The only disadvantage with Pro Tools 9 is the price – and now Avid has released a low cost Pro Tools solution with Pro Tools MP 9. Replacing Pro Tools M-Powered 8, Pro Tools MP 9 has most of the features as the full version of Pro Tools 9, but requires an M-Audio audio interface.
In addition to the requirement that you use Pro Tools 9 MP with an M-Audio interface, the MP version of Pro Tools 9 has a few other limitations when compared to the full version. However, for many people, these limitations aren’t a problem and are well worth the cost savings. For example, MP9 supports a maximum of 48 tracks, compared to 96 in the full PT9. Other limitations include 18 maximum audio tracks recorded at once (vs. 32), 32 instead of 64 virtual instrument tracks and a max sampling rate of 96 Khz instead of 192 Khz.
If you don’t already have an M-Audio interface, Avid is offering three bundles with their most popular sound cards:
- PRO TOOLS 9 MP MOBILE PRE BUNDLE
- PRO TOOLS MP FAST TRACK PRO BUNDLE
- PRO TOOLS MP FAST TRACK ULTRA BUNDLE