The Avid Pro Tools | HDX PCIe Core Card with Pro Tools | Ultimate Software includes a Pro Tools | HDX PCIe core card and a Pro Tools | Ultimate Perpetual license. It also comes with a 1-Year Software Updates and Support Plan that ensures access to the latest enhancements, future software updates, ExpertPlus support, the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle, and Celemony Melodyne essential—as long as the plan is active.
Avid Pro Tools | HDX PCIe Core Card
The Avid Pro Tools HDX | PCIe Core Card is the real-time mixing and processing engine at the heart of a fully optimized Pro Tools hardware, Pro Tools | Ultimate software, and control surface system, delivering precision-timed mixing, routing, automation, and plug-in performance. Its hybrid capabilities accelerate the most demanding music and audio-post workflows, so you can handle massive music and post-production projects with ease.
Loaded with eighteen DSP cores and two high-performance FPGA chips, the PCIe Core Card supercharges your system without burdening your CPU. The FPGA routes audio with near-zero latency (0.7 ms) while the HDX DSPs handle plug-in processing at staggering speeds. So, you can mix the biggest sessions and record large performances with tons of plug-ins running in real time while your computer’s CPU remains accessible for handling virtual instruments, more plug-ins, and other creative tasks.
The HDX PCIe card features two DigiLink ports and one DigiSerial Port, enabling you to connect Pro Tools hardware to your system. The uniquely designed DigiLink connector provides support for 64 channels of I/O and ensures the highest audio fidelity in and out of the HDX Engine. It also enables Pro Tools to automatically compensate for hardware insert delays. The DigiSerial Port is part of a proprietary technology, providing unmatched sample-accurate synchronization of video frame edges with audio when connected to Avid sync peripherals, like Sync X.
Pro Tools | Ultimate software is available separately or as part of the Pro Tools | HDX PCIe Core Card with Pro Tools | Ultimate Software bundle (MFR #9935-71763-00).
HDX DSP Acceleration with the Hybrid Engine
The Hybrid Engine allows native CPU and HDX DSP power to be used more cooperatively to maximize Pro Tools performance. All processing, voice count, and mixing are handled by your CPU until the moment you need a DSP-based workflow. The result is a vastly significant boost in performance.
You can offload tracks to HDX at the touch of a button. When you need to record with near-zero monitoring latency, simply put a track in DSP Mode. The track’s entire signal chain and AAX DSP-compatible plug-ins are then processed directly on the HDX card while your CPU plays back the rest of your mix.
Up to 2048 Simultaneous Voices with Just One Card
The Hybrid Engine enables a massive 2048 simultaneous voices at all sample rates for any HDX system (compared to 256 voices per HDX card without the Hybrid Engine).
All HDX configurations have the same maximum number of voices. With the Hybrid Engine, stacking HDX cards (up to three cards) will increase your system’s available DSP power for running more AAX DSP plug-ins with near-zero latency and will provide up to 192 channels of I/O.
A single PCIe card running in HDX Classic mode is capable of streaming up to 256 voices at 48 kHz.
A single PCIe card running in HDX Hybrid mode is capable of streaming up to 2048 voices at all sample rates.
Run Tons of Plug-Ins with Near-Zero Latency
With 18 DSP cores and two high-performance FPGA chips, the Pro Tools | HDX PCIe card is a powerhouse. The central FPGA rapidly routes signal around the card—one sample at a time—allowing your system to achieve exceptionally low latency (0.7 ms).
The DSPs handle mixer and real-time plug-in processing at an amazing 6.3 GHz aggregate clip, allowing you to track the largest recording sessions with tons of plug-ins and near-zero latency.
Audio Quality You Can Count On
The engine streams audio to and from your host CPU at uniform 32-bit float precision, preserving the highest-possible audio quality throughout the system’s gain structure. So when the work is mission critical and you press record, you’re backed by exceptional, unwavering capability you can depend on.
Two DigiLink Connectors: Connect up to four audio interfaces for up to 64 channels of audio I/O
One DigiSerial Connector: Interface with SYNC HD for sample-accurate frame-edge alignment
FPGA 1: PCIe interface to the host streaming up to 256 voices at 48 kHz (in HDX Classic mode)
FPGA 2: 4500 x 4500 + matrix routes digital signal to the DSPs, Pro Tools, and DigiLink outputs
DSP processing: 18 x 350 MHz TI processors per HDX card (6.3 GHz aggregated processing)
Channels of I/O: 64 (scalable up to 192 with three HDX cards)
Automatic Delay Compensation for hardware inserts: 16,383 samples
Processing depth: 32-bit floating point
Mixer depth: 64-bit floating point
Maximum power consumption: 40W / 136.5 BTU
System requirements: Avid-qualified Mac or Windows computer
Avid Pro Tools | Ultimate Perpetual with 1-Year Updates and Support Plan Audio and Music Creation Software (Retail, Boxed)
Avid Pro Tools | Ultimate Perpetual with 1-Year Updates and Support Plan is the go-to audio-production software for professionals working in high-end music and audio-post facilities, who require the full power and advanced workflows of Pro Tools to tackle the most challenging and complex projects. Get full track and I/O counts and Pro Tools | HDX DSP acceleration to track and mix the largest music productions with ease and record pristine 32-bit float / 192 kHz audio sound with depth, dimension, and near-zero latency.
Bringing ideas to life is easy with the SoundFlow Cloud workflow-automation platform, real-time MIDI tools, a massive collection of classic outboard processors, coveted musical instruments, loops, analog consoles, and some of the world’s most popular guitar effects—over 115 plug-ins in total. The 64 video tracks enable you to cut and mix sound to picture with great precision. You can also mix both stereo and immersive multichannel audio projects with fully automated ease to create Dolby Atmos music or work with Ambisonics. Elevate your recording and mixing experience with tightly integrated audio interfaces and mixing surfaces including the S6 and S6L.
Pro Tools | Ultimate at a Glance
Simultaneous recording inputs: 256 (Core Audio, ASIO), 192 (HDX Hybrid Engine, HDX Classic), 64 (HD Native)
2048 audio tracks, 512 instrument tracks, 1024 MIDI tracks
1024 aux tracks/routing folders, 128 VCA tracks, 64 master tracks
64 video tracks
Stereo, Surround, Dolby Atmos, and Ambisonics mixing
Pro Tools | Carbon Hybrid Engine, Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native + interfaces, VENUE | S6L support
What’s Included and How to Manage Your Perpetual License
Perpetual access to the Pro Tools | Ultimate software.
1-year access to all available Pro Tools | Ultimate updates. Keep all installed updates after the 12-month period expires.
1-year access to ExpertPlus support with unlimited priority phone support and online technical support plus billing and account help—response within 4 hours.
1-year access to the Complete Production Bundle (over 115 plug-ins) and HEAT add-on. Once your 1-Year Updates and Support Plan lapses, you no longer have access to the Complete Production Bundle unless you renew or resubscribe. If you do not have a plan anymore, you get to perpetually keep 55 included virtual instruments, effects, and sound-processor plug-ins (HEAT is not included).
1-year access to Celemony Melodyne essential.
1-year access to SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition.
Access to 1GB of Cloud Collaboration storage, 2GB high-quality loop library, plus over 3GB of bonus samples and sounds for virtual instruments.
Users who wish to retain access to software updates and ExpertPlus support after the initial 1-year period need to purchase a 1-Year Software Updates and Support Plan RENEWAL before their current updates and support plan expires. The active 1-Year Software Updates and Support Plan currently attached to your Perpetual license can be renewed at any time before it expires.
If your 1-Year Software Updates and Support Plan has already expired, you need to purchase a 1-Year Software Updates and Support Plan NEW.
Pro Tools runs on Intel-based Windows and Mac computers as well as on M1-based Mac computers.
Choose to authorize the software either via cloud license with iLok Cloud (requires a constant Internet connection) or with a physical iLok 2 / iLok 3 key (available separately).
Capture Inspired Performances
Ever have that moment where you play something amazing but didn’t hit record? With Retrospective MIDI Record, you can bring in those MIDI improvisations retroactively to recoup that spontaneity.
Create the Perfect Take
Experience the easiest audio comping workflow for creating flawless performances quickly. You can even cycle through different playlist takes to hear what works best and create something truly inspired.
Edit Your Way, Tweak Audio Timing and Pitch
With Pro Tools | Ultimate, you can reshape sounds, fix issues, chop, cut, and tweak audio and MIDI tracks with ultimate flexibility and precision. Trim clips, edit notes, and add fades with the Smart Tool. Change tempo or timing on the fly with Elastic Time. You can even make bad notes sound pitch-perfect with Elastic Pitch.
Advanced and Accurate Mix Automation
From VCA Masters, Track Freeze, and professional metering to the unrivaled ability to automate practically anything—from track volumes and panning to plug-in settings and sends in your mix—all this makes the art of mixing music and soundtracks fast and easy. Automatic delay compensation corrects for delays incurred by plug-ins and mixer routing as well as side-chaining.
SoundFlow Cloud Workflow Automation Platform
SoundFlow is a state-of-the-art workflow automation platform that enables Pro Tools users to reduce complex, many-step tasks to single keystrokes or presses on a touch surface.
SoundFlow Cloud Avid Edition provides access to over 1600 prebuilt macros and commands for Pro Tools that can be custom-assigned and triggered by keyboard shortcuts, MIDI controllers, and HID devices. Whether bouncing stems, navigating plug-ins in large sessions, or triggering complex workflows, SoundFlow saves users significant time and enables them to stay in their creative flow.
Mix Dolby Atmos Music and Export Dolby Atmos ADM Files Directly
Pro Tools | Ultimate adds surround mixing capabilities for multichannel mixing in Dolby Atmos and Ambisonics.
Say goodbye to all the tedious time spent bouncing Dolby Atmos mixes to ADM (Audio Definition Model) files in real time. With Pro Tools | Ultimate, you can directly export and import ADM files to and from Pro Tools in faster-than-real-time offline mode, greatly streamlining your workflow. All groups and their associated beds and objects in the mix are embedded in the file, making delivery easy.
Fine-Tune MIDI Performances
Quantize notes. Adjust note durations. Transpose recordings. Add dynamics by varying note velocities. Rearrange parts with Folder Tracks. Add more humanistic soul using MIDI Real-Time Properties.
Turn Audio to MIDI and Vice-Versa
Drag an audio sample to a MIDI track or convert an audio track to MIDI, and you can change the instrument, switch out samples, and edit notes. Or, drag a MIDI clip to an audio track for more creative editing possibilities. Audio-to-MIDI allows you to repitch notes and play with the timing. It not only works with melodic material, but you can also convert percussive and polyphonic recordings.
Change Pitch and Time with Melodyne
The Celemony Melodyne essential plug-in makes it easy to fix bad notes, hold out good ones, tighten up grooves, or even rearrange the melody, all with natural-sounding results. Perfect vocal and instrument performances quickly, or get more creative with them using the core tool set.
Pro Tools | GrooveCell and Pro Tools | SynthCell Virtual Instruments
Pro Tools | GrooveCell is a virtual drum machine and sequencer that makes it easy to create intricate beats and drum patterns in Pro Tools. You can use the included sounds and presets or build custom drum kits by dragging and dropping your own samples onto the drumpads (MP3, WAV, or AIFF).
Pro Tools | SynthCell is a modern virtual synth that offers a wide palette of sounds in Pro Tools—from old-school familiar to the truly unique. Sporting two oscillators, two multimode filters, an LFO, envelopes, an arpeggiator, and a variety of effects, you can start sculpting your own sounds from scratch or cruise through the library of presets and instantly find something organic, distorted, smooth, chaotic, or analog, without ever touching a knob.
Fuel Your Creativity with Pro Plug-Ins
Polish mixes with access to HEAT (to bring analog warmth and color to your mixes) and every audio plug-in offered in the Complete Production Bundle. From high-quality reverbs, EQs, and dynamics, to virtual instruments and guitar-amp emulators, you have access to everything you need to shape, enhance, and fine-tune your sound.
Work with Sound for Picture (64 Video Tracks)
Play and edit 4K/UHD and HD video and Avid DNxHD sequences right in the Pro Tools timeline with 64 video tracks. You can create and mix soundtracks in sync with picture. Edit audio clips with timecode precision, and position them perfectly in the scene. Clean up tracks and ensure every bit of dialog, music, and sound is heard using plug-ins and automation.
Bring More Power to HDX with the Hybrid Engine
The Hybrid Engine provides a vastly significant boost in performance for DSP-powered HDX Systems. This proprietary technology maximizes the performance of your Pro Tools | Ultimate rig by leveraging both native and DSP processing more harmoniously. All processing, voice count, and mixing is handled by your CPU until the moment you need a DSP-based workflow.
You can toggle between Native and DSP modes on a per-track basis and nullify the distracting effects of latency simply by clicking a button. The track’s entire signal chain and AAX DSP-compatible plug-ins are then processed directly on the HDX card, while your CPU plays back the rest of your mix. This means you can track bigger sessions (with a massive 2048 voices and audio tracks at all sample rates even with one-card systems), and work with a lot more outboard gear using any Core Audio interface.
Bounce Better (Including Stems)
Whether bouncing a final mix, consolidating tracks, or printing stems, the new Bounce window enables you to work more easily than ever before. Create your own presets for frequently used workflows. Import OP-Atom audio files. QuickTime capabilities are back, enabling macOS Catalina users to once again export MOV, MP4, M4V, and M4A (AAC) files, critical for audio post workflows.
Save Tons of Time with Space Clips
For video-game sound designers, dialog editors, and sound librarians, who often import tens of thousands of audio files per project, Space Clips eliminates the mind-numbing grind and time wasted spacing clips apart before getting to work. With a single command, you can separate multiple clips on a track at equal time intervals of your choosing, quickly, and easily.
Discover the Power of the Dark Side
With the Dark theme, Pro Tools offers a modern look and feel that’s easier on the eyes—especially in lower light conditions. You can also change the brightness and saturation of almost every aspect of the Dark and Classic user interfaces.
Bring Focus to Your Session with Folder Tracks
Take command of large sessions by organizing tracks into collapsible folders, enabling you to work more creatively and productively. Arrange, consolidate, and route tracks quickly with drag-and-drop ease. And, group folders in folders and color-code them for even easier navigation.
Connect to Ableton-Link-Enabled Apps and Devices
Expand your instrument options and enable multiple musicians and beatmakers to play along with your session. With support for Ableton Link, you can connect Pro Tools to a wide range of Link-enabled music creation apps, electronic instruments, and sound processors on your network— everything and everyone in perfect sync.
Collaborate In the Cloud
Avid Cloud Collaboration enables you to work with up to 10 collaborators to contribute to the same Pro Tools project remotely. You can work on a song with anyone anywhere in the world as if you were in the same studio—all you need is an internet connection.
Connect, Expand Opportunities, and Get Discovered
With Avid Link in the Pro Tools interface, you can connect with other music creators and audio professionals to find collaborators and gigs, share your work, promote your skills, and expand your creative opportunities. Plus, get your music heard on Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL, and dozens of other major streaming services with easy music distribution through AvidPlay (available separately). AvidPlay supports 24-bit / 192 kHz audio, including Dolby Atmos music.
Take Hands-On Control of Your Mix
Experience the deepest level of integration when you pair Pro Tools with any EUCON-enabled control surface—includes Avid S6L, S6, S4, S3, S1, and Avid Dock, as well as the free Avid Control app on your mobile device (all available separately). Speed up recording, editing, and mixing tasks with access to tracks, plug-ins, and automation control right from the surface. You can even create custom keys to perform practically any Pro Tools function with a single button press.
Go Further with Pro Tools | Ultimate
Apply real-time EQ and dynamics to a single clip or clip group with Clip Effects.
Get time-saving workflows for field recording, rerecording, and (with Pro Tools | HDX) in-the-box dubbing.
Get advanced recording, mixing, and delivery capabilities, including TrackPunch, single-file multistem bounce, and Netflix-compliant workflows.
Get advanced automation features such as Capture, Automatch, and Preview.
Control up to 12 Pro Tools | Ultimate workstations from a single transport with the included Satellite Link.
Integrate and control external audio and video devices from Pro Tools with the included ProTools | MachineControl.