A Gigantic Leap in Sound and Speed is Now Just a Small Step Away With Pro Tools

By in Audio Post, Music Creation, Pro Mixing

At IBC 2016, we unveiled several exciting new Pro Tools innovations that help you take a gigantic leap in sound quality, speed, and performance. Here’s a look at the highlights:


Introducing Pro Tools 12.6: The best audio editing just got better

New Pro Tools 12.6 software delivers powerful new editing capabilities that give you even more control over your editing workflow and enable you to mix faster and more fluidly than ever before.

Apply real-time effects to clips

With the new Clip Effects feature, you can apply real-time EQ and dynamics to a single clip or clip group on your timeline, enabling you to assign different settings across multiple clips on a track. (Pro Tools | HD only)


Single-system re-recorder workflows—in the box

With Pro Tools 12.6, you can achieve pristine, click-free sound by completing all single-system post re-recorder workflows “in the box”. The system calibrates and time aligns your stems, so there are no latency or audio artifacts when you punch in and out or switch tracks. (Pro Tools | HDX only)


Edit layers of audio more easily

A new multi-layer editing mode makes it easier than ever to handle overlapping clips. Quickly clear overlaps, heal clips, trim starts and ends, and get faster access across multiple playlists with new key commands.


Edit playlists more easily

It’s now easier than ever to access and manage all of your playlists in Pro Tools. Quickly switch between playlists with new key commands. Easily scan and verify if there are multiple playlists on any given track with new visual indicators. And automatically send overlapped clips to new or existing playlists.


Easily adjust fades in real-time

With Pro Tools 12.6, you can quickly adjust a fade in, fade out, or the shape of a crossfade directly in the Edit window using the Smart Tool—with real-time waveform updates.


Pro Tools 12.6 also includes new Task Manager and Freeze status icons in the edit window, stability improvements, and more.

Introducing standalone Pro Tools | HD software

New standalone purchasing options for Pro Tools | HD software make it more affordable and flexible than ever to get your hands on the industry’s premier recording, editing, and mixing toolset. You can now purchase a perpetual license of Pro Tools | HD software and create, edit, and mix anywhere—or subscribe on a low-cost annual basis and use the software only when you need it. The choice is yours.

Reduced Pricing and Options for Pro Tools | HD—Get your tools, your way

For audio professionals that need guaranteed performance, extremely low latency, and the ability to work with massive channel counts, there’s never been a better time to buy Pro Tools | HDX or HD Native. We’ve lowered the pricing on HDX and HD Native hardware, so you can experience the highest performance of any host-based audio workstation—at a price that fits your budget.

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As an audio engineer and artist, I’ve recorded, mixed, prepped and cued for live broadcast, infomercials, radio, books on tape, and have done audio postproduction and scores. Since starting with Digidesign in 1996 I’ve had various roles in sales and marketing and today I serve as the product and solution marketing director at Avid. I love playing guitar and the art of making magic in the studio and while I currently don’t work in the field, I still make time for making music.
  • sigaba

    Just what everyone was asking for, more price tier reorganization.

    Why does it seem like each year ever since subscription started I’m paying a different amount of money for a different SKU to keep the same features?

    • Walter Riggi

      I’m sure, pricing is always an issue with users. I always look at it this way… If this is your hobby then something like HD should not be an option for you, go cheap, go vanilla. However, if you are a professional (meaning you derive revenue) using Pro Tools then pricing is a non-issue as you will always make it back many times over. Let’s all get over their pricing structure and let them earn profits as it only benefits us in the end.

      • JSD

        Let them earn profits?!? That’s funny. I’ve lost thousands of dollars on Avid hardware because of how they devalued their products. No other professional audio company treats their customers with such disregard. Perhaps better financial management and accountability could be the suggestion. Don’t get me wrong, I have two HD licenses and I love the product. But they made their profit and mismanaged it and now they want us to pay for that again. Nope!

        • Walter Riggi

          Yeah, I’ve lost thousands of dollars on my work van. But wait, it’s my WORK van. So that must mean it’s for professional use. Right?! Does that bother me when I have to move on to another one? NOPE. It treated me well enough to earn money I spent on it PLUS!!! Looking back on the work van investment it paid back MORE than another investment could of ever done. So it is what it is. Since you have 2 HD licences, that obviously means you are making money professionally. So, what’s the problem then? I can join in on the noise if I had purchased a Pro Tools subscription (which I have) and throughout the term NEVER received an update. YES that would tick me off, but they have delivered very cool updates to their platform (I don’t care if they are ahead or behind other platforms, so let’s not go there). At the end of the day, does your or my customer care what version you are running?? NOPE. They only care that you/me are making them happy. So, AVID, keep going, you have my vote!

          • Jason

            looks like this “walter riggi” is just a stupid

      • sigaba

        I don’t take issue with the pricing per se, it’s the constant shuffling of features among the different SKUs. I had to look up if I had HD or plain Pro Tools the other day, because they don’t adequately brand the different tiers anymore, and often times you’ll have a feature or an included plugin but you’ll have no idea if you have it because you’re HD, or you’re running HDX hardware, or because you’re on subscription versus perpetual. Each of these attributes have different and very subtle feature incompatibilities.

        It’d be one thing if it were just Pro Tools is tracks, HD is more tracks and HDX is tons of tracks. But instead of it working this way, the different lines are differentiated by weird gotchas. And I’ll spend whatever I need to, but it makes giving work to other studios or handing off to editors at home very confusing.

  • Andy Deacon

    The new edit layers and fades will certainly help improve my large orchestral edit sessions.. Thank you AVID !!