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Old 05-10-2021, 06:55 PM
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Default 1st Impressions: Carbon

Arrived today.

Let me say briefly that I started out with Pro Tools way back when, have had DSP systems (TDM and UAD) in the past , and over the years have jumped ship to Cubase Pro, Logic, and most recently the amazingly full featured Reaper.

But I've often missed Pro Tools, to the point where even though other DAWS often had cooler features in some areas, there was always something with them I didn't like that weighed in just as much as their good points.

So downloaded PT last month, did a monthly subscription, and have been enjoying it again. Love Dark mode, love the way PT allows folder tracks in the mixer (unlike Cubase)......

Carbon was extremely easy to activate. Was up and running in no time, registered the software and downloaded the main items I wanted to get up and running with, and launched PT.

Let me say this is the most analog experience I've had in a LONG time. Analog because I just plain hit RECORD and everything works. No second 3rd party dumb mixer screen to deal with. Like hitting the record button a tape machine. Just no latency. Plugging in a DSP reverb downstream was great....plugging in guitar to the front jacks and booting up Eleven was super, it's just been a great day all around. This product was made for producers like myself, who play guitar, record a couple tracks at a time, do some vocals, and need to work without that second layer hovering behind your DAW.

Just a fantastic interface, super to work with the front panel, this is the best gear purchase I've made in a long time. And btw, yes it sounds great. There is some hefty and punchy low end coming out of this box, something I remember hearing from the Omni years back when I briefly used HD Native. Great sounding, great looking, this is going to be a personal game changer for me.
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Old 05-10-2021, 11:29 PM
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Arrived today.

Let me say briefly that I started out with Pro Tools way back when, have had DSP systems (TDM and UAD) in the past , and over the years have jumped ship to Cubase Pro, Logic, and most recently the amazingly full featured Reaper.

But I've often missed Pro Tools, to the point where even though other DAWS often had cooler features in some areas, there was always something with them I didn't like that weighed in just as much as their good points.

So downloaded PT last month, did a monthly subscription, and have been enjoying it again. Love Dark mode, love the way PT allows folder tracks in the mixer (unlike Cubase)......

Carbon was extremely easy to activate. Was up and running in no time, registered the software and downloaded the main items I wanted to get up and running with, and launched PT.

Let me say this is the most analog experience I've had in a LONG time. Analog because I just plain hit RECORD and everything works. No second 3rd party dumb mixer screen to deal with. Like hitting the record button a tape machine. Just no latency. Plugging in a DSP reverb downstream was great....plugging in guitar to the front jacks and booting up Eleven was super, it's just been a great day all around. This product was made for producers like myself, who play guitar, record a couple tracks at a time, do some vocals, and need to work without that second layer hovering behind your DAW.

Just a fantastic interface, super to work with the front panel, this is the best gear purchase I've made in a long time. And btw, yes it sounds great. There is some hefty and punchy low end coming out of this box, something I remember hearing from the Omni years back when I briefly used HD Native. Great sounding, great looking, this is going to be a personal game changer for me.
Great review! Happy to hear!
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:02 AM
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Makes me very happy to hear as well! Congrats on the purchase, Tom. And, thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-12-2021, 12:57 AM
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Just received my Carbon today and I really look forward to working with it. Btw, excellent review.
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:26 AM
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Agreed, it is a very good review.

As one of the early adopters of Carbon, I will also say that I could not be more pleased with the unit. The sound is stellar, it was dead easy to configure and the the "hybrid" engine is a very cleaver implementation. Plus up to 4 discrete headphone mixes and no second layer of software to try to manage.

I've typically been a fan of the tighter integration between Pro Tools SW and HW, and for me, this does not disappoint.

I understand that the 4 discrete HP feature was a must have early on in the design, and in my opinion is one of the more important things that set this above the common. I'm glad whomever it was, stuck to their guns on this one. It fits my workflow very nicely

I look forward to some of the hinted at improvements/upgrades in the near future, such as Eucon enabled Carbon controls.

Enjoy the unit, I know I am.
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