Avid Updates Pro Tools; Intros Track Freeze, Improves Collaboration

Avid has updated its Pro Tools software (latest version is 12.4), bringing the Track Freeze feature (which allows the user to manage, simplify, and speed up processor-intensive sessions) and improved collaborative workflows to users of Pro Tools 12 with Avid All Access plans. The company says the improvements build on the previous Pro Tools 12.3 Commit and Track Bounce workflows, enabling audio professionals to work more efficiently and easily prepare projects for mixing, collaborating with others, and final delivery.ProTools-IconBetween Freeze, Commit, and Track Bounce in Pro Tools 12.4, users have a number of tools to suit any situation and workflow that arises. These include:

  • Track Freeze – a great way to quickly free up DSP resources on the fly to keep the creative process moving, and jump back to make a quick tweak if needed.
  • Track Commit – another great way to free up DSP resources, but users can also edit and make changes to the newly created clip, and choose what happens to the original track.
  • Track Bounce – typically used for making final output renders or stems of tracks for archiving or workflows involving moving audio files to other software platforms.

This combined functionality offers the most powerful implementation of Freeze type workflows of any digital audio workstation on the market.

The new Pro Tools 12.4 update will be available before the end of December and is free of charge to Pro Tools 12 customers with current Avid All Access upgrade plans. New Pro Tools 12 perpetual licenses include a renewable one-year All Access plan that gives customers access to the latest upgrades as well as a new bundle of creative plug-ins for the whole year. All Access plans also come with subscription licenses and are available for the term of the subscription.

Existing customers with older versions of Pro Tools can purchase an All Access annual upgrade plan starting at $99 each between now and December 31, 2015. Plus, through the end of the year, purchases of perpetual licenses, All Access $199 Annual Upgrade and Support Plans, and Annual Subscription licenses come with the acclaimed Eleven guitar plug-in included (Education products and Pro Tools HD upgrades/subscriptions not included). Starting in January, prices of All Access plans for customers with Pro Tools 11 or earlier versions will start at $299.

The Annual Upgrade Plan for Pro Tools HD systems costs $599 for the first year and includes upgrades, access to the HD plug-in bundle and standard support for one year. All new Pro Tools HDX and HD Native systems come bundled with this plan, which can be renewed for $399 each year thereafter. Starting in 2016, plans that lapse can be reinstated for $999.

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