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There are three different versions of Pro Tools 8: Pro Tools LE, Pro Tools M-Powered and Pro Tools HD. However they are extremely similar in operation. LE and M-Powered are considered the project versions while HD is the professional version. Although I know many producers using the project versions for professional, that is, paid work. The main point is that the concepts and techniques described here in these videos apply to all versions of Pro Tools unless otherwise noted.
The main differences between the project versions, Pro Tools LE and M-Powered, and the professional version, HD, involve the track count, available sampling rates and supported hardware. For example, the highest sampling rate available within M-Box 2 is 48 kilohertz. However, if you are using 192 interface with Pro Tools HD you can get a sampling rate up to 192 kilohertz. There are also a few software differences. For instance, Pro Tools HD has multi-channel Beat Detective whereas Pro Tools LE and M-Powered only support two tracks of Beat Detective at once.
However Pro Tools HD has a much wider array of features suited towards working with video than do LE and M-Powered versions. Unless you upgrade Pro Tools LE with the DV Toolkit, an add-on software bundle from Digidesign. Pro Tools LE can also be upgraded with the Music Production Toolkit. The complete Production Toolkit consists of both the DV Toolkit 2 and the Music Production Toolkit 2. Pro Tools M- Powered can only be upgraded with the Music Production Toolkit 2. DV Toolkit 2 and the complete Production Toolkit are not compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered.
Look on Digidesign's website for the latest information on additional capabilities and software that are included with these upgrade packages. Pro Tools 8 works on Macs running compatible versions of OS X as well as Windows computers running either Vista or XP. The session files you create in Pro Tools are interchangeable between Macs and PCs as well as between different versions of Pro Tools. For instance you can create a session in Pro Tools LE on a PC running Vista and then open up that same session on a Mac running Pro Tools HD. Because the HD, LE and M-Powered versions of Pro Tools are so similar and there is parody between Pro Tools on Windows-based computers and Macs, everything you learn in this course is applicable to every Pro Tools 8 system.
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