Note: The instructions in this article apply to a version of Pro Tools which is no longer available from Avid.
While Pro Tools Express is no longer offered by Avid, these instructions may be helpful for customers who received this legacy software during the original offer period.
To install and authorize your copy of Avid Pro Tools Express software, you will need the following items that were included with your M-Audio product:
Note: You must download the license to the included iLok USB key; other iLok USB keys cannot be used.
If you already have an iLok account, and would like to add the included iLok key to your existing account, please proceed to Step 2.
Create a new iLok account in the iLok License Manager, and sign in. Or, sign in to your pre-existing account. A connected iLok will synchronize to your account.
To learn more about your iLok account, see the following FAQ.
Go to avid.com/account/orientation to create or sign in to your Avid account. When prompted, enter the code on the Avid Pro Tools Express authorization card.
On the following page, enter your iLok.com user ID that you have associated your new iLok with. This is the ID that you use to log-in to your iLok.com account. It is NOT on the iLok key or included in your product’s documentation. Then, fill out the required registration information fields.
Once activation is completed, your Avid account will prompt you to log in to your iLok account using the iLok License Manager. Your iLok account will now include an Avid Pro Tools Express Akai Professional / M-Audio Edition (2) license listed in the Available Licenses tab of your iLok account. You will also receive an email with information on how to contact support for installing or using your copy of Avid Pro Tools Express.
To learn more about managing iLok licenses, see the following FAQ.
In the iLok License Manager, select, drag, and drop Pro Tools Express Akai Professional/M-Audio Edition (2) to the iLok icon in the iLok License Manager. When prompted surrender your Primer license. Do not unplug your iLok during this process. The iLok License Manager will now prompt you to Confirm Activation which will transfer the Pro Tools Express Akai Professional/M-Audio Edition (2) to your iLok.
Insert your Avid Pro Tools Express installation DVD and launch the Pro Tools Express installation application. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the installation process.
If your computer does not have an optical drive, you can download the Avid Pro Tools Express installers here:
Your copy of Avid Pro Tools Express software also comes with three Virtual Instruments.
Note: Installers for these instruments are not present on your installation DVD. You can download the installers here:
After completing the installation process, make sure that your M-Audio device is connected to your computer, and that all included drivers are properly installed.
Make sure that your iLok USB key containing the Avid Pro Tools Express license is inserted into any available USB port on your computer.
You should be now able to launch and use Avid Pro Tools Express. The software will only operate as long as your product and the iLok USB key are connected to your computer. For more information on configuring and optimizing your computer for Avid Pro Tools Express, refer to this guide:
If you are having trouble installing or using Avid Pro Tools express, you must contact the company that made the product that included your copy of Pro Tools Express Akai Professional/M-Audio Edition for customer support. Refer to the email that was sent to you containing the information and instructions for contacting support.
To get support, please contact the company that made the product that included your copy of Pro Tools Express Akai Professional/M-Audio Edition:
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