• Avid announces Pro Tools

Pro Tools 12 and First announced

Avid today announced Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools First, two new versions of Pro Tools that are part of their new cloud audio collaboration tools and Avid Everywhere concept.

At NAMM 2015 Avid announced Pro Tools 12 with new functions like Track Freeze, Collaboration, Market Place and more. Upgrades start at $199 for an upgrade from Pro Tools 9 or 10 to Pro Tools 11. You can upgrade now and receive the Pro Tools 12 upgrade for free when it comes available. Pro Tools HD users upgrade for $599. A new purchase of Pro tools will cost you $899. Check out the video for more information and a sneak peek at the new functions.

What came as a bigger surprise is the new Pro Tools First. This is a free version of Pro Tools that anyone can get. Pro Tools First allows you to record up to 16 audio tracks with up to four audio inputs simultaneously. Record midi with XPand2, the free included Virtual Instrument. You can access your sessions anywhere by saving and syncing them in the free introductory amount of cloud storage. You can sync up to three projects at a time which allows you to pick up where you left anywhere you like on a Mac or PC that has Pro Tools First installed.

Watch the Avid video on Pro Tools First.

When Pro Tools 12 or First will be available hasn’t been announced yet but knowing the december deals included free support ’til March 2016, I wouldn’t be surprised seeing Pro Tools 12 released somewhere at the end of februari or the beginning of March this year.