NAMM 2015: Avid previews Pro Tools 12

Avid has announced Pro Tools 12, the next generation of its digital audio software, featuring new flexible licensing options.

The company has also introduced new ways for audio professionals and artists to work together more closely through Avid Cloud Collaboration and new services in the Avid Marketplace

Pro Tools 12 allows customers to subscribe from $29.99 per month, or buy it outright. With these new options, users can stay current with future software updates as soon as they are released via the cloud, at no additional charge.

Avid Cloud Collaboration enables professionals to compose, record, edit, and mix sessions with other Pro Tools users in the cloud, as if they are in the same studio. Others can be invited to collaborate on a session using built-in chat, or find new collaborators through the Avid Marketplace Artist Community.

If the person they want to work with doesn’t already have Pro Tools, they can simply download Pro Tools | First – a free version of the software also new at NAMM – to start working together immediately.

Furthermore, a total of 17 new plug-ins and nine new plug-in bundles are now available in the Avid Marketplace and as in-app purchases in Pro Tools. These include the Eleven Effects Bundle, Pro Series Bundle and First Distortion, First Reverb Delay, First Guitar Bass, First Modulation, First EQ Dynamics, First AIR Effects and First Air Instruments Bundles.

Availability and pricing

Pro Tools software subscription and licensing options will be available in February 2015.

• Monthly subscription (one-month license subscription with updates and support) starts at $29.99/month

• Annual upgrade plan (12 months of updates and support) starts at $199

• Annual subscription (12-month license subscription with updates and support) starts at $299

• Perpetual licenses (includes 12 months of updates and support) start at $899

The new plug-ins and bundles can now be bought as in-app purchases within Pro Tools via the Avid Marketplace.