Avid Pro Tools Comparison Chart

Compare the features of the 3 versions of Pro Tools! Use the table below to see which product best suits your needs and to learn more about the capabilities offered.

 

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools

Pro Tools | Ultimate

 

 

Ideal for... Singers, songwriters, and musicians who are new to audio recording or Pro Tools Pros who need an advanced set of tools to create music or sound for picture Audio and post pros who need maximum track counts, performance, and surround sound
Maximum simultaneous audio tracks @ 48/96/192 kHz 16/16/–

(mono or stereo)

128/64/32
(mono or stereo)

256/128/64¹
(up to 768/384/192)²

Maximum inputs (hardware dependent) 4 32 192³
Audio recording (maximum simultaneous tracks) 4 32 256
Instrument 16 512 512
MIDI 16 512 512
Auxiliary 16 128 512
Busses Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Video n/a 1 64
1. Per Pro Tools | HDX or Pro Tools | HD Native card
2. With Pro Tools | HDX systems only
3. Pro Tools | Ultimate software supports up to 64 channels of I/O with HD Native hardware through DigiLink, and up to 32 channels of I/O through Core Audio and ASIO
 
 

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools

Pro Tools | Ultimate

Maximum supported projects/sessions

Three projects stored in the included 1 GB cloud; additional cloud plans available for purchase, providing unlimited projects and the ability to save projects locally

Unlimited sessions stored on local or networked drives; unlimited projects stored in the included 1 GB cloud; additional cloud plans with more storage space available for purchase 

 

Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 96 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz
Maximum I/O (hardware dependent) 4

32

256

ASIO, Core Audio, and EUCON support (for third-party interface and control surface integration) Yes Yes Yes
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors) AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite AAX DSP (Pro Tools | HDX only), AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite
Bundled software Xpand!2 multitimbral music workstation (hundreds of sounds), plus over 20 effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins Over 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 17 bonus plug-ins Over 60 included virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins, with optional access to 25 bonus plug-ins
Bundled loops 500 MB loop library curated from leading producers 2 GB loop library curated from leading producers 2 GB loop library curated from leading producers
Network Site License (coming soon)—additional software included n/a All plug-ins in the Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle All plug-ins in the Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle, plus HEAT, Pro Tools | MachineControl, and Pro Tools | DigiLink I/O License
 

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools

Pro Tools | Ultimate

Composing, recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing tools

Yes

Yes

Yes

Loop record track comping Yes Yes Yes
MIDI Editor Yes

Yes

Yes

Sibelius Score Editor   Yes Yes
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch Yes Yes Yes
Avid Cloud Collaboration Includes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional cloud storage plans available for purchase, providing more space, unlimited projects, and the ability to invite others to collaborate and save projects locally Includes 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration; additional cloud storage plans available for purchase 
Selective Project Sync Requires any paid cloud plan Yes Yes
Soundbase Yes Yes Yes
Revision History   Yes Yes
Track Freeze, Commit, and Bounce Track Freeze only Yes Yes
Automatic Delay Compensation 16k 16k 16k
Beat Detective n/a Multitrack
Clip FX n/a Playback only Apply, edit, and play
QuickPunch Yes Yes Yes
Retrospective MIDI recording Yes Yes Yes
Track Presets Yes Yes Yes
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange   Yes Yes
Workspace Yes Yes Yes
Batch renaming   Yes Yes
Clip Gain   Yes Yes
Export to iTunes   Yes Yes
Offline bounce Yes Yes Yes
Timecode Ruler   Yes Yes
Full Import Session Data   Yes Yes
Variable stereo pan depths   Yes Yes
In-the-box dubbing     Yes
(Requires Pro Tools | HDX)
Field recorder workflows     Yes
Avid Video Engine   Yes Yes
Surround mixing     Yes
Dolby Atmos mixing workflows     Yes
Ambisonics VR workflows     Yes
Advanced metering with gain reduction   Yes Yes
Satellite Link     Yes
Extended RAM/Disk Cache   Yes Yes
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch     Yes
Input monitoring   Yes Yes
VCA mixing   Yes Yes
Solo bus AFL/PFL   Yes Yes
Advanced audio editing—Scrub Trim, Replace Region, Fit to Marks, Matching Channels, Back and Play, Auto Fades, and more     Yes
Advanced automation—Punch, Capture, Write on stop, Write to all enabled, Automatch, Preview, and more     Yes
Advanced video editing—multiple video tracks, multiple video playlists, and video editing tools     Yes
 

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools

Pro Tools | Ultimate

HARDWARE INTERFACE SUPPORT
PRO TOOLS | HD SERIES INTERFACES

Pro Tools | MTRX     Yes
Pro Tools | HD I/O  

 

Yes

Pro Tools | HD OMNI     Yes
Pro Tools | HD MADI     Yes
Pro Tools | PRE     Yes
Pro Tools | SYNC HD     Yes

AUDIO INTERFACES

Pro Tools | Duet Yes Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Quartet Yes Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Eleven Rack Yes Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Mbox (3rd gen) Yes Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Mbox Mini (3rd gen) Yes Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Mbox Pro (3rd gen) Yes Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Fast Track interfaces Yes Yes Yes
Third-Party Interface   Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface
 

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools

Pro Tools | Ultimate

CONSOLE & CONTROL SURFACE SUPPORT

C|24   Yes Yes
Artist Control  

Yes

Yes

Artist Mix   Yes Yes
Artist Transport   Yes Yes
MC Pro   Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Control   Yes Yes
Pro Tools | Dock   Yes Yes
Pro Tools | S3   Yes Yes
Pro Tools | S6   Yes Yes
S5 Fusion   Yes Yes
System 5   Yes Yes
ICON
D-Command ES     Yes
D-Control ES     Yes

THIRD-PARTY CONTROL SURFACE

n/a Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol

A/V INTERFACES AND STORAGE

Avid Artist | DNxIQ   Yes Yes
Avid NEXIS     Yes
Avid NEXIS | PRO   Yes Yes
 

Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools

Pro Tools | Ultimate

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