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Cool Edit vs Pro Tools question

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by CJ Grant, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. CJ Grant

    CJ Grant Guest

    Hello!

    I've put several thousand hours into using Cool Edit Pro 2.0, and have gotten pretty competent at getting my work done creatively and effectively. My company just installed a small ProTools 6.0 system (internal card, software, and 192 external unit). I sat down expecting to be able to do even more sophisticated and powerful wave editing, and three nights later, I still can barely work the program, and haven't gotten any editing done at all.

    It seems to me that Pro Tools is not really a wave editor as such, but probably has some tools available to do so. I have noticed the pencil tool and several others, but using them is still a total mystery to me.

    My questions to you all are - is Pro Tools meant for wave editing or is it more likely, to be used for what it's obviously designed to be - a very powerful recording studio/mixdown facility? Does this mean that Cool Edit Pro 2.0 is not only easier to use for wave editing, but more powerful as well, than Pro Tools (for wave editing)? Or is it a case of Pro Tools having a steep learning curve, and at some point I will see that it is also a very powerful and effective wave editor as well?

    Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
    cj grant
     
  2. RobMacki

    RobMacki Guest

    It sounds like you have an HD system which is no "small" PT system.

    What do you need to do with the audio?
    You can do it with that system.

    When you say "Wave Edit", how do you need to manipulate the wave?
    You can do it with that system.

    There is an ocean to learn about Pro Tools.
    Have you visited here?

    There are some good books to get started with.
    Some of them here

    I suggest you learn fast as there are guys waiting to get their hands on a system like that.
     
  3. drbam

    drbam Guest

    >>My questions to you all are - is Pro Tools meant for wave editing or is it more likely, to be used for what it's obviously designed to be - a very powerful recording studio/mixdown facility? Does this mean that Cool Edit Pro 2.0 is not only easier to use for wave editing, but more powerful as well, than Pro Tools (for wave editing)? Or is it a case of Pro Tools having a steep learning curve, and at some point I will see that it is also a very powerful and effective wave editor as well?<<

    IMO, all the above is correct. Apps like Cool Edit and Vegas are very intuitive and easy to learn, so from a certain perspective, they seem "more powerful" for various tasks. If this enhances your workflow, then in the real world, I would say they *are* more powerful. PT is capable of virtually any task you wish to perform, but it is incredibly complex and has one of the steepest learning curves on the planet.

    drbam
     

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