Starting at 3:22 in the video, Joel states "Aw, I mean at the end of the day, you're gonna be digital. I mean, this shit is all going into Ableton, or Cubase, or Pro Tools, or fucking whatever I'm using at the time. It's all gonna get there one way or another, which is digital..." In a Tweet, Deadmau5 makes reference to Pro Tools version 9: https://twitter.com/deadmau5/status/549459947683840 More proof from http://lat.ms/1dZe7cm "The Nine Inch Nails fan got his start hanging out in Niagara Falls studios and record stores. He became a Pro Tools expert and began making his own tracks. In the information diaspora of the Internet age, those tracks found some powerful friendly ears. Fellow Pro Tools guru Steve Duda passed one to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. Zimmerman, who was still living with his mom at the time, and Lee bonded over beats and became close friends and collaborators."more
"Had a great vocal recording session last night! Big thanks to our friends at Keep The Edge Studios!" A quick peek at Keep The Edge Studios' equipment list (http://www.keeptheedgestudios.com/#page-923 ) contains two versions of Pro Tools, particularly HD3 9. The left monitor shows the mixer window. The first two rows are the inserts (A-E, F-J) and the next two rows are the sends (A-E, F-J). The right monitor shows the arrangement view.more
In [this interview](http://www.musictech.net/2015/02/bernard-butler-interview/), Bernard states, "I’m still using Pro Tools 9, which I know is a little outdated. Basically, I got loads of plug-ins for free and I’m a bit scared to go back to them and ask to upgrade it all and go through the set-up learning process again. I’m used to Pro Tools 9 and the simple fact is that it just works for me."more
"When I record, I do everything myself at home, but I go direct into my Mbox into Pro Tools. I don’t mic and record it through an amp. I did do that for my earlier albums, maybe even through Glacial Glow, but because I have so many effects pedals that I’m going through I find that I don’t really need that sound from the amp to enhance it. I just really want a very clean sound when I’m recording. There are a few software effects that I use in Pro Tools, mainly just a reverb or the EchoBoy delay. There is one effect called the Crystallizer and I was using it a lot in Pro Tools, and then when I was going and trying to make live arrangements of these songs I was like, “man, I’m really missing this effect.”"more
PT is the de facto standard among studios. Yes, PT is very rich in cool and useful features. Yes, with version 9 Avid has finally un-crippled Pro Tools so that it works with any interface and unlocks features previously available only to users of their dedicated-hardware TDM version (of course these features and the ability to work with any interface have generally been available in competitors' products).
But the sad truth is that the big studios that use Pro Tools use it on Mac-based systems with tens of thousands of dollars worth of specialized TDM hardware, and they have service contracts with technicians who keep it configured and running smoothly.
As a PC user running PT9 on native hardware, I have found Pro Tools to be extremely buggy. I installed PT clean on a new PC, and followed the (several pages of) hardware guidelines for setting up the box so that PT would be happy. I am using a new Avid interface. The virtual instruments I use are limited to either Pro Tools Instrument Expansion (PTIE) and Native Instruments Komplete (the latter of which never hangs or crashes under other hosts). Nonetheless, I have experienced frequent crashes and hangs. In particular, I can reliably expect that when I close PT down and try to restart it I get a message the "Pro Tools did not close properly and your system will need to be restarted." Likewise, Pro Tools intermittently fails to recognize my licenses for PTIE's Structure, and will crash if I open up too many virtual instrument tracks. Users who have invested in a 64-bit system should be aware that PT9 is a 32-bit product, by the way. If you just want to learn Pro Tools, then getting PT9 for the PC is an OK choice. But if you really want to use it you may have to get a Mac (I can't absolutely vouch for this, but on the DUC message board I do not see Mac users complaining about these things the same way PC users do).