29th May 2012
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Originally Posted by onesong321
I found this at the Avid DUC: HD 2 -> how many VOICES ? And how does PT "count" them ? - Avid Audio Forums
""HD 1": Sample Rate 44/82/192 = 96 / 48 / 18 voices"
"Yes the number of voices goes up with the addition of a second card and does not increase with additional cards."
However, you may find that as you expand in using TDM plugins, you need to add cards for the extra DSP. The current major downside to the HD systems is that Computer CPUs have actually surpassed the DSP chips in their ability to handle multiple plugin instances. It's POSSIBLE that you would find that that 8-core Mac Pro running Pro Tools NATIVE could handle a higher track count and more plugins than HD. (Exluding HD-X, which I have no experience with, but is supposed to have greatly improved DSP)
I'm not trying to steer you away from an HD rig, just putting that in your head, as it is pertinent to your question. It does make choosing an interface a little more difficult.
It's not a popular view around here, but I would also recommend you get 8 or 16 channels of the same preamp (you should probably audition them to be sure you know what you like first). I am not a fan of the 'mix-and-match' mentality when it comes to preamps. Get a set of GREAT ones and be done. All of the "Classic" records we listen to were done using only the preamps in the console. Get your 'flavors' from Source first, then Mic choice and placement. That's just me, and my opinion. Plenty of people make great records the other way around.
I agree. Native is pretty killer, and remove decision-making from the creative process. and keep it simple....focus on vibe/sounds/performance
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