Pro Tools Software comparison table


 

Pro Tools | HD 11

Pro Tools 11

Pro Tools Express

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

Availability

Comes bundled with Pro Tools | HDX and Pro Tools | HD Native systems only; can be used with or without hardware

Can be purchased alone or bundled with Pro Tools | Mbox Pro or Pro Tools | Eleven Rack; 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

Supported Tracks

Pro Tools | HD 11

Pro Tools 11

Pro Tools Express

Maximum simultaneous audio tracks @ 48/96/192 kHz

256/128/64 1

(up to 768/384/192) 2

96/48/24

(mono or stereo) 

16 / 16 / –

(mono or stereo)

Maximum inputs 192 32 Hardware-dependent
Audio recording (maximum simultaneous tracks) 256 32 4
Instrument 256 128 8
MIDI 512 512 16
Auxiliary 512 128 8
Busses 256 256 16
Video 64 1 1

General

Pro Tools | HD 11

Pro Tools 11

Pro Tools Express

Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 96 kHz
Maximum I/O (hardware dependent) 256 32 4
ASIO, Core Audio, and EUCON support (for third-party interface and control surface integration) Yes Yes No
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors) AAX DSP (Pro Tools | HDX only), AAX Native AAX Native AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite
Bundled software

Over 75 virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins

Over 75 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

Features

Pro Tools | HD 11

Pro Tools 11

Pro Tools Express

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
Beat Detective Multitrack Multitrack n/a
QuickPunch
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange  
DigiBase Pro
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)    

Hardware interface support

Pro Tools | HD 11

Pro Tools 11

Pro Tools Express

Pro Tools | HD Series interfaces

   

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

Console and control surface support

Pro Tools | HD 11

Pro Tools 11

Pro Tools Express

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
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  1. Per Pro Tools | HDX or Pro Tools | HD Native card; track counts for Pro Tools | HD systems remain unchanged.
  2. With Pro Tools | HDX systems only.