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There are two versions of Pro Tools 9. First, there is the Project Studio version, simply called Pro Tools. In earlier versions of Pro Tools, this version used to have the terms LE or M-Powered following it. There is no distinction between those previous versions now. The second version of Pro Tools is Pro Tools HD. That version is used with Avid's higher- end studio interfaces, and is considered the professional version. Pro Tools HD utilizes additional PCI cards installed in your computer that increase the processing power of the system.
The software also includes many of the more advanced features used for video and surround sound. That said, I know many producers and engineers that are using the Project version of Pro Tools for professional-- that is, paid--work. The two versions are extremely similar in operation, thus the concepts and techniques described here in the videos in this course apply to both versions of Pro Tools, unless otherwise noted. The main differences between Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD involve the track count, number of input and output channels, and supported hardware.
For example, Pro Tools can support up to 32 input channels, or Pro Tools HD can support up to 160 input channels. The Project Studio version of Pro Tools can be upgraded with the Complete Production toolkit 2, which increases the available track count from 128 to 512, just like in Pro Tools HD. The CPT2 also includes many advanced editing, automation, and video features, as well as a few plug-ins. You can find a complete list of features on Avid's web site.
Pro Tools HD can be upgraded to include the HEAT package, which adds analog warmth and color emulation to simulate running your tracks through an analog-mixing console. Pro Tools 9 works on Macs running compatible versions of OS X, as well as Windows computers running Windows 7. Note that Windows Vista and Windows XP are not supported for Pro Tools 9. 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 on a PC running Windows 7, and then open that same session on a Mac running Pro Tools HD.
Because the versions of Pro Tools are so similar, and there is parity between Pro Tools on Windows-based computers and Macs, every technique you learned in this course is applicable to every Pro Tools 9 system.
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