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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pro Tools Compared: Pro Tools 9 vs Pro Tools MP 9

Pro Tools 9 is the "full" version of Pro Tools and will work with any audio interface.  Pro Tools MP, however, doesn't have as many features, and requires an M-Audio interface to work.  However, Pro Tools MP is less expensive than Pro Tools 9.  If you already own Pro Tools, you can upgrade to to Pro Tools 9 from LE or upgrade to Pro Tools 9 from M-Powered.

How does Pro Tools 9 compare to Pro Tools MP9?  What features are in Pro Tools 9 that aren't in Pro Tools MP 9?  Check out the comparison below for details:

Pro Tools Software Comparison


Software Feature

Pro Tools SE

Pro Tools MP 9

Pro Tools 9

Max simultaneous tracks

16

48

96

Max audio record tracks

2

18

32

Max sample rates supported

48 kHz

96 kHz

192 kHz

Max virtual instrument tracks

8

32

64

ASIO / Core Audio / EUCON support

No

No

Yes

Support for 3rd-party plug-ins

No

Yes

Yes


Detailed Software Comparison


Pro Tools System Comparison

Pro Tools SE

(included w/ select M-Audio interfaces)

Pro Tools MP

Pro Tools 9

Pro Tools 9 + CPTK 2

 

Audio Tracks

16

48

96

192

Aux Tracks

N/A

128

160

160

Busses

N/A

32

256

256

Instrument Tracks

8

32

64

128

Simultaneous Audio record tracks 

2

18

32

32

Maximum resolution

24-bit/48 kHz

24-bit/96 kHz

24-bit/192 kHz

24-bit/192 kHz

Auto Delay Compensation

X

X

X

Support for 3rd party plug-ins

X

X

X

Core Audio / ASIO Support

X

X

EUCON Support

X

X

OMF/AAF/XMF Interop

X

X

Timecode Ruler

X

X

Surround Mixing

X

VCA Mixing

X

Destructive Record

X

Advanced Automation

X

Advanced Audio Editing

X

Advanced Video Editing

X

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