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


Compose, record, mix

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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.

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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

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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.

Create music more easily
MIDI Input Display

Pro Tools | First offers many new MIDI enhancements to help speed and ease your workflow. Quickly change Grid and Nudge sizes and Pencil tool commands using keystrokes for faster and easier editing. Record-enable, solo, and mute MIDI tracks right in the MIDI Editor. View chord names and notes as you play them to ensure input accuracy. And so much more.

Get Track Freeze

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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

FeaturesLoop Recording

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

FeaturesMIDI Editor

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

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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

FeaturesRecord Light

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.

Collaborate and share

Grab the spotlight

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When you download Pro Tools | First, you can also connect with other artists, producers, and media professionals looking for music and collaborators in the Avid Artist Community. Simply create your profile, upload your songs, and promote yourself to the world.

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Access projects anywhere

FeaturesCloud 2

Pro Tools | First supports cloud collaboration, so you can work on music practically anywhere you go. Save and sync up to three projects at a time using Avid’s free 1 GB of introductory cloud storage. Or get expanded cloud storage, unlimited projects, local session saving, and the ability to invite others to collaborate with our premium cloud plans, starting at just $4.99/month.

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Work on sessions from others

Pro Tools First Convert Session

Got friends or colleagues who use Pro Tools? You can now collaborate and work on sessions created in Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD by first converting them to a project format in Pro Tools | First. Simply open a session and use the Convert to Project dialog that pops up to save the file as a project in your cloud space.

Make music everywhere

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Make music with friends, colleagues, or professional artists and producers with ease—no matter where they are in the world. Avid Cloud Collaboration lets you record, edit, and mix projects with others as if you’re all together in the same studio.

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Level up with Pro Tools

Buy or subscribe to the industry standard


After using Pro Tools | First, 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.