Don't shoot the messenger and don't flame out on me, either. This is simply a public service announcement. " Pro Tools First". And yes, it's free. No catch. Not a trial, either, it's fully functioning. http://apps.avid.com/ProToolsFirst/ A cursory reading of the description seemed somewhat similar to that of other major DAW manufacturer's free versions of their programs. Requirements: iLok account ( but you don't need an actual iLok ) Limitations: 16 Stereo audio tracks ( or 32 Mono tracks if you're hip to PT's routing) 16 VSTi tracks ( drum libraries, soft synths, etc) 16 AUX tracks (for bus routing and summing). You can only simultaneously record from 4 input sources (which can be mono or stereo). There are just a few plugs included... EQ7, Delay and D-verb. ( I don't know anything about them, one way or the other. Though I'm sure they're probably quite useable). I have no idea as to whether it will recognize third-party plugs. I'd be surprised if it did. But maybe it does. I haven't opened the program yet to find out. If it doesn't, then I guess I'd say, "Hey... what do ya want for free?" LOL I've downloaded and installed it, just to check it out, as I'm already quite familiar with the workings of Avid; but the version I already had is an older 32 bit version ( like Pro Tools 5 or something...) and I would use this new version mainly as a newer 64 bit version, in case I would run into the occasional client who just has to have Pro Tools 64 under the premise that if I don't, then their head's gonna pop off and the world will end. I have absolutely no plans to use this myself, other than for a few hours, just enough time to "get it", so I can at least look like I know what I'm doing, if a client insists upon drinking the Avid Kool-Aid. For me and the clients I produce, I'm sticking with Samplitude, thank you very much. THIS PART IS IMPORTANT - if you are running the Windows version, after you download the installer, make sure to drag the installer program over to your hard drive/root directory, and then run the install from there. Various unzipping programs like 7-Zip, WinRAR, WinZip., etc., all have limitations as to the number of characters (256 I think) that they will recognize in the file names. If you try to run this directly from your download menu, or from the zip/unzip program as the tutorial tells you to do, it's not gonna work. You'll get an "error 1309" code... which is basically telling you what I just did. Or, you can ignore this, and end up back here screaming about it, or shooting off threatening emails to Avid tech support... LOL. It's just easier to do it the way I mentioned. FWIW -d.