Avid Pro Tools 12 Music Production Software, Mac and Windows

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Tap into the tools that pro studios use with this industry-standard DAW software! New in Pro Tools 12, Avid Cloud Collaboration lets you share your sessions.

Pro Tools DAW software redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio. Create without bounds and work at the speed of your creativity, so you can take on the most demanding sessions and deliver the best sounding mixes possible.

What's New in Pro Tools 12?

- Avid Cloud Collaboration: Work with other artists and producers anywhere in the world
- Integrated metadata: Keep track of all contributors in a session
- Add new sounds, virtual instruments, plug-ins and more anytime from the updated in-app Marketplace
- One-year Avid upgrade and support plan included

Get all the best features from Pro Tools 11 and 10:

- The updated Avid Audio Engine for a serious performance upgrade on 64-bit operating systems
- Offline Bounce: Save time with faster-than-real-time bouncing to disk
- Play and edit HD video directly in the Pro Tools timeline
- Support for 32-bit floating-point file formats
- Clip Gain for easily tweaking volume on individual clips (regions) without writing automation
- Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
- Multitrack Beat Detective
- Four times the Automatic Delay Compensation of previous releases
- Use with nearly any Avid or third-party interface -- or no external interface at all
- Over 60 bundled AAX plug-ins -- virtual instruments, effects, processors, and utility plug-ins
- Full boxed version includes Pace iLok 2 key

Stay current, stay ahead

All read more Pro Tools purchases, upgrades, and subscriptions now come with an Avid upgrade and support plan that ensures you always have the latest features at your fingertips. This means that you'll get all future software updates and upgrades (as long as your plan is active), including the upcoming Pro Tools Cloud and other features mentioned below, and 24x7 access to Avid's Customer Care team experts to get help and advice whenever, wherever, and however you need it.

Avid Cloud Collaboration: Collaborate in the cloud

Imagine being able to work on a session with friends, bandmates, colleagues, or even your favorite artist, producer, editor, or voice actor -- no matter where they are, anywhere in the world. That's what's coming with Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, a groundbreaking new set of features that will enable you to compose, record, edit, and mix sessions collaboratively with other Pro Tools users as if you're all working together in the same studio. Simply invite any of your available connections to collaborate using built-in chat, or find new collaborators through the online Artist Community, part of the Avid Marketplace.

Universal metadata: Manage and track your assets

Avid will be introducing and integrating a new open, universal metadata schema into Pro Tools that will help you manage, track, and document every asset and project you create. This metadata will enable media creators and distributors to keep track of everyone who creatively contributed to a piece of content, making it easy to document who did what, when, and where; manage and control versioning; and provide accurate credit information so that you have a better chance of getting paid for your work - -and getting hired for future projects.

Get top-quality sound and performance with Avid hardware

Whether you're tracking vocals, guitars, or an orchestra, you'll get the best possible sound and optimized performance when you pair Pro Tools with an Avid audio interface. Record high-resolution audio -- up to 32-bit/192 kHz -- and experience exceptionally low latency to capture your best performances easily.

Experience more power and performance

With the redesigned Avid Audio Engine and 64-bit performance, you get multiple times the processing power of previous versions of Pro Tools on the same hardware configurations. Add epic numbers of virtual instruments and effects to create bigger, richer sounding, and more complex mixes.

Loop and punch your way to perfection

Nobody's perfect, but with Pro Tools you can create a seamless performance from multiple takes. Let your spontaneity shine with Loop recording and comp together your best takes. Or use QuickPunch to quickly replace any questionable section with a better performance.

No instrument? No problem.

Easily create parts for practically any musical instrument using great-sounding virtual instruments, a MIDI keyboard/controller or your mouse, and the built-in Pro Tools MIDI Editor. Get started fast with the included virtual instruments and audio loops, and expand your arsenal with AAX virtual instruments from Avid and third-party audio designers.

Compose with full MIDI and notation tools

Take your songwriting from sketchpad to final production. Create and edit virtual instrument and MIDI performances with the MIDI Editor. Or compose music using notation tools in the built-in Sibelius Score Editor. You can even export sessions as Sibelius (.sib) files for further finessing in Sibelius.

Work and collaborate on projects from other apps

Collaboration has never been easier. With Pro Tools, you can exchange sessions with any Pro Tools user or studio. Or work on projects created in other audio and video software--including Media Composer, Logic, Cubase, and other third-party apps--right in Pro Tools.

Stretch your creativity with Elastic

Freely experiment without the time or effort investment. With Elastic Time, you can change the tempo or timing of any clip or an entire composition--on the fly. And with Elastic Pitch, you can fix wrong notes, create harmonies, and transpose clips--in real time--without altering the tempo.

Edit with precision

Shape and fine-tune your music and audio with professional, sample-accurate editing tools. Create a flawless performance by comping together tracks. Speed up editing and mixing Clip Gain with the Smart Tool. And smooth transitions with crossfades. Everything you need to perfect your tracks is available right from within a single Edit window.

Snoop out grooves with multitrack Beat Detective

With the versatile Beat Detective tool, you can quickly fix timing issues across multiple tracks or change up the feel of a beat to get a different groove. You can even use it to keep your rhythm section "in the pocket" by extracting the groove from a drumbeat and applying it to the bass part.

Create and cut sound to picture

With Pro Tools, you can create, edit, and mix audio to picture using the built-in Timecode Ruler and video track. Use the included plug-ins to clean up sound. Create sound effects that define (or defy) reality. Work easily with AudioSuite-rendered clips. And record and edit voiceovers, Foley, and ADR with perfect frame accuracy. You can even share audio mixes with Media Composer editors through AAF.

Play HD video with the Avid Video Engine

With the built-in Avid Video Engine -- the same core engine as in Media Composer Software -- you can add and play a variety of HD video formats (such as QuickTime, XDCAM, and more) and Avid DNxHD sequences directly in the Pro Tools timeline -- without transcoding. Plus, you can monitor the picture playback using video interfaces from Avid, AJA, and Blackmagic Design.

Get the sound you want

Polish mixes with over 60 included effects, sound-processing and utility plug-ins. From high-quality reverbs, EQs, and compressors, to guitar amp emulators, surround sound fold-down, and channel strip dynamics, you have everything you need to create professional mixes. Want more? Browse the in-app Avid Marketplace to find the AAX plug-ins you need.

Grab control of your mix

You can use a mouse to make changes one... at... a... time, or mix faster and easier using a hardware control surface. Get hands-on Pro Tools control with a choice of Avid Pro Mixing control surfaces and consoles, plus third-party boards.

Collaborate, store, and share mixes

Whether you've got a work in progress or a finished piece, Pro Tools makes it easy to share. With direct SoundCloud support, you can share files privately with other collaborators, or share finished projects with the world. And bounce mixes to your iTunes library to share with others on your network.

Achieve the best mixes possible -- automatically

Get great sounding, phase-accurate mixes with Automatic Delay Compensation -- with 4x the samples (16,383) to handle the largest mixes -- no matter how many plug-ins you use. Plus, you can automate the settings of every element in the Pro Tools environment to add life to tracks and achieve the best mix possible.

Plug into legendary sound

Add life to your mix. With the included Avid Channel Strip plug-in, you get exact replications of the renowned EQ and compression algorithms of the Avid System 5 -- one of the most sought-after digital audio consoles used to create some of the greatest mixes ever produced.

Speed up delivery with offline bounce

Wait no longer...With faster-than-real-time offline bounce, you can speed up your final mix or stem deliveries -- at up to 150x faster -- and get the high-quality results you'd expect only from Pro Tools, thanks to time-stamped automation. If you mix and deliver radio programs or other long-format shows, this feature alone will save you hours of time -- daily.
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System Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools 12 Software

For optimal performance and reliability, be sure that your computer or laptop meets the following minimum system requirements.

Mac:
- Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.0 - 10.9.5 or 10.10.0 - 10.10.2
- Intel Core i5 processor
- 4GB RAM (8GB or more required for video playback)
- Internet connection for installation
- 15GB disk space for installation
- USB port for iLok 2 authorization
- USB port, FireWire port or Thunderbolt port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
- Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools

Windows:
- Intel PC with Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Editions) or Windows 8/8.1 (Standard and Pro Editions)
- Intel Core i5 processor
- 4GB RAM (8GB or more required for video playback)
- Internet connection for installation
- 15GB disk space for installation
- USB-port for iLok 2 authorization
- USB-port or FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device
- Supports 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools

Please note: Avid dedicates a significant amount of engineering resources and time to test and qualify specific platform configurations. While such systems may operate without problems, please understand we can provide better support, if you choose to use a tested and qualified system. Please see the Avid website for a list of qualified Apple computers and qualified Windows computers.

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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 10 out of 10 stars. (17 ratings)
Submitted June 28, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"if you have protools and you're thinking of just saving for a digi 002/3 or some other digi interface...just get the protools 9"
Overall: 10 out of 10 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Its Professional Tools...or Nofessional Tools

Sound
Well, you can't really characterize the sound of the DAW, its all based on the D/A conversion from the interface. However, with an iLok PT9 can operate as a stand alone edit/mix/master DAW and the sound coming out of my monitors directly from my computer's audio out is pretty good, I'd still like to trust the conversion from my interface rather than from whatever driver PT uses between it and the computer's audio out, I'm using a Macbook Pro's 1/8th" headphone out as the line into my monitors for this example. Typically my interface is an Echo Audiofire 8 into my monitors and there is certainly a higher level of clarity when the interface handles the conversion. This Product COMPLETELY helps me to achieve the sound I'm looking for. I've been using ProTools since 7.2/ 7.4 HD and LE. My home studio (LE) is really hooked up with PT9, backwards compatible with all of these versions of PT and it works with everything flawlessly, edits, mixing, mastering. I love it. still getting used to multitrack Beat detective but its great great great! one of the questions is how does it sound Live versus a recording... its a DAW...but with a digi002/003 console you actually could just make all aux tracks and use the ins from the digi and route audio to other aux's that have reverbs and compression and parallel processing...so long as your comp can handle that...you could actually do some great live mixing with ProTools 9 and an interface read more with line ins/outs and a multichannel power amp. I've used PT9 in two different rooms with monitors (same echo audio interface, different sets of monitors) and with some sony headphones and just the laptop speakers, works well across all platforms. my only tip to make this product to sound better is more of a complaint with the Echo company, PT9 only recognizes the outputs of my interface as valid outputs, which makes sense. but my audiofire won't route the signal out through the headphone jack so monitoring overdubs of some solo guitar stuff or what have you has become a tedious task. I've had to route signals to my other outputs of the audiofire to a mixer and then sub mix that stereo signal to an aux for headphones...which actually wound up being a good way to get multiple headphones to do tracking live....again all of this is mostly due to the feature of the Echo not having the Headphone out being recognized as an "output" in PT.... nbd

Features
ProTools is the best. Thats why its called Professional Tools...its the best

Ease of Use
Its protools. Mix window- Mixer! edit window-(if you will) Tape deck, for edits

Quality
PROTOOLS! thats all there is to it.

Value
Worth it.

Manufacturer Support
Never needed it. there was a hang up with getting the ilok authorization. Don't use Chrome ilok's website doesn't support it just us Safari or IE

The Wow Factor
always have to stay on the up and up with technology these days....especially with music production... if you're a musician, learning the language of protools helps when you get into a real studio, if you're and engineer than this is a must have.

Musical Background:
Very Active Musician (3 bands, one wedding band), Recording engineer (almost done my degree and my home studio!)

Musical Style:
Everything except Dubstep
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