Pro Tools 12.8 Download and New Features
Pro Tools 12.8 is available for download from your Avid Master Account. With new collaboration features, expanded cloud plans and stability improvements, the new Pro Tools makes it easier than ever to tackle your most ambitious projects and deliver your best-sounding work.
And the best part—you can download this update right now for no additional charge because you have an upgrade plan. Enjoy!
- Take collaboration to new heights - now you can work with up to 10 collaborators in the cloud on a single project, including Pro Tools | First users.
- Selective Project Sync - choose to save projects locally or in the cloud using Selective Project Sync. You have easy access to all your cloud-based projects from any computer with Pro Tools and an internet connection.
- New Cloud Plans - with Selective Project Sync and support for collaboration with more Pro Tools users, it’s easier than ever to work with other artists in the cloud. That’s why we’re offering a new cloud storage plan for just $4.99 per month.
Get more from the cloud—just added
With the latest release, you can now work with up to 10 collaborators in the cloud on a single project, including Pro Tools | First users. You can also choose to save projects locally or in the cloud using Selective Project Sync, giving you easy access to all of your cloud-based work from any Pro Tools-equipped computer—from anywhere you log into your account. And if you need more storage, you can now expand your cloud space for as little as $4.99 a month.
Find the right loops and sounds fast
Need to find that perfect beat, groove, style, or sound for your project? Soundbase makes it a snap to browse, search, audition, explore, and experiment with loops, samples, and sound effects from nearly any sound library. This new Workspace pane provides customizable tag filtering, so you can find what you need quickly. Search your libraries by instrument, genre, tempo, key, time signature, and your own tags. And hear how content sounds in sync with your tracks.
Inspire and accelerate music creation
Get access to the latest loops created by the industry’s leading producers and sound designers. Pro Tools now comes with a 2 GB high-quality loop library from Loopmasters to wake up your mix and give projects that sonic edge. Whether you need a rhythm section, a cool riff, instrumental accompaniment, or just something to help you get started, you’ve got hundreds of mini musical works, waiting to be discovered. And it’s easy to find and audition loops with Soundbase.
Experiment and share new ideas
Wish you could try out something creatively, but easily go back to a previous version of your project if you change your mind? Now you can. With Project Revisions, you can explore new versions of a song or soundtrack, make notes, share ideas with others, and quickly jump back to any previous state from anywhere—without having to worry about breaking anything. That’s because Pro Tools keeps all version history, audio files, notes, and other data organized for you.
Edit playlists more easily
It’s now easier than ever to access and manage Pro Tools’ powerful playlists. Quickly switch between playlists with new key commands. Know if you have multiple playlists on a given track with new visual indicators. And automatically send overlapped clips to new or existing playlists.
Edit layers of audio more easily
If you work in post, positioning countless audio clips to picture, you probably have multiple clips that overlap on a track. With new enhancements to the way Pro Tools handles such clips, editing audio is easier than ever. Clear only overlaps. Heal clips when removing one that overlaps two. Trim the starts and ends of two overlapping clips. Modify behaviors. And more. In addition, Pro Tools supports Clip Effects playback (editing requires Pro Tools | HD).
Adjust fades more easily
You can now quickly adjust a fade in, fade out, or crossfade's shape directly in the Edit window using the Smart Tool. Simply position your cursor over any clip’s fade area until it changes to the corresponding fade or crossfade cursor. Then click and drag left or right to change the fade's shape and slope.
Collaborate in the cloud
Imagine being able to work on a session with friends, colleagues, or your favorite artist or producer with ease—no matter where they are in the world. You can with Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools. Record, edit, and mix projects with others as if you’re all working together in the same studio. And find new collaborators through the online Avid Artist Community.
Get Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce
Processor-hungry virtual instruments can impact system performance. And sharing sessions used to require that everyone have the same plug-ins. No more. With Track Freeze, you can quickly freeze or unfreeze all plug-ins on a track—or just up to a certain insert—to free up processing power. Track Commit is similar except it renders the track (or an edit selection) permanently. And with Track Bounce, you can render out stems for fast and easy file delivery.
Access upgrades, bonus plug-ins, and more
Get access to all new Pro Tools releases, expert help, and a bonus collection of plug-ins with a Pro Tools subscription. With a new perpetual license purchase, you get access to all new releases and bonus plug-ins included for one year. Then renew your Annual Upgrade Plan for $99/year to stay current, and maintain your plug-in access with the Plug-in and Support Plan for $99/year. You can also upgrade an older version of Pro Tools by purchasing an Upgrade Reinstatement Plan.
Compose and record
Record with ease
Tracking vocals and instrument performances is now faster and easier than ever. Rehearse and record more easily with track input monitoring. Dial in cue mixes in a snap by copying fader settings to sends. And solo tracks in PFL (pre-fader listen) or AFL (after-fader listen) mode for optimal recording.
Working with a large multi-piece band or complex soundtrack for a movie or video? No need to worry about running out of tracks. With the latest version of Pro Tools, you can simultaneously play back up to 128 audio tracks, 512 instrument tracks, and 512 MIDI tracks.
Capture amazing performances
Nobody’s perfect. But you can create the perfect take. Record pristine sound—at up to 32-bit/192 kHz—with a supported audio interface. Get exceptionally low latency for easier recording. Let spontaneity shine by tracking multiple passes of a section. Replace questionable sections non-destructively with QuickPunch recording. And create that flawless take by comping together the best performances.
No instrument? No problem. Get access to a wide range of virtual instruments to record the parts you need. Lay down beats with the drum machine, samples, and loops. Add bass, guitar, horns, strings, piano, and other accompaniments. And layer in a variety of other sounds to build up your song—from world instruments to sound effects. No matter what music genre is at hand, you’ll find thousands of possibilities to explore.
Turn ideas into masterpieces
Take your songwriting from sketchpad to final production with speed and ease. Create and finesse every virtual instrument or MIDI performance—from tweaking individual notes, to adjusting dynamics, timing, and more. Write music using standard notation tools in the built-in Score Editor. You can even export sessions to Sibelius for further finessing.
Create with power
When your creativity is flowing, you don’t want your software getting in the way. With Pro Tools, you get 64-bit performance and dynamic host processing to keep your sessions running smoothly. So go ahead and add all of the virtual instruments and effects you want. Pro Tools won’t slow you down.
Work with sound for picture
Pro Tools is more than just sound—you can work with audio for movies, television, and other visual media too. Play HD video and Avid DNxHD sequences right in the timeline. Edit with precision using the built-in Timecode Ruler. Clean up sound using the included plug-ins. Create sound effects that define (or defy) reality. Work easily with AudioSuite-rendered clips. And record and edit voiceovers, Foley, and ADR with perfect frame accuracy. You can even share audio mixes with Media Composer editors through AAF.
Collaborate with others
Collaboration has never been easier. With Pro Tools, you can exchange sessions with any Pro Tools user or studio. Or work on projects created in other audio and video software—including Media Composer, Logic, and Cubase—right in Pro Tools. And with Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, you are able to collaborate on projects with anyone, anywhere, over the cloud.
Position clips more precisely with clip transparency
If you’re a sound editor or designer, precision and speed are paramount when it comes to aligning and editing clips. Now clips take on a translucent appearance whenever you move and overlap one over another, giving you better visual clarity of their context. This enables you to quickly align the waveforms of a new audio clip to the visual cues of an existing one’s waveforms with much better precision and ease.
Save time with batch fades
Fading tracks is one of the fundamentals of audio editing. But it can be tedious and time consuming when editing thousands of audio clips. With new fade enhancements, you can speed through repetitious tasks and gain more time to focus on the creative aspects of your mix. Create and tweak presets for fade ins, fade outs, crossfades, and batch fades. Recall presets directly from your keyboard or control surface. And control fade settings independently when working with batch fades.
Stretch your creativity
With its elastic audio features, you can edit audio as easily as MIDI to fix what’s funky and quickly explore your creative options. Change the tempo or timing of a clip or entire composition on the fly with Elastic Time. Make bad notes sound pitch perfect—without sounding like a chipmunk… or Vin Diesel—with Elastic Pitch. You can even create harmonies and transpose clips in real time, without altering the tempo.
Edit with precision
Shape and fine-tune your music and audio with professional, sample-accurate editing tools. Create the perfect performance by comping together tracks. Speed up editing and mixing tasks with the Smart Tool. Even out volume levels with Clip Gain. And smooth transitions with crossfades. Everything you need to perfect your tracks is available right from within a single Edit window.
Get in the groove
A couple cups of coffee (or a couple of beers) can affect any drummer’s performance. With the Beat Detective tool, you can quickly fix timing issues across multiple tracks to get him or her on the beat. Or change up the feel of a beat altogether to get a different groove. You can even use it to keep your rhythm section “in the pocket” by extracting the groove from a drumbeat and applying it to the bass part.
Mix and share
Take control with your iPad
Forget the tedium of working with a mouse or trackpad. With our free Pro Tools | Control iOS app, you can take wireless touch control of Pro Tools and other EUCON-enabled audio and video software to speed things along. Ride multiple faders with your fingertips. Trigger complex macros with a tap. Navigate through large mixes with ease. And we’ll say it again—it’s free.
Get the ultimate mixing experience
Make your mix the best it can be with more advanced tools added to Pro Tools. Mix and control groups of tracks faster and easier with VCA Masters. Work with confidence using 17 advanced metering options, including K-system, VU, and other professional standards. Get gain reduction metering on every channel to gauge dynamics. And get smoother performance and highly responsive recording and playback with the extended Disk Cache feature, which loads entire sessions into RAM—no matter how large.
Give yourself Space and some amazing effects
Get access to 17 incredible bonus plug-ins with your Pro Tools subscription, new perpetual license purchase, or Avid Plug-in and Support plan. Create natural sounding environments to add more life to tracks with the Space convolution reverb. And enhance guitar, vocal, and other instrument tracks with emulations of 16 of the most coveted stompbox effects, from screamin’ distortion and wah, to classic delay, reverb, and other vintage sounds.
Get the sound you want
Polish mixes with over 75 included effects, sound-processing and utility plug-ins. From high-quality reverbs, EQs, and compressors, to guitar amp emulators, surround sound fold-down, and channel strip dynamics, you have everything you need to create professional mixes. Want more? Browse the in-app Avid Marketplace to find the AAX plug-ins you need.
Plug into legendary sound
Add warmth, energy, and clarity to your mixes. With the included Avid Channel Strip plug-in, you get exact replications of the renowned EQ and compression algorithms of the Avid System 5. It’s one of the most sought-after digital audio consoles used to create some of the greatest music and movie mixes ever produced.
Grab control of your session
You can use a mouse to make changes to your mix one… at… a… time. Or work with dramatically more speed and precision using a hardware control surface to complete projects faster. You’ll get the deepest integration and most efficient hands-on control when you pair Pro Tools with an Avid control surface. We offer a variety to fit every budget and need.
Automate your mix
Add life to tracks and achieve the best mix possible through mix automation. With Pro Tools, you can automate the settings of nearly every element. Effortlessly. Plus, with Automatic Delay Compensation, you’ll get great sounding, phase-accurate mixes with even the largest sessions.
Speed delivery with offline bounce
With faster-than-real-time offline bounce, you can deliver final mixes or stems up to 150x faster. Plus, you’ll get the high-quality results you’d expect from Pro Tools, thanks to time-stamped automation. If you mix radio programs or other long-format shows, this feature alone will save you hours of time—daily.
Share mixes with the masses
Whether you've got a work in progress or a finished piece, Pro Tools makes it easy to share. Promote your music and skills to an extensive network of media professionals and find collaborators in the online Avid Artist Community. Share files with direct SoundCloud support. Or bounce mixes to your iTunes library and share your music and audio masterpieces with anyone on your network.