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For fifteen years now, Avid's Pro Tools software has been the industry standard for digitally creating and altering recorded music. With the ability to layer tracks with precision and add countless effects to a composition, it is a valuable (but pricey) means of making a masterpiece. Now, according to engadget.com, Avid will be unveiling Pro Tools First, a free app that is a scaled-down version of their professional program.
The main differences between Pro Tools First and the regular Pro Tools is the capability for literally hundreds of tracks to be layered together in the same composition. This essentially means that in the full version of Pro Tools, you could individually record an entire orchestra and chorus with each musician on their own track, then seamlessly blend them using the software. Pro Tools First offers the capacity for 16 mono/stereo audio tracks, 16 MIDI tracks and 16 Instruments tracks for a maximum of 48 tracks, and 21 audio plug-in effects - all of which would be completely satisfying for many types of projects.
|You don't want to worry about all this. Just worry about the basics, and your song not being awful.|
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A detailed analysis of the comparisons and contrasts between the versions of Pro Tools can be found here on Avid's website. While there is no score editor or video playback in the app version, such amenabilities as Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch are there to help you tune up your timing and tone.
A very useful feature of both Pro Tools and Pro Tools First is the ability to share your work with other artists, producers and engineers via cloud computing. This enables a production to be worked on remotely, where updates to the work or wholly new sonic attempts can flow freely. While space for such projects is limited on Pro Tools First (you get room for three songs), this could theoretically help to keep you on task.
Sign up to be notified when Pro Tools First drops...soon, you could be a superstar! Or at least give yourself an objective viewpoint on how your shower singing and karaoke jams really sound...
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