Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Had a chance to play with a real Pro Tools system last night, and I have to say that I was mightily impressed with the power of the thing. Truth be told, for a bedroom hacker (musically speaking, of course) like myself a DAW is much easier to deal with. Unless you're going for the whole shebang with Pro Tools and can interface it with a digital control surface, it's tough to deal with in the mixdown stage. I've played with the free version of Pro Tools and got some good results out of it, but for all of the failings of the Roland VS series (at least on my cockamamie unit, little things like inputs working when you set levels, but when you arm the track for recording they mysteriously stop working; or a track that records just dandy during the initial session but when you want to punch in a note or phrase, something funky goes on with the signal routing and you can't hear parts...) they're just a bit easier to deal with.