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Avid Announce Pro Tools 2018 at NAMM Show



Avid have announced the next Pro Tools Upgrade at NAMM show 2018. The new version, Pro Tools 2018, represents not only a software update, but an overhaul of the Pro Tools versioning scheme. In addition to the new naming scheme, this release adds new features that help music creators jumpstart their creativity, stay in their flow, and finish projects with speed and efficiency. It will be available to new customers, current subscribers, and users with an active upgrade plan.

Pro Tools 2018 includes major improvements and new features for Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD.

New Pro Tools 2018 Versioning Scheme

For 2018, Avid is implementing a new software version numbering convention.

  • Software releases will be numbered according to the year and month, for example the first software release in January of 2018 will be numbered 2018.1
  • Subsequent releases within the same month will have an additional suffix, for example 2018.1.1
  • For products that do not release on a monthly basis, it will be necessary to skip numbers at times – for example, the release that follows 2018.1.1 may be 2018.3
  • Product splash screens, about boxes, Avid Master Accounts, and Application Manager will display the full version number – for example 2018.1.1

New Features Chart



PT|F
PT
PT|HD

Retrospective MIDI Record: Capture MIDI performances when not recording
X
X
X

MIDI Editing Enhancements: Arrow keys editing, transpose in-key, extract chords
X
X
X

Track Presets: Browse presets with embedded media and build sessions on the fly
X
X
X

Improved Import Session Data: New Track Data To Import dialog with presets
X
X

Playlist Comping Enhancements: Comp playlists in Waveform view, target playlist
X
X


Mix Window EQ Curves: Shows combined EQ effects inserted on a track
X
X
X

Mixing UI Enhancements: Color indicators for Automation and Pre-Fader Sends
X
X
X

"Start Collaboration" File Menu Item: Convert to project files and invite collaborators
X
X

iLok Cloud Support: Cloud licensing option available
N/A
X
X

Network Site Licensing: Administer Pro Tools across your enterprise, teams, or facility
N/A
X
X

Pro Tools 2018 New Features

Build Sessions On the Fly with Track Presets

Kick time-consuming tasks to the curb. With Track Presets, you can quickly save, catalog, and recall your favorite effects chains, vocal processing, session import criteria, and other track settings, and spend more time exploring the depths of your creativity.

Capture Performances Retroactively

Capture MIDI performances and advance your musical ideas, even when Pro Tools is not recording. Quickly add your improvisations and practice runs into your session with a simple key command.

Take Deeper Control of Your MIDI

Making music has never been easier. With numerous MIDI improvements and enhancements, you can fix and finesse every note to perfection—from transposing and trimming notes with the arrow keys, to building chords and scores faster than ever before.

Comp Together the Best Takes

Build a Target Playlist of the best performances—from multiple playlists—right in Waveform view. It’s ideal when working with grouped tracks, making playlist management and viewing no longer a challenge. You can also now cycle through different takes within a clip using the arrow keys for faster review.

Retire Your iLok Dongle with iLok Cloud

Pro Tools and all Avid audio plug-ins now support iLok Cloud. That means you now have the option to work iLok-free, and reclaim an extra USB port for a MIDI keyboard or audio interface. Or continue using your iLok as before.

Get a Better View of Your Mix

With new EQ curve graphs on all Mix window channel strips, you can see how your settings and automation are impacting each track in real time—even those with multiple EQs (supported plug-ins only). In addition, pre-fader sends and Automation lane view menu entries are now color-coded, making them easier to distinguish.

Start Collaborating More Easily

Got a session that you’re dying to work on with others? Select File > Start Collaboration, and Pro Tools will automatically save your current session, close it, and reopen it as a project in the cloud, with all tracks converted and ready to be shared.

Get Easy Network Licensing

Need Pro Tools for your post facility, broadcast enterprise, or educational institution? You can now purchase a multi-seat Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD Network Site License, which offers many benefits for larger organizations.



Pro Tools Software Family Products


  • Pro Tools | First—Entry-level “free” version of Pro Tools that offers a limited basic set of features for those new to music and audio recording and mixing
  • Pro Tools—The industry-standard digital audio workstation; available as standalone software (subscribe monthly or annually, or purchase and own a perpetual license) or bundled as a subscription with Pro Tools | Eleven Rack
  • Pro Tools | HD—The industry-standard DAW with advanced features and workflows for more demanding commercial music and audio post production; available as standalone software (subscribe annually or purchase and own a perpetual license) or bundled as a perpetual license with Pro Tools | HDX and Pro Tools | HD Native systems



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