AES 2017: Pro Tools 12.8.2 enhances VR and 3D audio workflows

Avid has announced a new version of Pro Tools that empowers users to take on virtual reality (VR) projects with Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation.

Debuting at AES New York 2017, the new version includes updates to the integrated Dolby Atmos workflows and gives Pro Tools First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools HD users new features and improvements that accelerate workflows and expand their creative toolsets.

Audio professionals working on VR projects can now produce immersive, full-sphere, surround sound content from start to finish in Pro Tools HD. Users can edit and mix audio in a 3D space with support for first-, second- and third-order Ambisonics formats across Pro Tools HD tracks and busses, and then output and deliver to the required formats for playback. Pro Tools HD also includes Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation for enhanced VR functionality.

Additionally, musicians and composers using Pro Tools can now create faster with enhanced MIDI functionality, work smarter with MIDI input display, and quickly find tracks with the new Scroll to Track feature. A new batch rename feature lets users quickly rename groups of clips or tracks instantly.

Aspiring professionals using Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools, gain the same MIDI enhancements as Pro Tools users. In addition, they can now turn session documents from earlier Pro Tools versions into projects that are ready for cloud backup and collaboration.

“This latest version of Pro Tools is packed with features and improvements for everyone,” said Rob D’Amico, director of pro audio market solutions at Avid. “From MIDI enhancements that accelerate music workflows, and VR capabilities for post professionals, to new collaborative capabilities for aspiring pros, this latest version delivers tangible value for users of all backgrounds.”