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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:2388 32ratingsTime:04:53More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:41am -
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Alabama Symphony OrchestraThe Alabama Symphony Orchestra recently commissioned acclaimed composer/arranger/conductor Dr. Henry Panion, III to compose a work celebrating the 50th anniv...From:AvidViews:1318 20ratingsTime:07:13More inHowto & Style
- 9 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 5:26pm -
Rick Smith from Underworld
Rick Smith from UnderworldRick Smith, of legendary British electronic group Underworld, talks about how the technology for electronic music creation has changed over the years. Rick h...From:AvidViews:1878 17ratingsTime:08:33More inHowto & Style
- 13 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:56pm -
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:716 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 14 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:104 0ratingsTime:01:54More inHowto & Style
- 42 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:204 0ratingsTime:02:32More inHowto & Style
- 42 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:84 0ratingsTime:00:48More inHowto & Style
- 42 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:47am -
How To Use the Home Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Home 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:50 0ratingsTime:01:09More inHowto & Style
- 42 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:45am -
How To Use the Equipment Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Equipment 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:50 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 42 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:44am -
How To Use the Contracts Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Contracts 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:50 0ratingsTime:00:41More inHowto & Style
- 42 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:41am -
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:104 0ratingsTime:05:27More inHowto & Style
- 42 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:38am -
How To Upgrade Your to Dongle Media Composer | Software
How To Upgrade Your to Dongle 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:78 0ratingsTime:02:30More inHowto & Style
- 42 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:25am -

Pro Tools Expert

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  • Virtual Tour Of The Avid S6 Channel Strip
    Our friends at RSPE Audio are at it again. They’ve already built a virtual Avid S6 builder, and now they’ve created a cool interactive walkthrough of the S6’s channel strip section.This Virtual Channel Strip is a great way to visualize the control surface’s functionality and see how it interacts with Pro Tools 11.The Virtual Channel Strip allows you to click and select any of the S6’s process modes: Pan, Sends, User, EQ, Dynamics, Inserts, or Input. Selecting the mode changes the color-coded rotary encoders to the proper color, shows you a Pro Tools window with what parameters can be edited and gives an explanation of the button’s main functions. It’s not the real thing, but it really gives you a sense of the S6’s functionality.Check out the Virtual S6 Channel Strip for yourself.
    - 22 mins ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Show And Tell Review Of Waves StudioRack
    Russ takes a look at the new Waves StudioRack plug-in chained and sees what features it has and how useful it is for both Pro Tools users and these using other DAWs.Watch it here
    - 27 mins ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:55am -
  • Are You A New Plug-in Junkie?
    I love plug-ins, I love them all, but for me there is something special with compressors. I can easily spend a whole night testing out a new plug-in and totally forget about eating and everything else.But do we need all these plug-ins?We really cannot skip the fact that if you got a guitar for 1000€ it would probably and hopefully sound better and be more suitable to more kinds of music then 100€ guitar. Similarly, that a more expensive microphone pre amp will sound better then the one built an the Mbox. But does a 200€ plug-in add anything more than the plug-ins that comes with your DAW?Do we need to spend all our money on new software products?I remember back when my interest for audio engineering started. I sat at home in my room and tried to record a Guns N Roses cover with a cheap interface and Pro Tools LE. I was told that LE stood for ‘Loser Edition’ so I always blamed my failure to make a rock cover on my ‘Loser Edition’ plug-ins that I got with Pro Tools. A friend of mine (who is a really successful songwriter now) gave me a CD with a almost 100 quality plug-ins. So I installed all of them, the temptation was too great not to. I remember I was thinking that nothing can possible stop me now from doing my kick ass Guns N Roses cover. I was wrong.I started to do my mix, but I faced my first problem. I had to make some frequency adjustment to my kick drum. So I went to the mix-window, my plug-in folder, EQ and boom. Instead of just one EQ, there were suddenly ten EQs to choose between. I picked the first in that list and played around with it for a while, and then I tried the next one, and then the next one after that. And after spending way too much time finding the right EQ I lost interest for the track. The mix took me almost a month do to, and when I was done I was so sick of the song that I threw it away. I also removed all the plug-ins away that I got a month earlier.Mistakes help us to learnHopefully we learn by our mistakes and now I am mixing for some of the biggest clients in the business with less plug-ins then I had when I started out.I often hear people complaining that their mixes does not sound right because they cant afford the Waves Ultimate Superbundle or the UAD DSP cards. But I think if someone gave them all the best plug-ins around they may still be failing because having a different plug-in isn’t always the answer to the problem.Spend time playing around with the plug-ins you already own, testing them…
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:45am -
  • Sonnox Announce SuprEsser DS - AAX DSP For Avid S3L And HDX
    Our friends at Sonnox have announced SuprEsser DS. As a compliment ot their already popular SuprEsser, the SuprEsser DS offers low latency monitoring for users of the Avid S3L and HDX systems, citing a sub 2ms latency.The SuprEsser DS is AAX DSP only and features a simple ‘quick fix’ mode for those who need to get a result quickly, however it still has a complete feature set for those needing to get more detailed results.Features:Highly featured professional De-EsserLinear Phase Dynamic EQOperates from 1kHz - 20kHzLatency of 1.9ms (at 48kHz sample rate)Supported Sample Rates: 44.1 and 48kHzTransparently controls aggressive frequenciesAutomatic Level Tracking follows energy levels (no need to automate threshold)Large intuitive graphic display makes finding frequencies very easyThree different ‘Listen’ modesAdvanced Mode for ultimate control of the Dynamic EQMany creative as well as corrective uses64-bit compliantPresets giving good starting pointsTo download a demo and to find out more visit the Sonnox web site
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:14am -
  • Public Beta Of Apple OS X Yosemite Ships Tomorrow July 24th - Take Care
    Tomorrow, July 24th Apple will ship the first public beta of their latest version of the Mac OS Yosemite.We’ve been talking a lot about Pro Tools reliability a lot recently, not all issues with a DAW are down to the software, so as we always say please take caution when considering using a beta of any software.Here are a few things to consider:Are you in the middle of a mission critical project? If so then do not even think about using a beta.Have you got all your projects and systems backed up? If not then do this before doing anything.Do you have the time to deal with any bugs and crashes and incompatibilities, however minor?It is tempting to try the latest version of something, but many professional Pro Tools users do not upgrade even on first generation releases of software, let alone beta releases. Many top studios are still running earlier versions of Pro Tools and operating systems - keeping their systems rock solid is their biggest priority.Please take care and remember you can’t blame Avid or any other software developer if you run into trouble trying to use a beta.
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:32pm -
  • Empirical Labs Distressor Plug-In Emulation For $1
    Cocell Productions have created an Empirical Labs Distressor emulation plug-in which runs in VST, AU 32 and 64 bit modes and RTAS 32 bit all they request is a $1.00 donation.It’s a fully featured offering;Modelled Classic Compressor pluginBased on acclaimed 8X Compressor.Gain Reduction meter.Input control (Relative threshold).Threshold Controlled Circuitry(-30 to -50 dB).Ratio switch (1, 2, 4, 8, 20 and NK)Attack time control (0.05 ms to 4 secs).Release time control (0.30 ms to 3 secs)Distortion modes switch (Static Custom C1, Static Custom C2, Odd D1, Even D2)Output control (0 to 40 dB).Side-Chain Filter modes Clean(0) HP 80Hz(D), HP 80Hz Audio(A), BE 6kHz(B)We’ve downloaded it and tested it - if you own Bluecat MB-7 or Patchworks it runs in that for Pro Tools 11.The $1.00 donation price tag belies it’s features and sound, so for anyone looking for something like this then check it out. Our only advice is give them more than the requested $1.00, people like this deserve our support. We gave them $5 but give what you can afford.More here
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:48am -
  • Flux:: Release Spat v3 Room Acoustics Simulation Plug-in
    Our friends at Flux Sound & Picture Devleopment have relased their last piece of their AAX jigsaw pzzle, the amazing Spat v3, a sophisticated tool for room acoustics simulation and localisation and v3 now supports 64 bit in AAX Native as well as VST and AU formats.Flux Spat v3 Release Special Offer!During the release period Flux are offering Spat v3 as well as the Ircam Tools bundle and a selection of bundle upgrades with a 30% discount until August 4th 2014. To find out all about the release special offer go to their online store. If you’re already a Flux:: Ircam customer then enter your iLok user account id or your Flux:: dongle serial number to find out more about your personal upgrade offers, or contact your local dealer. Flux Spat v3 AvailabilityFor all current Flux customers the v3 software is a free update, simply download the corresponding v3 installer for your software and install it.AAX Versions. If you previously own a native licence (AU/VST/RTAS) then download and install the Native installer. Epure TDM owners. Download and install the +AAX DSP (HD-X) installer, that now in addition to the AAX DSP version also includes the AU/VST/AAX Native versions.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Eve SC205 2-Way 5" Monitor - Review
    IntroductionPerhaps one of the hardest choices for anyone to make for their studio is the choice of monitoring speakers, especially if you are running a home studio. There are more and more stores appearing that offer rooms specially set up for comparing monitors, but in reality the only real way to audition monitors in in situ in the room you are going to listen to them in. The job is made even harder by the very fact that we get used to the sound of the monitors we already own and so introducing new monitors into the equation can be coloured by our existing preferences.Monitors are also about taste and although many manufacturers will swear blind about their monitor having a flat response when you compare several pairs then you realise that either all of them are wrong, or most of them are wrong in that assertion.My own opinion, as someone who grew up around Yamaha NS10s and Auratone 5cs, is that how flat the frequency response of a monitor is has very little to do with their suitability for their job. Thousands of hit records have been mixed on them and you would hardly call an NS10 a flat response. There’s an interesting paper on this here. Most of us simply get used to the sound of monitors and then trust a mastering engineer to make any corrections in the mastering process.For me trying out monitors is like trying out new shoes, all of them feel weird at first, for the reasons outlined above, so you need a little time to get used to them before coming to any conclusions about them.The Eve SC205 2-Way 5” MonitorRather than reinvent the wheel I’ll let Eve explain the monitor specification.WooferThe SC205 uses our 5” SilverCone woofer for an extended bass response. This very stiff diaphragm is honeycomb structured and glass fibre coated. Like in other models, such as the smaller SC204, the SC205 is driven by a sophisticated magnet system that uses a 1” voice coil responsible for delivering a greater linear excursion. All in all, this produces a bigger dynamic range than you would naturally assume from a speaker of these proportions. The result is an unsurpassed audio transparency that, when coupled with our proprietary AMT tweeter and PWM amplifier, will surprise you with a very powerful and precise low end.TweeterOur AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeter is our own proprietary technology that follows the rule of not using “off-the-shelf” components when looking for the best possible results. The preciseness and detail in the hig…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:31pm -
  • Podcast Extra Interview On Using iZotope RX3 To Remove The Music From The Film Brief Encounter
    In this very special podcast extra interview Mike Wabro explains to Mike Thornton how he was able to surgically remove the music from the mono film sound track to leave just the dialog and effects.Removing polyphonic music from a mixed track has been the holy grail of audio manipulation. There are some solutions for taking a vocal out of a mixed stereo track with a variety of success including the new ADX Trax but this project undertaken by sound editor Mike Wabro was very different. The brief from the client was to produce a music free mix of the David Lean classic Brief Encounter so that the London Philharmonic Orchestra could play live in sync with the film for 3 special performances in August this year.Before & After In iZotope RX3Example 2 - Before & AfterExample 3 - Before & AfterRemoving A Note4 Steps To Removing A NoteThe Sound ExamplesMike Wabro has let us have some before and after examples which are still ‘work in progress’ he still has some work to do as there is still the odd note showing or some words still needing some work on them before the live performance. Thanks Mike for being willing to share your work whilst you are still fine tuning. There aren’t many people who would share their work whilst they are still refining it, so thanks Mike for being so open. The EventAt the Southbank Centre on August 15th, 22nd & 29th David Lean’s account of a romantic affair will be accompanied by live music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and is the centrepiece of a three-week series of films screened in the Royal Festival Hall. David Lean’s 1945 film traces the affair of a married doctor and suburban housewife who meet on a train platform and features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 throughout its soundtrack: in fact, the film was largely responsible for bringing this epic work to fame.If you would like to experience the event and all Mike’s hard work on the film soundtrack the you can book tickets on the South Bank Centre’s web site.  It is also hoped to be able to tour the work around the world in due course but as yet we do not have any dates for this.Thanks and creditsWe would like to thank Mike Wabro’s clients for giving us permission to describe this process in detail and for permission to enable you to listen to two clips before and after Mike has worked his magic. Mike’s work has been completed on behalf of ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Sound Services supplied by Nick P…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:56pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 126
    Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.Groove 3 Titles We LikeSession Horns Pro ExplainedCompetitions Win Antares Auto-Tune Vocal StudioDeals pageLiquidsonics Reverberate £35 - 30% discountAcon Digital Deverberate £39 - 33% discountLoop Loft Matt Chamberlain Drums with exclusive Pro Tools sessionsTAL-U-NO-LX Synth Plug-in emulation of the Juno 60 synth £27 - 25% discount#Hit It The Ultimate Drum Programming ebook £11 - 25% discountSonnox Community AwardThe winner for June is Chris LinderTalking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal AudioFear Is Sometimes Our Biggest Creative ChallengeBackups, James had a major problem this weekWhat Do You Mean By “Professional”? Audio Post Production Workflows Using Pro Tools SeriesHow Reliable Is Your Pro Tools 11 System? Poll Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio SolutionsPaul Sinkovich - There is a Pro Tools Shortcuts app from Xerxes Dennis called Pro Tools Hotkeys  which is available on the iOS and Android platformsJean-Michel Bocéno - Has a tip on creating auto talkback without an specialised plug-in.Jason Wilson - There is a video showing track freeze in Pro Tools 12 Anthony Dominello - Experience of mastering bots and client’s response.Questions - Kindly Sponsored by AlchemeaBill Metoyer Can I get a Waves Gold bundle for Pro Tools 7 LE?Mark Beling - Unable to preview audio clips in Pro Tools, any ideas?Jeff Denadel - Are there any problems in using Thunderbolt, Firewire 800 and Firewire 400 together? Also what about USB3 for Pro Tools 11?Listen on to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunesDownload the Pro Tools Expert Podcast as an MP3
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 10:27am -

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  • Don't Have An AudioSuite Version Of A Plug-in? Blue Cat Have The Answer
    Our friends at Blue Cat Audio have come up with an excellent work round for situations where in Pro Tools there isn’t a version of a plug-in in the AudioSuite format, that means you are unable to render clips using that plug-in.Select the Blue Cat Audio PatchWork plug-in from your AudioSuite menu…Now insert a VST or AU version of the plug-in into AudioSuite version of PatchWork and away you go.This is a very neat solution to a problem that doesn’t crop up that often but is a real pain when it does. Thanks Blue Cat.
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 3:37pm -
  • How Reliable Is Your Pro Tools 11 System? Poll
    Depending on what forum you find yourself in and the thread you are reading you could be forgiven for either thinking that Pro Tools 11 is full of bugs or conversely rock solid. There are some well documented issues surrounding Pro Tools 11 which Avid have acknowledged, at Pro Tools Expert we get a lot of emails from users asking us about different issues not documented, are they general bugs or specific computer issues? It can be the case that how a computer is configured can greatly affect performance, you can read our report here.However, we thought it might be helpful to see how often users of Pro Tools 11 have their workflow interrupted by Pro Tools bugs and crashes. Reliability is an essential requirement of any professional software application, so is Pro Tools 11 meeting the mark or falling short?So take our poll for both Mac and Windows users, of course please also let us have your comments.Are you on cloud 9 or ready to throw the towel in?How Reliable Is Your Pro Tools 11 System?
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 7:42am -
  • Audio Post Production Workflows Using Pro Tools - Part 4
    Last week in part 3 of this series on Audio Post Production Workflows Using Pro Tools, dialog editor Michele Woods started part 1 of her look at what a dialog editor does and how she sets up her session so when she has finished it will be in a form that works for the re-recording mixer. Michele continues….When the session is set up, I import the QuickTime with the guide track since this is literally my guide in this process. I import the AAFs provided by the editor. I make a duplicate of these tracks to start editing and inactivate the original AAF in case I need to go back to these original tracks later on in the edit. This AAF not only contains the dialogues, but also all the sound effects and sometimes (temporary) music the picture editor and director have chosen. Once I have named my working dialogue tracks, I also create tracks for sync sound effects that will possibly work for the M&E, and new tracks with the actors/characters name for possible ADR recording notes. Click on this image for a full sized versionClick on this image for a full sized versionAfter I am all set up, I begin my first pass. This is quite an integral part of the process since this is when I choose microphones, look for alternate takes when needed, and mark up what ADR will be needed. Whilst choosing microphones, I am also searching for alternate takes for background noise, technical, level or clarity issues with the line(s). I usually colour the alternate take a different colour (usually a bright blue or pink) to the track so that the mixer can see that I have replaced a bit of audio and can always pull out to the original or find it muted on another track. If no alternate take is possible then ADR will be necessary. Notes for ADR are also added during this first pass (and often in the next few passes as well depending on how much time I have). Everything is typed into the session onto the character/actors tracks in the session using the Region Group Function. I click into this new clip which should be placed at the exact start of where the ADR line will be needed, type in the script and reason why it needs to be recorded. The ADR notes from the spotting session with the director are added in as well which are often performance issues or additional lines that are required to help the story along. I use a program called Edicue from Sounds In Sync which takes the notes I write directly onto Pro Tools and converts them into PDFs.Click on this image for a full sized versio…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:00am -
  • All Pro Tools Expert Member Only Videos FREE To Watch This Weekend
    This weekend only we’ve unlocked our vault of over 600 Pro Tools videos, normally only available to Pro Tools Expert members.There’s everything from production tricks, in depth tutorials on plug-ins, virtual instruments and hundreds of Pro Tools tips and tricks.This Pro Tools video tutorial library runs into hours of material to help you get up to speed, or learn some new stuff. Check them out here.So spend the weekend enjoying the Pro Tools Expert video tutorials. If you like them then you may want to think about signing up for membership. In the meantime this weekend is on us!
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 4:58pm -
  • Waves Weekend Deals - V-EQ3, Q-Clone & Dorrough Stereo Meters
    3 more great plug-ins at great prices from our friends at Waves, but hurry these will finish on Sunday.Waves V-EQ3 Native plug-in $39 till Sunday - normally $150Waves Q-Clone Native plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $400Waves Dorrough Stereo Meters Collection $129 till Sunday - normally $300Grab them whilst you can. Also check out the Specials page too for other great deals.
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - Use Of The Tab Key
    The last few fundamentals articles have been high on content but probably a little dry (anyone up for some more latency? …Nobody?). Time to lighten things up. However, easy and useful often go together…I often have conversations with people who don’t use shortcuts. Their reasoning is usually that they find it easier to stick with the mouse. Anyone who already has a few shortcuts down will know how much faster it makes things but that not as compelling an argument as you might think when trying to get a reluctant student to try something new. Pointing out that when they use the spacebar to start playback they are using a shortcut is great fun but the most convincing argument for using shortcuts is to show them something which is immediately useful and only viable using the keyboard.So, instant crowd pleaser which relies on a single keystroke? This sounds like a job for the tab key. For me the really interesting thing about tab in Pro Tools is how many longtime users, some of them with really thorough knowledge of Pro Tools, only use tab for tab to transients. A while ago I was asked why you could switch tab to transients off? Why would you want to do that? This suggests that some people only know about tab to transients and are unaware of tab’s default behaviour. For this reason I’m going to look at the functions of the tab key in what I think of as the “wrong” order.Tab To TransientsThis is the one which gets all the attention. When engaged, tab moves the insertion point to the next transient (i.e. sharp rise in amplitude). The sensitivity of the transient detection isn’t tweakable but I’ve rarely had issues with it. The uses for this are almost limitless. In transient-rich material such as drums, bass etc. it is just so easy to navigate. Simply drop your insertion point just before the desired hit and press tab. Its worth noting that most waveforms have steep transients at their start but are usually less well defined when viewed backwards so although it is possible to tab backwards, its a good idea to tab past the desired point and come at it from the front to guarantee accuracy.Common uses for tab to transients are selecting sections of music bar by bar when not recorded to a click (for example when tempo mapping or creating loops) or when tightening up bass parts against the kick but thats just two, the uses for this are limitless and if you don’t use it you’re really missing out.To toggle tab to transients on and off clic…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • What Do You Mean By "Professional"?
    Recently Russ ran a poll on the site on the use of iOS in audio. In it Russ asked people to categorise themselves as professional or enthusiast. While Russ was careful to define what he meant by professional (those making a living from music and audio) I did wonder whether Russ chose to avoid what I would think of as the opposite of professional - amateur?I asked him and his response “I have to be careful about the words I use, if we use the word amatuer some think it’s a judgment of competence and care. Far from it, some people who don’t do this for a living have amazing skill and care about every detail, conversely some people who do make a living from it are unskilled and sloppy. However people don’t know I think that so I avoid the word. It’s a shame, both words need reclaiming for good.”The results of the poll seemed to suggest that approximately 78% of the respondents were professionals. So where are all the non-professionals? We all know there are far more non-professionals than professionals in this community.Is the explanation that there is an ambiguity around the terms professional and amateur? I have always taken the distinction between professional and amateur to be one of income but the word “professional” also has a connotation of competence, the assumption being that if your work is of a standard for you to make a living doing it it must be good (I’m sure we’ve all got examples where this just isn’t the case…). The problem arises when people assume that because everyone is either a or b and a is, by definition, high quality, it does not follow the b is necessarily of low quality. There are all sorts of reasons why people don’t turn professional and most of them have nothing to do with ability.Whats Wrong With Being An Amateur?I’d like to reclaim the word “amateur”. To many this word has connotations of incompetence: something being “amateurish” isn’t a compliment. Why? Amateur is derived from the French “amour” and and an amateur is a “lover of something” - so far so good, however the dictionary refers to amateur status, especially in sport (remember the Olympics were strictly amateur until surprisingly recently) but also to a person being “unskilled” or having only a superficial knowledge something.Amateur Equals Unskilled? - Really?I’d like to counter this with a couple of examples of really significant figures from technical disciplines who were self-taught amateurs who could nev…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • Create Rich And Complex Textures In Pro Tools Xpand2 - Free Video
    In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows those who may have limited budgets that you don’t always need to spend money on plug-ins to get great results.Russ takes users under the hood of Xpand2 to show how to create rich and complex textures that can be controlled during a performance.In this video Pro Tools users will learn how to stack sounds, use arpeggiators to create movement, assign filter controls and use MIDI CC for extra control.Watch it here
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 7:38am -
  • A True Stereo Convolution Reverb For £35 - LIMITED TIME
    It seems that not all convolution reverbs are not created equally, some offer a stereo simulation but not true stereo operation.LiquidSonics’ Reverberate is a highly efficient hybrid convolution reverb audio processor offering true zero-latency operation for two separate, stereo impulse responses for Mac and PC supporting VST, Audio Units, AAX and RTAS.Reverberate provides a rich and dynamic reverb from impulse responses by modulating an amalgamation of two, separately controllable true stereo IRs using an LFO. Further modulation is possible using the post-processing effects; an all-pass interpolator chorus and delay unit provide a fuller sound and an over-sampled analogue prototype paragraphic equaliser is provided with dual LFOs. These features make for a livelier, more creative sound than typically associated with some convolution reverbs.Until the end of this month LiquidSonics’ Reverberate is just £35 on Pro Tools Expert. Download the demo and find out for yourself why convolution reverbs costing 5 to 10 times the price struggle to beat this gem.More here
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 8:36pm -
  • Congratulations To All The Nominees In This Year's Emmys
    We would like to congratulate all the nominees announced for the 66th Emmy Awards. There is a full list available on the Emmys web site but in the sound categories there were a few friendly names we would like to give a special shout out to…Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction ProgrammingDeadliest Catch • Careful What You Wish For • Discovery Channel • Original Productions, LLC, a FremantleMedia Company for the Discovery Channel Bob Bronow, C.A.S., Re-Recording MixerOutstanding Sound Editing For A Mini series, Movie Or A SpecialSherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece Doug Sinclair, Supervising Sound EditorStuart McCowan, Sound EditorJon Joyce, Sound EditorPaul McFadden, Sound EditorSue Harding, Foley ArtistOutstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A MovieSherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece John Mooney, Sound MixerHoward Bargroff, Re-Recording MixerDoug Sinclair, ADR MixerPeter Gleaves, ADR Mixer It is great to see great talent recognised and rewarded espacially as so many of us only have a studio tan to show for it. Congatulations to you all.
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator Product Review

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  • Mic Choice & Placement On Sound Effects Comparison
    Chuck Russom is releasing a new sound effects collection of guns recorded out to the Arizona Desert. Multiple microphones were placed at close, medium, and distant perspectives. He has posted a very interesting video where you can hear the differences between different mics and positions from the sound source - an HK53 Assault Rifle. have a listen, are you surprised at the differences? Every gun in this new library features sounds from 12-16 microphone locations, covering close, medium, and distant perspectives.Their goal with these sounds is not to produce yet another library of stereo mixdowns or over-designed guns. This is a collection of multichannel recordings giving many different microphone perspectives to allow maximum flexibility when designing your own sounds.  The recordings have been kept as raw and unprocessed as possible.For more on the library and the option to download some free sounds of the HK53 then go to Chuck’s web site.
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 10:33am -
  • Exponential Audio Announce 3D Link Technology Now In Public Beta
    Our friends at Exponential Audio are proud to announce that its 3D Link technology is now available in a public beta of the surround reverbs.  This beta code may be tested and used by any license holder of PhoenixVerb Surround or R2 Surround.3D Link is an exciting new way to add reverberation in 3D environments such as Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D, giving you up to 14 channels of reverb. It’s already been used in production work, so it’s now time to open up the testing.This beta also includes support for new workstations such as Reaper and Nuendo and yet again CPU load has also been reduced.How does the 3D link Work?3D Link is a special technology developed by Exponential Audio.  It has been developed to simplify mixing in extended surround formats, i.e. formats with height channels.  Most workstations including Pro Toools currently stop at 7.1, and adding height channels requires a number of tricks and making a convincing reverb has been difficult, with all sorts of odd bussing, delays and filtering.  Having this patched-together reverb react to changing source placement has never been very convincing until now.3D Link has changed all that.  It works whether you need 7.1 on the bottom and 2.0 on the top for Dolby Atmos or 7.1 down below, 5.0 above, and a top channel for Auro 3D. But it doesn’t stop there, if you need a custom configuration like 5.0 for the lower channel and 4.0 for the top then you can do it.  Mono will link to 7.0.  Stereo will link to stereo, and so on.  It’s all about your creative needs. The only restriction is that PhoenixVerb Surround must link to PhoenixVerb Surround and R2 Surround must link to R2 Surround. You can have as many linked pairs as your mix demands.What Workstations Are Supported?Any workstation that has been approved for the surround reverbs may work, as long as it has the ability to output a mix on multiple busses.  Extensive testing has been done with Pro Tools, Nuendo and Cubase and 3D Link works well in all of them. What does this cost?  Is it a separate product?Beginning with version 1.1.0, 3D Link will be part of both surround plug-ins.  There will be no additional charge and no separate installation.Want to know more?Go over to the 3D link page on the Exponential web site and there are several video tutorials tooIntroduction to 3D LinkTutorial: Using 3D Link3D Link: Managing the Auro 3D Top Channel
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 125
    Russ, Mike & Neil bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.Groove 3 Titles We LikeEWQL Symphonic Orch. ExplainedCompetitions Win Antares Auto-Tune Vocal StudioDeals pageLiquidsonics Reverberate £35 - 30% discountAcon Digital Deverberate £39 - 33% discountLoop Loft Matt Chamberlain Drums with exclusive Pro Tools sessionsTAL-U-NO-LX Synth Plug-in emulation of the Juno 60 synth £27 - 25% discount#Hit It The Ultimate Drum Programming ebook £11 - 25% discountTalking Points Are You Using iOS For Music Making Or Audio? PollThe Distortion Of Sound - A Thought Provoking Documentary On Consumer Audio Quality UAD 7.8 Software with 3 new plug-insNow Over 100 Free Pro Tools Plug-InsHearing Is Believing: 11.1 Auro 3D Sound On Stereo HeadphonesCommunity Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio SolutionsJoe Teresi - tip on using clip gain before a compressor to get a more even sound.Donald Crees has let up know about a free AAX plug-in and special offer on another AAX plug-in Elastik - a sample player with a free demo pack String Studio VS 2, a physical modelling string synthesier, half-price for a limited time ($99)Justin Bryant - Can you do an article on building a studio in the garden?Matt Greaves has found a possible bug with Autotune Evo when importing a track into Pro Tools 11Dualta Barrett - Can you do a video on using ring modulation?Mark Kaim - Suggestions of how to do the mastering bot versus human challengeMatt Cheney - Can you do a video on the best ways and plug-ins to use to handle frame rate changes?Questions - Kindly Sponsored by AlchemeaShiv Dhuna - Why do the tracks that I export from FL Studio don’t sound the same in Pro Tools?Eric Everhart - Why do plug-ins like Slap Delay II or Extra Long Delay II don’t work in Pro Tools 11?  Video on Time Adjuster plug-inListen on to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunesDownload the Pro Tools Expert Podcast as an MP3
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 9:08am -
  • Waves Add more Plug-in Deals For July
    Our friends at Waves have added some more plug-ins to their selection of special offers for July.Waves DeBreath Native plug-in $49 - normally $300Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor Native plug-in $99 - normally $200Waves API Collection - $249 - normally $650Waves Vocal Bundle $199 - normally $600Waves Silver Bundle $199 - normally $600Waves Gold Bundle $349 - normally $8001 day, 1 Surprise Plug-in, 1 crazy priceThey are due to offer one plug-in at a crazy price for today only, check out the Specials page for this and other great deals. 
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 6:38am -
  • Plug-In Alliance Summer Sale With Reductions Of Up To 50%
    Our friends at Plug-in Alliance are running a summer sale until August 14th. They are offering reductions of up to 50% on individual plug-ins from their huge range of plug-ins from brands like Brainworx, Maag, and Elysia.Bundle Up And Get MoreYou can also create your own custom bundles and save up to an additional 50% on top of the summer sale prices.
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 6:12am -
  • Pre Reverse Reverb Trick
    Here is a simple yet useful production trick I picked up earlier in the year when I was re creating a mix of ‘Lost’ by Gary Numan, from ‘Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)’. There are several moments in this dark and atmospheric production where his voice eerily comes in backwards, bathed in reverb which crescendos before the main melodies are sung. This is an emotive trick that is easy to achieve with a couple of AudioSuite plug-ins.I strongly recommend you listen to the track ‘Lost’ as hearing this effect in the context of a production should give you ideas of how you can implement it in your own mixes. I am going to explain how to setup this trick using stock plug-ins in Pro Tools.Keep in mind that this method can be used with any instrument… not just vocals.1. Audio ClipCreate a new audio track. Create a copy of the clip you want to effect onto the new track.2. ReverseHighlight the new clip and go to AudioSuite - Other - Reverse and hit Render. You will clearly see the new clip has been reversed.3. ReverbYou need to be sure the length at the end of the reversed clip is long enough to have a reverb tail rendered to it. Use the ‘Selector Tool’ or ‘Multi-Tool’ to highlight the whole reversed clip and be sure to include at least double the space at the end. It is best to highlight more than you need, excess can be trimmed away later.Open up a Reverb under AudioSuite - Reverb. Select a Reverb that sounds good for you and click Render. You will see a long reverb tail in the waveform.4. Reverse BackSimply reverse back the reverb clip with AudioSuite. To get the best from this method try creating a few reversed clips and add different reverb settings so that you can compare between them.5. Position And EditI generally slip the newly effected clip under the original vocal until it sounds right for the song. To adjust the length of the effect I either create a fade with clip gain or automate a volume fade to get my desired amount of time into the moment.DelayThis can also be done with delays.If there is a name for this method please do share it, if not… let’s name it together.
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 5:01pm -
  • Audio Repair In Music Production: Removing Plosives and Mouth Clicks
    Declicking tools are not only for dealing with vinyl records or digital clicks. In this video, Mike Thornton shows you how to use RX 3’s Declick module to remove mouth noises from an intimate vocal recorded close to the microphone and how to combine Spectral Repair’s attenuate mode with the Brush tool to remove mic pops and plosives.
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • Waldorf Announce AAX Versions of Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and the Waldorf Edition
    For lovers of Waldorf synths then there’s some great news. Waldorf have released 64 bit versions of their plug-ins in AAX format, the updates features Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and the Waldorf Edition.Waldorf Largo AAXLargo offers three fat oscillators, two of them with sub oscillators. These oscillators include models of classic analog waveforms as well as a selection of waves from the PPG and Waldorf Wave stored in two Wavetables. All these run through two Waldorf multimode filters with steep cutoff, resonance up to self-oscillation and a drive stage to add even more punch and grainyness to the sound. Ultra-fast envelope generators and flexible LFOs as well as an easy to understand, yet extremely versatile modulation matrix make for a sound designer’s dream.PPG Wave 2 AAXPPG Wave 2 was the very first digital Wavetable synthesizer with analog filters that allowed completely new worlds of sound and endless sonic possibilities. Shortly afterwards, the successor PPG Wave 2.2 came out and was born to make history. With a gigantic arsenal of waveshapes, it could not only reproduce known analog sounds, but also brilliant choirs, bells and whistles. The digital sounds of wavetables had been unheard until then and offered sensational sonic evolutions by smoothly going through 64 waves back and forth.The Waldorf Edition AAXThe Waldorf Edition features the famous and award-winning PPG Wave 2.V, Attack and D-Pole plug-ins as VST and AudioUnit variants.More information from Waldorf
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 12:06pm -
  • Fear Is Sometimes Our Biggest Creative Challenge
    I started a new project yesterday for a client. It has been 6 months in the making, from discussion, request for a proposal, pitch, agreement and then eventually the green light.The night before I start a new project I often find myself having the same sleep pattern as when I need to wake up for a flight, sporadic short bursts of sleep followed by longer periods of lying awake having the project playing over and over in my mind.Is the idea any good? Have I hired the right talent? Have I made the right gear choices for capturing the performance? Will the vision I have become a reality? Will the client like it? Am I good enough? Are just a few of the thoughts that play over.These are just a few of the neurotic thoughts that flow - of course I’m a creative, it’s the very gift that allows me to dream up creative ideas that is the same thing that curses me with visions of failure. Add to this the fact that a lot of creative types think in black and white meaning everything is either fantastic or a disaster and you know you are in for another roller coaster ride of emotions.Of course I’m not the only one - perhaps I’m describing you?In the final analysis it’s fear that is sometimes the biggest challenge, looking into the eyes of your latest project and hearing the demons whisper ‘you can’t do this.’ It’s at this moment we have to look right back and say ‘watch me!’
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  • Audiffex releases ampLion Pro 1.1
    Audiffex has announced availability of ampLion Pro 1.1. If you’re new to the plugin let me tell you that it’s a simulation of guitar amplifiers, effects, and microphone/cabinet combos. More details from the Audiffex press release below. First let’s look at some not too typical amp simulator features. While ampLion Pro 1.1 of course can […]
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  • 8Dio releases Zeus Drummer
    8Dio has released Zeus, described as “the most comprehensive drum kits ever sampled” and contains over 38.000(!) samples. It was engineered by Taylor Larson (Oceanic Studios / Periphery) and contains 10 individual microphone positions. You have individual microphones for kick drum, snares, hi-hats, cymbals, toms and dedicated overhead, room and custom distortion. ZEUS is the […]
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 8:41pm -
  • Native Instruments launches ‘Twice as Nice’ sale
    Native Instruments today launched the ‘Twice as Nice‘ sales special, offering you to grab a free Maschine Expansion of your choice for every Expansion purchased at the NI Online Shop. The special offer runs for one week only, finishing on July 28, 2014. Arcane Attic and Circuit Halo are not included in the offer. While […]
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:09pm -
  • Ircam Tools Spat v3 is out now
    Flux has released Ircam Tools Spat v3 supporting 32 & 64 bit in AU, VST and AAX Native. During the release period they offer Spat v3 as well as the Ircam Tools bundle and a selection of bundle upgrades with a 30% discount.
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 9:00pm -
  • iZotope and Black Octopus releases Modern Grooves for BreakTweaker
    Izotope and Black Octopus have released Modern Grooves, a new expansion pack for BreakTweaker. It’s described as “featuring modern, clean, and crisp sounds with a dash of retro throwback” and includes more than 300 sounds with 40 presets designed to work well with a wide range of material. In an interview with iZotope , Black […]
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 8:54pm -
  • Plugin Alliance summer sale
    Another summer sale is kicking off. Plugin Alliance individual plugins are up to 50% off and you can build your own custom bundles for up to an additional 50% off summer sale prices.
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 2:05pm -
  • FabFilter summer sale
    Until August 1, Fabilter is running a summer sale, offering 25% discount on all plugin bundles. In addition, if you already own one or more FabFilter plugins, your online FabFilter account also offers you discounts of 25% or more during the summer sale.
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 7:03pm -
  • Puremix masterclass in NYC
    If you’re in New York you might want to check out the upcoming Puremix master class with Fab Dupont at Flux Studios. It’s a two day event (August 16-17) open for only 16 participants. You better have a bigger wallet than me though, it will set you back $1300. Much more details at the Puremix […]
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 7:00pm -
  • EDM Eclipse: Solar – new patches for Omnisphere
    ILIO has introduced a collection of 130 new patches for Omnisphere from EDM producer/sound designer MIDIhead. EDM Eclipse: Solar promises hard-hitting synths, agressive basses, leads, pads, SFX, and a variety of tempo-locked sounds. According to ILIO, all EDM genres are covered include House, Electro, Trap, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Trance, and Industrial with plenty of […]
    - 11 days ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:31pm -
  • Native Instruments introduces Circuit Halo for Maschine
    Native Instruments has released Circuit Halo for Maschine that combines “intricately-sampled vintage synths and drum machines with contemporary patterns”, according to the company’s press release. These sampled vintage goodies are combined with custom glitch modulation effects, and new presets for the included Massive and Reaktor Prism synths. CIRCUIT HALO features a premium collection of samples […]
    - 13 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 7:43pm -
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