Originally Posted by T800
What is more worth it? To get this apollo with Pro Tools 10 LE or to get the Pro Tools HD Native with the Omni and just use UAD plug-ins with a Quad?
With the latter you get the benefits of HD, with the former you don't. This is a drag.
Which is a better bet?
Apollo - Duo $2,000 or Quad $2,500
Pro Tool 10 $700
Complete Production Toolkit - $2,000
UAD-2 Satellite Quad $1,500 or Quad Omni $5,000 (with library of UAD plugins minus 3)
Mac - $1500 to $5000 (mac Pro)
Cost - $7,700 to $15,200
Pro Tools HD with the Omni and one HDX card - $10,000
UAD-2 Satellite Quad - $1,500 or Quad Omni $5,000
Mac - $1500 to $5000
Cost - $13,000 to $20,000
If your going to be using UAD plugins then you wont really need the HDX cards dsp power unless your using another set of plugins (Waves, Sonnox, etc). And not for nothing, the native versions of those other plugins sound just as good as the HD versions (minus the dsp power) in my opinion. All the other features of Pro Tools HD you can get with the Complete Production Toolkit. Me personally, I feel you can get the same quality mixes and a lot more stuff with the first option for $8,000-$15,000 as you can get with the second option for $13,000-$20,000. Some people feel like if it's not mixed using Pro Tools HD as apposed to Pro Tools native, Logic Pro, etc... it doesn't sound good. The same way some people feel like if it isn't mixed using analog gear (some using strictly analog gear and going to tape) as appose to in the box it doesn't sound good.
The Apollo and interfaces like it (dsp and Thunderbolt based interfaces) are the first step in eliminating having to use expensive PCIe cards. I know that's the last thing people who spent big money on Pro Tools HD systems want to hear but all it takes is one huge record to be recorded/mixed with the Apollo and the flood gates will open. The "big boy engineers" are already using UAD plugins so we already know how they sound... If the Apollo performs just as good and even makes using the plugins even better which I'm sure it would, then I'll be glad that I was part of the first group of engineers/musicians that took a gamble with the Apollo. Who ever buys it and doesn't like it like my self can always send it back and get something else...