budget for protools HD system?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio' started by jakeirving123, May 25, 2006.

  1. hey all,

    whats the cheapest way to record 24 channels (analog input) with a
    brand new protools system, assuming i'm starting with zero equipment?

    i know i can just get some used 888s with 1 16ch card and 1 8 ch
    expansion card, but what about new systems, like one that would be
    compatible with a G5?

    the budget has to be within $10k (preferably around $7.5k) including
    monitor speakers, snakes, Mac, and mixing console.

    i am kinda considering using some other software like DP or cubase
    along with M-Audio Delta 1010LTs or presonus firepods, but my
    client/boss really wants a digidesign system for some reason.

    as far as i can see, the cheapest option is to get the protools HD1
    system for $8k plus (3) 96kHz protools HD interfaces. this is already
    way over budget. are there any other options? maybe m-audio?

    please help,
    jakeirving123, May 25, 2006
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    nappy Guest

    If you don't mind my asking.. how often will you really be recording 24?
    nappy, May 25, 2006
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  3. jakeirving123

    Zigakly Guest

    whats the cheapest way to record 24 channels (analog input) with a
    Assuming you're mixing through the console using mostly hardware processors,
    only one way I can think of:

    Get a basic 24-channel interface (Moto 24i/o or two Echo Audiofire 12's),
    record in another editor, import into Protools for editing as required,
    where you can do overdubs up to 18 tracks at a time with either a Digi002 or
    M-Audio FW1814, or 10 overdub tracks at 96kHz. When it comes to mixdown,
    Protools LE or M-Powered allows you to "consolidate" tracks, which makes
    them ready to export back to the editor which supports the 24-channel
    interface, which you then mix from.

    If you're welcome to the idea of mixing in-the-box, it's much simpler.

    Sounds like this isn't what your client/boss has in mind, but it's your only
    hope under $10k.
    Zigakly, May 25, 2006
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