How can I connect my hardware compressor to Pro Tools 003

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by Plus11, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Plus11

    Plus11 Guest

    Hi i am running pro tools 003. i am having problems connecting hardware to use whilst mixing down tracks ie compressor! i have managed to get a signal to the compressor but i am not to sure how get it back and the best way to utilize it


  2. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Lake Ki-Chi-Saga, Minnesota USA

    Do you have an insert jack on your 003?

    Typically you run a tip ring sleeve 1/4 inch cable into the insert.

    The send is on the tip and the return is on the ring and sleeve is on the ground.
    Check the back of your 003 for inserts on your mic pre.

    You also need an insert cable, or make one yourself. They are very basic, I've made a bunch for my studio and saved $$

    Happy recordings,
  3. Plus11

    Plus11 Guest

    cheers dude for that... the only problem is the 003 doesnt come with insert points - just out puts

    cheers tho
  4. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Have you tried the inputs??
  5. Plus11

    Plus11 Guest

    yea i have tried using the inputs i.e comming out of protools using a hard ware insert but when i come back in i am having to record a seperate track so sort of makes it pointless as it is now a destructive insert (dam y cant i afford a nice big console running 24i/o of pro tools hd )

    Thanks james
  6. xMannequiNx

    xMannequiNx Guest

    i think since the digi003 has no effects loop on it you cant do what your talking about.

    the only way would probably be to basically "reamp" the signal through the compressor and record it on another track, going out from the output, into the compressor, and back into an input (just like everyone else said haha)
  7. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    You don't need an overly expensive console. A big one yes but I would keep your eye out for a good used one. You're only going to be able to work with 48 tracks of audio max with PTLE anyway. At any rate, you might consider some good software options. The UAD-2 cards are supported in ProTools now so that's an option. There's also the Waves bundles. They are a little expensive but no more so than a decent compressor.

    Edit: With the console you'd also need a D/A converter for your ADAT output. It could get expensive.
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