Pro Tools | Control for iOS Now Available on the App Store. Download Today.

By in Music Creation, Pro Mixing

“The best things in life are free… But you can keep them for the birds and bees…”

—Berry Gordy & Janie Bradford
Recorded & Performed by The Beatles 1963 “With The Beatles”

The Best Things Are Free…

The Beatles were always pushing recording technology to the limits and I believe that if they were making records today they would be using Pro Tools and pushing it to the limit too. I can envision what they would do if they got their hands on Pro Tools | Control, our new FREE iOS app for remote controlling recording, mixing, and navigation in Pro Tools and other EUCON-enabled applications from your iPad.

Sir George Martin, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Star at the console

Knowing what I do about how the Beatles liked to take production into their own hands, I could see them running things remotely from the live room while in the studio, using it to build demos in their home studios, and even mixing from the couch in the control room at Studio 2 Abbey Road – I’m quite sure they would continue to make the engineers crazy! (You can see Paul McCartney using Pro Tools in a very fun hour long 2005 TV Special called “Great Performances: Paul McCartney Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road” shot in the famed Studio 2).

Mixing in a car? Parked of course!

There are so many exciting and cool possibilities of how this free new app will be used by folks to get creative, to track, to navigate, and to get better hands on control of their mix. One idea I had that I’d like to try is to take my laptop into the car –(parked in the driveway!)- to check and tweak my mixes in with Pro Tools | Control. Even with Offline Bounce, it beats burning endless versions that you load onto and check on your iPod in the car! I’ll plug the 1/8” mini jack of my laptop output into the “Aux-In” on the car stereo for monitoring. But, I wouldn’t really want to work on the laptop in the confined space, and clicking with the track pad just doesn’t work well for me. My Wi-Fi network reaches into the driveway, which will allow me to bring the iPad along and have multi-touch, wireless control over the different blends and even automate tracks. I’ll let you know how it goes – but hey, rememberDON’T MIX AND DRIVE! ;-D

What unique, creative, and cool way will you use Pro Tools | Control? We’d love to hear from you. Please share with us in the comments section below and also use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the hashtag #ProToolsControl and tag us @AvidProTools.

Pro Tools | Control 'Mixer' view

Take Control…

The ‘Mixer’ view is really the primary screen (emulating a mixing console). It provides users with multi-touch control of faders, solos, mutes, pans, and automation modes, whereas the mouse only gives you the ability to grab one control at a time.  The ‘Mixer’ view really gives you the power (and feel) to balance and blend multiple objects in a space simultaneously.

The secondary ‘Tracks’ view is more about a wider view of your session and navigating and controlling it more efficiently. Derived from the S6 Master Touch Module, the ‘Tracks’ view allows Artist Mix and S3 users faster and easier ways to navigate big sessions and bring tracks to the surface. This provides what we like to call a ‘Hybrid’ approach: the best of touchscreen benefits for scrolling/navigating combined with a physical control surface for the best of faders, knobs, and switches for tactile control.

Grammy winning producer Jared Lee Gosselin at the S3 with 'Tracks' view on the Control app

Both the ‘Mixer’ view and ‘Tracks’ matrix view are 100% free with no additional hardware needed. After our ACA/NAB/Musikmesse announcement of the app in April we heard from our mixing customers that they would really like to use the Tracks view without an Artist Mix or S3 attached. We’re happy to share that those without a surface can also use the Tracks page to scroll through tracks and solo, mute, record arm and even bring up a single fader on the touch screen to mix with. Pro Tools will even follow such navigation selections on the ‘Tracks’ view – saving scrolling time with the mouse or track pad.

More examples of Hybrid mix control enhancements are the ability to recall Layouts from the Track Types/Layouts popover for both Artist Mix and S3. This is especially useful for Artist Mix users as previously there was no way to recall a layout nor see the layout name without going to EuControl Settings. Soft Key shortcuts are also a great speed enhancement. The app comes with the same default Soft Keys set as the Artist Control, but users will receive a link to download and install a customized version specifically designed for the app. You can read more about Soft Keys in the Pro Tools | Control guide.

Delivering on Avid Everywhere…

Pro Tools | Control offers more integrated and innovative ways to control and mix Pro Tools as well as other EUCON applications. This further delivers on our Avid Everywhere vision for the industry in response to the big challenges faced by media professionals with the specific goal of leveraging integrated (yet open) technology to bring content creators closer together and streamline their workflows. We are incredibly excited to release this app—and other upcoming innovations—thanks to the flexibility of the new licensing plans.

Below is a list of the qualified iPad models and EUCON media application versions on the product page. But, older iPad models and application versions may work fine as well. For the best experience, be sure to get up onto Pro Tools 12.1 (or your favorite EUCON application listed).

System Requirements

  • iPad Air or iPad mini 2 or later running iOS 8.3 or later
  • Qualified Mac or Windows-based computer running any supported EUCON-enabled application and EuControl 3.3
  • Accessible wireless network (5Ghz Wi-Fi network recommended)

QHost Applications

  • Avid Pro Tools 12.1 or later
  • Avid Pro Tools | HD 12.1 or later
  • Avid Media Composer 8 or later
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Steinberg Cubase 8
  • Steinberg Nuendo 6.5

Thanks for reading – download it now and happy #ProToolsControl mixing!

Download Pro Tools | Control on the App Store

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Avid has been leading the Pro Mixing evolution for the last 20 years pioneering mixing “in the box” with its highly integrated Pro Tools® software, hardware, plug-ins and control surfaces .

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.