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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 artists, producers, and engineers....From:AvidViews:3851 28ratingsTime:06:40More inHowto & Style
- 12 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:33pm -
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 artists, producers, and engineers....From:AvidViews:9534 80ratingsTime:07:31More inHowto & Style
- 12 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:22pm -
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 artists, producers, and engineers....From:AvidViews:1078 16ratingsTime:06:32More inHowto & Style
- 12 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:20pm -
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:254 20ratingsTime:03:50More inHowto & Style
- 15 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:32pm -
How To Use the Application Manager with Media Composer | Software
How To Use the Application Manager with Media Composer | SoftwareAvid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:973 0ratingsTime:03:20More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -
How to Configure and Install Flexnet Device Manager for Floating Licenses
How to Configure and Install Flexnet Device Manager for Floating LicensesAvid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:497 0ratingsTime:02:32More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:35am -
How To Activate Flexnet Device Manager for Floating Licenses
How To Activate Flexnet Device Manager for Floating LicensesAvid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:330 0ratingsTime:01:54More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:34am -
How To Use the Knowledge Base Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Knowledge Base 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:217 0ratingsTime:00:48More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:34am -
How To Use the Home Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Home 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:143 0ratingsTime:01:09More inHowto & Style
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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:121 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:33am -
How To Use the Contracts Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Contracts 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:117 0ratingsTime:00:41More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:32am -
How To Create, Manage and Edit Cases Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Create, Manage and Edit Cases 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:282 0ratingsTime:05:27More inHowto & Style
- 1 day ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:32am -

Pro Tools Expert

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  • Positive Grid BIAS Desktop Guitar Modelling Plug-in Shipping Now - Is This The Plug-in Guitarists Will Love?
    Positive Grid have already got a good reputation with their iOS guitar modelling app, but now their desktop version has started to ship.Both version ship with a great collection of modelled amps, the option to audition presets on their ToneCloud and download them and customize to your heart’s content. In the pro version you also get to do some magic where it listens to an amp recording and then matches your sound to it.Positive Grid BIAS Desktop comes in two versions.BIAS Desktop features;36 authentic amp models to get started.Complete BIAS amp design modules for customization.Download thousands of amp models from ToneCloud.Sync with BIAS iPad and iPhone.BIAS Professional Desktop features; Everything from BIAS Desktop, plus:Amp Matching Technology to capture your tube amps.Featured artists Amp Matching presets download.Glassy, Crunch & Insane Amp Expansion Packs. More Information About Positive Grid BIAS DesktopDownload A Demo Of Positive Grid BIAS Desktop 
    - 16 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 2:07pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 138
     Russ, Mike, Neil and James bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered. Groove 3 Titles We Like A great resource if you are looking to learn another DAWCompetitions5 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% SavingsSonnox Community AwardSeptember’s winner is Glenn SkinnerTalking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal Audio UA 610 console videoInternal Battles Rage At Avid To Deliver Customers What They Want5 Things To Consider When Thinking About Moving To A New DAWOS X 10.10 Yosemite - Official Compatibility Statements So FarCommunity Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio SolutionsTony Molica overhauled an old damaged Millennia mic preamp, and he is so glad he did, so check your attic for a gem.Andres Gonzalez has made a multisample instrument Colombina harp instrument and offers a demo and a download link Glenn Skinner wanted to ask if there was a shortcut to delete deactivated tracks when cleaning a session up for archiving. Also he would like to know what one thing would each person like to be added to the next version of Pro Tools.Todd McKernan perhaps Avid should sell off Pro Tools to another company.  Yahir Vergara asks if we can make some videos on how to use Slate’s Batch Commander.Chris Bach updated us that PatchWork won’t enable Garritan Personal Orchestra to work properly in Pro Tools 11 but a free player Sforzando from Plogue is working well.Lari Paavilainen asked if we tried the Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI?    Questions - Kindly Sponsored by AlchemeaAlchemea Weekend Production Courses Partnership with FX Rentals and Pro Tools Expert Jason Riddiford - How can I duplicate a MIDI Note next to the source note rather than the next bar?Matt Greaves would like to know if it is possible to disable UAD plug-ins that he hasn’t bought yet and what is the difference between legacy versions and the full versions of UAD plug-ins like the 1176.Andreas Rauscher asks if you can use the Waves Dugan Auto Mixer in Pro Tools?Clay Reid has got plug-in problems after installing a plug-in update on his Windows 7 computer with Pro Tools 9.Find Of The Week Mike - New Video From Fab Dupont On The Fundamentals Of Using A C…
    - 22 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 8:32am -
  • Free Rock Drum Kit Plug-in - MT Power Drum Kit In AU VST And Format Mac And PC
    Mark the Editor over at Reason Expert has tipped us off to a cool free drum kit with a surprising feature set, albeit with a single set of sounds, however after taking it for a spin we think it is worth having in your plug-in arsenal, especially if you are starting out and looking for a nice drum kit.MT Power Drum Kit is made by a developer called Manda Audio and although the site suggests there is both a free and paid for version of the plug-in it now seems that the paid for version is being given away for free. You simply try to buy it and then you get directed to a page telling you it’s now free.More About MT Power Drum KitThe plug-ins consists of a drum, mix and grooves page, in fact everything you would find on paid for versions of these plug-ins. There are separate outputs a lot of great grooves and the sounds are not bad.If you intend to use it in Pro Tools then you are going to need an AU/VST wrapper such as Blue Cat PatchWorks or DDMF Metaplugin.How To Download MT Power Drum KitHead over to Manda Audio to download this free drum plug-inSystem RequirementsPC: Windows 7 / 8 / Vista / XP Mac: OS X 10.5 or higher 
    - 22 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 8:06am -
  • DDMF Announce Meta Plug-in Wrapper In RTAS For Pro Tools Legacy Support
    Our friends at DDMF have announced the RTAS version of Meta Plug-in the AU/VST wrapper for Pro Tools.There is already an AAX version which we recently sold in our deals store, however the RTAS version of the wrapper is to support the large number of Pro Tools users who have Pro Tools 10 and below and who are not moving to Pro Tools 11.We are surprised to see a new plug-in released in RTAS format but there are still many 32 bit Pro Tools users who want to get their hands on plug-ins with legacy support - this is a nice move by DDMF.To try the demo of DDMF Meta Plug-in click here
    - 24 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:28am -
  • Using An AMS Neve DFC To Mix In Auro 3D Immersive Sound
    In this the 3rd video, in the continuing series on working in Immersive sound using the Auro 3D format, 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.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.Future Videos In This SeriesIn subsequent videos in this series we will be looking at how to use the new reverb tools from TC and Exponential Audio to handle reverb natively in Auro 3D, 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.
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:01pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Announces New Partnership With FX Rentals - Amazing Collection Of Vintage Studio Gear
    We are thrilled to announce that Pro Tools Expert have entered into a new partnership with top London studio rental and sales company FX Rentals.Watch this exclusive video with Russ Hughes from Pro Tools Expert and Pat Roche from FX Rentals. In the video Pat talks about FX Rentals and the collection of amazing vintage studio and music gear, there’s plenty of gear porn in the video.What Does This Partnership Mean?The partnership will give Pro Tools Expert access to some of the most sought after studio gear in history from FX Rentals’ amazing collection, part of the plan is to use this collection to bring even deeper reviews and comparisons between plug-ins and the hardware originals.We also hope to be able to bring muturally beneficial member only offers to the Pro Tools Expert community and benefits of the Pro Tools Expert resource to those using the services of FX Rentals.What Do You Want To See And Hear?Let us know what shoot outs and vintage gear reviews you would like us to feature on Pro Tools Expert in the comments - this is going to be fun!
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:08pm -
  • Softube Changes Copy Protection So You No Longer Have To Use An iLok
    When iLok changed their system to the iLok License Manager, one of the features included in the new infrastructure was the option to authorise your computer instead of havng to put the license onto an iLok. To be clear Softube have NOT abandoned iLok rather they have enabled you to choose to put the license on your computer or your iLok.Softube have announced that they have enabled this option on their Mix Bundle and all the individual plug-ins included in the bundle like the TSAR-1R reverb, FET Compressor, and Passive-Active Pack. They will all use the same type of licenses Softube already uses for their Console 1.You will still need to register for a (free) iLok account and download the iLok License Manager application to handle these plug-in licenses. But the new feature is that the licenses can be used to authorize the computer itself, which makes the iLok USB dongle optional.Two authorizations will be included with each license, in case the user would like to authorize two computers, or perhaps place one authorization on a computer and the other on an iLok dongle, or simply leave one unused in case of problems with the authorized computer.The change applies both to the Mix Bundle and the included plug-ins when these are purchased as single products. However, perhaps slightly confusingly, it does not apply when one of the single plug-ins is purchased as part of another bundle, such as Studio Collection.
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:24am -
  • Would You Like To Win A Free Copy Of The Neyrinck V-Control Pro App
    Would you like a win a free copy of V-Control Pro from Neyrinck?  If so then this is what you need to do….Post a nice picture of V-Control Free or V-Control Pro running on your iPad. Maybe a picture of it in your studio, out on the road, or anything that shows how V-Control in use. On Instagram tag it @neyrinckaudio and #vcontrolproPost in on their Facebook page The best picture will be featured in their next email  mailout. The winner will receive a free copy of V-Control Pro which you can give to a friend if you have one already.
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 9:34am -
  • Source Distribution Announce UK Pricing & Availability For The New Rode Stereo VideoMic X
    Rode have upped their game in the growing market of add on microphones for DLSR cameras. Our friends at Source Distribution describe it as…The SVMX is a premium, ‘no expense spared’ stereo on-camera microphone, designed to bring the highest possible quality immersive audio to DSLR (and full-size camera systems alike). And like other RØDE VideoMics the SVMX is a plug-and-go solution.It is expected that the RSVX will be available in the UK later this month and the recommended retail price will be £649 inc vat.More About the Rode Stereo VideoMic XThe RSMX has an acoustically matched pair of externally-biased, true condenser capsules, which are independently housed in integrated Rycote® Lyre multi-axis shock mounts.It’s body is constructed from aluminium, makes it lightweight whilst also offering RF Rejection. In addition to 3.5mm stereo output, the SVMX has the option of outputting a balanced signal via mini XLR, and both can be used simultaneously. The rear panel of the microphone features a range of adjustments including a three-stage high pass filter (0/75/150Hz), a three-stage level control (-10/0/+20dB) and a frequency boost to help pick out high frequency detail, such as voices. The boost has also been designed to compensate for any high frequency loss suffered when using wind protection. For the first time on any Rode microphone these settings are accessed via press-button digital switching and the SVMX will even retain your settings when the microphone is powered off.The microphone can be powered by either an internal 9V battery or by the P48 phantom power via XLR.If you are in the market for a stereo location sound mic that will fit on a DSLR camera then check this out. The SVMX like other Rode mics has a 10 year warranty.More info on Rode’s web site
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 7:52am -
  • CheatSheet Cool Free Mac App For Those Who Can't Remember Their Shortcuts
    CheatSheet is a cool free Mac application that tells you all the shortcuts of any application.The premise is simple, hold down the CMD key for longer than normal and a full cheat sheet of the short cuts for the applicaition that currently has focus pops up.We love the work over at Keyboard Shortcuts For Pro Tools, but for creative in a rush this is an added little gem to have installed. We’ve been running this for several weeks without issue.Download CheatSheet for Mac here
    - 3 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 10:45am -

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  • New Video From Fab Dupont On The Fundamentals Of Using A Compressor
    PureMix have released a new video in which Fab Dupont explores the controls of arguably the most talked about processor: the compressor.In his unique and clear style, Fab explains what each control does and gives an easy to remember points to simplify the process of setting a compressor. All the fundamental controls, threshold, ratio, make-up gain, attack, release are thoroughly defined, studied, commented on with the help of straight-to-the-point audio examples. This is a great way to understand or strengthen your grasp on, the compressor controls.
    - 3 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Official Compatibility Statements So Far
    Some brands have broken cover with official statements on compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.They are as follows:Native Instruments - Not supported and advising not to upgrade. More herePreSonus - UPDATED Some tested and supported, check their site. More hereAvid - Yosemite is not supported at this time. More hereWaves - Official Waves OSX 10.10 Yosemite support is planned very soon. We suggest Waves users hold off on updating at this time. More hereUniversal Audio - Not tested yet. More hereiZotope - Mixed results, see specific information hereMetric Halo - All Metric Halo products are compatibleExponential Audio - Tested and working. More hereSome users have installed Yosemite without issue, again please note that when brands make official statements on their software it means that if your system stops working you will not get any support. Take our Yosemite upgrade survey.If you have news on other OFFICIAL statements then please let us know in the comments and we will update this post.
    - 4 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 11:14am -
  • Waves Weekend Deals For October 18th & 19th 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 CLA Effects $49 - normally $100Waves Kramer HLS Channel $49 till Sunday - normally $200Waves Musicians Bundle $59 till Sunday - normally $160 Grab them while you can.More Deals Added For OctoberWaves have added some more deals to the October monthly deals too Dorrough Stereo Native $129Dorrough Surround Native $199V-Series Native $99NS1 Noise Suppressor Native $99MaxxVolume Native $99OneKnob Series Native $149Check out the Specials page too for more great deals
    - 4 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 11:01am -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - Understanding Busses
    Back to basics this week with a look at busses. These are a very common source of confusion for novice users. Exactly what busses are and how you might use them is so important that even if you think you’re getting by without them, you’re already using them in your sessions even if you don’t know it yet.What Is A Buss?A buss is an internal connection within Pro Tools and it can be used to send combinations (or “mixes”) of signals from place to place within the mixer. If you have never come across the word before its worth noting that this isn’t Pro Tools terminology and busses are used for all sorts of data, not just audio. Any channel can be routed to any buss. Even if you think you have never used a buss in a session you will have, as the main output of your session is a buss in pretty much the same way as the internal busses to be found under the buss menu in the output selector: Any combination of channels can be routed to a single destination - sounds like a buss to me! If you find the idea of busses difficult then the best way to understand them is to use them. Here are five ways you can use busses in your sessions: 1. SubmixesBy assigning tracks which “belong together in some way” (I’m deliberately avoiding using the word group here…) to a buss instead of the main output it is possible to bring these tracks together for processing on a shared aux input. This can be done for convenience, as more sources can be processed through fewer plug-ins or because it sounds different. The most obvious example of this is the difference between compressing source tracks individually or submixing the source tracks and compressing the submix through a single compressor. While in both scenarios all the source tracks get compressed, the results from these two approaches sound significantly different. Many new users assume that the reason for creating submixes is for level control but mix groups exist for this purpose. While you can use subgroups for level control the real point of them is to bring audio together for processing. The other really significant use for submixing via busses is for creating stems. It has always been possible to route via a buss to an audio track instead of an aux input. In the bounce to disk dialogue alternative sources other than the main output can be selected and the output of a buss can be bounced in exactly the same way as the main output. The facility to simultaneously bounce multiple stems in Pro Tools 11HD…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Have You Upgraded Your Pro Tools System To Apple OS X Yosemite? Poll
    It’s about a day since Apple released the latest version of OS X, Yosemite.Some can’t resist upgrading their Mac as soon as possible, others are far more cautious not wanting to create potential system instabilities.There’s a helpful page on the Apple site showing compatiblily information.Upgrade to OS X YosemiteHave you upgraded and if so how are you finding it, or are you waiting? Please vote and feel free to leave comments about OS X Yosemite upgrade experiences. Have You Upgraded Your Pro Tools System To OS X Yosemite
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:56pm -
  • 808 The Movie Official Trailer - Featuring Half The Music Industry, Their Mum And The Dog
    It seems the Roland TR808 got it’s first full length movie and the trailer is out, it features a lot of people from the music industry including Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and many more.You can watch the official trailer for “808” the documentary by clicking this link.I found the orginal story on Rolling Stone, where the comments have started to go South pretty fast, you might want to go and see how they progress with a bag of popcorn, they might end up to even more entertaining than this cool film.
    - 5 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 1:38pm -
  • A-Z Of Pro Tools - C Is For Cache And Clip
    Caches are a key part of any computer system and effectively are temporary stores designed to retrieve data quickly. For example, browsers use them so you don’t have to keep downloading the same images again and again and caching appears in two places in Pro Tools disk caching in Pro Tols HD and Wave Caches for the waveforms in the clips.Disk Cache (Pro Tools HD Only)In the Playback Engine the Cache Size setting how much Memory (RAM) the Avid Audio Engine (AAE) allocates to pre-buffer audio for playback and recording. In most cases, the default setting of Normal is the best Cache Size for most sessions.With Disk Cache in operation, Pro Tools HD loads some of the audio files used in Pro Tools sessions into RAM for cached playback so speeding up playback as Pro Tools doesn’t have to pull the files off the hard drive.  Pro Tools will load the audio files nearest to the cursor or playhead location.  This is especially useful when working with shared media storage whether it is from an Avid Unity ISIS shared storage system or a small network attached storage drive on your home network.  The primary advantage of the Disk Cache feature is that it will take the load off your storage media, because Pro Tools has pre-loaded the media into RAM.To determine the maximum amount of RAM available for the Disk Cache, Pro Tools checks how much RAM you have in your computer and subtracts 4 GB so in the screen shot above the computer has 24GB of RAM.You can use the Disk Cache and Memory meters in the System Usage window to determine whether to assign more or less RAM to the Disk Cache for the current session. In this example the Disk Cache is full up but it is not clear if the whole session has been loaded. If you hover over it with the display tips option on it will tell you if you need to allocate more RAM to the disk cache to get the full session into RAM.WaveCache FileThe other place Pro Tools uses caches is for the storage of the waveform data which it stores in the WaveCache.wfm file.By storing waveform data in the WaveCache file, sessions open more quickly. The session WaveCache file can be included whenever a session is transferred to another Pro Tools system (7.x and higher).Deleting or trashing a WaveCache file will not mess up your session or your system. However, be aware that when you next open the session it will take longer because Pro Tools has to recalculate waveform data for any associated audio files and create a new WaveCache file.But…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • 5 Things To Consider When Thinking About Moving To A New DAW
    In a recent survey by Pro Tools Expert many Pro Tools users said they used more than one DAW, some using multiple DAWs.You may be thinking of moving to a new DAW but the very idea of having to learn a new DAW fills you with dread, not becuase you think other DAWs can’t cut it against Pro Tools, but because you’ve spent years working with Pro Tools and to move is almost the same as being asked to write with the other hand. Surveys suggest people get divorced more often than they move banks, we wonder if it’s the same for moving DAWs. In most cases it’s the pain in ass to move that stops people from making the leap to another DAW.If you are a professional it is wise to consider having a plan B, the reason many businesses stick with Pro Tools is that they have built their entire business around it. With Avid’s current plans they hope to make you more reliant on an Avid ecosystem not less, Avid Everywhere is built on the premise of a proprietory one-stop solution for all your business needs. It’s not smart to be so reliant on one technology for your business, the recent events have shown that when things go wrong in the relationship many are left with a feeling of powerlessness.With Avid’s current plans they hope to make you more reliant on an Avid ecosystem not lessSo if you are considering moving to another DAW here are 5 things to consider.All DAWs Are Mostly The Same - So Try The DemosThe reason it is so hard for many of us to consider which DAW to move to is that all of them seem so similar. There’s a reason for that, it’s because they are, there’s not a lot to chose from when it comes to features, most DAW choices are down to preference and taste not because one is better than the other. The best DAW is the DAW that works for you, simple as that.Some DAWs are more focussed toward music production, for example Ableton Live and Reason, whereas other DAWs are focussed more towards audio production, for example Nuendo and REAPER.Sadly when it comes to features most DAWs have better feature sets than Pro Tools, Pro Tools isn’t the best DAW on the market it’s simply the industry standard, which means it is the most commonly used - don’t confuse the two things.The best thing to do is to download and try the demos for the DAWs you are considering and then try them out, you’ll get 30 days in most cases to see if the DAW is for you. Export one of your Pro Tools sessions and import it into the DAWs you are trying so you can t…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:07am -
  • Mac Mini Gets An Upgrade - Even Better For Mac Based Audio Production
    You may recall a recent Pro Tools Expert article about using the Mac Mini for your home studio.In the original article we talked about why we thought it made a good choice for Mac lovers on a budget, how Apple have made it an even better proposition.The new Mac Mini has got a refresh with:Fourth-generation Intel Core processors Faster integrated graphics 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatibleTwo Thunderbolt 2 PortsThe inclusion of 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports is great news, this connected to an Apollo Twin, plus the option to add another Thunderbolt device makes it very flexible. Even better then new Mac Mini has 4 USB3 ports, in many cases data transfer to USB3 drives can be as fast as those with Thunderbolt and the cost of USB3 drives is somewhat cheaper.All in all the new Mac Mini is a mighty box of tricks and well worth consideration for those who want to use a Mac for audio production.
    - 5 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 6:26am -
  • Apple OS X Yosemite Out Now - You Know The Drill
    OS X Yosemite has been released today by Apple, their latest update to the Mac OS.Broken record time, but for those new to the world of Pro Tools, if you are in the middle of stuff or have mission critical stuff then hold off upgrading until you have all your work done and your machine backed up.We’ve been running it for weeks at Pro Tools Expert HQ with some minor issues, but on the whole it is a great release. Not all software is officially qualified to run on Yosemite yet… you have been warned.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 8:33pm -
  • Gobbler 2 Public Beta Gets An Update
    If you are yet to try Gobbler 2.0 public beta then they already have a new version with added features and bug fixes, this follows a lot of interest in the first version which has led to excellent feedback. Version osx-2.0.6-build-104 offers:New FeaturesMFA-enabled accounts are now shown an error when a login is attempted.Fixed several user-reported crashes.Bugfixes/ImprovementsGobbler Collect now supports Ableton Live projects with all linked media on the same drive.Extraneous files in Logic project folders that are not referenced by the project are not included in backups.Collaborators’ names are now displayed in tooltips when mousing over their Avatar images.While downloading projects from workspaces, the files are now placed within a sub-folder named after the workspace containing those projects.As we’ve already said no Windows yet but that’s coming soon.More here 
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 5:11pm -
  • 50th Anniversary Of The Moog Modular Synthesizer
    50 years ago this month Moog unveiled their modular synthesizer at the AES show in 1964 which would become an iconic synthesizer.Dr. Robert Moog introduced the world to a completely new type of instrument that would go on to change the course of music history and influence decades of future instrument design. In this mini-documentary a Moog engineer, Moog Historian, and Bob Moog himself, explore Moog Music’s quest to resurrect the original methods, materials and designs used in the foundational modular synths. Through recreating Keith Emerson’s modular system, Moog Music rediscovers the power, elegance, and enduring legacy of its first instruments. Thanks to our friends at Source Distribution for bringing this to our attention and you can find out much more at the Moog site here.
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:01pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert RedNet Event - 10 More Tickets Released
    We are thrilled by the response to our RedNet Event hosted at Alchemea in London next week, all free tickets were snapped up fast, we’ve got attendees from education, top studios, producers and engineers all keen to learn more about how RedNet can help them in their workflows, of course we also have free drinks too. However we’ve manage to get another 10 tickets for the event.The event is an evening for audio professionals to meet the Focusrite RedNet team, to see RedNet in action and to take part in small informal demonstrations of RedNet’s potential in music and post environments.It is an opportunity for those who are considering investing in RedNet to have their questions answered and to see and hear it in action.There will be a free bar during the evening so it’s also a great opportunity for audio professionals to meet up and chat over drinks.The event takes place on Tuesday October 21st 2014 at Alchemea College in London.Spaces are very limited so book early, only those with tickets will be admitted on the evening.Click here to book your RedNet Event tickets now
    - 6 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • Free Extended Video Tutorial Using Waves V-Series Neve Plug-ins
    Watch this free in-depth video tutorial with mixing engineer and educator Michael White for an inside look at the Waves V-Series, a unique collection of three state-of-the-art plugins modeled on vintage Neve processors.Even better if you like what you see then you can grab them now for $99 instead of $500, that’s a steal.Click here to get Waves V Series plug-ins at $99
    - 7 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • Internal Battles Rage At Avid To Deliver Customers What They Want
    An interesting picture is emerging following our recent story on the Avid Pro Tools Support announcement at AES last weekend.Several sources have independently confirmed to us that behind the muddle, is not an effort by Avid to confuse their customers, but simply that internal politics were not ironed out before the announcement was made. This would explain both an incomplete picture from the Pro Tools Support announcement and the unwillingness for Avid to comment publically on it thus far.It seems that there is a possibilty that Pro Tools licensing in the future will include both the option to rent and to buy, which is in line with the statement made by the Avid CEO;Some in the industry have been frustrated that they’ve been forced to a single delivery or pricing model, like cloud or subscription, that benefits the vendor more than the actual customer and, in fact, in some cases may be more costly and less flexible.Our customers will be limited by only their own imagination and strategy, not by limits dictated by their vendor.Furthermore it would appear from our sources both within and outside of Avid, they are trying to iron out the possibility and mechanisms of buying certain features for Pro Tools such as surround, track counts etc. It woud seem that yet again the lack of information coming from Avid on this and many other issues is simply down to a lack of internal agreement. Until that is settled, we will have to wait this one out.We often say here at Pro Tools Expert, most of the issues at Avid can be put down to cock-up and not conspiracy. Lets hope that the people inside Avid championing the cause of the Pro Tools users win out in these battles.As is always the case, Avid do not make official comments on these matters and so they are unlikely to confirm or deny these rumours.
    - 7 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 9:42am -
  • Genelec 8000 Series Trade Up Promotion - Two Weeks Left
     Back at the beginning of July our friends at Source Distribution announced a trade up promotion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Genelec 8000 series of active monitors.This UK only trade up promotion allows you to trade-in your existing monitor(s) and get a discount on a brand new pair of Genelec 8010A, 8020C, 8030B, 8040B or 8050B models. You only have two weeks to take advantage of this deal so if you are looking to upgrade your monitors then you can get more info here.
    - 7 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 7:23am -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 137
    Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered. Groove 3 Titles We LikeLogic Pro X Advanced Vol 2  with Eli KrantzbergRX4 ExplainedCompetitions5 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 InterfaceGobbler 2.0 Public Beta Announced - A Complete Rethink Of Online Collaboration For The Creative IndustryConsider Supporting The Editors Keys Kickstarter Project To Bring A Backlit Keyboard To MarketAES Announcements iZotope Ozone 6Slate Batch Commander Pro Tools Enhancement Software Now Available To Buy Separately As Software For MacAvid S3 Is Now Available As A Standalone Control SurfaceNew Avid Pro Series Plug-ins Pro Subharmonic and Pro Multiband DynamicsSoundtoys Announce Primaltap Retro Delay And Plug-In RackSound Radix Announce Another Clever Plug-In Called Drum LevelerWhy Avid Are Hoping You Will Buy Into Their Pro Tools Support PlansCommunity Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions3 October Deals from RSPE -  Buy a 4-710D Tone-Blending Mic Preamp and get a FREE UAD-2 Quad DSP Accelerator (supplies limited); Buy and Apollo and get up to $1295 worth of UAD Plugins; Special pricing on Metric Halo plugins and Production Bundle Frank Herrlinger has made his own private mixing tool in the Native Instruments Kontakt 5.3 format. He has called it Sub and you can check it out on his site Darren Vermaas offers some great tips on working on Audiobooks from the question form last week.Hector M asks what we think that using skeuomorphism in plug-ins is good or bad?Our Rednet event is now sold out but there is a waiting list.Find Of The Week Mike - Slate Batch CommanderNeil - Kazrog Recabinet 4James - NEW M Audio Trigger Finger Pro. Russ - Gobbler 2.0 BetaListen on to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunesDownload the Pro Tools Expert Podcast as an MP3
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:53am -
  • Foley Collection Release FC204 Trot & Gallop
    We showed a sneak peak at the end of our Show & Tell review of the Foley Collection with Alvaro de Iscar Gonzalez. Now they have released Trot and Gallop, a foley collection of all things horse related.They have been recorded at 96KHz and 24 bit. From sand to snow, concrete to dirt, grass to stones …. they have it all in their instrument. You can select your surfaces mix, add-ons and extra sound mixes.They have programed to sound natural with two banks of keys: Trot and Gallop. You can navigate through the different menus to adjust the add ons, extras and surfaces levels. You can also adjust extra time attack to create the perfect sound for your horses.You need Kontakt 4.1 or above. The Foley Collectiion instruments won’t work with the Kontakt player.
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:06am -
  • Winners Of The Acon Digital Deverbate Competition
     Last month we ran a competition with 5 chances to win a copy of the Acon Digital Deverbate bundle and we can now announce the winners pictured above from left to right.Dave BellMy name is Dave Bell, I have lived in Germany since 1976. I came over to work as a musician for the American Forces, and never looked back. I have always had my own recording studio, even if it was only a 2 cassette recorders. Now I have 2 mobile Pro Tools rigs, one at my house, and a Studio rig for tracking. I have a few clients who use playbacks on their live gigs, and have been asked if it is possible to change the reverb, room size etc. to make some of the older playbacks sound more like the more modern ones. Up till now I didn’t think it was possible, but after your show and tell about Acon Digital’s Deverberate, it looks like this is just what I need to keep at least 1 valued customer happy! I am looking forward to trying out the software, and learning more about the fascinating possibilities it offers. Thanks again, and keep up the good work at Pro Tools Expert, for me a regular feast of information and interest.Simon Vander BekenI’m a freelance sound engineer, musician & teacher doing all sorts of stuff in the music & audio world. I studied music production at the Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium. Now, I combine several types of jobs and I love the variation: I teach the piano one day a week and musical theatre choir another day, I’m doing live mixing for musicals & theatre shows, I work in studios and I record on location with my own set-up, I make the occasional record with indie bands, and recently I’ve been moving into audio post, mixing trailers for a media mogul (to Belgian scale of course). I am really pleased that I have won Acon Digital’s Reverbate. Both in audio post and location recording, you can imagine I often end up with audio that has way too much reverb, or ugly room resonances that are too long to just EQ out. I’m really curious to discover what Reverbate can do - if it’s as good as they promise, it will be a powerful and very useful new tool in my arsenal! Thanks a lot to Pro Tools Expert and Acon Digital!Matthieu HaramboureFirstly I am a musician/producer and mobile studio owner.  My work has gradually expanded to post production as well so that mixing streamed content is part of what I do too. When dealing with bad audio sources such as too much reverb on interviews I used to denoise them whilst trying to achieve the bes…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • More Information Emerges About SoundToys 5.0
    They won best in show at AES 2014 and more information has emerged about SoundToys 5.0.The new Soundtoys Effect Rack is the core of the next version of SoundToys, Soundtoys 5. The new version will enable users to create, audition, save, and recall combinations of Soundtoys effects.The Soundtoys Effect Rack integrates all 12 Soundtoys effects into a single plug­-in, improving workflow by visually displaying an entire effect processing chain – eliminating the need to navigate multiple plug-­in windows to adjust parameters, add new effects, or change the order of effects. It also includes overall input and output level controls, a wet/dry mix control, and a global feedback control – which add new creative possibilities that would require additional plug-­ins or complicated routing to accomplish in most DAWs.Soundtoys 5 will ship Q4 2014. Pricing TBA.
    - 8 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 6:23am -

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  • 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 […]
    - 1 day 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 […]
    - 3 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 […]
    - 3 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 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.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 9:51pm -
  • Avid Introduces new Pro Tools licensing
    Avid have announced that they will be including upcoming features with new purchases, upgrades, and crossgrades for one year. Customers who buy or upgrade to Pro Tools 11 by December 20, 2014 receive “extended coverage” through March 2016. * Lower upgrade pricing for existing customers—and access to future upgrades – Starting in November, Avid will […]
    - 7 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 8:53pm -
  • Avid announces Pro Multiband Dynamics and Pro Subharmonic plugins
    Avid has announced the release of two new plugins in their “Pro” line – Pro Multiband Dynamics and Pro Subharmonic. Pro Multiband Dynamics lets you selectively compress or expand individual tracks or audio groups in up to four separate frequency ranges. Pro Multiband Dynamics provides precision control by applying upward expansion and downward compression only […]
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • iZotope announces Ozone 6
    iZotope has announced Ozone 6, the latest version of their mastering software. The video above doesn’t say much but it appears that Ozone still has a flashy futuristic interface. Customers who purchase Ozone 5 after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 upon release.
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 9:53pm -
  • Soundtoys updates its plugins, racks them up and releases PrimalTap delay
    Soundtoys has announced Soundtoys 5 effects plug­in collection, described as a major upgrade and adding the new Soundtoys Effect Rack, as well as the new PrimalTap retro delay plug­in. Soundtoys 5 includes the entire line of Soundtoys effects plug-­ins in one package. It’s been getting increasingly popular to “rack” plugins lately and Soundtoys has jumped […]
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 9:46pm -
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