I reviewed Pro Tools Essentials and basically killed it. It is harder to use, and at the same time more limiting than GarageBand. It also locks you to a particular piece of M-Audio gear, which is lame.
This year I’m buying it for our lab.
OK it’s more like this: we are upgrading our computers to Mac Minis. These don’t have mics like the old eMacs we had (yes, eMacs). So I needed a not-junky mic, but didn’t want the price or cable clutter of an interface at each station. So I chose the M-Audio Pro Tools Vocal Studio, which bundles a fairly nice USB mic (M-Audio Producer) with Pro Tools Esentials.
Will I use it?
Of course I will. Level 2 can now learn mixing and mastering using the right tool for the job. While I personally prefer Logic, PTE will give a similar learning experience at a fraction of the cost.
A good review
To contrast with my scathing mini review, here’s a pretty fair review of all the PTE bundles:
I’ll update with some in depth looks once the new gear is up and running.