1. What is HDR Pro?
HDR Pro is a combination of the HDR Pro software and a single FireWire®
drive bay that has been fitted for a Mackie Media M90 drive.
The HDR Pro software for the HDR24/96 implements the ability to save
an HDR24/96 Project File as a Pro Tools™ Session file (for Mac
versions 3.x through 5.x) directly to a Mackie Media M90 drive installed
in the removable drive bay. The HDR Pro software also gives you the
ability to import a Pro Tools Session (created in versions 3.x through
5.x) into an HDR24/96 Project.
The FireWire drive bay is the link between the HDR24/96 and your Mac.
When you save your HDR24/96 Project as a Pro Tools Session to your M90
drive, you remove the M90 from the HDR24/96 and insert it into the HDR
Pro FireWire drive bay. The M90 will show up right on your Mac desktop,
so you can copy it to your Pro Tools-rated drive and begin work quickly
2. Why would I need to use HDR Pro?
Simply put – if you need to work with Pro Tools. HDR Pro was
designed primarily for new and existing HDR24/96 customers who need
to interface their recordings with a Digidesign Pro Tools system. Because
the HDR24/96 is a rugged, portable “tape machine” style
recorder, it can be loaded with HDR Pro to become a convenient mobile
recording system to compliment any Pro Tools-based production studio.
3. I’ve already been transferring
my audio files back and forth between the HDR and Pro Tools. What added
features would HDR Pro give me?
Even though the HDR24/96 has always been able to transfer audio files
back and forth via FTP with any computer, HDR Pro actually creates a
basic Pro Tools EDL (Edit Decision List) that maintains all the edits
of your audio files – exactly the way they appear in the HDR24/96.
The benefit is a major convenience in that you don’t need to “spot”
each file to a specific point in time, and all your edits done in the
HDR24/96 will be reflected in the newly created Pro Tools session. HDR
Pro also exports all original time stamping and places all virtual takes
into the PT region bin.
4. What aspects of my HDR Project
are transferred to Pro Tools when I use HDR Pro?
The current version of HDR Pro software (Version 1.4 build 419) saves
the following aspects as a Pro Tools Session:
- All audio files currently active in the main HDR24/96 Edit Window
(on the tracks)
- The original time stamps of those files (where they were originally
- Any edits that have been performed in the HDR24/96 (like Cut, Copy,
- A file that has been “looped” in the HDR24/96 will show
up in Pro Tools as concurrent regions to yield the same playback characteristics
- Virtual takes done in the HDR24/96 are exported to the PT Region
Bin. The following aspects are not transferred in HDR Pro Version
1.4: Volume & Mute settings, Cue & Location points, History
List, Fades, and Project Setup info (sampling rate, bit depth, etc.)
5. What aspects of my Pro Tools
session are transferred to the HDR when I import using HDR Pro?
When you import a Pro Tools session into an HDR24/96 with HDR Pro,
the following aspects are transferred:
- All audio files currently included in the Pro Tools Region List
- The original time stamp of those files (where they were originally
- Any destructive/ non-destructive edits performed in Pro Tools (like
Cut, Trim, Shuffle, etc.)
- Any fades performed to the actual audio files Remember that Pro Tools is a full-featured DAW and therefore contains many more features
and capabilities than the HDR24/96. Hence there are several attributes
related to mixing, effect processing, automation, and other specialized
commands that are not included with a transfer from Pro Tools to the
HDR24/96 via HDR Pro.
6. Which versions of Pro Tools are
supported by HDR Pro?
HDR Pro can save your HDR Project only as Mac-based Pro Tools Version
3.x, Version 4.x, or Version 5.x.
7. Can I use HDR Pro if I already
own the HDR24/96?
Yes. HDR Pro can be used with any new or existing HDR24/96 Recorder/Editor.
HDR Pro is only sold by itself, so you must either own an HDR24/96,
or purchase one when you purchase HDR Pro.
8. Besides an HDR24/96 and a Mac,
what else do I need to use HDR Pro?
HDR Pro is designed and recommended for use with a Mackie Media M90
inserted in the removable drive bay in the HDR24/96. Saving a Pro Tools
session directly to the M90 allows you to make use of the FireWire drive
bay (provided with HDR Pro). You can choose to save your Pro Tools session
to the internal drive of the HDR24/96 as well.
9. If I use HDR Pro, can I FTP my
new session instead of using an M90?
In the current build of the HDR Pro (build 419), FTP to a Mac Binary
formatted is not possible. Look for a maintenance build very soon that
will implement this functionality. Once implemented you will be able
to FTP you newly created Pro Tools session right to the Mac desktop
10. Does HDR Pro include Virtual
Takes with a Pro Tools export?
Yes – all virtual takes in a HDR Project will be exported to
the Pro Tools region bin. From there, they can be dragged into the Pro Tools Edit Window and used as desired.
11. How does HDR Pro handle larger
track counts in Pro Tools, and how are those extra tracks (above 24) imported?
HDR Pro imports the first 24 tracks as laid out in a Pro Tools Session,
because that is the track count limitation of the HDR24/96. However,
any tracks above the 24 count are imported into the HDR24/96's Region
List even though those physical tracks will be discarded.
12. Is Mackie going to release
a PC supported Version of HDR Pro?
We are currently working on exporting PC-supported versions of Pro Tools. Stay tuned for complete details and updates.