The newest version of Pro Tools comes with a new look for the new year! Introducing Pro Tools 2018, the latest version that comes packed with new features that enable you to work smarter, faster, and create at the speed of inspiration.
One of the benefits of being on an active Pro Tools plan is that you get access to the latest improvements as we deliver them. With more flexibility to release new features, you’ll start to see more frequent workflow improvements and enhancements throughout the year. With the launch of Pro Tools 2018 comes numerous new MIDI editing enhancements, including with retrospective MIDI recording, the ability to save your favorite effects chains and instruments sounds as track presets, improved mixing UI enhancements, and so much more.
NEW FEATURES IN PRO TOOLS 2018
CAPTURE PERFORMANCES RETROACTIVELY:
Get ideas out of your head, into Pro Tools, and turn them into music. Capture MIDI performances even when you’re not recording.
TAKE DEEPER CONTROL OF YOUR MIDI:
Looking to improve your MIDI editing workflow? In Pro Tools 2018, you can easily edit MIDI notes with key commands, transpose in-key, and quickly build chords so you can tweak your performance to perfection and develop ideas.
- Transpose notes by pitch, octave, or only within the song’s key using the arrow and modifier keys
- Duplicate and transpose notes at the same time to build chords easily
- Trim notes and edit velocities quickly using the arrow and modifier keys
- Easily build scores by extracting chords from MIDI clips with a single command, which displays chord progressions in the Chords ruler, eliminating the need to manually enter chords in the Score Editor
- Quickly tab through MIDI notes—moving to the beginning and end of each note—enabling more efficient precision editing
- And much more
BUILD SESSIONS ON THE FLY WITH TRACK PRESETS:
Want to reuse that perfect sound from a different session or project? Save it as a track preset and load it up wherever you need it. Spend less time configuring tracks and remove mundane tasks so you can spend more time being creative, developing ideas, and finishing projects.
- Save and recall frequently used track settings, including inserts, sends, and associated audio and MIDI clips
- Boost your efficiency with over 630 built-in presets or craft your own
- Create new tracks or update existing ones via simple drag and drop, and build sessions in seconds
- Recall your favorite vocal processing and effects chains, with all track data and embedded media included
- Add a favorite beat to an exact point in the timeline and have it automatically conform to the session tempo
- Save presets of frequently used import settings through the Track Data to Import dialog to get a jumpstart on session work
- Easily catalog, find, and modify presets in the Workspace using custom tags—or have Pro Tools automatically suggest tags based on detected track data
COMP TOGETHER THE BEST TAKES:
Looking to speed up your comping process? Easily and speedily comp together the best takes while saving valuable screen real estate in Waveform view.
GET A BETTER VIEW OF YOUR MIX:
Get an at-a-glance view of your mix with new color indicators and Mix Window EQ Curves that display combined EQ effects on each track.
START COLLABORATING MORE EASILY:
Select File > Start Collaboration, and Pro Tools will automatically save your current session, close it, and reopen it as a project in the cloud, with all tracks converted and ready to be shared.
Seasoned Pro Tools users will be very familiar with Session folders and files. The Session folder can be stored anywhere on your local or shared storage and inside that folder you will find your session file, audio files, video files etc.
A Project is similar to a Session but it is Cloud-enabled and ready for collaboration. The Project is synced with the Cloud (or not, more of that in a moment) and synced to a local cache. You may want to change the location of the local cache if you want to store Projects on your media drive. To do this, just go to Preferences > Operation and set the path for Project Media Cache.
If you want to use Cloud Collaboration then you need to be working in a Project. However, you may have already started work using a regular Session. In order to make the process of going from Session to Project as smooth as possible we have added a new option in the File menu called ‘Start Collaboration…’.