Avid has released a free version of Pro Tools for the beginner to get started quickly. This new free version is called Pro Tools First.
Pro Tools First still requires an iLok and comes with the following plugins:
- Dynamics III
- Air Expand!2
Pro Tools First is a great solution for remixers and producers who do not need an external interface to connect multiple instruments.
You can plug in any USB mic or keyboard and get going. You can purchase plug-in add ons through the Avid marketplace.
Here is a free tutorial for getting started with Pro Tools once you have installed the software.