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MAC (pro tools) versus PC (Cubase VST 32),

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I need to upgrade from my Yamaha MT8X to a computer based system. Right now I own a PC (IBM Compatible, Wndows) but I was told that Macs are used by the majority of recording pro's. First of all, is that true?

Second, a PC systm that I am swaying towards is Cubase VST 32, with a Midi Man Delta 1010. Does anyone one have any feedback on this? For example, will it run smoothly on my computer assuming that I have a separate hard drive and enough ram and all other required specs. My computer has programs such as MS office, Adobe Photo Shop and many others. Any other feedbacl regarding its functionality as a whole is appreciated.

Third, Assuming money is no object (but it is) should I just go with a Mac and the Pro Tools LE bundle package? What are the advantages and disadvantages of Pro Tools LE vs. Cubse VST 32? The Mac would be designated for recording only.
Thanks for your help.


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Pro Audio Guest Tue, 01/01/2002 - 22:03
If you learn Pro Tools, you are paving the way for working in major recording studios and working on major albums, because that is what they use. That is the path I took, although I personally no longer work in studios.

In addition, if you play an instrument such as guitar, bass, etc., then Pro Tools is a good choice, because it is simple and operates in a tape-like manner, but still has great audio editing features.

If you are more into dance music and MIDI and have no aspiration to become a professional recording engineer, then Cubase might be the way to go, because it has better MIDI features. (I not am saying that you cannot produce professional results in Cubase, because you probably can, I am saying that if you go to work at Larrabee or the Record Plant, you are not going to edit drums for Metallica on Cubase, you are going to edit in Pro Tools.)

I used to have both programs on my Mac and this is what I used to do:

1. Sequence in Cubase, then export the sequence as a Standard MIDI File.

2. Import the Standard MIDI File into Pro Tools and track the synths as audio.

3. Bring my hard drive with my PT session to a pro recording studio to use their expensive mics, preamps, and great live room to track drums and vocals to their PT TDM system.

4. Bring my PT session back to my home studio to do overdubs and editing.

5. Bring the PT session back to the studios PT TDM system and use their expensive outboard gear and TDM plug ins to mix.

All of that to say: if you record in Pro Tools, you can go to any high-end studio and open your session on their TDM PT system and use theirplug-insand gear.