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Beats, Percussion, and Rhythms with Pro Tools and Maschine
Beats, Percussion, and Rhythms with Pro Tools and MaschineCreate high-quality music that stands out from the crowd—watch 'Master the Art of Music Creation', our video tutorial series dedicated to the success of arti...From:AvidViews:1525 41ratingsTime:07:31More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 27 Aug 14, 3:24am -
Pro Mixing: Music Creation Webinar with Dave Audé [PREVIEW]
Pro Mixing: Music Creation Webinar with Dave Audé [PREVIEW]Avid hosted this exclusive webinar inside the studio of Dave Audé—the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, DJ and label owner known for collaborations with U2, Coldplay, will.i.am,Lady Gaga,...From:AvidViews:674 10ratingsTime:18:36More inHowto & Style
- 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 2:47pm -
How To Choose Your Support Plan for Media Composer | Software
How To Choose Your Support Plan for Media Composer | SoftwareAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:295 0ratingsTime:02:30More inHowto & Style
- 5 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 5:41am -
How To Choose Your Subscription Option for Media Composer | Software
How To Choose Your Subscription Option for Media Composer | SoftwareAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:802 0ratingsTime:02:35More inHowto & Style
- 5 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 5:39am -
Learn Why Composers and Arrangers Choose Avid Sibelius 7.5
Learn Why Composers and Arrangers Choose Avid Sibelius 7.5Hear from professional composers Anastasia Devana, Patrick Kirst, Mike Lang, Trevor Morris and Jay Terrien and learn how new features in Avid Sibelius 7.5 he...From:AvidViews:3672 37ratingsTime:04:53More inHowto & Style
- 8 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:08am -
How To See What's New with Media Composer | Software
How To See What's New with Media Composer | SoftwareHow To by Avid Customer Support covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more. Subscribe on the Avid Knowle...From:AvidViews:1422 0ratingsTime:02:07More inHowto & Style
- 14 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 5:30am -
See Avid Everywhere Revealed [PREVIEW]
See Avid Everywhere Revealed [PREVIEW]The first Avid Everywhere-inspired product offerings are available today—with much more coming soon. Now is the time to get on the platform. Watch the full r...From:AvidViews:2113 0ratingsTime:00:51More inHowto & Style
- 19 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 12:36am -
How To Create, Manage and Edit Cases Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Create, Manage and Edit Cases Inside the Avid Support CenterAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:206 0ratingsTime:05:27More inHowto & Style
- 29 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 8:42pm -
Learn How To with Avid Support
Learn How To with Avid SupportAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:1296 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 48 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 9:32pm -
How To Activate Flexnet Device Manager for Floating Licenses
How To Activate Flexnet Device Manager for Floating LicensesAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:186 0ratingsTime:01:54More inHowto & Style
- 77 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:58am -
How to Configure and Install Flexnet Device Manager for Floating Licenses
How to Configure and Install Flexnet Device Manager for Floating LicensesAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:327 0ratingsTime:02:32More inHowto & Style
- 77 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:58am -
How To Use the Knowledge Base Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Knowledge Base Page Inside the Avid Support CenterAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:137 0ratingsTime:00:48More inHowto & Style
- 77 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:47am -

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  • ADR A Whole Low Budget Film? Sounds In Sync Made It Possible
    Sound designer/editor/mixer Jonah Guelzo was working a low budget/ crowd sourced film recently directed by his brother Joel.  The problem was that there was no consistent location sound so the only solution was to ADR the whole film so Jonah looked around for a creative solution and he teamed up with our friends Sounds In Sync to use their EdiPrompt and EdiCue software to make this ADR process as painless as possible and this video is the story of that journey.
    - 16 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • Drumdrops Drum Samples Mixed By Guy Massey - Free To First 20
    Our friends at Drumdrops are releasing the 1965 Ludwig Super Classic Kit Kontakt 5 pack tomorrow, 28th August between 4pm and 4.30 pm with a special introductory offer.First 20 people will receive it freeNext 50 people will receive it for £ 15.00Next 50 people will receive it for £ 25.00Next 50 people will receive it for £ 30.00And then it will return to £ 40.00.Recorded At Top London Studio The SquareThe kit was recorded by our resident Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by Grammy award winning ex-Abbey Road engineer Guy Massey. The drummer was Tim Weller, a busy UK session drummer recent clients included - Death in Vegas, Chris Difford, Future Sound of London, Marc Almond, Beverley Craven, Natalie Imbruglia, Duke Special, Ellie Goulding and Noel Gallagher.The recording took place in Miloco’s The Square Studios in London. Quite a controlled and tight sounding live room so you can really hear the sound of this kit and treat it later. For mic pre’s we used a combination of the SSL G-Series and a number of external pre’s including Calrec 1061’s, Valve Telefunken V76, a Neve 1066 and Neve Prisms.Mixed On SSL-G SeriesThe kit was mixed on the SSL G-Series console at The Square by Guy Massey. In the past few years Guy has worked with many artists including Bill Fay, Ed Sheeran, Ultrasound, Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh and Paul McCartney as well as many up and coming acts. In 2010 he won two UK Music Producer Guild awards for engineer of the year and best album. He won engineer of the year again this year.More Drumdrops DealsCheck out our Route Seventy Sticks sound lbrary in this months deals hereGet The Kit For FreeHead over to the Drumdrops site from 4:00pm GMT tomorrow to grab them
    - 17 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 12:21pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 131
    Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back together to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered. Groove 3 Titles We LikeDeal Of The WeekCompetitionsWin an Editors Keys USB MicDeals pageDDMF Metaplugin Hosting Plug-in £20 - 30% DiscountDrumdrops Route Seventy Sticks - 30% Off Any Tracks In This AlbumZero-G Epica Virtual Synth £69.95 - 25% Discount PureMix Annual Subscription $175.49 - 30% DiscountTalking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal AudioUniversal Audio Russ is enjoying Apollo Twin and using the light pipe input to expand the number of inputsDSP - Not the Holy Grail?Brahma Ambisonics Microphone ReviewNew Product Releases AIR Announce New Riser Synth Plug-In With Special 48 Hour Sneak Peak Free Demo Download Zynaptiq Release Unchirp So You Can Remove The BirdiesFabfilter To Release New Version Of Their Excellent Pro Q Plug-InBlue Cat Audio Team Up With Sound Radix To Offer A Patchwork & 32 Lives BundleTC Electronic Announce System 6000 Integrator Plug-In For Pro Tools Have you lost the creative spark?Wilfried Van Baelen and his story of no compromise and how he created the Auro 3D formatIt’s Time To Use The ‘F’ Word - The Most Underrated Plug-In We All HaveWhat PureMix videos have interested the team recently James - Parallel drum compression - 2 videosNeil - How to use Elastic Audio, Pro Tools Shortcuts (Best Of) and the GearFest series and they are all free. Mike - Other free videos on PureMix are Beat Detective, the plug-in compare function, exporting from Logic to Pro tools are just 3 of them. Fab has done a series on mixing with the stock plug-ins as well as another on basic editing in Pro Tools. Then there is a great 1 hour video and how to record a trio live in the studio that is only available to subscribers. Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio SolutionsRSPE are offering a summer rebate on Royer ribbon micsGregory Lawson is looking for videos on using UAD and Sonnox plug-ins PureMix - Mixing with UAD plug-insPureMix Mixing a Pop song: using a laptop and an Apollo Sonnox YouTube channel David Thomas - In podcast 130 you talked about not stealing content and then later talked about using a proxy server, surely double standards?Jascha Viehl - Following our EDL tip 4 there is a solution for PT10 users on a Mac from Bernhad Maisch called The Guardian Angel for Write Automation to Selection after Previewing in HD Systems.…
    - 19 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:15am -
  • Free Powerful Synth And Sequencer Plug-in For Pro Tools And Other DAWs - Kontakt Hosted
    If you own Kontakt then here is an excellent free synth and sequencer plug-in that allows the user to create complex looping arpeggiator patterns and then moprh them. Thanks to community member Glenn Skinner for the tip.Kosmology FreeFallFreeFall is a completely Free version of the powerful Kosmology Sequencing System, which uses 110 Sampled Instruments collected from current Kosmology and Kosmos products to offer a free entry point into the world of Kosmology. Kosmology provides 8 completely separate instances which can be switched in real-time via a specified set of Midi notes. Each instance uses 2 synths with independent Filters, has 7 sequencers with independent clock divides and step amounts as well as 48 assignable parameters. The workflow is enhanced by lots of useful options such as copying, pasting and randomizing and a single instance can be copied to all Instances or to a specific instance. The idea is that you set up the 8 instances and then play them as an instrument as you would with any synthesizer, they are even polyphonic.Kosmology requires Native Instruments Kontakt 5.3 Full Version (it will only work in Kontakt player for 15 minutes).Powerful Sequencing Features8 Instances that can be switched on the fly via Midi. each Instance has:control over 48 Distinct Parameters which include Cutoff, Resonance, Filter and Amp Envelopes Envelopes (Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release), Filter Envelope Amounts, Octave, Various A/B Tune options, FX Sends plus more.Pitch Sequencer – Offsets the root note by -+12 semitones and can Tie notes and mute themVelocity Sequencer – Velocity in turn can be assigned to both Volume and/or the Filter Cutoff5 assignable Sequencers – each of these sequencers can target any of the 46 available Destinations and can like the other synth parameters can be completely different for each of the 8 instances.All sequencers have independent Clock DivisionsAll sequencers have an independent Step Size (maximum 64 steps) which is great for SyncopationDownload InformationTo download Kosmology Freefall click here
    - 21 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 8:22am -
  • 5 Things To Think About When Buying A New PC - Part 5 - Upgradability And Future Proofing
    Our culture of mobile devices and tablets is increasingly pushing the idea that every year (or maybe two) we should be ditching the old model and replacing it with a nice, new shiny one. Last season’s model seems so dated and underpowered so quickly – and, would you look at that, all the cool new stuff only seems to run on the new version. With PC’s it doesn’t have to be this way. If you buy a decent machine you should have access to the insides where all sorts of bits and pieces can be improved upon or added to over time. This can stretch the life of your machine to something more like 5 years before it starts feeling a little old. Be aware that some computer manufacturers put warranty seals on their systems to prevent people from getting inside.It should be noted though that certain upgrades have a limited window of opportunity. Intel’s development cycle is about 18 months at which point something new gets introduced that may or may not be compatible with the last generation of motherboards or processors. If that happens then the current generation may vanish quite quickly from the market place and leave you struggling to find a replacement CPU. Other components are more generic and their connections tend to be around much longer. So it’s best to aim as high as you can in terms of processor as it’s the most difficult to upgrade down the line both in terms of availability and the physical fiddliness of removing the old one.Future proofing is kind of a mythical concept which implies that you can somehow buy a machine that won’t need changing or upgrading at any point in the future. There’s no reason why a machine you buy now can’t be doing the same job in 5-10-20 years, but there always seems to be some new feature that appears and tempts us down that never ending upgrade path. There’s really no telling how things will pan out and trying to be content with what you have is good for the pocket, and the soul – yeah, like that’s going to happen! What you can do is ensure that you make the most of the potential of the system you are buying. Here’s some tips on what makes a system easily upgradable:Memory – Find out if there are any slots free for upgrading. A system will commonly have 4 slots for sticks of RAM and the system may support up to 32GB so you’d need 4 x 8GB sticks to fill the slots. If you can only afford 16GB make sure they put in 2 x 8GB and not fill the slots with 4 sticks of 4GB which you would then have t…
    - 22 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 7:00am -
  • MIKEROPHONICS Mic Pre-Amp Shoot Out: Neve 8801 Channel Strip vs Focusrite ISA One
    I have in my grubby paws a nice Neve 8801 Channel Strip (thank you to A&E UK) and thought I would record a quick test (in the spirit of my recent mic pre shoot out) against my studio Focusrite ISA One.The Neve 8801 Channel Strip The 8801 Channel Strip is a complete channel from the Neve 88R console – often considered a great sounding analogue music console. Contained in a single rackmount unit, this unit is completely hand-built and hand-wired by Neve.The 8801’s signal path consists of a Neve mic preamp, high and low pass filters, four bands of equalization, a compressor, gate, dynamics side chain and an insert point. The order of the signal path can be easily modified as the producer requires.The filter section and/or the equalization section can even be routed to the dynamics side chain to tailor the dynamics response of any input signal. There is even a USB socket to store the controls for recall. Funky, flexible and fully buttoned then!The Focusrite ISA OneThe ISA One is a single channel, variable impedance Mic Pre-Amp (and Headphone Amp) and DI. It is my studio standard and based upon the legendary Focusrite ConsoleThe Pre Amp TestI recorded Richard Orford (thank you for your kind help) with an AKG 414I had the ISA One input impedance on the standard ISA 110 setting. All EQ and dynamics on the Neve were in bypass. No  plug-ins were used on the recording and both recordings were loudness measured to within 0.5 LUFS with Nugen VisLM metering.Listening ResultsFor some fun I have made it a blind listening test, results to be revealed soon.Please have a listen and vote for your favourite and leave some comments.  Which Pre Amp Do You Prefer Have a listen to my other mic pre-amp shoot out here
    - 1 day ago, 26 Aug 14, 6:13pm -
  • How To Change The Fan In Your AVID 192, 92 or HD I/O
    We have talked a great deal of late about reducing the background noise in our own studios. To that end I decided to take on 3 of the loudest units in my studio, my Avid HD I/O, my 192 and 96 I/O.  WarningWords of warning. If you are not happy using tools or getting up close and personal with cables and the like do not start this project. Also if your units are new and still under warranty opening them up and messing with the power supply will make these warranties null and void. You have been warned. The plus side is that doing this will get rid of some of that frustrating background noise. The results are amazing.I used only 4 tools for this job. A small and micro sized Philips screw driver. A small pair of pliers and a small blunt tipped tool. These are available in most PC tools kits. Taking Apart The InterfaceFirst remove the 15-20 small black screws that secure the top part of the case. It is a good idea to keep these in a small pot as they do have a habit of rolling away. With all of these removed the lid can be lifted away.Then remove the 3 black screws that hold the screen of the PSU to the outside case. These screws are the same size as the lid screws.Moving to the inside of the unit, undo the 3 silver screws that hold the other side of the PSU screen. This will allow the PSU screen to be lifted away. Care should be taken as with 192 and 96 units the screen has items of the PSU mounted to it so do not pull this completely away from the rest of the unit. You can see here the lid or screen of the PSU lifted up.What you can see here is the connection the fan makes to the PSU. This is the connector with the Black and Red cables. On the HDI/O the connector is mounted to the front panel but it is easy to fine. Unclip this and gently ease the cables and clip out of the unit. Take care not to be to rough with this.Now undo the 4 screws that hold the fan in place and gently lift the fan out of the unit. Keep this fan as you need to remove the clip from the back and red cables. Grip the black cable close to the clip with the small pliers then pull firmly and evenly to remove the cable from the clip. It should keep the grip on the end so you can use the clip with the NEW fan.  See below. Repeat this for the red cable.Installing The New FanI chose a Noctua fan to replace the old one. These are available from many of the normal online hi tech outlets.This unit is an NF-R8 which is great for low acoustic noise and is rated at 1.3…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:45pm -
  • Zynaptiq Release UnChirp So You Can Remove The Birdies
    Our friends Zynaptiq have released UnChirp  It is an audio-plugin that they claim removes artifacts caused by lossy audio encoding & other FFT processes, like spectral denoising. They say that you can reduce musical noise and high frequency chirping (a.k.a. “underwater sound” or “warbling”) and restore lost transients & treble.If you need to salvage poorly encoded music, speech that’s gone through a low bit rate uplink, over-denoised audio, or footage recorded with consumer mobile devices? then you might want to check out UnChirp.They recommend that you enjoy this video in HD - They show some interesting before and after examples that suggest you should listen to in quality and not listened to in lower resolutions as those would have new lossy encoding applied and you could be back to square one.Try It Before You Buy ItThere is a demo version available from their Downloads page. if you like it then the price is $399 and you can buy it from their store.Zap It With The New Zynaptiq ZAP BundleZynaptiq have also announced their ZAP Bundle which is made up of UnFilter, UnVeil, PitchMap and UnChirp. You can buy the ZAP Bundle for $1099. If you already some of the Zynaptiq plug-ins then you can upgrade for the difference in the purchase price.
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 7:42pm -
  • POST EDL: Tip 6 - Promo Mixing & Inflators
    When mixing promos, often people add inflators (like the nice Sonnox one that I use and reccomend) to the mix bus. Don’t!It is far better to add the inflator to the dialogue to get that “louder/punchier/warmer (insert adjective to fit)”, and then you can get the music/fx balance up much tighter underneath - resulting in a much better mix balance (where not just everything is louder).Use your weapons in the smart way - not the obvious way.The Sonnox InflatorThere are some excellent videos on the Sonnox web, here is one on the Sonnox Inflator
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 7:00pm -
  • Exclusive: Video Review Of The New AIR Riser Synth Plug-in For Music Production
    The new AIR Riser synth plug-in makes creating rises and drops in your music productions a cinch.The AIR Riser Plug-inThe Riser has three editable sound generators – sweep, noise, and chord – letting the user manipulate the movement, timber, and tonality of the transition.Video ReviewWe were given a pre-release preview copy and so here is the exclusive review of The Riser the latest plug-in from AIR Music Tech, the makes of the much loved Velvet, Transfuser, Structure, Hybrid, Strike, Loom and Vacuum Pro, all part of the Pro Tools Instrument Expansion Pack or IEP.In this extended video review Russ shows you how it works and gives you a demo of some of the presets within the new Riser plug-in from AIR.Get A Pre-Release Demo Of The AIR RiserFor more information on how to get a pre-release demo of AIR Riser click here.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:39pm -

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  • AIR Announce New Riser Synth Plug-in With Special 48 Hour Sneak Peak Free Demo Download
    AIR Music Technology introduces The Riser, an all-new synthesizer for creating powerful transitions. Created with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind, The Riser infuses tracks with progression and hype brimming with AIR’s signature sound quality. What Is The Riser Synth Plug-in?At the heart of The Riser are three editable sound generators – sweep, noise, and chord – letting the user manipulate the movement, timber, and tonality of the transition. Three low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) provide modulation duties to each patch, including beat-synced movements and the “Pumper” effect – a modern pulsating effect used to modify dynamics. Reverb, delay, and mixer controls let the user shape transition volume, effect saturation, and stereo imaging. Users may draw transitions from scratch, or, edit 300 presets spanning rises, falls, swells, fades, and more.Why Was The Riser Plug-in Created?“We understand the science behind the suspense and emotion that a great transition delivers,” noted Ben Wendelstein, AIR Music Tech Product Manager, “Until now, recreating the transition in your head has been a convoluted, manual process. The Riser puts intuitive sound-shaping tools right where you need them so you can design effects that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.”  The Riser Highlights:Transition designer optimized for electronic music production3 editable oscillators;sweep, noise, and chord3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and PumperPumper effect creates pulsating movement based on native DAW tempoConfigurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processingAdjustable panning movements and master stereo width controlAU, VST, AAX; 32- and 64-bit; Mac or Windows15 Day Pre-Release Trial Of The Riser Plug-inGet a full-version, 15-day trial of The Riser as a free download for a limited period of 48 hours here.The AIR Riser Plug-in Price And Shipping DateThe Riser will be available for purchase on September 1st, 2014 with a price of $79.99 USD. For more information, visit www.airmusictech.com/theriserWatch The Exclusive Pre-Release Review Of The New AIR Riser Plug-inPro Tools Expert were given an exclusive pre-release copy of the new AIR Riser plug-in, you can watch our video review of the AIR Riser plug-in here.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:30pm -
  • Audio Post Production Workflows Using Pro Tools - Part 9
    Last week in part 8 of this series on Audio Post Production Workflows Using Pro Tools, we started looking at foley and Barnaby Symth shared some of his experience and this week Barnaby continues The Art Of Foley….Foley - The Recording ProcessMoves are usually performed first so the artist can get the feel of the scene. For example, the footsteps are all about walking on the spot with the right energy and feeling. Finding a range of good sounding shoes that work with different surfaces is the key. Usually old and worn in! Then it is about perfecting the technique of rolling the foot to create the illusion of forward movement, whilst going nowhere! The spot effects are then layered on top.Cellophane is used for fire crackleLeaves and shrubs can be created with camo netting, usually augmented with real foliage.Bird flaps can be achieved with gloves combined with real bird feathers.Snow footsteps are a combination of corn flour and dishwasher salt.White cabbages and water melons are used to help punches and blood and guts respectively.On ‘Alien vs Predator’ we made a series of wild track recordings (not to picture) for the movement of the alien creatures and the face suckers. We used over boiled pasta, cream, hair gel, swarfiga and diced raw meat to create an array of gloopy and gooey body movement sounds.The picture below shows me just having smashed apart an array of wooden crates, orange boxes and furniture for the sound of a house being destroyed. Tiring work!Location FoleyIn recent years I have done a lot of recordings on location. Mainly footsteps. I use a stately home near London, which has a number of different sized wooden floored rooms, each with a distinct natural reverb.If the schedule and budget allows it, I often double track these recordings with studio footsteps. The location gives the natural authentic ambience, whilst the studio adds a little body and closer presence, often lost on location. We normally cover a few spot effects too, for example doors and windows, creaks, chairs etc.Mic Placements in FoleyTo achieve believable interior and exterior ambiences, relatively simple techniques are employed.For interior scenes the mic is pulled back from the subject to add the sense of ‘room’ to the recordings. Sometimes a secondary ambient mic placed at distance can be mixed in to add depth of field to the recordings, for instance as the subject walks off screen or to the back of shot.Compression is used to deal with…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • FabFilter to Release New Version Of Their Excellent Pro Q Plug-in
    Our friends at FabFilter have announced that on August 28th 2014 they will release a new version of their Pro Q plug-in. There is nothing on their web site yet but there is this video from Dan Worrall which goes into detail to cover the new features including 2 new band filter shapes, spectrum grab, pictured above, where you can grab a peak in the spectrum analysis display and tame it with an eq setting. Then there is slope control for all filter types up to a whooping 96dB per octave for surgical processing as well as a natural phase processing mode, a gain/Q linking mode and automatic gain matching.The Pro-Q is a brilliant plug-in but this looks amazing. Thanks FabFilter.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 7:07am -
  • 5 Things To Think About When Buying A New PC - Part 4 - OS Choice
    Much was said about Windows 8 when it arrived in October 2012. Amongst all the hype, fog and shouting it was quite difficult to track down any decent information on whether it actually worked well as a platform for professional, creative work. Microsoft had taken a bold leap in trying to bring together mouse driven and touch driven interfaces, but for most mouse users the touch elements just seemed to get in the way. Thankfully with a click you were back to a familiar desktop and could get on with making your music. The update to Windows 8.1 has removed the need for that click and  brought many welcome enhancements to both the mouse and touch environments. Windows 8.1 is now a stable, fast and efficient operating system that’s capable of running pretty much everything just as well as Windows 7 could and sometimes better. Even the traditionally conservative Avid now officially supports Pro Tools 11 on Windows 8 and 8.1.So Which OS Should You Get?If you have any doubts or concerns about Windows 8, whether real or imagined, then stick with Windows 7. There’s no real measurable performance difference between the two in terms of plug-in counts or virtual instrument polyphony so you can’t lose either way. But if you did want to take a leap into the future then Windows 8.1 has some key features that might be of interest:Firstly make sure it’s version 8.1 – version 8 was a bit clumsy and the 8.1 update improves the whole experience no end. If you’re still running version 8.0 then you really should get the update.The regular or non-pro version supports up to 128GB of physical RAM. Home Premium of Windows 7 only supported up to 16GB. So you don’t need to buy the “Pro version. The flatter, solid coloured interface design moves much quicker than the Aero desktop of Windows 7 and Vista. The desktop feels very nippy and clean looking in comparison.Better multiple monitor support with each screen showing its own dedicated taskbar.File Explorer is completely revamped with easy access to regular tasks, better copy and move tracking, including pausing transfers and better file name collision identification and resolution.Redesigned Task Manager giving a more detailed overview of programs and services that are running and resources being used.Native support for USB 3.0File History automatically creates incremental backups of files stored in Libraries and user-specified folders to a different storage device. Alternative revisions can then be tra…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 7:00am -
  • A Conversation With Wilfried Van Baelen - No Compromise Studio Owner & Creator Of The Auro 3D Immersive Format
    Mike sat down with the creator of the Auro 3D format Wilfried Van Baelen and over just short of 2 hours we discussed how he came into sound as a performer first, then a producer, how he built his first studio in an unused chicken coup.We moved on to discuss the design and building of his no compromise Galaxy Studios with 100dB isolation between adjacent studios. The development of mixing in 5.1 and stereo on the same console, first on a digital console and then on an analog desk. We explored how Wilfried discovered height in sound which led him to develop the Auro 3D format, consider how we perceive the world around us and how that impacts on the design to produce as natural reproduction system as possible and the benefits of recording natively in Auro 3D to improve the immersive experience.We chatted about the David Goliath relationship with Dolby and how Auro 3D is being taken up in the film and cinema worlds as well as games.We covered a lot of ground in this 112 minute conversation and if you are exploring or working in 3d immersive sound this is an essential listen. Even if you aren’t in the 3D audio world there is loads of interesting stories about no compromise studio design, and how we listen and perceive the world around us.Listen on to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunesDownload the Pro Tools Expert Podcast as an MP3Take a look at the images below to see how the studio was built and more….Concrete bunkers for each space in Galaxy StudiosEach studio and control room is sat on springs with a resonant frequency of 3Hz at Galaxy StudiosFitting out one of the control rooms in Galaxy StudiosFitting out the Aurotorium at Galaxy StudiosThe speaker layout for Auro 3D 11.1Recording natively in Auro 3D on a film set. Listen to the interview to hear why it is worth it.Recording natively in Auro 3D on location to record sound effects. Listen to the interview to hear why it is worth it.The Galaxy Hall - big enough for a full symphony orchestra and it sounds great
    - 4 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 8:41am -
  • If You've Lost Your Creative Spark Then This May Be The Problem And How To Cure It
    ‘Always on’… that’s what our new connected world is.How often have you sat up until the early hours of the morning working on a new project, at the same time checking your email, text messages and social media, only to eventually fall into bed and start checking it all again on your smart phone? It’s at a moment like this that you realize your phone isn’t making you any smarter.We all like to think we are superhuman, but part of being human is taking time to relax, rest, recharge and charge the batteries. Even those selling stocks and shares or emergency workers are not ‘always on’, for the creative ‘always on’ has the potential to kill your creativity.Why We Need To RestI recall reading a study on sleep in Time Magazine around a decade ago, scientists were trying to understand why we sleep. Several theories were cited, but the one that they seemed to think was the most probable reason was that our bodies need time to process the data from the day, order it all and help us to make sense of it. That’s why sleep deprivation is a favoured tactic for interrogation, it messes with the mind and creates confusion, it creates an environment where we are more likely to make mistakes, or say and do the wrong thing.So if you spend a lot of time right now staring at the screen of your Pro Tools systems, or picking up your instrument and finding nothing, then it’s highly likely that you need to turn it all off. Then turn off all your other technology, honestly no one will die if you don’t post a picture of your lunch on Facebook… really. My wife and I have a deal now that I give her my phone when we go out to eat, now she has my attention. She told me that when I kept checking my phone when we were out it made her feel excluded, that’s not a good way to make anyone feel, especially the person you love. In fact it’s got so bad that I’m often reading messages on Facebook from people saying sorry for taking some time out to relax or attend to their families… this is something we should never apologize for. But you should also never apologize for taking care of yourself and the mind that powers the gift you have. Some think to be better at what we do we need to keep reading, watching videos, getting more information, the reality is that you also need to process it, that requires rest and reflection.It’s Time To Turn It All OffIf you are feeling like you have nothing to give then it’s highly likely that’s it’s time to tu…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 7:47am -
  • Waves Weekend Deals
    3 more great plug-ins at great prices from our friends at Waves, but hurry these will finish on Sunday.Waves C1 Compressor Native Plug-in $29 - normally $150Waves MaxxVolume plug-in $99 till Sunday - normally $350Waves Masters Bundle $199 till Sunday - normally $700 Grab them while you can. Also check out the Specials page too for more great deals.
    - 5 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 11:00am -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - 5 Ways The Clips List Can Help You
    While not exactly the most exciting corner of Pro Tools, the clip list is one of those areas where you can find the easy way to sort out common tasks. While a flat list seems difficult to keep organised (I for one would love to see folders introduced into the clip list) there are many simple techniques which can help you stay in control of your session to be found in the drop down menu in the clips list. Here are 5 to get you started if the clips list is somewhere you don’t visit very often. 1 - Show Full PathIf you are finding when opening a session that an an audio file is missing, its really helpful to be able to find out where Pro Tools is looking for the missing file. Show full path will help you find out what went wrong. A perennial favourite is the missing file on a removable drive you no longer have. If its not there no amount of searching and relinking will bring it back.2 - Option/Alt-Click To PreviewFeatured in my list of uses for the option key, option-clicking on a clip in the clips list will audition it. Very useful, especially if your clips don’t have particularly descriptive names. While it is perfectly acceptable and often more convenient to import clips directly to the timeline, for many tasks it can be convenient to import to the clips list and keep your timeline clutter free.3 - Export Clips As FilesWhile this is less of a lifesaver than it was prior to Pro Tools 11 and offline bounce, exporting clips from the clips list has always been faster than real time and if you just need to make some edits and export the result without any real time processing then, after editing on the timeline, consolidate your edits to a new clip (edit > consolidate clip, Opt+Shift3/Alt+Shift+3) and export clips as files (CMD+Shift+K/Ctrl+Shift+K) to get your edits out of Pro Tools faster than real time, even if you are still using Pro Tools 10 or earlier.4 - Select UnusedSessions have a habit of growing and after you have imported and rejected many drum loops or created hundreds of clips using beat detective, you probably want to clear out your clips list. If you want to throw away everything except for what is on the timeline (especially prior to archiving) then Select Unused will select everything in the clips list which isn’t in use on the timeline. Clearing these will reduce the size of your project. The less risky version is Select Unused Audio Except Whole Files with which you can clear out clips created through editing but without a…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 9:00am -
  • Special - All Pro Tools Expert Production Tricks Video Tutorials Free To Watch This Weekend
    It’s a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK this weekend so in case you have some free time we’ve opened up our Pro Tools Production Tricks video tutorials for free.When we say an archive, it may take you the weekend to watch them all, the archive list of Pro Tools Production Tricks videos is shown below.Pro Tools Tutorial VideosThe videos include Producer secrets, power virtual instrument tricks, the basics of many popular plug-ins and many more.Normally these videos are member only exclusive content, so knock yourself out and find out what so many people sign up as Pro Tools Expert community members. To find out more about membership then click here.The Pro Tools Production Tricks Video Archive3 Cool Ways For Using A De-Esser3 Minute Arpeggiator3 Minute Beat Slice3 Minute Drum Kit3 Minute Groove Locking In Pro Tools3 Minute Guitar Sample3 Minute Thicken Vocals In Pro Tools3 Ways To Fix Timing In Pro Tools32 Bit Floating Point - How It Helps?5 Ways To Create New Reverb Effects In Pro ToolsA Freeware Alternative To VCA Groups For None Pro Tools HD OwnersA Really Simple Way To Add Interest To Midi Synths And BeatsADC in Pro Tools 9 -Why And HowAIR - Power Remixing 2 VideoAIR Filter GateAIR Remix Master ClassAdapt Beats On The GridAdd Density & Energy To Your Tracks In Pro ToolsAdd Vibrato To Vocals In Pro ToolsAlternate Bounce MethodAmazing Dance TracksAmazing Trick For Creating Big KicksAssigning Drum Pads On The Axiom ProAudition VI Sounds With MIDI Patch Change In Pro Tools - Max OS XAutomatic Ducking In Pro ToolsAutomation In Pro ToolsAxiom Pro IntroductionBasic - CompressorBasics - 1 Band EqBasics - 4 Band EqBasics - GatesBasics - ReverbBasics - Using RewireBasics Of GatesBasics Of Noise GatesBeat Destruction VideoBeat Slice and Dice TrickBeef Up You Dance TracksBouncing Audio From NI Maschine 2 In Pro Tool 11 AAXBring Your Drums To Life With This Hidden Free GemBuild A Song FastBuild Loops From One Shot SamplesBuild MIDI Drum TracksComping Vocals VideoCompression 2 - Beyond BasicsConvert Apple Loops for StructureCool Dance Vocal Cutting EffectsCopy To Send Automation In Pro ToolsCreate A Custom Metronome In Pro ToolsCreate A Flexible MIDI Drum TrackCreate A Radio Edit In Pro ToolsCreate A Stutter Using A GateCreate A Track Freeze Workflow In Pro Tools 11Create A Vocal Stutter In Pro ToolsCreate Action Dubstep BassCreate An Exciter Effect In Pro ToolsCreate And Import Channel Settings In Pro…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 5:35am -
  • POST EDL: Tip 5 - Show and Hide Pro Tools (OSX)
    Running out of screen real estate? Need to keep Pro Tools open but would like to do the equivalent of “Apple + H” to hide the screens? “Command + TAB” until the cursor is on the Pro Tools icon, keep your thumb on Command and swing your finger over to H and press (keeping thumb on Command) and it will hide Pro Tools.Now see you it, now you don’t!
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:00pm -
  • Using Waves MaxxBass In Audio Post Production
    In the first in a series of three videos looking at ways to use the Waves MaxxBass, Renaissance Bass and Lo Air plug-ins in audio post production, Mike Thornton shares how to get the best out of the Waves MaxxBass plug-in.Click here to watch this free video tutorial
    - 6 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 4:59pm -
  • 5 Things To Think About When Buying A New PC - Part 3 - Support
    The biggest concern for the computer musician/producer is what happens if it all falls apart? The experience of Mac users tends to be that the “Genius’” at the Apple store don’t know a whole lot about Pro Tools, MIDI sync, sound-to-picture or plug-in incompatibilities. Shoppers of a Dell, HP or Tesco branded PC have a similar experience but in less groovy and relaxed surroundings.This is of course why places like Pro Tools Expert exist - the support of a community forum and expert articles shouldn’t be undervalued. But at the same time these sorts of places are peppered with people having very similar troubles for which there isn’t always a quick fix. So to whom do you go? Software manufacturers have their own tech support lines but with the best will in the world they can’t know every permutation of every computer or audio interface, and often they have no choice but to lay blame at the feet of the computer rather than their software. It works fine on their machine after all.Many people make music on their computers with no trouble at all, but in the event of audio glitching, badly behaved plug-ins, or incompatibility issues then you have to become your own tech support engineer. For some people this is an interesting journey into the expansion of their computer knowledge – a puzzle to be mastered, technology to be tamed. Others put up with the issues and carry on the best they can knowing that their system harbours amazing power and a few glitches are worth it for what you can do with it. And a few seem to spend all their time tracking down the bugs, ironing out the problems and hoping the next upgrade will sort them out.This is really the strongest argument for seeking out specialist audio PC builders, people who know both computer technology and music software, people who offer to work with you through any music related issues you may encounter along the way. It will cost more than going to PC World but you are buying into a system of support that’s designed around your specialist needs. Computers can be tricky things, there’s a wide range in terms of quality and appropriateness for the task you’re asking of it. That’s why we introduced The Pro Tools PC, to do all the work in finding the best components that are fit for the purpose of professional music production and then support you in your use of it. Not just repairing hardware failures, but working with you on your software and hardware integration, getting the right car…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:01am -
  • Using RX3 Spectral Repair To Remove Unwanted Sudden Sounds
    An unwanted noise in the background can ruin what would otherwise be a perfect take. In this video, Mike Thornton shows you how to use RX 3’s Spectral Repair module to fix problems like a cough or a sound glitch.Don’t forget you can get RX3 and RX3 Advanced at a very special price and get RX4 free when it is released later next month.RSPE Audio SolutionsRX3 - offer price $249RX3 Advanced - offer price $749Time+Space Distribution LtdRX3 - offer price £145 inc vatRX3 Advanced - offer price £464.89 inc vat
    - 6 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 6:49am -
  • How To Clean A Vocal Up That Is Being Monitored Through Speakers
    Monitoring Without HeadphonesSome vocalists hate using headphones when tracking vocals, instead preferring to monitor through speakers.The problem is that this gives excessive bleed of the rest of the instruments though the vocal track.The SolutionThis video tutorial shows you a trick that helps to remove a lot of that bleed and cleans up the audio for further processing.Watch this Pro Tools video tutorial hereJoin now to watch this and over 500 exclusive Pro Tools video tutorials
    - 7 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 3:01pm -
  • How To Set Up ADAT Lightpipe Input To Expand The Channels On The Universal Audio Apollo Twin
    The Universal Audio Apollo Twin is a powerful little audio interface, but for some the limited inputs may sometimes not be enough. However UA have included an ADAT Lightpipe input connector on the Apollo Twin enabling the user to increase it by up to 8 extra inputs.In this free tutorial we are going to show you how to set up ADAT Lightpipe input to expand the channels on the Universal Audio Apollo Twin.What Hardware To Use?In order to do this you need a pre-amp that has a ADAT Lightpipe output on the rear, there are a number on the market, they include; Universal Audio 4-710dAudient ASP880Focusrite OctopreWhat Pre-Amp Are We are UsingWe have both the Audient ASP880 and the Universal Audio 4-170d pre-amps at Pro Tools Expert HQ, in fact Mike uses the Focusrte Octopre as seen here, but to keep it in the family we decided to use the gorgeous sounding 4-710D. The UA 4-710d offers up to 8 channels of audio inputs, 4 mic, 8 line, variable tube and transistor tone blending on 4 inputs and UA compressors. Of course the most important thing for this is the ADAT Lightpipe out on the rear, this is what we use to connect the 4-710d to the Apollo Twin.ADAT Lightpipe CableThe ADAT Lightpipe or ADAT Optical Interface was invented by Alesis originally for use in their ADAT tape machines, however widespread adoption took place of this protocol. It is called Lightpipe because the data is transmitted over fibre optic cable. They are widely available online or from stores, we got ours from Amazon, a 5 meter cable costing around £7.00.Connecting It All TogetherThe connection between the 4-710d and the Apollo Twin is simple, plug the ADAT Lightpipe cable into the ADAT Out 1-8 connection on the rear of the unit, see above.Then plug the other end of the cable into the ‘Optical In’ port on the rear of the Apollo Twin, see below.Setting Up The SoftwareFor digital audio units to work correctly they must all be working at the same sample rate.The 4-170d is the master in this set-up, so first check the front of the 4-710d to check the sample rate, it is the knob on the far right below the ‘LOCK’ LED. For this set-up we are going to use 44.1Khz. One thing to note, the Apollo Twin can only use all 8 channels if working at sample rates of either 44.1 or 48Khz. At 88.2 and 96Khz it drops to 4 channels and at 192Khz 2 channels.Open the settings dialogue on the Apollo Console software Edit/Settings. You will see the dialogue box shown below.Make sure you ha…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 12:38pm -
  • Brahma Ambisonics Microphone Review
    You may remember that back at the beginning of December last year we posted a story about helping to Kickstarter Project for a new low cost Ambisonics microphone from Brahma.  We promised to review the microphone and I recently received a package from India with a Brahma mic to review.The microphone comes in a padded zip up case and then when you open it you see a lovely wooden box with the brand name inset into the lid in brass letters, a nice touch.Ambisonics Is not NewAmbisonics has been around for a long time and the most well known name in Ambisonics is The Soundfield. Many years ago I recorded a demo CD for AMS, then owners of the Soundfield brand. The final recording we made was a choir singing an African song whilst dancing around the mic. At that time (1991) there was only one place where you could play it back and experience the full Ambisonic experience with height and that was the demo room in the AMS factory in Burnley, not 20 minutes drive for me from Manchester.It is only now with the introduction of immersive sound formats like Auro 3D and Dolby Atmos that we can experience the full 3D audio that is in the Ambisonics format and so I am looking forward to a resurgance of Ambisonics as one native format to record immersive sound in.A or B FormatA Format is essentially the output from each of the 4 microphones when they are arranged in a tetrahedral array like the Soundfield microphone. The 4 channels are often labelled LF (Left Front) RB ( Right Front), LB (Left Back) and RB (Right Back). This native A format is often converted into B Format labelled W, X, Y & Z as it becomes easier to manipulate the B Format to produce a wide range of mic layouts and the option to steer and zoom in post production. More recently Soundfield and others have produced lower cost solutions like the Soundfield SPS200 which produces an A Format output and they use the now free SurroundZone2 software plug-in to do away with the need to have an expensive hardware control box.What do you get with the Brahma Mic?The Brahma mic, like the Soundfield SPS200, is an A format microphone. The kit is made up of 3 parts.The mic head in a spherical ball with an integral shock mount which connects to the Power box via a 5 pin XLR lead which isn’t suppliedThe Power box which can power the mic with a PP3 battery or from phantom power from the mixer or recorder it is plugged into.The breakout box which has 4 XLR tails labelled 1 to 4 and is connected to the Powe…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 7:37am -
  • POST EDL: Tip 4 - Automation Preview
    Automation preview is your post fairy friend - select your region, cycle it and tweak away with eq/dynamics etc and mess with the reverb, reverb send and all its parameters. Preview allows all the automation to run on the channel you are tweaking (unlike the old fashioned way of being in automation isolate on that channel) with all parameters moving dynamically, with except the ones that you change  - which go into write (but aren’t commited - ….yet)Tweak until the job is doneThen write to selection to write these changes to the area that you wish to (only)Check that you have actually made a selection on the timeline first though as there is a vicious “feature” (Avid what on earth were you thinking?) where those settings will be written to the entire track timeline if there is no selection. VERY DANGEROUS! Back of the class Avid for operational real world stupidity! 
    - 7 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:00pm -
  • TC Electronic Announce System 6000 Integrator Plug-in For Pro Tools
    Our friends at TC Electronic have launched a DAW integration solution for their System 6000. The System 6000 Integrator plug-in enables you to save and reload the complete settings of your System 6000 as part of your Pro Tools project just by using an ethernet connection.Using automation it is possible to automate preset changes during playback, which means you can get even more out of the four processing engines of System 6000 than ever before. For instance, one engine may apply subtle 8 channel reverb in one scene and extraordinary DXP dynamics processing or UnWrap HD in the next. TC Electronic’s Thomas Valter told us….We are very excited that users are now able to integrate their System 6000 with their DAWs and NLEs. What may seem like a minor and simple addition to the System 6000 platform is in fact a game-changing move that adds a whole new dimension to System 6000. As DAW components change in three year cycles, many professionals use System 6000 to ensure their most precious audio effects. Before, this was a challenge when managing projects; and typically involved MIDI or custom solutions to synchronize data.The System 6000 Integrator plug-in will be $499, but until 1st September it will be available for $299 as an introductory offer. TC Electronic is also offering a free 14-day trial for all System 6000 users.
    - 8 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 9:14am -
  • DSP In Pro Tools - It's Not The Holy Grail It Once Was And May Not Be For You
    There was a time when to get real power and flexibility from Pro Tools then one had to take the plunge and invest in their hardware DSP solutions, either HD or HDX. However this option is becoming less necessary for modern music making.If you are considering how to develop your Pro Tools enabled studio then things you need to consider.DSP Comes In All Shapes And SizesPro Tools HD/HDX systems are not the only solutions to offer DSP, the hugely popular UAD powered platform uses DSP chips to power the Universal Audio plug-ins. Waves now have their DiGiGrid platform to offer DSP power for Waves and possibly other third party vendors.Studios Come In All Shapes And SizesIt is sometimes easy to forget when working in music how small track counts can be compared to those working in post. Post sessions can extend to hundreds of tracks and can make the average album session look like a Portastudio when compared. In this scenario then the need for high track counts at high sample rates and with near zero latency make the need for Pro Tools HD/HDX a no brainer, without it these sessions would be impossible to run.Virtual Instruments Change The EquationWhen it comes to composing in Pro Tools and using virtual instruments for making music, then DSP is nigh on useless. Yes it might take the strain away by using DSP for audio plug-ins already in this mix, but 99% of VI plug-ins require the power of native processing. Pro Tools 11 helped a great deal by going to 64bit processing, this means that all the memory in a computer is available for hosting large sound libraries.Native Processing Is Enough For A Lot Of PeopleWe ran some tests at Pro Tools HQ last week with the new Mac Pro ‘trash can’. We ran a couple of sessions, one with tracks running native versions of Avid Channel Strip and Dverb, as well as 32 channels of Eleven. In the second test we inserted a copy of Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb on every channel, which claims to be super efficient. In both tests we ran out of tracks and voices before we ran out power.Latency, Latency, LatencyThe million dollar question for many people is the issue of latency. As track counts get larger and sample rates to as high as 192Khz then this has an impact on latency. For some people this is going to require them to invest in Pro Tools HDX, there’s no getting around that. However for those working at lower sample rates then there are equally well thought through solutions, for example the UAD Apollo Console offers…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:18am -
  • Using Filters On Compressors In Pro Tools
    In this Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows how using filters on compressors can help to control dynamics in complex material.Often a compressor is required on a track but with complex material the compresor may be triggered by a certain frequency such as the kick drum in a loop. Russ shows how filters enable you to zone in on a certain part of the sound such as the snare.Members watch hereWatch here for $1 using our pay on demand serviceJoin now to watch this and over 500 exclusive Pro Tools video tutorials
    - 8 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:53am -

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  • Zynaptiq releases ZAP Bundle
    More news from Zynaptiq today. The company has announced the immediate availability of ZAP – The Zynaptiq Audio Processors Bundle. The bundle contains their recently released Unchirp, Unveil, Unfilter, and Pitchmap. Users that have purchased one or more of the contained plug-ins before August 25th, 2014, can upgrade to ZAP at the difference in list […]
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 9:59pm -
  • Zynaptiq releases Unchirp codec artifact removal & transient retrieval plugin
    Zynaptiq have announced the immediate availability of their codec artifact removal and transient retrieval plugin, Unchirp. A one of a kind in the plugin world. The above are fancy words, but what do they mean? UNCHIRP is a plug-in for removing the most obnoxious artifacts associated with lossy audio encoding and other FFT based processes, […]
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 8:05pm -
  • FabFilter Pro-Q 2 coming soon
    FabFilter is apparently about to release a new version of Pro-Q. Nothing on their website yet but this video will give you an introduction. More to follow soon.
    - 3 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 10:08pm -
  • Native Instruments introduces Magnate Hustle for Maschine
    Native Instruments has introduced Magnate Hustle for Maschine. Magnate Hustle features guitar licks and chords, synths, and drum sounds plus new presets for Massive and the Maschine 2 Drum Synths intended for urban pop styles. As is common with Maschine expansions, a compact version for iMaschine is also available via the in-app store. MAGNATE HUSTLE […]
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:47pm -
  • Hal Leonard publishes “Music Marketing for the DIY Musician”
    Hal Leonard Books has published Music Marketing for the DIY Musician, by Bobby Borg. The book is described as “a strategic, step-by-step guide to producing a fully customized, low budget plan to market their music”. Written in a conversational tone with samples, examples, expert Q&A and graphics, Music Marketing for the DIY Musician book is […]
    - 6 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 8:49pm -
  • Plug And Mix VIP Bundle for $49
    Plug And Mix are currently selling their VIP Bundle for $49 with the individual plugins at $9.99 each. I haven’t tried the plugins but it’s a pretty insane deal. There are currently 45 plugins in the VIP Bundle.
    - 7 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 9:15pm -
  • Peavey ReValver 4 now available for free
    Peavey Electronics has announced that ReValver 4 amplifier modeling software is now available… And it’s free! Peavey claims it was redesigned from the ground up. Based on feedback from the extensive ReValver user community, the application’s redesign has been done so to improve user experience and workflow. The GUI now separates pedal board, amps/cabs and […]
    - 8 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 10:07pm -
  • Sound Radix AAX AudioSuite compatibility
    Sound Radix has announced that Auto-Align and SurferEQ are now AAX AudioSuite compatible. The company currently recommend its AAX plugins for Pro Tools 11.x only and suggests using the RTAS versions for Pro Tools 10.3.x and earlier.
    - 9 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 10:04pm -
  • XILS-lab releases XILS DeeS
    XILS-lab has announced availability of XILS DeeS, a brand new de-esser plugin that seems to have been developed with ease of use in mind. XILS DeeS does exactly that by being extremely easy to use in the first instance — simply tweak the DETECTION FREQ. knob and apply REDUCTION as needed… no more sibilance! DETECTION […]
    - 11 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 7:47pm -
  • iZotope announces RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced
    iZotope has announced an update to RX. If You’re unfamiliar with the product, let me tell you that it’s a rather kickass solution for cleaning up noisy audio. RX 4 will be released in September, featuring new modules, features and deeper levels of integration with their hosts. * Easily adjust and balance the volume of […]
    - 13 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 6:41pm -
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