PRO TOOLS COMPARISON

Compare audio mixing, creation, and music editing software

Compare Pro Tools music editing software to other versions of Pro Tools and decide which one is right for you.

Pro Tools | First

A streamlined toolset to get you started
  

FREE

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Pro Tools

The essentials for native music and post production

from
$29.99 USD/month

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Pro Tools | Ultimate

The ultimate toolset for any music or post production

from
$79.99 USD/month

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Key features

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Key features

Simultaneous voices/tracks
(@ 48 kHz/96 kHz/192 kHz)

Learn about voices

16/16/–

128/64/32

Base software
384/192/96

Maximum inputs
(hardware dependent)

4

 

32

 

192

More information

MIDI tracks 16 1024 1024
Instrument tracks 16 512 512
Auxiliary tracks 16 128 512
Video tracks n/a 1 64
Included plugins 23 115* 115*
Included sounds 3.1 GB 5.4 GB 5.4 GB
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 96 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz
Busses Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

* Get access to the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle (a $49.99 USD/year value) and HEAT (a $495 USD value) with Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate subscriptions at no additional charge. Pro Tools perpetual licenses with an active 1-Year Software Updates & Support Plan get access to 80 plugins. Pro Tools | Ultimate perpetual licenses with an active 1-Year Software Updates & Support Plan get access to 114 plugins (HEAT not included).

Create, edit, produce

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Create, edit, produce

Automatic plugin delay compensation + + +
Nondestructive editing + + +
Elastic audio + + +
Soundbase + + +

Retrospective MIDI recording

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+ + +

Track Presets

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+ + +
QuickPunch + + +
Time signature changes + + +
MIDI Editor + + +
Sibelius Score Editor + +

Loop record track comping

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+ +
Beat detective + +
Input monitoring + +
In-the-box dubbing +
(Requires HDX)
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch +
Advanced audio editing +
Field recorder workflows +

Mix, master, deliver

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Mix, master, deliver

Supported plugin formats AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite

Automate volume, pans, sends, solo, mute, plugin parameters, and more

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+ + +

Offline bounce

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+ + +
Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce Freeze only + +
Clip FX Playback only +
Clip Gain + +
Variable stereo pan depths + +
Advanced metering with gain reduction + +
Timecode ruler + +
VCA mixing + +
Solo bus AFL/PFL + +
AAX DSP support +
Surround mixing +

Dolby Atmos mixing

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+
Ambisonics VR mixing +
Advanced automation +

Single file multi-stem bounce

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+

Netflix Post Technology Alliance participant

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+

Usability

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Usability

Workspace + + +
ReWire + + +

Folder Tracks—NEW!

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+ +
Revision history + +
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange + +

Batch renaming

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+ +
Full import session data + +
Extended RAM/Disk Cache + +
Satellite Link +

Video

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Video

Video tracks n/a 1 64
Avid Video Engine + +

4K/UHD support—NEW!

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+ +
Advanced video editing +

Collaborate and connect

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Collaborate and connect

Cloud collaboration + + +
Cloud storage 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Number of cloud projects 3 Unlimited Unlimited
Selective project sync Requires Cloud Plan + +

Compatible hardware

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Compatible hardware

PRO TOOLS | HD SYSTEMS
Pro Tools | HDX +
Pro Tools | HD Native +
Pro Tools | MTRX +
Pro Tools | MTRX Studio +
Pro Tools | HD I/O +
Pro Tools | HD OMNI +
Pro Tools | HD MADI +
Pro Tools | SYNC HD +
THIRD-PARTY HARDWARE
Core Audio compatible interfaces + + +
ASIO compatible interfaces + + +
AVID CONTROL SURFACES
Avid Control (iPad app) + +
Artist Mix + +
Avid Dock + +
Avid S1 + +
Avid S3 + +
Avid S4 + +
Avid S6 + +
THIRD-PARTY CONTROL SURFACES
HUI-compatible control surfaces + + +
AVID A/V INTERFACES
Avid Artist | DNxIQ + +
Avid Artist | DNxIV + +
Avid Artist | DNxIO + +
AVID STORAGE
Avid NEXIS | PRO + +
Avid NEXIS +

System requirements

Pro Tools | First Pro Tools Pro Tools | Ultimate
Full System Requirements Full System Requirements

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