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M-Powered and LE: What's the Difference? Audio Interfaces
Old 5th September 2007
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M-Powered and LE: What's the Difference?

Ok, so I'm shopping around for a new interface for a computer and it needs to be something that has a small number of channels (say two to four) and will interface with OS 10.4.9 or higher. It should also be on the cheaper side, professional grade if possible (even if a lower-end pro grade), and it must be able to interface with ProTools. And it would need to come with the latest version of ProTools, so I guess we're limited to ones put out by Digidesign.

So I guess this is a two-part thing, but if you can recommend an interface that fits those criteria, that would be great.

The other question is, what's the difference between ProTools M-Powered and ProTools LE? I know that M-Powered works with the M-Audio interfaces, but is there any different features between the two, difference in the number of tracks available, or something like that?

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Old 5th September 2007
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Functionally: nothing.

Both have the same specs, support the same plugins etc. LE comes with and is tied to Digi hardware, M-Powered works with the specified M-Audio interfaces, and comes with an iLok for authorisation.
Old 5th September 2007
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are projects mixed in m-powered compatible with LE/HD?
Old 5th September 2007
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DV Toolkit 2 is not compatible with M-Powered, it's LE-only.
Old 5th September 2007
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Will Massey plugs work with M-powered???
Old 5th September 2007
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Yes.
Old 5th September 2007
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So whats my cheapest way out? What unit do I need to purchase to get P-tools m-powered to run on my PC?
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M-AUDIO - Audiophile 2496 - 4-In/4-Out Audio Card with MIDI and Digital I/O

I'd get the audiophile because you have spdif in case you want to use an external converter.
You can usually get them cheaper too. Check also ebay.

Michael

p.s. and you also have midi.
Old 5th September 2007
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are projects mixed in m-powered compatible with LE/HD?
Yes, although a few features (most notably delay compensation and VCA faders) aren't supported under LE.

but going from LE to an HD rig shouldn't cause any problems - I do it all the time.

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DV Toolkit 2 is not compatible with M-Powered, it's LE-only
Thanks for that - MPT is fine though isn't it?
Old 5th September 2007
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I run Protools M-Powered with an M-Audio Audiophile 2496 (Great River MP1NV into Apogee MiniMe SPDIF out to the 2496) and it works beautifully... smart, cheap way to get a decent 1 or 2 channel setup.
Old 5th September 2007
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Thanks for that - MPT is fine though isn't it?
It's fine if you only want the track number expansion/extra plug-ins.

If you need timecode or any of the other DV Toolkit specific features (which are of course only related to audio post work) then it might not be good enough!
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