The most powerful version of the audio industry’s leading DAW continually evolves with advanced workflow and creative innovations
Stability above all, followed by user-requested features, is the reason that Pro Tools | HD remains the dominant DAW for music and post production since its introduction to the audio industry. With the latest version of Pro Tools | HD, you can expand your creative horizons from traditionally linear-based music production to powerful loop-based music creation, and experiment freely with the ability to go back to where you started via Revision History. To accommodate the ever-growing size of music and video post productions in the face of looming deadlines, Pro Tools | HD features time-saving features for most-used functions to simplify editing and streamline workflow. Its no secret that Pro Tools | HD is the first choice of top artists, audio professionals, recording studios, and post facilities, and with the lower price of Pro Tools HDX systems, indie pros and boutique studios can sonically compete in with the majors.
What’s New In Pro Tools | HD Software:
- 2GB Loop Library—give your projects the modern edge
- Soundbase easy browse, search, and auditioning
- Revision History for fail-safe experimentation
Avid Pro Tools | HD 12 key features:
- Record, edit, and mix projects with other music creators anywhere via Cloud Collaboration
- Freeze tracks, render in place, and bounce stems
- Easy track alignment with clip transparency
- Time-saving batch fades
- Monthly or annual upgrade, support and reinstatement plans
- Simultaneously play back up to 256 audio tracks (@ 48kHz), 512 instrument tracks, 512 MIDI tracks, and 512 Aux channels
- VCA faders, 17 advanced metering options, and more
- Convolution reverb plug-in
- Realistic emulations of 16 coveted vintage plug-ins
- Over 60 included virtual instruments, effects, sound processing, and utility
- plug-ins, with optional access to 25 bonus plug-ins
- Free app for touchscreen control of Pro Tools|HD using an Apple iPad Air
- Optional access to 25 bonus plug-ins
What’s new in Avid Pro Tools | HD 12 Software:
Give your projects the modern edge
These days it’s more important to sound modern than to sound good, but with Pro Tools HD you can have both. Pro Tools HD comes with a high-quality 2GB loop library from Loopmasters, featuring the latest loops created by the industry’s leading producers and sound designers. Whether you need a rhythm section, a cool riff, instrumental accompaniment, or just something to help you get started, you’ve got hundreds of mini musical works, waiting to be discovered. And it’s easy to find and audition loops with Soundbase.
Soundbase easy browse, search, and auditioning
Nothing is more daunting and immobilizing than the thought of scrolling through, and auditioning a huge sound library to find the right one for the job—especially if it’s a one-shot drum sample or sound effect. To help you get out of the “deer caught in headlights” pre-search quicksand, Pro Tools HD’s Soundbase lets you browse, search, audition, explore, and experiment with loops, samples, and sound effects from nearly any sound library. The Workspace pane provides customizable tag filtering, so you can find what you need quickly by instrument, genre, tempo, key, time signature, and your own tags, then hear how content sounds in sync with your tracks.
Experiment and share new ideas
Here’s a familiar scenario: You’re experimenting with various guitar or keyboard parts that you record to hear in context and find yourself with more tracks than you know what to do with, cluttering your project window; or realize that you’ve layered so many parts that you lost the cool groove that you had several ideas ago? Revision History lets you experiment all you like and easily get back to a previous version of the project when you feel you lost perspective. With Project Revisions, you can explore new versions of a song or soundtrack, make notes, share ideas with others, and quickly jump back to any previous state from anywhere—without having to worry about breaking anything. Pro Tools Revision History keeps all version history, audio files, notes, and other data organized for you.
Pro Tools | HD Software Key Features:
More options to put Pro Tools HD in your studio
It’s said that software is never truly owned only rented, since upgrades are an inevitability, and often come at a fast and furious pace to enable users to remain competitive. As a result, DAW users have divided into two camps: those who hold on to software as long as they can before upgrading, which is good for budgeting, but can put you behind the curve creatively; and those who constantly upgrade to keep abreast of the pack. To answer the needs of both camps, Pro Tools | HD software is available standalone to purchase and own or subscribe to annually. Pro Tools | HD can be used with 3rd-party hardware, but if you want the stability that Pro Tools is famous for, you can get the best performance and stellar sound quality with a Pro Tools | HD system.
Professional plug-ins and virtual instruments
To give your mixes the pro sound and creative edge, Pro Tools | HD comes with over 60 professional-quality virtual instruments, effects, and sound processing plug-ins to give your mixes the polish they need to be competitive in the marketplace. Plus, Pro Tools | HD gives you access to 25 additional bonus plug-ins, including the Pro Series, which are based on the processing algorithms of the award-winning Euphonix System 5.
Apply real-time effects to clips
Tweak the sound of a clip without affecting the entire track. With Clip FX, you can apply real-time EQ and dynamics to a single clip or clip group on your timeline, enabling you to have different settings across multiple clips on a track. This gives you more precision control when working with multiple clips of related audio, such as dialog or voiceovers. This feature is available in Pro Tools | HD only, though Pro Tools supports Clip FX playback.
Re-record in the box (requires Pro Tools | HDX)
Expedite audio post dubbing “in the box” with perfect click-free punch-ins. Using Pro Tools | HDX and any punch mode, the system calibrates and time aligns your stems so there’s no latency or audio artifacts when punching in and out of tracks or switching inputs. Both in the actual recording and what you hear live in real time.
With Avid Cloud Collaboration, you can build the world’s largest studio without picking up a hammer or nail. Imagine a control room in Los Angeles, a live room in New York City, and an edit bay in Barcelona. With your head in the Cloud, You can record, edit, and mix projects with other music creators as though you’re all in the same studio, and find new collaborators through the online Avid Artist Community
Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce
As plug-in code gets heavier and virtual instruments suck up more and more RAM, it’s essential to find ways to free up system resources without impacting your workflow, forcing you to commit to processing choices early on, or running tracks through a second round of conversion. Pro Tools Native increases system performance and lightens workflow with Track Freeze, which enables you to freeze or unfreeze all plug-ins on a track—or just up to a certain insert; Track Commit renders the track (or an edit selection) permanently; and Track Bounce lets you render stems for fast and easy file delivery.
Position clips more precisely with Clip Transparency
One thing you can count on in long editing sessions is accidentally moving a track out of place, or blending snare samples with a drum replacement plug-in and having to move some of them into place to line up attacks. In other DAWs, it’s pretty much hit or miss, but with Pro Tools clip transparency, clips take on a translucent appearance when you move and overlap them, giving you better visual clarity to line up attack transients. This enables you to quickly align waveforms with much better precision and ease.
Time-saving batch fades
Fading can be time-consuming and tedious when editing thousands of audio clips. With Pro Tools Native’s new fade enhancements, you can speed through mind-numbing repetition to focus on the creative aspects of your mix. Create and tweak presets for fade-ins, fade-outs, crossfades, and batch fades. Recall presets directly from your keyboard or control surface, and control fade settings independently when working with batch fades.
Access upgrades, bonus plug-ins, and support
All Pro Tools | HD software and system purchases come with an Avid All Access Annual Upgrade and Support Plan. Not only do you get access to all new Pro Tools releases and expert help for one full year, but also to an amazing collection of bonus plug-ins—at no additional cost. Simply renew your plan annually for just $399 through your Avid account to maintain access. Or purchase a new plan if you already own Pro Tools | HD.
Expand your sonic possibilities
Gain access to a collection of Avid’s most coveted plug-ins—exclusively through your Annual Upgrade and Support Plan for Pro Tools | HD. Get the sound of the renowned Avid System 5 console dynamics with Pro Compressor, Pro Expander, and Pro Limiter. Mix with such studio secret weapons as Pro Multiband Dynamics, Pro Subharmonic Space, ReVibe II, and Reverb One. And have the sounds of the world’s greatest guitar amps at your fingers with Eleven.
Size doesn’t matter
If you’re working with a large ensemble, be it big band or 100-piece symphony orchestra, or a dense soundtrack for a movie or video, you won’t run out of tracks. With the latest version of Pro Tools, you can simultaneously play back up to 128 audio tracks, 512 instrument tracks, and 512 MIDI tracks.
Effectively manage massive mixes
Nobody records with just one mic these days, and track counts continually increase, because we can. However, when you sit down to mix 200 tracks, that 3-dimenional chess game we call mixing, would give Spock a run for his logic. With Pro Tools as your science officer, mixing gets a whole lot easier and more efficient with features such as VCA faders, 17 advanced metering options, including K-system, VU, and other professional standards, plus gain-reduction metering on every channel to gauge dynamics. Pro Tools provides smooth, reliable performance and highly responsive recording and playback with the extended Disk Cache feature, which loads entire sessions into RAM—no matter the size (we did say size didn’t matter).
Space out with Pro Tools
There are two ways to go about taking up space: one is convoluted, the other, is convolution, which is far more preferable, especially if you want to add the sense of size and reality space to your mix. Pro Tools gives you Space. Not personal space, but a high-quality convolution reverb plug-in of the same name that lets you create natural-sounding environments to give your mix more atmosphere—from small rooms to the largest concert halls. Simply access this bonus plug-in (a $499 value) through your Pro Tools subscription or Annual Plug-in and Support Plan.
Tools for the capacitor-sniffing tone snob
If you’re militant about your guitar tone, you can have the sounds of the most coveted stompboxes without the noise, batteries, or unsightly wall-warts. With your Annual Plug-in and Support Plan or subscription, you gain access to 16 bonus plug-ins that let you shred with realistic emulations of the Pro Co Rat, Ibanez Tube Screamer, and Big Muff Pi distortion pedals. Go all Jimi Hendrix on yourself with the unmistakable sounds of the Cry Baby wah and Leslie rotary speaker. You also get reverb, delay, and other vintage sounds. Not a guitar player—no worries. You can go modern and use these plug-ins to enhance any type of track.
Tape-style monitoring and tracking
Pro Tools HD software makes tracking vocals and instrument performances fast and easy, with features such as track input monitoring, which lets you rehearse and record without extra button clicking. Pro Tools ability to copy fader settings to the sends lets you dial in cue mixes faster, preserving the excitement of musicians psyched and ready to go. Additionally, you can solo tracks in PFL (pre-fader listen) or AFL (after-fader listen) mode.
iPad therefore iAm
What would Avid be if Pro Tools didn’t give you some futuristic, fun features? Instead of using Apple’s iPad Air to take widescreen, life-threatening selfies, you can exterminate the mouse and use your iPad with Avid’s free Pro Tools|Control iOS app. With Control, you add touchscreen functionality to your Pro Tools rig and other EUCON-enabled audio and video software, just like the big boys and girls who use the Avid S6 control surface. Tickle life into your mix by riding multiple faders with your fingertips, trigger complex macros with a tap, and navigate large, uncharted mixes with a swipe of your finger. Did we mention that it’s free? That’s right, Pro Tools|Control is absolutely FREE. (Don’t say Avid never gave you anything.)
HEAT up your mix
Ever wonder why some inside-the-box mixes seem to sound thin, while others have a rich analog quality? The answer is HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology), a saturation plug-in that grew out of the Crane Song Phoenix plug-in suite from legendary audio designer, Dave Hill. Just apply a little HEAT to all affected areas of your mix to get the warmth and sonic characteristics of an analog console and tape saturation. With the latest version of Pro Tools | HD software, you can run HEAT natively, no DSP cards required. With HEAT, you can achieve the unmistakably rich sound of analog signal chains inside the box, and without the expense or upkeep of prized vintage gear.
Capture the highest quality audio
Nobody’s perfect. But you can create the perfect take. Record pristine sound—at up to 32-bit/192 kHz—with a supported audio interface. Get near-zero latency with Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native for easier recording. Let spontaneity shine by tracking multiple passes of a section. Replace questionable sections non-destructively with QuickPunch recording. And create that flawless take by comping together the best performances.
No instrument? No problem. Get access to a wide range of virtual instruments to record the parts you need. Lay down beats with the drum machine, samples, and loops. 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. No matter what music genre is at hand, you’ll find thousands of possibilities to explore.
Realize your music with notation
Take your songwriting from sketchpad to final production with speed and ease. Create and finesse every virtual instrument or MIDI performance—from tweaking individual notes, to adjusting dynamics, timing, and more. Write music using standard notation tools in the built-in Score Editor. You can even export sessions to Sibelius for further finessing.
Create with power
When your creativity is flowing, you don’t want your software getting in the way. With Pro Tools, you get 64-bit performance and dynamic host processing to keep your sessions running smoothly. So go ahead and add all of the virtual instruments and effects you want. Pro Tools won’t slow you down.
Work with sound for picture
Pro Tools is more than just sound—you can work with audio for movies, television, and other visual media too. Play HD video and Avid DNxHD sequences right in the timeline. Edit with precision using the built-in Timecode Ruler. Clean up sound using the included plug-ins. Create sound effects that define (or defy) reality. Work easily with AudioSuite-rendered clips. And record and edit voice-overs, Foley, and ADR with perfect frame accuracy. You can even share audio mixes with Media Composer editors through AAF (advanced authoring format).
Collaborate with others
Collaboration has never been easier. With Pro Tools, you can exchange sessions with any Pro Tools user or studio. Or work on projects created in other audio and video software—including Media Composer, Logic, and Cubase—right in Pro Tools. And once Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools is available in wide release, you’ll be able to collaborate on projects with anyone, anywhere, over the cloud.
Pro Tools | HD Software Advanced Editing Features
Audio becomes as pliable and responsive to change as MIDI with Pro Tools HD elastic editing. Whether you’re fixing timing errors or pitch problems, you can change the tempo or timing of a clip or entire composition on the fly with Elastic Time. Pro Tools HD Elastic Pitch can make pitch alterations over wide intervals without artifacts. You can even create vocal harmonies and transpose clips in real time, without altering the tempo.
Pro Tools Native’s sample-accurate editing tools enable you to comp the perfect vocal performance or instrument solo, balance volume levels with Clip Gain, and create smooth crossfade transitions. Additionally, the Smart Tool is designed to speed up editing and mixing tasks. The leading DAW platform for audio editing for decades, Pro Tools HD provides everything you need to perfect your tracks from within a single Edit window.
Get into the groove
After hours of takes, you finally get that magical performance with feel and emotion, only to discover at mixdown that some inevitable timing glitches occurred—the kind that are too distracting to ignore. Do you throw out a great performance? With Pro Tools Native’s Beat Detective, you can quickly fix timing issues across multiple tracks and save a great performance. On the creative side, you can change the feel of a beat altogether to make a different groove. And rather than side-chaining a gate with on the bass track triggered by the kick drum (which can cost you attacks and note duration, you can even use Beat Detective to put your rhythm section in the pocket by extracting the groove from a drum track and applying it to the bass part.
A sound-shaper’s candy store
Pro Tools Native comes packed with 75 effects, sound-processing, and utility plug-ins, from high-quality reverbs, EQs, and compressors, to guitar amp emulators, surround sound fold-down, and channel strip dynamics—everything you need to create professional mixes right out of the box. Of course, when it comes to sound-tools and toys, you can never have too many. The Avid Marketplace is your AAX plug-in shopping mall where you are welcome to hang out anytime.
System 5 sound
Avid’s System 5 (formerly Euphonix) is one of the most sought-after digital audio consoles, not just for its advanced, streamlined functionality, but for it’s sound quality as well. Avid System 5 consoles have been used to create some of the greatest music and movie mixes ever produced, and now that sound has been ported to Pro Tools Native with the included Avid Channel Strip plug-in, an exact replication of the renowned EQ and compression algorithms of the System 5. Add System 5’s legendary warmth, energy, and clarity to your mixes with the Avid Channel Strip plug-in.
Don’t get caught in the mousetrap
Computer mice were a clever innovation in 1964, and two decades later, shipped with the first Apple Macintosh. Suffice to say, it wasn’t invented with music mixing and editing in mind. Recording consoles with knobs and faders were invented to mix music. You can use a mouse to make changes to your mix if carpal tunnel syndrome is your goal (like Chris Rock once said, “Sure, you can drive with your feet, but that doesn’t make it a good %$@#ing idea). On the other hand, or both hands in this case, you can work with an Avid control surface to mix music the way it should be and finish projects faster. You get seamless integration and most efficient hands-on control when you pair Pro Tools with an Avid control surface. There are Avid control surfaces to fit every budget and workflow, such as the S6, S3, Artist Series, and Dock.
Make your mix pop with automation
Music is all about dynamic movement, and sometimes, in the goal to keep meters from pinning in the red, compression during tracking and later at mixing can suck the life out of a mix. With Pro Tools, you can automate the settings of nearly every element in your mix, and give those transitions, turnarounds, and crescendos a little help where they need it. Plus, as plug-in counts increase, phase problems can ensure. With Pro Tool’s HD’s Automatic Delay Compensation, now 4x more powerful, you’ll get great sounding, phase-accurate mixes with even the largest sessions.
Express mixdown with offline bounce
Much faster than real time mixdown, Pro Tools offline bounce can deliver final mixes or stems up to 150x faster, with no compromise in audio quality, thanks to time-stamped automation. If you mix radio programs, television, or other long-format shows, this feature alone will save you hours of time daily.
Thanks for sharing
If you want to get your music out to the world, Pro Tools makes it easy for you to promote your music and skills to an extensive network of media professionals. Find collaborators in the online Avid Artist Community, share files with direct SoundCloud support, or bounce mixes to your iTunes library.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for the latest Pro Tools features to enhance your workflow, or looking to take your first steps into a vast world of audio processing, make Pro Tools HD your DAW of choice. For more information, call or chat with your Westlake Pro sales consultant today.
Pro Tools HD 12 minimum system requirements
For optimal performance and reliability, be sure that your computer or laptop meets the following minimum system requirements.
- Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.8.5 (only supported below Pro Tools 12.5), 10.9.5, 10.10.5, 10.11.6 or 10.12.2 (only supported with Pro Tools 12.7 and above)
- Intel Core i7 processor
- 8GB RAM (16GB or more recommended)
- Internet connection for installation
- 15GB disk space for installation
- USB-port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 or iLok 3 required)
- PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (incl. one power connection on motherboard), Thunderbolt-port for supported PCIe-chassis or CoreAudio-supported audio device
- Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools
- Intel PC with Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate 64-bit Editions), Windows 8/8.1 (Standard and Pro 64-bit Editions), and Windows 10 (Home, Pro, and Enterprise 64-bit Editions)
- Intel Xeon processor
- 8GB RAM (16GB or more recommended)
- Internet connection for installation
- 15GB disk space for installation
- USB-port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 or iLok 3 required)
- PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (incl. one power connection on motherboard) or ASIO-supported audio device
- Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools