You really need to hear them to make a decision. I prefer Apogee converters to Digi but I do find digi converters to be superior to those in the Alesis. I would choose PT if it were me. However, your cost for PT is going to be higher unless you alread own mic/line preamps and eqs. For pro tools I personally need a HUI controller, with faders, mutes and pots; something to interface with the software is essential for me. Mixing with a mouse is frustrating and it's time consuming for me. I went from OTB to ITB and all the routing and other concepts are essentially the same. I believe that if you learn to mix professionally it will translate either way. You might have trouble with an 100 plus channel SSL board but if, or when you get to that bridge, a ghost isn't going to save you much from that learning curve.
Best of Luck!
Originally Posted by b_side
So I'm trying to decide if I should get a Ghost and the HD24XR which would be like 5Gs versus getting a ProTools HD Setup which would be closer to the $8000.
I really want to learn to mix OTB and was wondering what would be the best way to go about it. If recording into a 192 sounds MUCH better than the HD24XR I would try to wait and save more for the full HD set-up