NAMM 2018: Pro Tools 2018.1 Announced

NAMM 2018: Pro Tools 2018.1 Announced

Jan 26, 2018 - 09:31



So where would Avid go after Pro Tools version 12? Surely not 13. That would be tempting fate. Instead, they have opted for a major change to their release names. Software releases will be numbered according to the year and month. For example, the first software release in January of 2018, announced at this year's NAMM, is numbered 2018.1.

Of course, 2018.1 is not just about a name change. One of its highlights is the option to retire that old and trusty ilok, and activate Pro Tools and its associated plugins with ilok Cloud, as long as internet access is avalible. Educators will no doubt rejoice at this news, as iloks have always posed a security nightmare. Of course, 3rd party plug-ins that are licensed via the ilok may necessitate its continued use.

Pro Tools 2018.1 is free to users on a current Pro Tools Support Plan. Not on a Plan? Then contact Mediaspec on 01355 27500 or email for a promotional discount.

Ready to learn more about Pro Tools 2018.1?

Build Sessions On the Fly with Track Presets
Kick time-consuming tasks to the curb. With Track Presets, you can quickly save, catalog, and recall your favorite effects chains, vocal processing, session import criteria, and other track settings, and spend more time exploring the depths of your creativity.

Capture Performances Retroactively
Capture MIDI performances and advance your musical ideas, even when Pro Tools is not recording. Quickly add your improvisations and practice runs into your session with a simple key command.

Take Deeper Control of Your MIDI
Making music has never been easier. With numerous MIDI improvements and enhancements, you can fix and finesse every note to perfection—from transposing and trimming notes with the arrow keys, to building chords and scores faster than ever before.

Comp Together the Best Takes

Build a Target Playlist of the best performances—from multiple playlists—right in Waveform view. It’s ideal when working with grouped tracks, making playlist management and viewing no longer a challenge. You can also now cycle through different takes within a clip using the arrow keys for faster review.

Retire Your iLok Key
Pro Tools and all Avid audio plug-ins now support iLok Cloud. That means you now have the option to work iLok-free, and reclaim an extra USB port for a MIDI keyboard or audio interface. Or continue using your iLok as before.

Get a Better View of Your Mix
With new EQ curve graphs on all Mix window channel strips, you can see how your settings and automation are impacting each track in real time—even those with multiple EQs (supported plug-ins only). In addition, pre-fader sends and Automation lane view menu entries are now color-coded, making them easier to distinguish.

Start Collaborating More Easily
Got a session that you’re dying to work on with others? 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.

Get Easy Network Licensing
Need Pro Tools for your post facility, broadcast enterprise, or educational institution? You can now purchase a multi-seat Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD Network Site License, which offers many benefits for larger organizations.

 The full release notes of Pro Tools 2018.1 can be found here.


Contact Mediaspec on 01355 27500 or email for a promotional discount. 




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