• Audio Tracks 128
  • Inputs 32
  • Plug-ins 75+
  • Projects Unlimited

Comparison

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Audience and availability

Ideal for... Singers, songwriters, and musicians who are new to audio recording or Pro Tools Pros who need an advanced set of tools to create music or sound for picture Audio and post pros who need maximum track counts, performance, and surround sound
Availability Available for free for anyone to download and use Subscribe monthly or annually, or purchase and own a perpetual license Subscribe annually, purchase and own a perpetual license, or get it bundled with a Pro Tools | HDX or HD Native core system
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Supported Tracks

Maximum simultaneous audio tracks @ 48/96/192 kHz 16/16/–

(mono or stereo)

128/64/32
(mono or stereo)
256/128/64¹
(up to 768/384/192)²
Maximum inputs (hardware dependent) 4 32 192³
Audio recording (maximum simultaneous tracks) 4 32 256
Instrument 16 512 512
MIDI 16 512 512
Auxiliary 16 512
Busses Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Video n/a 1 64

1. Per Pro Tools | HDX or Pro Tools | HD Native card
2. With Pro Tools | HDX systems only
3. Pro Tools | Ultimate software supports up to 64 channels of I/O with HD Native hardware through DigiLink, and up to 32 channels of I/O through Core Audio and ASIO

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

General

Maximum supported projects/sessions Three projects stored in the included 1 GB cloud; additional cloud plans available for purchase, providing unlimited projects and the ability to save projects locally (get the details) Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives; unlimited projects stored in the included 1 GB cloud; additional cloud plans with more storage space available for purchase (get the details) Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives; unlimited projects stored in the included 1 GB cloud; additional cloud plans with more storage space available for purchase (get the details)
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 96 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz
Maximum I/O (hardware dependent) 4 32 256
ASIO, Core Audio, and EUCON support (for third-party interface and control surface integration) Yes Yes Yes
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors) AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX DSP (Pro Tools | HDX only), AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Bundled software Xpand!2 multitimbral music workstation (hundreds of sounds), plus over 20 effects, sound processing, and utility plugins Over 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plugins, with optional access to 17 bonus plugins Over 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 25 bonus plug-ins
Bundled loops 500 MB loop library curated from leading producers 2 GB loop library curated from leading producers 2 GB loop library curated from leading producers
Network Site License (coming soon)—additional software included n/a All plugins in the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle All plug-ins in the Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle, plus HEAT, Pro Tools | MachineControl, and Pro Tools | DigiLink I/O License
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Features

Composing, recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing tools + + +
Loop record track comping + + +
MIDI Editor + + +
Sibelius Score Editor + +
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch + + +
Avid Cloud Collaboration Includes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional cloud storage plans available for purchase, providing more space, unlimited projects, and the ability to invite others to collaborate and save projects locally (get the details) Includes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional cloud storage plans available for purchase (get the details) Includes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional cloud storage plans available for purchase (get the details)
Selective Project Sync Requires any paid cloud plan + +
Soundbase + + +
Revision History + +
Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce Track Freeze only + +
Automatic Delay Compensation 16k 16k 16k
Beat Detective n/a Multitrack Multitrack
Clip FX n/a Playback only Apply, edit, and play
QuickPunch + + +
Retrospective MIDI recording + + +
Track Presets + + +
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange + +
Workspace + + +
Batch renaming + +
Clip Gain + +
Export to iTunes + +
Offline bounce + + +
Timecode Ruler + +
Full Import Session Data + +
Variable stereo pan depths + +
In-the-box dubbing +
Requires Pro Tools | HDX
Field recorder workflows +
Avid Video Engine + +
Surround mixing +
Dolby Atmos mixing workflows +
Ambisonics VR workflows +
Advanced metering with gain reduction + +
Satellite Link +
Extended RAM/Disk Cache + +
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch +
Input monitoring + +
VCA mixing + +
Solo bus AFL/PFL + +
Advanced audio editing—Scrub Trim, Replace Region, Fit to Marks, Matching Channels, Back and Play, Auto Fades, and more +
Advanced automation—Punch, Capture, Write on stop, Write to all enabled, Automatch, Preview, and more +
Advanced video editing—multiple video tracks, multiple video playlists, and video editing tools +
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Hardware interface support

PRO TOOLS | HD SERIES INTERFACES
Pro Tools | MTRX +
Pro Tools | HD I/O +
Pro Tools | HD OMNI +
Pro Tools | HD MADI +
Pro Tools | PRE +
Pro Tools | SYNC HD +
AUDIO INTERFACES
Pro Tools | Duet + + +
Pro Tools | Quartet + + +
Pro Tools | Eleven Rack + + +
Pro Tools | Mbox (3rd gen) + + +
Pro Tools | Mbox Mini (3rd gen) + + +
Pro Tools | Mbox Pro (3rd gen) + + +
Pro Tools | Fast Track interfaces + + +
THIRD-PARTY INTERFACE
Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Console & control surface support

C|24 + +
EUCON-ENABLED
Artist Control + +
Artist Mix + +
Artist Transport + +
MC Pro + +
Pro Tools | Control + +
Pro Tools | Dock + +
Pro Tools | S3 + +
Pro Tools | S6 + +
S5 Fusion + +
System 5 + +
System 5-MC + +
ICON
D-Command ES +
D-Control ES +
THIRD-PARTY CONTROL SURFACE
n/a Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

A/V interfaces and storage

Avid Artist | DNxIQ + +
Avid NEXIS +
Avid NEXIS | PRO + +

Minimum System Requirements


Pro Tools | First Pro Tools Pro Tools | Ultimate
Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details) Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details) Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details)