Today’s Pro Tools 12.2 Release Has New Plug-ins, New Plans, and a New Lower Price

By in Music Creation, Pro Mixing

There was a lot exciting news packed into the recent Pro Tools 12.2 release announcement so we wanted to dig in a little deeper and explore what this all means to you. To start with behind the scenes at Avid, both of our new VP/Chief Product Officer Dana Ruzicka and VP of Audio Products Tim Carroll, (with a combined 38 years at Avid!), are both longtime recording musicians as well as Pro Tools users and much of what you see changing here has been crafted by them, and much has been a result of your feedback in the community.

 

What’s new in Pro Tools 12?

There have now been three releases for Pro Tools 12. Here’s a short rundown on some of the key enhancements.

Pro Tools 12.0 on March 23

Improved I/O Setup and Monitoring/Auto Down-mixing, unlimited busses, in-app plug-in purchases and rentals, stability improvements.

Pro Tools 12.1 on June 30

Increased track count (128 Audio, 512 Instrument), Track Input Monitoring, AFL/PFL Solo Modes, Copy to Send, Pro Tools | Control support, support for Pro Tools | S3 VCA Spill, and stability improvements.

Pro Tools 12.2 on September 2

VCA Masters, Disk Cache, Advanced Metering, Gain Reduction Metering, Avid Access Plan options including new Plug-in Bundle.

Pro Tools 12.2 with VCA Masters, Extended Metering and Plug-In Bundle

Now let’s dive in and break it down by customer scenarios so you can find the information that best suits your needs.

 

New Pro Tools 12 (Standard) Customer

If you are in the market to buy a new copy (also called a perpetual license*) of Pro Tools, the great news is that we’ve lowered the price by $300 to $599 and it includes one-year of software upgrades and access to a brand new plug-in bundle for that year at no additional charge (see the matching sidebar for the list of those plug-ins). It also comes with 1 free support call (to be used within 7 days after you’ve activated the software), if you’d like more support – it’s available for $99 for the year.

Or, for a much lower initial out-of-pocket expense, you can subscribe to Pro Tools for $29.99 a month or $299 a year. Subscription licenses come with full access to any upgrades in that period, full support and use of the plug-in bundle. It’s flexible and you choose which best suits you.

If you buy and activate Pro Tools 12 perpetual license or subscribe with an Annual Subscription before the end of September, you can also get a perpetual license for the great Amp/Speaker simulation plug-in Eleven. A $499 value!

* Just to review: A perpetual license works in perpetuity. You own the license and it keeps you running on the last version of upgrades you were eligible for. A subscription license only works during the active subscription period.

 

Pro Tools 9 or 10 or Pro Tools Express / M-Powered Customers Who Want to Upgrade to Pro Tools 12*

If you upgrade to Pro Tools 12 before the end of the year it’s $199 for Pro Tools 12, the upgrade plan (covering any new releases during that year) and the support plan as well as access to the new plug-in bundle. If you wait until 2016 and beyond, that price goes to $299. (Starting Jan. 1, 2016, upgrades from Pro Tools Express and M-Powered are no longer available)

If you buy and activate a $199 Annual Upgrade and Support Plan before the end of September, you can also get a perpetual license for the great Amp/Speaker simulation plug-in Eleven. A $499 value!

* Eligibility is limited to: Pro Tools 9 & 10, Pro Tools Express (licenses bundled with Mbox, Fast Track Solo & Duo only), Pro Tools M-Powered 6–8 & Pro Tools MP 9.

 

Pro Tools Plug-In Bundle on an Annual Plan

Pro Tools 11 Customers Who Want to Upgrade to Pro Tools 12 (Standard)

You have a few options to upgrade to Pro Tools 12 before the end of the year:

  1. Like above, it’s $199 to get the upgrade to Pro Tools 12, the upgrade plan (covering any new releases during that year), the support plan as well as access to the new plug-in bundle
  2. You can upgrade to Pro Tools 12 and just get software upgrades for the year for only $99
  3. You can get just support and access to the new plug-in bundle for $99
  4. You can wait until 2016 and beyond and get back on an annual upgrade plan for $299—access to the plug-in bundle and support would cost an additional $99

If you buy the $199 Annual Upgrade and Support Plan before the end of September, you can also get a perpetual license for the great Amp/Speaker simulation plug-in Eleven. A $499 value!

 

Current Pro Tools 12 (Standard) Customers

You’re all set! You are currently on a plan and have access to new feature updates, the plug-in bundle and support for the term of your plan (check your Avid account for details). Before your plan expires next year, you can renew everything for $199 or choose to just renew the upgrades at $99. If you let the plan expire, jumping back on at a later time will cost $299—access to the plug-in bundle and support would cost an additional $99.

Pro Tools | HD Plug-in Bundle Plan

New Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native Customers

If you are buying or have bought an HDX system and HD Native with Pro Tools 12 in it—you are currently on a plan! You will get access to new feature updates, the new HD plug-in bundle and support for the term of your plan. Before your plan expires next year you can renew everything for $399. If you let the plan expire, jumping back on at a later time will cost $999, which will get you up to the latest version and includes updates for the next 12 months, plus access to the plug-in bundle and support. The next year you’ll be able to renew your plan for only $399 going forward.

 

Pro Tools | HD 9, 10 or 11, or Complete Production Toolkit Customers Upgrading to Pro Tool | HD 12

Your upgrade path before the end of the year is $599, which gives you the upgrade plan covering any new releases during that year and the support plan as well as access to the new HD plug-in bundle. If you wait until 2016 and beyond, that price goes to $999.

After that, plan renewals cost only $399 each year. Again, if you let the plan expire, jumping back on at a later time will cost you $999 (and then $399 option to stay current going forward).

With the Pro Tools | HD 12 perpetual license you can run Pro Tools 10, 11 and 12 HD on your computer at the same time, if you so choose.

 

HD 7 or 8 Customers with Older HD (PCI and or PCIe) Hardware

Your best bet is to take advantage of the HD Exchange promo that offers savings up to 40% off an HDX system with Pro Tools 12 HD software (includes an annual plan) and or up 20% off exchanging to an HD Native system with PT12 HD (also with plan). This pricing offer ends December 23rd for a new offer that won’t be nearly as good a deal so don’t wait too long.

Thanks for your continued support! You can check back here for links to the archived version of the webcast where we discuss Pro Tools 12.2 and the new plans.

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Marketing manager for Avid Post Audio and Pro Mixing, I am also a veteran engineer/recordist/editor. I've worked on music scores for dozens of feature films, including Ice Age, Collateral, and The Spirit.
  • Alexander Alfredo Nadal Pianti

    Ok, now that was clear. We like it or not, it’s a clear explanation.

    • Tom Graham

      Thanks Alexander… Appreciate your comment.

      • ronerone

        Hi Tom Graham,

        Something’s not clear to me: sorry, i’m french…

        I currently own 10/11.

        If i choose to upgrade for 99$ (89€ as received by email from avid):
        -> i understand from above that “i’ll benefit of any pro Tools uprgrade during a year.”

        Few questions:

        1- will i still be able to use my 12 version at the end of that 12 months period, at the last patch it received? (mandatory)

        2- in case “no”, i understood i will loose pro Tools 10/11 by upgrading to 12, am i right?

        So i would loose everything at the end of the 12 months period? (hope answer to 1 is “yes”)

        3- Does “benefit of any pro Tools upgrade during a year” also include a possible 13 upgrade? (i prefer to be careful as i feel 12 was released before 11 bugs were patched…….. and it seems i don’t even have right to benefit from 11.3.2 update, i feel deceived.)

        I thank you in advance.

        Ronan.

  • cowrange

    Great for vanilla, but why do I as an HD user have to pay way more for nothing new? Forced rental of plugins and support I don’t need doesn’t count.

    • Tom Graham

      Hi – There are the new I/O setup improvements for HD and overall stability improvements. We hear your concerns and are working on more improvements for HD. These past few releases have been focused on improving the standard version of Pro Tools. The HD Plug-in bundle as a value of around $ 3k if you were to go out and buy it. You can choose to wait as outlined above if it’s not the right value for you now… Thanks!

      • cowrange

        Yeah the I/O updates will be nice for outside sessions. Guess I’m just waiting for a killer new HD feature that sets it apart so I can feel more special, since I’m spending more. Carry on…

        • Dave Gross

          Back in the day, if we wanted to do any legit post work, we needed Timecode and the other things that ‘HD’ gave us..And we were seriously penalized if we didn’t want to buy Digi/Avid hardware.. Fine. I get it. But this financial penalizing of HD ‘native’ users is inexcusable. Especially those who jumped into 11 early. And the $999 if you decide to skip a version to jump back in???

      • Dave Gross

        So basically, all the money I’ve spent being an early adpoter to PT 9, 10, and 11 (since I’ve done two different DVTK updates and $$$ for the original CPTK update) is done because, had I just waited, I could have gone from 10 to 12 HD for LESS than what I’ve already spend. It really would be nice if AVID took better care of the CPTK users who’ve already spent thousands. How about letting us early 11 adopters in at $300? Then the $400 a year is ‘acceptable’. the $1000 to ‘jump back in’ is just rude. Sorry.

        • Thomas Court

          Stability and I/O, really…
          Plugin rentals for perpetual users…
          Software should age with the system and continue to work
          And working correctly should not be a “feature”.

          • Dave Gross

            agreed!!

  • James Hixon

    Fantastic! I have the Pro Tools | HD Software Upgrade with Annual Upgrade and Support Plan.

    Now, how on earth do I access the free plugins? They are not on my download page.

    • Tom Graham

      It may take some time for the plug-ins to be posted to your Avid Account. Thanks for your patience…

      • Wolfgang Funk

        Hey Tom, any idea how long we have to wait ? My upgrade from HD 9 to 12 is a bit more then a month ago. I’m still in exploring version 12, but it looks good. Problems with Artist Control and newest EuControl software. The PlugIn bundle is quite nice for me, own only Revibe and Reverb One.
        Thanks for the infos Tom, I’m looking since 12.2 came out and couldn’t find anything about the PlugIns. Version 12.2 was quick available in my account.

    • Ninety-Two Live Archangel-Edwa

      i called avid i was told that us users who’ve already have pt12 don’t get the plug ins

      • THAT SUCKS!!!

      • Dave Gross

        are you serious?!?!? That’s beyond inexcusable.. once again.. punishing people who were early adopters to new versions is NOT the way to keep a customer.

    • Tom Graham

      You will get the plug-ins – it may take a few days to show up in your account. Mr. Ninety Two is incorrect.

  • Thank you for the upgrade to vanilla. Super great!!

  • Nigel Prymak

    Nothing much for existing 11HD owners, many of whom will either have already invested in those plugins, or will have a multitude of alternatives already purchased. I have eleven and space already, and have no need for the ‘Pro’ series processors.

    After yesterday’s webinar, the feeling is that there will be very little, if anything, in the near future for ex CPTK upgraders. What little talk there was about HD highlighted work to improve stability and integration aspects in relation to specific HD hardware platforms, none of which will convey any benefit for HD Software only owners. New features were only said to be in development for the longer term.

    It seems people who upgraded CPTK got a poor deal. It is now the same price to upgrade to 12HD from CPTK as it was to upgrade to 11HD, and for much of the time, 11 was unusable due to various bugs, most notably delay compensation of multi-out VI and 9173 errors in realtime playback not just bounce.

    CPTK upgraders are also stuck in HD tier support plan pricing when, to all intents and purposes, our software only solution requires no greater support and offers little greater benefit, than that given to native users, after so many HD features have been cascaded down to native.

    Avid also set the 11HD license for CPTK upgraders to not allow transfers, at least that’s true in my case. I would now really like to sell my 11HD license to someone who actually perceives a need for it going forward, so they can upgrade to 12HD before the end of the year. I don’t see a need for it going forward. I also have a vanilla license, which now allows access to pretty much all that I bought CPTK for in the first place. The few remaining HD only features I can live without, or workaround.

    • Tom Graham

      Thanks for your input Nigel – I’ve passed your feedback along to the Product Management team. (As well as others).

    • Clive

      Couldn’t agree more. Exact same situation here and not happy. Corralled into the bug-ridden 11HD from CPTK at a high price because we were given no choice, and now pretty much everything that was needed in CPTK has been cascaded down into PT12 standard.

      So here we are, software only HD users, being forced to pay high prices to support hardware we don’t have, forced to upgrade to PT12 which has little in the way of new features, and not given a way to downgrade back to PT standard.

  • Ninety-Two Live Archangel-Edwa

    this sucks for users who already have pro tools 12, doesn’t give you the new plug in bundles

    • Tom Graham

      If you have Pro Tools 12 you get access to the plug-ins for as long as you are on a plan

  • Alex

    We have HD3 v9 888 IO and planning on a trade-in upgrade to HDX1 and the new 888 IO… Does the trade in price include the one year subscription, support etc.?

    • Tom Graham

      You would get a new HDX or HD native system and it would include software upgrades, access to the plug-ins and support for 1 year.

  • Steve

    My HD system is only a couple years old (a $6500+ investment) and now $599 for me to keep my hardware, with no new software features. Not happy!

    The features they moved to vanilla users, are pretty much all I cared about in HD. I don’t care about the Pro Plug-in bundle, that they will take away in year if you don’t pay more extortion money!

    I don’t need or care about a support plan.

    I don’t need to be forced to update my OS (to Yosemite) – if I want to run 12.

    There are no new innovations. Nothing that helps my creativity. All they continue to do, is zap the life out of there HD users. There are LESS reasons than ever to be an HD user!

    How does Avid advance anything anything new (or deliver on old promises)? It makes me want to sell the HD, and become a Native only user. All my needs would be met that way!

    With the new Logic release, I’m seriously thinking of stopping the insanity, and completely jumping the Pro Tools sinking ship!

    • Not only Logic, Performer 9 is said to be the best version so far with tons of new features. And for Christ sake , the best synth ever – Alchemy, free with Logic 10.2 for $199 for new users. Just twice what we have to pay to go from PT 11 to 12 Native. It’s a no brainer..

  • Steve

    HD users are having a gun held to our heads! Extortion! That is exactly what this is… and NOT what I signed on for 3 years ago when I bought into Avid HD. All the features I care about are now on Native. Why should I keep my hardware?

    There should be one version for everybody, and reasonably priced. If Avid’s hardware is so superior, people will come. But why should I, the loyal HD user being subsidizing everybody else? $599 for me to upgrade is BS!! When others only pay $99 – and now get most of the HD features.

    They just can’t get it right! Come on Avid, put yourself in the HD users shoes. This continues to stink! My HD system is now smelling like the old shoes you’ve put me in.

    I see no reason to stay locked down to an expensive hardware dongle. Avid, how in your right mind could you possibly think this was a good idea for HD users? Why? And if I was somebody without an HD system, what incentive have you provided for me (or anyone) to want your HD or HDX system? There is plenty of other good hardware up to the task… and if you force my hand… I will leave the HD system behind… and probably the software too!

    Stop shooting yourself in the foot! Stop doing stupid things to your core user base. Stop following the other companies flawed business models… and come up with something fresh, innovative and original – that will give us all a reason to stay!

    I don’t care about the software bundle (that you’ll take away after a year)… I don’t care about a Support Plan. I just want to you to STOP this none-sense. Your zapping all the creativity out of me! Wasting my time thinking about your stupidity.

    But $599 to upgrade my (barely) 3 year old HD system… NO THANKS! I am not taking it up the A$$ from you anymore!

    Goodbye Avid! Adios!!

  • Jeremy Gillam

    Please just release a single version of Pro Tools software that customers can buy or subscribe to for a fair price. For those who want or need HD hardware, make it separate from the software. Loaning “free” plugins only to be taken away after a year if you don’t re-up your subscription is ridiculous. This pricing/update/support system has become unbelievable confusing and unfair for everyone — vanilla users are being sold crippleware, and HD users are now overpaying even more than before.

    • Dave Gross

      EXACTLY.

    • kcatthedog

      crippleware:love it: the 12 fixes we can presume are everything wrong with 11 but wait for it, they give it to 12 owners who don’t need and paid less and don’t give it to 11 owners who do need it who over time have probably paid way more than a newbie 12 owner ?

  • Hmm

    Meanwhile, Logic Pro X 10.2 got Alchemy for free.

  • I’m an existing PT12 customer, I can see 12.2 on my account but no new plugin bundle. My plan expires next june 2016.

    • Tom Graham

      It may just take a bit of time to be posted to your account, along with the plug-ins

      • Thanks for the reply. I will keep checked my account.

      • Wav Tune

        Where in our Avid account should we be looking for the new plug-ins? Will the licenses be added to our iLok account? Just wondering how this will be implemented. Thanks Tom!

  • demozic

    This is clearer now. The thing is Avid is clearly stuck between people who already upgraded and changing their offer to bring more people into the boat.

    1/ But why don’t you propose

    – an annual 99$ upgrade for a standard annual version upgrade (like you just did)

    – an annual 299$ upgrade for all PT users to get full HD features (surround capabilities, ATSC A/85/EBU R128 metering, full automation support, field recording support, etc…)
    => you will get more people from “vanilla” into the HD boat + HD/HDX users won’t feel fooled

    – an optional $99 for annual custom support (and for everybody)

    – let the standard version entry at 599$ (people will choose to go into the HD boat, or will choose to get an annual support or not, whenever they are ready to go).
    => I don’t have the “numbers” but the revenues won’t be very different to what you expect and all people would be satisfied.

    2/ The lack of ATSC A/85 / EBU R128 /… support is a big one compared to competitive offers.

    3/ You would also need to drop down you’re plug-in’s prices (how many people are agree to still paying 500$ per plug-in nowaday ?) : the lack of 3rd party AAX DSP plug-ins + the PCIe card (obsolete format today) makes HDX card non-attractive.
    => Why don’t you put your DSP into your interfaces/converters (2x optional 9-DSP cards per interface + thunderbold and ethernet connectivity, for instance) -> this would make you offer more competitive compared to UAD’s apollo units and would make your high grade converters pretty unique on the market ?

    • Felipe González Avalos

      PCIe obsolete?, what are you talking about?

      • demozic

        PCIe bus, by itself, is not obsolete. But try to find a brand new mac with modern CPU AND built-in PCIe slots… must buy an (expensive) external thunderbolt case to fit HDX cards.
        But I admit, this statement is a bit OT.

    • Dave Gross

      the pricing structure you outline here is PERFECT.. A hell of a lot more people would be on board with it. $100 to go for 11-12.. perfect. $300 a year ‘HD’ subscription including all updates.. Fine. Seems like better business sense to have 100k more users at $99 and $300 a year than having all these pissed off people looking for other alternatives.

  • Leslie Brunner

    Where do I stand when the annual plan expires, if I upgrade from M-Powered to PT12? Will I own 12 perpetually or revert back to M-Powered?

    • Hi Leslie, from the Pro Tools Licensing FAQ:
      http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/faq/Pro-Tools-Licensing-FAQ#3

      Q: Will my Pro Tools perpetual license stop working at the end of the one-year upgrade and support plan period?

      A: No, you can continue to use Pro Tools if you allow your upgrade plan to expire. However, if you want to continue receiving updates, you will need to renew your plan before it expires or switch to a subscription. Pro Tools and Pro Tools | HD owners who are not currently on a support plan will have through the end of 2015 to get on an annual upgrade and support plan.

      Q: If I have a Pro Tools | Software perpetual license and my upgrade and support plan expires, what are my options if I want to get updates?

      A: You will have two options to get access to the latest version:

      – Subscribe to Pro Tools software on a monthly or annual basis
      – Purchase a new Pro Tools perpetual license (full product) that includes an annual upgrade and support plan

  • If you are already a Pro Tools 12 user, how do you download the new Eleven Stompboxes and Space?

  • Thommy Bw

    i cant find the PT 9 to PT 12 upgrade link in the avid store. the $199 one with the eleven licence. any ideas how to buy it ???

    • Hi Thommy, the “Pro Tools Annual Upgrade and Support Plan” for Pro Tools 9 owners can be found here on the Avid Store:

      https://shop.avid.com/ccrz__ProductDetails?viewState=DetailView&cartID=&sku=%23DYNAPA20003&&store=shop

      Thanks for upgrading!

      • Thommy Bw

        thanks adam ! just to be sure, this gives me perpetual license to eleven, and a one year license to PT 12 ?

        • The $199 upgrade option I linked to above includes a renewable Avid upgrade plan, which provides all future Pro Tools upgrades for one year from the time of activation, plus expert help, renewable annually for $199/year.

          The ‘Get the Eleven Plug-in Free with Pro Tools 12’ promotion is giving you a perpetual license to Eleven. A great deal, jump on it today, Thommy!

          • Thommy Bw

            hi adam I’m trying to buy it but when i hit checkout i get redirected and the following message:

            “You have reached this page because something went wrong with your request or the page that you are looking for cannot be found or has been moved.

            Please choose from one of the links below to locate the information you are looking for.’

            i really want to buy it but it keeps giving me this message! I’m logged into my account when i do it. the fact I’m in australia shouldn’t matter, should it?

            helpppppp

          • I’m not sure why that would be happening to you. Did you contact the Avid Store support team? They’ll be able to assist you with the purchase:

            http://shop.avid.com/ccrz__CCPage?pageKey=ContactUsForm

  • nige108

    No new plugin bundle in my account. I’m on PT12. Sent off support case, one reply from Avid then Zilch.

    • When did you last check your Avid Account? My understanding is that all eligible customers should now have the plug-ins in their accounts. If you don’t, you’ll want to respond to your Support case.

      • nige108

        Thanks Adam, I got a response today saying that i will receive the plugins sometime around October. Which is fine. Thanks again.

  • Chris

    If you have a license for 11/10 and do the $99 upgrade to 12 you have to forfeit your 11/10 license, right?

    So if I need to keep my license for 10 I have to pay for the $199 upgrade, where I will get a license for 12/11/10?

    Can anyone that has done this chime in? I really don’t care about the plugins.

    • Chris

      I received an email in broken english from avid explaining my question.

      If you have 11/10 vanilla and you want to keep a license for 10 you must get the $199 option. You will then get a license for 12/11/10.

      The $99 option only converts your 11/10 to 12 and you will lose 11 and 10.

      • kcatthedog

        I have never been able to load video into 11 so use 10 for that. So avid wants me to pay them another $200 to fix its bug fixes and to get basic functionality working but to run the risk of losing 10 not knowing if I can load video’s into 12 ? What nonsense !

        • Chris

          Yeah, according to them the $200 option gets you 12, 11, and 10 so it should keep you going. I need to use 10 as well so I am debating even bothering with this. I was hoping I could do the $99 upgrade since I don’t care about the plugins and all, but that doesn’t look like it will work. If I do either I will report back.

          • kcatthedog

            Please do but I already own 10 and 11 🙂 and all I really want are the bug fixes for 11 and think that the cost for 12 is really mostly fixing the bugs that are in 11 anyway. So teh $99-200 is really increasing my pro tools costs by 25-50% mostly for bug fixes ? Or by logic for $199 or studio one for $299.

  • kcatthedog

    Do 11 vanilla owners go to 12 perpetual for $99 or $199?

    When are you releasing the promised 11 bug fixes to 11 owners ?

    • Chris

      You can go to 12 perpetual for $99. See my explanation below.

  • jonosborne

    Why have I still not received my 12.2 plugins? Am I being scammed?

    • Jjonas808

      Did you ever receive? 12.3 is out now too, yeah?

  • ronerone

    Hi,

    Something’s not clear to me: sorry, i’m french…

    I currently own 10/11.

    If i choose to upgrade for 99$ (89€ as received by email from avid):
    -> i understand from above that “i’ll benefit of any pro Tools uprgrade during a year.”

    Few questions:

    1- will i still be able to use my 12 version at the end of that 12 months period, at the last patch it received? (mandatory)

    2- in case “no”, i understood i will loose pro Tools 10/11 by upgrading to 12, am i right?

    So i would loose everything at the end of the 12 months period? (hope answer to 1 is “yes”)

    3- Does “benefit of any pro Tools upgrade during a year” also include a possible 13 upgrade? (i prefer to be careful as i feel 12 was released before 11 bugs were patched…….. and it seems i don’t even have right to benefit from 11.3.2 update, i feel deceived.)

    4- (addon question) i undertstand subscribing to the extra pluggins service won’t allow me to keep using these plugins once the service ends… am i right?

    If somebody can answer, i thank you in advance.

    Ronan.

    • ronerone

      anybody?

  • Amit

    Hi I own MP9 Does upgrading to protools 12.2 is same as full version ie VIs and DAE?