i think pro tools (the LE or digi systems) is really cool for people like me who can't afford/manage/maintain tape machines for a home recording setup.
but i'd be really upset if i came to some professional studio that only operated pro tools, no tape. like, damn, i guess dynamic range is cool and all, but in the past year, the classes i've taken involving digital logic have really convinced me that tape/analog is the "ideal" for capturing a continuum of sound. especially if it's going to get digitized at some point anyway.
i mean, with digital, there is no "continuum", only sample rates. which is a chaotic world.
many times over the past few years, on message boards, i will be in a thread involving an album where people post reviews/opinions, and i come across the cynical statement "i smell pro tools"... there's a good justification for that cynicism, beyond the technical details of digital recording: pro tools is conducive to a shady workflow.
needless to say, this has all been said many times on these boards. just thought i'd post this in light of electrical's acquisition of a PT system. regarding electrical, as long as they're not "switching" to pro tools, just adding the system, it can't do harm. they get to preserve the integrity of their best recordings (by using tape) and at the same time get pro tools for customers who are into that kind of thing.