What’s New in Pro Tools 2020

By in Audio Post, Music Creation, Pro Mixing

Pro Tools is always getting better with new features and improvements. And with an active plan, you get them as soon as we release them. Take a look below to see what’s new in 2020.

November (2020.11)

The November release of Pro Tools 2020 brings new features and a dramatic new Dark theme to your studio. Power music creation with Audio-to-MIDI capabilities, Melodyne 5 essentials, and Pro Tools | Carbon support. Streamline Dolby Atmos and game audio workflows. And venture to the dark side with a sleek new interface theme.

Discover the power of the dark side

Now you can choose between light and darkness to meet your visual needs or preferences. With the new Dark theme, Pro Tools takes on a more dramatic, modern look and feel that’s easier on the eyes—especially in lower light conditions. It’s ideal for mood-lit studios and late-night sessions. Or for those simply looking for a sleek little change of scenery.

Convert audio to MIDI

Wish you could re-pitch notes, play with the timing, or even change the instrument in an audio file? With new Audio-to-MIDI capabilities, it’s a simple affair. Just drag and drop an audio clip to an instrument or MIDI track, and Pro Tools analyzes and renders all pitches and timing as MIDI note data, ready to be edited or revoiced. It not only works with melodic material, you can convert percussive and polyphonic recordings too, opening up more new ways to create.

Change pitch and time with Melodyne 

Pro Tools subscriptions and Software Updates + Support Plans now come with Celemony Melodyne 5 essential at no additional cost (a $99 value!), making it easy to fix bad notes, hold out good ones, tighten up grooves, or even rearrange the melody. With natural-sounding results. Perfect vocal and instrument performances quickly—or get more creative with them—using the core toolset. And have an easy, affordable path to more pro versions as your needs grow.

Get hybrid power with Pro Tools | Carbon

Pro Tools intelligently integrates with Pro Tools | Carbon, providing the smoothest recording experience all in one creative environment. With the Hybrid Engine, you can offload real-time AAX DSP plugin processing to Carbon at the touch of a button, while your CPU handles the rest of your mix. This means you can dial in effects chains for individual monitor mixes and hear yourself perfectly in time with the music—without any audible latency—as you record.

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Export Dolby Atmos ADM files directly

Say goodbye to all the tedious time spent bouncing Dolby Atmos mixes to ADM (Audio Definition Model) files in real-time for delivery. With Pro Tools | Ultimate, you can directly export and import ADM files to and from Pro Tools in faster-than-real-time offline mode, greatly streamlining your workflow. All groups and their associated beds and objects in the mix are embedded in the file, making delivery easy.

Save tons of time with Space Clips

For video game sound designers, dialogue editors, and sound librarians who often import tens of thousands of audio files per project, Space Clips eliminates the mind-numbing grind and time wasted spacing clips apart before getting to work. With a single command, you can separate multiple clips on a track at equal time intervals of your choosing, quickly and easily.

Export QuickTime with an all new Bounce window

Whether bouncing a final mix, consolidating tracks, or printing stems, the new Bounce window enables you to work more easily than ever before. Create your own presets for frequently-used workflows. Import OP1a audio files. Plus, QuickTime capabilities are back for macOS Catalina users, enabling you to once again import MOV, MP4, M4V, and M4A (AAC) files and export MOV files—critical for audio post workflows.

 

Pro Tools 2020.11 includes an all new dramatic Dark theme, Audio-to-MIDI capabilities, Melodyne 5 essentials, Pro Tools | Carbon support, the ability to distribute clips on your timeline in no time, native support to export ADM files for Dolby Atmos, as well as a host of other improvements and fixes.

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September (2020.9)

The September release of Pro Tools 2020 delivers several new features and improvements including integrated support for Ableton Link, support for SDII and BW64 filetypes, and a new preference to latch or cancel record enabled tracks.

Play together with Ableton Link

Ableton Link keeps devices in time over a local network. This means you can play together with other musicians using electronic instruments and software just as you would with traditional instruments. Because it’s integrated into Pro Tools, you can forget the hassle of setting up and focus on playing music.

Auto-cancel previously record-enabled tracks

When you’re in a creative flow, you need to move quickly. But sometimes, you might forget to disable record on a take you want to keep and record over it. Now, a new preference makes sure that never happens again. It allows you to select how Pro Tools behaves when you record-arm an audio, MIDI, or instrument track. So that when you press record, all previously record enabled tracks are automatically disarmed. And you will avoid recording accidents of this nature from here on out.

Improvements to the Avid cloud platform

Building upon improvements for remote workers introduced in 2020.5, this release introduces further stability enhancements. These fixes and adjustments help keep the platform running smoothly for so many new Avid cloud and Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration users.

 

Pro Tools 2020.9 includes support for SDII and BW64 filetypes as well as a host of improvements and fixes.

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May (2020.5)

Tactile control of Folder Tracks

Avid control surfaces now give you full control of Folder Tracks in Pro Tools. Nine new Softkeys, a new Strip command, and new buttons on the Tracks Screen offer full control over opening and closing folders. Literally at the touch of a button.

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Improvements for remote workers

As a result of COVID-19, remote work becomes the new normal. The Avid cloud platform has seen a significant uptick in usage. And many users are navigating uncharted waters, looking for the most efficient remote solutions. To help them, we introduced several stability improvements for users working with Avid cloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

 

Read the release notes to learn more about all the improvements and fixes in Pro Tools 2020.5.

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March (2020.3)

Bring focus to your session with Folder Tracks

Take command of large sessions by organizing tracks into collapsible folders, enabling you to work more creatively and productively. Without the distraction of seeing numerous tracks on screen. Arrange, consolidate, and route tracks with drag-and-drop ease. And group folders in folders and color-code them for even easier navigation.

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As Pro Audio Market Solutions Manager I am focused on delivering the very best creative solutions for our customers working in music and audio post. I am passionate about creativity and technology - especially with regard to music, songwriting/storytelling, and the recording arts - and am fortunate to work closely with the products and people that define our industry.