Pro Tools|HD & Pro Tools|HD Accel System Requirements

With Pro Tools HD 7.0/7.1 for Windows XP with Service Pack 2

Media Station|PT 1.8.2 for Pro Tools HD 7 Now Available

Digidesign PCI Cards Supplied with HD System

Pro Tools 7.0/7.1 software supports the following systems:

Pro Tools|HD PCI Systems

Pro Tools|HD 1

  • HD Core PCI card

Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel

  • HD Core PCI card
  • HD Accel PCI card

Pro Tools|HD 3 Accel

  • HD Core PCI card
  • (2) HD Accel PCI cards

Other Card Options

Compatibility Alert — New HD PCI Express Cards Currently Not Compatible with Windows XP Systems:

Pro Tools|HD PCI Express (PCIe) Cards

  • HD Accel Core PCIe card
  • HD Accel PCIe card

Digidesign HD Audio Interfaces (one required)

  • 192 I/O
  • 192 Digital I/O
  • 96 I/O
  • 96i I/O

Optional HD Cables - DigiSnakes & DigiLink

Digidesign Software Compatibility

  • Pro Tools HD 7.0/7.1 software for Windows XP
  • Pro Tools HD software will not work without Digidesign hardware connected
Included and Optional Plug-Ins:

Optional Digidesign Hardware

Control Surfaces

PCI Expansion Chassis

Supported Expansion Chassis & Requirements

  • All Qualified Digidesign & Third Party models

Pro Tools|HD Interfaces & Peripherals

Control Surfaces & MIDI Interfaces

Optional Digidesign & Avid Storage

  • Avid MediaDrive rS300/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDrive rS146/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDrive rS73/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDrive rS36/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDock Shuttle iS146/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDock Shuttle iS73/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDock Shuttle iS36/320 LVD
  • Avid MediaDock Dual
  • Avid MediaDock Dual+
  • Avid MediaDrive rS80
  • DigiDrive MediaDock
  • DigiDrive FireWire 80
  • DigiDrive SCSI Drives
  • SCSI-128 Kit (includes ATTO Express PCI-UL3D, qualified for up to 192 tracks @48 kHz on Pro Tools|HD Accel systems)

Not tested with Pro Tools 6.9 and higher:

  • SCSI-64 Kit/ATTO Express PCI-DC

Legacy Digidesign Audio Interfaces

Connect 1 or 2* to a single 192 I/O, 192 Digital I/O, or 96 I/O Legacy Port:

  • 888|24 I/O
  • 882|20 I/O

Connect all 16 channels to a single 192 I/O, 192 Digital I/O, or 96 I/O Legacy Port:

  • 1622 I/O

Connect 8 channels or 16 channels* to a single 192 I/O, 192 Digital I/O, or 96 I/O Legacy Port:

  • 24-Bit ADAT Bridge I/O

* Requires "Y" cable adapter

Audio Interfaces — Other Manufacturers

Digidesign does not test or verify other manufacturers' audio peripherals with our system. During beta testing of Pro Tools HD 7 software, we received feedback that installing Pro Tools HD 7 software may prevent a non-Digidesign audio interface from working. We therefore suggest that customers contact the manufacturer of their device to check on potential compatibility issues before upgrading to Pro Tools HD 7 software.

Avid Interchange

AVoption|V10 and Avid Mojo are supported in Pro Tools HD 7.0 for Windows XP:

Media Station|PT 1.8.2 for Pro Tools HD 7 Now Available

AVoption|XL Not Compatible

AVoption|XL is not supported with Pro Tools 6.3 and higher. Pro Tools 6.2 is the last release with support for AVoption|XL.

Third-Party Video Capture Cards

  • Except for systems with AVoption|V10 or Avid Mojo, video playback within Pro Tools is only supported via the computer monitor. Hardware Codecs are not supported. Use a third party application and card to capture video and import the video into Pro Tools. For the best performance use Avid CODEC DV files created by Avid Express DV.
Supported CPU Models & Requirements

Recommended Desktop Models & Requirements

These workstation-class computers are qualified to provide full Pro Tools|HD Accel and Pro Tools|HD functionality, including support for ICON, AVoption|V10, and Avid Mojo:

Click on above links for important information about each CPU, including known issues with early HP xw8000 models.

These desktop-class computers are qualified for 128 tracks @48kHz sample rate with Pro Tools|HD Accel and Pro Tools|HD systems without ICON or Avid video options:

Supported Laptop Configurations

The following notebook computers were tested and qualified with Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools HD 7.0:

  • Dell Inspiron 8500 (Pentium 4-M)
  • HP Compaq Business Notebook nx8000

With the following CardBus PCI Expansion Chassis:

  • Magma 4-slot model CB4DRQ (current), CB4DRQ-D1 (discontinued)
  • Magma 2-Slot model CB264 (64-bit/33Mhz 2 Slot CardBus to PCI expansion)
  • Magma 2-Slot model CB232 (current), CB232-D1 (discontinued) (both 32-bit/33Mhz 2 Slot CardBus to PCI expansion)
  • For more information, see Qualified CardBus PCI Expansion Chassis

Maximum & Minimum Computer Specification Guidelines, Known Issues & Incompatibilities

CPUs adhering to the Minimum Computer Specification Guidelines may be able to provide full track count performance, however they cannot be guaranteed to do so.

Digidesign's recommendations for maximum performance:

System Software

  • Windows XP Professional or Home Edition (Professional required for Avid Mojo, AVoption|V10, Avid Unity)
  • Not Supported:
    • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    • Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Pro Tools HD 7.0 and 7.1 are qualified with Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP1 not tested)
  • If you are updating from SP1 to SP2, please read the following beforehand to help insure a smooth transition:
  • Pro Tools HD 7 software can't be installed or used on systems running Windows 98, Me, 2000, NT, 95, or 3.1
  • Windows XP Settings & Requirements

System RAM Requirements

  • 512 MB RAM minimum required
  • 1 GB (1024 MB) or more highly recommended

1 GB or more RAM recommended for sessions with:

  • Large amounts of audio, large DSP engines, high edit density, or large DigiBase databases
  • A large number of installed plug-ins
  • Options like MachineControl and DigiTranslator

2 GB (2048 MB) minimum required with the following options:

  • D-Control
  • AVoption|V10
  • Avid Mojo

More RAM increases overall system and Pro Tools performance.

Additional Requirements

iLok Required for Pro Tools HD 7


  • Minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 17" or larger recommended if using external monitor


Apple QuickTime 6.5 or Higher Recommended

  • Available at
  • Required only on systems using video
  • AGP or PCIe (PCI Express) graphics card with 16 MB or more video RAM required for movie playback
  • Known Issue: Apple QuickTime 7 is currently not supported with the Digidesign WaveDriver on Windows XP

Digidesign ASIO Driver

Digidesign WaveDriver

New Session File Format (".ptf")

Pro Tools 7.0 uses a new session file format and extension (.ptf) to distinguish its sessions from sessions created with previous versions. Pro Tools 7 sessions need to be saved as an earlier format to be used with pre-7.0 Pro Tools systems. For more information, see the following:

Additional Information & Downloads

Pro Tools|HD Product Information & Specifications


Pro Tools 7 Information

Pro Tools 7 Plug-In Information

While most Digidesign and Development partner plug-in versions for Pro Tools 6.9.x are also compatible with Pro Tools 7, all RTAS plug-ins will need to be updated to take advantage of the improvements to RTAS plug-in performance introduced in Pro Tools 7.

Please note: Plug-in versions updated for Pro Tools 7 are NOT compatible with Pro Tools 6. For all Digidesign and Digi-distributed plug-ins, both versions will be available, and use the same authorization on both Pro Tools 7 and Pro Tools 6. Check the link above, and with individual third-party developers for compatibility, update, and upgrade information. Additional information: