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Sean Albertson and Paul Harb
Sean Albertson and Paul HarbCreating compelling stories in the cutting room can be a rewarding adventure filled with challenges. Watch 'The Rough Cut' to learn from some of the industry's best editors, directors, and...From:AvidViews:323 8ratingsTime:32:10More inHowto & Style
- 24 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:48am -
Pro Subharmonic
Pro SubharmonicThe latest addition to the Pro Series of audio processor plug-ins designed for professional users who demand the highest quality plug-in processors for music...From:AvidViews:1441 14ratingsTime:03:28More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:07am -
What's New in Media Composer | Software (8.2)
What's New in Media Composer | Software (8.2)Avid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:2253 34ratingsTime:03:50More inHowto & Style
- 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 5:24pm -
Electronic Dance Music (Part 1): Beats, Percussion, and Rhythms with Maschine
Electronic Dance Music (Part 1): Beats, Percussion, and Rhythms with 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:10163 85ratingsTime:07:31More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 3:21pm -
Electronic Dance Music (Part 2): Basslines, Synth Parts and Virtual Instruments
Electronic Dance Music (Part 2): Basslines, Synth Parts and Virtual InstrumentsCreate 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:5364 33ratingsTime:06:40More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 5:42am -
Electronic Dance Music (Part 3): Powerful Editing and Arranging with Pro Tools
Electronic Dance Music (Part 3): Powerful Editing and Arranging with Pro ToolsCreate 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:1623 19ratingsTime:06:32More inHowto & Style
- 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 3:34pm -
Introducing Avid Pro Tools | S3
Introducing Avid Pro Tools | S3Meet the compact new Pro Tools | S3 and discover intelligent mixing control for Pro Tools and more. Based on the award-winning Pro Tools | S6, Pro Tools | S3...From:AvidViews:4036 13ratingsTime:00:23More inHowto & Style
- 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 12:58pm -
Massive Attack
Massive AttackFront of House Engineer Robb Allan made the jump from analog to digital in 2005 and hasn't looked back. Now touring with Massive Attack, Robb is delivery ama...From:AvidViews:2027 12ratingsTime:09:59More inMusic
- 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 2:35pm -
Pro Mixing: How Sound Designer Will Files Creates Inspiring Feature Film Soundtracks
Pro Mixing: How Sound Designer Will Files Creates Inspiring Feature Film SoundtracksSee how award-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer Will Files creates fully immersive sound mixes for the cinema. Will has contributed his talents t...From:AvidViews:1637 20ratingsTime:16:42More inHowto & Style
- 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:33pm -
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...From:AvidViews:2702 19ratingsTime:18:36More inHowto & Style
- 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:33pm -
What's New in Media Composer | Software (8.1)
What's New in Media Composer | Software (8.1)Avid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:3114 0ratingsTime:02:07More inHowto & Style
- 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -
How To Use the Equipment Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Equipment Page Inside the Avid Support CenterAvid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:128 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 10 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -

Pro Tools Expert

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  • What Are Your Pro Tools Upgrade Plans?
    We’ve been asked by some members of the Pro Tools community to run a poll to see what the upgrade plans of Pro Tools users are. As promised here it is, we think we’ve covered all the bases.Has the recent Pro Tools licensing announcement had an impact on your future plans?Has the new Pro Tools 11 discounting tempted you to invest?You know the drill, vote away and leave your comments. What Are Your Pro Tools Upgrade Plans? What Are Your Pro Tools Upgrade Plans? 
    - 12 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:11pm -
  • Show And Tell Review Of iZotope Ozone 6 Mastering Plug-in
    iZotope claim “iZotope’s audio mastering software, Ozone 6, makes it easier than ever to master your audio simply and efficiently in one elegant standalone application.”In this video review Russ takes a look at the iZotope Ozone 6 Mastering Plug-in. He takes a look at the new features in Ozone 6 Advanced and also gives his thoughts on those features.Watch the review of iZotope Ozone 6 mastering plug-in here
    - 21 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:18pm -
  • Waves Halloween Specials for October 30 to November 3, 2014
    Waves are offering some really great monstrous deals. No tricks; just treats! Waves Monster Deals - Plug-insMaxxBass Native plug-in $49 normally $150Maserati VX1 Vocal Enhancer Native plug-in $49 normally $150H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer Native plug-in $79 normally $200CLA-2A Compressor/Limiter Native plug-in $79 normally $200Element Virtual Analog Synth Native plug-in $79 normally $200L3 Multimaximizer Native plug-in $129 normally $350Waves Monster Deals - BundlesMusicians 1 Bundle $69 normally $160Signature Series Vocals Bundle $99 normally $500Native Power Pack Bundle $129 normally $300Vocal Bundle Bundle $149 normally $600Silver Bundle $199 normally $600API Collection Bundle $199 normally $650But you have to hurry: these deals are only good until midnight GMT Monday, November 3, 2014.
    - 21 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • Video Of T-Pain Singing Without AutoTune - Vocal Talent Or Tricks?
    He may not have been the first to use AutoTune but if ever an artist’s career was defined by AutoTune then we think the prize goes to T-Pain, so much so he coined the term the ‘T-Pain Effect.’Now this video has emerged with T-Pain singing without AutoTune, there’s no doubt on a commercial level that T-Pain banked a lot of money thanks to his T-Pain effect, but if ever there was an artistic case against the abuse of AutoTune in music production then this may be it.This video demonstrates that sometimes the effect becomes the star and can get in the way of people appreciating genuine talent. In an interview that will air on All Things Considered. “People felt like I was using it to sound good. But I was just using it to sound different.”In essence what T-Pain was doing was no different to those using a vocoder in the 1970s, but many inexperienced producers thought that it was a way of covering average vocal performances in the studio, simply copying T-Pain’s effect but failing to appreciate that talent is a necessary ingredient for a great vocal.Watch the video of T-Pain singing without AutoTune, you may be surprised.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:52am -
  • How To Fix Mistakes In Pro Tools Using QuickPunch: Video Tutorial
    Russ shows how to use the QuickPunch feature in Pro Tools to fix recording mistakes.In this Pro Tools video tutorial he shows how to do this using both a foot switch and also using markers to set an in and out point and also pre and post role.This is perfect for those who need to fix audio mistakes but only have one pair of hands.Members watch this video hereJoin now to watch this and over 500 exclusive Pro Tools video tutorials
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 6:56am -
  • Boz Labs Imperial Delay Ships
    Boz Labs have announced that their latest plug-in Imperial Delay is shipping.Imperial Delay aims to deal with two things, powerful delays with ease of use. On their web site they say;Imperial Delay was designed from the beginning with two goals: Be the most powerful delay, and be easy to use. As it turns out, those two requirements tend to be at odds with each other. Some delays give you lots of control but require you to get out your lab coat and calculator in order to use it. Other delays sound great with only a couple knobs, but give you almost no options. Imperial Delay does both.Every option that you would need in a delay is available at the twist of a single knob. If you need more control over those effects, you can enter the advanced controls and experiment to your heart’s content.Boz Digital Labs’ new preset management system lets you save presets that go far beyond your DAW’s preset saving ability.Boz Labs Imperial Delay SpecificationFormats: Mac/PC. AU, VST, VST3, AAX, RTASSpecial price $59You can watch a video and download a free demo from their web site.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:34pm -
  • Working From Home? 5 Ways Artists Can Overcome The Art Of Procrastination And Get Things Done
    Generally speaking artists are a funny bunch, at times working all hours to get things finished but on the other hand putting off today what can be put of tomorrow. Of course there will always be exceptions to the rule, perhaps you are an artist who keeps lists and completes them? How nice that would be for those who don’t seem to be able to keep their mind on things for more than a matter of minutes.For many when you combine the heart of an artist and working from home it can mean you leave many things left undone and miss deadlines. If you run your business like this for any time and you could end up jeopardizing projects, clients, and even your entire business.So here are a few ideas for helping to avoid this.Stop Saying ‘Yes’ As MuchIf you are a ‘yes’ person then you are making a rod for your own back. Learn to say no to things that you don’t have either the skill or time to do, then you will have the time and energy to do othe things you are good at better. Sometimes we put things off because we don’t want to face them, it may be a fear of doing them wrong or not having the time to do them as well as we could, if this is the case then it may be better simply not even entertaining them in the first place. You’ll get more respect from clients by letting them know that sometimes you are not the best person for the job, no one wants to turn down work but taking on work that has the potential to harm your reputation long term is not a good strategy.Have A Pre Determined Work SpaceOne of the perils of working from home is that there are no boundaries, this might apply to mental and time based boundaries but it also applies to physical ones too. I have a space in my house that is my office, it helps me turn my work on and off, when I walk in then I’m working, when I walk out I’m not. Working on the kitchen table with the TV going in the background is not the best way to stay focussed. However, if you do not have the space for a dedicated room, then have a dedicated space in a room, one where you can shut the door and get down to work.Forget Lists You Are Likely To Ignore ThemI’ve read every book there is on time management, half way through in most cases. I’ve spent a lot of money on desktop and phone apps to make me more productive. None of them have worked. I envy people who keep task lists and complete them, but they just never work for me. Then one day Simon Sherbourne from Avid made a comment about InBox Zero, a philosop…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:31pm -
  • How To Use External Hardware Effects In Pro Tools
     Join now and watch over 700 Pro Tools tutorials videos for just £20 a year.Following a request from the community Russ does a full video tutorial on how to connect hardware in and out of Pro Tools. He looks at both the software set-up in Pro Tools and the hardware set-up.This video tutorial also shows you how to account for any round trip latency that may be introduced depending on the hardware being used.After watching this tutorial users should be able to use their favourite hardware in Pro Tools sessions.Member watch hereOr watch it on demand for $1.00
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:29am -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 139
     Russ, Mike, Neil and James bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered. Groove 3 Titles We Like All Access Pass $15 for one month or $150 for the year Competitions5 Chances To Win A Copy Of Acon Digital’s Restoration Suite5 Chances To Win An Editors Keys Headphone StandDeals pageLindell Audio 500 Series Plug-ins At Killer PricesMeterPlugs - Ian Shepherd’s Perception $99 - 33% DiscountDigital Sound Factory Ultimate E-Mu Ensoniq Rack £149 – 50% SavingsTalking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal Audio  Get Up To $1,295 In UAD Plug-Ins Free When You Buy A New Apollo Audio InterfacePro Tools Expert Rednet Event Hosted By Alchemea London A Resounding SuccessPro Tools Expert Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3 Launch Event At Alchemea London Is Pro Tools’ Number Up? Avid Suspend Pro Tools Upgrades Until New Support Plan Is Released In November5 Tips For Getting A Great Vocal Performance In The Studio5 Common Monitoring Mistakes In Home Studios Will You Still Be Using Avid Pro Tools In 3 Years Time? PollCommunity Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio SolutionsRSPE Video on Punchlight Products Wayne Scott - Looking for help with his dissertation designing a reverse gate for his BA in Music Production.Anthony Dominello wanted to share a tip to get the M-Audio ProFire working with Yosemite with a post on the M-Audio forumTrond Nedberg wanted us to discuss his concerns about the reducing benchmarks with newer Macs and a growing dependence on Thunderbolt.Alexandros Chrysidis has a shelf full of backup drives and wants ways of knowing what is on those drives without having to plug them in. PrintWindow5Find Of The Week Mike - Pro Tools Expert Rednet Event Hosted By Alchemea London A Resounding SuccessNeil - Sonic HighwaysJames - Drum Forge NEW sampled drum libraryRuss - BIAS Desktop Guitar Modelling Plug-inListen on to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunesDownload the Pro Tools Expert Podcast as an MP3
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 10:42am -
  • Drum Forge Drum Sample Library - Extended Show And Tell Video Review
    In this video James takes a look at Drum Forge a new sample library by JTW Drums & JSD. Take a look and listen at how he thinks drums should sound.Watch the video review of Drum Forge drum sample library
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 8:52am -

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  • Interview With Studio Design Guru And Respected Acoustics Expert Andy Munro
    Our recent primer article on monitoring for home studios has been very popular, all information aimed at those with small home studios on limited budgets.Pro Tools Expert has a long relationship with studio design guru and respected acoustics expert Andy Munro from Munro Acoustics.Munro AcousticsOver 30 years Andy has earned an enviable reputation designing studios for Coldplay, AIR Studios, Metropolis Studios and more recently the new flagship BBC Broadcasting House in London.Extended Interview With Andy MunroRuss met with Andy Munro and talks Shure, The Rolling Stones, the early days of home recording, plus of course lots of discussion around studio acoustics.Listen on iTunesDownload the Interview Podcast as an MP3
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 7:16am -
  • Pro Tools Mapped Shortcuts For Cubase Users - Free Download
    You may have seen our recent video tutorial on creating custom keybaord shortcuts in Cubase 7.5 for those wanting Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts.Community member Emilio Conesa has now provided his presets for users to import into Cubase as a free download.Emilio is a pro session guitar player who has worked with artist such as Bobby Brown and The Whispers. He writes.Hello Russ! Here’s a link to the key command xml file in my dropbox. Read the notes also. Anyone can have at it. Don’t forget to backup your previous commands in case.I haven’t been able to use Pro Tools 11 due to show stopper bugs such as the delay compensation problem. It’s been a very disappointing experience. EmilioYou can download the Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts for Pro Tools presets file created by Emilio here
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 9:29pm -
  • Will You Still Be Using Avid Pro Tools In 3 Years Time? Poll
    The last few weeks have seen more discontentment amongst Pro Tools users, some fuelled by the uncertainty created by the recent support upgrade announcement.How confident are you about Avid’s future? How much has this affected your confidence in using Pro Tools long term? Do you still think you will still be using Pro Tools in 3 years time?As ever please vote and leave your comments for discussion. Do you still think you will still be using Pro Tools in 3 years time?
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 1:22pm -
  • 5 Common Monitoring Mistakes In Home Studios
    A nice selection of monitors at Funky JunkWe get a lot of questions about getting great sounding mixes at home. The number one problem for most users is not their DAW or their ears, but the monitor setup. If your monitors are not giving you a true representation of what is leaving your mix buss, then you need to fix it.Here are 5 common mistakes people make with monitors.Speakers are too bigYep, if you are in a small room with large speakers, even worse a sub attached too, then there’s a high likelihood that you will have standing waves, frequencies that simply disappear or a room that turns into a huge port for the bass frequencies. Big speakers don’t equal big mixes, in fact a lot of the top mix engineers mix on nearfields.Speakers are too loudMixing loud is going to create similar problems, as well as listening fatigue. Why not try remixing a couple of your problem tracks at half the volume you would normally use and then see what they sound like. You might be surprised. The common view on monitor loudness is 85dBs RMS.Speakers are too close to the wallYour optimum monitor position should be, with speakers 1 metre from the wall and you one metre from the monitors - yep, that’s two metres back from the wall. Most home studios don’t even have that space - can you see the problem? If you have to compromise than get your monitors as far from the wall and the corners as you can, you should hear the bass decrease as you do it - which means that’s the bass missing from your mix that you thought was there.Speakers are not isolatedSpeakers create energy, what you are trying to do is get as much of that energy firing towards you as possible. The front of the speaker acts as a baffle, also the sound travels down through the furniture. A set of Mopads or equivalent can make a heck of difference in helping to get the sound right.Incorrect positionThe position of your monitors can have a huge effect, both, as we’ve already shown with response, but also with stereo image. It is not always safe to assume that you can have them positioned vertically or horizontal - check with the manufacturer. You should ideally have the tweeters firing at your ears and an equal distance apart, if not then you may have stereo issues in your mixes.As you can see, all of these fixes cost either nothing, or save you money. Sometimes a problem doesn’t need money throwing at it, simply a little time and care.
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 12:14pm -
  • How To Get Sounds Like 'Don't Tell 'Em' Using The Free Stuff In Pro Tools
    In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ takes a listen to the track ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ and shows how to get sounds like those used in the track using just the free stuff in Pro Tools. He even shows you his special sauce plug-in.Watch this free Pro Tools video tutorial
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 11:30am -
  • Using TC System 6000 & Exponential Audio Reverbs In Auro 3D
    In this the 4th video, in the continuing series on working in Immersive sound using the Auro 3D format, in Galaxy Studio’s Aurotorium, Gareth Llewellyn shows Mike Thornton how to use the TC Electronic System 6000 and Exponential Audio Reverbs to handle reverb natively in the Auro 3D format. See how these tools propagate the reverb natively through the Auro 11.1 soundscape.Previous Videos In This SeriesIn the first video, Mike Thornton experienced listening to music in the Auro 3D format for the first time and explored recording and mixing techniques with Patrick Lemmen, resident engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium, the home of Auro 3D. In the 2nd video in the series, Mike Thornton explores the techniques and workflows for Auro 3D in film post production with mixer Gareth Llewellyn and product specialist Sven Mevissen.In the 3rd video in this series Gareth Llewellyn shows Mike Thornton how AMS Neve have integrated Auro 3D into their DFC Gemini console for a truly integrated workflow when mixing in the Auro 3D format neatly side stepping the channel restrictions imposed by Avid in Pro Tools, by using Pro Tools as a playback device and mixing using the AMS Neve DFC Gemini console.Future Videos In This SeriesIn subsequent videos in this series we will be looking at how to use the Auro Tools to manipulate the sound in the Auro 3D sound stage and a discussion of some of the issues of the main two formats in immersive audio - Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D from Auro Technologies’ perspective.
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 8:53am -
  • How To Set-Up Pro Tools Shortcuts In Steinberg Cubase 7.5
    After many requests by the community Russ begins this new series of helping Pro Tools users interested in working with other DAWs. A poll on this site found that over 60% of people are using more than one DAW, in some cases three, this video will help those people jumping between Pro Tools and Cubase or considering the switch.Keyboard shortcuts are the core to any effective workflow in any DAW. Many Pro Tools users have mastered these and have them ingrained into their memories making using any other DAW hard work.Several DAWs offer the option to remap the shortcuts to custom settings.In the first video in a series Russ shows how to remap Cubase 7.5 shortcuts to work just like Pro Tools. He shows that in a matter of minutes you can fly around Cubase as if you were using Pro Tools.Members watch this video hereJoin now to watch this and over 500 exclusive Pro Tools video tutorials
    - 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 11:13am -
  • Native Instruments Offer A Workaround For Avid CoreAudio Yosemite Issues
    Native Instruments have issued advice for those experiencing issues with Avid CoreAudio in Yosemite issues.Yosemite is as yet unqualified by Avid, but this advice is for those users of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite who also use Native Instruments products with hardware dependencies.In the advice Native Instruments say;Disclaimer: This article describes the manual uninstallation of a third-party manufacturer component. Native Instruments cannot be held responsible for any damages to your system caused by following these instructions.Products with a hardware dependency, such as MASCHINE, KOMPLETE KONTROL, TRAKTOR, GUITAR RIG, and Controller Editor will not launch when the AVID CoreAudioManager / Drivers are installed under 10.10 Yosemite. In stand-alone mode the application will freeze after launching, in plug-in mode the plug-in validation of the host program will fail, which might crash or freeze the host program or make the plug-in unavailable within the host program.Native Instruments and Avid are working together to resolve this compatibility issue.Follow these step-by-step instructions to temporarily remove the Avid CoreAudio driver in order to allow NI products to run properly under Mac OS 10.10:Open the Finder and locate the following folder: Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plug-Ins > HALMove the “Avid CoreAudio.plugin” outside of this folder (e.g. to the Desktop).Type in the admin password when prompted.Restart your computer.While you still can fully use Pro Tools without the Avid CoreAudio driver, it is not possible to monitor the audio output of any third-party application using your Avid audio interface. If you require this functionality again, you need to move the file back to its original location and restart your computer. In this case, the mentioned NI applications will stop working again.As we have already said in earlier articles upgrading to Yosemite is entirely at you own risk until Avid qualify their products for use with it.
    - 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 7:45am -
  • Show And Tell Review Of Positive Grid BIAS Desktop Guitar Amp Modelling Plug-in
    Russ takes the new Positive Grid BAIS Desktop amp modelling plug-in for a spin.Positive Grid claim that BIAS Desktop is not only a great amp modelling plug-in for guitarists, but with the added options to tweak to your heart’s content, grab new sounds free from the community Tone Cloud and also model your own sounds right from within the plug-in.Does it live up to all the claims, Russ checks it out in this extended review. Find out what he thinks.Watch the Positive Grid BAIS Desktop review here
    - 6 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 8:02pm -
  • Cream Bass Player Jack Bruce Dies Aged 71
    Jack Bruce, bass player with iconic rock legends Cream, has died aged 71.Cream, made up of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Bruce, are considered by many to be one of the most important groups in rock music. Bruce wrote most of the songs, including ‘I Feel Free’ and ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, he also sang vocals.Bruce’s death was announced on his official website. A statement from the family said: “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”Image: (CC) Christian Sahm.
    - 6 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 6:02pm -
  • Waves Weekend Deals For October 25th & 26th 2014 Only
    Waves Special Offers For This Weekend3 more great plug-ins at great prices from our friends at Waves, but hurry these will finish on Sunday.Waves DeEsser native plug-in $49 - normally $100Waves L1 Ultramaximser native plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $200Waves Broadcast & Production Bundle $499 till Sunday - normally $1400 Grab them while you can. Check out the Specials page too for more great deals
    - 6 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 11:01am -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - Mapped Output Busses
    The last point in my article on busses touched on the fact that outputs in Pro Tools are no longer simply connections to physical outputs in your system. Since Pro Tools 9 they have been busses which are “mapped” to these physical outputs and it is this intermediary buss which builds in the flexibility into the system to allow easier transfer of projects between systems with different outputs.Why Do Outputs Become Unavailable?As your sessions become more complex they become less “portable”. By that I mean when you try to transfer to a new system there might be more outputs which are unavailable, either because they don’t exist on the new system or because they do exist but are called something else and quite possibly use different hardware. For example if you are working on a system in “Shed Studio” - a fictitious ITB studio with main outputs named “Stereo” and you transfer to a new system at “Fancy SSL Studio” with individual outputs connected to a mixer. When opening the session saved with the IO settings for “Shed Studio” the output “Stereo” isn’t available. Under the old system the session would open with all faders greyed out, still mapped to this unavailable “Stereo” output. Under the new system the output isn’t mapped directly to this unavailable output but to a buss called “Stereo”instead. This buss can be remapped to an output which is available and Pro Tools will make a “best guess” as to which available output it should substitute in place of the unavailable one.Naming Conventions To Aid TransferPro Tools saves a system ID based on the computer’s MAC address in the Pro Tools session for each computer it is opened on. When opening a session, if Pro Tools finds a matching system ID then the relevant output paths are restored. If there is no matching system ID then Pro Tools attempts to re-map outputs according to the output’s name and its channel format or if it can’t find a matching name then by channel format only.This system is far from infallible and you will probably find yourself giving it a little help from time to time. There are things you can do to help the system figure out which of the available outputs is the most appropriate one to re-map to. If you are regularly exchanging projects with another system then following a common naming scheme will help a lot. In the example above naming the outputs connected to a particular pair of channels “stereo” might help encourage the…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • 5 Tips For Getting A Great Vocal Performance In The Studio
    You’ve got a great track down and now it’s time to get those all important vocals recorded to make this a killer hit. If there’s anything that seems to get more people stressed, it’s recording the vocals.The longer you spend trying to get a vocal performance right in the studio the harder it can get, so the sooner you get the killer performance better.The key to a great vocal recording is a great vocalist performing at their best. Remember recording vocals is not an exercise is seeing how many takes and edits you can get down in a marathon session, it’s trying to capture the emotion and passion, with the least amount of stress.So here are our top 5 tricks for getting a great vocal performance.Know The SongMake sure whoever is singing the vocals knows the song, word-for-word and note-for-note. Recording studios are never a good place to practise in, so make sure whoever is singing has prepared.Your Preparation Is Just As ImportantMake sure you have everything ready for when they arrive. For those who rarely use studios, sitting and waiting while you set up the mics, stands, DAW, etc. just adds to their stress levels. It might be fun for you to mess around with studio gear, but for a singer it’s a turn off.What’s The Story?Talk through the song before you hit record. Agree on what you are trying to achieve first in terms of the story and the emotion, then you’ll have a better idea of what technique is needed.Prepare The InstrumentRelax the singer’s voice; get them a drink of something to relax their voice. Hot water with a little lemon is great. Stay away from stuff that clag up their throat, a full strength latte may boost the energy engines, but it has the potentional to stop the vocal in its tracks.Record EverythingMy top trick is to get them to sing the song a few times through while I check the levels before the real takes. It’s a blatant lie; I’m recording from the very first note and often because they don’t know it I get a great performance. The minute you say it’s for real, many singers fall apart. So there’s my top 5, what about yours?
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 7:51pm -
  • Hiss And A Roar Release Heavy Metal Impacts Library
    HISS and a ROAR have released another great sound effects library that will also have huge potential in sound design and music sampling too. Check out the ‘Making Of’ video.This library includes over 1,900 metal impact sounds ranging in scale from massive silo hits, five ton concrete block metal impacts, a selection of four large scale metal skip bins, metal gates, truck decks, solid metal plates, an industrial digger scoop, to the total destruction of a filing cabinet, manipulation of a heavy steel 44 gallon drum, a stainless steel water tank, a copper bin and a WWII petrol tank.This is what they say about the library…While this library is incredibly versatile for practical sound effects, many of the recordings also lend themselves to creative manipulation and processing for creating stings & accents. Please note: this is our largest library to date, more than double in size than any previous, and accordingly the purchase price reflects that. But also note, there is an early bird discount available for one week only, to encourage & reward the people who effectively subscribe to HISSandaROAR.Heavy Metal Impacts is normally $179 but until 1st November you can get it for $119. Everything is recorded at 24bit 192kHz. You will get 1,900 sounds delivered in 339 .WAV files as a 16GB download which will become 32GB of uncompressed audio.
    - 7 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 7:51am -
  • Avid Suspend Pro Tools Upgrades Until New Support Plan Is Released In November
    Community member Tom Jenkins has reached out to us so we can tell you all that Avid have suspended sales for all upgrades until the new support plans are released in November.Tom was trying to upgrade his Pro Tools 10 and CPTK to Pro Tools 11HD but was thwarted online. So he checked with Avid Customer Care and they responded with this…Thank you for contacting Avid Customer Care. For the moment, no upgrades for Pro Tools are available on our webstore because we are doing some changes in the our upgrade system. If you do not want to wish to wait until the launch, you can try and contact one of our resellers. So for now the only way of getting an upgrade is through your Pro Tools dealer.
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:20pm -
  • Waves Confirm Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Compatibility
    Waves have announced that Waves Native plug-ins and WLC are now OS X 10.10 Yosemite Compatibile.Their full statement reads:Dear Valued Waves User,We are pleased to announce that all Waves Native plugins V9 as well as the Waves License Center are now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.Click here to download the updated installer. Please note: SoundGrid plugins and software applications are not yet supported by Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. We are working to resolve this compatibility issue as soon as possible.If further assistance is required, you are more than welcome to contact our tech support team. Best regards,The Waves TeamFor more information visit Waves web site
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:48pm -
  • Creating Your Own Sounds Using Waves Codex Synthesizer
    In this free video tutorial Russ shows how to create a sound from scratch using the Waves Codex synthesiser. In this video Russ shows how to start from scratch, how to modulate the pitch of an oscillator using an LFO, change the envelope. He then shows how to give the sound rhythm and movement using both a sync LFO and the inbuilt sequencer. Finally he adds some effects to give the sound some final polish.This video is perfect for those new to synths and who want to know more about programming and moving beyond presets.Watch ‘Creating Your Own Sounds Using Waves Codex Synthesizer’ here
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:06pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3 Launch Event At Alchemea London
    Many of those who attended the excellent RedNet evening which took place at Alchemea in London this week said they thought the events were a good idea, so with that in mind we’ve got the next one confirmed.An evening with the Synchro Arts’ team to explore the soon-to-be-released Revoice Pro 3 and be some of the first people to see the brand new version. Synchro Arts are saying Revoice Pro 3 has even better sound, features and workflow enhancements.Event DetailsThe event takes place at Alchemea London on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM - as before many of the Pro Tools Expert team will be there.Free drinks and nibbles, so also a great chance to chat and meet other audio professionals.Limited numbers, book early.Book your place at the Pro Tools Expert Revoice Pro 3 Launch event hosted at Alchemea London online now.
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:45am -
  • Is Pro Tools' Number Up?
    Those starting up Pro Tools 11 after a recent upgrade will have found that the splash screen on start-up has changed. Unlike earlier versions of Pro Tools, including early releases of the current version, the number has gone and been replaced with simply ‘Pro Tools Software.’Some thought it was simply a case of Avid stating the bleeding obvious, but the reason is likely to be connected to the recent discussions around the way Avid push out Pro Tools updates in the future.If you are waiting for a Pro Tools 12 grand announcement there is a high likelihood you ain’t going to see it, instead the numbers as product names are being dropped and you’ll simply be able to tell which version you are running in the lower right hand corner of the about screen.A New Way To Sell SoftwareThere’s nothing new about this, companies like Adobe has been doing it for some time, for example if you own a copy of Adobe Photoshop CC it recently went from 14.0, 14.1, 14.2 and now 15.0 without any grand announcement.So Pro Tools 11 is perhaps the last version to have flags out, balloons and ticker tape - instead those on subscriptions will wake up to find a new version in an update. Is Pro Tools’ number up? Probably yes, but the whole version number as a grand announcement was designed for the era of buying software in boxes and queuing around the block all night to be ‘first’, in a world of digital delivery developers can drip feed the updates out.It doesn’t make for a big product launch, but to be honest Avid has never been very good at those, so this may be just what they’ve been waiting for.
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:37am -
  • PureMix Release New Video On Stem Mixing And Loudness Control
    Fab Dupont is on a roll after his excellent video on compressor fundamentals he has now released a video on stem mixing and loudness control.In this video, Fab Dupont focuses on the numerous benefits derived from working with stems like faster workflow, greater versatility especially on larger sessions and yes, loudness control.But Fab isn’t trying to show how to “make the loudest record ever” rather in this video he shows how to manage headroom and dynamic range to emphasize certain parts of your mix like drums, percussions, bass, etc. If your music relies heavily on sub bass frequencies and/or heavy hitting drums and you’ve had problems handling your low energy and transients, you know what he is talking about. 
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:35am -

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  • Berklee Online teams up with Avid for online bachelor degree program
    Berklee College of Music has teamed up with Avid for the world’s first accredited, non-profit, online music production bachelor degree program. Berklee Online, the college’s award-winning online division, is offering a 120-credit Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in two areas: music production and music business. The online school has chosen Pro Tools as the foundational […]
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 9:34pm -
  • Six new kitpieces for Addictive Drums
    XLN Audio has added six new Kitpiece Paks to Addictive Drums 2. These expansions feature African and South American instruments to spice up your rhythm tracks. * Sonor Latino Bongos * Valter Perc. Standard Box Cajon * Mandinka Djembe * Mandinka Sangban * Brazilian Pandeiro * LP Brazilian Timbau Check out all the Kitpiece Paks […]
    - 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 7:08pm -
  • 40% offer from PSP
    PSP is celebrating their 40th birthday (not the company, the owners) by offering us a 40% discount on their plugins, including paid upgrades. To take advantage of this offer, during checkout in the online store simply enter the discount code: “octoPSPfest”. The offer is valid only for 40 hours (until 27th October 2014).
    - 5 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 11:54pm -
  • EastWest Orchestral Series now available
    With the recent release of Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, EastWest has now bundled it’s orchestral instruments into Hollywood Orchestra, which includes Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass, Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds, and Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, all produced by Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy. Each individual section of Hollywood Orchestra has received multiple awards from […]
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 9:56pm -
  • Eastwest releases Hollywood Orchestral Percussion
    Eastwest has released Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, produced by Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy. This release “completes” the company’s flagship Hollywood Orchestra, which also includes Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass,and Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds. Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is an utterly unique orchestral percussion library featuring one of America’s very best orchestral percussionists and […]
    - 10 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:33pm -
  • 8DM All Bundle release 30% off
    8DM has released All Bundle, which includes all 8DM products for all formats (Kontakt, Maschine and Wavpacks) at 30% off original price. The 8DM All Bundle Includes: Animalix 1 (Maschine & Kontakt) Electro House 1 (Maschine, Kontakt & Wavpack) Electro House 2 (Maschine, Kontakt & Wavpack) Flow House 1 (Maschine, Kontakt & Wavpack) Progressive House […]
    - 13 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 6:54pm -
  • Free loops from In Session Audio
    In Session Audio is giving away 48 free loops from their upcoming library Fingerstyle Folk Acoustic Guitar. This new library features a wealth of “toolbox” loops, beautiful progressions and the intertwined sound of two guitars playing in different places on the neck. This offer expires upon the release of the complete library so grab it […]
    - 13 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 6:48pm -
  • Win a free V-Control Pro
    Neyrinck is currently running a competition where you can win a copy of V-Control Pro for the iPad. Here’s a message from the company. Hello DAW users! Who wants to win a free V-Control Pro app for iPad? All you need to do is to post a nice picture of V-Control Free or V-Control Pro […]
    - 14 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:24pm -
  • ModeAudio releases Open Spaces – Massive Vintage R&B Presets.
    ModeAudio has released Open Spaces – Massive Vintage R&B Presets for Native Instruments Massive which, according to the press release, “combines two of our favourite musical ingredients – vintage, analogue-style warmth and smooth, uplifting, chilled-out vibes“. Including 50 deeply-programmed synth presets delivering bottomless, vibrant basses, characterful synths, dusty leads, dreamy keys, sifting, organic pads, dramatic […]
    - 14 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:20pm -
  • Toontrack is teasing something big
    Next month in metal month at Toontrack and they’re already teasing something big and I suppose drum-like.
    - 15 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 9:51pm -
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