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Protools LE, Protools M-Powered or Protools HD...Which system is right for me?

Published: Mon June 26, 2006  News Feed

Between Pro Tools LE™ and Pro Tools M-Powered™ personal studio systems, you’ve got a wide variety of affordable professional home and project studio workstations from which to choose. When deciding what setup is right for you, there are a few things to consider.



   
Audio & MIDI I/O
When choosing a Pro Tools personal studio system, you’ll want to know how many simultaneous channels of audio/MIDI I/O you’ll need. Do you plan on using your system to record a full band? If so, you’ll want to get one that has enough inputs and outputs, such as the Digi 002 Rack™ or M-Audio® FireWire 1814. Alternatively, if you simply want to record yourself, a system with fewer inputs and outputs such as M-Audio Fast Track™ Pro will have you covered.



   
In Your Studio or On the Go
While all Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems are small enough to be considered portable, you may want to ask yourself just how portable your system will need to be. Will you be using your system on the go with a laptop, or do you think your system will mainly stay in your home studio? Choose Mbox® 2 for a fully-featured studio on the go. For the ultimate in portability, grab an M-Audio Transit® and Pro Tools M-Powered software. Alternatively, the Delta 1010 with Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software or the Digi 002® are both excellent desktop audio production solutions. Deciding where you plan to use your system should help narrow the number of Pro Tools personal studio solutions that are right for you.



   
Creative Possibilities
Deciding what is important to your music creation environment is key to choosing the right system. Both Pro Tools LE 7 and Pro Tools M-Powered 7 software offer nearly identical feature sets (audio and MIDI track counts, editing and mixing features, etc.). Pro Tools LE systems are all-in-one solutions that come bundled with Pro Tools LE software and the Pro Tools Ignition Pack™ — an impressive collection of creative third-party instrument and effects plug-ins, applications, and more. Pro Tools M-Powered software and compatible M-Audio interfaces are sold separately, and offer a broader range of hardware peripheral choices, including unique instrument interface options like Ozonic™ or Black Box.



   
Hands-on Mixing
Knowing whether or not you’ll want a dedicated control surface to operate your Pro Tools personal studio system will also help dictate which system is right for you. If you prefer working with faders and knobs rather than a mouse and QWERTY keyboard, the Digi 002 or ProjectMix I/O with Pro Tools M-Powered software are ideal choices. Keep in mind, however, that if you choose a Pro Tools LE or Pro Tools M-Powered system without an integrated control surface, you can always add a Digidesign® Command|8® control surface for hands-on mixing capabilities.



   
Music and Post Production Expansion Options
Both Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems can be expanded with the Music Production Toolkit, offering a comprehensive plug-in bundle, support for up to 48 audio tracks, and additional features previously only available with Pro Tools® HD software. If you foresee needing to expand the capabilities of your system to work with sound for picture, you’ll want to choose a Pro Tools LE system and the DV Toolkit™ 2 option (only available for Pro Tools LE), which provides powerful plug-ins and features ideal for post production workflows.

What is Pro Tools LE? What is Pro Tools M-Powered? What is Pro Tools|HD?
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Pro Tools LE systems are capable of serving as completely self-contained 32-track project studios. They enable you to record, edit, mix, master, and deliver your finished product. Pro Tools LE software requires the use of a Digidesign hardware audio interface - an Mbox 2, a Digi 002, or a Digi 002 Rack.

LE systems rely on the processing power of your computer’s CPU exclusively. The speed and power of your CPU and RAM in your computer determine how many plug-in effects and software synthesizers you can use simultaneously.

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Pro Tools M-Powered is a special version of Pro Tools software that is compatible with a wide variety of M-Audio audio interfaces and control surfaces. With Pro Tools M-Powered and an M-Audio interface, you can now record, mix, and edit anywhere, anytime with the industry standard in music production software. Sessions you create in Pro Tools M-Powered can also be transferred to LE and HD systems and back, giving you compatibility with thousands of other Pro Tools users.Pro Tools M-Powered is a special version of Pro Tools software that is compatible with a wide variety of M-Audio audio interfaces and control surfaces.

With Pro Tools M-Powered and an M-Audio interface, you can now record, mix, and edit anywhere, anytime with the industry standard in music production software. Sessions you create in Pro Tools M-Powered can also be transferred to LE and HD systems and back, giving you compatibility with thousands of other Pro Tools users.

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Pro Tools|HD is a high definition, fully integrated professional production system with expandable I/O, dedicated processing power and a wide array of optional components. When you buy a Pro Tools|HD system, you buy one of three Core systems (each has progressively more DSP power) and one or more audio interfaces. HD systems provide the power and flexibility for you to record, edit, mix, master, and deliver world-class productions.
 
 
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