pro-tools is the industry standard in the US mainly because they were the first. pro-tools was created in 1984 and evolved out of drum sample libraries on floppy disk into the Sound Designer editor. I took pro-tools certification in college and learned about it. it is however not the industry standard in europe, the carribean, south america, and many other places. in europe LogicPro is widely used and preffered in alot of engineer circles. as alot of other things in the professional audio world pro-tools has become “standard” in part due to trends. so and so engineer says it’s the best, such and such studio uses it, etc. etc. pro-tools has been around forever and one main reason why engineers can’t seem to get away from it is that whenever avid releases new versions they always make it forward compatible, ensuring any session from an older version will work. this is huge if you work in the industry and rely on compatibility for your income. in essence any pro-tools session created in any version of pro-tools anywhere in the world will (in theory) open on any computer in any studio anywhere else in the world. this was one of the main reasons pro-tools has hung on in the audio world for so long. I’ve worked in a lot of daws and was trained in pro-tools and as I said in another thread, it has just not evolved along with other daws but has stuck to old techniques and stubborn elitism making it IMO a most inefficient and laborious daw when run in side by side comparison with say Logic or Live. pro-tools does nonetheless have an excellent sound engine and design layout, and avid is so far unrivaled in pro-tools studio and live hardware integration, albeit at exorbitant prices.