Avid Pro Tools Carbon Audio Interface

Record with ultra-low latency thanks to Avid's HDX DSP acceleration! This 25x34 I/O interface connects to your Mac via AVB, and includes Pro Tools software.

For artists, bands, and producers, Pro Tools Carbon is a groundbreaking audio interface -- built to capture brilliance. It's a hybrid audio production system that features incredible sound quality and combines the power of your native CPU with onboard HDX DSP acceleration, so you can push your computer to the limit when you mix and record through AAX DSP plugins with near-zero latency monitoring. All at the touch of a button. All in Pro Tools.

Get a closer look at Pro Tools Carbon in this video from Avid:

Learn how Pro Tools Carbon lowers latency with dedicated DSP:

Take a look at advanced workflows, like tracking through plug-ins, with Pro Tools Carbon:


With the Hybrid Engine under its hood, Carbon maximizes Pro Tools performance, letting you say goodbye to distracting third-party apps. Because every AAX DSP plugin has a native counterpart, you can move seamlessly between worlds at the touch a button. Put a track in DSP Mode for recording, and Carbon accelerates real-time AAX DSP plugins, while your CPU plays back the rest of your mix. Bring the track back to native mode for mixing, and Pro Tools automatically takes care of the technical tasks for you.


Unmatched dynamic range. 64-bit float double precision processing. When it comes to shaping and enhancing sounds, the AAX plugin architecture lets you take your music further. It's the only plugin architecture with true hybrid capability. And read more it's designed to deliver the same impeccable sound quality in both native and HDX DSP domains. That means you can disconnect Carbon and take your mix on the road or collaborate with others who don't have the interface.


With a custom-designed FPGA and eight HDX DSPs at its core, Carbon is a powerhouse. The FPGA routes audio blazingly fast-one sample at a time-with near-zero latency, while the HDX DSPs handle real-time plugin processing, performing at an amazing 22.4 billion operations per second. So, no matter how big your session gets, or how many plugins you use in it, you can always record with sub-1 ms latency monitoring. And it frees up your CPU cores for virtual instruments and more creative mixing.


The best sound quality begins with exceptional audio converters. Avid went the extra mile designing four ADCs per channel, providing a remarkable 126 dB dynamic range. From input, to the HDX DSPs, and into Pro Tools, the entire gain structure works at uniform

What version of Pro Tools comes with Pro Tools Carbon?

Carbon comes with a special version of Avid's 1-year subscription to Pro Tools software. The subscription includes access to the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle, HEAT, Melodyne 5 esential, UVI Falcon 2, a 5.4 GB sound library, Standard support, and it is renewable annually.

At the end of your term, if you choose not to renew your subscription, your Pro Tools subscription transforms into a perpetual license. This means you can continue using Pro Tools at the last version you were eligible for (your license won't ever expire). Please note that you will need to renew your subscription if you'd like to continue receiving access to the latest Pro Tools updates and all bundled items noted above.


- Achieve maximum Pro Tools performance with a hybrid system that harnesses onboard HDX DSP and native CPU power
- Record flawlessly through AAX DSP plugins in real time, enabling you to create polished cue mixes and track with zero audible latency
- Toggle any track from native to DSP processing mode, freeing up your CPU cores to handle virtual instruments and more creative mixing
- Create, record, edit, and mix professional-quality music with included Pro Tools software, thousands of instrument sounds, and studio-staple effects and sound processors in the Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle (115 AAX plug-ins)
- Expand your sonic possibilities with a special pack of premium plugins from Arturia McDSP, Plugin Alliance, UVI, Native Instruments, and more
- AVB connectivity gives you all the I/O you need to record an entire band, with 25 x 34 simultaneous channels (including four headphone outs)
- Capture every performance detail with up to 32-bit/192 kHz audio conversion and double precision clocking
- Optimize or change up the tone of your mics, guitars, and basses with Variable Z inputs
- 8 mic preamps with Variable Z (impedance) on inputs 5-8 -- Avid's most transparent mic preamp design ever
- 2 Variable Z instrument inputs
- 8x8 line-level analog I/O
- 16 channels ADAT I/O
- 4 dedicated stereo headphone outputs
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System Requirements:

- Avid-qualified Ethernet or Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
- Qualified Mac with available Ethernet port: no adapter necessary
- Qualified Mac with available Thunderbolt 2 port: requires Apple TB to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
- Qualified Mac with available Thunderbolt 3 port: requires daisy chain of Apple TB 3 (USB-C) to TB 2 Adapter, to Apple TB to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
- Pro Tools software is included -- Hardware requires Pro Tools | Ultimate 2020.11 or Pro Tools 2020.11 (or later)

Combo mic/line inputs: 8 balanced XLR/TRS with Variable Z (impedance) on inputs 5-8.
DB25 line inputs: 8 balanced via 25-pin D-sub
Instrument (Variable Z) inputs: 2 unbalanced 1-4-inch TS
Digital inputs:
ADAT: 16 channels @ 44.1-96 kHz
ADAT: 8 channels @ 176.4-192 kHz
Mic preamps:
Dynamic Range: 126 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -105 dB (0.00056%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB EIN: -129 dB (A-weighted)
Line inputs:
Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -103 dB (0.0007%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
Line inputs (true bypass):
Dynamic Range: 126 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -114 dB (0.0002%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
Instrument inputs:
Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -103 dB (0.0007%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
DB25 line outputs: 8 balanced via 25-pin D-sub
Monitor outputs: 2 balanced 1-4-inch TRS
Headphone outputs: 4 stereo 1-4-inch TRS
Digital outputs:
ADAT: 16 channels @ 44.1-96 kHz
ADAT: 8 channels @ 176.4-192 kHz
Line outputs:
Dynamic Range: 120 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -110 dB (0.0003%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
Monitor outputs: Dynamic Range: 120 dB (A-weighted) THD+N: -110 dB (0.0003%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
Headphone outputs:
Power: 100 mW into 300 ohm; 200 mW into 32 ohm Dynamic Range: 116 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N (32 ohm): -87 dB (0.0045%)
THD+N (300 ohm): -100 dB (0.001%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
HDX DSP: 8 HDX DSP processors (2.8 GHz aggregated processing)
Supported sample rates: 44.1 kHz-192 kHz; 32-bit, 192 kHz max
Host connection: Ethernet
Power supply: Single (internal)
Chassis: 1U 19-inch rack-mountable unit

What's Included:
- Pro Tools | Carbon audio interface
- Pro Tools software: 1-year subscription with a Pro Tools
perpetual parachute
- 115 AAX plugins (over 70 AAX DSP plugins), including UVI Falcon, the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle, and HEAT
- 5.4 GB sound library
- Standard support
- Additional premium plugins included - Arturia Rev PLATE-140
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- Power cable
- Ethernet cable
- Rackmount screws and desktop feet - Registration card
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 15.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9900-74103-00

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 888-456-3444


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