The Switch to ProTools

I'd never been completely satisfied with using my HD-P2 as an audio interface on the computer. It was much more reliable to just record straight to the compact flash and import it into Nuendo to sync sound effects to picture. If you were chasing tape from a professional deck or camcorder, you could take timecode from that and sync your sound that way. This is much better when performing foley or looping dialog.

Of course Digidesign's Pro Tools is the industry standard for this kind of work, so I guess it was inevitable that when I got a new digital audio interface, it would be one of theirs. I was considering the Digi 002 and the newer Digi 003. In the end I decided that the extra thousand dollars a Digi 003 cost wasn't worth it for me, and went with a Digi 002.

I also got a custom flight case for the times when I track a group away from the studio. You can see it here below the Digi 002. I really like that case. It's beefy, the kind of protection you need when it's 3AM and someone else decides to help you load your gear into the truck.

I wanted to get a nice control surface for my Nuendo system, but it seemed all the nice ones costed as much as an entire Pro Tools LE system. I've used the Digi 002 as well as controls using MIDI or Mackie formats, and I know this isn't news to anyone, but I do think the faders on the Digi 002 are nicer than the MIDI or Mackie units.

So here it is. My edit suite is put back together again, this time with the control surface in a nice, convenient place.

I don't usually work with a client sitting over my shoulder, so I haven't really worried about the desk I've been using. It is a rather nice-looking desk. But it doesn't look like a piece of studio furniture. What do you guys think?