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Inexpensive Pro Tools setup

I haven’t upgraded my PT LE setup for about 10 years. Need everything except monitors. What’s the best setup for the money?

Sorry if this is redundant, I did a search and old threads popped up. Thanks!
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I haven’t upgraded my PT LE setup for about 10 years. Need everything except monitors. What’s the best setup for the money?

Sorry if this is redundant, I did a search and old threads popped up. Thanks!
The best set-up for a non disclosed amount of money can be most every set up possible. As there is no budget and the set up depends on your personnel preferences and needs and we all have different needs and preferences.

So there there is no best set up. Except the one that is best for you and only you. Buy what you need and do not buy what you do not need.
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Do want an endless list of everyone’s favorite gear or do you want actually helpful responses? If you want the latter, then you need to provide more information about what your needs are. Are you recording and/or mixing? How many input channels do you need? Are you also shopping for a computer or already have one? If so, what kind? And so on. Please make more of an effort.
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Thanks for your feedback.

Yes, hearing everyone’s favorite setup would be helpful; least expensive is a plus. Need computer and audio interface, need 16 channels.
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Thanks for your feedback.

Yes, hearing everyone’s favorite setup would be helpful; least expensive is a plus. Need computer and audio interface, need 16 channels.
What does 16 channels mean? Inputs? Outputs? On-screen tracks?
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What does 16 channels mean? Inputs? Outputs? On-screen tracks?
Both

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PT LE is long out of support. You'd need an old Mac to be able to use it.

Better to find an interface you like, with 8 preamps and ADAT Optical to make 16, and find one that comes with PT First.
Or get it here and shop for an interface.
https://www.sweetwater.com/feature/pro-tools-first/
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PT LE is long out of support. You'd need an old Mac to be able to use it.

Better to find an interface you like, with 8 preamps and ADAT Optical to make 16, and find one that comes with PT First.
Or get it here and shop for an interface.
https://www.sweetwater.com/feature/pro-tools-first/
Yeah thank you, I’m looking to upgrade my audio interface and computer. I’ve already subscribed to PT 12
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Thanks for all the replies. So does anyone have a computer and audio interface combination that’s relatively inexpensive, that they’d like to recommend?
I’m interested in an inexpensive PT setup for a home studio that has 16 inputs. Thanks
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Define inexpensive? Everyone has different budgets. For an interface, I'd say look at the Focusrite Scarlett with 8 inputs and add a Behringer ADA8200 with ADAT
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Define inexpensive? Everyone has different budgets. For an interface, I'd say look at the Focusrite Scarlett with 8 inputs and add a Behringer ADA8200 with ADAT
thank you for the recommendation. I’m defining inexpensive as the inexpensive options amidst the whole field of options.
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I guess I meant if you had a certain budget in mind. For some people 1000 bucks is inexpensive, for others it's 50.
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Ok, so firstly you should read up a lot more about the sort of gear you're trying to find. From your comments it seems like you don't know nearly enough about the subject to make an informed decision.

That said. If you need an ad/da along with 16 preamps you have a few choices:
You could go the route of something like a Scarlett 18i20 with a preamp that has an adat out. Read up on that solution here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/ad...dio-interface/ That'll set you back about 430€ on the scarlett and whatever the additional preamp is. Focusrite have some of their own pres that'll fit this bill. This'll be good enough for quite a while.

Or maybe you could find a cheapish used 8 channel preamp with analog outputs and pair it with something like a Tascam 16x08. That'll be a bit cheaper but the conversion and the tascam's own pres are of lower quality. (Still good enough for any project/home studio imo) The tascam can be found around 200-250€ used.

Then there are a ton of other brands with the same sort of options.

Then there's the more expensive and confusing route of separate ad/da and preamps with stuff like madi, pcie cards and the sorts, but I have a feeling you're not there yet.

I'd suggest building your own pc if you're on a budget and have the time time to research. Again read up. You'll save hundreds compared to getting a ready for recording mac. You'll need 16gb of RAM (8gb min) a CPU with at least a benchmard of 8000 and at least 4-6 cores, preferably an SSD for Pro Tools and a fast bigger HD or if you can afford it a bigger SSD for file storage (don't bother with gpus, you'll save a bunch if you go with the internal and Pro Tools will crash or glitch regardless of the quality of gpu). If you won't build it yourself you'll pay 200-600€ more. (the same minimum requirements for the computer would apply in all cases) And if you buy a mac it'll set you back around a grand more. This setup should last you for around 5-10 years in an ok working condition.

Also you should think about reframing your questions a bit better. Maybe try asking, "What should I search for to find how to get 16 channels in to my computer" and "what sort specs in a computer affect recording and mixing and how much" etc. and then do the research yourself. The information is already out there you just have to know where to look and that's imo what you should be asking. Now you're throwing the net so wide that if you catch anything that'll not go through the holes it'll be so big you'll never get it in the boat.
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Thanks for the helpful response Finnmaker
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