What's New in Pro Tools
Pro Tools is always getting better with new features and included gifts from our partners. And with an active plan, you get them as soon as we release them. Take a look below to see what’s new.
PRO TOOLS 2021.6 (JUNE 2021)
Turbocharge HDX Systems with the Hybrid Engine. Work with M1-based Macs running macOS Big Sur. Create with more voices, tracks, and I/O. Customize Dark and Classic UI themes. And, if you’re an annual subscriber, fuel your creativity with over $1,500 in plugins, sounds, and training content, FREE with the new Pro Tools Inner Circle program. The latest version of Pro Tools brings you all this and more.
Bring more power to HDX with the Hybrid Engine
The Hybrid Engine transforms HDX Systems into the most powerful Pro Tools systems we’ve ever made. This patented technology maximizes the performance of Pro Tools by using native and DSP processing more harmoniously. With a massive 2,048 voices in Pro Tools | Ultimate and immediate access to HDX’s onboard DSP, you can run bigger sessions more smoothly—even with one-card systems. And with the ability to toggle between Native and DSP modes on a track-by-track basis, you can nullify the distracting effects of latency simply by clicking a button.
Pro Tools adds support for M1 Macs
With the June 2021 release, you can now run Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | Ultimate as well as Pro Tools | Carbon systems on the latest Macs that use Apple’s new M1 silicon processors.
Record and mix bigger sessions with more I/O, tracks, and voices
Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate now support a maximum 64 channels of I/O—up from 32. Pro Tools now supports a maximum 256 mono or stereo audio tracks at all sample rates—up from 128 at 48 kHz. And Pro Tools | Ultimate now supports a maximum 2,048 voices and audio tracks at all sample rates—5x more than previous versions. This means you can track bigger sessions and work with a lot more outboard gear using any Core Audio or ASIO interface. And with more voices, you can handle the largest sessions without constraint.
Customize the Dark and Classic UI themes
Get an unprecedented level of control over the look and feel of Pro Tools. You can now change the brightness and saturation of almost every aspect of the user interface. Save your favorite settings as presets and switch between them at any time. Plus, you can now toggle between the Dark and Classic UI themes dynamically, without having to restart Pro Tools.
QuickTime and file support improvements
Pro Tools 2021.6 adds important functionality to the Bounce Mix window, including same as source video export, AAC audio export up to 7.1, as well as the ability to import, play, and export H.265/HEVC video in Pro Tools | Ultimate.
Get Automatic Delay Compensation on side chains
Side-chaining lets you use an external signal to trigger dynamics, EQ, or other effects on a track. From compressing a bass to cut through each time the kick drum hits and creating classic EDM pumping effects, to auto-ducking a music bed when it interferes with dialogue, it’s a technique producers use to dial in the perfect mix. And now Pro Tools will apply the correct amount of delay compensation when side-chaining tracks to keep the timing in perfect sync—a feature previously only available for Pro Tools | HDX.
No instrument keyboard? No problem! You can now use your computer’s QWERTY keyboard to input MIDI with the onscreen MIDI keyboard, so you can play notes, compose melodies, and welcome inspiration whenever it strikes—all by simply typing.
Change pitch and time with Melodyne
(Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate only)
Pro Tools subscriptions and Software Updates + Support Plans now come with Celemony Melodyne 5 essential at no additional cost (a $99 value!), making it easy to fix bad notes, hold out good ones, tighten up grooves, or even rearrange the melody. With natural-sounding results. Perfect vocal and instrument performances quickly—or get more creative with them—using the core toolset. And have an easy, affordable path to more pro versions as your needs grow.
Save tons of time with Space Clips
For video game sound designers, dialogue editors, and sound librarians who often import tens of thousands of audio files per project, Space Clips eliminates the mind-numbing grind and time wasted spacing clips apart before getting to work. With a single command, you can separate multiple clips on a track at equal time intervals of your choosing, quickly and easily.
Export QuickTime with an all new Bounce window
(Pro Tools and Pro Tools | Ultimate only)
Whether bouncing a final mix, consolidating tracks, or printing stems, the new Bounce window enables you to work more easily than ever before. Create your own presets for frequently-used workflows. Import OP1a audio files. Plus, QuickTime capabilities are back for macOS Catalina users, enabling you to once again export MOV, MP4, M4V, and M4A (AAC) files—critical for audio post workflows.