Since its first version in 1989 is Avid’s Pro Tools, beside Apples Logic, the software
standard in the music industry. Like other Digital Audio Workstations, Pro Tools combines
all capabilities to record, edit and mix audio tracks.
The layout is separated in two windows, the edit and the mix window.
Since Pro Tools 8, it’s possible to edit MIDI data.
One characteristic of Pro Tools is the Smart Tool, with which it is possible to trim the audio
track, to set markers, to move audio tracks and to set fades.
For Pro Tools 12 three different versions are available. The standard Pro Tools version costs
600€ and includes stereo recording with up to 32 to channels and supports AAX and
The high-budget version of Pro Tools is Pro Tools HD and costs 2.500€. Pro Tools HD
supports AAX and TDM-plugins audit is possible to record up to 192 audio channels in
stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound.
The version for beginners is Pro Tools First. It is available for free on the Avid homepage
and supports up to 16 channels at a time and 4 channels for recording.
All ProTools versions can record and edit audio tracks with a sample rate up to 192 kHz
(Pro Tools First is limited to 96 kHz) and a bit rate of 16, 24 and 32 Bit/s.