Some protools questions

Hi, I'm new to the site, as before i just looked around for interesting apps and what not. I have questions regarding avid protools as i'm considering buying it. I've heard its the best bet in terms of accessibility, and since its industry standard I figure its a good daws to get, considering although garage band is very easy to use its also very basic. Anyways, I'm wondering, can protools be bought from the appstore? I would find it easier if it could be, that way i don't have to deel with pay pal or anything like that. If it can indeed be bought from there, is it still possible to install plug ins and other midi packages from the site? I'm also wondering about any demos or podcasts on it, as the ones on protoolswithspeech seem to be paid for some reason.


#1 I'm a professional PT user. Let me help you out!

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OK, I have been a professional ProTools user, using it since 2011 on a day by day basis in my job. Firstly, No. It's not in the app store. I'm not even entirely sure if Avid takes PayPal. They might, but I tend to doubt it. You are however correct about it being industry standard, but trying to compare ProTools with Garageband as you did is like comparing a Geo Metro vs. a Rolls Royce. No comparison! Also, realise that to license/authorize the app, you'll need an iLok which is a physical USB dongle which stores your license and authorizes the app as long as it's plugged in. Generally, I plug mine into one of the USB ports on the side of my Apple keyboard so that I'm not utilizing a high powered USB port on the mac itself. Last that I looked, PT 12 goes for around $700USD, and the iLok is $50. You could probably buy it on a 3 easy payment plan through Sweetwater though. If you call them, ask for my sales rep, and tell him Chris Gilland sent you. I don't get rewarded anything for this, and neither do you, but it would kind a spread the Sweet water love. 1-800-222-4700X1289. His name is David Brow. As for tutorials, there aren't really any. Yeah, I did some which I think even are still up on the Applevis site, but they're old, and due to reasons I won't go into, I quit making the tutorials. I'd be willing to make more, but I couldn't do it for free lamentably. That said, there is a mailing list for blind ProTools users, and I am on it. I'd highly highly suggest you join. The subscription info is: then leave both the body and subject empty. If you have any signatures, delete them before sending, or you'll confuse the listserv. Anyway, I hope this helps at least somewhat.

#2 Physical interface still required?

Hi Chris,

I'm an avid Reaper user on the PC, but have been somewhat interested in trying out PT on the Mac. I've heard it is not even slightly accessible on the PC. Does it still require a proprietary sound device, or is it just the Ilock? Also, since the Ilock is a physical device, does that mean you can use PT on any Mac? Overall I really REALLY like Reaper for its functionality and price, but it's almost a little too customizable at times.