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Pro Tools® 10 IGNITE! by Andrew Hagerman

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What Makes Up a Pro Tools System?

Pro Tools 10 systems fall into one of three families:

  • Pro Tools 10. Pro Tools 10 is a host-based DAW, which simply means the power of your Pro Tools system is based entirely on the processing power of your computer. Your computer’s CPU (the host) handles all the important operations, including mixing and effects processing, in addition to all other tasks required by your computer.

  • Pro Tools 10|HD. This version of Pro Tools includes dedicated PCIe hardware cards, which are added to your computer. These cards not only allow connectivity to Avid’s higher-quality audio interfaces (a concept we’ll discuss later in this chapter), but the cards take care of essential Pro Tools–related tasks, such as mixing and effects ...

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