Loc: Los Angeles, CA
I finally made the jump and ditched ProTools. I am now a very happy and productive Logic user. Logic Express, actually. There's very little support for composition workflows in ProTools - it's great for live recording but midi support, the use of software synths, and the fact that it comes packaged with very little makes it very dated.<br><br>With my company discount I bought Logic for $250, which includes 4 great software synths and a better program. It's an Apple product after all, so it just seems to run more native.<br><br>And finally I kicked out the MBox. Digidesign's Core Audio driver was horrible, and I was tired of the cripple they put in on the latency, from what I hear, deliberately. It's now replaced with a MOTU 828 mkII which I'm very happy with. Great pre's, almost zero latency, and 10 analog ins, 12 analog outs over firewire! Best part is, I bought it used for $475 (list price $1000), and because it has an apparently common faulty LCD problem and the original purchaser never registered it, MOTU replaced it for me with a brand new one in the box!<br><br>Yeah! Anyone feeling me here? Anyone?<br><br>--<br>http://www.stevenkimband.com/
Still a happy-as-a-clam Pro Tools user here. To qualify, I've used Sadie, Cool Edit/Adobe Audition, Bias Peak, Bias Deck and Pro Tools. I've done *some* work with SAW Studio, which is an offbeat DAW that, nonetheless, has a strong and loyal userbase. They are faithful. I've even used the proprietary Orban DAWs which, surprisingly, are still in use by many radio stations around the country.<br><br>Now, I need to clarify that I've never used Pro Tools for music recording. So I cannot speak to that end of the software. I can, however, speak to PT's editing capabilites, which are the best I've ever used. The many option a user is presented with in which to edit audio is unlimited and fast to learn. For example, I used Sadie for four years and never grew comfortable with its clunky interface. With Pro Tools, which I wasn't *too* familiar with when we switched (from Sadie) in June 2003, I quickly learned my way around the entire application. I'm a keyboard shortcut guy and use the keyboard almost exclusively. I have a Mackie Control surface here, but use it only to manipulate the faders. Everything else is done via keyboard. Oh, my setup is a Digi001 and a 1GHz G4 with 1 GB RAM.<br><br>At home, I use the MBox and an eMac. I use this setup mainly to edit our station promos. Most radio stations have an out-of-market "voice guy" who records dry (no music) lines (scripts) you send him. In the "old days", he would FedEx back a reel-to-reel tape and a person like me would spend the next several hours assembling promos, sweepers (the elements you hear between the music) or station IDs. With the warp-speed development of the internet and email, tapes are no longer needed. I email our voice guy the scripts, he posts the .MP3s on his website which I download straight to Pro Tools and start working. I have FireWire drives which I use to store all of my music, sound effects and special effects connected to my eMac. So for me, it's as easy as downloading the dry voice workparts and start cutting promos for the radio station, which is what I often do on Sunday Morning whilst drinkin' my coffee. All of this is handled quite nicely with the MBox. As an example, a friend of mine wants me to help him do some Top 40 radio imaging, which I've never done. What to do? Experiment! So this past Sunday morning, I was messing around and threw this together:<br><br><embed src="http://homepage.mac.com/barnett112/.Music/MessinAround.mp3" width=320 height=25 controller="true" autoplay="false" type="video/quicktime"><br><br><br><br>Another interesting fact about Pro Tools and the MBox: The Brian Wilson CD "SMiLE" was partially edited on an MBox and an iBook! So, the MBox isn't without it's capabilities or merits. However, I understand MOTU is an excellent DAW too, and many people are just as satisfied and happy using the MOTU family of products.<br><br>Congrats!<br><br>****************<br>no sig
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Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Oh yeah man. ProTools is definitely still the standard across the studios I work with. Whenever you get any kind of peep into behind-the-scenes of top 40 artists, they all have a ProTools set up somewhere in the chain. John Mayer composes on ProTools, and he even posted an early home composition of "Daughters" on iTunes. Worst dollar I ever spent.<br><br>As far as audio editing goes, no doubt ProTools is good. I'm keeping my Mbox around just in case I need to go through my old sessions or just want to do some things in ProTools.<br><br>The promo spot sounds great!<br><br>--<br>http://www.stevenkimband.com/
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