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Discussion in 'Recording' started by TrevorL, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    Alright so,, [no critics please]

    parents buy my all this recording stuff for my band. awesome right.

    i recieved:
    -pro tools 7.0
    -Firestudio project
    -akg 200 condenser mic
    -and some monitors.


    so i have no idea how to use any of this equiptment.

    so i dont even know why i have pro tools because everytime i open it it reads

    "Unable to locate M-audio hardware. Make sure your hardware is connected and turned on"

    so im guessing that was just a waste of money.

    Firestudio is plugged in and came with Cubase LE 4.

    ill read up on that.

    and the other two items are fine.

    basically just tell me if i should take back pro tools.. because it doesnt seem necessary,

    Thanks much :D
  2. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    You need to have an Mbox to run any protools system. No hardware, no load. Buy your self an Mbox (return 7.0 because all Mboxes come with ProTool LE 7.0) then you can run your Mbox in conjunction with your Firestudio.
  3. natural

    natural Active Member

    Well, wait a minute.
    I don't think you can buy just PT software alone. Can you?
    The software is usually always linked to a hardware componet.
    And since the software is specifically asking for M-Audio hardware, I would think that version of PT was bundled with some hardware.
    Look around under the tree again. There should be another box with your name on it.
  4. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    yes you can always buy the software alone...infact there it is in my Sweetwater cataloge...Most likely ProTools M-powered iten PTMP
  5. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    alright so if i take pro-tools back and buy an mbox i can run it with my firestudio?

    your positive?
    ill def check out that myspace btw.
  6. natural

    natural Active Member

    ah- yes, I see, you are correct.
    Well then. So we're dealing with PT M-Powered software.
    Someone should have told mom and dad that they needed to get some M-Audio hardware.

    Sounds like he has great parents though.
    If they might be considering adopting in the near future......
  7. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    ahha yeah right man great parents my dick.
    i paid 800 of it.
    well either way yeah i guess they are great to pick it all up for me.
  8. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    is there any way you could possible send me a link to the hardware i need?
  9. natural

    natural Active Member


    This link should get you pointed in the right direction to begin your research.
  10. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    Basically if you want to run protools buy an mbox, and keep the protools, or you can take back protools and use the cubase software with your firestudio. All up to you and depends on how many tracks you'll be recording at once, Mboxes tend to come with two pre's so that's 10 inputs...do you have ten microphones to run at once?
  11. natural

    natural Active Member

    basically there's 2 camps.
    The MBOX camp which is all digidesign. You buy the hardware, and they give you the software.

    THe M-Audio camp is where you can buy just the software, but use a 3rd party interface (like those made by the company M-Audio)

    It's confusing because they both have the 'M' in their title but it's 2 different things.

    Hope that helps a little
  12. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    well i have to mic guitar, bass, drums (4 mics), and vocals so i really only need 7 or 8,
    will using cubase be just as good as pro-tools?

    sorry for being such a noob lol.

    gotta start somewhere.
  13. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    anyone there?
  14. moisiss

    moisiss Active Member

    I'm going to leave the Pro-tools vs. Cubase thing for another time... it really all comes down personal preference. But if it was me?.... I would return Pro-tools (if they don't have some kind of "no return" policy for opened software) and use Cubase. I have used Cubase LE for a couple of years and really like it.... it does everything I need it to do for now.
  15. TrevorL

    TrevorL Guest

    Thanks alot for the reply.

    I figure ill return it.
    Cubase LE is only trial though
  16. moisiss

    moisiss Active Member

    Are you sure about it being a trial version?

    I got the firepod (an older version of the firestudio project) a while ago and it came with the full version of Cubase LE... not a trial version. Cubase LE 4 is Cubase 4 "light" (it doesn't have all of the features) but it shouldn't be a version that will only work for a limited time. I would check it out just to be sure....
  17. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    please del
  18. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Hi Trevor, I have never used Pro tool so i can't speak about the learning curve. :roll:
    I figured cubase out from scratch so it can't be that hard. I didn't like the cubase look/setup even though it is a very good recording app.
    I started with the free Acid express and the cubase program was to different thats all.

    Some say PT is difficult and there are different levels with the better versions (so I here) starting way up there in price, like a $150,000 with a console, wooohoooo out of my league. :shock: :shock:

    For just recording your band you could have used a free App (acid express, audacity) or a few trial versions out there. :wink:

    PT is one of the few that has to see their hardware before it will run. That limits some people to the way they want to record or build their DAW.
    That said you will find limitations with most programs and sound cards as some are not compatible with each other.
    I started with a free program and a stock PC, then a sound blaster card, then a m audio Audiophile 2496 sound card, which I hate its software or lack off.
    Bought a new PC twice over now. the new one has Sonar-6 Producer Edition in 64 bit mode, and on, and on.

    The best thing for you to have done to record a band and to have made it easier, you could get a solid state work station or (digital mixer) with a internal recorder.
    ILL give you a few links

    oh this second link has most of the others.

    Or if you like yamaha

    Good luck man and let us know what you decide
  19. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    As far as the PT learning curve, if you decide to stay with it I would try one of two books (or both). Take your time; work through the tutorials; read them carefully; and you should be up to speed quickly. (Actually, there are several other tutorial books for PT, but these are the two that I've tried and I liked them both.)

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