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Old 02-13-2024, 01:54 AM
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Hi All
not posted on here for a long long time !, i have an old HD 2 pcie system running protools 8 on a 2008 mac pro ! and finally have to bite the bullet and upgrade , i have searched the forum but it seems my system is that old i cant get the answers i need, if i purchase a 2013 mac pro (the round one) running monterey can i still use my hd cards pcie cards ? what version of protools can i upgrade to ? i have the hd192 interfaces can these still be used ? if no whats a suitable replacement i really only need 2 inputs and headphone outputs ? any ideas folks i know it old but looking for the best way to go without having to purchase carbon ? many thanks
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Old 02-13-2024, 05:25 AM
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Why would you upgrade an ancient system to a slightly less ancient system?

TDM cards are limited to Protools 10. Protools 10 is officially limited to OSX 10.8. The 2013 Mac Pro's oldest OS it can run is OSX 10.9. If I remember correctly you can still run Protools 10 on OSX 10.9 just fine even though it's not supported.

But......., you would need some thunderbolt to PCI-E chassis that supports the old OSX and the old TDM cards. You can only use old plugins, current day Protools plugins don't run on TDM. You need all kinds of old software which you cannot upgrade due to the old OSX. This includes browsers and such.

You need to ask yourself if you really need the low latency advantages of recording through TDM/DSP plugins, which is currently the only reason to stick to TDM/HDX dsp systems. If not, you are way better off with a new Mac mini and a simple (non Avid) stereo audio interface.
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Old 02-15-2024, 06:46 AM
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Review your needs.
A maxed out Mac mini with Pro Tools Studio and an interface that meets your in -out needs.
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Old 02-15-2024, 08:42 AM
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In my opinion the only real good reason to run HD (TDM) system today is if you have invested in Waves Mercury TDM license.
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