August 2, 2008

Delay compensation - what the heck digidesign?

So... Jon over at Audio Geek Zine has written about delay compensation in protools a few times this month, and if you're unfamiliar with the topic, you'll find them very helpful. But what I want to know is, why doesn't protools have this functionality built in?

Accoding to Sound Thinking, Digidesign's Protools family is by far the most popular recording software:
With Digidesign's 85% market share and more than 130,000 users world wide, it's not hard to see the huge advantage Pro Tools gives you over any other digital audio work station.
Well, I find it very troubling that the most popular DAW, and possibly (see: probably) the most popular all-around-music-production software, doesn't have such a basic feature built in.

Just about all their competitors have it now:
DAWDelay Compensation Built-in?
Steinberg CubaseYes
Steinberg NuendoYes
Ableton LiveYes
FL StudioYes
Motu Digital PerformerNo
Digidesign ProtoolsEdit: LE - No/HD - Yes
Adobe AuditionYes
Apple Logic(comes with some but it's not automatic)
Cakewalk SonarYes

How did this happen? Maybe digidesign has gone unchallenged in the pro-audio market too long?

Edit: One of the commenters has brought the fact that Pro-tools HD has Delay compensation to my attention.

As far as I'm concerned that's about as good as not having it, but that's subject matter for another post.

© 2008 Jim Robert