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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 arti...From:AvidViews:5653 30ratingsTime:06:32More inHowto & Style
- 24 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 4:59pm -
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 arti...From:AvidViews:7500 39ratingsTime:06:40More inHowto & Style
- 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:18am -
Massive Attack
Massive AttackFront of House Engineer Robb Allan made the jump from analog to digital in 2005 and hasn't looked back. Now touring with Massive Attack, Robb is delivery ama...From:AvidViews:2666 16ratingsTime:09:59More inMusic
- 2 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 1:49am -
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:3776 42ratingsTime:03:50More inHowto & Style
- 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:32pm -
Master the Art of 4K Editing (Series Preview)
Master the Art of 4K Editing (Series Preview)Get a first look at how video editing professionals quickly and efficiently acquire, manage, edit, and deliver native 4K media with Avid® Media Composer® | S...From:AvidViews:2841 26ratingsTime:06:57More inHowto & Style
- 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 10:59pm -
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 arti...From:AvidViews:12872 92ratingsTime:07:31More inHowto & Style
- 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 10:00pm -
How To Use Dynamic Media Folders
How To Use Dynamic Media FoldersAvid Customer Care How-To video series covers basic operation of your Avid software, system troubleshooting, quick tips, and much more.From:AvidViews:488 3ratingsTime:06:45More inHowto & Style
- 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 7:22pm -
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:6336 46ratingsTime:04:53More inHowto & Style
- 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 10:10pm -
Sean Albertson and Paul Harb
Sean Albertson and Paul HarbCreating compelling stories in the cutting room can be a rewarding adventure filled with challenges. Watch 'The Rough Cut' to learn from some of the industry...From:AvidViews:1076 17ratingsTime:32:10More inHowto & Style
- 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 10:29pm -
Pro Mixing: Composing with System 5
Pro Mixing: Composing with System 5Christopher Lennertz—Emmy® Award nominee for Supernatural—is the quintessential modern composer. Using a combination of talent, experience, and versatility, ...From:AvidViews:2656 6ratingsTime:04:18More inHowto & Style
- 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 12:19pm -
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:1827 21ratingsTime:16:42More inHowto & Style
- 7 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:43am -
Pro Multiband Dynamics
Pro Multiband DynamicsThe latest addition to the Pro Series of audio processor plug-ins designed for professional users who demand the highest quality plug-in processors for music...From:AvidViews:1847 11ratingsTime:03:46More inHowto & Style
- 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 11:40pm -

Pro Tools Expert

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  • How Do You Collaborate? A Look At Collaboration Workflows And Technologies For Creatives
    Bob Brown has worked with many top tech firms and was part of the team working on collaboration technologies at Avid and more latterly Gobbler. In the first of three articles Bob talks about the concept of creative collaboration, the opportunities and the challenges.Yesterdays Technology for Today’s WorkflowsThe tools we use for music production have been developed over the past 50 to 100 years. Musicians and engineers love vintage microphones, analog effects, and the sound of tape; ironically, it’s the imperfections of past technology that sound more pleasing to our ears.The majority of todays DAWs such as Pro Tools, Logic X Pro, and Studio One are based on designs that evolved from tape machines and the old studio workflow. Additionally, these DAWs are designed primarily around a single user or single operator workflow. In general, there is one mouse and one keyboard controlling the DAW.Most DAWs are designed to have a person record arm a set of tracks and queue or start the transport recording when the musicians are ready. Many have modes or external hardware that allow the single operator be the musician and start the transport rolling with a count off or a pedal switch. In some cases there may be multiple people mixing simultaneously with a control surface - such as ones that model traditional mixing desks.When a group of musicians are working together in different studios, they are faced with many challenges including the diversity of DAWs, plug-ins, interfaces, and even outboard gear. Even assuming everyone has the same sets of tools, most DAWs do not have advanced features for cloud-based project or session workflows. Collaboration is often facilitated via sending and receiving whole copies of a project, or important audio bounces (thus limiting editing capabilities between collaborators). With these limited tools, it quickly becomes difficult to track and manage all of the copies of media.While there are promising new technologies geared toward collaboration using traditional DAW workflows - such as Ohm Studio and Steinberg Nuendo.Serial vs. Parallel Workflows, What?The recording process for both solo musicians and bands is often initiated in one of two ways:  The whole band records a song together live in the studio. This is known as a parallel, or synchronous workflow, where all instruments are recorded simultaneously.Conversely, each instrument may be individually recorded as an overdub layered on existing tracks. This is the se…
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 12:01pm -
  • Gobbler Hold Their Hands Up To Their Email Mistake & Put It Right
    In Podcast 142 Kevin De Wit told us about the email that Gobbler sent out advising all Gobbler 1 that…Gobbler 1 accounts would be closed as of 1st December 2014Gobbler 1 users should download their content from the Gobbler 1 system and upload it to Gobbler 2 by December 1st 2014 if they didn’t want to loose it.We know that Kevin wasn’t the only one that was a little shocked by this email, we received the same email too.Gobbler Hold Their Hands Up And Fix The MistakeWithin a couple of days Gobbler send out a second email explaining that they had made a mistake and what they were going to do to resolve it.Recently, we sent an email letting you know we were planning on sunsetting the Gobbler 1.0 product. We didn’t think things through as thoroughly as we should have and we know how important Gobbler is to your workflow. So I spoke with the team and we have a new plan.First and foremost, we will NOT be shutting down service for previously paid users effective December 1st. While free Gobbler 1.0 accounts will be closed, we will continue to provide the paid Gobbler 1.0 service until our 2.0 product can provide a rich set of features that truly improves upon the 1.0 client. Your data will continue to be available and your service will not be interrupted!Furthermore, we’d like to say thank you for being a loyal Gobbler:Starting today your paid account is FREEYou can now use as much storage as you’d likeIf you have already paid for an annual account, we will be issuing a prorated refund to you. If you have a monthly subscription, you will not be charged again related to Gobbler 1.0.This week, we met up with the CEO of Gobbler, Chris Kantrowitz and he gave the details behind what went on and also addressed some of the other concerns about migration and backups.The Email Should Not Have Gone To EveryoneChris explained that the original email was meant to only go to people with dormant free Gobbler 1 accounts, ie people who had signed up for a free Gobbler 1 account, and hadn’t used it in a long time.Server Side MigrationWith regard to migration of content stored on Gobbler 1 to Gobbler 2, Chris was at pains to explain that they are hard at work in making this work at server level. The problem isn’t the content, the problem is databases. Gobbler 1 and Gobbler 2 use different database formats and they want to be sure that the migration system they are working on, will work properly. The last thing they want to do is to re…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • Microsoft Users Are Old Men Living In Scotland, Apple Users Are Young Women Living In London - Find Out More
    YouGov, the UK Government web portal has launched a new web site based on UK census data.The UK website allows users to search on a variety of criteria this includes brands. We’re not sure how seriously to take the results, but it is a lot of fun seeing what pops up when you put in various search terms.For fun we tried Microsoft and Apple, in the absence of Avid and Pro Tools and got the following:Customers of Microsoft are: Male, 60+, living in the far corner of Scotland, work in IT and have over £1000 a month in spare change.Customers of Apple are: Female, Mid 30s, living in London, work in media or publishing and also have over £1000 a month in spare change.The results are based on generalities, otherwise Russ needs to get a better job to pay for his sex change operation.Go try it out, if nothing else it’s a lot of fun.
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 6:00pm -
  • All Member-Only Production Tricks Videos Free To Watch This Weekend
    This weekend only we’ve unlocked our vault of our Production Tricks Videos, normally only available to Pro Tools Expert members.There’s everything from production tricks, in depth tutorials on plug-ins, virtual instruments and hundreds of Pro Tools tips and tricks.This Pro Tools video tutorial library runs into hours of material to help you get up to speed, or learn some new stuff. Check them out here.So spend the weekend enjoying the Pro Tools Expert video tutorials. If you like them then you may want to think about signing up for membership. In the meantime this weekend is on us!
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 9:22am -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - Playback Modes
    Pro Tools offers five different playback modes. These can be accessed by right-clicking the play button on the transport bar or from the transport controls in the toolbar at the top of the edit window if you have them displayed. If you want to customise your toolbar simply right-click on some empty space and select the element you wish to add or remove (see below). By far the most commonly used playback modes are Normal and Loop but there are others and they are definitely worth being aware of even if they are rarely used, I have had several experiences of confused people wondering what is wrong with their session when they have accidentally triggered half-speed playback!The five playback modes are:NormalLoopHalf Speed PlaybackPrime for PlaybackDynamic Transport NormalAs this is the default behaviour it is easy to overlook, so much so that I had to go back and change this post from four playback modes to five - I forgot about it. You’re in Normal mode when you aren’t in any of the others. Pro Tools plays back at the correct speed without looping, basically its normal…LoopIn loop playback mode a loop symbol is displayed on the play button and a tick is displayed next to loop in the drop down playback modes menu. In this mode Pro Tools will loop the current timeline selection as long as it is over half a second long. Your edit and timeline selections are likely to be linked so it may appear that the edit selection is being looped but it is actually based on the timeline selection. Try it unlinked and you’ll see. If you are unsure about timeline and edit selections and the significance of linking them read my article on on it here. If your (linked) edit selection disappears when you hit stop you need to press N to switch off insertion follows playback. If you don’t know what that means it is all explained in the article linked to earlier.Loop playback can be toggled using 4 on the numeric keypad, by pressing command+shift+L (control+shift+L on the PC) or by control-clicking on the play button.Half Speed PlaybackHalf speed playback plays back audio and half speed with the corresponding drop in pitch of an octave that you would expect if an audio file was played back at half speed. I used to assume that half speed playback halved the sample rate of the session during playback but if you play back a software instrument at half speed the pitch is unaffected which suggests that each sample is played back twice giving the effect of half…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • Waves Weekend Deals For November 22nd & 23rd 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 Q10 Equaliser Native plug-in $29 - normally $100Waves CLA Unplugged Native Plug-in $39 till Sunday - normally $100Waves Kramer PIE Compressor Native Plug-in $69 till Sunday - normally $200 Grab them while you can.Check out the Specials page too for more great deals
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 8:53am -
  • Trent Reznor Talks Creative Process With SoundToys - Video
    Our friends at SoundToys have created a new video series featuring some of the hottest names in the production world, Trent Reznor and the NIN team. They say;We’ve been meeting up with some of our favorite artists to talk about gear, sound, and making music. We captured these conversations in a new video series called Process. In this debut episode, watch Trent Reznor, Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin share their creative process and how they use Soundtoys to develop sounds into songs. Stay tuned for more from our interview with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails later this month.Watch online now at
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 7:00am -
  • Apple Anger Pro Users With Lack Of Third Party Support For SSD In Yosemite
    Alan Sallabank has alerted us to a story first run on, that users upgrading to Yosemite may find that there external SSDs do not work after the reboot.Andrew Reid writes:This looks like a real attempt to kill third party SSD drive support in Yosemite. Thousands of video editors, colourists and filmmakers have taken to using SSDs as their boot drives for OS X…The problem is down to Apple having introduced a new “security feature” in Yosemite. Only kext drivers for official Apple SSDs are supported. Built in drives that Apple themselves use in your Macbook Pro Retina and some iMacs will upgrade just fine to Yosemite but if you have installed a third party SSD or more commonly are running off an external one, you’re out of luck.This seems to be down to Apple turning the screws developers with third party kext drivers that Apple has not ‘signed off.’ If you have anything with drivers that Apple has not signed off then you might be out of luck. I had the same issue when using a PreSonus audio interface when testing Yosemite in public beta, you may have the same issue with an audio interface and Yosemite.There is a ‘fix’ or ‘hack’ depending on your point of view that can be found at the end of this story, but it is somewhat troubling that Apple seem to be acting in such a heavy handed manner.Andrew Reid is not impressed, he writes:I have to say I’m extremely disappointed by Apple with this. To have an official installation of OS-X simply stop working when upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite is unacceptable for any user. For professional environments and pro video it is even more troublesome and it puts vital data and creative projects at risk. Is this what Apple wants to be known for? At the very least the installation should detect if an appropriate SSD is present before attempting to install and notify the user if there’s a problem. I just had a grey screen and a dead system.Andrew helpfully points out that Larry Jordon has more information and a fix here.Source:
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:41pm -
  • Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3 Launch Event Goes Down A Storm
    What do you get if you cross free drinks, audio professionals, the latest version of Revoice Pro, the top Pro Tools training centre in London and a pile of Pro Tools bloggers? A great event filled with lots of learning and fun - the Revoice Pro 3 event at Alchemea went down a storm.Jeff, John and Jonathan from Synchro Arts were on hand to show packed sessions how powerful Revoice Pro 3 is for both music and post dialogue manipulation. Many of the Pro Tools Expert team were able to assist in the drinking of alcohol and eating the snacks.All-in-all the event proved valuable for those wanting to know more about Revoice Pro 3. One attendee Luke said he nearly didn’t come because he knew he would spend money, this seemed to be underlined during the first session when one person in the room asked John Elwood if they took chip and pin card.Watch out for more events hosted by Pro Tools Expert and Alchemea in 2015!Thanks to all the community members who came along, it was great to see you all.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:40pm -
  • Pro Tools 11.2.2 Announced - But Still No OS X 10.10 Yosemite Support
    Yosemite Users, Don’t Do It!Avid have announced the latest update for Pro Tools 11.  However, disappointingly it doesn’t include support for Apple’s current OS - Yosemite. Avid tell us that Pro Tools 11.2.2 does support Mac OS X 10.9, 10.9.1, 10.9.2, 10.9.3, 10.9.4 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion).On Windows, Pro Tools 11.2.2 supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1Avid S6 Users, Don’t Do it!Avid also say that S6 owners should not update to Pro Tools 11.2.2 at this time.HD Users - New HD Drivers & HDX FirmwarePro Tools HDX and HD Native users, be sure to install the 11.2.2 HD drivers. The HD drivers may be found in the Driver Installers folder included in the 11.2.2 download.Pro Tools 11.2.2 requires a firmware update for HDX card. The firmware update will take place during Pro Tools launch after you have updated. Avid tell us that the firmware update has been tested for backwards compatibility with Pro Tools 10.3.6 and later.New Versions Of Revibe, Space & X-FormIf you are upgrading to 11.2.2 and  you own ReVibe, Space and X-Form you should update to the 11.2.2 versions of thes plug-ins which should be available from the respective plug-in pages on the Avid site or in you Avid Acoount.Wait Until You have Downtime Before You UpgradeAs we always say, if you are in the middle of a project, consider very carefully whether you should run any upgrades. We recommend you wait for some downtime so that if there are any issues you have time to fix them or go back to the previous version.Issues Resolved in Pro Tools | Software 11.2.2In certain mixer configurations, virtual instruments on Auxiliary Input or Instrument tracks that are configured to receive MIDI from standalone MIDI tracks are now correctly time-aligned in offline bounces. (PTSW-195783)Taking Pro Tools offline and then bringing it back online while a connected Soundmaster transport is rolling no longer stops the Soundmaster transport. (PTSW-195743)Pro Tools now correctly provides the option to switch between “clip name” and “clip name and file name” when renaming files that reside on an ISIS system. (PTSW-150520)Pro Tools no longer quits unexpectedly when importing multi-output Kontakt 5 tracks. (PTSW-195859)Pro Tools 11.2.2 includes a firmware update for HDX cards that fixes CPU usage spikes that can occur under certain conditions on systems with multiple HDX cards. The firmware update process is initiated when launching Pr…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 8:19am -

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  • If Content Costs Less, Is It Less Valuable?
    I’ve always been a inconsistent purchaser of music. I’d like to say I was one of those people who buys a couple of albums a week but in truth I’m not. I know many people who are and I admire them but my purchasing habits have always been sporadic, coming in infrequent clusters rather than a constant stream. Not ideal but I’m far happier buying music like this than I am with streaming. Streaming is clearly part of the future, a natural reaction to technology and consumer habits. The likes of Spotify are being joined by You Tube who for some time have been the internet’s biggest music distribution channel. Whether or not I like it is irrelevant but the arguments about monetising online music ignore the effect the subscription/streaming model has on individuals’ relationship with particular records which have value to the listener beyond how much they cost to buy.If I think about the records which mean the most to me, I have invested time and effort into listening to them, giving them my undivided attention over and over again. While I’m sure you can do that when streaming I know that for me the bewildering choice is too distracting for me to concentrate on what is in front of me at that moment. For me to actually buy a physical copy of an album represents a statement of intent that I’m going to invest time in getting to know this recording. Fundamentally the relationship is different from that which I have with music I stream.Purchasing v StreamingI have always thought that I want to own my music but stream my films. A characteristic of really great music for me is that it becomes more rewarding with repeated listening. I have always been rather suspicious of music which is instantly appealing as all too often I realise that all of its appeal was superficial and it doesn’t reward repeated listening. The example of streaming video content illustrates my point about investment and of value as opposed to cost. A few years ago I bought an Apple TV. The main reason I bought it was because of Airplay but I found that over time I bought a few TV series off the iTunes store. I thought them quite expensive and after a few purchases I decided to get a Netflix subscription because the same content was available and it would cost me far less than buying series. Financially the decision makes perfect sense but in terms of commitment they couldn’t be more different. I watched every episode of the expensive box sets I bought. The next series (of the…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 7:15am -
  • Do You Want Perfect Cymbal Rolls From A Sampler? This May Be What You Are Looking For
    A nice find by community member Matt Blue is a new product from small sample developer Loops De La Creme, Cymbal Rolls.If you have ever tried emulating a cymbal roll realistically in MIDI then you’ll know it’s pretty hard, but thanks to Loops De La Creme, Cymbal Rolls this is now just a key press and a modulation wheel away.Increase the dynamic and emotional impact of your tracks with these responsive, intuitive and fully customisable instruments.Press a key, use the modulation wheel, release the key: It’s never been easier to infuse your music with epic, organic, gorgeous sounding swells!10 hand-picked premium cymbals  278 samples (WAV, 24bit, 48kHz) up to 34 dynamic layers for maximum realism 10 single cymbal roll instruments 1 dynamic set with all cymbals 12 sound design instruments (Kontakt multis) 20 Impulse Responses (reverb) license agreement + user manual included Total size uncompressed: 1,57 GB list price: €42Special deal of half off until November 30th 2014Check out the demo video here
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:30pm -
  • One Producer's Continuing Hunt For a Good Control Surface For Pro Tools
    We first met Stuart McCredie at a Pro Tools 11 event with Mediaspec in Glasgow. Stuart’s currently working with Texas & Johnny McElhone but previous credits include - The Fratellis, Codeine Velvet Club, Kelly Clarkson, The Blue Nile, Simple Minds, Deacon Blue, McIntosh Ross, Belle & Sebastian, God Help The Girl and Echo & The Bunnymen.He travels around a lot working with artists away from his own studio and over the last 10 months we have been following his search for a reasonably portable control surface solution. Back in January 2014 he tried using Neyrinck’s V Control Pro on an iPad and told us…I’ve been using V Control Pro on the iPad for a while & it’s been a useful substitute. Just a little small & fiddly for my fat fingers. Thought the Slate 27 inch MTi might be the best compromise for size & portability. I am going to try & sort out a demo or hire one for a week or so. He’s looking at the Avid S6 too as he had a Pro Control for 10 years and then a D Control for 5 years so wasn’t overly concerned about the potential investment in an S6 for the studio as he has had good service from the Pro Control and D Control. He also owned an AWS900 for a couple years. But the Slate Raven MTi was also looking interesting, however he is not convinced it is the complete solution… Why nobody is building a small, usb control surface with eq & dynamics control (fx plug-ins seem better suited to editing on screen anyway) is beyond me, something that feels good & looks good. Along the lines of the eq/dynamics section on the D Control or D Command would be fine. Surely possible via Eucon now? The cynic in me assumes Avid won’t do it so we have to buy consoles and right now I believe that Eucon is not available to third parties so it’s their bat & ball. Anyway, off back to my iPad & V Control now, I had to disable the double tap to 0db function yesterday as nearly managed to deafen the entire band when I accidentally doubled tapped the click fader whilst trying to find the vocal channel. I was not popular… Then in March 2014, Stuart listened to our interview with Brian Daly from DNA Music Labs where we talked about the Hot Key Matrix and what was needed in a control surface…I was listening to your interview with the Hot Keys guy. I’ve been following that product so it was great to hear his thoughts, & yours, on control surfaces etc. My friends & I are always bemoaning the lack of a…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:01pm -
  • Sample Logic Announce Immanent Launch of Xosphere
    Our friends over at Sample Logic have been busy cooking in their “secret sample labs” and have come out with some new sample wizardry which they have sent over to the Pro-Tools-Expert Twickenham Shedquarters for testing. Standby for a show and tell video as soon as we humanly can. This product releases 20th November. Early bird discounts are available on the Sample Logic website (see later) at only $249.99 rather than the full release price of $299.99.What is it?Xosphere is a atmosphere creation tool so is perfect for my needs as a “sampling freshman” who needs to be able to quickly deliver powerful and evocative atmospheres on the fly with a minimum of fuss in the middle of a busy post mix. Is it an sampling instrument? is it a synthesiser? Its both and more and can simultaneously morph up to 8 unique atmospheres through 4 morph module oscillators (well that’s a bit of a mouthful!). It uses Sample Logic’s new Morph Knob and Morph Animator to combine animation, psycho acoustic sampling and hybrid synthesis to create organic life and motion in your soundscape.I am rather looking forward to a good play with this, and will cancel all shore leave….Each morph module oscillator is powered by 2 sample based atmospheres, each of which are her assignable and can be morphed manually via the Morph Knob or animated via the morph animator. Here’s a screen grab of the user interface Categories Include:Bizarre Dark N Scary Electronic – Effectual Euphoric – Spiritual Mixed Emotions MysteriousWorld OrganicSo How Many Sounds, Morph Modules Oscillators, and Instruments Are There? 350+ Atmospheres 2 Atmospheres per Morph Module Oscillator with 100,000+ possible combinations of atmospheres per oscillator 275 Morph Module Oscillator factory presets 4 Morph Module Oscillators per instrument 275+ Factory instrument presets containing a mixture of 2-4 oscillators per instrument preset Tech Specs and System Requirements: Over 350 Atmospheres delivered at 44.1k/24-bit. 5.25 GB sample library using Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression Requires Kontakt 5 Player (Free) or Retail version (sold separately) Version 5.3.1 or higher Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended) Windows 7/8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended) 5.25 GB free disk space for XOSPHERE sample content 1 GB free disk…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 2:52pm -
  • Munro Sonic Review: The New Version Of The Egg 150 Monitoring System
    We are very pleased to have the first review of the first re-engineering MunroSonic Egg 150 monitoring system. You may remember these innovatively shaped monitor speakers first came out a couple of years agao when acoustics guru Andy Munro and Sonic Distribution’s James Young & Phil Smith first collaborated on the Egg system under the sE Munro brand. Recently when they were looking at ways to improve and refine what was already a monitoring system that had received critical acclaim, with a search around the world to find the best manufacturing base that brought them back to the UK where the story began as well as a decision to rebrand as Munro Sonic.What Has Changed?Although the system has the same base form factor and function - the Egg 150 has an active speaker system with two passive speakers each housed in unique egg-shaped chassis combined a custom designed amplifier with a new amplifier circuit board design, improved chassis metal-work with a much thicker front panel and recessed higher quality knobs. There is a redefined mid EQ section in which they have broadened out the eq curve following development input from producers and engineers already using the original system.  The systems are now truly “Made in the UK”, being designed, manufactured, marketed and distributed in the UK, a fact that the MunroSonic team is very proud of.What Do You Get?The system comes in a big box, weighing in at some 29kg. As you can see, there are three individual boxes inside, one for each speaker and one in the middle for the amplifier, and as I unpacked them, the lion’s share of the weight comes from the amplifier!The packaging has been well designed so that the systems will hopefully arrive unharmed by any mistreatment in the delivery system. As I unpacked them, it was nice to see the system is supplied as a complete system right down to including two 3m Speakon speaker leads to connect the speakers to the amp, rack ears for the amp and a substantial IEC mains lead.  So often with systems, not all the required bits are included, so it was good to see that everything needed was included. The SpeakersThe speakers are even labelled left and right although there is no obvious ‘handedness’, unlike some speakers where the position of the tweeters does make it matter which way round they go.  The speakers have a clever base that allows you to angle the speakers so they are pointing at you if the speakers have to be positioned above ear height.…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:02pm -
  • PureMix Launch A Mixing Contest With A Track From Banda Magda: Win an Eiosis Air EQ
    Our friends at PureMix have launched a mixing competition where you can download the stems, import them into Pro Tools (other DAWs are available) mix the track and upload it to the PureMix cloud before December 1st 2014.Win an Eiosis AirEQFab will then choose the best mixes and the 5 lucky winners will each win a copy of the new Fabrice Gabriel AirEQ.About Banda MagdaShe was ranked 2nd on iTunes in the world music category last month. Fab Dupont told us…I met Magda after Michael League from Snarky Puppy recommended me for mixing her record. I later learned that she had already had the record mixed completely once and was not happy with the results. We hit it off and we have been working together ever since.It turns out Magda is a musical genius and is very, very prolific. Every session had 120+ tracks, full orchestras, choirs, horn sections, accordions, full on Brazilian percussion sections that come in for 8 bars only, etc, etc… Starting the mix from scratch was daunting task, taxing the computer resources and pushing my system to its limits, as well as forcing me to invent new ways to make everything fit as Magda was not too keen on muting much of her work. In the end, the record came out fabulously well. It got selected one of the Top 10 World Music Records of 2013 by NPR, charted on the Billboard World music ranking, and is getting wonderful praise by reviewers and listeners alike.
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 8:47am -
  • Review Of Slate VMR Virtual Mix Rack - Vintage Plug in Rack
    Russ takes the new Slate Virtual Mix Rack plug-in for a spin. Find out what he thinks of it and see it in action.Slate say: The VIRTUAL MIX RACK continues the Slate Digital tradition of providing the absolute most authentically modeled analog sound in a digital audio plugin.The ‘VMR’ includes four world class mix modules, including two classic equalizers and two versatile mix compressors, with more modules to be developed.The ‘VMR’ operates as a Virtual 500 series rack with hot-swappable modules, putting your whole processing chain in ONE WINDOW. This allows you customize your own channel strip, with signal flow following the modules, in any order you choose. Mix and match filters from different EQs. Chain an EQ before or after your compressor. Moving modules around is easy, fast, and creates no break in audio playback. Audition signal chains faster, easier, and in real time with the Slate ‘VMR’So is it buy, try or walk on by? Watch this review of the Slate VMR Virtual Mix Rack to find out.
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 6:50am -
  • Apple Mac Pro 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 3.5 GHz Running Pro Tools On Internal Soundcard - Power Test
    The requests keep coming in to run further power tests on Macs with a copy of Pro Tools native. So far we’ve taken the latest Macbook Pro Retina 15” for a spin to see how it handles Pro Tools 11, you can see our Macbook Pro 15” Retina Pro Tools 11 test here. and also a Mac Mini i5 Late 2012.We’ve been asked to run the same test on a new Mac Pro (Trash Can), so we’ve run this test on a Mac Pro 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 3.5 GHz.This is the basic test, just the Mac Pro, internal soundcard and internal drive, it’s just you, your Mac, an iLok, headphones and a USB micro keyboard.Is the new Mac Pro the powerhouse Apple claim?Test Machine SpecificationMac Pro6-Core Intel Xeon E5Processor Speed: 3.5 GHzNumber of Processors: 1Total Number of Cores: 6L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KBL3 Cache: 12 MBMemory: 16 GBPro Tools Session SpecificationInternal Mac soundcard usedPro Tools 11.2.196Khz - maximum with internal sound card24 bit5 minutes of mono audio, with edits at every 1 secondVolume automation recorded on every audio trackDisk cache disabled to emulate native versions of Pro ToolsAll audio tracks had an instance of Avid Channel Strip and Dverb insertedResults Of Test128 Audio tracks reached then Pro Tools ran out of voicesA mono audio track would record without issue along with 127 audio tracks in playbackInstrument tracks were then added128 MIDI tracks with an instance of AIR Boom running with MIDI dataThe session would play at H/W buffer size of 64 samples, we could increase our instrument tracks to 256 but this then required a buffer of 1024 or higher.SummaryWhat is apparent with the new Mac Pro is that it does live up to the claims that Apple make about power, in an ironic way it seems to exceed the Apple marketing hype and that takes some doing. What we are trying to do with these tests is to give Pro Tools users a sense of how a machine would perform using Pro Tools, rather than the general benchmarks found on other less specific Mac test sites.We’ve had the Mac Pro ‘Trash Can’ at Pro Tools Expert HQ for several months and have been quietly putting it through its paces to see if this is the native powerhouse that Apple claim it is. Some articles have been written about Pro Tools 11 not being ‘fully optimised’ to take advantage of the new Mac Pro, in the way that some Apple Apps such Final Cut X do. In reality the term ‘fully optimised’ is a term that falls somewhere between the realms of developer…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 1:14pm -
  • Pro Tools Expert Podcast 142
    Russ, Mike, and James bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered. Groove 3 Titles We Like Groove 3 have their Black November Sales 50% off downloads and the All Access Pass $99 for the year New Ozone 6 Explained series from Michael Costa CompetitionsWin A Day Recording At Alchemea Studios - Use Two SSL Desks And Other Top Gear Win A Nugen Audio Plug-in Until The End Of NovemberDeals pagePlugin Boutique - BigKick  £23.30 - 30% SavingDrumdrops Folk Rock Drops Volumes 1 & 2 - 30% DiscountTalking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal Audio  Buy an Apollo before 31 December this year and receive up to 5 free plug-ins valued at up to $1295 or buy a 4-710d Mic Pre and get a FREE UAD-2 Quad DSP Accelerator (PCIe or Satellite) Also New UAD version 7.11 software featuring new Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter CompressorPro Tools Expert People’s Choice Awards 2014 - Nominations So FarThe Taylor Swift Spotify Story: The Creative Super Rich And The Creative Poor - We Need A Creative Middle ClassApple Mac Mini i5 Late 2012 Running Pro Tools On Internal Soundcard - Power Test Not all Intel processors are not equal Robin Vincents article5 Tips For Getting A Great Job In Audio Production And Keep ItCommunity Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions November deals at RSPE include promotions from SPL, A Designs, Crane Song and moreMulomba Luabeya Luabeya is not very happy with Avid, what about taking legal action. Chris Schmid discovered a shortcut for changing the grid value to triplets and dotted notes.Colin Mansfield had some advice to help not loose your iLok when out on the road.Cory Rizos gave us an update on his issues with Avid’s inflexibility on the Advanced Support plan and he is not impressed with Avid’s response.Frank Vitale would like us to be nominated in the People’s Choice Award.Joe Belliston wanted to commend Waves for there customer service.Kevin de Wit told us about Gobbler’s transition from Gobbler 1 to Gobbler 2 and his concerns and praise for their change of policy.Marty Dickerson shared his views on the Avid upgrade plans and how we are covering these issues.Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea Alchemea Graduates Amongst 2015 MPG Awards Short ListsGarrett Miller is having problems with Pro Tools presets in his Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5, can we help?Claudio Brancher would like to know how to get the auto panner plug-in to always…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 10:16am -
  • Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Released - With A Suprise Free Module, REVIVAL SONIC ENHANCER
    Slate Digital have just announced the release of the long awaited Virtual Mix Rack Plugin.Not only that, there is a suprise module “The Revival Sonic Enhancer” which amazingly is a free download for everyone - Just download the VMR Demo and you’ll get a time limited trial of all the VMR modules but the Revival Sonic Enhancer is yours to keep - Free !Here are the details of the Virtual Mix Rack:The VIRTUAL MIX RACK continues the Slate Digital tradition of providing the absolute most authentically modeled analog sound in a digital audio plugin.The ‘VMR’ includes four world class mix modules, including two classic equalizers and two versatile mix compressors, with more modules to be developed.The ‘VMR’ operates as a Virtual 500 series rack with hot-swappable modules, putting your whole processing chain in ONE WINDOW.This allows you customize your own channel strip, with signal flow following the modules, in any order you choose. Mix and match filters from different EQs. Chain an EQ before or after your compressor. Moving modules around is easy, fast, and creates no break in audio playback. Audition signal chains faster, easier, and in real time with the Slate ‘VMR’.Check out the VMR Demo Video Here: ModulesModules included in the Virtual Mix Rack are:FG-N ‘BRIT-N’ EQThe FG-N is a digital recreation of one of the most classic discrete Class A British equalizers from the 70’s.All aspects of the circuit are modeled, including the rich harmonics and saturations that naturally occur when the equalizer is in use. The original model only contained one mid band, so we thought it would be nice to double it so that it has two mid bands. This equalizer is lush, fat, and bold. It sounds great on everything from drums to vocals, and can even add the perfect saturation to synth and electronic tracks. FG-s ‘BRIT 4K’ EQThe FG-S is a digital recreation of one of the most famous British console equalizers from the 80’s. This equalizer also has rich harmonics and interactive mid bands with a fat musical tone. This is the ultimate workhorse mix eq that can be used on any track. It is great for surgical cutting strokes, or wide bell and shelf strokes for making drums and guitars punch out of the speakers. FG-116 ‘FET COMPRESSOR’The FG-116 is the most precise digital replication of the classic American FET limiter. No expense was pared to capture every nuance of this classic sounding compressor/limiter. From its trademark ti…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 1:16am -
  • Amazing PEQ 1 FREE - Parametric EQ and Preset Warmer Plug-in
    The guys at Amazing Machines have released the Amazing PEQ 1 FREE - Parametric EQ and Preset Warmer Plug-in, for use in Native Instruments Reaktor 5.8 or newer.The Amazing PEQ-1 FREE is a straightforward Overall Tone Shaping tool, capable of drastically change an audio source with its 1 Band Mid-Range Equalizer and its Preset Warmer. We’ve given it a quick spin and it is a very nice little plug-in for a quick, simple and straightforward way of tone shaping a track, we tried it on a piano and a drum track, both benefitted from it.Amazing PEQ 1 FREE Features:1 Reaktor Ensemble1 Band Parametric EqualizerPreset WarmerAmazing PEQ 1 FREE Compatibility:Native Instruments’ Reaktor 5.8 or newer.Download the Amazing PEQ 1 FREE here
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 12:18pm -
  • 5 Tips For Getting A Great Job In Audio Production And Keep It
    Some of our readers are hoping to get a job in audio production, either in music or post. Wer an this story a couple of years ago and we know that a lot of college tutors and parents found it helpful.Here is an updated version of the top five things I tell my kids on how to get a great job, stay hired and get promoted.Be Better Than The RestI’ve sifted through hundreds of resumes, letters of application and interviews and I want to let you into a secret about what happens when I advertise for a job. Recently I advertised on an online site for someone to look after my bookkeeping, it was for one day a month and self employed. I placed the ad at 9:00am and by 10:00am I had 172 applications. I managed to sift that down to 4 in less than 30 minutes… and here is how. The job asked for someone local, qualified, experienced and flexible. Over 100 of the applications were not local, this was not a highly paid post and only one day a month, so they went. Secondly, I looked to see of the 100 or so left, how many of them had the qualifications, less than half, so that now had me to about 40. Then I looked at experience, about 10 were now left. Then I read through them to look for the stars, what I mean by stars is candidates who stand out, that left me with 4 people. I phoned all of them for a chat, of course they waxed lyrically about how brilliant they were - they should do, but one told me that she ran a small company helping creatives to do the things they hated doing. In that moment she described me and she got the job! There’s a lot of people looking for a job, especially in a studio or a post house, so you had better look good on paper and better be good when they call.As a footnote to the bookkeeper hiring story; I hired Cath in 2012 when I first wrote this article, she has been with me ever since and has been an absolute star.You Can Have Experience Having Never Worked BeforeOne myth I hear a lot from those looking for their first job is that they need a job to get the experience. Rubbish!If you want to leave college and expect to get a great job in a studio or post house, then start planning for that the minute you arrive.Be top of your class, do stuff in your spare time like recording your friends band, or being the runner on an indie movie for a weekend. Write articles for a blog and if you can’t find one, then start your own. Offer to work for free at a local studio, just for the experience. Have a plan to be the most experienced college…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 11:33am -
  • Apple Mac Mini i5 Late 2012 Running Pro Tools On Internal Soundcard - Power Test
    A few days ago we took the latest Macbook Pro Retina 15” for a spin to see how it handles Pro Tools 11, you can see our Macbook Pro 15” Retina Pro Tools 11 test here. We’ve been asked to run the same test on a Mac Mini, so we’ve run this test on a Late 2012 i5 which is more or less the same kind of spec as the new mid range model in the latest round of Mac Minis. This is the basic’ test, just the Mac Mini, internal soundcard and internal drive, it’s just you, your Mac, an iLok, headphones and a USB micro keyboard.Is it just fit for a few demo tracks or can you get some real work done… find out below.Test Machine SpecificationMac MiniIntel Core i5Processor Speed: 2.5 GHzNumber of Processors: 1Total Number of Cores: 2L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KBL3 Cache: 3 MBMemory: 16 GBHard drive updated to Crucial M500 SSDPro Tools Session SpecificationInternal Mac soundcard usedPro Tools 11.2.196Khz - maximum with internal sound card24 bit5 minutes of mono audio, with edits at every 1 secondVolume automation recorded on every trackDisk cache disabled to emulate native versions of Pro ToolsAll audio tracks had an instance of Avid Channel Strip and Dverb insertedResults Of Test64 Audio tracks reached without buffer errorsA mono audio track would record without issue along with 64 audio tracks in playbackInstrument tracks were then added16 MIDI tracks with an instance of AIR Boom running with MIDI dataThe session would not play at H/W buffer sizes of under 1024, once settled it seemed to run at 1024 without any further issues. The session could be set to 2048 samples if this was required and at this setting the session ran without issue.SummaryOne small thing to note. We ran the early tests on this machine with it running 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, however as the test on the Macbook Pro 15” Retina had been conducted using 10.10 Yosemite we decided to upgrade the OS to level the playing field and then run the test again. Oddly enough the performance of Pro Tools on the unqualified 10.10 Yosemite OS was more stable. It exhibited less of the trademark jolty performance metering that often occurs in Pro Tools and ran showing less CPU usage. We do not say this to endorse an upgrade to a yet Avid qualified OS, simply to let you know our findings.Whilst an i5 Mac Mini is no powerhouse, neither is it useless for use as a machine for Pro Tools, if you’re wanting a budget Mac based computer. Remember this is us running audio at 96K a…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 3:25pm -
  • Waves Add More Special Offers For The Rest Of November 2014
    Waves Add More Specials For The Rest Of November 2014For the rest of November Waves have added some more deals to their Specials page. The deals will expire on November 30th 2014.Linear Phase Multiband Compressor - $79 normally $250This is designed for mastering with 5 user-definable bands with linear phase crossovers for phase distortion-free Multiband Compression using technologies like Adaptive Thresholds, Automatic Makeup Gain, and Finite Response FiltersRenaissance Maxx - $149 normally $350This is a great little bundle containing all the Renaissance plug-in including compressors, EQ, reverbs, bass enhancement as well as the IR-L convolution reverb and Tune LT. This is a great way to get a load of Waves plug-ins at a very good price.Signature Series Bass & Drums - $99 normally $500Waves have a growing range of Signature Series plug-ins and this is a bundle of 9 plug-ins that are aimed at bass and drums that have been created in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge, Eddie Kramer, Jack Joseph Puig and Tony Maserati.Video Sound Suite - $99 normally $500This bundle is aimed at video editors who need a broader toolbox to handle audio that in days gone by would have been handed off to an audio specialist.  Because of that it is a great bundle for audio specialists starting off in the audio post world. Using the same plug-ins as movie and game audio professionals, you can reduce noise, clean up and enhance dialog, smooth out and maximize volume as well as re-create room acoustics and more. Musicians 2 - $59 normally $160This is a great little bundle for musicans or composers who want a little more that the factory plug-ins included in your DAW. The bundle is made up of 6 plug-ins that cover EQ, compression, double-tracking, delay, level maximization and more.PAZ Analyzer - $49 normally $150It generates a realtime visual representation of your audio’s stereo positioning, frequency spread, and peak/RMS levels, real-time vector display with zoom, optional resolution in 10Hz steps for precise analysis below 250Hz, 52 or 68 band analysis and you can save results as text file.Waves Weekend DealsThis weekend Waves are offering these plug-ins but remmber these deals expire on this evening.Waves Trans-X native plug-in $49 - normally $100 Waves JJP Drums native plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $100 Waves Maserati GRP native plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $100Grab them while you can. Check out the Specials page too for more great deals
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 1:21pm -
  • Nugen Audio Donates VisLM Licenses to 41 NaSTA Student Stations
    The Nugen Audio loudness metering plug-ins are going to help to prepare members of UK’s Student Television Association (NaSTA) for the demands of mixing broadcast content to the new loudness standards.Nugen Audio has donated VisLM licenses to 41 student television stations throughout the UK. All members of the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) will use the plug-ins to help them comply with the European Broadcasting Union’s EBU R128 loudness recommendations, and also as a training tool for students to gain loudness monitoring experience in preparation for professional careers. NaSTA distributed the VisLM licenses to student stations throughout its network in Scotland, England, and Wales. VisLM is now in use daily by on-campus television stations to create and edit programs ranging from major events and sports matches to coverage of student elections.Mitchell Perry the NaSTA marketing officer told us…People usually think of television as a visual medium, but they are more likely to notice flawed audio. Therefore, it’s critical that broadcast sound be flawless, not only to meet regulations but also to provide the best possible experience for viewers.With its generous sponsorship, Nugen Audio is giving our student members an opportunity that is simply not available in most of the U.K.’s television production courses: a chance to learn about loudness management and how to edit sound according to industry standards. After working with VisLM, students will be able to add another valuable skill to their CVs and increase their employability.Jon Schorah, founder and creative director at Nugen Audio told us…For more than 40 years, NaSTA has played a lead role in supporting, promoting, and representing student television in the U.K.  It is our pleasure to assist NaSTA in this effort, and it’s gratifying to know that our technology is helping these future television professionals develop the skills they need to be successful.Here is another example of a company going about and beyond the call of duty to help our next generation of broadcasters get to grips with working to the loudness standards in broadcast audio.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 10:00am -
  • PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 May Be The Ideal Recording Solution If You Have A Live Act Too
    There’s a lot of audio interfaces on the market, some offer a lot of features for the home studio, but for some live is an important part of their entire workflow and having to invest in both live and studio equipment can get costly.A few months ago I purchased a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 to use as part of my home studio, in some ways as an expensive mix solution for creating videos. Over time I’ve really started to love it and can see the potential it has for those working in a band who may be looking for a mixer and also a recording interface. It’s not a new product, but for the money (it streets for less than £800) and this is what you get for your money.PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Main Features16x16 FireWire interface with built in effectsCapture™ software for rock solid simple live recordingStudio One Artist™ recording and production softwareVirtual StudioLive (VSL) bidirectional control software. VSL, in turn, incorporates Smaart Measurement Technology™, which makes it easy to analyze and fine-tune your main mix.You can control virtually the entire mixer from an iPad® using PreSonus StudioLive Remote, and you can control the aux (monitor) mixes from an iPhone® or iPod touch® using PreSonus QMix™. Both are free downloads from the Apple App Store.Because of the integrated free software, StudioLive digital mixers can do far more. There are five parts to this unique system:Virtual StudioLive with Smaart for laptop control, editor/librarian functions, and sound-system analysis and correctionStudioLive Remote for iPad remote control (available free from the Apple App Store)QMix™ for iPhone and iPod touch remote control (available free from the Apple App Store)Capture™ for two-click multi-track recording and playbackStudio One Artist Digital Audio Workstation for enhancing your recordings (and for direct recording from StudioLive 16.0.2 or any compatible interface)A Lot Of Bang for Your BuckForgive me for mixing metaphors but for less than £800 that is a lot of bang for your buck. Just a 16x16 FireWire interface is a good start, but then add in the features such as the Fat Channel with full dynamics and all the software that is part of the ecosystem it makes a compelling case for a one-stop solution for gigging artists.It works seamlessly with Pro Tools giving 16 channels of I/O which is enough for getting your band down, there’s 12 XLR inputs which is enough to get your drum mics in as well as 4 stereo jac…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 9:12am -
  • Chuck Russom FX Offers A Green Friday Sale On All Sound Effects Libraries
    Chuck Russom are offering significant reductions on all his libraries until December 1st 2014. Check out his site to see what is on offer. If you need some more sound effects libraries then it might be worth checking out Chuck’s site.Why A Green Friday Sale?Chuck explains…It’s that time of year again. When everyone starts rolling out their huge Black Friday sales. But why is it called black Friday? That’s such a dark name, like something bad happened on that day. Well, here at Chuck Russom FX we celebrate Green Friday. It’s green because of all the money you are going to save during our huge sale.So Friday is now Green, and all of our sound libraries are on sale. Oh, I know what you are saying; “Aren’t you a couple weeks early with this sale?” Who cares! Why wait to save money! Green Friday is happening now, and the sale continues all the way until December 1! Why just have one day of savings? We’re crazy like that. Go save money now, no need to wait two weeks. Pro Tools Expert Podcast Extra Sound Effects Panel Interview We interviewed Chuck along with Michael Raphael who runs Rabbit Ears Audio and Frank Bry who runs The Recordist. If you are into sound effects this is well worth a listen as we discover how they each got started and how they choose what libraries to record.Listen to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunesDownload the Pro Tools Expert Podcast as an MP3 
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 6:00pm -
  • Free Indian Ricksha Sounds From Tovusound
    Community member Tobi Vukadinovic contacted us to tell us about his free sound effects library covering the classic indian ricksha.Technical Details28 soundfiles files - WAV @ 24Bit, 96 kHZ ORTF StereoRecording Equipment: Microphones: Neumann KM184 Stereo Pair, Sennheiser MKH416PreAmp: Sound Devices MixPreRecorder: Tascam DA60Audio Examples
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • Pro Tools Tip: Choosing The Best Codec When Bouncing To A QuickTime Movie in Pro Tools
    When bouncing your work to a QuickTime movie in Pro Tools you are not normally given any choices regarding the codec that will be used in the process.However, when holding CTRL+OPTN+CMD (Mac) while selecting File > Bounce to Quick Time Movie, and than hitting OPTIONS in the pop-up window, you will be able to choose from all the available codecs presently available on your system and make a variety of selections to suit your requirements.
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals - Zoom Toggle
    It is inevitable that we use software we already know as a basis for comparison when learning new software. When learning a new DAW I always find myself looking for an equivalent to a familiar feature in my DAW of choice. People new to Pro Tools are often put off by some significant ways in which it differs from the way some popular DAWs. One such area is the lack of a dedicated sample editor and I am often asked by new users where they go to edit a sample only to be told they are already there.The Edit Window Is The Pro Tools Sample EditorIts kind of obvious when you think about it but the clue really is in the name in this case. The edit window is the place where sample editing takes place. It makes me wonder why other DAWs find it necessary to have a dedicated editor at all? Editing down to sample level is possible without ever leaving the edit window but to really take advantage of this use of zoom toggle can really help.What is Zoom Toggle?Often when editing audio it is desirable to see the audio in context with surrounding material and the layout of the edit window allows this but for the kind of detailed editing which would usually be performed in a sample editor it can be useful to quickly zoom in on the material being edited so that it fills the screen. Zoom toggle can achieve this with a single keystroke.So using zoom toggle you can make an edit selection like so:And with a single keystroke zoom it to fill the screen:To quickly fill the entire screen with the current selection either click the zoom toggle button in the toolbar (highlighted above), the arrows on the icon give a clear idea of its function. The D Control has an equivalent button (pictured above) the amusingly titled “Explode” button which isn’t nearly as dramatic as it sounds! If your command focus keystrokes are focussed to the edit window (as opposed to the groups list or clip list) then pressing E will toggle zoom and if your command focus is not focussed to the edit window then Ctrl+E (Start+E) will work instead. To zoom back out simply press E again.Setting Preferences for Zoom ToggleFor zoom toggle to work in the most useful way I would recommend visiting the zoom toggle preferences (found under the editing tab in prefs) and changing the track height from the default to “fit to window”. That way when toggling, the edit selection (which can span multiple tracks) will expand to fit the window both vertically and horizontally. There are other options for z…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 9:00am -

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  • Hal Leonard publishes two new guides on ProTools 11
    Hal Leonard Books has published Mixing and Mastering with ProTools 11 and Producing Music with ProTools 11, both by certified Pro Tools trainer Greg Lorbecki and Avid pro audio specialist Greg “Stryke” Chin. In these focused guide, Lorbecki and Chin unlock the full potential of ProTools 11 as a professional mixing and mastering platform. They […]
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Mixing Massive Attack webinar
    Avid is hosting a new free webinar – Mixing Massive Attack. In our exclusive upcoming webinar, Avid® live sound specialist and veteran FOH engineer Robb Allan (Massive Attack, Coldplay, Manic Street Preachers) will take you behind the scenes of the 2014 Massive Attack Tour. You’ll learn how Allan approaches mixing this groundbreaking band and how […]
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 10:04am -
  • 40% off ‘Mixing in Pro Tools 11′
    The Puremix tutorial ‘Mixing in Pro Tools 11′ is currently 40% off. Offer is good until November 19th. More details on the Puremix website.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 11:03pm -
  • SSL release AAX versions of Duende Native plugins
    Solid State Logic has announced the availability of AAX Native 64 versions of the SSL Duende Native plugin collection, making the Duende Native plugins compatible with any 32-bit or 64-bit system running Pro Tools 11. Compatibility with VST, AU and RTAS is still available. The new versions are available to download now from the SSL […]
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Arturia to release audio interface
    Arturia has announced that they will release an audio interface. Not a lot of info about it yet but judging from their press release it will be an all-purpose one. Take the mind-boggling number of audio formats out there. Think microphone, line, phono, and instrument inputs, each with different levels requiring different impedance. How about […]
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 10:57pm -
  • New Pro Tools licensing available now
    Starting November 3rd, Avid will enable owners of Pro Tools 9/10, Pro Tools | HD 9/10, Pro Tools Express, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered to upgrade or crossgrade to Pro Tools 11/Pro Tools | HD 11 at up to 60% off previous upgrade pricing. New Pro Tools | Software purchases also to include […]
    - 11 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:01pm -
  • A new version of Oddity coming
    GForce has announced the release of a new version of Oddity, the software emulation of the ARP Odyssey, to be released December 1st, 2014. While the classic duophonic and monophonic modes have been retained, Oddity2 now also offers a monophonic legato mode which wasn’t evident on the Odyssey, plus a POLYPHONIC MODE. Yes, now finally […]
    - 14 days ago, 9 Nov 14, 7:26pm -
  • Softube sale
    Softube is running a big end of year sale, offering you individual plugins at a 50% discount and bundles at a 30% discount. Any new plugins released will not be discounted. If I were you, I’d look at Tsar-1, Trident A-Range, Tube-Tech CL1B and PE1C. Sale ends January 7th.
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 9:47pm -
  • Free Nine Volt Audio library
    Nine Volt Audio, which isn’t ready alive anymore, rose from the grave to give away Beat Aesthetics for free. Sweet. We are giving away The Beat Aesthetic: Taiko Ed – a library of loops that float between tribal, cinematic, action and world beat feels. You can grab it at the Nine Volt Audio website for […]
    - 18 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 11:04pm -
  • iZotope releases Ozone 6
    iZotope has launched the latest version of its mastering software, Ozone, featuring a fully redesigned interface and real-time visual feedback in every module. “Our goal was to create an elegant visual aesthetic and fluid workflow,” says iZotope Product Manager Brett Bunting, “in order to bring the creative elements of mastering front and center and allow […]
    - 20 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 10:40pm -
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