PRO TOOLS Vs RME or other

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by HenriKoenigMRU, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Hi all,

    Im an engineer from the sunny island of Mauritius (Indian ocean) and one of the studios i work for is looking to upgrading the system and Im considering Pro Tools HD2 with the 192 Interface and a control24 surface.

    We are currently recording on Cubase SX with a Frontiere TANGO 24 as our main A/D converters (24bit 48Khz) and our Mackie D8B for mixing and additional A/D convertion. Our sound card is an RME Hamerfall DSP 3 ADAT ins and outs.

    So here are my questions:
    a)Is it worth investing in protools or is there other hardware which will allow for a better result in the same price range.
    b) Would it be worthwhile to setup the studio in order to mix in the analog domain.
    c) And more importantly would it be possible to achieve analog mixing in the same budget as the protools system discribed above (+/- £12,000).

    Looking forward to your helpful comments
  2. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    this is a difficult question... actually it's a question of mixing inside the box or analog

    the advantage of working inside the box is total recall.... and for working inside the box protools is second to none... it's the industry standard.... and the plugin's available are the best... and today most clients are used to total recall .... they want to be able to adjust anything (and never finish the mix :) )

    on the other hand.... if you can live without total recall you can imo achieve better sounding mixes with eg. three rme adi-8 connected to your hammerfall..... and a mackie 32 channel 8-bus mixer...... combined with some nice manley tube gear for tracking and 2-bus and you'll be able to do great mixes... a (usb) camera will be nice for recalls...

    personally i don't like mixing in cubase..... but if it's just playing back tracks you will be fine....

    a third option is getting a really powerful computer like a quad G5 and some great analog gear and a summing mixer..... eg. some neve channels....

    i'm currently mixing a record entirely in protools with a manley summing mixer and a vari-mu compressor on the 2-bus.... sounds great.....

    hope this helps...
  3. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Lots of things to consider in that question. You may consider asking it here as well.

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