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Avid Unveils Pro Tools Sketch To Expand Workflows

New clip-based creation tool in Pro Tools software that's also available as a free iPad app adds a non-linear creation environment to the Pro Tools toolset.
A look at the user interface of the new Pro Tools Sketch mixer.

Avid has announced the debut of Pro Tools Sketch, a new clip-based creation tool in Pro Tools software that’s also available as a free iPad app in adding a non-linear creation environment to the Pro Tools toolset.

With Sketch, users can start with clip-based sketches in which loops, MIDI and recordings can be organized and played, and then exported to be shared with others. Sketches can also be moved to the Pro Tools timeline for further production using its editing and mixing tools. And since sketches can be moved between computer and iPad at will, users can capture and play with ideas at any time, any where.

Pro Tools Sketch offers 16 tracks and virtually unlimited scenes and includes more 1 GB of loops and a variety of onboard effects. Users can audition audio and MIDI loops in the browser and drag them into the launcher where they can be played, moved and adjusted. Audio and MIDI can be recorded and edited alongside loops and then organized into linear song arrangements.

“Every music creator wants to capture inspiration when it arises and act on it precisely at that magical moment, and it should be simple and easy. We made Sketch to go far with ideation, letting any user start experimenting with their notions right away and then simply hop into Pro Tools when they’re ready to take them further forward,” says David Toomey, senior vice president & general manager of audio & music solutions, Avid. “We’re incredibly excited for beginners and pros alike to work out non-linear ideas with total convenience, then mix and edit in Pro Tools. Creators never stop generating new ideas and Sketch lets their output keep pace with their individual creative sparks. Not a single moment wasted, not a single idea lost.”

While the Pro Tools Sketch iPad app is available for free to anyone via the Apple App Store, the Pro Tools 2023.9 update 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 users of the free Pro Tools Intro application.

The Pro Tools 2023.9 software update also introduces Export Selected Range, which enables Pro Tools Studio and Ultimate customers to export selected portions of the timeline as a new session. The release also delivers drag-and-drop plugin slot reordering to give users greater flexibility in experimenting with and changing processing order, and more.

New Pro Tools subscriptions (Artist, Studio, and Ultimate) can be purchased on the Avid Webstore or through an authorized Avid reseller which can be located at Pro Tools Intro can be downloaded for free at
Avid has also announced that it is making available the Pro Tools perpetual license purchase option after receiving clear and consistent feedback from the user community. New Pro Tools perpetual licenses are exclusively sold by authorized Avid resellers.

Go here for more information and to download Pro Tools Sketch at no charge.


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