Pro Tools LE 5.3.1

For Windows XP

June 2002

Free Download for Pro Tools LE 5.1 & 5.1.1 Owners with the Following Systems:

Digi 001 Systems

ToolBox, ToolBox CD, & ToolBox XP Systems

Audiomedia III with Pro Tools LE Systems

Windows TDM users please see: Pro Tools 5.3.1 for Windows Updates

New Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 Features

Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 for Windows XP adds numerous features for Digi 001 & ToolBox/Audiomedia III based systems:

  • Support for Windows XP Professional & Home Edition
  • Supports up to 32-tracks of audio
  • QuickTime playback via computer monitor (MOV, MPEG, AVI)
  • Support for Digidesign’s Control|24 control surface
  • Optional support for DigiTranslator v2.0
  • Enhancements to the Zoomer Tool functionality

New Pro Tools 5.3.1 Documents

  • Included in the installer, and automatically installed in the following location:
    Program Files->Digidesign->Pro Tools->Release Notes & Documentation. You will need Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to open these documents from the Help menu in Pro Tools, or to open them from the Release Notes & Documentation folder.
  • Many of these documents are also available from the Support/Tech Support section in the Technical Document Library
  • See the Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 Addendum (383 k) for a complete list of What's New in Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 for Windows and important installation information
  • See the Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 Win Read Me (61 k) for additional information

Compatibility Information & System Requirements

  • Available from the Support/Compatibility section in the Digidesign Compatibility Documents
  • The Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 installer application can only be installed on a Windows XP operating system.
  • Windows 2000, NT, Me, 98, 95, and 3.1 are not compatible with Pro Tools LE 5.3.1.
  • SampleCell II PCI cards and SampleCell Editor are not compatible with Windows XP.
  • Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 will not work with any hardware other than the Digi 001 or the Audiomedia III card, and will not work in "standalone" mode without the Digidesign hardware installed.

The Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 installer application does not require a previous installation of Pro Tools on your computer, allowing you to do a complete installation, or "clean install".

Updating Your Plug-Ins

In order to update your Digidesign Plug-Ins, you will need to download the individual plug-in updaters separately from the Support/Downloads/Windows Pro Tools 5.3.1 Updates section at

If you have any plug-ins that use key disk authorization and you are upgrading to or doing a new installation of the Windows XP operating system:

  • Before upgrading your operating system you must remove your previous plug-in authorizations from your hard drive and store them temporarily on the original plug-in floppy disk. Otherwise, you run the risk of corrupting and losing your authorizations.
  • Then install Windows XP
  • Then install Pro Tools LE 5.3.1
  • Then install the 5.3.1 compatible plug-in updates from the link above
  • Then re-authorize from your key disk

Additional Downloads

  • The WaveDriver for third-party applications is not included in this download as it is no longer required to use Pro Tools LE with Digidesign hardware. The Digidesign Windows WaveDriver version 5.3.1 is available as a separate download from the Support/Downloads/WaveDriver section at
  • The Digidesign ASIO Driver for third-party applications with Digidesign hardware on Windows XP is available as a separate download from the Support/Downloads/ASIO section at

Installation Instructions

Please Print This Page, or Save to your hard drive for reference.

1 - You need to set driver signing to "ignore" before installing the web download. Here are the instructions to do this, from the Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 Addendum, available in the Technical Document Library

To disable the warning option:

  1. Turn on your computer.
  2. From the Start menu, open the Control Panels folder.
  3. Launch the System control panel.
  4. Select the Hardware tab in the System control panel.
  5. Click the Driver Signing button.
  6. Select "Ignore" Install the software anyway and don't ask for my approval.
  7. Click OK twice.
  8. Shut down and turn off your computer.
  9. Proceed with physically installing your Pro Tools cards.

You can also get to the System control panel the following way:

  1. Go to the Start menu
  2. Right-click on My Computer
  3. Click on Properties
  4. Follow steps 4 through 9 above

If you fail to do the the above, during the install process it is important not to click on the desktop or launch other applications. At certain points during the installation clicking on the desktop may cause the screen to turn black, preventing the installation from finishing. To continue with the installation, use the Alt-Tab key combination to cycle through the active applications until you see "Hardware Installer", then let go of the keys. This should bring you back to the Installer window.

2 - Warning: There have been changes in the installation process since the last release of Pro Tools. After installing your hardware and starting up your computer wait for the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog to appear and leave it open. Leaving the Wizard on screen, launch the Pro Tools 5.3.1 Installer Setup application. To avoid installation problems, please read carefully and follow the installations instructions in the Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 Addendum, available in the Technical Document Library

What's Included In This Download

  • Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 for Windows XP Home Edition installer application

Download Instructions

Your registered Pro Tools LE 5.1, 5.1.1, or 5.3.1 serial number is required to download and install. This can be found in the following location:

  • Inside the front cover of your Getting Started with Digi 001 booklet

  • Inside the front cover of your Getting Started with ToolBox XP booklet

  • Confirmation of your online purchase of a Pro Tools 5.1, 5.1.1, or 5.3.1 upgrade from the DigiStore

This Windows download is a 50 MB ZIPPED Windows EXE (.exe or executable) installer application.
If you experience download or decoding problems, see the Download Help FAQ

Important Note: Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 Update CDs are available worldwide from your local Digidesign Dealer. If you are not able to download Pro Tools 5.3.1, contact your Authorized Digidesign Dealer for information on how to obtain the Pro Tools 5.3.1 Updater CD.

Pro Tools 5.3.1 Updater CDs are not available directly from Digidesign. These are only available from authorized Digidesign Dealers.

5.3.1 is a free update from v5.1 or 5.1.1. If you already own version 5.1, you should NOT purchase an upgrade to either 5.1.1 or 5.3.1. However, if you have Pro Tools LE 5.0.1 or older, or you have an Audiomedia III card and need Pro Tools LE software, you can purchase Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 from the DigiStore or your local Digidesign office.

To Purchase the Pro Tools LE 5.3.1 Upgrade:

  • Purchase online at the DigiStore with a MasterCard or Visa or AMEX credit card.

  • If your country is not listed in the DigiStore order form, you must upgrade through the Digidesign office or distributor where your Pro Tools system is registered.

More Information:

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