was created from a template (PT-264689)


  • Fixed an issue where variable frame rate (VFR) H.264 MOV files could drift sync during playback (PT-262526)
  • Apple ProRes video with a Clean Aperture setting will no longer force the video engine to a 1888×1062 raster on macOS Catalina (PT-266744)
  • Odd integer raster sizes are no longer allowed for the engine raster. If a file with an odd raster is imported, the engine raster size will be rounded up to the nearest even number (PT-266818)


  • Drive letters A and B are now recognized as writable drives on Windows (PT-265935)
  • Fixed an issue where volumes with certain names were being ignored (PT-266338)


  • Fixed an issue that would cause the Sync HD firmware update to fail on Windows when using DigiTest (PT-267032)
  • Software monitoring is once again properly muted when LLM (Low Latency Monitoring) is enabled with non-HD audio interfaces (PT-253835)

Pro Tools 2020.9 Release Info

Products Affected: Pro Tools, Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration, Pro Tools First, Pro Tools Ultimate

September 4, 2020

⚠️  Pro Tools 20.9 Voice Count Limitation ⚠️

We are aware of an issue in the 2020.9 release where Pro Tools SW users who upgrade will experience a limitation of 64 stereo tracks that can be created or played back in their sessions. Users should have the ability to create 128 tracks, in either mono or stereo widths, and have 256 available voices to support this number of stereo tracks.

The team is working to provide an update to rectify the issue and post to the community as soon as we have a build available. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience or disruption this may have caused.

System Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools 2020.9 Software

  • Windows 10 64-bit build 1909
  • macOS Catalina (10.15.6), macOS Mojave (10.14.6), and High Sierra (10.13.6)

⚠️ ALERT: macOS Catalina 10.15.4 is NOT supported ⚠️
We have recently become aware of an issue that may affect certain machines running Pro Tools 2019.12 or later on macOS 10.15.4. When recording or playing back audio, the OS may lock up and require a hard reboot. We have found that Thunderbolt 2 spinning disk drives are more susceptible to this issue.  We are working closely with Apple to resolve this issue with high priority. Until further notice, we recommend that you continue to run Pro Tools on macOS 10.15.3, 10.15.5, or 10.15.6, and refrain from installing macOS 10.15.4. Thank you for your patience.

Before updating to macOS Catalina or purchasing a new Mac (which might require macOS Catalina) please visit these support pages so you can then decide whether your system and workflow are fully compatible:


Please review the following documents for important compatibility information, changes, known issues, error messages, etc.

The following articles were updated with the most current information for Pro Tools 2020.9:


  • Pro Tools users on a current Software Updates + Support Plan or Subscription can download the latest installer from their Avid account or from Avid Link.
  • Before installing or updating Pro Tools, please review the Read Me (linked above) for known issues that could impact your workflow.
  • Upgrades from earlier versions of Pro Tools can be purchased from the Avid Store or Avid Reseller.
  • Earlier versions of Pro Tools (back to 12.6) can be downloaded from the Avid Download Center.


  • Update to the current version of iLok License Manager before activating licenses to your iLok.
  • Pro Tools software requires a valid Pro Tools Perpetual or Pro Tools Subscription iLok license to run. This can be a single license or in a bundle.
  • Pro Tools Ultimate software requires both Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate iLok licenses to run. These can be either Subscription or Perpetual licenses, and are always in a bundle (named “Pro Tools Ultimate Perpetual” or “Pro Tools Ultimate Subscription“).
  • Pro Tools Ultimate and Pro Tools HD 12.6/later also require a Pro Tools DigiLink I/O license to use any HD interface (from Avid and from other manufacturers). This can be an individual license or it can be included in a Pro Tools Ultimate license bundle.
  • Check the license at ilok.com or in iLok License Manager to make sure it supports v2020.9 (the Release Limit date should be 9/03/20 or later).
  • See the Support section of ilok.com for assistance with iLok License Manager, your iLok account, etc.


  • Pro Tools 2020.9 is a full installer (not an updater that requires a previous version installed).
  • Pro Tools 2020.9 uses a single installer for both Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate, only the iLok authorization is different
  • The Avid Video Engine (AVE) will need to be installed separetely after an upgrade
  • Virtual Instruments and Effects for Pro Tools are installed by the First AIR Effects Bundle and First AIR Instruments Bundle (formerly a single Creative Collection Installer).  Run these in addition to the Pro Tools installer. (more info)
  • Pro Tools HDX/HD Native Mac users, be sure to install the matching HD Driver. The HD driver may be found in the Driver Installers folder included in the Pro Tools download, and as a separate download in your product in your Avid Account.
  • Pro Tools users, please install the latest compatible driver for your Avid interface
  • See the Pro Tools Software Installation article for complete instructions


  • Pro Tools 2018.12 co-install with Pro Tools 10.x is not supported using macOS; use Pro Tools 12.4 or lower for co-install with Pro Tools 10.x
  • Pro Tools co-install with Media Composer (details)
  • Co-install of Pro Tools and Media Composer on Windows does not allow Media Composer to be a Video Satellite (details)

Technical Alerts

  • When using PT 19.10 or later, consolidating (or otherwise modifying from within PT) interleaved 7.1.2 audio files created in 19.6 or earlier results in mixed up channel order​. (See PT-263971​ in the Pro Tools 2020.9 Mac Read Me or this KB article)
  • With the support of Mac SDII files added in 20.9, SDII files with out an extension will be marked as corrupt on a Windows machine. The files have not been corrupted, but as simply incompatible on Windows (See PT-261766 in the Pro Tools 2020.9 Win Read Me) .
  • You must manually enable “Hub” and “TransportClient” services in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Full Disk Access to allow upload/download of Cloud-based Projects on macOS 10.15.x Catalina. (See PT-256471 in the Pro Tools 2019.12 Mac Read Me or this KB article)
  • When installing Pro Tools and HD Driver version 2019.12/higher on macOS 10.15.x Catalina, HDX cards may not be detected when rebooting the computer (See PT-257898 in the Pro Tools 2020.9 Mac Read Me)
  • See Pro Tools Technical Alerts and Updates for other urgent technical information.

Pro Tools 2020.5 Release Notes

Last Updated : May 21, 2020
Products Affected : Pro Tools, Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration, Pro Tools Ultimate


Control Surfaces

EuControl Softkey updates:

  • Folder Track commands
  • Suspend All groups command (for Multi DAW Sync)

Cloud Storage Services

New preferences have been added to aid collaboration with cloud based file synchronization services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

Prevent Others from Overwriting Open Session

The “Prevent Others from Overwriting Open Session” preference allows multiple users to work with a session in a synchronized shared location. It prevents two or more users from opening a session file at the same time and saving over each other.  Enabling this will cause a temporary file to be created directly next to the session file as long as the session is open. Other users who attempt to simultaneously open the session will be blocked from directly saving, and notified that you are using the session. They will be able to ‘Save As,’ if desired.  When the original user closes the session, the temp file will be removed, and other users will be able to open and save over the session once again. Further details about this feature can be found in the latest Pro Tools Reference Guide.


Keep Unused Folders on Session Close

It is helpful to minimize unnecessary file syncing operations when working with file syncing services. By default, Pro Tools removes unused folders within the session folder. This includes, but is not limited to, Clip Groups and Video Files folders. You may enable the “Keep Unused Folders on Session Close” preference to leave these folders in place when closing your session. Ths prevents additional synchronization operations.

Local Waveform Cache Versions

The existing “Local Waveform Cache Versions” preference will now work with sessions on drive shares when the “Prevent Others from Overwriting Open Session” is enabled. This will help lower the amount of syncing operations. When a value greater than zero is used, the session waveform cache will be created and updated outside of the session folder.  The waveform cache will be copied into the session folder upon session close. This allows you to have a single sync operation, instead of many, during the course of your work.

Bug Fixes

Cloud Collaboration

  • Fixed an issue where project synchronization never completes when closing a shared project. (PT-261007)
  • Fixed a crash that can occur when opening or creating a project/session on a case sensitive APFS drive. (PT-261018)
  • The progress bar no longer freezes when opening a project’s revision history. (PT-261025)
  • Fixed a series of errors that can occur when creating a new project. (PT-261156/PT-261129)
  • Improved reliability when uploading and downloading media to and from the cloud. (PT-261443/PT-261140)
  • File transfers are now successfully canceled when signing out. (PT-261552)

Crashes and Errors

  • Fixed crash on quit while launching. (PT-258817)
  • Fixed crash on quit after authorization failure. (PT-261020)
  • Fixed a crash that may occur when closing menus. (PT-261023)
  • Fixed crash that occurred after removing iLok then experiencing volume mount. (PT-261518)
  • Fixed crash that occurred when pressing “Show Last Saved Setup” in I/O Setup. (PT-260747)



  • Optimized Clip Effects to remove short SWOD after saving. (PT-249992)
  • Fixed assertion when selecting a clip containing a fade-in with Object Grabber tool. (PT-253723)
  • Fixed an assertion when unarming an Instrument track after changing timebase. (PT-257119)
  • Manually linked channels of a multi-mono plug-in are now saved. (PT-258044)
  • Rendering duplicated clips with Clip FX or Clip Gain no longer generates blank audio. (PT-259446)
  • Fixed a discrepancy in selection length when entering the values in the ‘Start/End’ field of the transport, versus the ‘Length’ field at 59.95 DF. (PT-25975)
  • Fixed an assertion when moving clips with layered editing enabled. (PT-260489)
  • Fixed a crash when dragging a VCA track into a nested folder under certain circumstances. (PT-260779)
  • Fixed an issue where All or Pan Automation on Stereo Tracks would paste on the wrong tracks. (PT-260939)
  • Entering a value in the ‘Length’ field of the transport will no longer force the selection to the grid when in Slip Mode. (PT-261073)
  • Fixed an error that can occur when using Paste Special on a folder track. (PT-261366)


  • Fixed an issue that prevented import of certain OMF files. (PT-260941)
  • Dragging files over the timeline, when a video track is present, will no longer cause a disruption to playback. (PT-261511)


  • The Pro Tools installer will no longer remove the AVX2_Plug-ins folder when co-installed with Media Composer on Windows. (PT-261136)


  • Command Shift + U now always selects unused midi clips. (PT-243181)


  • Fixed assertion stemming from having mixed timebases on alternate playlists. (PT-258370)

Production Management

  • Clip boundaries are no longer incorrectly adjusted when round-tripping rendered audio FX through Production Management. (PT-260909)
  • Importing a higher than 30fps sequence from Production Management will no longer incorrectly informs user that session TC rate will change (PT-261152)


  • Fixed incorrect error dialog when activating track in a folder under certain conditions. (PT-260739)
  • Fixed device naming issue in resulting dialog when interface is removed. (PT-260770)
  • Select All now works properly in Comments & Type Ahead search. (PT-260911)
  • Copy and paste commands in the comment box no longer affect selected clips on the timeline. (PT-261400)


  • Fixed an issue where some systems would only display black picture. (PT-260602)
  • Fixed several cases where video clips would have an extra frame of black on the end. (UME-1584)
  • Fixed a frame offset that may occur if the encoded audio within a QuickTime file did not start at the same time as the video. (UME-1586)
  • Fixed an issue where VFR H.264 video will show an “Invalid Bounds” message when opening a session saved in an earlier version of Pro Tools. (UME-1593)
  • Video files with special characters in the name will no longer cause picture to be black (PT-261066)

Pro Tools 2020.3 Release Notes

Last Updated: March 24, 2020
Products Affected: Pro Tools, Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration, Pro Tools Ultimate


Folder Tracks

Organize your session by placing related tracks into folder tracks, then quickly open and close them to show only the tracks you want to see. Folder tracks makes track management exponentially easier.

There are two different types of folders, Basic and Routing:

  • The Basic Folder is designed for the session organization. Place related tracks into them so that they can be handled as a group.
  • The Routing Folder is designed to sum the audio of the member tracks. This, in addition to its organizational functionality, makes it a powerful tool for signal processing and mixing. Aux inputs in your existing sessions can be converted into Routing Folders, making it easy to take advantage of their organizational features.


  • Solos and mutes on the folder will logically affect their member tracks, simplifying auditioning and mixing.
  • The Overview view on the folder timeline shows a simplified representation of all the clips on the contained tracks. It provides a bird’s eye view of the contents of each folder, serving as a visual guide for navigating and editing even when the folder is closed.
  • Edit all member tracks together as a group. Many edit commands are available when you make an edit selection on the folder’s timeline.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to move tracks into new folders, open and close them, and extend edit selections to all member tracks with shortcuts.
  • Modifications keys make it easier to select folder members and open and close multiple folder combinations.
  • Save folders and their member tracks as a Track Preset to easily import organized groups of tracks into other sessions.
  • Folder tracks are designed so that the sound of your session will not change when opened on an older version of Pro Tools.

QuickTime Video (Only) Import/Playback Support for macOS Catalina

Qualified QuickTime video can now be imported and played back on macOS Catalina.  The following file types and codecs may now be used.

  • DNxHR (MOV)
  • DNxHD (MOV)
  • Apple ProRes (MOV)
  • H.264 (CFR Media Only) (MOV, MP4, M4V)

For more information about supported video file types and codecs, please visit the Avid-Qualified Video Rates, Rasters, and Codecs for Pro Tools knowledge base.

⚠️Before updating to Catalina, visit this support page. ⚠️

H.264 Performance Improvement for Files that Contain Filler

Pro Tools 2019.10 introduced performance improvements for H.264 QuickTime files that did not contain filler.  Pro Tools 2020.3 now adds the same performance improvement for CFR (Constant Frame Rate) files that contain filler.

If you are unsure the video file in your session is utilizing these performance improvements, you may enable “Processing State” in the View menu for clips on the timeline, or the Clips List menut for clips in the Clip List.  A checkmark icon will be displayed on the clips on the timeline, or next to the clip name in the Clips List.

Export Session Info As Text Indicates Offline Files

Exporting Session Info As Text will now segregate ‘online’ and ‘offline’ files in the text report.  This is helpful for creating a report of missing files and their last known location.

System Usage: Resources

With Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate, System Usage now includes a ‘Resources’ view which displays the number of voices used in the session. This section is available for all system types (HDX and non-HDX). On HDX, this section was previously called ‘DSP’.

Pro Tools | MTRX Studio Support

DigiLink audio interface support for MTRX Studio is provided. For more information on MTRX Studio, go here.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed several issues with clip placement and start time when exporting an AAF and changing the exported frame rate (PT-258987/PT-258617)
  • The session start is now correct when importing a 59.94 fps AAF. (PT-258611)
  • Clips will now be placed in the correct position on the timeline when importing a 29.97 DF AAF into a 59.94 DF session (PT-259256)
  • If a SMPTE ID is not found when importing an AAF, Pro Tools will now look to also see if there is a matching Unique ID (PT-259370)


  • Fixed an error when converting Clip Gain to Volume Automation (PT-259017)

Cloud Collaboration

  • Fixed an issue where keystrokes were getting dropped in artist chat and sign in window (PT-214241)
  • Fixed an issue that caused sluggish mouse clicks and keystrokes if the Artist Chat window was visible (PT-251613)
  • Fixed and issue where moving the location of a Project Cache folder would not allow the currently opened project to be reopened (PT-256746)
  • Fixed a crash when changing the Project Media Cache folder (PT-256473)

Control Surfaces

  • S6 channel automation mode button no longer resets knob automation preview mode (PT-258879)

Core Audio / ASIO

  • Fixed an issue in the HD Driver that prevented Core Audio from functioning properly with Media Composer and some 3rd Party applications (PT-256853/MCDEV-12748)

Crashes and Errors

  • Fixed a crash that may occur when enabling EUCON in peripherals (PT-258318)
  • Fixed a crash that may occur on macOS when exporting an AAF from a non-HFS+ formatted drive, such as ExFat or StorNext SAN. (PT-247953/PT-258921)
  • Fixed a crash that could occur with certain OMFI Wav files when importing or navigating to them in the Workspace (PT-258362)
  • Fixed a Crash when committing up to insert and selecting “deactivate and hide” with certain plug-in (PT-258894)
  • Fixed a crash that occurred after an UNDO action in the Import Session Dialog if the previously saved session had tracks in Playlists view (PT-255313)
  • Fixed a crash when toggling I/O setting via a shortcut when creating a new project or session (PT-249606)
  • Fixed a crash when using Command-I to modify I/O Settings in the Dashboard (PT-257421/PT-247059)
  • Fixed a crash during session open on Catalina with Waves plug-ins (PT-257689/PT-257686)
  • Removed a crash caused by using the UNDO command after choosing replace in dialog for multi-assigned tracks (PT-255276)
  • Fixed a workspace crash when relinking files (PT-256057)
  • Fixed a crash when importing MXF files with more than 174 characters in the file path on Windows (PT-254835)

Dolby Atmos Workflows

  • Fixed a crash when opening a session that contains Dolby Send and Return Plug-ins. (PT-256062)
  • A progress bar is now present when importing larger ADM files (PT-230490)


  • Fixed a crash that occurs when executing TCE Edit to Timeline Selection on Elastic Audio track (PT-258986)
  • Fixed an issue where shifting a frozen track would causes clip removal after it was unfrozen (PT-258758)
  • Fixed a bug that enabled creating a duplicate track or playlist name (PT-258483)
  • Fixed an issue that caused incorrect playlist lane height when switching in and out of playlist view (PT-258352)
  • Fixed a bug where copy/pasting clips from multichannel tracks to multichannel tracks no longer worked (PT-258191)
  • Fixed a performance issue that would result in sluggish UI when nudging clips during playback (PT-225179)
  • Certain Clip List shortcuts once again function on macOS: Cmd+Shift+A (Select All Clips), Cmd+Shift+M (Time Stamp Selected), Cmd+Shift+Y (Export Clip Definition) (PT-260143)
  • Fixed an issue where nudging clips on grouped tracks would move clips to the wrong track when Layered Editing was enabled (PT-258046)
  • Fixed a case where the selection duration could be incorrect when setting it from the length field in a 59.94 Drop Frame session (PT-259750)
  • Moving a crossfade with the grabber tool will no longer leave the selection behind when letting go of the mouse (PT-260254)


  • Fixed several issues that may cause ‘Invalid Bounds’ messages, ‘some clips have been adjusted and removed’, and crashes with Save Copy In after importing session data. (PT-258188/PT-256155/PT-257459/PT-259110)
  • AIFF-C audio files can once again be imported (PT-257836)
  • Import Audio Dialog now allows use of the Ctrl modifier instead of the Cmd modifier for existing key commands on macOS Catalina (PT-257178)


  • The HD Driver uninstaller command once again successfully removes the HD Driver and DigiTest on macOS (PT-257537)
  • The Pro Tools reference guide is now properly updated to the latest version upon launch of Pro Tools (PT-256167)
  • Fixed an issue where PACE License Support could not be uninstalled on Windows (XPACE-43)


  • MIDI notes no longer play indefinitely when editing with up/down arrow keys (PT-258220)
  • Notes no longer become stuck when duplicating notes after MIDI tab to transient (PT-259707)
  • The Smart Tool and Grabber Tool cursor is now easier to see when editing MIDI (PT-257726)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented recording MIDI notes properly in Loop Record mode (PT-257558
  • Fixed an issue where “Wait for note” wouldn’t start recording when it received an event (PT-256741)
  • Fixed an issue that caused retrospective MIDI to fail (PT-256605)
  • Fixed an issue with Retrospective MIDI when Default Thru Instrument preference was set to “first selected MIDI track” (PT-259858)
  • MIDI notes that are still being held when a record pass stops will once again be recorded (PT-259857)
  • MIDI and Instrument tracks can now designate a target playlist in the track menu (PT-249669)


  • AAE error -7100 no longer occurs when instantiating a native plug-in after changing the sample rate in the Playback Engine (HDX) (PT-258478)
  • Fixed an issue where Sonarworks and iZotope cannot select HDX hardware via ASIO (PT-250329)
  • Fixed a notarization issue with iZotope XForm (PT-255119)

Production Management

  • Fixed an issue that would cause audio files to appear offline in Cloud UX when checked into Production Management from Pro Tools (PT-254992)

IO Setup

  • Mono busses that are mapped to a larger output and have a manual channel designation, such as LFE, will now retain their channel designation when the session is opened on another system (PT-255212)

Satellite Link

  • Satellite offset settings no longer incorrectly affect the video engine playback offset (PT-258035)
  • Auto-save is now synchronized in a satellite environment.  Auto-saves are also prevented during FF/Rew operations, preventing missed transport commands (PT-258353)

Track Presets

  • Fixed an issue where the Save Track Preset dialog was missing buttons in French or Spanish (PT-257533)


  • XAVC-L and AVC Long G media will no longer encounter an error when playing past the end of the clip. (PT-256151)
  • Audio is now imported when a QuickTime file is imported directly into the Clip List (PT-258303)
  • Dragging a video file over the edit window will not affect the session frame rate unless the file is actually dropped in and imported (PT-257185)
  • Fixed an issue where Pro Tools would get stuck with “Waiting for Video Engine to launch…” upon first video import (PT-257269)
  • Improved performance of H.264 video files that contain ‘filler’ (PT-257266/PT-256503/PT-254736)
  • Improved performance of XDCAM HD 50 MXF OP-Atom video files (PT-257215)
  • A progress bar is once again present when importing audio from a QuickTime file (PT-257163)
  • Fixed an issue that could result in the wrong portion of video being displayed during loop playback (PT-256238/PT-255963)
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the video to display offset by a frame when toggling between active video tracks (PT-255201)


  • Fixed an issue where Pro Tools would not index the workspace (PT-250459)
  • Fixed an issue where all volumes would be scanned during “Scan audio files for irregularities” if system drive was selected (PT-256890)


  • Fixed a bug where new tracks dialog had wrong behavior when trying to create more tracks than allowed (PT-258059)
  • Shift-clicking the in the Tracks List to show/hide tracks will now affect the appropriate tracks (PT-237604)

Pro Tools 2019.12 Release Notes

December 18, 2019

Pro Tools 2019.12 adds initial support for macOS Catalina. This means that while most Pro Tools functions are supported, compatibility with certain file types is not yet available and will come in a future release. For more information on these limitations, visit our Catalina support page. You can then decide whether your system and workflow are fully compatible before updating or purchasing a new Mac.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed a voiceover bug where the focus ring jumped after a Plug-in window was closed if it had been previously instantiated using the legacy menu (PT-248861)


  • Pro Tools 2019.6 (and earlier) now posts a warning dialog that the Steep Breakpoint Smoothing Time setting will be cleared. (PT-256188)

Control Surfaces

  • Clicking a track name in Pro Tools will once again attentions track to surfaces when the ‘Attention Most Recently Clicked DAW Area’ preference is set (PT-256012)

Crashes and Errors

  • Fixed a crash that would occur when opening a session that contains the Dolby Production Suite Send/Return plug-ins if the the session frame rate had not been explicitly set since launch (PT-256062)
  • Fixed a crash that may occur during a file relink operation (PT-256981)
  • Fixed a crash when using VENUE link to “create session from VENUE” (PT-256438)
  • Fixed a crash on quit when plug-in UI was opened (PT-251992)
  • Removed an assert that was thrown when sample-level zooming in and out with media on a NAS/Nexis (PT-257186)


  • Fixed an issue where re-rendering Clip FX did not correctly apply parameter changes (PT-256197)


  • Fixed an issue where some Wav (OMF) files would not display an ID in the Unique ID field, which would result in missing files when importing the associated AAF (PT-256790)
  • Enabling “Adjust Session Start Time to Match Source Start Time” in Import Session Data will now display “Maintain Absolute Time Code Values” (PT-256392)


  • Fixed an issue where the HD driver would fail to load if the installer was run over the top of an existing HD driver installation (PT-256296)


  • Fixed an issue where muted clips on Nexis were causing severe lags in playback scrolling and editing because they were not included in disk cache (PT-256714)


  • Fixed a case where Pro Tools would fail to lock to incoming video reference after launch if the Video Ref Format is not explicitly set (PT-257563)


  • Desktop video window no longer displays incorrect color or kaleidoscope picture when the window is first opened during playback (UME-1420)
  • Progressive video will now play in the video window if the Sync HD is set to an i/psf video reference rate (PT-256357)
  • Fixed an issue where some MXF video files would set the wrong engine raster size upon import (PT-256317/PT-256752)
  • AAE -9073 is no longer seen after shuttling with a video track present (PT-256140)
  • The NewTech NDI plug-in is now ignored by the video engine when Pro Tools is co-installed with Media Composer on macOS.  This prevents several problems, including: file import errors, black picture, and false detection of video hardware (PT-256117)
  • H.264 QuickTime files may now have a checkmark on clips, which indicates that a file is encoded in a way that is expected to perform well.  This checkmark may also exist for other codecs, but it is newly indicated for H.264 files.  It is not a guarantee of good performance, but rather a good indication that the file will play without issues, provided the computer’s drive speed and CPU’s are sufficient.  The Processing State setting must be enabled in view options for the Clip List and Edit Window in order to see the checkmark (PT-253511)


  • The manual find and relink window will now display the SMPTE ID column by default (PT-256900)
  • Fixed an issue where clips would not show up after dragging cataloged missing files to a session (PT-257281)


  • Bounce windows will now use the session name instead of the template name for the file name (PT-250700)
  • Timecode entries in the Edit > Shift window will now work after double-clicking in the window to select all of the text (PT-256466)
  • Pasting values into Edit>Shift Window will now apply the values correctly (PT-256391)
  • Export Session Info as Text will now indicate the proper session frame rate for rates higher than 30 fps (PT-256136)
  • SMPTE ID’s in .wav files now use the proper endian byte order (PT-256595)
  • Pro Tools will no longer start after quitting the application on Windows OS (XPACE-40)

Pro Tools 2019.10 Release Notes

October 31, 2019


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.

For a list of the latest Pro Tools video support information, please visit the following knowledge base: Avidqualified video ratesrastersand codecs for Pro Tools.

Improved QuickTime H.264 Performance

The Avid Video Engine has improved playback performance with a wide variety of H.264 QuickTime files. Please visit the following knowledgebase for details, Avidqualified video ratesrastersand codecs for Pro Tools.

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.
  • Single File
    • 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.

  • Opt+Shift+X (macOS)
  • 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 or later.


Bug Fixes


  • 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)

Cloud Collaboration

  • Fixed a bug where local project files could be incorrectly deleted when signing out and back in. (PT-253729)

Control Surfaces

  • 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)

Delay Compensation

  • 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

  • Elastic Audio’s effect on audio is now more deterministic when there are no analysis markers. (PT-226822)

Field Recorder

  • 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)

Satellite Link

  • 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)

Track Presets

  • 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.

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.

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