Avid has announced a significant update to its Pro Tools audio production software, bringing a slew of new features and enhancements to the table. The 2024.6 update introduces ARA 2 support for popular plugins from iZotope, Synchro Arts, and Sound Radix, along with new MIDI effect plugins from Mixed In Key.

Additionally, this update enhances interoperability with Media Composer, introduces Dolby Atmos enhancements, and much more. Let’s dive into the exciting new capabilities that Pro Tools 2024.6 offers.

ARA Support for Industry-Leading Plugins

Pro Tools 2024.6 now supports ARA 2 for a range of industry-leading plugins, significantly enhancing workflow efficiency. With ARA 2 support, users can seamlessly integrate tools such as iZotope RX Spectral Editor, Synchro Arts RePitch, VocAlign, and Revoice Pro, as well as Sound Radix Auto-Align 2 and Auto-Align Post 2.

This integration allows for faster and easier usage of these tools within Pro Tools without the need for roundtripping audio. Moreover, customers with active Pro Tools subscriptions and perpetual upgrade plans will automatically receive ARA 2 plugins for iZotope RX Spectral Editor and Synchro Arts RePitch Elements as part of this release. This update ensures that users can access powerful editing capabilities directly within their DAW, streamlining their audio production processes.

New Included MIDI Effect Plugins

The 2024.6 update also brings two new MIDI effect plugins from Mixed In Key, enhancing the creative possibilities for Pro Tools users. Captain Chords Lite is an invaluable tool for songwriters, allowing them to create chords in any key and experiment with inversions, substitutions, and passing tones. It includes a chord progressions and rhythms library, enabling users to craft unique compositions effortlessly.

Human Lite, on the other hand, adds the organic feel of live musicians to quantized MIDI performances, loops, and entire tracks. These plugins are exclusively available to all Pro Tools customers with active subscriptions and perpetual upgrade plans, providing a significant boost to their creative toolkit.

Session Export for Avid Media Composer

In a move to further improve interoperability, Pro Tools Ultimate users can now save a copy of a session as a Media Composer compatible file. This new feature simplifies sound-for-picture workflows by including sample-accurate volume, pan automation, and markers that can be imported into Media Composer.

This enhancement enables audio and video teams to collaborate more efficiently, ensuring a smoother post-production process. Rob D’Amico, Senior Director of Pro Tools Product Management at Avid, highlights the significance of this update: “We’re thrilled to work with these industry leaders to integrate their solutions and give our music and sound-for-picture customers the most streamlined workflows possible. This release also improves interoperability between Pro Tools and Media Composer, enabling audio and video teams to collaborate for improved efficiency.”

Other New Pro Tools 2024.6 Features

In addition to the major updates, Pro Tools 2024.6 includes several other enhancements designed to improve the user experience:

  • Dolby Atmos Enhancements: The internal Pro Tools Dolby Atmos renderer now supports 9.1.4 and 7.1.2 monitoring and metering directly in the renderer window. It also includes Stereo Direct output format support and dedicated controls for soloing Atmos groups and setting binaural and group settings in the I/O Setup.
  • Enhanced Session Data Importing: New comprehensive filtering options, more visual information, and the ability to import entire folders with member tracks make importing tracks from different sessions faster and more efficient.
  • Memory Locations Enhancements: New improvements include separate modes for managing/multiselecting memory locations and interacting/recalling them, along with new key commands that make it easier to navigate between timeline marker locations.
  • MIDI Pitch Labels: MIDI pitch labels on the piano roll and MIDI notes help creators unfamiliar with music theory recognize which notes they are playing, recording, or need to modify in chords.


  1. What is ARA 2 support, and how does it benefit Pro Tools users? ARA 2 support allows for seamless integration of plugins directly within Pro Tools, eliminating the need for roundtripping audio. This enhances workflow efficiency and speeds up the editing process.
  2. Who can access the new MIDI effect plugins included in Pro Tools 2024.6? The new MIDI effect plugins, Captain Chords Lite and Human Lite, are available exclusively to Pro Tools customers with active subscriptions and perpetual upgrade plans.
  3. How does the session export feature improve workflows with Media Composer? The session export feature allows Pro Tools Ultimate users to save sessions as Media Composer compatible files, simplifying sound-for-picture workflows by including sample-accurate volume and pan automation and markers.
  4. What are some of the new enhancements in Pro Tools 2024.6? The update includes Dolby Atmos enhancements, improved session data importing, memory location enhancements, and MIDI pitch labels on the piano roll and MIDI notes.

Pro Tools 2024.6 brings many new features and enhancements that significantly improve the audio production experience. With ARA 2 support for industry-leading plugins, new MIDI effect plugins, enhanced interoperability with Media Composer, and numerous other improvements, this update ensures that Pro Tools remains at the forefront of audio production technology. Whether you’re a music producer, sound engineer, or involved in sound-for-picture workflows, Pro Tools 2024.6 offers the tools and capabilities to elevate your projects to the next level.

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