Pro Tools Software comparison table


 

Pro Tools | HD

Pro Tools

Pro Tools Express

Pro Tools | First

Ideal for... Pros who need maximum track counts, the highest performance, scalability, and surround sound for demanding music and post production

Pros who want to compose, record, edit, and mix music or sound for picture with a complete set of tools and advanced workflows

Aspiring music and audio pros on a limited budget who want the best sound quality possible and the essential features of Pro Tools

Singers, songwriters, and musicians who are new to audio recording, or musicians who have always wanted to try Pro Tools

Availability

Comes bundled as part of a Pro Tools | HDX or Pro Tools | HD Native system bundle (perpetual license); can be used with or without hardware

Access the software through a low-cost monthly or annual subscription, purchase and own the software (perpetual license), or purchase it as part of a Pro Tools | Duet, Pro Tools | Quartet, Pro Tools | Mbox, or Pro Tools | Eleven Rack bundle; can be used with or without hardware

Comes bundled at no charge with Pro Tools | Mbox, Pro Tools | Fast Track Solo, and Pro Tools | Fast Track Duo interfaces only

Available for free for anyone to download and use

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Supported Tracks

Pro Tools | HD

Pro Tools

Pro Tools Express

Pro Tools | First

Maximum simultaneous audio tracks @ 48/96/192 kHz

256/128/641

(up to 768/384/192)2

128/64/32

(mono or stereo) 

16 / 16 / –

(mono or stereo)

16 / 16 / –

(mono or stereo)

Maximum inputs (hardware dependent) 192 32 8 4
Audio recording (maximum simultaneous tracks) 256 32 4 4
Instrument 512 512 8 16
MIDI 512 512 16 16
Auxiliary 512 128 8 16
Busses Unlimited Unlimited 16 Unlimited
Video 64 1 1 n/a
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General

Pro Tools | HD

Pro Tools

Pro Tools Express

Pro Tools | First

Maximum supported projects/sessions Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives Three projects stored in the cloud; additional projects may be purchased from the Avid Store in the near future
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 96 kHz 32-bit, 96 kHz
Maximum I/O (hardware dependent) 256 32 8 4
ASIO, Core Audio, and EUCON support (for third-party interface and control surface integration) Yes Yes No Yes
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors) AAX DSP (Pro Tools | HDX only), AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, RTAS, AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Bundled software

Over 60 virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins

Over 60 virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins

Three virtual instruments (hundreds of sounds), plus over 25 effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins Xpand!2 multitimbral music workstation (hundreds of sounds), plus over 20 effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins
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Features

Pro Tools | HD

Pro Tools

Pro Tools Express

Pro Tools | First

Composing, recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing tools
Loop record/track comping
MIDI Editor
Sibelius Score Editor  
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
Automatic Delay Compensation 16k 16k 16k 16k
Beat Detective Multitrack Multitrack n/a n/a
QuickPunch
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange    
Workspace
Clip Gain    
MP3 option    
Export to iTunes  
Export to SoundCloud    
Offline bounce  
Timecode Ruler    
Full Import Session Data    
Variable stereo pan depths    
Field recorder workflows      
Avid Video Engine    
Surround mixing

(up to 7.1)

     
Advanced metering with gain reduction      
Satellite Link      
Extended RAM/disk cache      
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch      
Input monitoring  ✓    
VCA mixing      
Solo bus AFL/PFL  ✓    

Advanced audio editing (Scrub Trim, Replace Region, Fit to Marks, Matching Channels, Back and Play, Auto Fades, and more)

     
Advanced automation (Punch, Capture, Write on stop, Write to all enabled, Automatch, Preview, and more)      
Advanced video editing (multiple video tracks, multiple video playlists, and video editing tools)      
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Hardware interface support

Pro Tools | HD

Pro Tools

Pro Tools Express

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools | HD Series interfaces

     

Pro Tools | Duet and Pro Tools | Quartet

 

Pro Tools | Mbox family (2nd and 3rd gen)


(Mbox and Mbox Mini 3rd gen only)
Pro Tools | Eleven Rack  
Pro Tools | Fast Track interfaces

Fast Track Solo and Duo only

Third party Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface n/a Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface
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Console and control surface support

Pro Tools | HD

Pro Tools

Pro Tools Express

Pro Tools | First

C|24    

EUCON-enabled

 

ICON

     
Third party Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol n/a n/a
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  1. Per Pro Tools | HDX or Pro Tools | HD Native card.
  2. With Pro Tools | HDX systems only.