Pro Tools 12.4 ‘Track Freeze’ Chills Winter’s Solstice…

By in Music Creation, Pro Mixing

What is the most user-requested feature on the Pro Tools IdeaScale? Track Freeze, of course—and it’s now coming to Pro Tools 12.4 this month! With Freeze, you can quickly lock in all processing on a track (or tracks) to free up more horsepower. Plus, you can quickly unfreeze a track whenever you need to edit it.

It’s a powerful yet easy-to-use feature that comes on the heels of the Track Commit and Track Bounce workflows we introduced in version 12.3. Together, Freeze, Commit, and Track Bounce offer Pro Tools users the most powerful and flexible freeze, track sharing, and session archiving options of any DAW on the market.

Pro Tools 12.4 also further delivers on our promise to release more updates (with more features, workflows, and fixes) at a faster cadence, as part of an Avid All Access Plan. This is in contrast to our previous model, which could take a longer 18–24-month cycle for new features and enhancements. Here is a quick recap of this year’s release highlights:


Pro Tools 12.0 – late March:

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

Pro Tools 12.1 – late June:

Standard: Increased track count – 128 Audio, 512 Instrument, Track Input Monitoring, AFL/PFL Solo Modes, Copy to Send.

HD and Standard: Pro Tools | Control support, support for Pro Tools | S3 VCA Spill, and stability improvements.

Pro Tools 12.2 – early September:

Standard: VCA Masters, Disk Cache, Advanced Metering, Gain Reduction Metering.

HD and Standard: Avid Access Plan options including new plug-in bundles.

Pro Tools 12.3 – early November:

HD and Standard: Track Commit and Track Bounce workflows, Clip Transparency while editing or moving clips or fades, Batch Fade enhancements and shortcuts, AudioSuite Pitch Legacy, Support for Avid DNxIO video interface.

Pro Tools 12.4 – late December:

HD and Standard: Track Freeze


Check out Track Freeze in action in this Pro Tools 12.4 Quick Tips video. These improvements ultimately enable audio professionals to work more efficiently and easily create and deal with bigger DSP and VI laden tracks, perhaps track a last minute vocal part late in the mixing process and or collaborating with others who may not have the same plug-ins.

And in case you missed it – here’s the full story on Commit and Track Bounce workflows in this Pro Tools 12.3 Quick Tips video:

All customers who have Pro Tools 12 on an active Annual Upgrade Plan will automatically get the new v.12.4 release and get access to the new features and be notified in the Avid Application Manager when it’s ready for download. Not on Pro Tools 12 yet? Upgrade pricing from Pro Tools 9, 10 and 11 changes December 31st to a higher price – so act now and take advantage of pricing that will change January 1st! Happy holidays from all of us at Avid and be sure to get your Freeeeeeze on!

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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.