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pro tools compatability?

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by ocdstudios, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. ocdstudios

    ocdstudios Active Member

    Pardon the stupidity, but I've never dealt with Pro tools!!

    Ok, so doing some research... right now I use Cubase...

    It seems that to use Pro Tools, you have to have one of their interfaces. In other words my Tascam us1641 will not be recognized by Pro Tools. Is this correct??

    I am looking at pro tools because i have to remix sessions that were done with it t a local college. I have no way to get to the original tracks other than opening the files with pro-tools and exporting.

    thanks for the help.

    Matt in GA
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    PTLE requires a Digidesign interface, PT Mpowered needs an M-Audio interface.

    Mackie just had one of their mixers certified for PT Mpowered.

    The software will not launch if the correct hardware isn't present.

  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    One of my clients has ProTools Free edition for this very purpose. He keeps an old Windows 98 PC going in order to run it (it will NOT run on an NT-class operating system such as Win2000, XP or Vista, or on MAC OSX), and it doesn't need any special I/O interfaces. I think I remember him saying it's limited to 8 tracks total and 2 track recording and replay via any W98 sound device. If your projects are 8 tracks or fewer, this could be a legal cost-free way of importing them into PT and re-exporting as .wav.

    Digidesign has discontinued the Free version, but it's still around the net. This is the Digidesign description page.
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    AFAIK ProTools Free is no longer available. You could purchase and Mbox 2 micro(essentially this is a dongle) that comes with LE but for the price you may as well get a Min that at least has one mic and one line input.
  5. RedStache

    RedStache Active Member

    What is wrong with simply transferring the sound files themselves? That's what I do.

    I use ProTools M-Powered at the studio in order to keep up with the owner, who purchased ProTools. But I more commonly use Logic, so I just take the tracks I want out of the Audio Files folder typically located in the session folder and run them right into Logic. I think you can do something like this with Cubase, too.

    Of course, any work you have done in Logic or ProTools, if I understand things correctly, doesn't actually affect the audio files. Those will therefore be 'raw' audio files from the recordings you made.

    Just a thought

  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Yeah that'll work. It's so much to type though. lol.

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