Avid has announced updates to its Pro Tools software that are designed to deliver significant performance and processing improvements through native Apple Silicon support, new options for manipulating audio pitch and time, and new creative tools.
In addition, the release provides users with Pro Tools | Sonic Drop – a monthly content program that delivers a mix of new samples, loops and instrument presets, Pro Tools | PlayCell sample player instruments and dozens of new presets for Pro Tools | GrooveCell and SynthCell instruments.
Avid states that Pro Tools is now fully qualified to run natively on Apple silicon and offers users with M1 and M2 systems significant performance improvements, including faster processes such as offline bounce and track activation as well as enhanced responsiveness and CPU utilization with plugins.
Multiplatinum artist and Avid head of audio content Matt Lange is bringing exclusive sounds to the platform with Pro Tools | Sonic Drop. This new monthly program delivers a mix of new samples, loops, and instrument presets to all Pro Tools subscribers (monthly and annual) and current perpetual license holders at no additional cost.
Meanwhile, Pro Tools | PlayCell is a virtual sample player instrument that offers an extensive library of drums, pianos, guitars, basses, synths, orchestral, and other instruments with an interface that’s designed to be intuitive. Each instrument comes with presets and pre-assigned macro controls, fine-tuned to impact the character of each sound with the tweak of a knob. Users can expand their PlayCell library further with new instruments through the Pro Tools | Sonic Drop programs.
Pro Tools 2023.3 also adds élastique Pro V3 by zplane.development to the Pro Tools Elastic Audio workflow. This new processing option is designed to offer stable timing, inter-channel phase coherence and sample-accurate stretching, as well as formant-preserving pitch shifting for monophonic and polyphonic audio in real-time. This release also improves Celemony Melodyne ARA 2 integration when changing tempos in Pro Tools to provide users more ways to control the timing and feel of their tracks.
“From significant leaps in performance across a range of Pro Tools workflows when using Apple M1 and M2 systems, to giving users more powerful ways to manipulate audio pitch and time, Avid continues to integrate solutions from our strategic partners to offer our customers the best workflows possible,” says Francois Quereuil, vice president, product management for Audio and Music Solutions, Avid. “We’re excited to have Matt Lange join the team to develop content for our music customers, and the Sonic Drop program and PlayCell instrument are just the beginning.”
Pro Tools 2023.3 is now available to all Pro Tools customers on an active subscription or perpetual license with a current Software Updates + Support Plan, as well as all Pro Tools Intro users. Pro Tools | Sonic Drop content, Pro Tools | PlayCell and Avid’s new instrument presets are available to Pro Tools Artist, Pro Tools Studio and Pro Tools Ultimate customers. Go here for more information on Pro Tools.