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Pro Tools 12 – Subscription, Perpetual Licencing and Pro Tools First

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Dan The Man There have been 0 comments


Pro Tools 12 – Subscription, Perpetual Licencing and Pro Tools First

AVID’s Pro Tools software has long been the industry standard DAW for recording, mixing, editing and post production. With Pro Tools 12, you now have various options when it comes to what licence you can own to run the software. Read on to find out what your options are…

New purchases of Pro Tools 12 are available in three flavours:

Subscribe to Pro Tools



Buy Pro Tools



Pro Tools First


  • FREE version! (limited to 16 audio tracks)
  • Use many of the same tools the pros use
  • Compose, record, edit, and mix music with ease
  • Projects are saved on the “cloud”: first three projects are free, further projects require payment.
  • Try out the industry’s most trusted tools without needing an iLok

There are now also various options when upgrading your Pro Tools software:


Upgrade to Pro Tools 12



  • Upgrade from: Pro Tools 9, 10, or 11, Pro Tools Express (bundled with Pro Tools | Mbox, Fast Track Solo, or Fast Track Duo interfaces only), and Pro Tools M-Powered/MP
  • Includes an annual Avid upgrade plan, which provides all future Pro Tools upgrades for one year, plus expert help, renewable annually.
  • Also available as student version.


Upgrade to Pro Tools | HD 12 

  • Upgrade from Pro Tools | HD 9, 10, or 11, or Pro Tools with the Complete Production Toolkit
  • Includes an annual Avid upgrade plan, which provides all future Pro Tools upgrades for one year, plus priority help, renewable annually.


Get an AVID Upgrade Plan

  • Choose a plan for Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD
  • Get all future updates and upgrades included for one year
  • Get access to expert help online or by phone
  • Stay current by renewing your plan annually.
  • Please note: Your Upgrade Plan MUST be renewed annually to upgrade to later versions in the future, otherwise you will need to purchase the software again, or switch to the subscription option.
  • Also note – the subscription option INCLUDES the upgrade plan as long as you remain on the subscription
  • Please see below for the benefits you get while on the Avid upgrade plan


AVID Upgrade Plan… Support included for Pro Tools Support included for Pro Tools | HD
Billing and administration cases Unlimited; response time within one business day Unlimited; response time within one business day
Software updates and upgrades Included; available upon release Included; available upon release
Troubleshooting—online support Unlimited incidents; response time within one business day Unlimited incidents; response time within four hours
Troubleshooting—phone One phone call per month Unlimited calls, priority support
Additional options...
Avid Support Code (ASC) $40/case extra. Provides additional per-incident phone support for one troubleshooting case. n/a


In Summary

With the new licencing models, Avid have given their users various options, dependant on individual circumstances. Although, some may feel that subscribing indefinitely will be an expensive option, it does give the best flexibility, includes ongoing support, and you will always have the latest version.

Purchasing the software outright will suit some people, especially those that don’t tend to upgrade regularly. Yes, it is quite expensive initially, but you OWN the software indefinitely – it won’t stop working when your subscription lapses!

Pro Tools First is ideal for those wanting to learn Pro Tools, you can use it indefinitely, but the cost of Cloud-based song storage may mean you will want to switch to either a perpetual licence, or subscription in the future. At least it’s FREE for those that want to learn the Pro Tools way!



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