Thanks for the details! I might take you up on your Skype chat offer to go over some question when I get PT installed to hit the ground running, that would be great. One of my concerns with PT is performance issues on the Mac like you've experienced, and I've seen others talking about errors and CPU usage issues with the latest versions of PT 12. I mix at higher sample rates, and I integrate outboard gear so most of the plugins I use are on the lighter side.. I'm hoping that means that I won't run into major performance issues.~ufo~ wrote: ↑29 Jun 2017 10:21I missed this, so sorry for the late reply.
Here's where I'm at:
I'm currently working on my system dual boot.
It defaults to Windows 8.1, in which I start new sessions, and copy older sessions to in which I need to do additional recording.
If I need to work on older sessions, without doing audio recording, I boot into Sierra and work from there.
This also allows me to keep monitoring the state of Pro Tools on Mac after either of them are updated.
Pro Tools in Windows is more stable for me at the moment, no doubt. If you work at higher buffers, you might not notice a significant difference.
I agree with Silvano that the Mac version of DTouch for Pro Tools is superior to the Windows version.
That's a little ironic since it is windows that natively supports multi touch.
On 8.1 at least, that feels a little 'slapped on'.
However, the Windows version of DTouch is certainly workable, and the gains I get with running PT on windows outweigh the losses I get by running DT on windows. The main thing that's slowing me down on DTouch on windows at the moment is horizontal scrolling in the edit window. It is unusable and since windows doesn't seem to allow my magic trackpad to do any scrolling, I'm left with a frustrating experience.
(I may be overlooking a solution there)
Regarding DT PT vs. Cubase, I prefer the PT version although I appreciate the Cubase version is going to be much more powerful.
(There will be almost certainly functions in the Cubase version that I would like to see in the PT version.)
Some reasons why I prefer the PT version:
-It's laid out more ergonomically, with the DT buttons laid out horizontally at the bottom of screen.
-I do relatively simple things in DTouch, the elaborate stuff is taken care of by PT itself, with Cubase's I'd have to try and get DTouch to do some of that elaborate stuff and I'm not sure how far I could get with that. I didn't invest the time to try.
-I like PT more than I like Cubase (you can write that off as unfair bias). Both the PT and Cubase versions 'get out of the way' of the DAW quite effectively, but I feel like it's more elegant in Pro Tools, maybe because PT has a simpler GUI. I'm not sure that's fair.
Regarding touch on windows, I'm not sure DTouch for Cubase performs better than PT (I have a feeling it did, but it could be nonsense).
Even with tap and hold (for right click) disabled (WHY IS THAT THE ONLY OPTION MICROSOFT????? ) on windows, the response from the faders are significantly jumpier than it is on Mac. I may have to tweak some more settings (I'm not sure if I ploughed through the whole manual, come to think of it). Or it may be that this is just what the touch support of Windows 8.1 is and the DTouch driver on Mac is just much, much better.
All in all, at the moment I'm just working, because that's what I need to do. No more time for testing etc.
I will keep an eye on Cubase, Studio One and Bitwig (I still have to demo that one) as potential platforms to compose in.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions or feel free to PM me. We can always do a little Skype chat to discuss specifics.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I prefer PT's user interface to Nuendo. The Cubendo version of DTouch definitely has more features, especially with the matrix window and new floating mixer, but I'm going to spend some time with DTouch and PT and see if using memory locations to move around the mix will work well enough to take advantage of the things that I like in PT.
About the touch response in Windows.. One thing I've noticed is how much of a difference the monitor setting in DTouch makes regarding the touch 'feel' of the faders. Even on my Acer there's a big difference between Acer fast response and Acer regular response. DT definitely has a lot going on under the hood to optimize the response of the faders, and that setting is crucial.
BTW.. What version of PT do you use? HDX, HD Native, or vanilla? And if it's vanilla, what audio interface are you using?