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PRO TOOLS 2023.12 (DECEMBER 2023)

The Pro Tools 2023.12 software update delivers significant enhancements for both music and audio post workflows, including a new integrated Dolby Atmos renderer to streamline immersive mixing. The release also offers enhancements to Pro Tools Sketch, adds new Track Markers functionality, I/O Setup and Routing color coding, Same as Source bounce support for H.264 video, support for Native Instruments S-Series controllers, and more.

Integrated Pro Tools Dolby Atmos renderer

The new integrated Dolby Atmos renderer is included free in Pro Tools Studio and Ultimate and improves the efficiency of immersive mixing workflows with simplified setup, mixing, and monitoring. You can now render and monitor Dolby Atmos mixes within Pro Tools without having to roundtrip to an external renderer. A new window provides comprehensive visualization of your Atmos mix from various perspectives and enables you to quickly switch between multi-speaker and binaural headphone monitoring. Additionally, a new I/O Setup tab simplifies the configuration of beds, objects, groups, trim, and downmix settings and saves them as part of your session for easy recall.

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Pro Tools Sketch enhancements

The 2023.12 software release introduces new interoperability between Sketches and Pro Tools sessions, adds new audio effects, MIDI workflow improvements, and more. When dragging MIDI clips from the Sketch window into the Pro Tools timeline you can now choose whether to keep them as MIDI for further manipulation or render them as audio. Conversely, when dragging audio clips from Pro Tools into the Sketch window, you now have the option to render the full signal chain (including plugin processing, Elastic Audio, clip effects, etc.) to maintain their processed sound. Finally, improvements to the desktop Media Browser make it easier to access your loops and samples and you can now embed Sketches directly into Pro Tools sessions for better portability of projects when sharing and collaborating with others.

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Expansion of Track Markers

First introduced in the 2023.6 release, Track Markers enable users to add detailed, color-coded comments within a track to improve both music and audio post workflows. 2023.12 builds on this functionality with more marker rulers for better visibility, allowing for each ruler to have a specific purpose with more space for text to be displayed. Track Markers are also easier to find in the Memory Location window through improved sorting and filtering options.

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PRO TOOLS 2023.9 (SEPTEMBER 2023)

The Pro Tools 2023.9 software update introduces the Pro Tools Sketch Window and iPad app, Export Session Range, Plugin Slot Reordering, Pro Tools Dashboard updates, Scripting SDK updates, and much more.

Pro Tools Sketch

Capture and play with ideas anywhere inspiration strikes with Pro Tools Sketch, a new non-linear, clip-based creation tool in Pro Tools and on iPad. Trigger samples and loops, record audio, and capture MIDI performances to quickly work up sketches. Drag and drop clips and experiment with arrangements to create something you love. Pro Tools Sketch offers new ways to experiment with musical ideas that can be dragged into the Pro Tools Edit Window for further recording, editing, and mixing.

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Export Session Range

Export Session Range improve the efficiency of exporting workflows by only including a section of a session with media to be saved/exported without having to clear out all the unnecessary data before merging the elements from one session to another. This allows easier movement of sound elements from previous episodes/films that use same material. It’s also perfect for breaking up live recordings into individual songs or assembling song melodies from different recordings.

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Screenshot of Pro Tools Export Selected Range feature

Plugin Slot Reordering via Drag & Drop

The ability to rearrange the order of loaded plugins has been a long-requested feature. You can now freely change the order of inserted plugins via drag and drop to accommodate new plugins or to experiment with your processing chain.

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PRO TOOLS 2023.6 (JUNE 2023)

The Pro Tools 2023.6 software update introduces Track Markers, new track widths for immersive and Ambisonic mixing, guided Device Setup, updated Event Operations window, surround monitoring for Pro Tools | Carbon, Scripting SDK updates, and much more.

Track Markers

Track Markers is a long-awaited feature that enable users to give detailed, color-coded comments within a track to improve both music and audio post workflows—including translating track markers accurately from Media Composer.

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Expanded track widths

Pro Tools delivers new track widths with support up to 9.1.6, providing users with simpler and more capable setups to mix Dolby Atmos and other immersive formats (like MPEG-H). This release also expands Ambisonics support (up to 7th order) to better support advanced gaming and VR productions.

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Pro Tools | Carbon surround monitoring

Pro Tools 2023.6 brings surround monitoring to Pro Tools | Carbon, supporting surround monitor configurations from 5.1 up to 7.1.2 and everything in between.

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PRO TOOLS 2023.3 (MARCH 2023)

The Pro Tools 2023.3 software update delivers qualified native Apple silicon support, expanded Elastic Audio processing, new Pro Tools | GrooveCell and SynthCell presets, updates to the Scripting SDK, and more. This release also introduces the new Pro Tools | PlayCell virtual instrument as well as Pro Tools | Sonic Drop—a new monthly content program.

Qualified native Apple silicon support

The 2023.3 software release brings fully qualified native Apple silicon support to Pro Tools, delivering significant performance improvements to users on M1 and M2 systems. The update also provides you with more ways to manipulate pitch and time—élastique Pro V3 by zplane.development and Celemony Melodyne offer users enhanced control over the timing and feel of their tracks.

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Pro Tools | Sonic Drop content program

Multiplatinum artist and Avid sound designer Matt Lange is bringing a whole world of exclusive sounds to the Pro Tools community with Pro Tools | Sonic Drop. This new monthly program will deliver inspiring new samples, loops, and instrument presets to all Pro Tools subscribers (monthly and annual) and current perpetual license holders. From traditional instruments and found sounds to content from other artists and industry partners, each “Drop” focuses on a specific theme, giving users an ever-growing collection of sounds.

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New Pro Tools | PlayCell virtual instrument

Pro Tools | PlayCell is a sample playback instrument that offers Pro Tools users a comprehensive collection of sounds in an easy-to-use interface that makes it easy to find and dial in the perfect sound. Not only does PlayCell ship with an extensive library of instruments, but more will be added regularly as part of the Pro Tools | Sonic Drop program.

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Pro Tools PlayCell instrument


PRO TOOLS 2022.12 (DECEMBER 2022)

This release introduces macOS Ventura support, a new scripting SDK that enables developers and facilities to create apps that integrate with Pro Tools, and numerous bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as a public beta that offers native Apple Silicon support. Also Media Composer 2022.12 can now export Pro Tools session files, and Pro Tools 2022.12 better supports reading marker data generated by Media Composer and places it in the Pro Tools marker ruler.

Scripting SDK

The Pro Tools 2022.12 software release includes support for a new Scripting SDK (software development kit) that enables high-end facilities and application developers for scripting Pro Tools to help automate repetitive tasks and create whole new workflows. This new free Pro Tools Scripting SDK provides developers with everything they need to get up and running.

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Pro Tools general and session APIs

Native Apple Silicon Public Beta

While we are planning to deliver official and qualified native Apple M1 and M2 Silicon support in early 2023 for customers on active subscriptions and support contracts, we are enabling Pro Tools 2022.12 to run on Apple Silicon natively as a public beta. This gives you the opportunity to check out the performance improvements.

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PRO TOOLS 2022.9 (SEPTEMBER 2022)

This release introduces a new, free Pro Tools offering—Pro Tools Intro, plus ARA 2 Melodyne support, Aux I/O software and hardware routing, MIDI Quantize Toolbar controls, and more. Additionally, SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition is now also included with all Pro Tools Studio annual subscriptions, as well as with all Pro Tools Studio perpetual licenses with an active support plan.

Pro Tools Intro

Pro Tools Intro is a new, free version of Pro Tools that is ideal for those new to producing music with a DAW, providing all the essential audio and MIDI tools needed to create music and includes 36 core effects and instrument plugins. Pro Tools Intro also becomes the default rollback for any subscription customer who does not renew their license.

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ARA 2 Melodyne Integration

With new ARA 2 (Audio Random Access) integration, you can now work with Celemony Melodyne directly within the Pro Tools Edit window. Alter pitch, vibrato, volume, sibilants, note length, timing, and more without having to send audio out to the plugin and back into Pro Tools, enabling you to experiment and perfect vocal and instrument parts significantly faster and easier.

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Aux I/O

Expand your routing capabilities with Aux I/O, enabling you to send audio to and from Pro Tools and other apps. Collaborate and review mixes easily by playing Pro Tools audio over Zoom or other conferencing service. Route channels to and from the Dolby Atmos Renderer while simultaneously using Pro Tools | HDX processing. Even record and monitor audio in Pro Tools from other apps.

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In addition, Pro Tools 2022.9 also delivers numerous other features and enhancements, including:

  • Quantize Toolbar controls in Edit and MIDI Editor windows
  • Timecode Overlay X/Y settings for fine-tuning the Timecode Overlay position in the Video window
  • Increased marker count from 999 to 32,000
  • And more

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PRO TOOLS INNER CIRCLE EXPANSION

Got a Pro Tools Studio or Pro Tools Ultimate perpetual license with an active Software Updates + Support Plan? You're now part of the Pro Tools Inner Circle, giving you access to over $2,000 worth of additional plugins, sounds, and more—for free! Visit your Avid Account to claim all your rewards now. Don't have an active plan? Get one now to get current and enjoy all the latest features you've missed since the last time you updated your Pro Tools.

PRO TOOLS 2022.6 (JUNE 2022)

Offline bounce Dolby Atmos® re-renders. Link to ADM file with import session data. Export ADM files faster with optimized ADM export performance. View timecode overlay in the video window or on a hardware monitor. Get MIDI workflow enhancements, including quantization improvements. Gain the ability to use Pro Tools | Sync X in Standalone Mode. Explore all this and more in the latest version of Pro Tools.

You can now quickly generate channel-based mixes without going through the process of generating an ADM, importing it into the Dolby Atmos renderer, and then doing a separate export of the re-renders from the renderer. This is great if you need to send off any temp mixes for review.

Dolby Atmos Re-renders

You can now quickly generate channel-based mixes without going through the process of generating an ADM, importing it into the Dolby Atmos renderer, and then doing a separate export of the re-renders from the renderer. This is great if you need to send off any temp mixes for review.

Timecode Overlay

Timecode may now be displayed in the video window or on a hardware client monitor. This makes it far easier for the talent or engineer to see the position of the session when working with picture.

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PRO TOOLS 2022.4 (APRIL 2022)

With the 2022.4 release, Pro Tools is now available in new options. Start making music with Pro Tools Artist. Create professional-level music productions with the advanced tools of Pro Tools Studio. And get the advanced tools and workflows for high-end music production with Pro Tools Ultimate.

In addition, Pro Tools 2022.4 also delivers numerous new features and enhancements, including:

  • Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Pro Tools Search
  • Video Color Space improvements
  • Dolby Atmos improvements
  • Getting Started tab in the Pro Tools Dashboard
  • Improved support for built-in and third-party Windows audio devices (WASAPI)

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Pro Tools 2021.10 (October 2021)

Control Pro Tools | Carbon mic preamps remotely. Get deeper integration with Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol MIDI keyboards. Further customize the Dark and Classic UI themes for accessibility and fun with the new high contrast mode and background colors. Plus, Pro Tools will now automatically downmix when routing between different track widths, saving time and minimizing complexity. Discover all this and more in the latest version of Pro Tools.

Get Komplete Kontrol of your workflow

Move seamlessly between tracks and get instant hands-on control of a wide range of plugins with your Komplete Kontrol MIDI keyboard. Now, Komplete Kontrol will automatically sync with the selected track in your Pro Tools session. Plus, you can control many Pro Tools functions directly with Komplete Kontrol's buttons, knobs, and the 4D encoder.

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Remotely control your Pro Tools | Carbon preamps

Conveniently adjust, save, and recall Pro Tools | Carbon preamp settings remotely, either from your Pro Tools session in the Edit and Mix windows or using your Avid control surface. This means you can place your Carbon interface where it makes the most sense in your studio and without the need to remember preamp settings for each session.

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Gain more track routing flexibility

You can now route outputs and sends to nearly any bus, regardless of the width, eliminating the need to create sub-paths. Pro Tools will automatically downmix or map the signal. This means, for example, you can route a 5.0 track directly to a 7.1.2 bus, or easily send surround tracks to stereo effects or headphones.

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Further personalize the Pro Tools UI

Pro Tools gives you unprecedented control to make the UI your own. Now, you can dial-in custom background colors and toggle on high contrast UI elements, in addition to having control over nearly every element in both Classic and Dark themes. This means you can further fine-tune the UI to meet accessibility needs or personalize your work environment for different times of day or even different moods.

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Pro Tools adds support for HDX, HD Native, and AVE on M1 Macs

With the October 2021 release, you can now run Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native systems as well as the Avid Video Engine on the latest Macs that use Apple’s new M1 silicon processors.

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*Before installing Pro Tools on an M1 Mac, please visit our compatibility page and our dedicated Pro Tools macOS Big Sur support page to ensure that your system and workflow are fully supported.

Pro Tools support on M1 Macs

Pro Tools 2021.10 release notes

In addition to these features, Pro Tools 2021.10 includes several more enhancements for music and audio post-production.

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Pro Tools 2021.6 (June 2021)

Turbocharge HDX Systems with the Hybrid Engine. Work with M1-based Macs running macOS Big Sur. Create with more voices, tracks, and I/O. Customize Dark and Classic UI themes. And, if you're an annual subscriber, fuel your creativity with over $1,500 in plugins, sounds, and training content, FREE with the new Pro Tools Inner Circle program. The latest version of Pro Tools brings you all this and more.

Bring more power to HDX with the Hybrid Engine

The Hybrid Engine transforms HDX Systems into the most powerful Pro Tools systems we’ve ever made. This patented technology maximizes the performance of Pro Tools by using native and DSP processing more harmoniously. With a massive 2,048 voices in Pro Tools | Ultimate and immediate access to HDX’s onboard DSP, you can run bigger sessions more smoothly—even with one-card systems. And with the ability to toggle between Native and DSP modes on a track-by-track basis, you can nullify the distracting effects of latency simply by clicking a button.

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Pro Tools adds support for M1 Macs

With the June 2021 release, you can now run Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | Ultimate as well as Pro Tools | Carbon systems on the latest Macs that use Apple’s new M1 silicon processors.

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*Before installing Pro Tools on an M1 Mac, please visit our compatibility page and our dedicated Pro Tools macOS Big Sur support page to ensure that your system and workflow are fully supported.

Pro Tools support on M1 Macs

Record and mix bigger sessions with more I/O, tracks, and voices

Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate now support a maximum 64 channels of I/O—up from 32. Pro Tools now supports a maximum 256 mono or stereo audio tracks at all sample rates—up from 128 to 48 kHz. And Pro Tools | Ultimate now supports a maximum 2,048 voices and audio tracks at all sample rates—5x more than previous versions. This means you can track bigger sessions and work with a lot more outboard gear using any Core Audio or ASIO interface. And with more voices, you can handle the largest sessions without constraint.

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Customize the Dark and Classic UI themes

Get an unprecedented level of control over the look and feel of Pro Tools. You can now change the brightness and saturation of almost every aspect of the user interface. Save your favorite settings as presets and switch between them at any time. Plus, you can now toggle between the Dark and Classic UI themes dynamically, without having to restart Pro Tools.

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QuickTime and file support improvements

Pro Tools 2021.6 adds important functionality to the Bounce Mix window, including same as source video export, AAC audio export up to 7.1, as well as the ability to import, play, and export H.265/HEVC video in Pro Tools | Ultimate.

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Get Automatic Delay Compensation on side chains

Side-chaining lets you use an external signal to trigger dynamics, EQ, or other effects on a track. From compressing a bass to cut through each time the kick drum hits and creating classic EDM pumping effects, to auto-ducking a music bed when it interferes with dialogue, it’s a technique producers use to dial in the perfect mix. And now Pro Tools will apply the correct amount of delay compensation when side-chaining tracks to keep the timing in perfect sync—a feature previously only available for Pro Tools | HDX.

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Pro Tools 2021.6 release notes

In addition to these features, Pro Tools 2021.6 features enhancements for music and audio post-production.

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