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pro tools free v3.4 (Nov 1997)
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:21:36 AM »
http://www.zdnet.com/news/digidesign-gives-away-pro-tools-3-4/97319

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Digidesign gives away Pro Tools 3.4

Summary: Digidesign is giving away free copies of its professional audio software.The company this week said it will send a CD-ROM containing a full version of Pro Tools 3.
Joanna Pearlstein

By Joanna Pearlstein | November 6, 1997 -- 00:00 GMT (16:00 PST)

Digidesign is giving away free copies of its professional audio software.

The company this week said it will send a CD-ROM containing a full version of Pro Tools 3.4 to any person in North America. To receive the software, users must complete a form on the company's Web site.

The Pro Tools CD-ROM includes Pro Tools PowerMix, a Power Mac application that provides two simultaneous record tracks, up to 16 playback tracks, 64 virtual tracks and two bands of digital equalization per track.

The CD-ROM also contains an older version of Pro Tools with DAE (Digidesign Audio Engine) PowerMix, which costs $795 for Version 4.1.

Digidesign, a Palo Alto, Calif., division of Avid Technology Inc., can be reached at (650) 842-7900 or (800) 333-2137; fax (650) 842-7999; http://www.digidesign.com.

another article on this is from http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep98/articles/digidesignprotools.html
dated september 1998 but seems unreadable due to html errors on SOS's site

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Re: pro tools free v3.4 (Nov 1997)
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 12:30:23 AM »
http://www.oakbog.com/PT3NuBus.html


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Running ProTools Free 3.4 on Older Macs

    Manual Installation
    Notes and Tips
     System Test Results

    Written By: Adam Rosen
    September 1998

    ProTools v3.4 Digital Audio Workstation software was released on CD-ROM free of charge by Digidesign as a promotional effort in 1997. It is an older but fully-functional 16-track version of the program. Pro Tools v3.4 was only approved for use with some PCI-based PowerMacs, but it is possible to run the program on many older Macs, both Nubus and PCI models, by performing a simple manual installation.

    This page does not contain information on running ProTools Free 5.01


    Manual Installation

        If needed, download a copy of the ProTools 3.4 application and all necessary extensions (Stuffit archive).
         
        If you have a copy of the installation CD-ROM, don't run the included installer - it fails on Nubus machines or when running Mac OS 8 or higher. Instead, just copy the "Digidesign" folder on the CD to your hard disk via the Finder. The ProTools application with supporting files is located inside the "Digidesign" folder. Next run the appropriate DAE/DSI installer (DAE = Digidesign Audio Engine, DSI = Digisystem INIT) to place the necessary extensions in your System Folder.
         
        If you have a PCI Mac use DAE/DSI v3.01. If you have a Nubus Mac use DAE/DSI v3.11.
         
        If you have a Digidesign card in your Mac these items are all you will need. If you have a PowerMac, a PowerPC-based Performa or a PowerPC-based PowerBook, you can also run ProTools in native Powermix mode with no audio cards required. To do this, you need the DAE Extension "DAE Powermix" to be installed on your system. This is typically installed by the DAE/DSI installer automatically. The installed file-folder structure is as follows:
         
        "System Folder"
           "DAE Folder"
              "DAE Extensions"
                 "DAE Powermix" (file)

        For PCI machines running DAE/DSI v3.01, use DAE Powermix" v1.1.1
        For Nubus systems running DAE/DSI 3.11, use "DAE Powermix" v1.1.2
         
        Before trying to use ProTools in Powermix mode for the first time you need to make sure that the Playback Buffer Size is set appropriately in the DAE application. To do this, run the DAE application by itself (located inside the System Folder) without running ProTools, and choose "Set Playback Buffer Size" from the File menu. Set this to the highest possible value, quit DAE, then relaunch ProTools.
         
        Remember this is an unsupported hack (although a tested and well documented one); running ProTools v3.4 on any unqualified Mac is not an approved or supported practice by Digidesign.


            Notes and Tips

        Combinations other than those specified on this page may work, but I have not seen information about anything other than what is listed. You should always use the same version number of DAE and DSI. Mixing and matching may work but will likely be unstable. Stability may vary between machines and setups. Increasing the number of simultaneous tracks used in Powermix mode may increase the likelihood of a crash. Your mileage may vary.
         
        If you have a 68K Mac you must have a Digidesign audio card installed to use ProTools. If you have a PowerPC machine you can run the software either on a Digidesign card (if available) or in Powermix mode. If you do not have a Digidesign card you must have a Powermac to use ProTools. The file "DAE Powermix" is only required for Powermix mode operation.
         
        Track count varies by hardware available. Track count should be the same for any given Digi card (e.g., Audiomedia II or Sound Tools II) regardless of what machine it's in: an Audiomedia II will support 4 tracks, period. Powermix mode can support up to a certain number of tracks, depending on machine. There is no guarantee that any particular system can provide this performance. Optimizing drives, using a lean system folder and minimizing SCSI traffic can improve performance for native processing software. This is true on Nubus or PCI machines.
         
        Powermix normally uses the Mac's stereo mini jack for I/O tasks. It is possible to run ProTools in Powermix mode while simultaneously using an installed Digi card for input/output via the Apple Sound Manager. For System 7 or Mac OS 8 you will need to have the Digidesign Sound Drivers extension installed; after restart go to the Sound Control Panel and choose your Digi card under the Sound In and Sound Out options. Digidesign Sound Drivers are incompatible with Mac OS 9, the Digidesign Control Panel should be used instead.
         
        On some systems, recording via the Sound Manager (using the Digi card to record while operating in Powermix mode) crashes the system; this is not unusual as it is not a supported configuration. The docs for ProTools recommend running in one mode or the other, with no emphasis on using the Sound Manager for redirection.
         
        Important: the Monitors and Sound Control Panel doesn't recognize the Digi Sound Drivers, so you'll need to use the older Sound Control Panel instead; if it isn't already installed on your system, it can usually be found in the Apple Extras folder.
         
        If you're having problems getting Powermix mode to work at all under Mac OS 9, one user reported success by first switching to OS 8.5 to get things setup:
         
        "When I saw the documentation about Pro Tools not running on OS 9 I was disappointed. But I'm a try anything kind of guy, so I broke out my Backup OS CD and reinstalled 8.5 as a clean install. Sure enough, Pro tools worked. Then, just for kicks, I switched back to OS 9 and the whole thing worked!"
         
        Another user reported having difficulties bouncing interleaved stereo Sound Designer II files using a 7100/80AV and the Session 8 with 882 interface (the problem did not occur on a Centris 650 with the Session 8/882):
         
        "One bug I have found is that when bouncing to disk no scaling/interleaved SDII file the program becomes very unstable and the system must be rebooted. This is with OS 8.0. Symptoms of instability include tracks playing back at wrong pitch speed, bounced files consist of a few seconds of audio looped for a duration = the length of the song. The workaround is to bounce to a split stereo file, no scaling. I'm pretty sure that the bounce problem is specific to the project card. I think I've bounced interleaved files off of my Audiomedia II card without problems."
         
        Some people have reported that when switching the Playback Engine between an installed Digi card (e.g., Audiomedia II) and Powermix mode, the Digi card doesn't always show up as an available resource. Quitting ProTools, trashing the DigiSetup file, then restarting ProTools usually fixes the problem.
         
        Many Macs are much faster than systems around when v3.4 was developed, so sometimes excessive speed becomes a problem. One user mentioned this problem and fix for unwieldy scroll bars on his iMac:
         
        "I reported a couple of months ago using Protools 3,4 (16 tracks) with an iMac 400 DV. The only problem I had was the scroll bar which was going really too fast and was difficult to control. I found a solution with a little shareware which makes it possible to adjust the speed of the scroll bar. It is called Smart Scroll and works perfectly with Mac OS 9,04 and Protools 3,4."
           
        A little experimentation might help if things aren't working. Several readers have reported success using this tip involving changing the "ver" resource of DAE, which fools ProTools into thinking it has the software it needs:
         
        "I was surprised to hear that someone else got this going on a nubus mac, especially since you did it a little differently than I did. I took a version of DAE I had laying around (version 2.95, I believe), and changed the "ver" string with ResEdit to the version that ProTools was looking for. Just like that, rock-solid ProTools on a power 120! 16 stable tracks w/7200 RPM drive. NO crashes whatsoever. However, my SoundTools 1 card(!) which works fine with Sound Designer II (if QuickTime is turned off) in the Power 120 crashes immediately if selected in ProTools."
         
        Another notes how overclocked machines can be configured at the 'Gestalt' level:

        "I've tested your Pro Tools installation successfully on a overclocked 6100/80. You have to use "Wish I Were" to change the "Gestalt" to a 6100/60 or 6100/66. With this modification I have 8 tracks available."
         
        Skips in audio playback may be a sign that a disk is too slow or too fragmented to support audio recording. To achieve the most efficient track throughput, use a dedicated drive for audio files which doesn't contain the System Folder or any applications. Defragmenting or reinitializing the drive before a new recording session is also a good idea. These problems are common to Powerbook users, who should consider using an external drive with their system for best performance.
         
        Partitioning a slow disk won't solve access problems, a situation which can arise when both a program (ProTools) and the operating system need to access a disk simultaneously, or you attempt to play back too many tracks at once from a single drive. Two partitions are still physically on the same disk, so the need for the hardware to find two things at once hasn't gone away. Partitioning can help with fragmentation problems, since you can limit your audio work to one partition and keep general computer stuff in another.
         
        For more information, see Maintaining Your Macintosh - Routine Glitches and Sluggishness and Disk & Hardware Problems.
         
        If you're trying to launch ProTools in Powermix mode with no Digi hardware installed and you receive an error that a resource is not installed or possibly in use by another application, you may need to adjust the Playback Buffer Size setting in DAE. The default configuration of DAE after installation assumes a Digi card is present, and if one isn't present you receive an error unless you've first prepared the system to use Powermix.
         
        To fix this, run the DAE application itself (located inside the System Folder) without running ProTools and choose "Set Playback Buffer Size" from the File menu. Change this to the highest possible value, quit DAE, then relaunch ProTools. If things still do not work, try swapping the version of the "DAE Powermix" file that you are using on your system (from v1.1.1 to v1.1.2, or vice versa).
         
        According to one user, ProTools v3.4 supports TDM functionality if you have an authorizer disc:
         
        "I am using protools 3.4 on a PPC 8100/100 AV. I found that if you can get a tdm authorizer disk ( I use a tdm 1.1 installer set) you only need to authorize the hd to use tdm with ProTools 3.4. It works with dae´s higher than 2.95 too (3.41 here). Its my choice cause I can use the digidesign R1 controller for volume editing and transport easyfication (Protools 4.0 and higher doesn't support the R1)."
         


    System Test Results

    Pro Tools v3.4 will run on Mac OS versions up through 9.2.2
    this version will not run in Classic mode under Mac OS X

    • Supported Systems

    These combinations are officially supported by Digidesign for ProTools v3.4 Powermix:

        9600/9600mp (up to 233MHz): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        9500/9500mp (all speeds: Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        8600mp (up to 200MHz): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        8500 (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        8200 (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        7500 (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        7200 (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        Performa 6400 (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        PowerTower Pro (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        PowerCenter (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III
        UMAX s900L (all speeds): Powermix mode or Audiomedia III

        Powerbook 3400 (all speeds): Powermix mode only


    For the daring (and frugal) among us, here are the results people have reported using ProTools v3.4 on their unsupported machines:

    • Unsupported NuBus Systems

        8100/250 (G3 card) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        8100/110 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        8100/110 in Powermix mode: runs, 8 tracks tested (more likely available)
        8100/100 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        8100/100 in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks offered
        8100/80 with ProTools 442: won't launch, DAE Error -9024
        8100/80 in Powermix mode: runs, 12 tracks offered
        7100/80 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        7100/80 with Session 8/882: runs, 8 tracks available
        7100/80 with ProTools 442: runs, tracks unspecified (requires DAE/DSI v3.02)
        7100/80 in Powermix mode: runs, 12 tracks available
        7100/66 in Powermix mode: runs, 8 tracks available
        6100/80 in Powermix mode: runs, 8 tracks available
        6100/66 in Powermix mode: runs, 8 tracks available
        6100/60 in Powermix mode: runs, 8 tracks available
        Performa 6300 in Powermix mode: tests failed to date

        Radius 81/110 with Sound Tools II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Radius 81/110 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Radius 81/110 with ProTools 442: won't launch, DAE Error -9024
        Radius 81/110 in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks offered
        Power Computing 120 in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        Power Computing 100 with Sound Tools II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Power Computing 100 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available

        Powerbook 5300 in Powermix mode: runs, 2 tracks available
        Powerbook 1400 in Powermix mode: runs, tracks unspecified

        Quadra 950 with SysAxe and four 442: runs, 16 tracks available (requires DAE/DSI v3.02)
        Quadra 950 with Session 8/882: runs, 8 tracks available
        Quadra 950 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Quadra 900 with Sound Tools II: runs, tracks unspecified
        Quadra 840AV with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Quadra 800 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Quadra 650 with SysAxe and two 442: runs, 8 tracks available*
        Quadra 650 with Session 8/882: runs, 8 tracks available
        Quadra 650 with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Centris 650 with Session 8/882 (& PPC upgrade card): runs, tracks unspecified

        Mac IIfx with Session 8/882: runs, 8 tracks available
        Mac IIfx with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available
        Mac IIci with Session 8/882: runs, 8 tracks available
        Mac IIci with Audiomedia II: runs, 4 tracks available

    • Unsupported PCI Systems

        iMac G3/400 DV in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        iMac G3/333 in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        iMac G3/233 in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available

        Powerbook G4/500 (Titanium) in Powermix mode, Digigram VX Pocket: runs, 16 tracks available
        Powerbook G3/400 (Pismo) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        Powerbook G3 (WallStreet) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        iBook (1st gen) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available

        G4/800MP (QuickSilver) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        G4/450 (Grey) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        G4/400 (Grey) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        G4/350 (Grey) in Powermix mode: runs, tracks unspecified
        G3/350 (Blue) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        G3/300 (Blue) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        G3/266 (Beige) with Audiomedia III: runs, 8 tracks available

        9600/300 in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        7600/132 in Powermix mode, runs, 16 tracks available
        6500/250 in Powermix mode: runs, 8 tracks tested
        PowerTower 400 (G3 card) in Powermix mode: runs, 16 tracks available
        PowerTower 166 in Powermix mode: runs, 8 tracks available

 
Thanks to all who took the time to test things on their systems and report the results.
Thanks to Digidesign for providing this free software. Long live the Mac!

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Re: pro tools free v3.4 (Nov 1997)
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2017, 06:50:31 AM »
http://dlia.ir/Scientific/Magazines/SoundandMusic/Sound.On.Sound.Magazine.Sound.Music/1998/Free%20Pro%20Tools-SOS-Sept.pdf

article from 1998

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• Mac OS 7.5.3 or higher (note that Mac OS 8.1 is not currently supported by any Digidesign software). • 24Mb minimum RAM (additional RAM is required for simultaneous use with MIDI sequencers, and Virtual Memory is not supported). • A suitable Digidesign-approved SCSI disk drive and a 17-inch or larger monitor are recommended.