PRO TOOLS DAW COMPARISON

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Key features
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
Included software and plugins
Included third-party software
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Celemony Melodyne 5 essential
Celemony Melodyne 5 essential, SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition*
Celemony Melodyne 5 essential, SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition*
Sonic Drop content
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Included with monthly and annual subscriptions
Included with monthly and annual subscriptions and Software Updates + Support Plans for perpetual licenses
Included with monthly and annual subscriptions and Software Updates + Support Plans for perpetual licenses
Inner Circle rewards
-
Included with annual subscriptions only
Included with annual subscriptions and Software Updates + Support Plans for perpetual licenses only
Included with annual subscriptions and Software Updates + Support Plans for perpetual licenses only
Sketch Window
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+
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+
Internal Dolby Atmos® renderer
-
-
+
+
Simultaneous recording inputs
4
16
64
256 (Core Audio, ASIO), 192 (HDX Hybrid Engine, HDX Classic), 64 (HD Native)
Audio tracks
8
32 (mono/stereo)
512 (mono/stereo/surround)
2,048 (mono/stereo/surround)
Voices
n/a
2,048 (non-HDX)
2,048 (HDX Hybrid Engine)
256 per card (HDX Classic)
MIDI tracks
8
64
1,024
1,024
Instrument tracks
8
32
512
512
Aux I/O inputs and outputs
n/a
4/4
unlimited/32**
unlimited/unlimited
Aux Input tracks
4
32
128
1,024
Routing Folder tracks
4
32
128
1,024
Basic Folder tracks
2,000
2,000
2,000
2,000
Video tracks
n/a
n/a
1
64
Busses
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Included plugins
36
100+
120+
120+
Bit depth, sample rate
32-bit floating point, 192 kHz
32-bit floating point, 192 kHz
32-bit floating point, 192 kHz
32-bit floating point, 192 kHz
Create, edit, produce
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
Automatic plugin delay compensation
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+
+
+
Elastic audio
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+
+
+
ARA 2 Melodyne support
+***
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+
+
Soundbase/Workspace
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+
+
+
Retrospective MIDI recording
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+
+
+
Track Presets
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+
+
+
Time signature changes
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+
+
+
MIDI Editor
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+
+
+
Audio-to-MIDI
+***
+
+
+
Sibelius Score Editor
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+
+
+
Track comping
+
+
+
+
Beat Detective
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+
+
+
In-the-box dubbing
+
+
+
+
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch
+
Field recorder workflows
+
MIX, MASTER, DELIVER
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
Supported plugin formats
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite; supports AAX DSP when used with Pro Tools | Carbon
AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite; supports AAX DSP when used with Pro Tools | Carbon or Pro Tools | HDX
Track Freeze and Commit
+
+
+
+
Clip FX
Playback only
Playback only
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+
Clip Gain
+
+
+
+
Advanced metering with gain reduction
+
+
Timecode ruler
+
+
+
VCA mixing
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+
Solo bus AFL/PFL
+
+
Surround mixing
+
+
Dolby Atmos mixing
+
+
ADM Export
+
+
Ambisonics VR mixing****
+
+
Advanced automation
+
+
Export selected range
+
+
Single file multi-stem bounce
+
+
Usability
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
Ableton Link support
+
+
+
+
MIDI Keyboard
+
+
+
+
Folder Tracks
+
+
+
+
Space Clips
+
+
+
+
AAC encode decode support
+
+
+
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange
+
+
Batch renaming
+
+
Extended RAM/Disk Cache
+
+
Satellite Link Remote
1 per Satellite network
Up to 2 per Satellite network without Pro Tools | HD hardware; up to 12 per Satellite network with Pro Tools | HD hardware
Video
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
Video tracks
n/a
n/a
1
64
Avid Video Engine
+
+
4K/UHD support
+
+
Advanced video editing
+
Collaborate and connect
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
Cloud collaboration*****
+
+
+
+
Cloud storage
-
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
Compatible hardware
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
PRO TOOLS SYSTEMS AND INTERFACES
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
MBOX Studio
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Pro Tools | Carbon
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+
Pro Tools | Carbon Pre
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+
Pro Tools | HDX
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Pro Tools | HD Native
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Pro Tools | MTRX
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Pro Tools | MTRX II
+
with the optional Thunderbolt 3 module
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with the optional Thunderbolt 3 module
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with the optional Thunderbolt 3 module
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Pro Tools | MTRX Studio
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with the optional Thunderbolt 3 module
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with the optional Thunderbolt 3 module
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with the optional Thunderbolt 3 module
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Pro Tools | HD I/O
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Pro Tools | HD OMNI
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Pro Tools | HD MADI
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Pro Tools | Sync X
+
THIRD-PARTY HARDWARE
Core Audio compatible interfaces
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+
+
+
ASIO/WASAPI compatible interfaces
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+
+
+
AVID CONTROL SURFACES
Avid Control (free mobile app)
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+
+
+
Avid Dock
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+
+
+
Avid S1
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+
+
+
Avid S3
+
+
+
+
Avid S4
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+
+
+
Avid S6
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+
+
+
THIRD-PARTY CONTROL SURFACES
HUI-compatible control surfaces
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+
+
+
AVID A/V INTERFACES
Avid Artist | DNxIQ
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+
Avid Artist | DNxIV
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+
Avid Artist | DNxIP
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+
Avid Artist | DNxID
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+
System requirements
Pro Tools Intro
Pro Tools Artist
Pro Tools Studio
Pro Tools Ultimate
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* Included with annual subscriptions and Upgrade plans for Pro Tools Artist, Pro Tools Studio and Pro Tools Ultimate perpetual licenses only
** Dolby Audio Bridge allows 130 outputs with an active connection to the optional external Dolby Atmos Renderer application 
*** Requires a version of Celemony Melodyne (not included)
**** Pro Tools Studio supports up to third-order Ambisonics; Pro Tools Ultimate supports up to seventh-order Ambisonics
***** Can collaborate on someone else's project when invited, but cannot invite others to collaborate

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