Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation developed and released by Avid Technology and can be used for a wide range of sound recording and sound production purposes. Like all digital audio workstation software, Pro Tools can perform the functions of a multitrack tape recorder and audio mixer, along with additional features that can only be performed in the digital domain, such as non-destructive editing, using the Undo feature, which allows an engineer to undo any changes.
Mixing, Plugins, Exporting
For digital audio production, it is beneficial to have more processor cores rather than a higher clockspeed per core. Therefore we recommend an 8-core processor for the Z440, an 18-core or 22-core processor for the Z640, or dual 18-core or dual 22-core processors for the Z840.
In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.
If you are using many virtual instruments and plugins, we recommend 8GB per core.
In general, we recommend a two to four drive configuration depending on your budget and desired performance level:
- Primary Drive: SSD for the operating system, software and plugins
- Secondary Drive: another SSD, or for better performance, an NVMe Flash Storage Drive (the "HP Z Turbo Drive") for active project files and disk cache
- Optional Third Drive (SSD or HDD): rather than store the samples on the secondary drive, placing them on a third drive can improve performance and free up space
- Optional Fourth Drive (HDD): storage for the larger sound libraries on a hard disk drive which is
This application doesn't utilize (or makes slight use of) GPU acceleration, so a high-end graphics card is not required. Therefore, we recommend a Quadro M2000.
The Z840 is recommended if you require dual processors or dual high performance graphics cards. The Z840 can support up to 6 hard drives or 10 SSDs.
The Z640 is recommended if you require a single high-end processor or single high-performance graphics card. You can always add a second processor and double the memory at a later date using the optional Z640 processor riser. The Z640 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.
The Z440 is recommended if you require a single processor with a low core count or mid-range graphics card. The Z440 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.
Contact us about adding the AVID HDX card to your workstation. Whether you’re faced with dozens of audio sources, hundreds of tracks, or thousands of clips, the AVID HDX card will allow you to tackle the most demanding music and post-production projects. Work with up to 256 audio tracks with a single card system or up to 768 audio tracks with three cards. Mix up to 192 ins and outs. Get the power to run volumes more plug-ins. And take on projects of any size and scope with complete confidence.