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Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by MistaMarko, Nov 8, 2006.
I've heard n-Track was better, what you guys think?
You can make a good recording with either. If it is stable and you are comfortable working in it, it is better -- for you.
i used to have n'track a long time ago. i think it was free back then. as far as one vs the other, i'm gonna go with ProTools, it's only like an industry standard almost.
PT only works with Digidesign hardware (or m-audio hardware in the case of PT m-powered) if that makes any difference to you.
N-track will work with anything, it is pretty basic in comparison to pro tools, but this could be seen as a good thing aswell as a bad thing.
Ive managed a few decentish recordings with nTrack, either way, the problems in the recordings were not due to ntrack.
n-track can certainly hang with Pro-Tools! Just the fact that it's not the industry standard means you can't take projects in and out of a Professional studio. If you have a project studio in your home, it's a great (& cheap) full fledged program. It is fully supported and upgraded regularly!
The only reason im going to be moving off nTrack is because im getting a presonus firepod which includes Cubase LE, and nTrack isnt listed as one of the compatible programs (tho it may work fine).
One advantage to n-Track the ability to use more than 32 tracks if you like. Pro Tools will also allow this, but only if you buy one of their TDM systems.
If you record your tracks as .wav files, you can transfer them to almost any digital audio studio.
Edit: Protools LE will now support up to 64 tracks with a software upgrade.
Actually, ProTools LE can be upgraded to work with up to 48 Mono or Stereo tracks with the MPToolkitLE. The MPToolkitLE also includes some great plug ins, soft synths and added functionality with the multitrack Beat Detective.
Wow, that's even less than the 64 that I thought it would do. Most people should be able to work with 32 - 48 tracks, though, and it is good to see Digi add more functionality.
Digi has crippled Pro Tools LE for some time. I realize that they want to differentiate between LE and TDM, but there are options that blow LE/MBOX/Digi001 away at its price point in terms of sound and features. At least they are starting to address the issue.
Pro tools is the standard. Why work with something that can't be transported easily? If you are professional, you're not gonna try and re invent the wheel..
Covers ALL PROFESSIONAL situations...
I agree, but if he's asking about n-track, he's working on a PC, which rules out DP and Logic. If he has a Mac, I'd definitely recommend Logic or DP over Pro Tools because I feel that they give you more to work with.
I used N-Track 3.0 for a while last year. In my opinion it is not the most stable program. I know my way around PCs and drivers, and it seemed like I couldn't get through any session without it freezing.
Lately I have been using Tracktion 2.0. It is VERY stable, has a nice GUI and it is $150 or so. It has everything I need.
Hmm, thats odd, out of all my time using nTrack, ive only had it freeze once, and that was when it was doing a mixdown with alot of tracks and alot of effects on each track, i think it was more my computer (even tho its pretty good) not coping.
we use protools le in our studio and we love it.
I had freezeup (and other) issues with n-track, which is why I eventually abandoned it for Cubase and later Sonar. I was never sure if this was because of the software or because of driver issues, but Sonar is rock solid for me.
Stability issues aside, they're both great programs. Neither of them is Sonar though.
Regarding portability, I don't ever find this to be a factor in a software purchasing decision. It's very seldom that I have a project that needs to be sent to someone else where they need all of the editing metadata. If I really do need the project moved elsewhere and I can't just take it over on my laptop (for instance, if I'm recording a project with remote musicians), I'll export each individual track and send it as a bundle of .WAV files that can be imported.
Granted, I'm not a big studio, but neither is the original poster if they're trying to decide between Protools and n-track.
Pro Tools is the ticket. I use M-Powered with my ProjectMix and a MOTU 8Pre via lightpipe and it runs like a charm.
Pro tools, all the way.
Cubase or Nuendo, if you have the cash. Samplitude is also great, although a little weaker in the MIDI department.
The price is right on this software package and you can try before you buy: http://reaper.fm/index.php
edit: I am switching to the above from n-track due to issues with n-track 4.x
I didn't have any problems with n-track 3.x.
If the above program just doesn't do what I want (I think it will) I will be buying Tracktion 3.0 when it is released.