Pro Tools Virtual Instruments Included for Music Creation and Audio Production

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Pro Tools software and Pro Tools | HD Software comes bundled with a wide selection of  64-bit AAX Native and DSP plug-ins, including virtual instruments, effects, sound processing, and utilities designed by Avid and AIR. While some of you may have checked them all out, I would guess that the majority of Pro Tools customers have only used a couple of the plug-ins available.

This Avid Blog is designed to demonstrate how these plug-ins can be used to create inspiring music and great sounding audio for picture. I’ll be highlighting available ‘how to’ resources on YouTube and the Internet. Most of the videos come from Pro Tools Expert, so a special thanks to Russ, Mike and the Pro Tools Expert team for creating such a wealth of informative videos. Let’s get started with Pro Tools virtual instruments.

Pro Tools GUI VIs

Virtual Instruments

Pro Tools software comes with 6 virtual instruments from AIR. Boom drum machine and sequencer, DB-33 tonewheel organ emulator with rotating speaker simulation, Mini Grand acoustic grand piano, Structure Free sample player (based on AIR Structure), AIR Vacuum monophonic vacuum tube synthesizer, and AIR Xpand!2 multitimbral synth.

Music: Pro Tools 11 Virtual Instruments Included for Music Creation and Audio Production

Boom is a virtual drum machine that features a broad range of electronic percussion sounds, paired with a simple, drum-machine-style pattern sequencer:

  • 10 instruments with pitch, level, decay, and pan per kit
  • 50 settings cover contemporary and classic electronic musical genres
  • Slick user interface, reviving the feel of legendary analog drum machines
  • Additional Matrix sequencer

DB-33 Tonewheel Organ is a virtual organ that recreates the sounds and controllability of classic tonewheel organs such as the Hammond B3, and the rotary-speaker cabinets they are often played through. It includes 122 preset sounds plus an extra-realistic convolution rotary cabinet and tube overdrive emulation. The rotary-speaker cabinet can also be used as an effect in its own right on an audio track.


Mini Grand is a simple virtual piano instrument with seven different acoustic piano sounds to suit a broad range of musical styles and production needs.

  • Premium quality piano samples
  • 7 selectable piano models covering a wide range of piano sounds
  • Re-pedaling technology, recreating super realistic string resonance behavior
  • Built in room simulation
  • Equal and stretched tuning available

Structure Free is a sampler plug-in that brings the world of Structure-compatible sample libraries to any Pro Tools system and delivers superior performance and reliability thanks to its direct integration with Pro Tools. Includes drag and drop sample import from Pro Tools. Structure Free includes a 600MB sample library.


Vacuum is a virtual analog monophonic synthesizer plug-in, with a focus on creating rich timbres with a lot of sonic control. Employing a new Vacuum Tube Synthesis method, extensive modulation routing, and a unique age-simulation section, Vacuum invites comparison to classic synths and has a character all its own. Vacuum also includes an age function with Drift and Dust controls adjusting the age from oscillator drift to crackling controls to slightly inaccurate keyboard triggering/pitch for the authentic hardware experience.


Xpand!2 is a virtual workstation synthesizer featuring a broad range of sound generation possibilities including multi-sampled instruments as well as FM, wavetable, and virtual analog synthesis. Xpand!2 incudes; Subtractive synthesis, FM Synthesis, Tonewheels, Sample Playback, Arpeggiator, Phrase Player, More than 50 high-quality audio effects, Up to 4 instrument layers per patch, Smart Knobs for easy sound editing controls, More than 3000 sounds presets and parts.

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Marketing Manager for Avid Pro Tools, AAX, Education and music notation. In my past life, I have worked for the BBC, Virgin Townhouse Studios, SSL and Euphonix.