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with regards to protools...what does native mean? Yes I am asking this.
Old 7th September 2011
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with regards to protools...what does native mean? Yes I am asking this.

...I really am
Old 7th September 2011
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The funny thing is that I wouldn't consider the Pro Tools product carrying "native" ("HD Native") in it's name the most "native" one. "HD Native requires a hardware card, while PT 9 (the one formerly known as LE) does everything on your host computer.
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Marketing bs. The only real change I can see is they now support 3rd party audio interfaces and they now sell the software.
Old 7th September 2011
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ah I get it now! so that's why pro tools going native was such a big deal... thanks for the enlightenment folks!
Old 7th September 2011
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Marketing bs. The only real change I can see is they now support 3rd party audio interfaces and they now sell the software.
Well, yes and no.

PT9 (which took over from PT LE) is native processing, as was PT LE (LE just required a hardware dongle, there was no processing being done on DSP).

HD NATIVE is the NATIVE version of the HD product - there's no DSP for processing, but certain processes are handled by the hardware, allowing for HD specific features like input monitoring and low latency monitoring, plus the ability to support higher IO with stability.

It's a little confusing yes, and I can see why it could be hard for those with no direct experience to understand...but there's a very clear difference and different target market for all 3 products.
Old 7th September 2011
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Native in the DAW world means that DSP processing (plugins, mix buss) is done on the main CPU (as in Intel, AMD), contrary to dedicated DSP cards such as TDM (Pro Tools) or Soundscape (using their Mixpander or MX4 card for mixing).

While mentioned dedicated DSP platforms also allow native processing (RTAS, VST), these platforms still require their dedicated hardware to run the application and have processing happening on the card.

HD Native is indeed a native solution, terminology wise, since mixing and plugins processing is all done on the main CPU. The HD Native card only processes a low latency monitoring mix, which is not needed to run the software. In fact, HD Native is just a bundle of PT HD software + an interface which is tightly integrated.
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