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Old 07-27-2004, 04:47 PM
warmseth warmseth is offline
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hi, i'm an assistant film editor (98% avid media composer..did one fcp show). more and more lately, i have been doing the temp sound fx work. it has come to the point where working with sound on an avid is like driving into a brick wall and i have decided i need to step up to the plate and learn pt. i have a loose budget of $6000. i have figured on buying a digi002, dv toolkit (yeah i know it's another $1k), midi-smpte converter, and a nicer mac than what i currently have (ibook g3 600mhz, and g4 sawtooth 450mhz tower). i have a ton of firewire drives already and i plan on using headphones until i can save the $ for decent speakers. i want to eventually be able to slave an svhs or beta deck and footage/frames support is fairly important to me. the areas that i have doubts are the following:

1. do i need the 002 or will an 002r or even 001 suffice (i want the midi out so that rules out the mbox..i think)?

2. should i get digidesign's "factory bomb" plug ins or save my $ and get their "gold" pkg or some other pkg of plugins later?

3. should i get a powerbook or a dual g4 or a g5? (i am leaning towards the powerbook for mobility but the option of using it for fcp too and the sheer horse power factor has me wondering about the g4 or g5)

maybe i'm on the right track, maybe i'm overboard, maybe i am kidding myself and dont have nearly enough on my list. your thoughts?


thanks in advance
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Old 07-27-2004, 06:10 PM
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$6000 is a good amount. I am jealous.

I suggest getting the 002Rack if you plan to do mostly sound FX work. you will not need the 002's extra features.
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Old 07-28-2004, 10:02 PM
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The 002R rack is more space concious, especially in the editing suites. The plugins in the current bundle are a great deal.

If you get the emagic Unitor 8 MIDI interface (not the AMT8), I believe you get 8 input 8 output and SMPTE read/write. here are teh specs:

Mac compatible:
— Core MIDI (Mac OS X)
— directly supported via Logic Audio and SoundDiver (Mac OS 9)
— OMS (Mac OS 9)
— MTP emulation (Mac OS 9)

Windows 95/98/98SE/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP compatible (MME)
8 independent MIDI Inputs with Activity LED
8 independent MIDI Outputs with Activity LED
USB connection
RS-422 connection for Macintosh
RS-232 connection for PC
8 units per port* (mixed AMT8/Unitor8 systems possible)
Stand alone operation with 32 Patches
Connection Activity LEDs (Mac/PC/Network)
Panic/Patch button
Unitor8 Control software included
External Power Supply included
LTC/VITC Generator and Reader with extremely short lock times
LTC sync at 12-1000% original tape speed — also during rewind!
VITC synchronization during single frame advance forward/backward
Timecode Video Burn-In — also during LTC Sync
Timecode Refresh function, adjustable Freewheeling, Jam Sync function
Adjustable MTC Full Frame Message (e.g. for ProTools or Paris)
Operating system can be updated via SysEx
Input for audio trigger signal or single/double foot switch
LTC/VITC read and write control LEDs
LTC In and Out, 1/4" jacks
VITC In and Out, S-Video connectors

besides the DV toolkit, you may want to have some mastering plugins - the PSP vintagewarmer at under $200 is a steal and sounds great.
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