Compose, record, mix
Get started quickly
Choose from a variety of session templates—from rock and pop, to electronica, hip-hop, and jazz. Each template provides preloaded instrument tracks for that genre, so you can start creating right away. Or start from scratch and build your own session.
No instrument? No problem
The included Xpand!2 virtual instrument offers an incredible range of sounds—from beats and loops, to power chords and more cowbell. Start off with drums, bass, guitars, pianos, and synths. Then make things interesting with strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, sound effects, and more. Add up to 16 virtual instrument tracks for a big, layered sound.
Find the right loops and sounds fast
Pro Tools | First helps you find the perfect loop, sample, or sound for your project. Soundbase lets you search for fresh sounds and instantly hear how they fit into your tracks. Plus, you get a 500 MB loop library created by industry-leading producers and sound designers, making it even easier to produce professional-quality music.
Get Track Freeze
Processor-hungry virtual instruments can impact system performance. But with Track Freeze, you can quickly freeze all plug-ins and effects on a track to free up processing power. Plus, when you share your session, your collaborators will hear exactly what you intended them to hear. Even if they don’t have the same plug-ins.
Capture that perfect take
Nobody’s perfect—that’s why loop recording is a great way to nail that perfect guitar solo or vocal run. Capture multiple takes of a performance—one after the other. Then pick the best take or edit together a flawless performance from multiple ones (what the pros call “comping”).
Fix what's funky
Pro Tools | First offers world-class editing tools to help you fix mistakes and deliver stellar results. Edit MIDI notes to perfection with just a click and drag. Change the tempo, pitch and fix timing with ease. You can even alter the volume of each note to give your music more dynamics and emotion.
Polish your sound
Pro Tools | First comes with over 20 effects and utility plug-ins to get you started. Shape sounds, warm up tone, and give tracks greater presence with EQ and Dynamics. Bring atmosphere to your mix with reverb. And expand your creative possibilities by visiting the in-app Marketplace, where you’ll find affordable virtual instruments, guitar effects, and more.
Record with ease
Ready to record? Just connect a mic or instrument and hit the red button. We recommend using an external audio interface for best results. You can capture individual performances, or record up to four inputs at a time—perfect for tracking a vocal and guitar, multiple vocalists, or a live band session.