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Old 06-28-2012, 10:22 AM
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Default Pro tools 8 M-Powered, which audio interface

Good evening,

I have had a search and can't seem to find an answer. I have just moved to a new school to teach music technology and have found that they have 6 PC's with Pro Tools 8 installed on all of them but only 1 m-audio interface for recording.

We need sequencing software and I had thought about buying Cubase but this was before knowing we had 6 copies (only thought we had 1), is Pro Tools usable to create a piece only inputting MIDI (all that is allowed for coursework).

Question 1. What is the best/cheapest hardware that will enable me to use Pro Tools on the PC's with MIDI keyboards we need 5-6 bits of hardware. Or do we even need hardware, is there a work around?

Question 2. Is Pro Tools user friendly enough for a sequencing project with only inputting notes via a MIDI keyboard and changing them on screen.

Thank you very much for your help,

Neil
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:18 PM
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Default Re: Pro tools 8 M-Powered, which audio interface

Hello Neil. I have been using an m-Audio NRV-10 FW mixer as an interface. I only needed it because I use analogue inputs from my keyboards as well. I also use an fasttrackpro usb interface. There is little latency when using 2 or 3 tracks but it creeps up with each track. Newer versions of protools don't require an m-audio interface, but the crossgrade is quite expensive. There are some m-audio midi-controllers that serve as the interface, as well as some non-m-audio FW midi controllers. It depends on how fancy you need your midi controller to be. I have not used cubase, so I can't comment on what you would be changing to, but the voices available on protools 8.05 are nothing to be sneezed at.
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