2.AVID Pro Tools 12 (Windows)
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 512 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.
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, plug-ins, 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 plug-ins
Polish mixes with over 60 AAX plug-ins included. From high-quality reverbs, EQs, and dynamics, to guitar amp emulators, you have everything you need to shape, enhance, and fine-tune your sound. If you’re a Pro Tools subscriber, you get access to 17 additional plug-ins. Want more? Shop the in-app Marketplace—or get every audio plug-in we offer* with the Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle.
Connect and share your work
Pro Tools makes it easy to share your music and mixes with the masses. Connect online with an extensive network of media professionals in the Avid Artist Community, where you can find collaborators and promote your work and skills.
Go further with Pro Tools | Ultimate
Need surround sound capabilities and more advanced audio editing and automation tools? Pro Tools | Ultimate (formerly Pro Tools | HD) is ideal for artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and mixers working in demanding music and audio post-production environments.
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. 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 2 GB of high-quality loops 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 DNxHDsequences 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 plug-ins 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 plug-ins 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.