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Avid Pro Tools First - free


    Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today unveiled Pro Tools® | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide. Delivering on Avid Everywhere™ and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners to learn, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced musician. Pro Tools | First enables anyone to experience the industry’s most trusted digital audio workstation at no cost, so they can turn their musical ideas into fully realized, professional productions that stand out from the crowd.

    “Pro Tools is the audio workstation that redefined the music and post-production industries, providing everything needed to create high-caliber audio mixes,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “With Pro Tools | First, we’ve taken the most powerful, proven, and trusted DAW and streamlined it into a version that’s available to everyone for free, whether they dream of a career in music and are just starting out, or are more experienced and want to give Pro Tools a try. Now users of all levels can start off their musical journey on the right path.”

    With Pro Tools | First, artists can quickly turn ideas into professional-sounding songs by recording, using software instruments, and applying audio effects. To expand their creative toolset further, the integrated Avid App Store provides a world of affordable AAX plug-ins and “First” bundles on the Avid Marketplace that make creating, shaping, and enhancing sounds quick and easy.

    To accommodate the mobile lifestyle of artists and aspiring pros, Pro Tools | First saves and manages sessions securely in the cloud, enabled by the Avid MediaCentral Platform. This allows users to log into an Avid account and access and work on music from any Mac or PC with Pro Tools | First installed. Anytime changes are made, the project syncs with the cloud as soon as it’s saved. As a special introductory offer, artists can work on and store up to three Pro Tools | First projects in the cloud for free.

    In addition, Pro Tools | First will be compatible with Avid Cloud Collaboration when it becomes available, helping artists collaborate together from wherever they are in the world.


    Avid Pro Tools | First will be available in Q1 2015 as a free download through For more information, please visit

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  • Ugh, as I understand you can only save 3 projects total on their cloud? But you might be able to purchase saving options in the future?. Hopefully you can at least erase one and replace it. Nice gesture but seems foggy. Looks like they're testing a new business model, beyond trying to get people to adopt their product.

  • the Audio Ship has sunken so far for AVID, they now are chasing "subscription numbers", which can easily be used to manipulate new prospective stockholders while those left can quietly bail out and dump shares ...

    I am personally stuck holding out at version 10 for now, as I hate renting software and the new features seem more about cash grab per Adobe's subscription model instead of fixing bugs in existing versions...

    No sour grapes for newcomers, just my 2 cents...

  • Just prior to Avid MC and PT merging .... lord help us lol

  • I'm on Pro Tools 10 and don't currently have a reason to upgrade. That said Pro Tools 12 with collaboration has me very interested as I would love to be about work in an environment like that. I think Avid can pull this off. If and when they do, it will be good news for everyone who is continuing on Pro Tools.