Many people assume that all versions of Pro Tools are the same or very similar. In fact, if you walk into a home studio running Pro Tools LE with an Mbox USB interface, the computer screen will look exactly like the most powerful version of Pro Tools – Pro Tools HDX. There is a huge difference.Pro Tools LE is a host-based application that works with consumer grade interfaces such as the Mbox, Mbox Pro, Digi 002, and several M-Audio interfaces. Pro Tools LE derives its power from the processor of the computer and the audio to digital converters are consumer grade – designed to be inexpensive.
In contrast, Pro Tools High Definition (HDX) is a TDM-based system. The software and interfaces are of the highest professional grade and the power for Pro Tools HDX comes from separate TDM cards that, when assembled together, create the most powerful recording platform in the industry. This allows for the highest track counts, bit and sample rates, and access to the most complex and powerful plug ins available. The bottom line is Pro Tools HDX is the industry standard for a reason – it sounds the best.
There are many studios that advertise “Pro Tools” and present Pro Tools LE as the professional standard – this is not the case. Pro Tools HDX TDM based systems are what you will find in the industry’s leading recording studios. The average Pro Tools LE recording rig can be assembled for under $2,000, whereas a Pro Tools HDX TDM rig can cost upwards of $50,000. Pro Tools created the software environment to appear the same visually so that individuals can move session work smoothly between home based Pro Tools LE and studio Pro Tools HDX systems.
Make sure you have worked out all of the vocal and musical parts to each song so that your band can rehearse.
If you plan to use a computer or sequencer for parts, prepare that material before your recording session.
If you plan to use a click track (and we recommend you do!), make sure your drummer is comfortable playing to it.
Rehearse the material you plan to record so the band will be tight and the recording process will be efficient.
Purchase a USB thumb drive or Firewire hard drive to capture the data for your recording session.
Make sure all of your instruments and equipment are in proper working order and don’t use new or unfamiliar gear.
Use new guitar strings, picks, drum heads, cords, and drum sticks and bring spare supplies with you. You should change guitar strings and drum heads before you arrive at the studio. Changing strings and drum heads is not part of the complimentary set up time included with your session.
Arrive on time to set up for your session.
If you have any questions about preparing for your recording, mixing, or mastering session, please contact us.
The best thing to do when packing for your recording session, is to include all of the instruments and supplies you would normally bring to a gig. For example, if you plan to play guitar, be sure to bring a guitar, cables, amp, and pedals, as well as extra strings and picks.
When in doubt of what to bring, give us a call and we can help.
Mixing involves taking all of the recorded instrument and vocal tracks and bringing them together using compression, equalization, level alterations, and a wide variety of special effects plug ins to create a stereo left and right mix of all of the recorded tracks. Once the client is happy with the sounds, levels, and overall combination of the tracks, the mix will be assembled into a stereo file format.
Mastering is the process of assembling the collection of completed, individually mixed songs, and applying a unified overall level and equalization to prepare the recording for manufacturing.