Pro Tools Vs Audition by Dave Foxx


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An excerpt from Production 212 columb by Dave Foxx.

I have resisted getting into the “which is better” debate for years. Entire web-sites have been devoted to the premise that MAC is better than PC, and vice versa. Over the years, the arguments have raged on about one DAW being the best or easiest, or fastest, or simplest, or whatever. I’ve always maintained that you need to end the system that works best for you and then get the appropriate platform, regardless of what anyone else says. I have, however, always said that the best system for E was Pro Tools on Macintosh, but I’ve never really explained why. This month, I do.

For many, the question was always cost. Your GM simply would not foot the bill for a mega-monster MAC system, let alone a full-blown HD, 92-bit interface. Who could blame them? A rather mod estly expensive PC with Cool Edit Pro got the immediate results needed. Problem solved, right? But. since the days of SADIE. New England Digital, SAW32 and Orban (none of which survived the marketplace). it’s all come down to Cool Edit Pro’s replacement system Audition TM by Adobem versus Pro Toolsm. Cost is simply g a factor any more. With some savvy shopping, you can get Pro Tools, which will run 011 that modestly priced PC  for less than what you would pay to Adobe. While that would not include a 92-bit HD interface, you don’t need one, at least not for radio production. Today’s PT9 uses the computer’s DSP chips, so doesn’t need the interface for most of the advanced features. So, next time you start chafing for an upgrade, impress the boss with your fiscal wisdom. Seriously consider PT9. Here is why.

I received an email from a fellow radio producer from Kuwait named Talal Malik, informing me that he has finally made the switch to Pro Tools from Audition, in spite of the fact tl1at the folks at Adobe are getting ready to release their Mac OS version. He always felt (and rightly so) that he was performing well with the Audition software. But, with his transition to Mac, he decided to “come to the dark side,” and see what the Pro Tools fuss is about.

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