There has been some concern about the value of the Pro Tools upgrade and Support plans with the range with users being dissatisfied with the range and quality of the new features that have been added to Pro Tools over the last 12 to 18 months. However in all the comments on this, we have not seen anyone mention the loyalty rewards that Avid offer to all Pro Tools users with a valid Pro Tools Upgrade plan or Subscription plan. In this article we will explore what Avid is offering over and above the new features and bug fixes.
Currently, they are offering a free copy of BioTek, a virtual synthesis instrument worth $150 from Tracktion, a free Pro Sound Effects First Library, with 350 royalty-free sound effects worth $99, 50 professional, royalty-free production music tracks for your projects from Sound Ideas worth $495, 5 pureMix Pro Tools video tutorials worth $99, UVI Falcon and Plugsound Avid Edition worth $498 and most recently the ERA Voice Leveler from Accusonus worth $59, adding up to a total value of $1400 in free software, music, sound effects and plug-ins.
We appreciate that not all these products will be useful to every Pro Tools user but there will be a good number of these free products that will be useful to each Pro Tools user.
Who Is Eligible?
Pro Tools, Pro Tools Ultimate and Pro Tools for Education customers with an active monthly or annual subscription or a 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (perpetual licenses) are eligible to receive these gifts. Avid say that "It’s our way of saying thank you for being a great customer!" Note that none of these offers are available to Pro Tools First users.
Biotek From Tracktion - Worth $150
With this Avid loyalty reward, you get a full copy of Biotek from Tracktion worth $150. Biotek is a software synth designed to combine the sounds of nature with a synthesis engine to create weird and wonderful organic soundscapes. This should be perfect for sound designers and music creators, as BioTek has been created to provide truly unique sounds with endless possibilities.
Blend various patches into new sounds and morph them in real-time
Create simple, or extremely complex, instruments with unlimited sound layers
Tweak every parameter of sound with 200 modulation routes and 32 modifier routes
40 Sounds From Film Composer Christian Halten
Christian Halten’s work can be heard on soundtracks for Catwoman, The Ring 2 and Double Take as well as documentaries and video games. Exploring new instrumental sounds is always his first step toward fresh material. Christian created this video to introduce 40 new sounds he’s added to the BioTek library.
Pro Sound Effects First Library - Worth $99
With this loyalty reward from Avid, you get 350 royalty-free sound effects at your fingertips worth $99. The Pro Sound Effects First library has been collated to be a starting point for sound designers and music producers in need of a first library and was created to give a glimpse into the quality, depth, and breadth of PSE’s Hybrid Library and Master Library.
This library includes a wide variety of sound effects—from ambience, crowds, environments, and rumblings, to crashes, stings, and Foley sounds. Check out these samples.
Royalty-free Music From Sound Ideas - Worth $495
With this Avid Loyalty Reward, you will get 50 professional, high-quality production music tracks for your projects from Sound Ideas worth $495. This royalty-free music library allows you to use these tracks on any project, as the music comes with a worldwide license, so you never have to worry about where in the world your production may be watched or used.
The collection includes techno/dance/house, motivational/inspirational, classical, rock/pop, world music, jazz, comedy/cartoon, Christmas, and new age tracks.
Learn From The Pros With pureMix Tutorials Worth $99
Learn the skills professionals use to make great sounding records. Get the 5 most popular pureMix.net tutorials for as a part of the Pro Tools Loyalty program.
Whether you are starting out, or just upgraded your workstation, these videos will give you real-world tips and tricks that you won’t find in the manual. You can learn how to:
Produce a beat using virtual instruments
Record vocals with confidence
Add EQ to make your vocals shine
Compress tracks for loudness and dynamics
Dial in a radio-ready mix
UVI Falcon and Plugsound Avid Edition - Worth $498
This loyalty reward came in with Pro Tools 2018 at the end of November 2018. UVI Falcon and Plugsound Avid Edition are included with Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate subscriptions and 1-Year Software Updates and Support Plans at no additional cost.
All Pro Tools users with a valid support plan or subscription plan will be able to get your hands on the most complete hybrid virtual instrument available, offering both sample-based and pure synthesis sound generation. UVI Falcon is an incredible sounding beast of an instrument that enables you to produce a wide range of fresh sounds quickly with drag-and-drop ease. Or roll up your sleeves and tweak and layer sounds to your heart’s delight to create something truly jaw-droppingly unique.
UVI describe Falcon as a ‘creative hybrid instrument with…
15 oscillators, 80+ effects, modulators, events, scripting and more in an expansive semi-modular sound design environment
Sample-based or pure synthesis sound generation
Infinite possibilities with Falcon Factory presets, UVI-powered libraries and your own sounds
The UVI Falcon has been designed to enable users to generate sounds fast with drag-and-drop ease. Alternatively you can roll up your sleeves and go in deep with a set of tools designed to enable users to create and tweak sounds extensively.
Quickly build sounds and layer parts via drag and drop using presets and sample library content
Create something totally unique using 15 state-of-the-art oscillators and over 80 effects
Layer multiple parts together to generate bold new sounds that are rich and complex
Freely manipulate, mix, and modulate sounds, synthesis modules, effects, and more with finesse and precision
Script events to take your sound creation even further
Everyone from Pro Tools First to Pro Tools Ultimate users with a current upgrade plan will get the Plugsound Avid Edition Pack, which is a 2.6 GB sample library. Curated by some of the industry’s top sound designers, this collection has been designed to get a great starting point offering everything from high-quality keyboards, drums, synths, and fretted instruments, to loops and atmospheric soundscapes, all fully editable to enhance any music or sound design project.
Falcon comes loaded with Factory Sounds, which include a versatile collection of 1,000 patches from some of the most respected sound designers in the world. Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate owners with a valid upgrade plan will be able to explore your sonic possibilities, from classic synths, percussion, and physical modeling, to sample-driven multi-granular soundscapes and multi-oscillator hybrids. You can chose to use them ‘as-is’ for a quick fix or dig in to fuel your creative sound design.
There is a lot more about the UVI bundle and all the sound libraries you can get for both music and post production. Check out these articles for more information…
Accusonus ERA Voice Leveler - Worth $59
Do you spend a lot of time adjusting the dialogue levels of your talent? Tired of manually riding vocal faders or drawing endless vocal level automations? Save time by avoiding manual gain adjustments. Auto-correct the volume level inconsistencies without leaving Pro Tools.
Accusonus ERA Voice Leveler is a next-generation, single knob plug-in. It detects audio level inconsistencies and corrects them in real-time. It has a patent-pending algorithm that achieves natural results without using compression, so you can quickly balance vocal and dialogue levels
Are you a singer, podcaster, producer, dialogue editor or post-production engineer? The ERA Voice Leveler will help you save time by instantly leveling your dialogue and vocal levels throughout your project.
How Do I Get These Free Gifts From Avid?
If you are an existing or new customer on an active subscription or upgrade plan, these gifts will be readily available in your Avid account. If you have allowed your plan to lapse you will receive these free gifts when you take advantage of a Reinstatement Plan.
As you can see from the above image most of the loyalty reward products are listed separately on the My Products page of your Avid Master account. The only one you won’t find listed separately is the UVI Falcon bundle. This you will find in the Downloads and Links inside the Pro Tools section of your Avid Master Account My Products tab.