With Pro Tools 12.2 there are big changes to the plug-ins that are included, both for standard Pro Tools, including Pro Tools for Education, and Pro Tools | HD. Let’s take a look at who can access these bundles, what’s new, and what’s in the bundles.
Which products include the new plug-in bundles?
The new bonus plug-in bundles are subscription bundles that are active during the duration of one of the following upgrade plans or subscriptions. These new bundles are in addition to the more than 60 perpetual license plug-ins and virtual instruments that are included with Pro Tools – this base set of plug-ins has not changed. The following Pro Tools products include the new plug-in bundles:
Pro Tools – 17 bonus plug-ins
- Pro Tools 12 with Annual Upgrade and Support Plan
- Pro Tools Annual and Monthly Subscriptions
- Pro Tools for Education 12 with Annual Upgrade and Support Plan
- Pro Tools for Education Annual and Monthly Subscriptions
- Pro Tools 11 with the new Annual Plug-in and Support Plan
Pro Tools | HD – 25 bonus plug-ins
- Pro Tools | HD with Annual Upgrade and Support Plan
The new bonus plug-in bundles will be automatically added to your Avid Master Account and Application Manager, if you qualify, where you will be able to download and install them from the date when 12.2 becomes available.
New bonus plug-in bundles for Pro Tools software:
Space and Eleven Effects Stompboxes
The Pro Tools bonus plug-in bundle includes Space convolution reverb plug-in and the 16 Eleven Effects.
Space is the ultimate reverb plug-in for music and post-production applications. From the largest concert hall to the densest plate reverb, Space delivers the pristine sound of natural reverb spaces with the familiar controls used in high-end hardware reverb units. By combining the sampled acoustics of real reverb spaces with advanced DSP algorithms, Space offers stunning realism with full control of reverb parameters in mono, stereo, and surround formats. Learn more about Space.
Eleven Effects – Stompbox Effects
Avid’s Eleven Rack is a hardware/software bundle that provides the ultimate recording and amplifier/cabinet/mic emulation solution for guitar players. It comes with the high-quality, DSP-accelerated Eleven Rack hardware interface, and Pro Tools. Eleven Rack includes hardware DSP emulations of classic amps and cabinets together with a set of stombox effects. These emulations are now available as plug-ins for Pro Tools users. The Eleven plug-in has been available as a paid Avid plug-in ($499) for some time, a lite version, Eleven Free, with limited amps and cabinets, is included with Pro Tools. Eleven plug-in emulates the speaker and amp combinations available in Eleven Rack.
Eleven is part of a promotion running until Sept 30th 2015 – purchase a Pro Tools 12 annual upgrade plan, annual subscription or a perpetual license and get Eleven free. Eleven is also part of the new Pro Tools | HD bonus plug-in package.
What’s new is the set of 17 Eleven Effects stompbox plug-ins that have been taken from the Eleven Rack and made into 64-bit AAX Native, DSP and AudioSuite plug-ins that do not require an iLok. Graphic EQ is available free from the Avid store to all Pro Tools users including Pro Tools | First. The other 16 stompbox effects are now part of the new bonus plug-in bundle for Pro Tools and Pro Tools | HD as part of the 12.2 release. Learn more about Eleven Effects.
New bonus plug-in bundles for Pro Tools | HD software:
Space, Eleven Effects Stompboxes, Pro Series, Eleven, ReVibe II and Reverb One
The bonus plug-in pack for Pro Tools | HD also includes Space and the 16 Eleven Effects plus another 8 premium plug-ins. All these plug-ins are available as AAX 64 Native, DSP and AudioSuite, perfect for use with HDX recording systems for low latency tracking.
Pro Series – Pro Compressor, Pro Limiter, Pro Expander, Pro Multiband Dynamics, Pro Subharmonic
The Pro Series plug-ins are a set of five plug-ins based on System 5 console dynamics section but taken to another level with deeper controls and comprehensive graphical interface. Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer and sound designer Myron Nettinga wrote a series of articles on Avid Blogs about using these plug-ins for film mixing although they are equally suited to music production work with many top engineers such as Mick Guzauski using them as go-to plug-ins. Here are Myron’s articles:
- Why My Film Mixing Templates Feature Avid Pro Series Dynamics Plug-Ins
- Why the Pro Multiband Dynamics Plug-in is a Definite Must-Have For My Audio Post Production
- Why the Pro Subharmonic Plug-in is a Definite Must-Have For My Audio Post Production
Design goals for the Pro Series:
- To go beyond the Avid Channel Strip plug-in, which is modeled on the System 5 channel processing, by adding extra control features and new algorithms to enhance the sound
- Support up to 7.1 formats for serious film mixing applications
- No-compromise, high-quality set of plug-ins designed for Pro Tools | HDX systems for ultra low latency and large track counts
- Provide a common feel and user experience between all the plug-ins with simple to use interface and comprehensive visual feedback
- Offer a wide selection of processors to handle the most common tasks found in music and audio post mixing
- Refine the sound of the plug-ins to match the high expectations of our most demanding customers
- Enable you to produce great sounding tracks quickly that help your mixes stand out from the crowd
As mentioned earlier Eleven emulates some of the world’s most sought-after vintage and modern amps and speaker cabs. Learn more about Eleven.
ReVibe II is a powerful room-modeling plug-in and provides nine reverb algorithms combined with over 200 room reflection/coloration models to deliver pristine, high-quality sound. With its intuitive user interface and detailed controls, ReVibe II handles nearly any reverberation task with ease and includes 5.1 capability. Learn more about ReVibe II.
Reverb One is a reverb processor built from the ground up to satisfy demanding audio professionals. At every step in its development, Reverb One was subjected to critical listening tests, resulting in a plug-in that can compete with any software or hardware reverb processor on the market today. Reverb One gives you complete control of the reverberant characteristics of your mix, and is equally at home in music, post production, and sound design applications that require the utmost in clarity and precision. Learn more about Reverb One.
Pro Tools | First – ‘First’ Plug-in Bundles
For Pro Tools | First users the Eleven Effects stompboxes, a selection of AIR virtual instruments and some Avid and AIR effects plug-ins, included with standard Pro Tools, are available as affordable ‘First’ plug-in bundles that can be purchased from the Avid in-app store and do not require an iLok. Check out the ‘First’ plug-in bundles available now.
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