Avid have announced Pro Tools 2018 at NAMM and, like their last release three months ago, Avid say Pro Tools 2018 “focuses on helping music creators stay in a creative mindset, and finish projects with speed and efficiency.”
Avid’s announcement includes major improvements and new features for Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD, and will be available to new customers, current subscribers, and users with an active upgrade plan (you can get in touch with us on the details below if you’re not sure where you fit in, or are worried your upgrade plan may have lapsed.)
Create at the speed of your imagination
The update contains numerous changes designed to make it easier for you to stay creative, including new MIDI editing enhancements and retrospective MIDI recording. It also adds the ability to save your favourite effects chains and instrument sounds as track presets.
Key additions include:
Retrospective MIDI record Capture MIDI performances and advance your musical ideas, even when Pro Tools is not recording. Quickly add your improvisations and practice runs into your session with a simple key command.
MIDI editing enhancements With numerous MIDI improvements and enhancements (including arrow key editing, transpose in-key, and extract chords), you can fix and finesse every note to perfection—from transposing and trimming notes with the arrow keys, to building chords and scores faster than ever before.
Track presets Browse presets with embedded media and build sessions on the fly. With track presets, you can quickly save, catalogue, and recall your favourite effects chains, vocal processing, session import criteria, and other track settings, and spend more time exploring the depths of your creativity.
Improved Import Session data Pro Tools 2018 will include a new ‘Track Data To Import’ dialogue with presets.
Playlist comping enhancements Build a Target Playlist of the best performances – from multiple playlists – right in Waveform view. It’s ideal when working with grouped tracks, making playlist management and viewing no longer a challenge. You can also now cycle through different takes within a clip using the arrow keys for faster review.
Mix window EQ curves show combined EQ effects inserted on a track With new EQ curve graphs on all Mix window channel strips, you can see how your settings and automation are impacting each track in realtime — even those with multiple EQs (supported plug-ins only). In addition, pre-fader sends and Automation lane view menu entries are now colour-coded, making them easier to distinguish.
“Start Collaboration” is now a file menu item Got a session that you’re dying to work on with others? Select File > Start Collaboration, and Pro Tools will automatically save your current session, close it, and reopen it as a project in the cloud, with all tracks converted and ready to be shared.
iLok Cloud support Pro Tools and all Avid audio plug-ins now support iLok Cloud. That means you now have the option to work iLok-free, and reclaim an extra USB port for a MIDI keyboard or audio interface. Or continue using your iLok as before.
Network Site Licensing – coming soon Need Pro Tools for your post facility, broadcast enterprise, or educational institution? You can now purchase a multi-seat Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD Network Site Licence, which offers many benefits for larger organisations.
Try Pro Tools for free
Many of these features (specifically retrospective recording, editing enhancements, track presets, new EQ curves and UI enhancements are also available in the latest version of Pro Tools | First, the free version of Pro Tools software. You can download Pro Tools | First here.
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