• Audio Tracks 16
  • Inputs 4
  • Plug-ins 20+
  • Projects 3

Features

Compose a song

No instrument? No problem

With the included Xpand!2 music synthesizer, you have an incredible range of instrument sounds at your fingertips—from beats and loops, to power chords and more cowbell. Get access to the usual suspects, including drums, bass, guitars, pianos, and synths. Then make things interesting by layering in strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, world instruments, sound effects, loops, and more. Making music has never been more fun.

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Create a masterpiece

That idea floating in your head? Now’s your chance to turn it into a fully realized composition. Start with a drum (virtual instrument) track to establish the groove of your song. Or record a vocal, real instrument, or other virtual instrument performance to a Click track to keep the beat. Then repeat. With 16 audio tracks, 16 virtual instrument tracks, and 16 MIDI tracks at your disposal, getting that big sound you’re after is within easy reach.

Fix what's funky

It’s always (always!) better to capture a great, quality performance than to fix it in the mix. That said, you can make less-than-stellar recordings shine. Edit notes to perfection with just a click and drag. Change the tempo and fix timing inconsistencies with ease. Make bum notes sound pitch perfect—without sounding like a chipmunk… or Vin Diesel. You can even alter how loud and soft notes play to give your music more dynamics and emotion.

Polish your sound

Want to make your song truly shine? Pro Tools | First comes with over 20 effects and utility plug-ins to help get you started. Shape sounds, warm up tone, and give tracks greater presence with EQ and Dynamics. Bring atmosphere to your mix with reverb. Stamp out sibilance. And expand your creative possibilities further by visiting the in-app Marketplace, where you’ll find super affordable virtual instruments, guitar stompbox effects, and more.

Capture your performance

Make a connection

Ready to record? Just connect a mic or favorite instrument to your computer. Most mics have an XLR (3-pin) connector, so you’ll need an audio interface to make that connection. USB mics and MIDI keyboards can be connected directly. For a guitar or bass, you can use a 1/4-inch to 3.5mm adapter plugged into your computer’s line input (if it has one), or use an audio interface for better sound.

Create sessions with ease

Don’t know where to start? Choose from a variety of session templates, targeting the type of music you want to create—from rock and pop, to electronica, hip-hop, and jazz. Each template provides preloaded instrument tracks for that music genre, so you can start creating right away. Or you can start from scratch and build your own session like the pros.

Record yourself

With Pro Tools | First, you can record individual performances and layer them together to create something truly amazing. Record up to 16 audio tracks per session—one track at a time if your gear is connected directly to your computer. Or record up to four inputs at a time using an audio interface—perfect for capturing a vocal and guitar, multiple vocalists, or a quick-n-dirty band jam session.

Get that perfect take

Nobody’s perfect—not even your favorite artists and musicians. That’s why loop recording is a great way to nail that perfect guitar solo or vocal run. Just enable it and you can capture multiple takes of a performance within a select song section—one after the other. Then pick the best take or create a flawless performance from multiple ones. It’s a great way to get your jam on and capture more spontaneous off-the-cuff performances.

Create and be heard—everywhere

Access projects anywhere

Forget having to lug your laptop or USB drive around. Because all projects are saved securely in the cloud, you can work on your music practically anywhere you go. Save and sync up to three projects at a time using Avid’s free introductory cloud storage. Then pick up where you last left off—on any Mac or PC with Pro Tools | First installed.

Grab your spotlight

Want to be heard? When you register for Pro Tools | First, you also get access to the Avid Artist Community, where you can connect with other artists, producers, and media professionals looking for music and collaborators. Simply create your own user profile, upload your best songs, and promote your talent to the world. It’s a great opportunity to get exposure, opportunities, recognition, and compensation for your work.

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Go further with Pro Tools

When you’re ready to get serious with your music, you’ll feel right at home when you step up to Pro Tools. In fact, the software is now more accessible than ever. Buy and own the software or a system outright. Or access Pro Tools through a low-cost monthly or annual subscription. The choice is yours—the possibilities are endless.