Avid has announced Pro Tools 2018, the latest version of the industry’s leading digital audio workstation, delivering powerful workflows that accelerate music creation and spark creativity.

Avid Pro Tools 2018

Part of Avid’s comprehensive ecosystem of creative tools and powered by MediaCentral, the industry’s most open and efficient platform designed for media, the release of Pro Tools 2018 enhances the creative experience and accelerates workflows for greater collaboration with new features including Track Presets, retrospective MIDI record, MIDI editing enhancements, Playlist Comping enhancements, and much more.

In direct response to customer feedback and building on recent releases of Pro Tools music creation features, Pro Tools 2018 enables songwriters, composers, musicians, producers, and mixers to focus more on the creative process and less on laborious tasks. The new retrospective MIDI record feature ensures that users will never lose a performance, while shortcuts to quickly transpose, trim notes and edit velocities make music creation quicker and easier.

“With Pro Tools 2018 musicians can create at the speed of their inspiration and turn ideas into music,” said Dana Ruzicka, Chief Product Officer, Avid. “Avid product releases are centered around feedback from our community of professional and aspiring musicians, and with Avid’s creative ecosystem, they can collaborate and create music in Pro Tools more fluidly than ever before.”

New features in Pro Tools 2018

  • Track Presets enabling quick preset browsing to build sessions on the fly.
  • New playlist comping workflows to save valuable screen real estate, and provide the ability to edit grouped tracks with ease and work quickly from Waveform view.
  • The ability to easily convert sessions to cloud-enabled product files for faster collaboration.
  • Mix Window EQ Graphs to intuitively display the combined EQ effects inserted on a track.

At the Avid NAMM booth (North Hall, Booth #15501), world-class producers and mixers—including Justin Gray (Sublime with Rome), Lu Diaz (DJ Khaled), and Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)—will be discussing how they use Pro Tools to create the biggest music hits.

Pro Tools 2018 is available now.

Sibelius 2018

Avid has also launched a new version of the industry-standard music composition and notation software Sibelius, delivering multi-edit workflows to boost efficiency, and new cloud plans and access to the Avid Artist Community, to give composers more opportunities to share, connect, collaborate and be heard.

Avid Sibelius 2018

Debuting at NAMM 2018, the new version of the world’s best-selling music composition and notation software – used by acclaimed composers like Steve Reich, Chick Corea and Gil Goldstein – deliver enhancements to both Sibelius and Sibelius | First, including new multi-edit workflows, that enable composers, arrangers, orchestrators, copyists and engravers to deliver scores faster and more efficiently.

Powered by MediaCentral, the industry’s most open and efficient platform designed for media, the new version of Sibelius enables the selection and editing of multiple objects all at once. Artists can accelerate music notation by:

  • Selecting multiple barlines and changing the type or adding system breaks concurrently.
  • Selecting multiple staves and adding lines for faster hairpin and phrase mark additions.
  • Creating repeated sections faster, and finding and executing tasks in the ribbon immediately.
  • Adding score dynamics and text faster by selecting multiple staves or notes and adding expression text to all objects at once.
  • Adding or editing technique text, boxed text, and many other text types to save valuable creative time.

“Our newest version of Sibelius provides our music notation customer community with accelerated workflows to help them deliver polished work on time,” said Derk Hagedorn, senior marketing product manager of Live Systems and Music Notation at Avid.

“As part of our continued commitment to delivering the most comprehensive ecosystem of creative tools and workflow solutions, Sibelius makes the entire music writing and delivery experience more efficient than ever. And with new cloud plans and Sibelius joining the Avid Artist Community, composers will have more opportunities to share, connect, collaborate and be heard.”

Avid also introduced Sibelius Cloud Storage Plans and expanded the Avid Artist Community with Sibelius Cloud | Sharing, giving users access to an extensive network of creative artists and media professionals.

Users now have more flexible storage capabilities, enabling them to easily expand cloud storage for sharing more scores. Based on the results of last year’s Avid Customer Association Vote, Avid has also expanded the Avid Artist Community with Sibelius | Cloud Sharing, which allows composers to share their scores with anyone, anywhere, on any device. With Sibelius joining the Avid Artist Community, users can find, connect, network and collaborate with more than 30,000 other artists, and combine their scores with their profiles and share or sell them in Avid’s creative ecosystem.

Sibelius 2018 is available now and is free to all Sibelius and Sibelius | First customers with an active subscription or support plan. Avid offers flexible licensing options for Sibelius and Sibelius | First, with both subscriptions and perpetual licenses. Sibelius Cloud Storage plans are also available now.

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