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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:3890 28ratingsTime:06:40More inHowto & Style
- 3 days 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:9537 80ratingsTime:07:31More inHowto & Style
- 3 days 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:1125 16ratingsTime:06:32More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:20pm -
Pro Mixing: How Sound Designer Will Files Creates Inspiring Feature Film Soundtracks
Pro Mixing: How Sound Designer Will Files Creates Inspiring Feature Film SoundtracksSee how award-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer Will Files creates fully immersive sound mixes for the cinema. Will has contributed his talents t...From:AvidViews:1572 20ratingsTime:16:42More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:33pm -
Pro Mixing: Music Creation Webinar with Dave Audé [PREVIEW]
Pro Mixing: Music Creation Webinar with Dave Audé [PREVIEW]Avid hosted this exclusive webinar inside the studio of Dave Audé—the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, DJ and label owner known for collaborations with U2...From:AvidViews:2649 19ratingsTime:18:36More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:33pm -
Introducing Avid Pro Tools | S3
Introducing Avid Pro Tools | S3Meet the compact new Pro Tools | S3 and discover intelligent mixing control for Pro Tools and more. Based on the award-winning Pro Tools | S6, Pro Tools | S3...From:AvidViews:3383 12ratingsTime:00:23More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:33pm -
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:649 20ratingsTime:03:50More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:32pm -
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
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -
How To Use the Equipment Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Equipment Page Inside the Avid Support CenterAvid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:121 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -
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
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -
What's New in Media Composer | Software (8.1)
What's New in Media Composer | Software (8.1)How To by Avid Customer Support covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more. Subscribe on the Avid Knowle...From:AvidViews:3114 0ratingsTime:02:07More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -
How To Use My Account with Media Composer | Software
How To Use My Account with 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:479 0ratingsTime:02:39More inHowto & Style
- 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:01am -

Pro Tools Expert


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  • Hiss And A Roar Release Heavy Metal Impacts Library
    HISS and a ROAR have released another great sound effects library that will also have huge potential in sound design and music sampling too. Check out the ‘Making Of’ video.This library includes over 1,900 metal impact sounds ranging in scale from massive silo hits, five ton concrete block metal impacts, a selection of four large scale metal skip bins, metal gates, truck decks, solid metal plates, an industrial digger scoop, to the total destruction of a filing cabinet, manipulation of a heavy steel 44 gallon drum, a stainless steel water tank, a copper bin and a WWII petrol tank.This is what they say about the library…While this library is incredibly versatile for practical sound effects, many of the recordings also lend themselves to creative manipulation and processing for creating stings & accents. Please note: this is our largest library to date, more than double in size than any previous, and accordingly the purchase price reflects that. But also note, there is an early bird discount available for one week only, to encourage & reward the people who effectively subscribe to HISSandaROAR.Heavy Metal Impacts is normally $179 but until 1st November you can get it for $119. Everything is recorded at 24bit 192kHz. You will get 1,900 sounds delivered in 339 .WAV files as a 16GB download which will become 32GB of uncompressed audio.
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 7:51am -
  • Avid Suspend Pro Tools Upgrades Until New Support Plan Is Released In November
    Community member Tom Jenkins has reached out to us so we can tell you all that Avid have suspended sales for all upgrades until the new support plans are released in November.Tom was trying to upgrade his Pro Tools 10 and CPTK to Pro Tools 11HD but was thwarted online. So he checked with Avid Customer Care and they responded with this…Thank you for contacting Avid Customer Care. For the moment, no upgrades for Pro Tools are available on our webstore because we are doing some changes in the our upgrade system. If you do not want to wish to wait until the launch, you can try and contact one of our resellers. So for now the only way of getting an upgrade is through your Pro Tools dealer.
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:20pm -
  • Waves Confirm Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Compatibility
    Waves have announced that Waves Native plug-ins and WLC are now OS X 10.10 Yosemite Compatibile.Their full statement reads:Dear Valued Waves User,We are pleased to announce that all Waves Native plugins V9 as well as the Waves License Center are now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.Click here to download the updated installer. Please note: SoundGrid plugins and software applications are not yet supported by Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. We are working to resolve this compatibility issue as soon as possible.If further assistance is required, you are more than welcome to contact our tech support team. Best regards,The Waves TeamFor more information visit Waves web site
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:48pm -
  • Creating Your Own Sounds Using Waves Codex Synthesizer
    In this free video tutorial Russ shows how to create a sound from scratch using the Waves Codex synthesiser. In this video Russ shows how to start from scratch, how to modulate the pitch of an oscillator using an LFO, change the envelope. He then shows how to give the sound rhythm and movement using both a sync LFO and the inbuilt sequencer. Finally he adds some effects to give the sound some final polish.This video is perfect for those new to synths and who want to know more about programming and moving beyond presets.Watch ‘Creating Your Own Sounds Using Waves Codex Synthesizer’ here
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:06pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3 Launch Event At Alchemea London
    Many of those who attended the excellent RedNet evening which took place at Alchemea in London this week said they thought the events were a good idea, so with that in mind we’ve got the next one confirmed.An evening with the Synchro Arts’ team to explore the soon-to-be-released Revoice Pro 3 and be some of the first people to see the brand new version. Synchro Arts are saying Revoice Pro 3 has even better sound, features and workflow enhancements.Event DetailsThe event takes place at Alchemea London on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM - as before many of the Pro Tools Expert team will be there.Free drinks and nibbles, so also a great chance to chat and meet other audio professionals.Limited numbers, book early.Book your place at the Pro Tools Expert Revoice Pro 3 Launch event hosted at Alchemea London online now.
    - 23 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:45am -
  • Is Pro Tools' Number Up?
    Those starting up Pro Tools 11 after a recent upgrade will have found that the splash screen on start-up has changed. Unlike earlier versions of Pro Tools, including early releases of the current version, the number has gone and been replaced with simply ‘Pro Tools Software.’Some thought it was simply a case of Avid stating the bleeding obvious, but the reason is likely to be connected to the recent discussions around the way Avid push out Pro Tools updates in the future.If you are waiting for a Pro Tools 12 grand announcement there is a high likelihood you ain’t going to see it, instead the numbers as product names are being dropped and you’ll simply be able to tell which version you are running in the lower right hand corner of the about screen.A New Way To Sell SoftwareThere’s nothing new about this, companies like Adobe has been doing it for some time, for example if you own a copy of Adobe Photoshop CC it recently went from 14.0, 14.1, 14.2 and now 15.0 without any grand announcement.So Pro Tools 11 is perhaps the last version to have flags out, balloons and ticker tape - instead those on subscriptions will wake up to find a new version in an update. Is Pro Tools’ number up? Probably yes, but the whole version number as a grand announcement was designed for the era of buying software in boxes and queuing around the block all night to be ‘first’, in a world of digital delivery developers can drip feed the updates out.It doesn’t make for a big product launch, but to be honest Avid has never been very good at those, so this may be just what they’ve been waiting for.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:37am -
  • PureMix Release New Video On Stem Mixing And Loudness Control
    Fab Dupont is on a roll after his excellent video on compressor fundamentals he has now released a video on stem mixing and loudness control.In this video, Fab Dupont focuses on the numerous benefits derived from working with stems like faster workflow, greater versatility especially on larger sessions and yes, loudness control.But Fab isn’t trying to show how to “make the loudest record ever” rather in this video he shows how to manage headroom and dynamic range to emphasize certain parts of your mix like drums, percussions, bass, etc. If your music relies heavily on sub bass frequencies and/or heavy hitting drums and you’ve had problems handling your low energy and transients, you know what he is talking about. 
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:35am -
  • Pro Tools Expert RedNet Event Hosted By Alchemea London A Resounding Success
    Last night Pro Tools Expert and Focusrite joined forces with top Avid Authorized Training Partner Alchemea to give audio professionals a chance to learn more about the Focusrite RedNet system.The event included a chance to enjoy free drinks and nibbles and then to take part in sessions covering the theory of RedNet and then to see it in action and ask more questions.The sessions were repeated giving all those attending a chance to understand the technology behind RedNet and then more practical applications for the system.In attendance were a mix of top audio post and music engineers, mixers and producers from organisations such as Disney, BBC, and Ravensbourne College as well as freelancers who work on top TV, film and music. We also had some of the team from our friends at HHB who were able to talk to those interested in investing in RedNet.It was a rare occasion where many of the Pro Tools Expert team were in the same place, with Russ, Mike, Neil, James, Julian and Mike A all there to learn more about RedNet.The Event got a big thumbs up from hosts Alchemea and Simon Short of Focusrite who said;“The evening was a great success. I felt it was important to give engineers the opportunity to meet the team in a relaxed environment, and find out how they could benefit from RedNet technology, and that’s exactly what happened!”The Pro Tools Community GatheringIt was great to see so many people who are part of the Pro Tools community and put faces to names and share beer with people like Alan, Glenn and Dave - the blog is a good place to start but there’s nothing better than meeting one another - I’m thrilled by the success of this event. said Russ HughesYou can see some pictures from last night’s event, many whom attended felt was a resounding sucess. When asked if more events like this should take place the idea got a big thumbs up.Our Next Pro Tools Expert London Event With Synchro ArtsWith that in mind watch this space for a Synchro Arts event to celebrate the launch of Revoice Pro 3 happening in November at Alchemea.Links For More InformationIf you are interested is knowing more about RedNet then contact RedNet specialists HHBIf you are interested in knowing more about Pro Tools training course then contact Avid Authorized Training Partner Alchemea
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 6:19pm -
  • AVID's CoreAudio Manager/Drivers Causing Hold Up In Yosemite Compatibility For Native Instruments
    Native Instruments have published an update to their OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility statement and it seems that most of their hardware is currently unable to run reliably on systems using Avid’s CoreAudio Manager/Driver, the statement reads;Native Instruments has conducted compatibility tests with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite which have shown current NI products to work without any specific issues under standard installations of this operating system. However, products with a hardware dependency, such as Maschine, Komplete Kontrol, Traktor, Guitar Rig and Controller Editor will not launch when AVIDs CoreAudioManager/Drivers are installed under 10.10 Yosemite. Native Instruments and Avid are working together to resolve this compatibility issue. Native Instruments is currently conducting further systematic compatibility and performance tests with the release version of Yosemite, and will provide new information as it becomes available.We will keep you posted as soon as we know about a remedy for this issue, watch this space. In the meantime you can read our advice regarding upgrading your Mac to OS X 10.10 Yosemite here.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:59am -
  • How To Create Pro Tools Session Archives That Are Future Proof
    In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows how to create a back-up of a Pro Tools session that is future proof and does not rely on proprietary software.He shows how to use plug-ins so that presets are retained for use in other DAWs and also the creation of back-up stems in both clean and effected formats. All these things will ensure that you can open the Pro Tools session in any DAW and at any time in the future.This video is useful for those both needing to work with other DAWs and for those wanting to create an archive that is future proof.Watch this free Pro Tools video tutorial here
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 6:51am -

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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 
    - 3 days 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…
    - 3 days 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 
    - 3 days 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
    - 3 days 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.
    - 4 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!
    - 4 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.
    - 4 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.
    - 4 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
    - 4 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
    - 5 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 10:45am -
  • 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.
    - 5 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 hereGobbler - UPDATED 22nd Oct 2014 Both Gobbler 1 & Gobbler 2 fully supportedSome 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.
    - 6 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
    - 6 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…
    - 6 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
    - 7 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.
    - 7 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 7 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.
    - 7 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.
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 8:33pm -

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  • EastWest Orchestral Series now available
    With the recent release of Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, EastWest has now bundled it’s orchestral instruments into Hollywood Orchestra, which includes Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass, Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds, and Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, all produced by Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy. Each individual section of Hollywood Orchestra has received multiple awards from […]
    - 12 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 9:56pm -
  • Eastwest releases Hollywood Orchestral Percussion
    Eastwest has released Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, produced by Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy. This release “completes” the company’s flagship Hollywood Orchestra, which also includes Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass,and Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds. Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is an utterly unique orchestral percussion library featuring one of America’s very best orchestral percussionists and […]
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:33pm -
  • 8DM All Bundle release 30% off
    8DM has released All Bundle, which includes all 8DM products for all formats (Kontakt, Maschine and Wavpacks) at 30% off original price. The 8DM All Bundle Includes: Animalix 1 (Maschine & Kontakt) Electro House 1 (Maschine, Kontakt & Wavpack) Electro House 2 (Maschine, Kontakt & Wavpack) Flow House 1 (Maschine, Kontakt & Wavpack) Progressive House […]
    - 6 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 […]
    - 6 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 […]
    - 7 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 […]
    - 7 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.
    - 8 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 […]
    - 10 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 […]
    - 13 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.
    - 13 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 9:53pm -
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