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Which Apple Computers Work on Pro Tools 11?

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Which Apple Computers Work on Pro Tools 11? Apple have updated the Avid Knowledge Base with a list of computers that are compatible.
The following Apple computers are approved by Avid for use with Pro Tools 11 software.


  • Supported
    • Mac Pro mid-2012, 2010 & 2009 5,1
    • Mac Pro  early 2009 4,1
  • Not Supported
    • Mac Pro 3,1 "Harpertown" models and lower


MacBook Pro & Air

  • Supported
    • MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2012: 10,1)
    • MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Late 2012: 10,2)*
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012: 9,1)
    • MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012: 9,2)
    • MacBook Air 2012 5,2 i7
    • MacBook Air 2011 4,2 (not supported with video engine)

* Note: The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro may have performance problems and is not recommended for Pro Tools with FireWire interfaces

Mac Mini

  • Supported
    • Mac Mini 2012 i7
    • Mac Mini 2011


  • Supported
    • iMac 2012 13,1 i5
    • iMac 2010 11,3 i7
    • iMac 2009 11,1 i5

System Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools 11 Software

System Requirements for Pro Tools 11 with S3L systems

For optimal performance and reliability, be sure that your computer or laptop meets the following minimum system requirements.

Important: Avid dedicates a significant amount of engineering resources and time to test and qualify specific platform configurations. While such systems may operate without problems, please understand we cannot provide support should you choose to use a non-qualified system.

Mac Systems

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Apple computer (details)
  • System Software: Mac OS X 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion)
  • Additional Notes:
    • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) are now supported with Pro Tools 11.1.1.
    • There are known issues with Mac OS X 10.9 (details)
    • Mac OS X 10.9.1 is supported with Pro Tools 11.1.2
  • Total System RAM: 4GB minimum, 8GB required for video playback

Windows Systems

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Windows-based computer (details)
  • System Software: (64-bit) Windows 8 Professional, Windows 8, Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate edition with Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Window 8.1 is not supported
  • Total System RAM: 4GB minimum, 8GB (or more) recommended

Additional Requirements

  • iLok 2: Original iLok 1 not supported (details)
  • Avid Audio Interfaces, Peripherals and Control Surfaces (details)
  • Audio Drive Requirements: One or More Hard Disk Drives Dedicated for Audio Record and Playback
  • System Hard Drive: Minimum 15GB free space on startup drive required for Pro Tools installation
  • Graphics Card: Dedicated Graphics Card highly recommended
  • Video Peripherals (details)
  • Third Party Audio Interfaces (details)
  • Audio File Type & Session Support:
    • Supported: BWF, AIFF, MXF
    • Not Supported: SD2 audio files and Pro Tools 4.x sessions and lower
      • Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher automatically converts SD2 audio files to compatible audio files

Pro Tools Software Option

  • Video Satellite LE (details)
    • Note: Video Satellite LE requires Pro Tools 10.3.7 or higher when used with Pro Tools HD 11 (details)


  • Pro Tools 11 & 10 and Media Composer Co-install (details)
  • Mac Aggregate Device Info (details)
  • Symantec Endpoint Anti-Virus (see details)

Driver Updates Please download and install the latest drivers for your hardware from the following page:

Plug-in Compatibility

Pro Tools 11 supports Native and AudioSuite 64-bit AAX plug-in types only

Earlier RTAS and AudioSuite ".dpm" plug-ins are not supported 32-bit AAX plug-ins are not supported 

Mac OS X & Windows: RTAS and AudioSuite (.dpm) plug-ins compatible with Pro Tools HD 9 and Pro Tools HD 10 are not compatible with Pro Tools HD 11

Known Plug-in Issues – Pro Tools 11 on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion):

Eleven Rack UI not available in Pro Tools 11

Product Information For product information, please see the following product sections:

More Information

Information on Pro Tools 11, including what's new, feature comparison, and information on upgrades:

For Information about opening older Pro Tools sessions in Pro Tools 11 and saving Pro Tools 11 sessions for use on earlier versions of Pro Tools please see the following:

Pro Tools Updates

System Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools HD 11 Software:

This Page System Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD Native Systems with Pro Tools HD 11 Software:

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