Re: SAW VS Pro Tools 9.0
They are really two very different tools.
Originally Posted by Discipled1
SAW studio is a virtual mixing console and a multi-track recorder designed to be software based replacement of those physical hardware components.
ProTools is a Digital Audio Workstation. Yes it records and mixes tracks, but the mixing console is not a virtual version of a full-mixing desk.
In its base configuration, there are no gates, compressors, EQ's or actually any processing at all.
If you want an EQ on a channel, you have to patch it. If you want a gate on a channel you have to patch it.
ProTools does not do faster than real-time processing. So when your done mixing and you want to build a final mix.. you have to wait through the entire session to get the end result.
SAW will build a mix as fast as the system processing will allow. In many cases its easily 5x to 10x realtime (or more). That can be a huge benefit if your going to mix long sessions. Instead of waiting 45 minutes to process a 45 minute set, you can be done in a few minutes.
Both are tools that can be used for recording and mixing, but the workflow is different.
Of coarse there are many options that could be used for session mixes (logic, protools, cakewalk, reaper, Nuendo, tracktion, SAW studio).
All of these products can and are used successfully for the task you are asking about. All of them have their strengths and weaknesses. The real question is who will be doing the session mixes and what are they going to be most comfortable with.
I made a choice to use SAW/SAC as I found the interface metaphor of a fully configured real mixing desk easy to relate to and the sonic quality was/is excellent. But that was a personal choice for me, others may relate better to the interfaces of ProTools or the other software, in which case that could be a better fit. Again, its really going to boil down to who is going to be using the system.