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What are the differences between Pro Tools, Pro Tools HD, Pro Tools MP and the other versions?

Pro Tools Software Comparison Chart

Pro Tools HD 10 Pro Tools 10 Pro Tools Express Pro Tools MP 9 Pro Tools SE
Ideal for… Pros who need maximum track counts, the highest performance, scalability, and surround sound for demanding music and post production Pros who want to compose, record, edit, and mix music or sound for picture with a complete set of tools and advanced workflows Aspiring music and audio pros on a limited budget who want the best sound quality possible and the essential features of Pro Tools Aspiring pros and those on a budget who want to create music, but don’t need all of the advanced features of Pro Tools Beginners or those looking for a simplified music creation, recording, editing, and mixing solution with built-in tutorials
Availability Comes bundled with Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD Native systems only; can be used with or without hardware Can be purchased alone or as part of a Pro Tools software/hardware bundle; can be used with or without hardware Comes bundled at no charge with Mbox and Mbox Mini interfaces only Can be purchased alone or as part of a Pro Tools MP software/hardware bundle; requires an M-Audio interface Comes bundled at no charge with many M-Audio interfaces; requires an M-Audio interface
Supported tracks
Maximum simultaneous audio tracks @ 48/96/192 kHz) 256/128/641

(up to 768/384/192)2

96/48/24

(mono or stereo)

16 / 16 / –

(mono or stereo)

48/32/ – 16/ – / –
Audio recording (maximum simultaneous tracks) 256 32 4 18 2
Instrument 128 64 8 32 8 (combination MIDI/Instrument tracks)
MIDI 512 512 16 256 see above
Auxiliary 512 160 8 128 5 reverb sends
Busses 256 256 16 256 n/a
Video 64 1 1 1 1
General
Maximum sample rate supported (hardware dependent) 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 192 kHz 32-bit, 96 kHz 24-bit, 96 kHz 24-bit, 48 kHz
Maximum I/O (hardware dependent) 256 32 4 18 2
ASIO, Core Audio, and EUCON support (for third-party interface and control surface integration) Yes Yes No No No
Supported plug-in formats (virtual instruments, effects, and sound processors) AAX DSP (Pro Tools|HDX only), AAX Native, TDM (Pro Tools|HD only), RTAS, AudioSuite AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite RTAS, AudioSuite Works with bundled plug-ins and ReWire only; no third-party support
Bundled software Over 75 virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins; 8 GB sound library Over 75 virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins; 8 GB sound library Three virtual instruments (hundreds of sounds), plus over 25 effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins Over 70 virtual instruments (thousands of sounds), effects, sound processing, and utility plug-ins; 8 GB sound library Over 100 virtual instrument sounds and 20 effects plug-ins; 3 GB sound library
Features
Composing, recording, sequencing, editing, and mixing tools
Loop record/track comping
MIDI Editor
Sibelius Score Editor
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
Automatic Delay Compensation 16k 16k 16k 4k n/a
Beat Detective Multitrack Multitrack n/a Single track only n/a
QuickPunch
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange
DigiBase Pro
Clip Gain
MP3 option
Export to iTunes
Timecode Ruler
Full Import Session Data
Variable stereo pan depths
Field recorder workflows
Surround mixing

(up to 7.1)

With the Complete Production Tookit (CPT) option3
Extended RAM/disk cache With CPT3
TrackPunch / DestructivePunch With CPT3
Input monitoring With CPT3
VCA mixing With CPT3
Solo bus AFL/PFL With CPT3
Advanced audio editing (Scrub Trim, Replace Region, Fit to Marks, Matching Channels, Back and Play, Auto Fades, and more) With CPT3
Advanced automation (Punch, Capture, Write on stop, Write to all enabled, Automatch, Preview, and more) With CPT3
Advanced video editing (multiple video tracks, multiple video playlists, and video editing tools) With CPT3
Hardware interface support
Pro Tools HD Series interfaces

Mbox family (2nd and 3rd gen)


(Mbox and Mbox Mini 3rd gen only)
Eleven Rack
M-Audio interfaces All interfaces All interfaces n/a Select interfaces Only those in which it’s bundled
Third party Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface Any Core Audio- or ASIO-compatible interface n/a n/a n/a
Console and control surface support
C|24
DirectLink-enabled M-Audio keyboards

EUCON-enabled

HyperControl-enabled M-Audio keyboards

ICON

With CPT3
Third party Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol n/a Any analog or digital surface that supports the HUI protocol n/a

 

1 Per Pro Tools|HDX or Pro Tools|HD Native card; track counts for Pro Tools|HD systems remain unchanged.

2 With Pro Tools|HDX systems only.

3 Get this and many other advanced features of Pro Tools HD when you add the Complete Production Toolkit (CPT) option to Pro Tools 10 software.