Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: Pro Tools 003R
Hi there, I upgraded from a Digi001 to a 003 Rack Factory with Music Production Toolkit about two weeks ago. In the space of two weeks I have only barely been able to scratch the surface of what this thing does, so I'll post a bit more info as time goes by.
First up, the amount of additional software you get with this lot is incredible - in fact bewildering - it took me almost two days just to load all the additional plug-ins and RTAS instruments into the MacBookPro and authorise them with the iLock - the Digidesign Synths and Samplers are just phenomenally good - we spent too much time just playing with those, as the included samples and patches are really excellent and useable.
Most of the stuff that comes in the Ignition Pack 2 is a mixture of enticing and frustrating - there are some great instruments, but you can only play the presets, and you can't edit the sounds, so if you like the synths, you'll eventually spring for the upgrades to fully operating RTAS status. Amplitude LE is great, but again obviously cut down from the full version, although you will certainly be able to get totally useable tone out of the LE version - some of the other stuff (Ableton 6 LE, the Melodyne stuff, Reason etc) I just haven't got into yet - I can't get Reason Adapted going at all - can't work out why, so it will be back to the shop to see if they can find out what I have done wrong.
The 003 Rack is embarrassingly easy to use - I find it a step more intuitive than the 001, the actual built in mic pre-amps are vastly improved over the 001 - extremely transparent and musical sounding, monitoring, via whatever device we chose, be it headphones or the various Amp/speaker combinations has so far been a snack, little things like the 2 independant headphone sends are just nice, useable ideas - the MIDI integration is obviously much more sophisticated than the 001, where I found it barely useable.
ProTools LE 7.3 is excellent, much easier to use than the earlier MacOS9 version I ran with the 001, more logically laid out and bog simple to follow - we were basically up and going recording guitar tracks within about half an hour of getting the thing set up.
I haven't had any experience at all with the 002 - it seemed like a pretty cool box when it came out, but by the time we'd finished recording, mixing and mastering the last album on the 001 in MacOS9 (ProTools 5.3.1 or something like that), the 003 had arrived, my G4 was seven years old, and so I decided I could justify getting the newest thing on the market - with the exception of the severely limited editing functionality of some of the stuff included, I am really pretty thoroughly impressed so far.
As I said, more details will be posted as I get to know this beast a bit better. The gap between TDM and LE is narrowing, to the point where I think it's fairly obvious that within a few years ProTools will either abandon TDM, or end up with some kind of hybrid system which runs ProTools as a host application, and uses a DSP card to expand the RTAS capabilities, or maybe offer both as viable options - but recording is going the way of synthesisers, where the CPU is becoming fast enough to pretty much do everything.