With Avid’s launch of three new Pro Tools tiers, there’s a lot of info to unpack. You may have a few questions about what you should do next. As the #1 Avid dealer around the world, we compiled the most important info below to ensure you get the answers you need to stay up to date with all things Pro Tools. Of course, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team using the form below.

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▾ General Questions ▾

Yes. Avid will not sell Pro Tools (standard) and Pro Tools | Ultimate perpetual licenses as of  April 26th. Avid is reintroducing Upgrade  (Reinstatement) SKUs to allow off-plan perpetual customers to get current

Customers with active subscriptions and current Update + Support plans (perpetual) will automatically get the equivalent tier moving forward: 

  • Pro Tools > Pro Tools | Studio
  • Pro  Tools | Ultimate subscription
  • Pro Tools | Ultimate perpetual >  Pro Tools | Ultimate perpetual

MacOS Monterey 12.3 is supported with Pro Tools 2021.12 with the update of Avid plugins 2022.2.

No, Avid Link will not block customers from installing on an OS that has not been qualified.

Yes. When using iLok Cloud, your workstation will need to remain online to license.

Yes. When using iLok Cloud, your workstation will need to remain online to license.

No. The previous “crossgrade” SKU’s that require surrendering their perpetual license are  being discontinued.

No, but any general MIDI and audio samples can be ingested into GrooveCell.

▾ Artist Questions ▾

▾ Studio Questions ▾

Yes. You will still need Dolby Atmos Production Suite or Mastering Suite to work with Atmos deliverables, which you can get here or try a 90-day demo here.

A lot—the commonality will be that both support surround mixing. Other than that, most specs are different. See the comparison chart for details. 

No, HDX and HD Native require Pro Tools Ultimate software

No. Pro Tools Studio does not support HD hardware, including Sync X which requires Pro Tools | Ultimate.

▾ EDU Questions ▾

Both Studio and Ultimate (and only as Annual Paid Annual).

No, only Studio and Ultimate subscriptions will support EDU Institution multiseat licensing. 

▾ More On The New Pro Tools Tiers ▾

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