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Thread New - Pro Tools Question/Help

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Hey, just joined up.

Looking to get a new comp and getting a pro tools rig. I've got roughly around $2000 to play with and could up it to around $3000 within a couple weeks. I'm planning on getting a G4 tower, mostly because it's in my price range, I prefer macs and also do design work, etc.

I'd rather spend the money now on something that fits my needs that I won't need to really upgrade from for a couple years. I'd like to know if it would be better to just go for the digi 002 rack or just the MBox for this system.

The music I do is generally guitar-sound-scape stuff (shoegaze). I'm trying to get more advanced in doing beats, mostly trying to make fake drums sounding real, breakbeats/trip-hop, down tempo type stuff. In the past I've used everything from an old 808, to Mc-505's to Reason, etc. I figure nows a good time to take the next step.
I plan on going into studios to record a drummer doing various beats/ hitting individual drums/cymbals etc. that I need and taking them home to chop up in protools. What I mostly care about is the system/items I need to record guitars and bass well. I'd also like to play around with more solely electro type stuff. Should I go with the 002 Rack or an MBox?
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oh, and I have a Roland 880 that a friend of mine told me once that I could use that as a mixer(?) of some sort in combination with a system like this.
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I just bought the 002 control surface with pro tools 6.1. It has a pretty high learning curve, but it's the cream of the crop. It'll do anything your little heart desires and then some. I'd save your money a little longer and get the best. It'll never become obsolete and it's the accepted standard in pro studios everywhere
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cool man, thx. iwas thinking that the 002 would probably be the way to go. are there still any major problems running between 6.1 and the OS X system? I recorded some with this guy who had a nice pro tools set up and he kept saying something like he had to stay in OS 9 because of some glitch in the protools6 software. That's why I'm thinking of a G4 with a dual boot, one in 9 and the other in X.
Also, could anyone point me to what other hardware I might need to make this fly? So far a G4 and the 002 rack. I've got good monitors and mics. I've got a Roland digital 8track unit, and from reading some other posts, I'm thinking I could really use that in this setup. But I must plead ignorant in that I don't know how or why. As a hands on mixer? For the additional inputs it has?