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HDX + Thunderbolt + Aggregate?

Hi everyone,

I'm pretty sure this isn't possible, but I haven't 100% proved it yet. So, is it possible to use a Sonnet or Magma chassis with HDX cards, connected to a Macbook Pro via Thunderbolt, Then open and mix a session with Pro-Tools Aggregate, no interface?

The problem is we need to mix in two different suites, but we only need to record in one. If its possible to use a 3rd party interface with the HDX/Thunderbolt chassis, then that would be better.

It just seems dumb to waste a couple grand on a Avid interface when all I need to do is mix and have stereo monitor outputs.

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Sure, we do that regularly. On your mix system you can use any interface you'd like. The only drawback is if you purchase ProTools specifically for this, the "non-Avid-interface" version, you won't be able to use some of the HD-specific features, don't know if that's important. If you move your HD iLok back and forth you get the HD features.
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Hi everyone,

I'm pretty sure this isn't possible, but I haven't 100% proved it yet. So, is it possible to use a Sonnet or Magma chassis with HDX cards, connected to a Macbook Pro via Thunderbolt, Then open and mix a session with Pro-Tools Aggregate, no interface?

The problem is we need to mix in two different suites, but we only need to record in one. If its possible to use a 3rd party interface with the HDX/Thunderbolt chassis, then that would be better.

It just seems dumb to waste a couple grand on a Avid interface when all I need to do is mix and have stereo monitor outputs.

Thanks!
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Sure, we do that regularly. On your mix system you can use any interface you'd like. The only drawback is if you purchase ProTools specifically for this, the "non-Avid-interface" version, you won't be able to use some of the HD-specific features, don't know if that's important. If you move your HD iLok back and forth you get the HD features.
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I'm not sure Hugh has grasped the issue (or maybe it's me that's misunderstanding). I also don't think the aggregate driver is something you need.

You can't use AAX DSP plugins without using the HDX card; and you can't use the HDX card without an interface attached.

What you CAN'T do is use AAX DSP plugins on HDX, and monitor through a coreaudio device (or indeed use the aggregate driver).

If, on the other hand, you're just looking to mix native, and just use the HDX for tracking - sure, totally possible. But it's nothing to do with aggregate drivers either; just use whatever interface you want, with the coreaudio driver for that interface. You lose all DSP plugins; using the same iLok you keep the HD specific features.
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Like stomachmonkey said, The Answer is YES, you can record whatever you want on the HDX rig in the first room,

And you can listen/mix/ etc. in the second room with your (aggregate, or Avid Core) choice of whatever you want. Even just the headphone output of the laptop if you want.

But, If you use AAX/DSP plugs in the first room they may not carry over to the second room where you may only have RTAS or AAX/Native plugs available. Everything else should be fine.

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