Live Recording with Pro-Tools

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mfedderman, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. mfedderman

    mfedderman Guest

    Hey all,

    This question is for the Pro-Tools gurus! So, I've been seeing a trend in recording live shows with Pro-Tools. Now, I only have an LE system, running on a MAC G4. While, I LOVE using Pro-Tools over tape for studio recording, I have reservations about using it to recording a live show. I mean: A) What if the computer crashes and there is some error that occurs mid-performance? or B) If the show is a two hour show and you are recording 16 tracks of audio, won't the Pro-Tools and audio files be enourmous? I mean, two hours of a kick drum @ 24bit 48k (more if using an HD system), would be a HUGE file.
    Is there some way of setting up Pro-Tools to avoid working with such massive files? Or are these sound companies that offer this service just dealing with the large files and gambling on no computer meltdowns. I mean, computers are computers. They can sometimes be unreliable and crash at a moments notice. How can you look a customer in the eye and GUARANTEE there won't be complications? Or, is there just no way to guarantee that and be honest up front.

    If anyone can shed light on this subject, please, fill me in! Thanks!

    -Matt Feddermann
    Phase Productions
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Nine Inch Nails and other bands of the likes of have been recording to Pro Tools live all the time.

    In fact it was done on a G3 Blue and White!

    This is with a Pro Tools Mix system though and not LE as LE only allows you a certain amount of tracks...24 at a time.

    Depending on your system and whether it is optimized and what type of drives you are recording to will truly depend on it not crashing.

    Best thing to do is do some test runs with it.

    Minimize as much of the extension set as possible. Record to a fresh drive with nothing else there. Also raise the buffers so that you have the extra headroom. As you are not using it for a recording studio type environment you will not need to deal with latency.

    Best thing to do is record it at 24/44.1

    Highly doubt that recording at anything higher will truly gain you anything in the long run.

    Opus :D
  3. Vaphoron

    Vaphoron Member

    Aug 14, 2003
    I agree with Opus, the best thing to do is test your rig as much as possible and work out the flaws. There is a function you need to watch out for in PT. It comes turned off but if you look in preferences you can set the maximum amount of recording time. I have recorded plenty of live shows with no problems on a MixPlus rig. Its a good thing to stop the computer whenever you can, save the session and start recording again. If you can talk to the band before hand, you might be able to get them to pause for a sec in the middle of their set so you can stop and save. I was using a Roland VS1680 one time because thats all that was available and I recorded the whole show and right after the band finished, one of the guys flipped off the surge protector that I was plugged into. I lost everything and since then I plan for the worst.
  4. Guitarman

    Guitarman Guest

    Hey medf,

  5. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
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    Use SCSI Drives, they are faster and more stable.

    Uncle Bob


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