Comparison

Pro Tools | First

A streamlined toolset to get you started
  

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The essentials for native music and post production

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Pro Tools | Ultimate

The ultimate toolset for any music or post production

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$79.99 USD/month

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Key features

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Key features

Simultaneous voices/tracks
(@ 48 kHz/96 kHz/192 kHz)

Learn about voices

16/16/–

128/64/32

Base software
384/192/96

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Maximum inputs
(hardware dependent)

4

 

32

 

192

More information

MIDI tracks 16 1024 1024
Instrument tracks 16 512 512
Auxiliary tracks 16 128 512
Video tracks n/a 1 64
Included plugins 23 115* 115*
Included sounds 3.1 GB 5.4 GB 5.4 GB
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 96 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz
Busses Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

* Get access to the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle (a $49.99 USD/year value) and HEAT (a $495 USD value) with Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate subscriptions at no additional charge. Pro Tools perpetual licenses with an active 1-Year Software Updates & Support Plan get access to 80 plugins. Pro Tools | Ultimate perpetual licenses with an active 1-Year Software Updates & Support Plan get access to 114 plugins (HEAT not included).

Create, edit, produce

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Create, edit, produce

Automatic plugin delay compensation + + +
Nondestructive editing + + +
Elastic audio + + +
Soundbase + + +
Retrospective MIDI recording + + +
Track Presets + + +
QuickPunch + + +
Time signature changes + + +
MIDI Editor + + +
Sibelius Score Editor + +
Loop record track comping + +
Beat detective + +
Input monitoring + +
In-the-box dubbing +
(Requires HDX)
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch +
Advanced audio editing +
Field recorder workflows +

Mix, master, deliver

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Mix, master, deliver

Supported plugin formats AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Automate volume, pans, sends, solo, mute, plugin parameters, and more + + +
Offline bounce + + +
Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce Freeze only + +
Clip FX Playback only +
Clip Gain + +
Variable stereo pan depths + +
Advanced metering with gain reduction + +
Timecode ruler + +
VCA mixing + +
Solo bus AFL/PFL + +
AAX DSP support +
Surround mixing +
Dolby Atmos mixing +
Ambisonics VR mixing +
Advanced automation +

Single file multi-stem bounce—NEW!

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+

Netflix Post Technology Alliance participant—NEW!

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+

Usability

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Usability

Workspace + + +
ReWire + + +
Revision history + +
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange + +
Batch renaming + +
Full import session data + +
Extended RAM/Disk Cache + +
Satellite Link +

Video

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Video

Video tracks n/a 1 64
Avid Video Engine + +

4K/UHD support—NEW!

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+ +
Advanced video editing +

Collaborate and connect

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Collaborate and connect

Cloud collaboration + + +
Cloud storage 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Number of cloud projects 3 Unlimited Unlimited
Selective project sync Requires Cloud Plan + +

Compatible hardware

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Compatible hardware

PRO TOOLS | HD SYSTEMS
Pro Tools | HDX +
Pro Tools | HD Native +
Pro Tools | MTRX +
Pro Tools | HD I/O +
Pro Tools | HD OMNI +
Pro Tools | HD MADI +
Pro Tools | SYNC HD +
THIRD-PARTY HARDWARE
Core Audio compatible interfaces + + +
ASIO compatible interfaces + + +
AVID CONTROL SURFACES
Pro Tools | Control (iPad app) + +
Artist Mix + +
Pro Tools | Dock + +
Pro Tools | S3 + +
Avid S6 + +
THIRD-PARTY CONTROL SURFACES
HUI-compatible control surfaces + + +
AVID A/V INTERFACES
Avid Artist | DNxIQ + +
Avid Artist | DNxIV + +
Avid Artist | DNxIO + +
AVID STORAGE
Avid NEXIS | PRO + +
Avid NEXIS +

System requirements

Pro Tools | First Pro Tools Pro Tools | Ultimate
Full System Requirements Full System Requirements