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M-Aduio Fast Track or Digidesign Mbox

Discussion in 'Recording' started by mrb1946, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. mrb1946

    mrb1946 Active Member

    Hey guys. I'm looking to get one or the other of these two interfaces. How do these two interfaces differ? Which has better preamps? Which would you guys recommend? Would running PT M-Powered be that much of a loss as compared to PT LE? Which is more worth it and would be more worth it in the log run? And what is this i hear about onboard DSP? The Fast Track Ultra has it and so do a couple of the new Mbox models.

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    First, neither has great preamps. Second, I'd rather have PT-M than LE but I'd rather not use either. Unless the FastTrack comes with a DAW I'd recommend starting with Reaper. Neither of those units has much in the way of onboard DSP. Certainly not enough to make anything a game changer. Both of the units are capable of making decent enough recordings if not pushed too hard.

    So in conclusion, if I had to select one of those two units, I would go with the M-Audio unit.
     
  3. mrb1946

    mrb1946 Active Member

    Well I currently have an E-MU 0404USB and I'm using Logic 9 for recordings. I decided that I wanted to make a switch to Pro Tools so I'm trying to decided whether I should go MP or LE. I appreciate the help.
     
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Your EMU kicks either of those other options to the curb any day of the week. Really. 100% of the time. There are limitations for PT LE and slightly less for PT-M. An HD system would be different but that is exceedingly expensive. Why pray tell are you wishing to switch to PT?
     
  5. mrb1946

    mrb1946 Active Member

    Well I wanted to get into PT and start learning it since it's the standard.
     
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Standard in whose eyes? Not to be argumentative, but PT HD was once a "standard" because it was a turnkey system that was effective and the parent company was brilliant with marketing. In the home recording world PT LE or M was never "standard" and indeed no reason for it to be. In the professional audio engineer/studio community today, there is no single "standard" DAW program. Is PT HD frequently used for tracking/mixing in big studios? Yes. Is Logic or Cubase just as prevalent in big studios? Yes. Do some studios use more than one DAW? Yes, many.

    My point is that you would be better off learning to effectively use one the main standard DAW programs that you already have rather than get locked into a proprietary hardware/DAW relationship which will still be there if in the future you find logical good reasons to go that route.
     
  7. mrb1946

    mrb1946 Active Member

    hmm.. wow. ok.. Thanks. I really appreciate the help. I'll be sticking with my E-MU and Logic
     
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    If you get to where you need to play with PT,then do your tracking with the EMu. Then import the .wav files into PT and work with them.

    Then you buy an MBox Micro which is just a dongle to run PT.
     
  9. mrb1946

    mrb1946 Active Member

    That's a great idea! I didn't think about that. Thank you very much for your input and your help
     
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    MBox micro comes with Protools LE 8.
     
  11. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    For the price you may as well get the Mbox mini. A mere $50 more. At any rate none of these are pro units in any way. This should really be in the home studio forum. JackAttack has a lot of good points. You should go read some at the digi user confrence.
     
  12. mrb1946

    mrb1946 Active Member

    Well now Pro Tools 9 is here and it looks perfect for what I want to do. My current interface plus Pro Tools!.. Awesome.. Thanks again for your help.
     
  13. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Or just wait for this new ProTools 9 that was just introduced. Yes, if you talk about a standardization process, ProTools is the closest thing I've seen to an analog analogy. It's about time or perhaps it's about CPU cycles?

    A stitch in Time leaves 9
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     

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