Avid Pro Tools Sketch Means That Ableton Live Copies Are Now Everywhere


Avid has introduced Pro Tools Sketch, a new non-linear, clip-based creation tool that’s available in Pro Tools and as a standalone iPad app.

If it looks familiar, it’s because Ableton Live Session View-style clip launching now seems to be everywhere – Apple Garageband, Bitwig, Logic Pro, Eurorack with 1010music’s Bitbox , standalone hardware with the Novation Circuit line, open source with Ardour, etc.

Here’s what Avid has to say about Sketch:

“Pro Tools Sketch enables musicians to quickly capture new ideas and freely experiment with concepts and songs, and find inspiration with a massive library of free loops, virtual instruments and effects. Years in the making, this new addition to the Pro Tools workflow adds a must-have creation process directly alongside the Edit and Mix windows that established modern linear audio recording.

With Pro Tools Sketch, Avid addresses the growing needs of modern creators, no matter their preferred music creation style.”

Pro Tools Sketch

Pro Tools Sketch is described as “a significant expansion of the Pro Tools music creation workflow”.

Users can now start with clip-based sketches in which loops, MIDI and recordings can be freely organized and played. Sketches can also be moved to the Pro Tools timeline for further production.

Pro Tools Sketch features 16 tracks and virtually unlimited scenes and includes over 1 GB of loops and a variety of onboard effects. Users can quickly audition audio and MIDI loops in the browser and drag them into the launcher where they can be played, moved and tweaked. Audio and MIDI can be recorded and edited alongside loops and then quickly organized into linear song arrangements.

Pricing and Availability:

The Pro Tools Sketch iPad app is available now as a free download.

The Pro Tools 2023.9 software release is now available to all Pro Tools customers on an active subscription or perpetual license with a current Software Updates + Support Plan, as well as all users of the free Pro Tools Intro application.


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