• Audio Tracks 128
  • Inputs 32
  • Plug-ins 60+
  • Sessions Unlimited

Comparison

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

Audience and Availability

Ideal for... Singers, songwriters, and musicians who are new to audio recording or Pro Tools Pros who need an advanced set of tools to create music or sound for picture Audio and post pros who need maximum track counts, performance, and surround sound
Availability Available for free for anyone to download and use Subscribe monthly or annually, purchase and own, or get a subscription bundled with Pro Tools | Duet, Quartet, or Eleven Rack Subscribe annually, purchase and own, or get it bundled with a Pro Tools | HDX or HD Native core system
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

Supported Tracks

Maximum simultaneous audio tracks @ 48/96/192 kHz 16/16 /–

(mono or stereo)

128/64/32
(mono or stereo)
256/128/64¹

(up to 768/384/192)²

Maximum inputs (hardware dependent) 4 32 192³
Audio recording (maximum simultaneous tracks) 4 32 256
Instrument 16 512 512
MIDI 16 512 512
Auxiliary 16 128 512
Busses Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Video n/a 1 64

1. Per Pro Tools | HDX or Pro Tools | HD Native card
2. With Pro Tools | HDX systems only
3. Pro Tools | HD software supports up to 64 channels of I/O with HD Native hardware through DigiLink, and up to 32 channels of I/O through Core Audio and ASIO

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

General

Maximum supported projects/sessions Three projects stored in the cloud Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 96 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz
Maximum I/O (hardware dependent) 4 32 256
ASIO, Core Audio, and EUCON support (for third-party interface and control surface integration) Yes Yes Yes
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors) AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX DSP (Pro Tools | HDX only), AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Bundled software Xpand!2 multitimbral music workstation (hundreds of sounds), plus over 20 effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins Over 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 17 bonus plug-ins Over 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 25 bonus plug-ins
Bundled loops n/a 2 GB loop library curated from leading producers 2 GB loop library curated from leading producers
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

Features

Composing, recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing tools + + +
Loop record/track comping + + +
MIDI Editor + + +
Sibelius Score Editor + +
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch + + +
Avid Cloud Collaboration coming soon Includes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional 30 and 80 GB cloud storage plans available for purchase through your Avid Account Includes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional 30 and 80 GB cloud storage plans available for purchase through your Avid Account

Soundbase

+ +
Revision History + +

Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce

+ +
Automatic Delay Compensation 16k 16k 16k
Beat Detective n/a Multitrack Multitrack
Clip FX n/a Playback only Apply, edit, and play
QuickPunch + + +
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange + +
Workspace + + +
Clip Gain + +
Export to iTunes + +
Offline bounce + + +
Timecode Ruler + +
Full Import Session Data + +
Variable stereo pan depths + +
In-the-box dubbing +
Requires Pro Tools | HDX
Field recorder workflows +
Avid Video Engine + +
Surround mixing +
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

+
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

Hardware Interface Support

PRO TOOLS | HD SERIES INTERFACES

Pro Tools | HD I/O

+

Pro Tools | HD OMNI 

+

Pro Tools | HD MADI

+

Pro Tools | PRE

+

Pro Tools | SYNC HD

+
AUDIO INTERFACES

Pro Tools | Duet

+ + +

Pro Tools | Quartet

+ + +

Pro Tools | Eleven Rack

+ + +

Pro Tools | Mbox (3rd gen)

+ + +

Pro Tools | Mbox Mini (3rd gen)

+ + +

Pro Tools | Mbox Pro (3rd gen)

+ + +

Pro Tools | Fast Track interfaces

+ + +
THIRD-PARTY INTERFACE
Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

Console & Control Surface Support

C|24 + +
EUCON-ENABLED

Artist Control

+ + +

Artist Mix

+ + +

Artist Transport

+ + +

MC Pro

+ + +

Pro Tools | Control

+ + +

Pro Tools | Dock

+ + +

Pro Tools | S3

+ + +

Pro Tools | S6

+ + +

S5 Fusion

+ + +

System 5

+ + +

System 5-MC

+ + +
ICON

D-Command ES

+

D-Control ES

+
THIRD-PARTY CONTROL SURFACE
n/a Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol

Minimum System Requirements


Pro Tools | First Pro Tools Pro Tools | HD
 MAC
Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor Mac with Intel Core i5 processor Mac with Intel Core i7 processor ("Ivy Bridge," "Haswell," or "Westmere" recommended) 
OSX
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OSX
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2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended) 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more required for video playback)  8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
Internet connection for installation  Internet connection for installation  Internet connection for installation
15 GB disk space for installation  15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional) 15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional) 
PACE hard disk authorization (no iLok required) USB port for iLok authorization USB port for iLok authorization 
USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt port for Core Audio-supported audio device USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt port for Core Audio-supported audio device PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (including one power connection on motherboard) or Thunderbolt port for HD Native, supported PCIe chassis or Core Audio-supported audio device
Supports in-app Avid Marketplace purchased AAX plug-ins Supports 64-bit AAX Native plug-ins Supports 64-bit AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-ins
Minimum 1280 horizontal monitor resolution    

WINDOWS
PC with Intel Core 2 Duo processor PC with Intel Core i5 processor PC with Intel Xeon processor
Qualified Windows OS
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Qualified Windows OS
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Qualified Windows OS
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2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended) 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more required for video playback) 8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
Internet connection for installation Internet connection for installation Internet connection for installation
15 GB disk space for installation 15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional) 15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional)
PACE hard disk authorization (no iLok required) USB port for iLok authorization 
USB port for iLok authorization 
(Optional) USB or FireWire port for ASIO-supported audio device  (Optional) USB or FireWire port for ASIO-supported audio device PCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (including one power connection on motherboard) or ASIO-supported audio device
Supports in-app Avid Marketplace purchased AAX plug-ins Supports 64-bit AAX Native plug-ins Supports 64-bit AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-ins 
Minimum 1280 horizontal monitor resolution