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Avid has just released the latest iteration of Pro Tools, version 2021.6, boasting several improvements while adding more power than ever before to your Pro Tools rig. Pro Tools | Ultimate users can now use the Hybrid Engine (first introduced with Pro Tools | Carbon) with their HDX systems, and Pro Tools | Standard users can record and mix with bigger sessions than ever.

See the latest Pro Tools has to offer below!

Bring more power to HDX with the Hybrid Engine

Pro Tools | Ultimate Only

The Hybrid Engine transforms your HDX card into the most powerful Pro Tools system Avid has ever made. This patented technology maximizes the performance of Pro Tools by using native and DSP processing more harmoniously. Run bigger sessions more smoothly — even with one-card systems. Toggle between Native and DSP modes on a track-by-track basis to nullify the distracting effects of latency at the click of a button. With so much power on hand, the new HDX Hybrid Engine makes quick work of even the most complex sessions.

Record and mix bigger sessions with more I/O, tracks, and voices.

Pro Tools & Pro Tools | Ultimate

Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate now support a maximum 64 channels of I/O—up from 32. Pro Tools now supports a maximum 256 mono or stereo audio tracks at all sample rates—up from 128 at 48 kHz. And Pro Tools | Ultimate now supports a maximum 2,048 voices and audio tracks at all sample rates—5x more than previous versions. This means you can track bigger sessions and work with a lot more outboard gear using any Core Audio interface. And with more voices, you can handle the largest sessions without constraint.

Max. Pro Tools | First Pro Tools Pro Tools | Ultimate
I/O
4
64
64 (non-HDX)
192 (HDX Hybrid Engine, HDX Classic)
Audio Tracks
16 (mono/stereo)
256 (mono/stereo)
2048 (mono/stereo/surround)
Voices
N/A
N/A
2048 (non-HDX)
2048 (HDX Hybrid Engine)
256 per card (HDX Classic)

Run Pro Tools on M1-based Macs.

All versions of Pro Tools

With Pro Tools 2021.6, you can now run Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate software on the latest Macs that use Apple’s new M1 silicon processors.

macOS 11 Big Sur compatibility on Intel computers:

  • Pro Tools 2021.6 software, included plugins, Pro Tools | HDX, and HD Native hardware, and Pro Tools | Carbon are all compatible with macOS Big Sur on Intel-based Mac computers.


Please note:

  • Testing has shown certain configurations may result in a higher incidence of playback errors. This is particularly prevalent with legacy MacBook Pros.
  • Before updating, check to see if your third-party plugins and other programs are officially supported on a new OS.


macOS 11 Big Sur compatibility on Apple silicon/M1 computers:

Pro Tools software, included Avid plugins, Pro Tools | Carbon as well as Avid control surfaces are all compatible with macOS Big Sur on M1-based Mac computers via Rosetta.

  • Please note that the Avid Video Engine is not yet officially supported on Apple silicon (M1) computers, however Avid are working with Apple to resolve known issues to be compatible in the future.
  • Pro Tools | HDX, HD Native, and DADMan software (MTRX & MTRX Studio) are not yet officially supported on Apple silicon (M1) computers.
  • Before updating, check to see if your third-party plugins and other programs are officially supported on a new OS.

Customize the Dark and Classic UI themes.

Pro Tools & Pro Tools | Ultimate

Get an unprecedented level of control over the look and feel of Pro Tools. You can now change the color, brightness, and saturation of almost every aspect of the user interface. Save your favorite settings as presets and switch between them at any time. Plus, you can now toggle between the Dark and Classic UI themes dynamically, without having to restart Pro Tools.

Work with H.265/HEVC video.

Pro Tools | Ultimate Only

HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding)—also known as H.265—has become popular with video creators for its exceptional video quality at the same or smaller bit rate than AVC. And now you can work on sound for projects that use this video codec, with support for H.265 import and export in Pro Tools | Ultimate.

Get Automatic Delay Compensation on side chains.

Pro Tools & Pro Tools | Ultimate

Now both Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate software will apply the correct amount of delay compensation when side-chaining tracks to keep the timing in perfect sync—a feature previously only available for Pro Tools | HDX.

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