Having made various failed attempts to launch a free version of Professional tools – the most recent being the now discontinued Pro Tools | First – Avid now has another crack with the release of Pro Tools Intro.
Available to download now, it has the advantage of being built on the same code base as the new Pro Tools 2022.9, which means it should be easier for developers to keep it up to date.
When Pro Tools | The former was discontinued in late 2021, Avid said the product had become “unviable”, but with Pro Tools Intro more closely tied to its big brother, we hope this new free offering is here to stay.
In terms of specifications, Pro Tools Intro gives you eight audio tracks, eight instrument tracks, and eight MIDI tracks. Unlike Pro Tools | First, there’s AAX support – so you can run compatible third-party plug-ins – and Pro Tools Intro uses the standard .ptx session format.
Pro Tools Intro comes with 35 Avid plug-ins, including channel strip, compressor, EQ, filters, reverb, and delay. You also get the AIR Xpand!2 virtual instrument, which includes over 2,500 presets.
Other specs include four auxiliary tracks, one main track, four simultaneous inputs and outputs, up to 192kHz sample rate recording and playback, and support for any Core Audio, ASIO, or WASAPI-compliant interface.
In addition to being offered as a standalone download, Pro Tools Intro is also bundled with all installations of Pro Tools 2022.9, meaning that if your paid subscription or trial version of this software expires, you’ll still have a DAW. which offers basic functionality. Feature. It should also be mentioned that Pro Tools Intro can be installed and used without the need for an iLok.
Moving on to the new features of Pro Tools 2022.9, there is now direct integration with Celemony’s Melodyone through support for the ARA 2 protocol. This means that the Melodyne interface is now rooted in Pro Tools, speeding up your workflow of work.
ARA 2 support applies to all versions of Pro Tools, including Intro, with Artist, Studio and Flex editions all shipping with Melodyne 5 essential, a feature-limited version of the pitch manipulation software and of time. If you have already installed a higher-level version of Melodyne, this will automatically appear in Pro Tools.
The other big addition in 2022.9 is Aux I/O, a macOS-exclusive feature that allows flexible routing of audio to and from Pro Tools to other software and hardware. You can easily stream your Pro Tools audio directly to Zoom, for example – ideal when someone needs to review a mix in real time, remotely – or record audio to or from another music production application. This could make Aux I/O a great addition for the growing number of people who enjoy working on multiple DAWs.
Commenting on the Pro Tools 2022.9 update, Francois Quereuil, Vice President, Product Management for Audio and Music Solutions, Avid, said, “Music creators of all skill levels will expand their artistic potential and accelerate their productivity with innovation now available in our all-new Pro Tools Update.
“We’re working hard to delight the entire creative community, and this is one of our most exciting latest releases for them, with users now taking control of amazing new features right in their Pro Tools experience to push back the limits of their music production workflows further than ever before.”
You can now compare all versions of Pro Tools on the Greedy (opens in a new tab) website. Pricing for a subscription plan starts at $10 per month for Pro Tools Artist.