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Score 9 out of 10
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We primarily use this for podcast production, as well as other occasional or supplemental audio production needs for work with local arts organizations or marketing projects. This is a relatively narrow use case; it primarily serves folks involved with marketing, although it of course serves to benefit to organization as a whole. The software is highly effective at streamlining the audio production workflow.
  • Exceptionally deep shortcuts and workflow tools
  • Best-in-show control over individual audio clips
  • Excellent UI (especially for DAW veterans)
  • Very steep learning curve
  • Cloud projects are inconsistent
  • Stock plugins lag behind the competition
Pro Tools is undoubtedly the best option for folks who have extensive experience with digital audio production and need to manage a steady pipeline of projects with vocal recordings and significant control over the final product. It can handle software instruments, but it has less of a comparative advantage there as opposed to certain competitors. It's less well-suited to folks who are unfamiliar with digital audio production workflow; they'll still be able to use it, but they won't be able to enjoy the benefits of the software.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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As a film & television composer, the first DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) I ever used was Pro Tools. It's the industry standard when it comes to audio production, mixing, recording and mastering. Being able to transfer files to other people within the system is vital to keeping the workflow moving, and Pro Tools is cutting edge software in terms of production.
  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Transfer between other users
  • MIDI production
  • Pricey Add-ons
If you're recording live musicians, or vocalists, Pro Tools is the best solution in the industry. It's in almost every professional recording studio in the country for that reason. The quality alone is worth the purchase price. Pro Tools is also adept at mixing sound, and recording ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording).
The times I've had problems with Avid, they've responded within about 48 hours, and most of the time with a reasonable solution. More often than not, however, I've had to resort to forums to get answers, because when I'm having a problem with the software, I can't afford to wait 48 hours for a solution.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Pro Tools for audio recording and music production, specifically for music beds, interstitials, introduction music and music cues, or incidental music. The music might be for product demos and presentations, or instructional videos. We also include music in rich media EPUB3 ebooks as a way of demonstrating audio capabilities of the format.

Additionally, I have used Pro Tools extensively at various music studios over the years, when acting in my role as producer or as assistant engineer on various projects. Pro Tools is an industry standard for recording and arranging music, and it is rare to find a professional music studio that does is not using Pro Tools.
  • Integration with UAD - I have used Pro Tools with a number of UAD devices over the years and it always integrates perfectly, and saves CPU resources by offloading effects processing to dedicated Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips on external hardware. Plus, UAD effects sound great!
  • Multitrack Recording and Arrangement of Music - This is really the big one for Pro Tools. It's for recording and arranging, and that's really its focus.
  • Import and Export - Pro Tools is great for its ability to import and export multitrack files in a way that mimics traditional analog multitrack recording.
  • Loop-Based Production - Pro Tools is still in the old world of audio recording where you're expected to record a track from live sources. It has less features aimed at production of loop-based music like electronic music and hiphop.
  • Sample-Based Production - While you can sequence samples, you are expected to use MIDI to trigger the samples, for the most part. Of course, you can sequence them out without using MIDI to trigger a sampler plugin, but that's not the use case Pro Tools was designed for.
  • Creative Ideation - Pro Tools expects you to figure out what you want to record first, and does not have tools for helping you produce or create the music.
Pro Tools is the industry standard for professional audio recording of music, and is thus well-suited for professional music studios. If I were starting a music studio and going to have a number of different engineers rent out the studio to use, I would choose Pro Tools simply because I am guaranteed they will all be familiar with it.

Pro Tools is not necessary for home studios, or for studios where you will be the only studio engineer, as you can then choose something that caters to your genre of music. For instance, if you make electronic music, hiphop, or other sample- or loop-based music, you might consider something other than Pro Tools.
I've never contacted Avid for support issues, but Pro Tools is so widely used that its user community can help you solve virtually any issue you encounter, if the issue isn't solved already by a simple Google search. The fact that Pro Tools is such an industry standard means that you can rest assured hardware manufacturers of audio interfaces test their interfaces with Pro Tools to ensure compatibility.
September 16, 2019

Pros and Cons of Pro Tools

Score 9 out of 10
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We create tutorial videos that often need vocal overdubs. I have used Pro Tools for my audio projects even before it became useful to our company, and I find it is easier and faster to use it for audio than to work inside IMovie. It is easy to show others how to use it, and has all the functionality lacking in many of the video programs available.
  • It is an easy to use program that makes overdubs faster.
  • The quality of the recording turns out better using this program than when I try to do the same thing in my video program.
  • I have templates set up so that setup for each session is fast and easy.
  • It does not like to cooperate with third-party interfaces.
  • Plug-ins can get quite expensive.
  • They are proprietary about their product, so it does not lend itself well to open-source features that you can use with other programs.
It is great for stand-alone audio, but requires some workarounds when syncing it to video. The functionality for video work is limited compared to other audio programs. That said, recording audio is a breeze. The sound quality is great. There is a never-ending list of new plug-ins to vary your sound and keep you inspired.
They take too long to get back to you, but they try to answer your questions and fix your issues.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Avid Pro Tools to make music for tutorial videos. Our customers like that we make our own music. We are unable to use popular music because this sometimes results in the videos being taken down - so using our own music solves this problem.
  • Avid does it all. No other program has more options!
  • The whole setup process can be very tedious. I'm not sure how it could be improved but can be a real barrier to entry.
Avid Pro Tools is well suited for professional music production - likely the very best. It is less appropriate, in my opinion for live music production. Also, it is so complex that it may not be appropriate for those without experience and can also be overkill for many who would do better with a simpler program.
I had issues with installation and thought the support process could have been better. I also do not like that you have to pay yearly for support.
Score 10 out of 10
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Avid Pro Tools is being used by our organization as a primary tool to record and edit multiple audio tracks underneath the video, as well as edit and record podcasts and audio webinars. It allows us to be able to isolate different voices or sounds and clean them up using the appropriate sends/inserts to present a higher quality product to our clients.
  • Variety of plug-ins and the ability to buy 3rd party plug ins and use them well.
  • Recording to multiple tracks, live monitoring while recording, live inserts/sends while recording audio.
  • Pro Tools always creates a backup of your audio file that you can restore at any point in time.
  • Built in metronome, timeline indicators for beat/time.
  • Midi controls/ virtual instruments are fantastic.
  • Video tool is buggy- constantly crashes or lags when importing a video.
  • No integration with Adobe products- also has to be purchased separately from other Avid products.
  • Expensive to buy outright.
  • Does not work as well with PC as it does with Mac OS.
Pro Tools is great for recording multiple different tracks of audio at the same time with live inserts that you can later remove/edit if they do not suit the track. It always makes a backup of any file you copy in which is essential when working with original copies of files for clients, and you can rest easy knowing that any changes made can be reverted without having to start over or having any work be lost. You can compile many different tracks for larger-scale projects and group or bus them together with ease. The software is very user-friendly for beginners and is a great tool overall for anyone looking to edit audio. The only instance it is less suited it would be if you're only making small audio edits with any adobe video software. Also if your business is not heavy on audio editing or recording it may be a costly investment.

Pro Tools Scorecard Summary

What is Pro Tools?

Avid offers Pro Tools, the company's flagship music and audio editing and recording suite.

Pro Tools Pricing

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On-premise Editions Pricing
Pricing DetailsTerms
Pro Tools - FirstFree
Pro Tools$29.99Per User / Per Month
Pro Tools - Ultimate$79.99Per User / Per Month

Pro Tools Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pro Tools?

Avid offers Pro Tools, the company's flagship music and audio editing and recording suite.

What is Pro Tools's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.1.

Who uses Pro Tools?

The most common users of Pro Tools are from Small Businesses and the Media Production industry.