Pro Tools creator Avid was recently bought out by a private equity firm. At the time, the company’s future plans were uncertain. But now it seems one positive thing has quietly come out of the acquisition.
The Return of Pro Tools Perpetual Licenses
Previously, Avid went to a subscription-only model for Pro Tools. But as of September 2023, they’ve sort of rolled that back and now offer perpetual licenses again.
That means users can keep using their copy of Pro Tools indefinitely. There’s no need to renew a subscription or pay any additional fees.
What Comes With a Pro Tools Perpetual License?
Each version of Pro Tools is still the same. The only difference is you get to keep using your copy, so long as you have the license installed on your computer or iLok device.
Your perpetual license also comes with one year of free updates. After that, you’ll need to renew or upgrade if you want any further updates.
Where to Buy a Pro Tools Perpetual License?
It’s a baby step forward, but a welcome one nonetheless.
This entry-level version of Pro Tools has everything you need to record audio, make beats, write songs, and mix music. It comes with an expansive array of tools for editing MIDI and audio tracks, plus over 100 additional effects and instruments to get you started.
The core version of Pro Tools with a complete set of music and audio production tools. It lets you work with up to 512 audio tracks, and comes with a host of advanced features like Avid's complete plugin bundle. Plus, it supports surround sound and other immersive audio mixing like Dolby Atmos.
The ultimate version of Pro Tools made for studios who need large-scale solutions. It lets you use over 2,000 tracks, comes with the Avid Complete Plugin Bundle, and supports immersive audio experiences like surround sound and Dolby Atmos.
Why Are Perpetual Licenses a Big Deal?
Subscriptions are a handy way of getting access to software and services. But they have their downsides:
- You don’t actually own the products you’re using.
- You lose access to those products when you stop paying the subscription.
- Recurring monthly or annual fees can be more expensive long-term.
- Subscription creep can negatively impact your finances.
Avid in particular has been very aggressive with their pricing.
At their current subscription prices, you’d pay at least $1500 to use Pro Tools Studio for five years. And what you get isn’t that different from any of these other Pro Tools alternatives — all of which you can purchase for a smaller one-time fee and use indefinitely.
But offering perpetual licenses alleviates some of those concerns. Price-wise, it makes Pro Tools a little more competitive with other popular DAWs.
Again, it’s a baby step forward. But either way, we welcome the change.