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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 ToolsPros who need an advanced set of tools to create music or sound for pictureAudio and post pros who need maximum track counts, performance, and surround sound
AvailabilityAvailable for free for anyone to download and useSubscribe monthly or annually, purchase and own, or get a subscription bundled with Pro Tools | Duet, Quartet, or Eleven RackSubscribe annually, purchase and own, or get it bundled with a Pro Tools | HDX or HD Native core system
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | Ultimate

Key features

Simultaneous voices/tracks
(@ 48 kHz/96 kHz/192 kHz)
16/16/–128/64/32Base software
384/192/96
Maximum inputs (hardware dependent)432192³
MIDI tracks1610241024
Instrument tracks16512512
Auxiliary tracks16128128
Video tracksn/a164
Included plugins23115*115*
Included sounds3.1 GB5.4 GB5.4 GB
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent)32-bit, 96 kHz32-bit, 192 kHz32-bit, 192 kHz
BussesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

*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).

Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

Mix, master, deliver

Maximum supported projects/sessionsThree projects stored in the cloudUnlimited sessions stored on local or networked drivesUnlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent)32-bit, 96 kHz32-bit, 192 kHz32-bit, 192 kHz
Maximum I/O (hardware dependent)432256
ASIO, Core Audio, and EUCON support (for third-party interface and control surface integration)YesYesYes
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors)AAX Native, AAX AudioSuiteAAX Native, AAX AudioSuiteAAX DSP (Pro Tools | HDX only), AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Bundled softwareXpand!2 multitimbral music workstation (hundreds of sounds), plus over 20 effects, sound processing, and utility plug-insOver 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 17 bonus plug-insOver 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 25 bonus plug-ins
Bundled loopsn/a2 GB loop library curated from leading producers2 GB loop library curated from leading producers
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

Features

Composing, recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing tools+++
Loop record/track comping+++
MIDI Editor+++
Sibelius Score Editor++
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch+++
Avid Cloud Collaborationcoming soonIncludes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional 30 and 80 GB cloud storage plans available for purchase through your Avid AccountIncludes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional 30 and 80 GB cloud storage plans available for purchase through your Avid Account
Soundbase++
Revision History++
Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce++
Automatic Delay Compensation16k16k16k
Beat Detectiven/aMultitrackMultitrack
Clip FXn/aPlayback onlyApply, edit, and play
QuickPunch+++
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange++
Workspace+++
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+
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 | HD

Hardware Interface Support

PRO TOOLS | HD SERIES INTERFACES
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 interfaceAny Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interfaceAny Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface
Pro Tools | First
Pro Tools
Pro Tools | HD

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/aAny analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocolAny analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol

Minimum System Requirements

 

Pro Tools | FirstPro ToolsPro Tools | HD
 MAC
Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo processorMac with Intel Core i5 processorMac with Intel Core i7 processor (“Ivy Bridge,” “Haswell,” or “Westmere” recommended)
OSX
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2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)4 GB RAM (8 GB or more required for video playback)8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
Internet connection for installationInternet connection for installationInternet connection for installation
15 GB disk space for installation15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional)15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional)
PACE hard disk authorization (no iLok required)USB port for iLok authorizationUSB port for iLok authorization
USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt port for Core Audio-supported audio deviceUSB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt port for Core Audio-supported audio devicePCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (including one power connection on motherboard) or Thunderbolt port for HD Native, supported PCIe chassis or Core Audio-supported audio device
Supports in-app Avid Marketplace purchased AAX plug-insSupports 64-bit AAX Native plug-insSupports 64-bit AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-ins
Minimum 1280 horizontal monitor resolution
WINDOWS
PC with Intel Core 2 Duo processorPC with Intel Core i5 processorPC with Intel Xeon processor
Qualified Windows OS
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Qualified Windows OS
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Qualified Windows OS
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2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)4 GB RAM (8 GB or more required for video playback)8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
Internet connection for installationInternet connection for installationInternet connection for installation
15 GB disk space for installation15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional)15 GB disk space for installation; 2 GB additional space required for loop library installation (optional)
PACE hard disk authorization (no iLok required)USB port for iLok authorizationUSB port for iLok authorization
(Optional) USB or FireWire port for ASIO-supported audio device(Optional) USB or FireWire port for ASIO-supported audio devicePCIe slot for HDX or HD Native card (including one power connection on motherboard) or ASIO-supported audio device
Supports in-app Avid Marketplace purchased AAX plug-insSupports 64-bit AAX Native plug-insSupports 64-bit AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-ins
Minimum 1280 horizontal monitor resolution

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