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Old 11-12-1998, 09:02 AM
AxelG AxelG is offline
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Default ProTools for NT to early?

I've read thru all the messages and I think I know the reason why a few things are

ProTools for NT is coming to early...

1) For those working with Audio & Midi NT 4.0 is definitly not the right
OS. Where are the Midi drivers for interfaces like Opcode and Motu?
2) Steinberg & Emagic are going to release NT-Version of their audio sequencers in 1999 - but certainly not under NT 4.0...
3) Digidesign system requirements for ProTools on NT mentions an AGP
graphics card (probably to keep graphics action away from the PCI Bus). As
far as I know AGP is not supported by NT 4.0
4) Finally: Why releasing an audio workstation for NT right now?

To me the answer is: Everything is going to work out fine with Microsoft's
release of Windows NT 5.0. This OS will be a proper workaround for those
who are into multimedia, music etc. Maybe we will have to wait for the
summer of '99 until ProTools for NT (5.0) becomes a serious choice.

[This message has been edited by AxelG (edited 11-12-98).]
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Old 11-12-1998, 01:52 PM
p1 p1 is offline
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Default Re: ProTools for NT to early?

As a uswer of PT/NT i'd like to answer a few points you make...
1. Not the right OS?? Well, I don't need an Opcode or MOTU interface. The MidMan 4x4S DOES have NT drivers. Timing is solid and 4 ins & outs are plenty for us (a pro post studio).
2. If they're not going to use NT 4.0, waht version of NT will they use. There's nothing else available yet, and when there is I assume PT/NT will work under it.
3. AGP IS supported under NT...that's what we're using (an S3 Virge/GX2). It's cheap and works great. BTW, I beleive that AGP is essentially kind of PCI based.
4. Why not??
Why assume that nt5 (which MS is now calling Windows 2000) will be an improvement. I CERTAINLY didn't find Win98 to be an improvement over 95 <G>.

Feel free to wait as long as you like to get a PT/NT system...meanwhile, those of os who have them will continue to be productive (and make money) while you wait <VBG>...

Denny Conn
Project One Audio
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Old 11-12-1998, 02:37 PM
Echo studios Echo studios is offline
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Default Re: ProTools for NT to early?

Oh Yeah.. agree with p1 here !

As a new PT/NT user too, believe me its really an excellent system...no probs so far
This is true that Opcode and MOTU are not going to release their NT drivers soon but in our case we'll end up with a MIDIMAN 4X4 and instead sell our opcode midi interface which wont support NT 4.0 at all.
After all, there is always some workarounds these days!

Remember, b cre8tiv!

-dan d.
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Old 11-12-1998, 05:42 PM
AMG AMG is offline
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Default Re: ProTools for NT to early?


AGP is based on PCI, and in fact is pin compatible. AGP is supported by NT, but the full true benefits and potential of AGP graphics won't be realized until NT 5.0 aka Windows 2000 (terrible name). Things like AGP DMA and AGP pipelining.
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Old 11-12-1998, 09:59 PM
JFJR JFJR is offline
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Default Re: ProTools for NT to early?

Cakewalk runs under NT 4.Logic 4.0 will run under NT(According to a rep early next year).At a digidesign demo they had beta drivers of an Opcode studio 64 running under NT 4.Emagic has NT beta Unitor drivers.If you need to do midi and audio its possible under NT 4.
Do you know that the PT software allows you to import midi files?Its not a full-blown sequencer but you can have midi and audio tracks together.
As for question 4 -Most pro software (audio-graphics-cad)run on NT workstations.

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Old 11-13-1998, 03:06 PM
Przemek Przemek is offline
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Default Re: ProTools for NT to early?

But we have to "bomb" Digi with one thing - MasterListCD/NT. Now we will _have_ to use Wavelab or sth - and without wavedriver it is real pain. So, Digi, what about NT solution for Red-Book audio?
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