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Did I waste my money?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Shawn F., Dec 19, 2005.

  1. Shawn F.

    Shawn F. Guest

    What do you guys think about the MBox2 and Pro Tools? I got this setup with the M-Audio Keystation 49e MIDI for 500 bucks today at guitar center but now I am reading a lot on this and lots of people are saying that these are not too great. I talked to the guys at guitar center and a buddy of mine that runs or works at a big recording studio that does videos and audio and they all said the MBox2 and PT is best. I am doing home recording and would like to get professional sounding music down on CD's so what do you think here? I have another post on this as well but I was not asking the same thing as here...
    Anyways, this is a GREAT forum and I have been looking around a ton hoping to learn a lot. I am only 18 and been playing guitar since I was 4 or 5 and drums for a few years now but really want to learn how to record and get real good at it. Thanks a lot for any info here guys!

  2. axel

    axel Guest

    PT is considered "standard" in studios and the combi of mbox and PT will give you certainly good results.

    i am a big fan of logic and always prefer it comparing to all the other apps outhere, reason is it is by far the strongest in terms of midi which is very important to me, and it can do about everything you ever will need to either record, edit or create / write music, it comes with a ton of real high quality plugs and amazingly good softsynths, so the package gets you going trough an entire production process for a long while, you hardly need 3rd party plugs unless they are serious like a UAD-1 or waves (and a few other HQ plugs)

    also the integration in for maybee future expansion is superb with final cut pro and other pro apple apps (wanna make filmscores or your own videos??)

    and i would spend the money of the cost of an mbox (just the hardware) rather on something like RME....

    but that's just my 2cents, if you "need" to learn or stick to the so called "standard" go PT... (whoever created that it is "standard", just because most people are using it... most people eat MC D and watch television too... :))

  3. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I, as well, would not have an M-Box or PT. So there!

    Then again, I don't even know what they are... So what?

    So, for 500 bucks it's probably a pretty good start in the craft. M-Audio stuff is OK and Pro Tools(At least the "real" Pro tools), is the "standard" of the recording industry. You could probably have done worse......

    My sound card and software cost a grand AND doesn't "do" as much as your stuff will! So what!?!? Mine does what it DOES do "better" than yours does. So what??? My NEW soundcard(When purchased for more than a grand, all by itself) STILL won't "do" as much as yours will. So what??? IT will do what IT does ALOT better than yours. So what??? Your's will do OK and lots more to play with, too. Fine.

    If you had the "real" Pro Tools and some "real" equipment for thousands and thousands of dollars you wouldn't know what to do with it anyway, at least until you'd had a few years of experience and by then you'd have to replace the - now ancient - stuff!!!

    You got it(Why in the Heck you ask such a question AFTER your purchase is beyond me, but, you got it...), it'll be fine. Learn to use it. When you come accross something you wish worked "better", note it. When you have enough notes to make a rational decision and enough money to pay for it, go get something "better".

    Sweat the music, not the purchasing decisions,

    Teddy G.
  4. iznogood

    iznogood Guest


    you have chosen wisely.... don't listen to anyone who says otherwise....

    concentrate on making music.. :cool:
  5. jonnyc

    jonnyc Guest

    Exactly! It doesn't matter what you bought, as long as you can get your ideas on it and out to other people thats all that matters. You could get on here and give any hardware/software combo and someone would come on and bash it in one way or another. Eventually you might want to upgrade and thats cool, thats part of this industry, I've been doing this for a year and a half and have upgraded twice already. Way to go on the purchase and get creating.
  6. Shawn F.

    Shawn F. Guest

    Thanks for the replies guys! I think I made a good purchase. Reason I asked AFTER is because all I heard was positive things on it so got it but then came on here and heard a lot of bad things on it.... Seems like it will be fine for me now though. I don't know how to even use it all yet.

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