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Mobile ProTools Rig Performance comparison question?
Old 17th October 2013
Gear Nut

Mobile ProTools Rig Performance comparison question?

Hi All,

Can anyone chime in with some real world or data supported info for the difference between the following two systems? One I own, and the second is one Im considering selling off the first for. My goal is portability, 32 inputs and outputs at higher sample rates. I would be using UAD processing in both cases. I already have a 13" Macbook Pro, and would keep the HD9 license.

Current Rig:
MacPro: 8-Core (Dual 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon)
10GB Ram
(x3) 1TB for added storage
HD2 Accel PCIe
UAD-2 Quad-Flexi "Nevana" plus tons more plugs
Aurora 16VT-HD Card

Potential Rig:
13" Early 2011 MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i5
8GB Ram
Apollo16 with Thunderbolt (x2)

The questions Im looking at more specifically is the difference in:

-PCIe versus Thunderbolt for latency/playback

-The benefit of UAD Console and added UAD processing versus the HD2cards

-Stability for mobile recording (Long record times/errors)

-192I/O and 16vt versus Apollo conversion sonics?!?!(Ive read the threads. this is a marginal consideration)

-Currently at PTHD9. I would upgrade to HD10 either way, but is 11 worth considering since Apollo is 64bit?

I have and will be keeping my 2192, Dangerous Music Monitor ST, 2Bus-LT, and may or may not sell my presonus HP60 for a hearback hub.

Do these systems even compare well? Is the power/stability of HD2 still worth the added weight? My biggest attractions to the HD2 was the low latency for tracking. This was before UAD had delay compensation. Now with the UAD Console and "direct" monitoring, that become less of an issue, and allows me to use UAD plugs while tracking versus with HD.


Thanks for reading!
Old 17th October 2013
Gear Nut


I believe the mac pro will not ugrade to Mountain lion and thus will not support HD11 (nor will the interfaces)

The laptop will support Mountain Lion and thus should support HD11
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