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Avid Pro Tools review: This studio-style software will appeal to home creators too

For professional recording engineers, Pro Tools is the industry standard, but creative types will find it surprisingly suitable—there's even a free version to get you started.

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At a Glance
  • Pro Tools

    PCWorld Rating

    If you like the workflow of a traditional recording studio mixer and tracks, then Pro Tools is what you want. The creative tools are good but nothing special, though editing in-line on the tracks...

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    If you like the workflow of a traditional recording studio mixer and tracks, then Pro Tools is what you want. The creative tools are good but nothing special, though editing in-line on the tracks themselves is an appealing feature. This is a DAW for serious production, but the free First is well worth a look as well.

    MSRP: $699 for full version 12, free for a slightly limited version capable of three projects

    Pros

    • Recording studio-like workflow and interface
    • Excellent audio engine and effects

    Cons

    • No native support of VST plug-ins

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