Social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube have made it much easier for new musical artists to get their music out and be discovered by hordes of adoring fans, but before they can do that, they have to put together a professional sounding piece of audio that will draw people in. Booking time in a recording studio can be expensive, which is why so many artists have turned to software and computers as a way to record and mix their music, all in a manner that makes it sound as though it were done by a professional in the studio.
One of the most popular software tools on the market is Avid’s Pro Tools 9, and while it can be an expensive addition for a musician or band, it’s still going to be a much cheaper option that the recording studio. That then just leaves the question of where and how to download Pro Tools 9, with the good news that there are a large number of places, and the final price you pay will depend completely on which one you choose.
The first place to go when looking to download Pro Tools 9 is the company website itself. Avid has all the download choices you’ll need, and give you the option of choosing which one is right for you. You can get an upgrade from version 8, if you already own it, or go with the student edition, which is about half the price of the standard version, but will most likely come with certain restrictions on where and how you can distribute the music mixed with this version. There is of course the full version, or if you’d rather not download Pro Tools 9, you can also have the software shipped to you, which is a good idea if you are also ordering hardware like the Mbox3 at the same time.
Another option for those looking to download pro Tools 9, is to search for websites that are affiliates of Avid, as there is a very good chance that they will have a discount or coupon available that is geared towards making you buy from them. A discount of 5 or 10% may not seem like much, but when you are purchasing a piece of software that runs into the hundreds of dollars, any amount that you can save is a good thing. Many of those places will also allow you to try a trial version of Pro Tools 9 for a set number of days, but that may also mean that you don’t have access to the full functionality of the software.
The final place to look, but it’s not one that is really recommended, unless of course you want to run the risk of a major virus on your computer. There are a number of illegal torrent sites that will allow you to download Pro Tools for free, but not only is it unethical, you also will have zero customer support options, and as mentioned, a major computer issue after the download. If you want to do it right, the best advice is to go right to the source, or an affiliate to be sure that you are getting the download you really need.