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Beats, Percussion, and Rhythms with Pro Tools and Maschine
Beats, Percussion, and Rhythms with Pro Tools and MaschineCreate high-quality music that stands out from the crowd—watch 'Master the Art of Music Creation', our video tutorial series dedicated to the success of arti...From:AvidViews:6461 62ratingsTime:07:31More inHowto & Style
- 16 hours ago, 22 Sep 14, 10:21pm -
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:2151 19ratingsTime:18:36More inHowto & Style
- 2 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 12:11am -
Learn Why Composers and Arrangers Choose Avid Sibelius 7.5
Learn Why Composers and Arrangers Choose Avid Sibelius 7.5Hear from professional composers Anastasia Devana, Patrick Kirst, Mike Lang, Trevor Morris and Jay Terrien and learn how new features in Avid Sibelius 7.5 he...From:AvidViews:4255 37ratingsTime:04:53More inHowto & Style
- 4 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:10pm -
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:954 17ratingsTime:16:42More inHowto & Style
- 4 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:04am -
How To See What's New with Media Composer | Software
How To See What's New with Media Composer | SoftwareHow 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:2109 0ratingsTime:02:07More inHowto & Style
- 9 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 2:47pm -
How To Choose Your Support Plan for Media Composer | Software
How To Choose Your Support Plan for 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:301 0ratingsTime:02:30More inHowto & Style
- 31 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 5:41am -
See Avid Everywhere Revealed [PREVIEW]
See Avid Everywhere Revealed [PREVIEW]The first Avid Everywhere-inspired product offerings are available today—with much more coming soon. Now is the time to get on the platform. Watch the full r...From:AvidViews:3699 0ratingsTime:00:51More inHowto & Style
- 46 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 12:36am -
How To Create, Manage and Edit Cases Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Create, Manage and Edit Cases Inside the Avid Support CenterAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:249 0ratingsTime:05:27More inHowto & Style
- 56 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 8:42pm -
Learn How To with Avid Support
Learn How To with Avid SupportAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:1883 0ratingsTime:01:00More inHowto & Style
- 75 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 9:32pm -
How To Activate Flexnet Device Manager for Floating Licenses
How To Activate Flexnet Device Manager for Floating LicensesAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:261 0ratingsTime:01:54More inHowto & Style
- 12 Jun 14, 2:58am -
How to Configure and Install Flexnet Device Manager for Floating Licenses
How to Configure and Install Flexnet Device Manager for Floating LicensesAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:401 0ratingsTime:02:32More inHowto & Style
- 12 Jun 14, 2:58am -
How To Use the Knowledge Base Page Inside the Avid Support Center
How To Use the Knowledge Base Page Inside the Avid Support CenterAvid Professional Services and Customer Support now bring you the new 'How To' series covering basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting,...From:AvidViews:185 0ratingsTime:00:48More inHowto & Style
- 12 Jun 14, 2:47am -

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  • Warning Waves Licence Centre (WLC) Not Compatible With OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta
    We’ve been taking one for the team again and found out that the latest version of Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite public beta is incompatible with Waves Licence Centre WLCSome system running the Yosemite beta version will not allow the WLC to run correctly and may mean that Waves licences will not load when running your software.We’ve had extensive discussion with Waves who confirm that Apple Mac Yosemite public beta is not qualified for use with WLC and is therefore unsupported.We’ve confirmed this on two of our test machines and suggest not running the beta.
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Sep 14, 12:03pm -
  • Problems With Timecode And Field Recorder Workflow - Can You Help?
    Community member Johannes Wengert sent us in this question and to date we have drawn a blank and so we thought someone else in the community may have the answer. Johannes asked…I have a question concerning metadata in wav-files. I’ve received an AAF from Media Composer (not embedded audio, not consolidated but full copies of all wav files) and successfully imported it. Everything good so far. Now comes the problem: I need to conform the multitrack audio (it’s a concert recording) to the rough mix from Media Composer using the “field recorder guide track” option in PT using timecode. Everything has been recorded properly with TC during the show so no problem there. Pro Tools cannot conform the tracks because there is no valid time stamp in the audio from MC - When I look at the files using the Workspace or the “Wave Agent” by SoundDevices it shows a Original Time Stamp / Start TC of 01:00:00:00 for every fileWaveAgent View - click on the image to see a larger versionThe weird thing is: When selecting View -> Clip -> Original Time Stamp Pro Tools shows a time stamp for each clip. Not 01:00:00:00 but the correct one (I know it is the correct one since the show was recorded with real-TC). Yet the “expand channels” function doesn’t find or conform the multitrack recording. How can this be? Why does PT show a time stamp in the clip view but not in the workspace or the file itself? I’m a bit confused…Apart from that we cannot figure out why or where the original time stamp information gets “lost” because we know it was there before the MC import. It’s very painful to nail this issue down since there are so many points where the metadata could be lost. Any help would be greatly appreciated.Can anyone help Johannes, the data is clearly in there somewhere as the timecode displays on the clips. If you have experience of the field recorder workflow and can offer any help then please chip in. My only thoughts are to conform the multitrack session using something like Ediload from Sounds In Sync but surely this requirement is exactly what the Field Recorder Workflow was created for?
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Sep 14, 11:01am -
  • Using iZotope RX4 To Automate Clip Gain
    In this free video tutorial Russ shows the new Leveller feature in iZotope RX4, this can used to automate clip gain. In this example he uses it on a vocal. He also uses the de-breath module from Nectar 2 for removing extraneous breaths from the track.
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Sep 14, 7:24am -
  • Universal Audio Announces UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators
    Our friends at Universal Audio have announced the new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt  DSP Accelerators. UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with rich, DSP-intensive plug-ins. These desktop-friendly units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator ModelsAvailable in QUAD or OCTO models with a choice of four or eight SHARC processors, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators can also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe cards and Thunderbolt-enabled Apollo interfaces, including Apollo Twin, Apollo, and Apollo 16 — for truly scalable mixing power.UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator Plug-in OptionsFor an immediate out-of-the-box mixing experience, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are available in Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages. The Core package includes the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, while Custom adds a choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. The Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate is UA’s flagship package, and includes more than 79 UA-developed plug-ins — up to and including UAD software v7.8. UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt Street PricingUAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - QUAD Core ($999)UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - QUAD Custom ($1,399)UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - OCTO Core ($1,499)UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - OCTO Custom ($1,899)UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - OCTO Ultimate ($5,999)UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt Key FeaturesRun UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connection on Macs for improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire4 (QUAD) or 8 (OCTO) SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Roland, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Empirical Labs, MXR and more Includes “Analog Classics Plus” plug-in bundle, featuring the UA 610-B Preamp & EQ and Legacy 
editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN / 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifier, Fairchild 670 Tube Limiter, Pultec Pro Equalizers, UA Precision Enhancer Hz, CS-1 Precision Channel, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins Available with Core, Custom, and Ultimate 3 software packagesCombine with other UAD-2 devices,…
    - 20 hours ago, 22 Sep 14, 6:45pm -
  • A-Z Of Pro Tools - A Is For AAX
    Our sister sites are running the A-Z of their DAWs, we thought it was a nice idea so here goes.The A-Z of Pro Tools, some letters will yield deeper articles than others, but it will be fun to do.A is for AAX.The AAX plug-in format was announced on 20th October 2011, AAX being the acronym for Avid Audio eXtension. AAX was developed to replace the RTAS and TDM plug-in formats which were 32 bit and made it impossible for Avid to create a 64bit DAW.AAX is a 64 bit plug-in format made exclusively for Pro Tools 10 and 11. 32 bit versions of AAX plug-ins worked in Pro Tools 10. It took a little longer to implement it into Avid’s video editor - Media Compser but as of v8.1 Meda Composer now supports AAX Native plug-ins too.AAX Native And AAX DSPThere are 2 types of AAX plug-in:AAX Native for use in Pro Tools, Pro Tools HD Native and Pro Tools HDX systemsAAX DSP for use in Pro Tools HDX systems.With AAX, you can share sessions between DSP-accelerated Pro Tools systems and native-based Pro Tools systems and continue using the same plug-ins. Your sessions will sound exactly the same, regardless of the rig you’re using.How Many Developers Have Ported To AAX?AAX has been a huge success for Avid with many vendors porting to AAX Native, there are now several hundred AAX plug-ins and instruments for use in Pro Tools 11.AAX DSP porting has been less popular with around 50% of developers who made TDM versions of Pro Tools plug-in only porting their TDM plug-ins to AAX native formats. However some other developers have created AAX DSP plug-ins for the first time. In reality there are far more AAX Native plug-ins than there are AAX DSP, this is partly due to the efficiency of the new Avid 64bit audio engine making DSP less of a requirement for many Pro Tools users.Where I Can Find AAX Plug-ins?Pro Tools Expert started the first AAX database on the web and we continue to maintain it to make sure Pro Tools users can find out what AAX plug-ins are available, check the AAX plug-in database here
    - 22 hours ago, 22 Sep 14, 4:40pm -
  • The Best RedNet Video To Date - Focusrite // RedNet in action at Sonic Fuel
    We have to admit that at times the whole RedNet idea can leave us scratching our heads, we think it’s a brilliant way to connect stuff but it’s not always clear exactly what does what.This video is the best RedNet video to date and covers so many of the questions with clear answers and practical examples.RedNet At Sonic Fuel StudiosChris Lennertz composes music for film, TV and video games from his studio, Sonic Fuel, in Los Angeles, California. Like most of his peers, his routine from one day to the next is anything but ordinary. He could be recording strings for a music cue in a movie one day, then scoring themes for a network TV show the next. As a result, he needs a trustworthy multi-channel audio interface system that’s flexible enough to let him work to the strict schedules and turnarounds of the film and TV industry. This means being able to to quickly and reliably transfer full musical arrangements between his Cubase composition and sequencing machine and his print rig, a Pro Tools | HD system.Until early 2014, before discovering RedNet, Chris and his assistant Alex Bornstein were finding it difficult to maintain this flexibility, so they set out on the search for a new system, as Chris explains. “Before we implemented the RedNet system, we had just 16 inputs and outputs into the Pro Tools rig. It was getting to the point where being able to print quickly was no longer working because we were making three or four passes just to capture everything in the mix. We started looking into things like a MADI infrastructure or buying more I/Os for Pro Tools®, but then we found out about RedNet and it seemed too good to be true. Soon, we realised it was exactly what we were looking for.”So, with Alex’s technical assistance, Chris made the switch to RedNet, purchasing a RedNet PCIe card, two RedNet 5 HD Bridges, a RedNet 2 16-channel A-D/D-A and a RedNet 4 eight-channel mic preamp. Now, thanks to the high I/O count and audio-routing flexibility of the RedNet system and the Dante network on which it operates, Chris and his team can print cues much faster and more reliably than ever before. “With RedNet, we can have 64 ins and outs, so we can print our cues in one pass, and both rigs can use the interfaces… It’s pretty crazy.”The RedNet SystemThere are sonic advantages to the RedNet upgrade, as well. Because the transfer between Cubase and Pro Tools takes place in the digital domain at super-low latency, (digital audio is routed int…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Chamber, Plate, Hall...What Do I Use? Michael Carnes Shares Reverb Tips
    ‘Mr Reverb’ Michael Carnes at Exponential Audio has written his latest reverb tips and tricks article ‘Chamber, Plate, Hall…What Do I Use?’It gives some practical advice on the use of each type of reverb - as he says in the article there are no hard an fast rules, but these suggestions are extremely helpful.Read the entire article here
    - 1 day ago, 22 Sep 14, 8:22am -
  • Pro Tools Expert & Waves DiGiGrid DLS WEBINAR - Monday 29th September 2014 - 7:00pm BST
    We know that a lot of community members have questions about the Waves Digigrid system, especially when using it with Pro Tools, so we’ve team up with Waves to offer this exclusive webinar so you can ask questions.Joins us for an exclusive webinar at Pro Tools Expert featuring Waves Product Specialists Luke Smith and Michael PA, who will demonstrate the benefits of the DiGiGrid DLS for Pro Tools Users.Win A Waves Vocal RiderEveryone in attendance will automatically be entered to win a Waves Vocal Rider.Date And Time Of The EventDate - MONDAY SEPT. 29th 20142PM EASTERN/ 11AM PACIFIC/ 7PM BSTSign Up And WinTake a moment to sign-up for the event, you can also ask a question. Everyone who signs up has a chance to win Waves Vocal Rider.Click here to sign-upEveryone who attends has a chance to win Waves Vocal Rider.
    - 1 day ago, 22 Sep 14, 7:25am -
  • PureMix Announce The GearFest Raffle With Great Prizes And Great Training
    Our friends at PureMix have announced their GearFest Raffle. This is a chance to win amazing prizes and also watch a fierce Mix Off between Fab Dupont and John Paterno. That’s right, filling out this form gets you a Free pureMix.net video and enters your name in the raffle where there will be 12 lucky winners of lots of great prizes from PureMix Universal Audio, Focal, Dangerous Music and Lauten Audio.…But don’t wait, the raffle ends September 30th. 
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
  • Desqeaking An Acoustic Guitar In Pro Tools Using iZotope RX4 - Free Video Tutorial
    In this free iZotope video tutorial, Russ shows how easy it is to clean up sqeaaks on an otherwise great acoustic guitar part using iZotope RX4 using Spectral Repair.Watch this free video tutorial here
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 9:00am -

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  • FabFilter Pro-Q 2.01 Update Released
    FabFilter have just released FabFilter Pro-Q 2.01, a free update for existing Pro-Q 2 users with improvements to the piano display and solo mode, along with various bug fixes. FabFilter Pro-Q 2.01 is fully compatible with Pro-Q 2.00 and they recommend all Pro-Q 2 users to upgrade to version 2.01.What’s new in FabFilter Pro-Q 2.01?Improved the piano display: you can now drag multiple selected curves in parallel, and double-clicking the piano display creates a new curve at this position.Improved solo mode for Bell and Notch filters to better isolate the frequency area of interest. When soloing Low/High-Cut filters, the Q value now always stays the same, making it easier to just fine-tune the frequency.Added support for displaying the current EQ curve in Avid’s S6 control surface.Fixed a bug in the Auto Gain feature: it would not correctly compensate bands that are in per-channel mode (L/R or M/S). For example, splitting a stereo band would double the auto gain effect. This now works as intended while preserving compatibility with existing saved sessions. When working with an existing session that uses Auto Gain, simply disable and re-enable Auto Gain to get the new behaviour.Fixed a bug in the VST3 plugin that could cause the sound to stay the same (not using the new parameter values) after using Undo or loading a preset.Fixed a bug in the VST3 plugin that caused the saved parameter state to be ignored when opening a saved Audio Montage in WaveLab 8 (this fix is not needed for WaveLab 8.5.10).Fixed a bug in the VST3 plugin that caused the latency to be reported as zero when opening a saved Audio Montage in WaveLab 8 and 8.5.Fixed a bug in Natural Phase mode that could cause an incorrect frequency response with some rare combinations of frequency and slope settings with Low Cut and Notch filters.Fixed a bug when double-clicking a control to enter a new value: clicking outside the input box now accepts the new value while previously it would discard it.Fixed a bug in the AU plugin: pressing Cmd+Q to quit the host while Pro-Q 2 was in full screen mode would cause it to crash.Fixed a bug when zooming out in the display when Analyzer Freeze is enabled: this would create a large blob on the left side of the display in the analyzer.Fixed a bug with Full Screen mode in the 32-bit VST2 plugin in Cubase on Mac OS X when ‘Always on top’ was enabled: the plugin window would float on top of the full screen window. In addition, keystrokes are now c…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 8:14am -
  • Show And Tell Review Of UAD AMS RMX16 Reverb
    Russ takes a look at the UAD RMX16 reverb plug-in - not any plug-in but created by AMS in association with Universal Audio.Does it really sound like the 80s classic that featured on thousands of top hit singles and albums?Russ gives a full show and tell on drums and guitars in this video review.Watch this video review of the UAD AMS RMX16 reverb plug-in
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 6:56am -
  • Surround In Pro Tools - Paid For Feature? Come On Avid Give Me A Break
    I’ve been on holiday and had some down time from the blog whilst sitting in the beautiful hills of Tuscany in Italy. The great thing about taking time out is it helps you reflect on stuff a little more, to stand back and reflect.The team did an admirable job of the podcast without me - the jokes were better for sure, but one thing that got me thinking as I listened to the podcast, rather than host it was the whole discussion about buying extra features as bolt on apps for Pro Tools. This discussion was partly driven by our feature on the lack of surround in the new Avid Pro Tools Quartet package.This led the team to revisit the idea of buying extra features such as surround. I nearly wrote an article about Pro Tools fantasy version where I was going to ask what that would look like.As I reflected on this idea I changed my mind - buy 5:1 as a feature for Pro Tools in 2014? Are you joking? Give me a break, this is nuts.Other native DAWs ship with surround support, so why in heaven’s name should anyone have to pay for surround support in Pro Tools, or be expected to buy a Pro Tools HD system that far exceeds their needs just to get surround?Give me, in fact give everyone a break Avid.Some of the Avid team ask why we are not always that positive about the Avid Everywhere vision, to be blunt some of it is an adventure in missing the point, offering things Pro Tools users don’t really want instead of delivering the things we are crying out for. For example, buying a plug-in to finish a project is one of the features Avid thinks we all need. Would I buy a plug-in to finish a project? Only after I’d exhausted the other options available such as getting the project sent over with the plug-in burnt into the audio, downloaded a demo of the plug-in, or just worked on my part of a project without the plug-in. The last thing I would do is spend money on a plug-in just to finish a project, after all that’s profit lost. If I was running a post house or a studio and someone came to me to say they needed a plug-in to do the job then I would ask them to try and find alternatives before blowing cash on the plug-in. Avid run a business where they are trying to maximise profit and minimize costs, so why in heaven’s name do they think the professionals they are selling to would run their business any differently?It’s time the Avid Everywhere vision extended to more immediate needs of those in the real world, rather than stuff we might need.Pro Tools i…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 11:53am -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - Command Focus
    Those mysterious little “a-z” squares sprinkled around the edit window don’t really announce themselves particularly loudly but getting to know them is one of the biggest leaps in workflow you can make. I’m sure many people started to incorporate the odd shortcut right from the beginning when they started to use Pro Tools. I wrote a piece offering five shortcuts to speed up session navigation some time ago and if you aren’t yet incorporating shortcuts in to your use of Pro Tools they are a good place to start.What is Command Focus?As well as the conventional keyboard shortcuts, which usually involve at least one modifier key in combination with another (for example on the Mac Command+= or Control+= on Windows to toggle the mix/edit windows or Command+E to separate clip at selection) there is another set of single keystroke shortcuts available some of which are duplicates of existing “plus modifier” shortcuts but many of which have no equivalent anywhere else. If you feel you need to speed up your workflow then learning some command focus shortcuts is an excellent place to start.Command Focus in the Mix WindowIn the Mix window command focus can be used to toggle mix groups on and off by using their id letter. This is a really useful feature and has an extremely shallow learning curve. If you don’t use command focus for anything else try it for this, its so easy.Command Focus in the Edit WindowIn the edit window there are three areas to which you can focus the commands (hence “command focus” - it took me years to realise that’s what they meant when they named it). They are the edit groups list, the clips list and the main tracks display. Each of these areas can have focus, as indicated by the “a z” focus in the corner of each area. Yellow is focussed. In the mix window the groups command focus can be toggled on and off using the mouse, I’m not aware of any shortcut to toggle this but in the edit window the three possible options for command focus can be toggled using the following shortcuts:Command focus the tracks display - CMD+Option+1/Ctrl+Alt+1Command focus the clips list - CMD+Option+2/Ctrl+Alt+2Command focus the groups list - CMD+Option+3/Ctrl+Alt+3Using Command FocusWhile use of command focus for editing in the tracks display is the area which gets the most attention, and definitely is the most interesting, I’d recommend starting with command focus in the group and clip lists as there is almost no learni…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Waves Weekend Deals
    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 Bass Native Plug-in $39 - normally $100Waves W43 Noise Reduction plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $200Waves Edddie Kramer Tape, Tubes & Transistors $149 till Sunday - normally $400 Grab them while you can.Waves Special Offers For SeptemberHere are some highlights from the new special offers Waves are offering in September…Waves Masters Bundle $249 - normally $700Waves Platinum Bundle $749 - normally $1600Waves Native Power Pack $149 - normally $300Check out the Specials page too for more great deals.
    - 3 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:55am -
  • Metric Halo Release Version Of Their Production Bundle With A New Plug-in Too
    Metric Halo have released Version 2 of their Production Bundle with a number of new features including:New Plug-in: MH Dirty Delay - just $75 on its ownVST versions of all plug-ins for both Mac OS and WindowsBand Linking in the Multiband Plug-insUI Resizability in all plug-insUniversal Preset Manager for all plug-insEnhancements to the signal processing algorithms in TransientControl and CharacterUI Improvements for all plug-insBug fixes and code optimizationsEnabled host-based authorizations - iLok dongle no longer requiredNew Plug-In - Metric Halo Dirty DelayMetric Halo describe MH Dirty Delay as….A visceral, gritty and flexible feedback delay processor with integrated Character and Filters in the delay path and you can create awesome vintage echo and tape-delay sounds as well as lush and subtle spaces in a mix.Update PricingIf you already own a Production Bundle license, this update is free; just download the new installer (which includes Dirty Delay, and the new VST versions) - your existing license will enable you to use the updated and added plug-ins. You can be up and running in no time!If you own an individual license of a specific plug-in, the update for that plug-in is free. If you want to upgrade to the full Production Bundle, you can email Metric Halo to receive a special discount upgrade coupon for $50 off for each individual license you already own but remember to include your iLok ID in the email to verify eligibility.Special Introductory Price Foe New OwnersMH Production Bundle contains 8 plug-ins (ChannelStrip, Character, TransientControl, Multiband Expander, Multiband Dynamics, HaloVerb, Precision DeEsser and Dirty Delay) that all run as Native and DSP plug-ins (except for the MH Dirty Delay which is not available as an AAX DSP version) on AU, AAX and VST for both Mac and Windows with one license for all platforms. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts. For a limited time, new licenses of Production Bundle are available at the introductory price of only $299!  Or, you can purchase any of the individual plug-ins for the introductory price of only $75!
    - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 1:41pm -
  • Using Waves LoAir In Audio Post Production
    In the third and final video in a series of three videos looking at ways to use the Waves MaxxBass, Renaissance Bass and Lo Air plug-ins in audio post production, Mike Thornton shares how to get the best out of the Waves LoAir plug-in.Click here to watch this free video tutorial
    - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • Cleaning Up A Guitar In Pro Tools Using iZotope RX4 - Free Video Tutorial
    In this free iZotope video tutorial, Russ shows how easy it is to clean up extraneous noises on an otherwise great guitar part using iZotope RX4.He also demonstrates the new RX Connect plug-in allowing you to play the audio from iZotope RX4 back through your DAW.Watch this free video tutorial here
    - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:00am -
  • Xfer Records Announce Serum A New Wavetable Synthesizer
    Our friends at Xfer Records have announced Serum, a new Wavetable Synth with a host of extra features. Serum is available for Mac OS X and Windows in VST, AU and AAX plug-in formats.Xfer say:“The dream synthesizer did not seem to exist: a wavetable synthesizer with low aliasing / high-quality sound, visual and creative workflow-oriented interface, the ability to create / import / edit / morph wavetables, and manipulate these tables further in real-time.”Wavetable Editor With FFT, Formulas, DrawA full-blown utility inside the plugin - Serum has a comprehensive wavetable editor built right in, and you can create your own wavetables in a variety of ways. Import audio directly from audio files - Serum has a variety of methods and options for importing + analyzing audio (WAV or AIFF) for breaking it apart into individual waveforms:You can import single-cycle wavetables of course, as well as many at once (with in-built sorting options, or manual re-ordering).Morph between various wavetables using standard linear interpolation (crossfading) or via harmonic/spectral morphing.Draw directly on the waveform, with optional grid-size snapping and a variety of shape tools.Generate or modify waveforms using FFT (additive).Create or process waveforms using formula functions.Processing menu options allow you to do the other tasks you would want, such as apply fades, crossfades, normalize, export, and much more.Ultra-clean OscillatorsIn Serum, the native-mode (default) playback of oscillators operates with an ultra high-precision resampling, yielding an effectively inaudible signal-to-noise (for instance, -150 dB on a sawtooth played at 1 kHz at 44100). This requires a lot of calculations, so Serum’s oscillator playback has been aggressively optimized using SSE2 instructions to allow for this high-quality playback without taxing your CPU any more than the typical (decent quality) soft synth already does. Load up Serum and Xfer Records think you’ll be able to notice both what you hear (solid high frequencies, extending flat all the way up to the limits of hearing) as well as what you don’t hear (virtually no unwanted mud or aliasing gibberish- just good, clean sound).Modulation - Work The Way You WantThe modulation system allows for both drag and drop connections between mod sources and destinations, as well as a mod matrix. You can drag a mod source to a destination control, and this modulation assignment will now appear in the Mod Matrix as we…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:10am -
  • Blue Cat Audio Release Their Plug'n Scripting Plug-In
    Blue Cat Audio have unveiled the Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script, a scripting plug-in that can be programmed to build custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments quickly without quitting your favourite DAW software.With this plug-in, you can write your own processors or instruments, with very little knowledge about programming: it brings an entire development environment into your favourite DAW. It also includes 46 scripts and 120 factory presets for non programmers to use it as a multi effects processor. Read more about it on the Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script page!25% Off Until 25th OctoberA special introduction offer with 25% off is available until October 15th. Existing Blue Cat customers should check your email for special offers for existing Blue Cat Audio customers only.What Is The Plug’In Scripting Plug-in?Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script can also be used as a regular processor with existing scripts or to get someone else write this very particular effect you have been searching for years and cannot find anywhere.It is also possible for audio software companies to use this plug-in to quickly prototype algorithms and reduce the time required to develop audio products: writing and testing scripts is lightning fast!Blue Cat Audio have had this tool in their labs for several years and has been used to prototype lots of their existing plug-ins. It uses the high performance AngelScript scripting engine, originally developed for video games, with a JIT compiler that helps compiling scripts into machine code for optimal performance.The plug-in includes dozens of audio and MIDI processing scripts as well as several virtual instruments and utilities to enhance your workflow. They can be used as is, or as examples to get started to write your own scripts.To build complex effects chains using multiple scripts, you might be interested in Blue Cat’s PatchWork, which can host multiple instances of this plug-in in series or parallel. While writing scripts, you might also want to use their analysis tools to check their effect on the signal.
    - 5 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 8:54am -
  • OS X Automator With Ableton Live Event At The Apple Store, Covent Garden In London On 25th September
    Ableton Live Expert, one of the Production Expert family of sites, will be at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London, at 6.30 on Thursday 25th September, where you can see Martin Delaney from Ableton Live Expert demonstrate how you can use the Automator application, included on every Mac, to streamline your fiddly studio setups to single-click operations.Although Martin will be largely demonstrating Automator tasks for Ableton Live you can use the Automator app to handle all kinds of repetive tasks for any application.Martin will also demonstrate the Automator project that he built for Ninja Tune to simplify content creation for their Ninja Jamm app, and the timed sample collection project that he demonstrated on Ableton Live Expert recently.This is a free event, but you do have to book, so go to Apple’s Covent Garden Store website and follow the link for Upcoming Store Events and Workshops.
    - 5 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 8:41am -
  • How To Audition Pro Tools Plug-in Presets Without Using Your Mouse
    It is possible to audition Pro Tools plug-in presets without using your mouse, simply by using the up and down keys on your computer keyboard and with a modifier key you can jump between preset folders.This is particularly useful when auditioning synth sounds when playing, but it can be used for any kind of Pro Tools plug-ins, here’s how.Open The Plug-In Settings DialogThe plug-in dialog window is a handy feature in that displays in grid form all your saved presets and any shipped with the plug-in. If those presets are in folders then you can also navigate through those too. To open it use the button that looks like two rectangles on top of one another, see red legend above.To Navigate The Plug-In Settings Dialog With Your Computer KeyboardYou can navigate around this folder using the up, down, left and right arrows on your computer keyboard.To navigate to a new folder press the CMD key on a Mac or Windows key on a PC and then the up or down arrow key.That’s it, it’s great when using virtual instruments.
    - 5 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:26am -
  • Using DB33 On Guitar And Bass In Pro Tools
    In this video tutorial Russ shows how you can add character to both guitar and bass using the free AIR DB33 as an effects plug-in in Pro Tools.In demonstrates the value of using it as a send rather than an insert on the channel so that the sounds can be blended together, this gives an even greater tone palette to work with.This video shows it working on electric guitar and bass guitar.Members watch it hereJoin now to watch this and over 500 exclusive Pro Tools video tutorials
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 134
    Mike, Neil and James are here to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered. Groove 3 Titles We LikeKenny Gioia’s Pro Tools Advanced Vol 1CompetitionsWin A FabFilter Total Bundle Or The New Pro-Q 2 EQ Plug-in - 1st prize the FabFilter total Bundle and 2 runners up prizes of their brilliant new EQ plug-in the Pro-Q 2 5 Chances To Win A Copy Of Acon Digital’s DeVerberate Plug-in - 5 copies of their dereverb plug-in which we had on a deal back in July.Win A Life Time Subscription To Musistic - A New Cross Platform Collaboration Plug-in A new take on collaboration across any DAW win a subscription for life.Deals pageSound Effects 3D Audio IR1 Impulse Response Set - £48 Acon Digital Restoration Suite £39 - 33% DiscountJoey Waronker Drums From Loop Loft With Exclusive Pro Tools Sessions £32 - 33% DiscountTalking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal AudioUniversal Audio Release 7.10 software with the AMS rmx16 and Summit Audio TLA-100A Compressor iZotope RX4 And RX4 Advanced See our Show & Tell Review and review Avid Show New S3L-X At IBC 2014 New Avid Plug-Ins On Show As ‘Technical Previews’ At IBC 2014 NTP Announce Eucon Control for their AX32 interface and audio router with Eucon ControlAvid And Apogee Join Forces To Offer Pro Tools Duet And Quartet Bundles With Mac And Windows Support Will Avid Continue To Make Audio Interfaces Or Just Concentrate On Software? Surround Mixing In Pro Tools | Quartet Is Limited By One Thing… Pro Tools Avid Everywhere UpdateCommunity Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio SolutionsRSPE have produced another S6 tutorial with Gary Lux  and the summer rebate on Royer ribbon mics finishes on Sept 30thTom Scrivano, wanted to let us know that NI have changed the piano collection in Komplet 10 Glenn Skinner shared that there is a Mag 1 to Mag 2 adaptor so you can use old Apple laptop mains adaptors with near MacBook Pros. Claus Czadilek says that Crucial and OWC say that there´s no need for their SSDs to force enable TRIM in MacOSX, because they have a kind of TRIM (Garbage Collection) in their SSD firmware. Here are OWC’s Statement, Crucial’s Statement  and check out our story of an app that does enable the Trim functionQuestions - Kindly Sponsored by AlchemeaAlchemea are running the first FMOD game audio certification course soon. Also they have a great range of weekend courses on check out their site  Brandon Jensen -…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:44am -
  • UAD Announce AMS rmx16 As Part Of 7.1 Software Upgrade
    UAD have updated their plug-in software with the addition of emulations of two iconic hardware processors…AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb Plug-InThis has to be the most amazing news to have a plug-in version of this ultimate iconic hardware processor.  The AMS RMX16 was the world’s first microprocessor controlled, full-bandwidth, digital reverberator. Heard on hundreds — if not thousands — of seminal recordings from the 1980s to today, the AMS RMX16 is still found in nearly every major recording studio the world over.Now exclusively available for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces, the AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb plug-in was painstakingly developed by original hardware designer Mark Crabtree of AMS Neve, using the exact same algorithms as the legendary hardware. He dusted off his original schematics and extensive notes. It was a laborious two-year process, and the end result is a UAD plug-in that apparently contains exact instruction-for-instruction models of the original algorithms — giving you it’s iconic reverb sounds in your DAW.Watch the video of Mark Crabtree talking about the process, that all happened round the corner from where Mike lives.Summit Audio TLA-100A Compressor Plug-InBy no means an ‘also ran’ in this release, the TLA-100A was a studio mainstay since its introduction in the 1980s. This Compressor is revered for its hybrid tube/solid-state circuit, smooth punch and presence, and intuitive interface. Developed by Softube, you can now track and mix with a crafted emulation of this modern classic with the Summit Audio TLA-100A Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 DSP hardware and Apollo interfaces.Upgrade And Try These New Plug-insNote that all UAD plug-ins include a fully functional 14-day demo period. During or after the demo period, UAD plug-ins can be purchased individually in their online store.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:45pm -
  • Avid S6 Video Tutorial From RSPE Audio - Expand Mode
    RSPE Audio once again enlisted the help of Hollywood Mixer Gary Lux and Avid’s own Richard McKernan for their next S6 video tutorial. The video shows how Expand Mode on the Avid S6 allows you to easily view and edit all of the parameters of an EQ, Dynamic, or Insert with simply one button. Check it out, and stay tuned for more video tutorials.To learn more about the S6, visit our blog dedicated to Avid’s S6.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 3:00pm -
  • Free TRIM Enabler Software For Mac SSD Owners
    Here’a a nifty piece of free software from Cindori.Trim is must-have feature for most Solid State Drives. It increases data writing speeds as well as the lifetime of the SSD.With Trim Enabler, you can bring that feature to Mac OS X. It’s as easy as flipping a switch.There’s a free version as well as a paid-for version.Get TRIM Enabler here
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • BBC Chose Dynaudio As Their New Reference Monitors For Radio & Music Division
    A few years back, the BBC decided to replace their monitors in the Radio & Music division. After a comprehensive selection procedure, the AIR 6, AIR 20, and BM5 reference monitors from Dynaudio Professional were chosen as the new standard monitors.The comprehensive selection procedure was carried out under EU procurement guidelines, where each of the interested parties were asked to submit 3 different monitor sizes. Every single monitor and company was evaluated separately, and 10 different brands were short listed, The final selection process included a variety of usability tests. In addition the speakers had to pass through technical evaluations, extensive blind listening tests, and factory inspections.Martin O’Donnell, Broadcast Sales Manager at HHB Communications Ltd told us…As BBC Radio & Music moved to replace their existing monitors, we took a close look at their acoustic requirements and technical specifications. We presented loudspeaker combinations from a number of different manufacturers and following the evaluations our Dynaudio Professional proposal was chosen to meet the tough BBC requirements.This is so different than back in the day when the BBC Research and Development group designed and commissioned such classic speakers as the LS3/5A and the LS5/8A. Mike still uses his 37 year old LS3/5As, maybe its time to consider a change?
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:13am -
  • Sonivox Products Updated To AAX For Pro Tools 11 Compatibility
    Sonivox have announced that their products are now AAX 64 bit and now Pro Tools 11 compatible.Supported Formats:AU 32/64-bit.VST 32/64-bit.AAX 64-bit.Stand Alone 32-bit.Updated Sonivox Products:Twist 2.2 Spectral Morphing Synthesizer.Wobble 2.2 Dubstep Grime Generator.Vocalizer Pro 1.2 Vocoder Musical Instrument.Big Bang Universal Drums 2.2 Flagship Drum Instrument.Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2.2 Cinematic Percussion Instrument.Eighty Eight Ensemble 2.2 Flagship Piano with Splits & Layers.Playa 1.4 Flagship Hip Hop Instrument.Playa Aggro Electro Boom 1.4 Legendary Hip Hop / Urban Instrument.Playa Strings 1.4 Legendary Hip Hop Strings Instrument.Update Eligibility Version 2.0 owners (or Vocalizer Pro/Playa Series Version 1.0) are entitled to a free update. Current owners of earlier versions can purchase an upgrade. Visit the SONiVOX website for details.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:28am -
  • Eventide Release New UltraReverb - Special Introductory Price
    Eventide have announced Ultrareverb, they say it’s the culmination of 35 years of reverb R&D.What Is UltraReverbHalls, Chambers, Rooms, Plates, and Ambience derived from Eventide’s flagship hardware processor, the H8000 UltraHarmonizer®Features Of The New UltraReverbCreate acoustically natural or other-worldly environmentsPacked with over 300 killer presets for mixing, mastering, post production, and sound designIncludes Artist Presets designed by top engineers and recording professionalsNo Physical iLok Key requiredNative format for AU, VST, or AAX64 for Mac or WindowsSession compatible with Eventide Reverb HD/TDM from the Anthology II bundleSpecial OfferUntil October 17th 2014 Eventide are offering the UltraReverb for $79 instead of $199.More information can be found here
    - 8 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 8:32pm -

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  • Toonrack releases reggae expansion for EZmix 2
    Toontrack has announced Reggae EZmix Pack, the latest addition to the line of expansions for EZmix 2. In this EZmix pack, Toontrack teamed up with the Swedish reggae studio Rub-a-Dub Studios. ”We did something unique this time”, says Ulf Edlund, Toontrack’s sound designer. ”We brought a digital rig and ran it alongside the analog setup […]
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 1:51pm -
  • Metric Halo launches Production Bundle v.2 with a new plugin
    Metric Halo has launched version 2 of its Production Bundle of plugins. It includes a brand new plugin but also new features including. New features: New Plugin: MH Dirty Delay VST versions of all plugins for both Mac OS and Windows Band Linking in the Multiband Plugins UI Resizability in all plugins Universal Preset Manager […]
    - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:12pm -
  • Blue Cat Audio release “Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script” scripting plugin
    Now here’s something completely new in the Pro Tools world! Blue Cat Audio have released Blue Cat’s Plug’n Script, a new scripting plugin that can be programmed to build custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments, without quitting your DAW. With this plug-in, it is possible to write your own real time or offline […]
    - 5 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • 50% off GForce Virtual String Machine
    GForce is offering you to buy Virtual String Machine and Expansion Pack for 50% off the regular purchase price. Virtual String Machine contains sounds from many classic machines, such as the Solina, and Yamaha’s GX-1 and Korg’s Lambda. Priced at just £49.99 and £34.99 inc VAT respectively ($67.00 and $47.00 approx) the offer runs for […]
    - 5 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 7:56pm -
  • Metric Halo fall sale
    Metric Halo is running a fall sale on their awesome interfaces. They’re as much $1000+ off. This special pricing is available through your local Metric Halo dealer or distributor, as well as directly from Metric Halo via the online store. Offer expires 10/31/2014.
    - 8 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:49pm -
  • Eventide UltraReverb plugin now available, introductory offer
    Eventide has announced the immediate availability of the UltraReverb plugin featuring reverbs from the H8000, plus compression, EQ, and delay integrated. Sounds pretty sweet to me! Features at a glance: 9 Reverbs including Ambience, Rooms, Plates, Halls, Chambers derived from the H8000 Ultra- Harmonizer® Stereo delays (pre or post reverb) with Tempo sync to lock […]
    - 8 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:45pm -
  • Eisenberg Audio releases Vier software synthesizer
    Eisenberg Audio has released a new software synthesizer: Vier, which in case your german isn’t up to snuff means ‘four’, indicating that it emulates the Doepfer MS-404, a monophonic analogue synthesizer from the 1990s. Let’s see what the MS-404 offered. The Doepfer MS-404 was a single rack device, and VIER combines four independent rack modules […]
    - 10 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 2:01pm -
  • iZotope launches RX 4
    iZotope has released the next generation of RX. In case you don’t know, RX is a rather kickass software and plugin for removing noises, distortions, reverb, and other common audio problems. The major news in RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced are new workflow-optimizing functionality. Significant new features in RX 4, according to the iZotope […]
    - 10 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 1:53pm -
  • New PSP MasterComp at 70% discount
    PSP has released PSP MasterComp 1.8.0 with a number of new features (see below). Along with the release PSP is also making you a pretty badass offer for next 120 hours, letting you buy PSP MasterComp v. 1.8.0 (including PSP MicroComp) at the special price of $69. As a registered user of their other plugins […]
    - 14 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 9:13pm -
  • Toontrack releases new EZkeys Mellotoon
    Toontrack has announced the addition of another instrument to the EZkeys Line, the Mellotoon. In addition to the release, a MIDI pack of chords and phrases is also made available separately. EZkeys Mellotoon is based on the classic Mellotron keyboard introduced in the early 1960s. This unique instrument was the first of its kind to […]
    - 15 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 9:13pm -
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