ProTools TDM vs LE
By Phil Dunget, Producer
Pro Tools L.E. (or Logic, Cubase,
Nuendo etc.) and Pro Tools
What is the Difference and why should it concern you the artist?
O.k. so you've done your homework and you've
at various recording studios and asked that all important question
"Do you guys have Pro Tools"??
That's great, but read on and we will empower you with some vital
information that will ultimately have a huge effect on the outcome
What is the difference between a standard
Pro Tools L.E. system,
(that is, the kind that most studios confirm they have, or any other
kind of recording software for that matter (Logic, Cubase, Nuendo,
and the list goes on...) and Pro Tools T.D.M?
You may not have heard of Protools T.D.M,
or that there is a difference.
But there is!
Let me give it to you in a nutshell:
NUMBER 1 DIFFERENCE - PRICE ! !
When you find a recording studio that has a Pro Tools T.D.M.
System, You are recording your special melodies on the highest-end
Industry Standard gear available. If you need that in numbers, it's
anywhere from 20,000 to 35,000 dollars (and up) worth of
Any of the software mentioned above (Logic, Cubase, Nuendo,
Sonar, or Pro Tools L.E. ), is in a price-range of somewhere only
between 500 and 2000 dollars.
Now you could stop right here and realize that we are comparing
Ferrari to a Honda.
How can I ever afford a Ferrari you ask?
Well, you can afford to record on the best gear available!
That's because Sound Marketing Studios now
$35,000 Pro Tools Mix PLUS TDM system, and we made
it affordable for you to have your mixes competing with the big
Why does a Pro Tools T.D.M System sound so
Without getting overly technical let me just
say that Pro Tools T.D.M
(Time Division Multiplexing Technology):
employ a networked bus of D.S.P. [digital signal processing] chips
that supply the processing power.
This allows for almost zero strain on the computer because as the
computer does not have to supply this processing power,
it can be left to do all the other jobs it has to do.
As a result your mixes have "breathing room" so they come
out with full punch, much more warmth and superb presence;
allowing the listener to hear everything so much fuller and clearer
as if the players were in the same room performing in front of you.
T.D.M. systems are also fully expandable
to allow for add-ons like
higher-end clocking, analogue to digital converters, and time code
generators for video synchronization.
Standard systems like Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar,
Pro Tools L.E.,
[digi 001/002] run entirely off of your computers processors.
This puts a heavy strain on the system, with mixes sometimes
sounding muddy or lacking punch.
Also, these types of systems (including all-in-one systems like
Roland V Studios, Tascam, and Yamaha) are NOT Expandable
and are therefore quite limited.
Well that's all for this month, check back
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