Audio Engine Comparisons
Live 8 (VST), Pro Tools 9 (RTAS), and Logic 9 (AU)
They are all good, but SLIGHTLY different. Seriously, I'm have great monitors and 10 years experience as a mastering engineer, and they are all very close.
- Ableton Live is the most neutral and accurate. (see footnote *)
- Logic is a bit "hotter," leading to slightly louder results by default.
- Pro Tools is somewhere in the middle of the two.
All three projects use the same MIDI parts to trigger Drums, Synth Bass, Strings, and Rhodes samples in NI Maschine and Kontakt 4. All sounds are straight from the libraries of each. I routed Kick, Snares, Hats, and Crashes to their own tracks out of Maschine, and routed the Strings and Rhodes onto their own tracks out of Kontakt.
All sounds and processing use third-party plug-ins, so each DAW's project resembles the other as much as possible. I used only high quality plug-ins, and did enough routing to create multiple summing points.
All bounces were 24bit 44.1kHz
Included in the download are FLAC and 320k AAC files.
For details on the routing and setup of each project, you can download a folder with the sessions, presets, MIDI files, and text doc with a list of what I did. Before asking me a bunch of questions, and complaining about what I missed, or why I came to my conclusions, please have a look at the files I've provided for you.
Download Files Here 38.5MB
P.s. I wrote the parts in about 5 minutes, and did not do any mixing other than setting some levels and pan, so go easy on my "song writing."
* At AES 2009 in NYC, The designer of the Prism Orpheus told me he thinks Live is the most neutral - what goes in is what goes out - and that he uses it to test his Firewire interface. Prism only makes top-of-the-line converters.