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Pro Tools All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Jeff Strong

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Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Hardware

In This Chapter

check.png Setting up the Mbox series

check.png Checking out the Eleven Rack

check.png Getting to know M-Audio interfaces

With the release of Pro Tools 9 software, you no longer needed to have an Avid (actually, Digidesign because that was its name at the time) audio interface to use the program. This was a huge change for Pro Tools — and one that put it on par with all the other audio-recording programs out there. Avid also changed (pared down) its interface options, making it easier to choose one. I offer an overview of these interfaces in this chapter to help you understand which one best fits your needs.

All Avid and M-Audio interfaces work with either Macintosh- or Windows-based computers. Avid interfaces use Pro Tools 10 software, and M-Audio uses Pro Tools MP and SE software, but they all have essentially the same functions and almost-identical operation. Differences in the hardware include the number of inputs and outputs each interface provides, the sample rates each one supports, and the different ways that they connect to your computer. The differences in the Pro Tools Software versions are covered in Book II, Chapter 3.

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