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

Comparison

Pro Tools | HD
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | First

Audience and Availability

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

Supported Tracks

Maximum simultaneous audio tracks @ 48/96/192 kHz 256/128/641

(up to 768/384/192)2

128/64/32
(mono or stereo)
16/16 /–

(mono or stereo)

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

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 | HD
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | First

General

Maximum supported projects/sessions Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives Three projects stored in the cloud
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 Yes
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors) AAX DSP (Pro Tools | HDX only), AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Bundled software Over 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 25 bonus 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 Xpand!2 multitimbral music workstation (hundreds of sounds), plus over 20 effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins
Pro Tools | HD
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | First

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

Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce

+ +
Automatic Delay Compensation 16k 16k 16k
Beat Detective Multitrack Multitrack n/a
Clip FX Apply, edit, and play Playback only n/a
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 | HD
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | First

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 (2nd and 3rd gen)

+ + +

Pro Tools | Mbox Mini  (2nd and 3rd gen)

+ + +

Pro Tools | Mbox Pro  (2nd and 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 | HD
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | First

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
Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol n/a

Minimum System Requirements


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

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