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pro tools opinions

At the moment I have a low budget sound card. I need to upgrade so I'm considering whether I should buy a pro sound card or go the hack and get something like a Digi 002. The reason that I'm asking this question is because I want to use it for making electronic music. I know that it is a good program for audio but might have less options for midi. At the moment I have an A-staion which can only play one part at a time therefore I would be recording every track as audio. Although I imagine this would be the best option so that you can have individual controll over each part that you record.
Do you find when creating a song that you use many of the midi capabilities of a prgram when you are compiling it prodomanently with out board synths?
If you do take a different approach to recording your synths could you shed some light?
Do you think it would be a better option to use sonar3 or logic 5.1 and consider getting a controller for the hands on touch. Whatever you opinion is send in a reply.


UncleBob58 Wed, 10/29/2003 - 20:14
Even though I am a Pro Tools fan (PT 6.1.1, Digi 002), it's not the right choice for everyone. Logic is a good choice, as is Digital Performer if you are a Mac user. As a confirmed MIDIot I still use DP (4.0) extensively for all of my MIDI work and some audio, although I will bouce it all to PT for the mix. There are many demo versions of most of the popular MIDI/Digital Audio softwares out there, and a number of software/hardware packages available from the various brick and/or click music distributors.

You'll get a lot of opinions here at OR, and I find everyone to be professional and helpful, if occasionally opinionated (yours truly included). You are going to be spending a lot of money and spending a lot of time on your music production system, so get what fits you the best in terms of budget, capabilities and comfort. The most important thing IMHO is that it is an upgradable system so that it can grow with your needs and budget.

Remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question, the stupid thing is not to ask the question.


Uncle Bob


Pro Audio Guest Thu, 10/30/2003 - 09:16
Pro Tools is not noted for having good MIDI implimentation, though using other programs with Digi hardware is now possible. Unless you have clients to please by telling them you have "Pro Tools", I would recommend looking into software like Nuendo, DP, Samplitude, etc, and hardware from people like Apogee, RME, and Lucid. David

Pro Audio Guest Tue, 11/04/2003 - 20:35
I already have a PC DAW so anything I get will be PC based. If I go something like a Digi002 I have a sound card, pro tools software(which I can incorporate my waves plugins into)and a controller. This option would allow me to work with the advantages of pro tools for audio as well as work with programs such as Sonar 3 or Logic 5.1 on P.C. for midi which I could bounce to Pro tools for the final mix.
This could be a good option because I would have more variety in equipment but at the same time it would be alot cheaper to buy a descent sound card and work with cracked programs and consider getting a controller for something like sonar in the future. If any one else has any opinions on this subject please share.

Pro Audio Guest Wed, 11/05/2003 - 09:00
I would stay away from cracked stuff and Pro Tools. You don't often get to hear the horror stories associated with cracked SW because people don't generally broadcast the fact that they got burned doing an illegal activity, but the stories are out there. Pro Tools is the company that keeps you paying, instead of keeps getting you paid. David