Digidesign’s Pro Tools recording software is still widely regarded as the industry standard, and the vast majority of professional and commercial recording studios use it. Indeed, Pro Tools maintains its unrivaled market leadership in this space. Particularly in fields related to the film and television industries. Is its status as the industry standard solely due to the fact that it was the first digital audio workstation to appear, or do other factors play a role?

Let’s look at some of the most useful features and benefits of using Pro Tools so you can decide whether it’s right for you.

The Benefits

  1. When working on a project with multiple tracks, being able to make edits to all of them at once in a simple and straightforward manner can result in enormous productivity gains.
  2. Digidesign and Avid both regularly invest in the research and development of new and improved effects.
  3. Digidesign’s dedicated hardware platform is the best in the world, and it was designed specifically to run this program. This platform was created expressly for the purpose of running this program.
  4. Because Pro Tools can only be supported and used on computers that meet very specific requirements, compatibility is guaranteed to be perfect 100% of the time.
  5. The primary goal of Pro Tools is to make it easier to create sound for movies and videos.
  6. This environment supports every conceivable surround sound format.
  7. Digidesign is extremely picky about which companies it allows to act as resellers.
  8. They are willing to stand behind their product completely and provide exceptional support to customers who purchase it.
  9. They are fortunate to have some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated support engineers on their team.

As can be seen, a significant portion of the program’s accomplishments can be attributed, in large part, to its dependability and consistency. not only of their software and hardware, but also of the teams that represent them and provide customer support Having said that, let’s look at some of the issues that can arise as a result of using the product. Simply put, everything must be balanced.

The Downsides

  1. It is expensive, and the only audio interface that will work with it is one that Pro Tools has approved. This severely limits your options.
  2. The amount of time required to become acquainted with the system can be considered significant.
  3. You will need to invest significant time and money in order to properly educate yourself on industry standard practice.

Other Options Than Hiring Professional Services

Here are some alternatives to consider if the high cost and steep learning curve appear to be out of your price range and/or beyond your ability to master. If you are new to the recording industry, it is a good idea to investigate some of these products, even if some of them are not intended for professional recordings or post-production work.

  • The FL Studio
  • Reaper
  • Ardour
  • Nuendo
  • Live by Ableton
  • GarageBand

Do Studios Use a Single Tool for Everything?

No, in no uncertain terms. It is common practice in professional recording studios to use a variety of tools, the functionality of which complements that of other engineers’ tools. Mother City Audio, in fact, uses both Pro Tools and Nuendo, an outstanding piece of software created by Steinberg and used by Mother City Audio.

We will respond as soon as possible. Please leave a comment below letting us know which tools you use in your professional or home studio, as well as your Pro Tools experience.