“Pro Tools is the globally accepted currency in audio, and has been for quite some time.” – Jeff Jones, Grammy-winning producer.
Pro Tools is easily one of the most iconic DAWs of all time ever since it came out on the music scene in 1989. Ever since then, Pro Tools has been heavily crutched upon by professional mixing studios far and wide, and it continues to be the standard DAW even today. Although Pro Tools has faced considerable competition in recent years (such as Nuendo which enjoys major popularity over in Europe at the moment), Pro Tools continues to be the name most audio professionals rely on and use.
So what does Pro Tools do exactly? Essentially, it does everything—multi tracking, sequencing, editing, recording, and more. Pro Tools gained its reputation partly because of how comprehensive its mixing and mastering services are, and the massive versatility that came as a result. It comes with what seems like an endless amount of plug-ins, which is one of the biggest pulls of the program. For example, the plug-in Eleven was used by the sound designers of Guitar Hero to create realistic sounding guitars, while the SoundToys Crystallizer plug-in makes achieving that retro 80s throwback sound easy.
Beyond just music recordings, Pro Tools has been used in video games (like Guitar Hero as mentioned before), as well as movie soundtracks. Pro Tools has been used by film composers and sound editors to create note-perfect soundtracks to accompany some major films, like Titanic and Skyfall.
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