At the default sample buffer size, the latency will certainly be noticeable, and the smallest buffer size available is a rather conservative samples, which equates to a latency of around 6ms at Pro Tools is a versatile piece of software, but its central application is still recording, editing and mixing multitrack audio, and I took the opportunity to test the M-Powered version in a real session. For a while now, I've had my eye on an attic room at my dad's house, which I had always thought would make a beautiful acoustic environment for tracking a band live.
The difficulty had always been finding musicians foolish enough to let me do this, but I solved this problem by starting a band of my own. As luck would have it, the review copy of Pro Tools M-Powered turned up the day before our session, and — throwing caution to the winds — I decided to press it into action. We encountered more than our fair share of problems on the day, the low point being a power glitch which took out an eight-channel analogue-to-digital converter and a ring main. Forced to rely only on the Firewire 's unbalanced analogue inputs, we then ran into horrendous ground-loop interference, and the only way we could record anything at all was to disconnect the laptop from the mains and run it on battery power.
Despite all of these setbacks, Pro Tools M-Powered held up pretty well under pressure. The input routing anomaly described above caused a certain amount of cursing, and I also became frustrated with how long it took to open even a fairly simple Session with few tracks and no recorded audio. Even when my laptop was on the verge of giving out, PTMP was faithfully capturing the 'low battery' beep, and although the interface became a little sluggish, every single take was recorded perfectly.
Pro Tools M-Powered has not crashed once since I've installed it, and has behaved as predictably and reliably as you'd hope. Internet folklore has it that the Windows version is inferior to the Mac original, but I experienced nothing to suggest that this is the case. Whereas programs such as Logic began life as MIDI sequencers and added audio recording at a later date, Pro Tools has gone the other way.
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It was originally an audio-only package, but its MIDI capabilities have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. When you create a MIDI track, it defaults to accepting input from any connected device — simply arm the track and play a few notes, and you should see the incoming MIDI data light up the track's meter. To use virtual instruments in Pro Tools, you simply create an audio track or Aux track and add the instrument of your choice as an insert plug-in.
I say 'should' because I experienced a few anomalies in this regard. Whether these problems were down to Pro Tools itself or poor implementation of the RTAS standard on behalf of the plug-in developers, I don't know. I've been an unapologetic Pro Tools fan for a long time now. Where other software fills the screen with flashy graphics and cryptic icons, Pro Tools presents only the information you need to know, in a way that I find perfectly intuitive. Its two-window design is supremely elegant, its editing tools are powerful and quick to use, its mixer is one of the most flexible around, and you have to kick it pretty damned hard to get it to fall over.
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I'll take those basic qualities over fancy bundled synths or loop-mangling tools any day of the week, and now that Pro Tools M-Powered has made them available on a much broader range of hardware, what's not to like? I doubt that too many people will be bothered by PTMP 's inability to record at kHz, but its lack of support for Direct Monitoring is unfortunate, given that Pro Tools is perfectly capable of making use of the same feature within Digi's and Rack hardware.
It might be that the port to M-Audio hardware has been a little rushed — some of the windows within Pro Tools M-Powered still say 'Pro Tools LE' at the top — but at least the features that are included work, and work well. Whilst Pro Tools M-Powered does open up welcome new hardware options for Pro Tools devotees, though, I can think of one group of users who will remain frustrated.
M-Audio interfaces such as the Firewire and Audiophile PCI cards fill some of the gaps in Digidesign's hardware range, but I can't be the only Pro Tools user who dreams of editing and mixing on my laptop using a slimline PCMCIA audio interface, rather than having to cart around an M Box or a Firewire interface and all its associated cables and power supplies. Existing Pro Tools users who want to move to M-Audio hardware might also feel justifiably aggrieved at having to pay full price for the M-Powered version of a program they already own.
After all, if you're a Cubase user and you decide to upgrade your audio hardware, you don't need to hand over any extra cash to Steinberg. Personally, I would hope that existing users' loyalty to Pro Tools would earn them at least a substantial discount, but Digidesign evidently don't agree. Ten years ago, the idea that one might actually want to pay money for a copy of Digidesign's editing and recording software would have seemed crazy to a lot of people.
Sales of TDM systems were driven by the hardware, with its unique low-latency, DSP-assisted mixing capabilities, and most of those using Digidesign hardware in a music-recording context left the software in the box and ran Logic or Digital Performer as a front end. It's not the most visually exciting piece of software, and it still lacks some of the advanced MIDI features available in rival products, but in terms of simplicity, intuitiveness and flexibility — not to mention stability — it's hard to beat.
Pro Tools M-Powered is simply the latest iteration of a mature, stable and comfortable recording program, and the fact that it exists is a powerful reason to consider M-Audio hardware over the alternatives. Get Afloat. Show context menu and choose "Show package contents". Age of Empires 2 1. AirPhones 2. Aperture 3. Gives only an inaccurate signal reading.
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