Pro Tools 12 introduced Avid’s new subscription payment plan, which has been a massive benefit to some of my clients. They are now working with an affordable and appropriate version of Pro Tools that can be used for sending me parts or creating guide tracks, via the same platform that we use in the studio.
However, in addition to the new features and Cloud Collaboration, the biggest reasons for moving to Pro Tools 12, in my opinion, is the quality of audio and the efficient use of system resources. This is for the most part down to the 64-bit engine introduced with Pro Tools 11, but now most plug-in manufacturers are on board with the AAX format. This means we can truly harness this architecture and my own experience with Pro Tools 12.5 is that it’s even more ‘system-efficient’ and stable than its predecessor.
Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools combines and accumulates all the new features mentioned above and many more. This is a significant new aspect of Pro Tools and is already more advanced in my opinion than similar services provided in other DAWs, despite this being the first release.
Pro Tools 12
- Up to 128 audio tracks
- Audio quality up to 32Bit / 192kHz
- More than 60 included plugins (audio effects and virtual instruments)
- Dynamic host processor with 64-bit audio and video engine
- Clip Gain (object-based volume control)
- VCA Masters
- Disk cache
- Advanced Measurement and Gain Reduction Measurement
- ‘Bounce’ Offline
- Low latency input buffer
- Track freeze and track competition (improved track ‘Bounce’ workflows)
- Transparent waveforms and batch processing (fades and presets)
- Collaboration ‘in the cloud’
- Supports Avid audio interfaces and other audio hardware (ASIO and CoreAudio, max 32 inputs and outputs at the same time)
- Supports Pro Tools Control (free iPad app)