I'm building a surround mixing room over the next month and I am trying to decide between Protools HD2 and Nuendo 5. The room will primarily be for commercial work and sound design (not mixing) for indie movies and feature films. We will also have a nice VO booth as part of the setup. For I/O I only need 8 in and 8 out. However, I need a whole lot of tracks within the program. A few other things that will definitely be in the room:
Mac quad or 8 core computer Storage/recording/playback drives will be on a 10TB server connected via Fibre Channel Either a Decklink Studio or an Aja LHi for video playback AD/DA converters will be Mytek, Metric Halo, or Apogee Control surface will be a Euphonix MC Control, MC Pro, or some Digidesign desk. Genelec 8030 surround monitors with matching sub Dangerous Music monitor controller (unless the control surface we get does talkback and surround monitoring) And we'll need some surround reverbs, dynamics control, EQ's, various other effects, etc.
I've been a Nuendo user for many years and there are a lot of things about it I really like. For example, the lanes function, I like the work flow, and I'm just simply used to it. However, it is a Native software so it takes a smokin' computer to record with less than 5ms latency in order to get the various mixes in the control room and the VO booth.
Protools HD systems have the core card doing a lot of audio processing so latency is never an issue. It's also the industry standard so file exchange with other studios, albeit rare, is a nice thing to have. Having Protools also offers the ability to have other engineers walk in, sit down, and start working far more easily than Nuendo.
I've been doing recording/mixing/producing/and sound in some form full time for 12 years and I have somehow managed to avoid EVER learning Protools. I'm pretty sure I get a medal for that accomplishment.
As a note...Protools Native isn't worth it to me. If I'm going to get a Native program I'll just stick with Nuendo. Protools HD is a much more robust system for commercial work.
So...thoughts? Comments? Feelings on Protools HD vs Nuendo?