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Avid has released Pro Tools Intro; a free iteration of the industry-standard DAW available for macOS and Windows.
In the past we've covered several free DAW/music creation softwares including Tracktion Waveform, AKAI MPC Beats and Ardour. Each has its benefits, drawbacks and workflows, so where does Pro Tools Intro sit in the pantheon of free DAWs?
Well, this is the second iteration of Pro Tools' free DAW - you may remember Pro Tools | First, which was an online only free version of the flagship software, now discontinued. Intro is built on the same code as the latest version of Pro Tools, which as well as making it much easier to maintain, has brought AAX support, so third-party plugins are now supported - a feature not available on Pro Tools | First. Additionally, any project created in Pro Tools Intro is compatible with the full version, so you can take it with you to a studio to flesh out with collaborators.
Pro Tools Intro features eight audio, eight instrument and eight MIDI tracks, the AIR Xpand!2 multi-timbral virtual instrument, hundreds of loops from Loopmasters, and 34 effects plugins.
Avid says Pro Tools Intro is perfect for anyone starting out in music production and can be used for beat making and recording. For us, one of the biggest benefits of trying out Pro Tools Intro is becoming familiar with its ecosystem and workflow, given the DAWs prevalence in the audio industry. We know from experience how steep the learning curve can be moving from something like Logic, Live or FL into Pro Tools, so if you're thinking about pursuing audio production in education or professionally, any prior experience will massively help.
Pro Tools Intro is available for Windows (10, 11) and macOS (Catalina 10.15.7 - Monterey 12.5.1) and can be downloaded for free.
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