Best way to improve Protools HD rig?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by louderock, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. louderock

    louderock Member

    Messages:
    4,123
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Running 40 outputs of Protools HD into an SSL 4000G. Generally print mixes off the SSL stereo buss back to a stereo track in Protools. What would be the single thing I could do to improve this setup?

    - A high quality A/D converter for the stereo channel I print mixes to.

    - Big Ben or some other clock. (there is debate about whether Protools works best with its own clock)

    - ????
     
  2. loudboy

    loudboy Member

    Messages:
    27,418
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2003
    Location:
    Sedona, AZ
  3. mds

    mds Member

    Messages:
    1,188
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2006
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    What kind of budget? I love using the Cranesong HEDD at the end of a mix. Great A/D/A as well as great tube/tape saturation effects.
     
  4. louderock

    louderock Member

    Messages:
    4,123
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I could spend a few thousand. Can't exactly dish out the huge money a Lavry. Just wondering how much difference it really makes, having a high $$$ converter as opposed to the 192. Has anyone truly AB'd one against the other. You really have to flip button A to button B to test something like this. You can't really base it on what you think you remember the other sounded like. I've never had the opportunity to do this. Any thoughts on the Big Ben vs the digidesign internal clock?
     
  5. Platinum Sample

    Platinum Sample Member

    Messages:
    36
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2007
    How do you have Pro Tools and the SSL synched together for mixing?

    Rail
     
  6. elambo

    elambo Member

    Messages:
    2,362
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2005
    I went several years on a 192 using internal clock, then switched to a Big Ben when it was first released and was very happy with the difference. Tighter bass. Snappier transients. Wider image. It's an upgrade for sure, and especially when it's clocking multiple devices.
     
  7. louderock

    louderock Member

    Messages:
    4,123
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I don't really sync the transport on Protools with the SSL. I generate smpte from my sync i/0 into the Read input on the console and the automotion works fine just receiving a time code stream.

     
  8. Platinum Sample

    Platinum Sample Member

    Messages:
    36
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2007
  9. louderock

    louderock Member

    Messages:
    4,123
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I've seen the Smart box before. Seems to work well. I just prefer navigating quickly with a mouse click in Protools as opposed to sending transport commands through the console. Never had a problem just free-wheeling smpte into the SSL computer.

    I'll have to borrow a Big-Ben to test. I think a lot of that stuff is psycho-somatic. In theory it's better, therefore you think you are hearing an improvement. Not saying that's what the Big Ben is like, but I don't always buy into these 'night and day difference' statements.
     
  10. thesedaze

    thesedaze Member

    Messages:
    1,687
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Location:
    Bakersfield, CA
    I've heard nothing but great things about the Aurora 16 converters...You can run 16 analog i/o and 16 digital i/o simultaneously, so it'll show up as 2 Digi192's.

    Need I mention, only 1 rack unit? And very reasonably priced...

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Aurora16/
     

Share This Page