What do i need just to start with pro tools HD system??

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by promisespro, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. promisespro

    promisespro Guest

    Hi all

    What do i need just to start with pro tools HD system for my new studio - pro control - control 24 & with how many cards do i need ..... ?

    And what is best to use with the pro tools Mac or Pc

    I want to buy the system step by step

    Plz help


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  2. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    You're going to need a sierous computer to start with..

    I'd recommend a G4 dual 1Gig with at least 1Gig of ram.
    Then you're going to need one of the HD systems......the HD3 is prefered if your going to be mixing in PT's....trust me...you'll need the processing power for the plug-in's.
    Then you're going to need interfaces for the HD system....the "96 I/O"s work fine...unless you want to record at 192...but that's not necessary......so pick up 2 for 24 inputs and outputs........You'll also need a couple of the I/O card upgrades...one input and one output.
    Then you're going to need an interface unless you want to buy an analog console.
    I'd say get a control24...works lovely....if you wanna spend the money though the Sony DMX-R100 is awesome....but it don't control PT's like the control24 does....
    Then you can start buying plug-in's....

    If you're going to be using any midi stuff you'll need an interface for that too...but I think the control 24 might have midi I/O....not sure though.
    Also might wanna look into a nice clocking system......it would help....like one of the apogee unit's....
    Don't forget to save money for the extra cables Digi requires you to buy....

    And you're going to need some SATA or SCSI hd's to work off of......unless you want to do all your sessions at 44.1...then you could work off of firewire drives or your internal drive (not recommended)....firewire's not that stable though......not enough for me anyway...but I'm paranoid too.
  3. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    it's all about the money... going to pt hd means you'll be spending around 25 000 bucks just for the pro-tools and then you don't have a formula one car to drive in a city...
    prepar to spend big bucks...
  4. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    Pro Tools HD is a great way to go if you have the budget or have business to drive it. MY Pro Tools system has and continues to make far more money for me than it costs.

    I might start out this way:
    - HD2 - i.e. 2 HD cards. As hard as I try I never use the 3rd card.

    - 192i/o - lots of expansion and interconnect capability. I use mine at 44.1k about 99% of the time.

    - You don't need a console to start. You can add one starting with the Command-8, or the C-24, or Pro Control or D-Control. Control-8 is around $1200. The D-Control is a lot more.

    - You do not need an external clock. In fact using one could degrade your system performance. External clocks were more usefull with the converters that were made in the mid 90's, newer converters usually have far better internal clocks.

    - You need mic pres and monitoring capability as well. Monitoring can be handled by any of the controlers and there are a number of 3rd party products with better performance and flexibility as well.

    Have fun,
  5. Duardo

    Duardo Guest

    Actually, with an HD system, you don't need to have the fastest computer on the block as most of your work will be done by the HD cards. Many virtual instruments do run on your computer's CPU, though, so if you're planning on using many of those you may want a faster processor.

  6. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    I have a PT HD3 rig that I will sell ya'

    Call me!
  7. promisespro

    promisespro Guest

    Thanks guys sooooooo many thanks
    for the great reply's

    Thanks Randy you are always there for helping me you are great guy thank's againg for everone for the inputs :)


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