Pro Tools LE 8 is an audio recording, editing, and production suite. LE stands for "Light Edition" which has limited capabilities compared to Pro Tools HD. Pro Tools LE 8 is commonly used in project and home studios or for portable recording and editing. Ultimately, a fairly modern computer and a compatible audio interface will allow you to use the software and to begin recording and mixing music.
Pro Tools LE 8 Requirements
You are required to install and connect a qualified Avid (previously Digidesign) hardware audio interface to any system running Pro Tools LE 8. The current software supports the Mbox 2 line of products but does not support the original Mbox. Install the correct driver from the Avid website. Obtain and register a valid software license for the Pro Tools LE 8 software.
Windows Specific Requirements
Windows XP will only support Pro Tools LE 8.1 while Windows 7 will support version 8.0.4 and above. Windows Vista has not been officially tested but has been known to function properly.
Mac Specific Requirements
Pro Tools LE version 8 runs only on Intel based Mac systems. Versions 8 through 8.0.3 run on Leopard 10.5 and versions 8.0.4 and above will run on Snow Leopard 10.6.3.
Though there are no specific computer hardware requirements to run Pro Tools LE 8 software, be aware that the quality and speed of all computer components will have a direct impact on the power and processing ability of the software. Audio records takes up large amounts of disk space and plug-ins require a great deal of processing power.