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.

Pro Tools 12.2 Release

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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.