Pro Tools is a studio fixture, though also the butt of a million jokes about music no longer being organic but cobbled together with electronic juju. But software maker Avid is still selling plenty of copies and to encourage people to buy more, the company is releasing a free version albeit with limited features.
On first glance, it seems a lot like a freemium app due to many feature unlocks that can be purchased.
A step up from Garageband?
To be honest, though, if you're just starting out or are more a hobbyist (and own a Mac), Garageband might be a better alternative. But if you fancy doing stuff with more polish or possibilities, then ProTools First is an inexpensive way to get started.
The software is limited to, at most, 32-bit, 96 kHz file quality and you can't export to MP3 format, or to iTunes or SoundCloud. Only four input sources are supported, though you do get as many as 16 instrument tracks to play with.
You can't download it just yet, but you can signup for updates on the site as to when you can give ProTools First a whirl. If you have the cash though, using Pro Tools Express (free as part of Mbox device bundles) might be a better introduction to Avid's audio software as, if you're serious enough about it, the limitations of Pro Tools First will grate on your nerves quickly.
Which, perhaps, is precisely the point of the software existing.
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[Source: The Verge]