Well, I’ve spent the past week riding the Pro Tools first learning curve, as you well know if you’ve been reading along. Now that I have a feel for it, and know there are things going on that are not me being stupid, it’s time to bring some harsh reality down on my overall experience.

PLUS:.Sound quality is far better than audacity.

PLUS: It doesn’t pick up much junk noise.

PLUS: Once you learn it’s basic functions, the rest is reasonably intuitive. Things are more or less just where you expect them. Plugins add a lot of versatility.

MINUS: Ridiculous boot time on a PC well-within recommended system specs (I’m running it on win10, i7 processor. More than sufficient RAM and hard drive space for this sort of application-for reference.) At it’s best it takes 5 minutes to boot. At worst, twice that, or not at all.

MINUS: It crashes constantly. Once it crashes, it may take upwards of three attempts before the program clears out the error and will open again.

MINUS: It is causing system corruption. Let me say that again:  it is causing  system corruption. If left unchecked, this will eventually fry my computer. I am not sure if the error is in pro tools itself, or one of the plugins that came with it, but I have already had to reinstall Chrome due to corruption, and there are signs of struggle in my start menu. The constant crashing in ProTools is taking it’s toll, and, frankly, I can’t allow that to continue. Last night, the program actually screamed. It was ear-splitting.

The computer issues are the direct result of this program, so the minuses outweigh the pluses. I will be uninstalling the program and all of its components tonight in an effort to repair the damage it has caused.

After that, I don’t know. It could be a bug in the installation, so I might consider a clean reinstall, but more likely is that I will be reverting to audacity (but with the interface), while I research alternative programs in the hopes of finding something similar, but less glitchy, on a budget.

For now, saving my PC takes priority over fancy music programs, and then we’ll see.