Hi, the title says it all. I've been making records in one way or another with PT since the mid nineties and have watched their reliability and stability decline as they heap more and more features that don't deliver as promised. V7 is sluggish and buggy and they are not fixing the bugs as they add more features. So much of my time is now going into dealing with problems, work arounds and even destruction of sessions that the concepts of work flow and creativity are long gone. So I'm looking at other possibilities...
I've read the info in your description and have the following questions about features I currently rely on in PT:
I didn't see any mention of similar concepts in Sequoia. We record 12 channel drum kits, 24 channels of full bands etc and need to be able instantly go to take 2, take 3 etc, then be able to edit between these takes and comp. Equally as important is the ability to create different comps, that we can switch between which all leads to having some sort of underlying playlist scheme.
Can multiple tracks be grouped and edited together (12 drum tracks cut, pasted, shifted together with phase coherency etc) and does this also apply to mixing (faders move together etc)
Import session Data:
Any ability to import aspects of another song. If we're mixing an album with similar tracks, once we've set up our drum, bass, vocal tracks those mixer aspects may remain constant for each song so rather than start from a zero'd console import session data allows us to bring in all the channel assigments of sends, plugins, group, buss asignments, reverbs etc. Also If we've been editing across multiple systems we can import just the edited tracks from the laptop into the main song.
Do you reliably support softsynths in your mixing environment? Pro Tools is very buggy with this and the NI synths are always problematic with RTAS.
Digital IO: I have 24 channels of outboard converters (all AES dsubs). Never liked the 192, lol. What hardware interface would you suggest to interface with them for maximum reliability and the best signal integrity. Sonic quality and rock solid clocking are of utmost importance.
Computer: I need something that can handle 190 tracks without breaking a sweat and function flawlessly in a professional environment. #1 priority is reliability even with large complex projects. The possibilities for configuring a PC seem endless -processor, manufacturer, sound cards, ram, ram manufacturer, and endless possibilities = endless headaches and tech support calls. Exactly why I want to dump PT! To make this simple, what should I get?
I've read you only support the Mackie. At the moment I use a Command 8 but am thinking of moving to larger format control surface. Are you planning on expanding your support in the future?
Thanks for your time. Sequoia looks very tempting.