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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:1255 19ratingsTime:07:13More inHowto & Style
- 13 hours ago, 9 Jul 14, 1:48pm -
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:1786 16ratingsTime:08:33More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 8 Jul 14, 9:34pm -
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:1955 27ratingsTime:04:53More inHowto & Style
- 2 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 11:44am -
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:66 0ratingsTime:01:54More inHowto & Style
- 28 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:132 0ratingsTime:02:32More inHowto & Style
- 28 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:68 0ratingsTime:00:48More inHowto & Style
- 28 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:40 0ratingsTime:01:09More inHowto & Style
- 28 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:41 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 28 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:39 0ratingsTime:00:41More inHowto & Style
- 28 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:82 0ratingsTime:05:27More inHowto & Style
- 28 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:56 0ratingsTime:02:30More inHowto & Style
- 28 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 2:25am -
What Inspires You? - PostChat
What Inspires You? - PostChatPostChat is a weekly Twitter-based chat, centered on the hashtag #PostChat. For one hour every week, editors and filmmakers around the world turn their atten...From:AvidViews:471 10ratingsTime:03:16More inHowto & Style
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Pro Tools Expert

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  • Melda MAutoPitch Free Auto Tune Plug-in Show And Tell Review
    Russ takes a look at Melda MAutoPitch a free auto tune plug-in that is part of a free suite of 23 plug-ins from Melda in AAX, VST and AU formats for use in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live and many more DAWs.Check the link for the free download.
    - 6 hours ago, 9 Jul 14, 9:07pm -
  • RSPE Audio Updates Virtual 500 Series Rack Builder
    Our friends at RSPE Audio Solutions have just made an update to their virtual 500 series rack builder, ‘RSPE Rack Revolution’. They added a bunch of new modules, as well as the new Mercury Recording G810 Rack System. The Mercury D Series G810 Rack System completely reinvents the ‘500 Rack’ inside and out. With a beefy power structure and the ability to chain and stereo link modules, the G810 allows engineers to get the most out of the format. If you’re in the Los Angeles area stop by RSPE to demo the Mercury G810 Rack System in person.Head over to Rack Revolution to build your dream rack. You can also share your design with your facebook friends.
    - 11 hours ago, 9 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • Setting Up Custom Templates In Pro Tools
    Marcus takes an extended look at creating a Pro Tools template from scratch, getting it just how you want it and then saving it for later use.In this video he includes a lot of very cool shortcuts and tips and tricks, before long you’ll be a Pro Tools ninja flying around the keyboard and having more time to make great tracks. Members watch here
    - 13 hours ago, 9 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • Flux:: Series v3 - 50% Introduction Special - Ending Soon
    Our friend at Flux are celebrating the launch of their version 3 plug-ins with a 50% off special.Series plug-ins are now available in v3 versions supporting 32 & 64 bit in AU, VST, AAX Native and AAX DSP (Alchemist AU, VST, AAX Native).For all current customers the v3 software is a FREE update, simply download the corresponding v3 installer for your software and install it.For the AAX versions, if you previously own a native licence (AU/VST/RTAS) then download and install the Native installer. If you previously own Epure TDM then 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.More here
    - 17 hours ago, 9 Jul 14, 9:21am -
  • Using API Audio 1608 As A Pro Tools Control Surface
    The API 1608, when fitted with the P-Mix Motorised Fader Automation System, can act as a motorised control surface capable of controlling an entire session in your DAW, as well as being a fabulous discrete high-end analogue recording and mixing console. Our friends at Source Distribution have made this video to demonstrate how the API 1608 can bcome a Pro Tools control surface.The API Audio P-Mix System Features:Self-contained system requiring no external computerIndividual Switch Control on each faderGlobal Control Panel in the console Center SectionFiles are easily saved files to standard SD memory cardsAutomated Mute and Solo switches on each channelUnlimited Fader Groups with 2 dedicated Group Master FadersMotorised Stereo FaderDAW Control with unity gain audio bypassUnlimited Mix Restore pointsRetrofit kits for existing 1608 consolesSystem is expandable in groups of 8 channels, up to 48 channelsIf you’re based in the UK and have any questions about the 1608, or the P-Mix system, then you can contact our friends at Source Distribution.If you are outside the UK then go to the API web site.
    - 20 hours ago, 9 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Universal Audio Announce UAD v7.8 Software
    Universal Audio have announced UAD v7.8 Software which includes the long awaited release of Thermionic Culture Vulture Plug-In, along with Valley People Dyna-mite Plug-in and Tonelux Tilt EQ Plug-In.Along with the new plug-ins UAD v7.8 software offers Session compatibility between Mac/Windows with Pro Tools 11.2Download UAD v7.8 SoftwareYou can download the latest version of the UAD software for both Mac and PC from Universal Audio hereThermionic Culture VultureThe Thermionic Culture Vulture is a legendary, studio-grade, high-gain valve unit that provides a palette of vivid distortion colors — from sublime thickening textures to demonic growls of perverted mayhem, thanks to its three distinct all-valve circuit topologies. More hereValley People Dyna-mite Plug-InFrom our friends at Softube - long considered a “secret weapon” by top engineers and producers, the Valley People Dyna-mite limiter/gate/expander is a legendary creative tool capable of extreme, yet musical, effects on a variety of sound sources. Designed in conjunction with Softube, the Dyna-mite plug-in is a dead-on emulation of this classic — even enigmatic — dynamics processor for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces. More hereTonelux Tilt EQ Plug-InAnother from Softube and a favourite of some of the Pro Tools Expert team is the Tonelux Tilt EQ. Quickly mix as you go and strike while the inspiration is flowing with the Tonelux Tilt EQ plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces. Developed by Softube, the Tilt EQ models the entire electronic path of the Tonelux Tilt hardware designed by the legendary Paul Wolff, giving you an accelerated workflow for broad-stroke EQ sculpting to dial-in your mixes — fast. More here
    - 1 day ago, 8 Jul 14, 6:06pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 124
    Russ, James & Mike Aiton bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.Groove 3 Titles We LikeRemixing ExplainedCompetitions Win Antares Auto-Tune Vocal StudioDeals pageMatt Chamberlain Drums From Loop Loft With Exclusive Pro Tools Sessions £32 - 33% Discount LiquidSonics Reverberate Convolution Reverb Plug-in £35 - 30% DiscountTAL-U-NO-LX Synth Plug-in £27 - 25% DiscountAcon Digital DeReverberate Plug-in £39 - 33% Discount#Hit It - The Ultimate Guide To Programming Drums eBook £11 - 25% DiscountTalking PointsVideo playback tests from Mike AitonCommunity StandardsHow scientific are our tests?The Slate RavenMastering RobotsTransporter cloud syncCommunity Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio SolutionsNevada Music Pro Tools Evening July 10thDave Wraight - Take care when using USB3 drivesQuestions - Kindly Sponsored by AlchemeaDylan Scott - Using Soundflower on Pro Tools 11Claude Meyer - VIs for use in Jazz musicNeil Anderson - Phrase sampling in Pro ToolsPeter Kristensen - Locking 2 Pro Tools in sync live on to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunesDownload the Pro Tools Expert Podcast as an MP3
    - 2 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 11:47am -
  • 23 Free Pro Tools AAX Plug-Ins Including Autotune, Dynamics And More
    Last week Melda Productions announced an update to their entire plug-in range. 8.03 provides several new features (AAX support, new channel modes, preset showing, popup tabs…) along with several fixes and performance improvements.As part of this update their MFreeEffectsBundle is now available free. MFreeEffectsBundle consists of 23 plug-ins these include;MAnalyzerMAutopanMAutoPitchMBandPassMCombMCompressorMEqualizerMFlangerMFreqShifterMLimiterMLoudnessAnalyzerMNoiseGeneratorMNotepadMOscillatorMPhaserMRingModulatorMTremoloMTunerMStereoExpanderMStereoScopeMUtilityMVibratoMWaveShaperIt would be an impressive bundle if paid for, but as a free bundle it’s well worth grabbing. They even give an option to extend the plug-in features Many of these plug-ins include multi-channel audio and M/S options.Not only are they available in AAX, but also as Audio Units and VST.Check out the Melda web site it’s well worth supporting them
    - 2 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:22pm -
  • Free Waves Bundles With Pro Tools Systems From Jigsaw Finishing Very Soon
    Jigsaw Systems in the UK are currently offering free Waves bundles with Pro Tools Systems but you haven’t got long to take advantage of this very good offer. If you buy a system with a new Mac Pro, and the HD Native Thunderbolt with an HD Omni then they will give you a free Waves Gold Native bundleIf you buy a system with a new Mac Pro, Sonnet Thunderbolt pci-e chassis, and a Pro Tools HDX system with an 8x8x8 interface they will give you a free Waves Platinium bundle. We don’t know how they are doing it, but they and you have just a couple of days to grab this deal, as it finishes on July 10th, so if you are thinking about a new Pro Tools system then check these deals out now.
    - 3 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • Transporter - Cloud Collaboration You Have Control Over
    The idea of cloud collaboration has some potential, although there are some big issues that still make the concept unattractive, namely cost, security and privacy. As we recently noted in another article someone always owns the cloud, be that Dropbox, Apple or the many other companies offering cloud services. The LA Times has a very good article on the cloud and some of these issues, it’s well worth reading it hereTransporter aims to deal with all three issues of cost, security and privacy in one go. Transporter is a cloud that YOU own, offering a Dropbox like experience from a piece of hardware. Transporter starts for less than £100 with Transporter Sync, a device that attaches to your network and then you add your own USB2 drive to it. The drive is not in the cloud, it’s a physical drive sitting in your studio, it’s private and secure. You can back it up as often as you wish to a second drive - you can even swap the drive for a larger one when space runs out. There are no ongoing subscription costs and if you have two Transporters on the same account then they automatically sync with each other - imagine having two studios or working in a collaborative environment, this is possible. Even better you can sync your Transporter account with any device that has the software on it - so I have it on my MacBook and my iPhone, just like Dropbox. It can run on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Kindle.I wanted to see if Transporter was all it was cracked up to be, it sounded too good to be true, so I put out the £79 for the Transporter Sync.The Transporter Sync is a cinch to set up, attach a USB2 drive to it (warning it formats the drive as soon as you attach it) plug it into your network, download the Transporter software and then run it. It finds the drive and sets it up in a matter of seconds. Then you simply drag your stuff onto the Transporter.It has a number of ways of dealing with the files. In essence there is content that can sit on the local network, content that sits on your cloud and shares with all your devices, then there is content your can share with others when you want to collaborate.Testing It For CollaborationTo test the collaboration aspect of Transfomer I dropped a Pro Tools session onto the Transporter and then shared it with James Ivey and asked him to drop a new guitar part on the track. To do this he set up an account and then downloaded the Transporter software to his Mac. He placed his Transporter folder on one of his audio d…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 11:35am -

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  • Audio Post Production Workflows Using Pro Tools - Part 2
    In part 1 of Audio Post Production Workflows Conor Mackey started explaining what he does as an assistant editor does and how important a role it is to the audio post workflow, in part 2 Conor explains how he prepares the edited sequences to hand onto the Dialog, FXs, Foley and Music editors so then can work their magic…..Once the editor has cut and locked the movie, I output and distribute the picture cut to all involved in the next stages of the workflow.On receipt of the final sequence, I put a academy leader at the head, which has a pip two seconds (48 frames for a film or 50 frames for TV) before the first frame of action,  and a tail pip 2 seconds after the last frame of action.I then tidy up the tracks so the dialogue, effects and music are all on separate groups of tracks.I bounce the dialogues, effects and music into separate mono stems which are the length of the sequence including the academy leader and the pips.  This ensures sync is kept throughout any recut process, and many times if I am asked to submit more sound, I can include a head pip in the OMF/AAF to ensure that sound is put in the correct position.The dialogue stem outputted at this stage of the process is known as the guide track.  If there is a problem with sync in a future audio conform, the guide track is the benchmark to which all production audio should be synced.I output QuickTime video files (QTs) for the sound department, dialogue in channel 1, effects and music in channel 2.It is worth noting that miscellaneous sounds, such as wildtracks recorded on set and voiceover should be put on channel 2, leaving channel 1 free for the actor to hear their own voice, and the foley artist to hear footsteps, for example.This QT output will suffice for the track lay, mix, ADR and  Foley.  For the composer, a QT with dialogue and effects on Channel 1 and Music on channel 2 will be made, for reasons you can deduce.I also try to put as many burn ins as I can on the picture, including Master timecode, source timecode, picture file name (which includes the date), clip name and sequence name.Dialogue Department Outputs:Having removed all EQ effects and AudioSuite material I am able to output dialogues using one of three methods, original audio and EDLs, ‘link to’ AAFs with Avid (wav) media, or embedded AAFs. Many dialogue editors prefer this method using programmes like Titan.  Apparently it is easier and quicker now than the days when I used conform it with DAT mat…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • London College of Music – Building the World’s largest RedNet system
    The London College of Music has been a part of the University of West London since 1991 and has recently installed the world’s largest RedNet installation, featuring 42 RedNet units. The London College of Music has one of the largest music technology departments of any European educational institution, spread across two sites in Ealing, West London. Over the last few years the College has undergone an extensive building and refurbishment programme, headed by Technical Manager, Richard Liggins, who is responsible for studio facility design and technical development of the department’s facilities. LCM has used Pro Tools as its primary music recording platform for several years, but with the arrival of Pro Tools 11, the college decided to look into moving over to HDX systems.  Although integrating all-Avid systems would have been technically straightforward, Liggins notes, the College was aware that there were many other options in the marketplace and felt they needed to evaluate some of the possibilities – including RedNet, Focusrite’s range of Dante-based audio over IP networking interfaces.In addition to listening tests, they considered other factors, such as whether or not the hardware would stand up to heavy usage by large numbers of students. Senior Lecturer, Andrew Bourbon told us… I was very, very impressed by how it sounded. Having heard a bunch of competitors, for me it offered a more detailed presentation that still retained musicality. I think RedNet strikes an excellent balance. They have a very definite image quality to them; they have depth of field and detail; they handle bass really well; they show a definite improvement in things like stereo imaging, certainly; and when you run them through our Audient or Neve desks, they have a quality to them that is very pleasing. It’s very musical, and there’s a transparency to it that means you can get the best out of the recordings that you’re making.It was only then that the London College of Music staff also began to realise what enormous opportunities were offered by RedNet’s audio networking capability: not simply linking recording areas together but also making it possible to capture audio – and record it – almost anywhere there’s an Ethernet socket. Bourbon had experience of audio networking systems in the live sound environment and immediately saw the possibilities for RedNet at LCM. When the costs were added up it made excellent financial, as well as technic…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Faking VCA Spill In Pro Tools
    Julian discusses a feature found in high end Avid consoles, VCA spill. This allows a mixer to take control of large sessions with tracks spanning across the mix window and beyond the screen real estate. In this video Julian shows how you can fake VCA spill in Pro Tools.Members watch it here
    - 3 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Kush Push Pusher And Clarify Clariphonic AAX Plug-in Releases For Pro Tools 11
    Wunderkinds of the plug-in world Kush Audio deserve a headline like that when they announce AAX betas.They have just announced the beta release of Pusher and Clariphonic plug-ins in AAX offering Pro Tools 11 compatibility.Both units are on sale for $99 until tomorrow, so if you want to buy them then you had better act fast.Kush Audio Pusher and Clariphonic join UBK-1 as three plug-ins now available in AAX for Pro Tools.You can find out more from the Kush Audio website.
    - 3 days ago, 6 Jul 14, 9:47pm -
  • Need A Bigger USB Hub For Your Studio - How Does A 28 Port USB Hub Sound?
    It seems there are never enough USB ports in a studio, add some peripherals, dongles and before you know it you’re out of ports. So how does a 28 port USB hub sound, including 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports? They say;The 28-Port MondoHub features 24 USB 2.0 ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports to give you ample space to charge your devices. With a high-capacity 4 amp power adapter, you can manage a growing collection of USB-enabled devices like never before. MondoHub features 4 SuperSpeed 3.0 USB ports and can recharge devices or transfer data at lightning fast speeds. There’s also automatic overcurrent protection and hot-swapping Plug and Play technology for each port so you can disconnect your devices without having to worry about data loss.Each port also has a power switch so you have complete control over which devices are charging or using valuable system resources.I’ve grabbed one to replace all the small USB hubs I have connected to my Mac, I don’t think I will be running out of ports any time soon with this.There’s a deal on Cult of Mac right now offering this for $54.99, only shipping in the USA, so if you want one then find a friend in the USA to grab it for you.
    - 4 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 7:44pm -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - Latency
    We have talked about latency on the blog before, there is this excellent article by communty member David Finnamore ‘Tracking Latencies: Why Hardware Buffer Settings Of 256 Or Less Don’t Have To Be A Major Problem’However. it’s an inescapable fact that while modern computers are blisteringly fast, it still takes time for a computer to do its work and if you put a sound into a computer it will take a certain amount of time for it to come out again. The amount of time this takes is referred to as the system’s latency (i.e. “lateness”). A really nice visual example of this is the noticeable lag you will see when using a smartphone’s camera. You move, the camera catches up. The difference between the two is the camera’s latency. In the same way as you couldn’t use a camera with the latency of a smartphone to film sport but it would be acceptable for a talking head shot, high latency in audio systems is acceptable under some circumstances but less so in others.Whether recording or playing back, your computer has to calculate the output of your system correctly and at the right time. If it can’t keep up the audio will be interrupted, resulting in a missing sample - at best a click and at worst an unstable, crash-prone system. To give the system the time it needs to “stay ahead” and keep up with the calculations it is being asked to perform, the system has a buffer - a defined amount of time to offer the system some time in which to calculate the output.Relationship between buffer size and CPUTo put it another way, if I read out a list of simple sums to you and I give you up to 10 seconds to answer before the next sum, you would probably keep up. If I were to only give you two seconds to finish each sum you would eventually (or in my case, immediately) run out of time before the next sum. What is happening here is that the CPU (your brain) is processing the audio (the sums) with a buffer of 10 seconds and 2 seconds respectively. If you think about in which example the brain is having to work hardest then another interesting thing becomes apparent. If your buffer is too low the system will fail to keep up, if you have a long buffer then the system will keep up but the latency will increase. Therefore as latency decreases, CPU load increases and vice versa. To put it another way, a high (long) buffer gives your computer “free” CPU power at the expense of latency. Playback engine settings and when to use high or low bufferWhile…
    - 5 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 10:01am -
  • Free Clipping Plug-in For Pro Tools
    The team behind Grind Machine and Grinder guitar and bass plug-ins Audio Assault have a cool free clipping plug-in for use in Pro Tools - KlipFreak.Kilpfreak could not be simpler to use, an input, a large knob to adjust the amount of clipping and an output control.Available in VST, AU and for Pro Tools 10 and 11 Mac and PC.More here
    - 5 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Sonnox, SuprEsser And Strings
    Using a de-esser on strings may seem a little odd, but there is much more to the Sonnox SuprEsser than dealing with wayward vocal sibilance. Grammy nominated engineers Rich Tozzoli and Paul Antonell recently recorded and mixed a string quartet at Clubhouse Studios, NY. The SuprEsser turned out to be an exceptionally useful tool in shaping the tone of the stringed instruments, as you’ll find out in this video…You can also read about the project with Paul Antonell talking about working on a Akua Dixons’ string quartet recording on the Sonnox web site
    - 5 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Avid Pro Tools 10.3.9 HD & 11.1.3 HD Video Performance Tests - Part 2 A Video Demonstration
    Furthering on from my Part One of a series of tests on Avid Pro Tools HD video sync performance, here’s a video to show the difference between: stable video playback on Pro Tools HD 10.3.9 with a referenced Avid Mojo (composite) through an analogue TVdesktop video on a computer monitor with Pro Tools referenced to internalPrepare to be amazed…..Watch the video here
    - 5 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 6:03pm -
  • More Mastering "Bots" - A.A.M.S. Auto Audio Mastering System Now Free!
    In relation to Our Mastering “Bots” Poll another alternative has surfaced which once was paid software and is now free.Denis Van Der Velde has decided to make his AAMS (Auto Audio Mastering System) software for Windows donationware.Its free for anyone to download and use although donations are ancouraged and accepted.This software has been around for many years and used to be fairly expensive so it’s worth a try if you are running a Windows system and are curious as to its merits, if only to evaluate the “Bots”Get it here 
    - 6 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 11:46am -
  • Robots Mastering Your Tracks - Plain Silly Or Bloody Genius? Poll
    One company that’s making some noise as a disruptive player in the audio industry is LANDR with their online MixGenius service - it is effectively a robot mastering your tracks.LANDR say “Sound like a pro without paying studio rates or learning complex plug-ins”It sounds too good to be true and for those of us who have trusted their tracks to the ears of top mastering engineers for several decades the idea can seem almost obscene, if not a little silly.However, some of us have to appreciate that whilst the craft of a skilled mastering engineer is unparalleled, for those who just want to create music on a budget the simplicity and low cost of this service may be meeting a need.It’s worth trying it out for free and seeing what you think of the results and then taking our poll and also leaving your comments. Let us know what you think, we feel sure this discussion will run on for some time. Would You Let A Robot Master Your Tracks?
    - 6 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 7:51am -
  • Audio Repair in Music Production: Removing Sudden Unwanted Sounds Video
    RX guru Mike has created another RX video for our friends at iZotope showing how to master this awesome plug-in.An unwanted noise in the background can ruin what would otherwise be a perfect take. In this video, Mike shows you how to use RX 3’s Spectral Repair module to fix problems like a cough or a sound glitch.
    - 6 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 6:52am -
  • Universal Audio Win Outstanding Brand Award
    Pro Tools Expert are delighted to see Universal Audio winning the Pensado Awards ‘Outstanding Brand Award’ - described as the brand or entity espousing best audio practices.We can think of no better winner than the Universal Audio, they make excellent products for the recording industry. This is because they come up with real-world solutions designed by those who are also musicians and audio engineers with a long heritage in the music industry - they instinctively know the needs of industry and care deeply about doing it right, they are also some of the nicest people around.Whilst I was away in California I visited the new Universal Audio studio, Pro Tools Expert were the first press to get a look of the new studios and we will be posting a story in the coming days with some cool pictures.So well done Universal Audio and all our other friends who were honoured by Dave and the team at Pensado’s Place from the entire Pro Tools Expert team!
    - 6 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 10:05pm -
  • Marcus Huyskens Joins The Pro Tools Expert Team
    We are delighted to announce that Marcus Huyskens has joined the Pro Tools Expert team.You may have seen a recent video on created by Marcus on the blog last week.Marcus is the owner of Bad Cat Media, he says of his new role;“I am a recordist and mixer, first and foremost, I also develop libraries for Kontakt/EXS 24. I do some location audio, and post mixing. Looking forward to pitching in! CheersWelcome Marcus to the team, we love your libaries and look forward to seeing more from you.
    - 6 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 8:05pm -
  • Slate Media Technology's New Raven Forum
    Our friends at Slate Media Technology have got the new Raven Users Forum up and running at http://slate.boards.netAs well as a place to talk to the developers and ask support questions (the usual fayre of forums), there are places to share your new time saving batch commands and groovy Raven layouts. There is even a place to share a photo of your studio.Logic users are also welcome to the party.Get cooking those batch commands….looking foward to seeing your studio there
    - 6 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 3:41pm -
  • Pro Tools Track Hack Refresher For Pro Tools 10 And 11
    It seems that the Pro Tools track hack is still not known by some Pro Tools users, I was having dinner with a power user just last night and they were amazed to find out about this cool trick, first discovered by community member Philip Nicols.It enables a Pro Tools users to create custom channel strips which can then be loaded into any Pro Tools session, it can be your favourite vocal channel or a master buss, or an instrument with separate outputs.Here are the links to the videos. Pro Tools 11 MacPro Tools 11 PCTo see how to do it in Pro Tools 10 and below then watch here:Mac fun!
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  • Alchemea College Summer Studio Gear Clearout - UK
    Our friends at Alchema College, the place to get some fo the best Pro Tools Certified training, are having a clearout of some of their old studio gear tomorrow July 4th 2014. It runs from 3-4pm.The sale includes old Akai, Mackie, Digidesign and Emu equipment and much more.Even better anyone who attends gets a voucher for £50 towards one of their short course.For more information and a list contact Peter at Alchemea via their website.
    - 7 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 1:03pm -
  • Get Some Free Power Guitar For Your Tracks
    Our friends at WavesFactory, makers of the awesome TrackSpacer, have created a free Kontakt library of guitar power chords.Power Guitars Free is a library for Kontakt featuring electric guitar power chords muted and sustained. Power Guitars Free is perfect to play quick background electric guitar rhythms to any rock/heavy/metal track. The samples have been recorded chromatically (no pitch-shifting, all chords sampled), with 2 round robin (repetitions) per chord. This is the free version. You only have 2 round robin and you get distorted guitar sound (no direct input).The Pro version gives you 8 round robin and direct input so you can use your own amp simulation software to customize the sound.Click here for the Free guitar power chords library
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  • Create Your Own Menu Shortcuts In Pro Tools - Mac
    There are a lot of great shortcuts in Pro Tools, but do you also feel like AVID is missing a shortcut that could make your workflow much faster? I do, and it’s always frustrating to navigate through the menus to make your move.So here is a great tip for all the Apple Mac users on how to create your own shortcuts in Pro Tools.Open up System Preferences > Keyboard > Application Support and click in the add-button Make sure to check the box “ All Controls”.A new box will appear. Let us choose Pro Tools in the Application list, and then we type the name of the key-command we like to create. I choose the Save Copy In… and did the picked a shortcut. Make sure to spell the Menu Title exactly how it is spelled in Pro Tools and choose a shortcut that does not already exist  and press add. When you are done, close the System Preferences application and open up Pro Tools. You should now be able to see your new shortcuts.  
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  • UK Trade-In Promotion On Genelec 8000 Series Monitors
    There’s a a special UK promo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Genelec 8000 series range of active monitorsThe time-limited promotion on all five models in the 8000 series offers UK customers the chance to trade-in their existing monitors and get a significant discount on a brand new pair of Genelec 8010A, 8020C, 8030B, 8040B or 8050B models.The promotion runs from 1st July to 30th September and offers giving typical savings of between £120 and £560 per pair, depending on the 8000 series model purchased.Owners can trade-in any make or model of monitor - active or passive - regardless of their condition, providing they are in reasonable working order. The owner simply surrenders their monitors to a participating Genelec dealer in the UK, who in turn will offer the discounted promotional price on the customer’s chosen 8000 series model.Alex Theakston of Source has created a new video highlighting the key features and benefits of the 8000 series – including their neutral frequency response, their adaptability to a wide range of room acoustics and their reliability in even the toughest and most demanding of studio environments. More here
    - 7 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 2:56pm -

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  • MacProVideo downloads for $9.99
    MacProVideo claims that July is “take it with you” month. Not the catchiest name ever but it’s a 60% off kinda deal. For the entire month of July, all Library Pass holders will automatically get All HD Download courses for $9.99. Recently released videos from MacProVideo include: Kontakt 301: Building Sampler Instruments, Audio Concepts 104: […]
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  • Culture Vulture, Tilt and Dyna-mite released for UAD
    Big news for UAD users today! With the latest software release comes three new plugins: a brand new emulation of Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture, as well as two plugins from Softube that you might be familiar with – Tonelux Tilt and Valley People Dyna-Mite. Starting with the Culture Vulture, in PR talk. A singular, enigmatic […]
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  • 8Dio news: Steinway, Claire Piccolo, Alto Flute and Dobro Strummer
    8Dio has been on a roll lately and released four new products. Dobro Strummer is the follow-up to our Dobro Solo library, it contains over 8500 samples spread across 13 different chord types and 18 common rhythm types. All the chords and rhythms can be blended using 8Dio’s X-legato technology. The X-legato system allows you […]
    - 1 day ago, 8 Jul 14, 8:27pm -
  • releases Cyber Factory for Massive has released Cyber Factory for Native Instruments Massive. Cyber Factory Massive preset bank – contains 55 ready to use sounds, promising aggressive, robotic, metallic, distorted machine sounds for Dubstep and DnB music production. Each patch has all 8 of Massive macros assigned to various parameters, which allows the user to morph and transform each […]
    - 2 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 8:01pm -
  • 50% off all Alchemy sound libraries
    To celebrate the start of summer, Camel Audio is offering a 50% off any of their Alchemy sound libraries for the next two weeks. The offer excludes Taste of Camel. Check out the full list at Camel Audio.
    - 4 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 8:36pm -
  • Applied Acoustics Systems ‘Summer Hits’ promotion
    Applied Acoustics Systems is currently running a sale, lasting until August 4, 2014, dubbed ‘Summer Hits’. Their instruments – Lounge Lizard EP-4, Ultra Analog VA-2, String Studio VS-2, and Chromaphone – are at $99.50 each (a 50% discount) and all the Sound Bank Series titles are at $29 each (a 25% discount).
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  • Native Instruments launches Komplete Frenzy sale
    Native Instruments has launched Komplete Frenzy a sale allowing you to grab Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate for cheap. Featuring 33 KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, customers purchasing KOMPLETE 9 will save $100 / 100 € on the standard price – down to $399 / 399 € from $499 / 499 €. The flagship KOMPLETE […]
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  • Superior Drummer and SDX sale
    Toontrack is currently running a big sale on Superior Drummer and the SDX sound libraries. Superior Drummer 2.0 is 30% off at the Toontrack webshop and 40% off at retailers, while the SDX’s are 40% off at Toontrack and 50% off at retailers. Offer is good for the month of July and while supply lasts […]
    - 7 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 9:26pm -
  • Major Discounts on Vienna’s Extended Libraries
    The Vienna Symphonic Library announces a one-month limited time offer with major discounts on all Extended Libraries of their Vienna Instruments Collections. Customers purchasing any Extended Library of a Vienna Instruments Collection (excluding Bundles) between July 1 and July 31, 2014 at Vienna’s distributor ILIO, at an authorized dealer or at the Vienna Symphonic Library […]
    - 7 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 9:22pm -
  • Avid announces enhancements to Avid Artist Suite
    Avid have announced the availability of updates to the Avid Artist Suite. The new versions of Pro Tools | S6 and System 5 includes new workflow enhancements. Starting with System 5: The System 5 version 6.0 software update provides full support for and integration with Dolby Atmos®. Filmmakers use Dolby Atmos to place and move […]
    - 7 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 9:21pm -
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