Philip OKeefe Posted January 8, 2001 Share Posted January 8, 2001 Okay everyone, I have a few gear questions and I'd like to solicit your opinions. I'm thinking about getting yet another new computer and using it as a DAW platform. It will be at least a P III / 850 MHz with at least 256 MB RAM and two HDD's. The purpose of this machine will be SOLELY for digital audio, and specifically for running a multitrack DAW program. I already have Logic Audio Platinum and Vegas, and I'm thinking about getting Pro Tools. I want to use this machine with my Yamaha AW4416. I am currently running the AW with 2 ADAT LX-20's so I can get 32 tracks, but hate waiting on lockup time. So I'm thinking about locking up a computer multitrack program and subbing that for the ADAT's (which I'll keep for accessing data from legacy projects that are already on ADAT tape). So, here's some questions: Will a MOTU 2408 Mk II be a nice interface? I know it has ADAT sync in and 24 channels of lightpipe I/O, and runs at 24 bit resolution. Any user comments on this device? Any other alternatives you might suggest that offer 16 channels of lightpipe I/O and good sync capabilities? I don't need analog I/O's, just a minimum of 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe I/O. Also, Digidesign's web site sux IMHO. So I'm going to call them in the morning and try to get some more info, but I thought I'd ask you all as well. I'd like to know if there's a "native" version of Pro Tools that offers at least 24 tracks. I see that there is the "Digi Toolbox XP" that comes with an Audiomedia III card and the 24 track Pro Tools LE software. I really don't want / need the Audiomedia III card - do they offer just the software or do I need to buy their card too in order for the software to run? From the website, it LOOKS like LE is host based, but I can't find any info on pricing for just the software without the Digi 001 or Audiomedia interfaces. Also, can PT directly address MME devices like the 2408 and all of its individual ADAT outputs? I've got gobs of DirectX plug ins, and would prefer not to have to buy lots of RTAS plug ins that would replicate what I have already spent big $ on. Can PT export / import .WAV files? If so, I could process things in other apps and then bring them back into PT ... a kludge I know, but might save some $. Any other DAW programs that you might suggest beyond those mentioned here will also be considered, but some clients are asking for PT and will be using PT systems on their tour busses, so I guess I'll have to really get into it one way or another. As always, I really appreciate you all, and any comments, opinions and suggestions are welcomed and greatly appreciated! Phil O'Keefe Sound Sanctuary Recording Riverside CA http://members.aol.com/ssanctuary/index.html email: firstname.lastname@example.org Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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