Should I get Protools?

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by clippy, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. clippy

    clippy Guest

    Hi folks.

    I'm looking to buy an entry level Protools system and I'm trying to
    decide between either the mbox or the digi 001 factory.

    I work as a sound engineer but have only ever used analog tape / adat
    with cubase vst and soundforge. To increase my career prospects, and
    due to the fact that I don't have the option to attend a sound
    training facility, I'm looking to get familiar with the pro-tools
    software through one of these packages.

    Of course I realise that half the battle would be to have access to a
    control surface, but in order to at least be familiar with how the
    software works I feel it would be worthwhile to invest a little money
    to get my foot on the first step of the ladder.

    Firstly - does anyone think this is a bad idea?

    Secondly - As far as I am aware both of the above use the Protools LE
    software. Is there any huge gaping hole between this and the full
    version of Protools, or is it the case, as I am led to believe, that
    the differences are (broadly speaking) relatively small in terms of
    the software.

    Thanks in advance.

    Dave
  2. Mondoslug1

    Mondoslug1 Guest

    >
    >Hi folks.
    >
    >I'm looking to buy an entry level Protools system and I'm trying to
    >decide between either the mbox or the digi 001 factory.
    >
    >I work as a sound engineer but have only ever used analog tape / adat
    >with cubase vst and soundforge. To increase my career prospects, and
    >due to the fact that I don't have the option to attend a sound
    >training facility, I'm looking to get familiar with the pro-tools
    >software through one of these packages.
    >
    >Of course I realise that half the battle would be to have access to a
    >control surface, but in order to at least be familiar with how the
    >software works I feel it would be worthwhile to invest a little money
    >to get my foot on the first step of the ladder.
    >
    >Firstly - does anyone think this is a bad idea?
    >
    >Secondly - As far as I am aware both of the above use the Protools LE
    >software. Is there any huge gaping hole between this and the full
    >version of Protools, or is it the case, as I am led to believe, that
    >the differences are (broadly speaking) relatively small in terms of
    >the software.
    >
    >Thanks in advance.
    >
    >Dave
    >
    >


    The difference is basically the interface, not the software. With 001 you have
    up to 18 inputs...8 analog, ADAT, SPDIF(I think, I don't own it) The Mbox is
    also USB - 001 is PCI. I'd think as a sound engineer you'd probably prefer the
    001.



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  3. Mondoslug1

    Mondoslug1 Guest

    >> Is there any huge gaping hole between this and the full
    >>version of Protools, or is it the case, as I am led to believe, that
    >>the differences are (broadly speaking) relatively small in terms of
    >>the software.
    >>
    >>Thanks in advance.
    >>
    >>Dave


    Sorry my speed reading skills thought you were asking about the differences
    between the Mbox & 001 which you probably already knew - not between PTLE & the
    full blown version. I'll just sit back & watch now.



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  4. EggHd

    EggHd Guest

    There are big differences between LE and TDM BUT the way the software works in
    general, is the same.

    Why not download pro tools free and see if the software is a match for your
    work style?

    The 001 is pretty much discontinued, replaced by the 002 rack.


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  5. GWM

    GWM Guest

    Clippy,

    There are some differences between PTLE and the full version. How important
    they are depends on what you want to do. For instance PTLE doesn't do
    surround. But, PTLE does a lot. I would suggest two things. One, visit
    the Digidesign web site and go to support/DUC (Digi User Conference). It is
    a pretty freindly forum and you will get all of your questions answered
    there by people who use both versions of PT daily. Second, buy the manual
    for PT 6 (it's called the Pro Tools User Guide) for $36 from Digi. There is
    one user guide for both LE and the full version. You will get a very good
    feel for the differences from the manual.

    Hope this helps,
    Greg


    "clippy" <clip_art_comedy@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:a954062e.0307200846.6a4bdac5@posting.google.com...
    > Hi folks.
    >
    > I'm looking to buy an entry level Protools system and I'm trying to
    > decide between either the mbox or the digi 001 factory.
    >
    > I work as a sound engineer but have only ever used analog tape / adat
    > with cubase vst and soundforge. To increase my career prospects, and
    > due to the fact that I don't have the option to attend a sound
    > training facility, I'm looking to get familiar with the pro-tools
    > software through one of these packages.
    >
    > Of course I realise that half the battle would be to have access to a
    > control surface, but in order to at least be familiar with how the
    > software works I feel it would be worthwhile to invest a little money
    > to get my foot on the first step of the ladder.
    >
    > Firstly - does anyone think this is a bad idea?
    >
    > Secondly - As far as I am aware both of the above use the Protools LE
    > software. Is there any huge gaping hole between this and the full
    > version of Protools, or is it the case, as I am led to believe, that
    > the differences are (broadly speaking) relatively small in terms of
    > the software.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    > Dave
  6. egghd@aol.com (EggHd) wrote in
    news:20030720132134.02307.00000288@mb-m21.aol.com:

    > There are big differences between LE and TDM BUT the way the software
    > works in general, is the same.
    >
    > Why not download pro tools free and see if the software is a match for
    > your work style?
    >
    > The 001 is pretty much discontinued, replaced by the 002 rack.


    What he said. Most of the difference are "under the hood." I like ProTools,
    I think it has analog sensibilities, which make sense since it's the oldest
    DAW out there, it was probably designed to win people over from analog.

    I agree - download PTfree and see what you think. Do the same for other
    packages out there... Though if you want to work at a PT shop, then the
    best thing is just go get PT.

    Which means you should be able to get the 001 at a bargain basement
    price....

    Regards,
    Mark

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    User reviews of pro audio gear
  7. Ty Ford

    Ty Ford Guest

    In Article <a954062e.0307200846.6a4bdac5@posting.google.com>,
    clip_art_comedy@yahoo.co.uk (clippy) wrote:
    >Hi folks.
    >
    >I'm looking to buy an entry level Protools system and I'm trying to
    >decide between either the mbox or the digi 001 factory.
    >
    >I work as a sound engineer but have only ever used analog tape / adat
    >with cubase vst and soundforge. To increase my career prospects, and
    >due to the fact that I don't have the option to attend a sound
    >training facility, I'm looking to get familiar with the pro-tools
    >software through one of these packages.


    If you want to record more than two tracks at a time, get an 001 or 002 rack.


    >Of course I realise that half the battle would be to have access to a
    >control surface, but in order to at least be familiar with how the
    >software works I feel it would be worthwhile to invest a little money
    >to get my foot on the first step of the ladder.
    >
    >Firstly - does anyone think this is a bad idea?


    Not me. I've been an 001 user for over 3 years. I bought my first DAW 13
    years ago. An AKG DSE7000; now it's evolved to an Orban Audicy. I still have
    it, but more and more I use pro Tools.

    >Secondly - As far as I am aware both of the above use the Protools LE
    >software. Is there any huge gaping hole between this and the full
    >version of Protools, or is it the case, as I am led to believe, that
    >the differences are (broadly speaking) relatively small in terms of
    >the software.


    There are differences. Not being a full PT user I Can't address all of them.
    No TDM for one thing. Syncing to video is a lot more difficult with PTLE,
    but Digidesign has just released a $995 upgrade that's supposed to allow
    PTLE to sync to SMPTE.

    If I were starting I think I'd try the 002 Rack. It lists for about $1295
    and runs on OSX.

    Regards,

    Ty Ford

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    click on http://www.jagunet.com/~tford
  8. Ty Ford

    Ty Ford Guest

    In Article <20030720132134.02307.00000288@mb-m21.aol.com>, egghd@aol.com
    (EggHd) wrote:
    >There are big differences between LE and TDM BUT the way the software works in
    >general, is the same.
    >
    >Why not download pro tools free and see if the software is a match for your
    >work style?


    But be advised, Pro Tools Free is a lot clunkier than PTLE.

    Regards,

    Ty Ford

    For Ty Ford V/O demos, audio services and equipment reviews,
    click on http://www.jagunet.com/~tford
  9. Dave Lang

    Dave Lang Guest

    There are lots of used 001 systems on Ebay for not much cash.

    ProTools LE does most of what the TDM systems do now. As someone else
    noted, the main difference is inputs / number of tracks. Oh yeah, and
    how much they cost!

    If you're using a PC, don't bother with ProTools Free - it's terrible.

    You can run the most recent versions (6.1) of ProTools on Windows XP -
    I have a TDM system and it works great.

    good luck,

    dave
  10. EggHd

    EggHd Guest

    << But be advised, Pro Tools Free is a lot clunkier than PTLE. >>

    Good point. 5.0 software, no stereo tracks, etc. It will still have the
    routing and insterts. You can process stereo buy adding a master fader to the 2
    L&R tracks and process there.




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  11. clippy

    clippy Guest

    Thanks a lot for all your advice, and for resolving my question about
    the software.

    You know listening to you all really makes me realise how isolated the
    sound community in Ireland from the rest of the world as regard easy
    access to education etc on this matter. All the more reason for me to
    thank you for your input!

    I rekon I'll go for the 001, and the 002 if local prices are good
    value. I'll probably run it on a new p4 with windows xp - just so I
    can use all my favourite windows music apps too!

    Thanks again.

    Dave.
  12. Vernon Boyce

    Vernon Boyce Guest

    clippy (clip_art_comedy@yahoo.co.uk) wrote:
    : You know listening to you all really makes me realise how isolated the
    : sound community in Ireland from the rest of the world as regard easy
    : access to education etc on this matter. All the more reason for me to

    Not sure I would agree with that generalisation. Resources are available
    to those who seek. I've dealt with some very knowledgable people in
    Ireland's sound community. Depends who you talk to - I don't think Ireland
    is any different from anywhere else in that respect.

    Regards,
    Vernon.

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    Live recording of acoustic music in Dublin, Ireland
  13. Get ProTools Free and spend your money on Steinberg's Nuendo. If you buy
    ProTools, you'll be stuck with their hardware and won't be able to use
    ProTools with anything else. If that's not a negative, by all means go
    for it. I have the Digi001 system (and the AMIII before that) and it
    works fine. But, you'll have much greater flexability in hardware
    choices with something like Nuendo, or Bias Deck. You can always import
    your audio into ProTools Free once you get it into the computer but
    you'll be limited to the built in audio of your computer (on an IBook
    with no built in audio it will see an external input device).

    clippy wrote:

    >Hi folks.
    >
    >I'm looking to buy an entry level Protools system and I'm trying to
    >decide between either the mbox or the digi 001 factory.
    >
    >I work as a sound engineer but have only ever used analog tape / adat
    >with cubase vst and soundforge. To increase my career prospects, and
    >due to the fact that I don't have the option to attend a sound
    >training facility, I'm looking to get familiar with the pro-tools
    >software through one of these packages.
    >
    >Of course I realise that half the battle would be to have access to a
    >control surface, but in order to at least be familiar with how the
    >software works I feel it would be worthwhile to invest a little money
    >to get my foot on the first step of the ladder.
    >
    >Firstly - does anyone think this is a bad idea?
    >
    >Secondly - As far as I am aware both of the above use the Protools LE
    >software. Is there any huge gaping hole between this and the full
    >version of Protools, or is it the case, as I am led to believe, that
    >the differences are (broadly speaking) relatively small in terms of
    >the software.
    >
    >Thanks in advance.
    >
    >Dave
    >
    >
  14. Ty Ford

    Ty Ford Guest

    In Article <3F2615E8.2000508@earthlink.net>, Cedric Lathan
    <cedricl@earthlink.net> wrote:
    >Get ProTools Free and spend your money on Steinberg's Nuendo. If you buy
    >ProTools, you'll be stuck with their hardware and won't be able to use
    >ProTools with anything else. If that's not a negative, by all means go
    >for it. I have the Digi001 system (and the AMIII before that) and it
    >works fine. But, you'll have much greater flexability in hardware
    >choices with something like Nuendo, or Bias Deck. You can always import
    >your audio into ProTools Free once you get it into the computer but
    >you'll be limited to the built in audio of your computer (on an IBook
    >with no built in audio it will see an external input device).


    I'm sorry. I don't see the problem here. Why would you want different
    hardware if what you have works?

    Regards,

    Ty Ford

    For Ty Ford V/O demos, audio services and equipment reviews,
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  15. clip_art_comedy@yahoo.co.uk (clippy) wrote in message news:<a954062e.0307211056.24df38af@posting.google.com>...
    > Thanks a lot for all your advice, and for resolving my question about
    > the software.
    >
    > You know listening to you all really makes me realise how isolated the
    > sound community in Ireland from the rest of the world as regard easy
    > access to education etc on this matter. All the more reason for me to
    > thank you for your input!
    >
    > I rekon I'll go for the 001, and the 002 if local prices are good
    > value. I'll probably run it on a new p4 with windows xp - just so I
    > can use all my favourite windows music apps too!
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > Dave.


    If you're serious about your audio career, you might want to think
    about a new name. "Clippy the sound guy" is kind of like "Blurry the
    photographer","Shaky the surgeon","Leaky the plumber" etc..
  16. tford@jagunet.com (Ty Ford) wrote in
    news:tford.1409864990G@news.jagunet.com:

    >>Get ProTools Free and spend your money on Steinberg's Nuendo. If you buy
    >>ProTools, you'll be stuck with their hardware and won't be able to use
    >>ProTools with anything else. If that's not a negative, by all means go
    >>for it. I have the Digi001 system (and the AMIII before that) and it
    >>works fine. But, you'll have much greater flexability in hardware
    >>choices with something like Nuendo, or Bias Deck. You can always import
    >>your audio into ProTools Free once you get it into the computer but
    >>you'll be limited to the built in audio of your computer (on an IBook
    >>with no built in audio it will see an external input device).

    >
    > I'm sorry. I don't see the problem here. Why would you want different
    > hardware if what you have works?


    I agree, he seems to be revealing a personal bias... why mention Nuendo at
    all rather than just say "another software package."

    Learn the limitations of ProTools and make your decision. The most
    important thing to do is to take the plunge, or at least get your feet wet.
    Until then, you can deliberate your decision until the cows come home.

    Regards,
    Mark

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    http://www.prosoundreview.com/
    User reviews of pro audio gear
  17. Oh yeah, and getting ProTools doesn't mean you can't get another DAW
    package to work with it, so you're not limited in what software you use. I
    use Cubase & my Digi001 all the time. Check out the drivers that are
    available for the PT hardware... They have ASIO for win XP that supports
    all the channels... but I think the Wave/MME drivers only support two
    channels, or something like that.

    Regards,
    Mark

    --
    http://www.marktaw.com/

    http://www.prosoundreview.com/
    User reviews of pro audio gear
  18. Ty Ford

    Ty Ford Guest

    In Article <Xns93C7C2D0E4588znexgnj@130.81.64.196>, "Mark T. Wieczorek"
    <july2003.4.marktaw@spamgourmet.com> wrote:
    >Oh yeah, and getting ProTools doesn't mean you can't get another DAW
    >package to work with it, so you're not limited in what software you use. I
    >use Cubase & my Digi001 all the time. Check out the drivers that are
    >available for the PT hardware... They have ASIO for win XP that supports
    >all the channels... but I think the Wave/MME drivers only support two
    >channels, or something like that.
    >
    >Regards,
    >Mark



    The digi 001 also works with Spark XL software and Peak on my Mac as well.

    Regards,

    Ty Ford

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  19. I run PT 6.1 w/001 on an AMD XP2100 under WINXP. All I can say is it
    works. I grew up on 8/16/24 track analog and PT fits better for me and
    that mouse beats the hell out of a razor blade, Get an AMD xp2600 or
    better, the P4 and some chipsets don't play very well with some RTAS
    plugins. Check the DUC for WinXP info. Good luck..
    http://duc.digidesign.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum;f=32

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