Installation and Usage
- Known Issues/Troubleshooting
- Get help from Avid Support
- Get help from the Audio Tech team
- Lost, Stolen, or Broken iLok
If you received Pro Tools on or after May 2018, you can install updates to Pro Tools or upgrade to a new version of Pro Tools within 36 months (3 years) after registering your product.
If you received Pro Tools prior to May 2018, you can install updates to Pro Tools or upgrade to a new version of Pro Tools within 12 months of registering your product.
What happens when Pro Tools expires?
If you received Pro Tools on or after May 2018:
Your Pro Tools subscription is good for 36 months (3 years) which provides you with ample time to complete all of your coursework. After 3 years, you can renew your Pro Tools subscription for another 3 years for the discounted cost of $299.
If you received Pro Tools prior to May 2018:
Once your upgrade plan expires, you will be prompted to purchase an optional upgrade plan if you wish to install further updates. You are not required to purchase an upgrade plan, and you can keep your current version for life.
We strongly caution against upgrading macOS as this can break Pro Tools compatibility. Please see MacOS Compatibility for more information.
How do I update Pro Tools?
Pro Tools updates can usually be found in the Avid Application Manager. If you have already installed Pro Tools, you can Spotlight Search (⌘+Space) for "Avid Application Manager" to open it, then check the Apps tab for your update.
Updating to Pro Tools 12.8.x
Updating your existing Pro Tools to version 12.8.x takes a little more work.
- Are you eligible? You must have a current Support and Upgrade plan. If you are within your first year of registering Pro Tools, you are eligible. If you are outside of your first year, updating to Pro Tools 12.8 is not required, although you may purchase a support plan renewal, if you wish.
- Install the latest iLok License Manager found here (You must use the latest version).
- Run iLok License Manager and sign into your iLok account (the one linked with your Avid account).
- Locate your new license. If your support plan is current, you will find a newly deposited Pro Tools license bundle in your iLok License Manager.
- Drag your new license (bold font) in the manager onto your iLok (which should be plugged in). This will prompt you to "surrender" your old license bundle for the new one.
- Download Pro Tools 12.8. You will find your most recent Pro Tools installer in your Avid account under Products and Subscriptions > Product Details and Download Links. Download and run the installer.
- Launch Pro Tools found in your Applications. You should now be updated to the latest version.
If you have Pro Tools installed on your Mac, we strongly caution against upgrading macOS without first gaining approval from your degree program and checking the Pro Tools Compatibility Chart.
Before upgrading MacOS:
- Check your degree program's page on Connect. Check the News or Feed areas for any information on upgrading macOS.
- If you do not see any info on Connect, check with your instructor and/or your degree's Program Director to see if the latest macOS version has been approved for your degree.
- Check the Pro Tools Compatibility Chart to find out if your Pro Tools will run on the latest macOS.
- Consider other apps on your Mac that could potentially have problems with the latest macOS. You can check with the developer or research sites such as RoaringApps to find out whether they are compatible.
For more information on Pro Tools and MacOS Mojave (10.14), please see this post.
Pro Tools crashes while scanning plug-ins
- If the launch is stopping on a third party plugin, open iLok License Manager and verify the authorization is on the iLok.
- If the launch continues to crash on a specific plugin, go to Macintosh HD>Library>Application Support>Avid>Audio>Plugins, find the plugin and drag it to the "Unused Plugins" folder. This will not be part of the scan during the launch moving forward.
- Verify if the plugin is compatible with this version of Pro Tools on this operating system.
- If launching Pro Tools by double-clicking a session, is it possible the session contains a plugin which was once inserted as a trial version that is no longer authorized?
- If launching Pro Tools by double-clicking a session, try holding down Shift during the double-click. While Pro Tools will still scan the plugins during the launch, the session will load with no plugins active. They could be activated one a time or by using Option to activate several at a time.
- Hold "N" during the launch to force Pro Tools to launch into the Playback Engine window to allow the user to set an available device. (It is likely the Playback Engine is not set to a useable device and it will crash if it can't establish communication with a sample clock.)
- Never use "Pro Tools Aggregate Device" as the Playback Engine as a student. Use either Built-in Output or the LaunchBox interface if it is connected.
- Once Pro Tools is open, consider going to Setup>Peripherals>MIDI and/or Ethernet and uncheck or un-assign any software controllers which are not connected that Pro Tools may be trying to communicate with. IF this is the case, the launch may just seem to hang for a bit at the end and you just need to wait a few minutes.
- Certain Pro Tools system files can create conflicts between different Pro Tools versions. Go to Macintosh HD>Users>Shared>Pro Tools and delete this Pro Tools folder.
- Go to Macintosh HD>Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility. Select the system drive at the left and choose "First Aid" to repair the disk. The utility will scan the OS for errors.
- Relaunch Pro Tools.
- Consider plugging the iLok into another USB port.
- If all of your gear is plugged into a hub, consider moving a USB interface off the hub, and plugging it into a computer port alone. It is possible the interface or other devices are drawing too much power for the iLok to be recognized properly.
- Update or reinstall the iLok License Manager.
- Be sure you have created an iLok account and the iLok Manager is installed on your computer. The student should put the iLok Manager on their dock so it's easy to get to.
- Be sure the Pro Tools authorization has been dragged to the iLok.
- Be sure the iLok is recognized and active in the iLok Manager.
- Be sure the proper iLok is connected if more than one iLok are available.
- Update or reinstall the iLok License Manager.
- Pro Tools
- AIR Instruments
- AIR Effects
- Additional Value Content plugins
- Go to: Macintosh HD>Library>Avid - Delete this folder.
- Go to: Macintosh HD>Users>Home>Documents>Pro Tools - Delete this folder.
- Launch the Pro Tools app and reinstall the plugin installers.
- Verify track types and number of channels for the track. For instance, a guitar amp plugin may only be available for mono tracks and some instruments may only be available for stereo tracks.
- Undo the last process, save the session, then Quit Pro Tools.
- Go to the session folder and delete the WaveCache file.
- Relaunching the session will populate a new WaveCache file of the clips and "recalculate overviews".
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Avid Support Page: http://www.avid.com/US/support
Each copy of Pro Tools and Sibelius includes a Standard Support and Upgrade Plan. It is activated upon registration. Depending on the software license you received, your plan may be valid between 1-3 years (check your Avid account to find out). The plan provides Avid Technical Support via phone or internet.
| The Standard Support and Upgrade Plan includes:
For Students - Start here:
To get help from Avid Support:
You must be under an active Avid Support Plan, otherwise you will be prompted to purchase support.
1. Locate your System ID. This can be found in the Avid Application Manager under "Account."
2. Start a support case via one of the following:
Call 1-978-275-2555, press 1, then enter your System ID. (Phone and one-to-one support is only good while you have a Standard Support Plan - then you will need to purchase phone support or use the web/forums. Avid's support team does monitor the forums so you should receive an answer at some point after posting.)
Use these links:
For technical help with Pro Tools, iLok, or other audio-related Project LaunchBox materials, you can contact the Audio Tech support team on chat, 7 days a week from 5pm-9pm (EST).
• gotomeet.me/AudioTech - For technical questions or issues (i.e. Pro Tools, Logic, installation, troubleshooting, etc.)
• gotomeet.me/AudioMusicHelpLine - For music theory questions or issues (i.e. help with composition, reading music, etc.)
You can also contact your instructor for help with degree-specific hardware/software.
If your iLok is lost, stolen, or broken...don't panic. iLok and Avid have a specific process in place for you to report your iLok, purchase a replacement iLok, and replace any of your licenses that were on it. As part of the process, you will be asked to report the incident by submitting a return merchandise authorization (RMA) to iLok. You will then need to submit a Dongle/iLok support case to Avid to replace your license(s).
Optional: After your RMA has been filed, you may be eligible for iLok's ZDT program (zero down time), which will give you a 14-day temp license to use the software, however, you will need to provide a new iLok (2nd/3rd Gen) and pay for the ZDT service ($100 per emergency if you are not already covered at the $30 per year rate).
If you cannot complete your coursework due to a lost, stolen, or broken iLok, please contact your instructor immediately.
To get started with the replacement process, carefully follow the steps outlined in this article.