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Avid Pro Tools - All DAW Series

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Avid Pro Tools - All DAW Series

It seems like it took forever, but Avid has finally brought Pro Tools up to speed with the rest of the recording software industry—and, in some ways, even surpassed the competition. Thanks to a brand-new 64-bit recording engine, a complete move to the AAX plug-in format, offline bouncing of audio tracks, and much more, Pro Tools 11 ($699 direct) re-establishes itself as the digital audio workstation (DAW) to get.

For many musicians, recording engineers, and producers alike—at Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Sound, right on down to the smallest bedroom studios—Pro Tools feels like home. Pro Tools remains expensive, but it's a case where you get what you pay for, particularly when it comes to audio recording and mixing workflow. Pro Tools 11 is our Editors' Choice for PC-based recording software; while it's equally awesome on the Mac side, Apple Logic Pro Xedges it out their thanks to its robust feature set and unbelievable value.

Whenever you connect a device you see a performance meter for every computer of the device that you’ve connected. It actually gives you a whole new way to reach for sounds that were not so possible before. The Avid Audio Engine is one tool that decides for itself the best experience you can get out of your hardware. Much has also been said about Avid Pro’s ability to maximize and give the boost to your hardware sounds.