Time to upgrade my DAW software: N4 or ProTools 8?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by grievousangelpro, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. grievousangelpro

    grievousangelpro Active Member

    Hello all,

    I have been using Nuendo since day 1 but i have also taken hits for not using PT's! i like Nuendo a lot but i hear PT8 runs under Windows. True?

    I could go to the PT Forum but i know i will get more of a balanced response on this forum.

    I know what N4 does but i am weak on PT running under Windows. so i have a few questions and would like suggestions and opinions.

    Will PT8 run under Windows or is it just PT8 LE?

    what about interface hardware on a windows computer? which PCI/PCIe cards are compatible?

    ALSO: i have a LYNX Studio Aurora16 + the AES16 PCI. if PT8 will accept the AES16 all is cool. If not, i could plug-in the LYNX add-on module to the back of the Aurora16 which will interface to the PT HD hardware. with that in mind, is there a PT PCI/PCIe interface card for windows machines?

    anyways . . . what do ya'll think?

  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Here's the compatibility chart for ProTools HD. I don't believe the AES16 is compatible with ProTools in itself however the Aurora 16 should directly interface with an HD card. So, in that respect you are covered at least. Is it worth it? That is a question in itself. Lots of dsp power which is nice. Will it fit in your chassis? There's another question.

    ProTools 8 has been problematic for some people but 8.0.1 seems to have resolved many problems. I was able to run a very modest session of about 20 stereo track and 6 stereo Auxiliaries with about 20 plugins. My machine is by no means fast but it's alright. No hiccups worth mentioning. With an HD card you should be able to get 4 times that no problem.
  3. grievousangelpro

    grievousangelpro Active Member

    so PT8 will run under Windows?

    what windows based hardware sound cards/interface/drivers work under PT8?


  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Yes, PT8 will run under most of the recent versions of Windows, but will work only with Digidesign I/O interfaces. As Hueseph indicated, some 3rd-party manufacturers such as Lynx and Prism have their own ways of connecting into the Digidesign core I/O cards, but other manufacturers' audio interface and sound cards are not supported.
  5. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    PT8 is incomplete. are you talking about PT8 LE? or PT8 HD?
  6. grievousangelpro

    grievousangelpro Active Member

    PT8 LE or PT8 HD?

    PT8 HD but if $$ requires it PT8 LE would be my 2ND approach.

    i am new to PTs product line.

  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Digi would disagree of course. I gather that there are some complaints that have not been resolved with 8.01. Is that what you mean by "incomplete?"
  8. grievousangelpro

    grievousangelpro Active Member


    i think he was referring to whether i was talking about PT8 LE or HD.

  9. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    PT8 will run on XP Home and Professional, Vista Business or Ultimate, Windows 7 Business or Ultimate. Vista Home and 7 Basic are not supported AFAIK.

    A ProTools HD1 Card will run you about $8000. And, that's without the inputs. Fortunately your Lynx Aurora will mate with it. Still, that's $8000. Tax not factored in. If this is your business though, consider it a write off.

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