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If your loved ones are asking you for stocking filler ideas for Christmas then you may have missed this list we compiled from members of the community a couple of years ago. It has some great books on their including some of my favourites. If you have read any of them then please feel free to add you
Unsound the movie looking at the effect that the digital economy has had on the music business had been completely funded via crowd-sourcing on Indiegogo. They say:
My name is Count. I’ve been producing music for over 20 years. I’ve been fortunate enough to have produced, engineered, and remixed some of the world’s most respected artists (Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, DJ Shadow, The Rolling Stones, New Order, No Doubt, Galactic, Living Colour), plus a lot of great up and coming independent artists (Trombone Shorty,Tycho, Zoe Keating, and more).
Most of you are probably already aware that over the past decade the music business has collapsed. However, I’ve found that most people don’t know the real story behind this dramatic, compelling issue, and how it is affecting all of our lives well beyond just music. So we decided to make this long overdue documentary.
The internet revolution has brought about so many positive changes in our lives, but there is another side to this story that has not only impacted the livelihoods of musicians, but creators of all kinds. Although the music business was hit first in the digital economy, many other industries are not far behind. As the world becomes digital, the work of creators is now at risk. Increasingly all music, books, movies, and media has either been devalued, or is widely available for free illegally online. Right now, the people that create the things that we all love and depend on are struggling more than ever. In just over a decade, creators have watched their work become increasingly devalued, and their ability to survive from their work is in great danger.
So how do the creators of the things that we all love and depend on survive if their work becomes worth less and less? How is this impacting our society? Where do we draw the line in the internet age? What are the consequences of all music becoming free? What about books? Movies? News? How will journalists research the stories, musicians create the songs, and authors write the books that change our lives? As it turns out, free comes at an enormous cost.
We were alerted by a couple of members of the community to this news on the health of Bernie Torelli from Nomad Factory, a copy of the letter from the team at Don’t Crack is shown below. If you can help in any way then please do:
Our long time partner Bernie Torelli at Nomad Factory needs your help !
Today we are sad to announce that our friend Bernie Torelli has been admitted in a hospital in Los-Angeles for a serious spine disease due to a cancer he was diagnosed with over two years ago. Although it is very serious at this time, there are chances that Bernie will make a full recovery, if all the necessary care is done. But the medical costs have already devastated Bernie’s family financial situation, making any chance of necessary surgery nearly impossible !
We have therefore decided to help him out by raising funds by promoting and donating the receipts of Nomad Factory’s best selling products :
MAGNETIC II, ECHOES and COSMOS at the no brainer cost of ONLY $19.
The Magnetics Bundle II that contains ALL three plug-ins is actually dropped at ONLY $49 !
And all other Nomad Factory products are sold at up to 70% discount until December 31.
It is needless to say that 90% of the income provided through this promotion will be directly sent to Bernie’s wife for her to manage the mounting health costs but also continue to pay Nomad Factory’s employees that have been continuously working on product development and customer support during Bernie’s illness.
That is certainly the most important reason for Bernie to fight for his life as all of his time has loyally been devoted to his work, his employees, his friends and most of all, his family… Great new products are almost ready to launch…
BERNIE NEEDS OUR HELP AND HE NEEDS IT NOW !
Direct Donations may be adressed via Paypal at : email@example.com
(Please fill “Raising Funds for Bernie” in the subject line)
Testimonials can be posted in this dedicated forum thread
Thank you so much !
CEO & President
I was just about to go and buy a new copy of Adobe Photoshop and as I always do I scanned the internet for the best price, the cost varied widely with the lowest being £329 and the highest over £1000. Then I went to Adobe to check the features and saw an advert offering me both Photoshop and Lightroom for around £8 per month, 30 days to cancel on a 12 month rolling contract. I thought this must be a mistake, it must be a version with limited features, but no, what it is as far as I can tell is pretty awesome.
It’s a paradigm shift from the old buy the product, own it (you never did, you licensed it, but who is splitting hairs?), you then wait for it to devalue and then get stung when a new version is released with a costly upgrade fee. I think it’s a smart idea and I think people would be less likely to be tempted to pirate software only costing £8 a month than several hundred or thousands of pounds.
Even better the cloud app gives you all you need in one place.
It got me thinking, what if Avid did the same thing and offered Pro Tools on a monthly plan, as well as what you could see below, just imagine… Pro Tools, plug-ins, storage and a place to showcase your work all in one place, Adobe have done it - which DAW will be first to go this way, perhaps one of them already offers this? I for one hope there’s a Pro Tools monthly plan in the future. I hope this is part of the Avid Everywhere strategy, if so it could be very good for all of us.
So take our poll, would you rent Pro Tools on a monthly plan if you were not penalised in any way?
Updated on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:12PM by Mike Thornton
It can happen to the best of us, we have an audio file and it refuses to open, this can often be due to corrupted file information in the header. So when I recently found myself with a WAV file on my Mac that would not open I decided to try a few things, this is how I got the WAV file to open and back into Pro Tools.
First I used the open source software VLC, which for some reason seems to be able to open anything. Instantly I could hear the audio and playing back without any issue. However I was not home and dry as the export options in VLC fox me and I wasn’t really in the frame of mind to try and figure it out. So I decided to take an extreme option.
If you are a Pro Tools user with lots of plug-ins then this is a must watch video.
- DSF Kontakt Products require the full version of Kontakt 3 or greater
- DSF Structure products require Structure, Structure LE or Structure Free
We asked mastering engineer and all around nice guy Neil Pickles to give us his top 5 EQ plug-ins choices for getting the job done in Pro Tools.
The following are some recommendations based on my personal opinions. I only like to comment on things I have genuinely used extensively over the years and have got (for me) great results. Like Post in Mastering we are often, though not always more concerned with clarity and precision than vibe. If something isn’t in this far from extensive list it certainly does not mean it could not be used or indeed get you great results. So here they are my own personal favourites.
- MDW®EQ5-AAX. DSP and Native, the earlier V3, TDM and RTAS.
My go to 5 band EQ for clean and precise smear free cutting and boosting. The filters, both HP and LP are arguably the best of any digital EQ available for Pro Tools and band 5 can also be switched to 18dB or 24dB per octave. Not currently available in 64bit but should be by Jan 2014. Watch out it has a delay compensation bug at the moment and does not correctly report it’s delay time which is supposed to be fixed in the 64bit version. MDW
- Brainworx bx_digital V2. AAX Native 64 bit, TDM, RTAS, AAX.
Sadly no AAX DSP as yet (hint, hint;-)) . This is a shame as it was available in TDM. My favourite MS EQ. Great sound slightly more coloured (slight being the operative word) than MDW. I tend to use both. Plug-in Alliance
- Sonoris Mastering EQ. AAX Native 64bit, RTAS.
This has a a primitive looking GUI but delve in and you soon realise it’s one clever piece of software. Any band with a right click can become L or just R or Just S or Just M or L-R. Super cool and I’m surprised no one has copied this idea as it’s brilliant. It can also be a Phase Linear EQ if you want at a switch of a drop down menu. Did I mention it also has a great transparent sound and a very good high end? The RTAS version has/had some automation bugs, but these apparently have been addressed in the V11 compatible 64bit version. I can’t verify this as I have yet to update. Sonoris
- Sonnox EQ with GML option HDX AAX DSP, AAX Native 64 bit, TDM and RTAS.
I included this because it’s such a dependable EQ and although the HPF doesn’t go as low as you’d like at only 20hz for mastering, the sound is great and it’s perhaps more of an all rounder than my previous choices. MDW can be too “nice” to mix with, but with 4 EQ styles plus the GML 8200 EQ curves option you can get great results with this. Probably my desert island EQ if I had to take one plug in only. Jack of all trades and also a bit of a master if you’ll excuse the pun. Sonnox
- UAD Massive Passive Mastering EQ. UAD2 RTAS AAX Coming Soon.
Is it as good as the real one? No, but as Pro Tools expert once said does it matter if it does the job? Like the real one, which along with a real GML 8200 are my usual analogue EQ’s, this can bring out mid range definition in a way a super clean EQ doesn’t necessarily do and lift lo mids without sounding “boxy” and that’s gotta be worth $299 right?. Like the Sonnox it’s also super useful in all mixing situations as well as mastering in a way perhaps my first 3 choices are not. UAD
Finally I thought it was worth mentioning a fantastic tool by Brainworx called control-V2 as with this you can make any EQ or indeed plug in you like MS, if it doesn’t have that feature built in. The vast majority of the EQ I do is not MS but it’s nice to have the option.
Neil Pickles is an award winning mastering engineer and Pro Tools Certified Expert instructor at Alchemea College. Alchemea are currently offering 20% discount off their weekend mastering course which Neil also teaches for people who mention PTE when booking.
Audio Ease have announced via their Facebook page that Altiverb v7 is now available in AAX 64 bit for use with Pro Tools 11.
If you are an Altiverb 7 user your free update to Altiverb 7.1 is released today. This update features the all new AAX 64 bit plug-in for Pro Tools 11 and upgraded graphics for retina displays. Altiverb 7.1 smoothly replaces all Altiverb instances in your existing sessions.
You can download your Altiverb 7.1 today from the Audio Ease site.
- Altiverb 7.1 is a Mac only plug-in, available in 64 bit and 32 bit as AAX Native, VST, MAS and Audio Unit.
- Like Pro Tools 11, Altiverb 7.1 now requires an iLok 2 USB key. An Altiverb 7.1 license cannot be stored on an iLok 1 USB key. In case you do not have an iLok 2 USB key we offer it to registered Altiverb customers at the greatly reduced price of: $35 USD including world wide shipping (normal price is $49 USD excluding shipping). You can use the iLok License Manager app to transfer the license from your iLok 1 to your new iLok 2 key.
- You should not upgrade to Altiverb 7.1 in case you rely on the RTAS plug-in for Pro Tools 10 or below. Altiverb 7.1 requires Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher.
- Digital Performer 7 is not supported, Digital Performer 8 is.
- Altiverb 7.1 for Windows version has been co-developed with this Mac Altiverb 7.1 release. It is still under development but it is far progressed. We expect to have more news about it soon.
In our series of FREE Pro Tools video tutorials Russ shows 3 ways to use the Waves MondoMod on synths in EDM and dubstep.
Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back for another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.
- The Big One
- Rob Papen RP-Verb & RP-Delay £45* - 50% Discount
- AudioGaming - AudioMotors V2 Pro £269 - 27% discount
- Zplane - Elastique Pitch £89 - 27% Discount
- Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack Relaunched
- 15% Of Pro Tools Users Fully Migrated To Pro Tools 11
- 9 Eq Plug-Ins You Should Take A Listen To For Music And Post
- Pro Tools PC Now Available To Buy In USA & International
- KickStart An Ambisonics Mic Project
- Facebook gone past 30,000 likes and rising.
- James Ivey - Thanks to the community for your help on Mic stand choices - he now has a Latch Lake mic stand
- Glenn Brown - You guys are great!!!
- Dave Zimmerman Thank you for posting my tip
- Tony Molica - Is the UK in Europe?
- Michael Benedetto - Suggestion of sharing mix session templates.
- George Pinto - What screen capture software do you use?
- Greg Luck - Thanks for reminding us to look elsewhere for solutions - DUC Thread
- No winner this week as none of tips were worthy of winning an white iLok
- Problems with Mbox and speakers on Macbook but OK on an iMac Setting Up Monitor Speakers With Pro Tools
- Which is better more cores or faster processors?
- Peak metering and alerts in DSP Quattro?
- Eleven Rack no longer recognised and the iLok is not visible, what is the problem?
- Building my own PC - are Haswell i7 processors OK?
- I am running out of voices on a production playback system, what do your recommend?
- Problems with Structure and where to find Eleven Free for Pro Tools 10.
Michael Carnes who has been working on reverb hardware starting with the Lexicon PCM90 and all the subsequent units and plug-ins until he left Lexicon to set up Exponential Audio. As a result Michael knows a huge amount about reverb and in this video he expands and demonstrates all the basic principles of reverb including early reflections, diffusion and reverb to name but a few.
This is an excellent primer video for anyone who wants to understand exactly what all the controls to in a reverb plug-in or hardware unit do. Although he uses his Phoenixverb for the demonstrations what he covers can be applied to any reverb unit or plug-in.
The winner of the Softube Abbey Road Brilliance Pack is Yiannis Katsaros from Greece.
“I have always loved Softube plugins so winning the new bundle is a real treat! Thank you Pro Tools Expert! “Yiannis Katsaros, Audio Engineer at Sierra Studios Greece - Guitarist-Producer at Culture Of Digital Elegance (C.O.D.E)”
THANKS TO SOFTUBE FOR THIS AWESOME CONTEST
Mike’s Slate Raven is one of the first to arrive in the UK.
Look at the Exponential Audio R2 Surround Reverb on his Slate Raven…
Real Time Pitch Shifting Plug-in
Elastique Pitch is the real time pitch shifting solution for AAX, RTAS, VST and AU. Powered by Zplane’s élastique Pro pitch shifting engine which is used by millions of end users around the world, the plugin ensures the highest, program independent pitch shifting quality.
Elastique Pitch focuses on the essential things: you won’t find any unnecessary or confusing controls or functionality. Instead, the plugin offers you quality, stability, and ease of use.
Olli, Sounds of Revolution says…
The quality of “ELASTIQUE PITCH” is amazing. It´s the best real time pitch shifting (incl. formant shifting!) solution in my ears - and really easy to use…love it !
- Real-time processing
- Multi-channel support (up to 8 channels)
- Program-independent high quality with the highly-acclaimed élastique Pro engine
- Phase-coherence: preserve spatial image and acoustic space
- Pitch shifting: ±1 Octave
- Formant shifting: ±1 Octave
- Factory presets for typical film and video conversions
Has it taken you ages to tracklay a car chase scene? Finding all the right sounds, then cutting, mixing, stretching them to fit. Now with AudioMotors from AudioGaming you can take a sample of an engine sound and use AudioMotors and automate the sound and speed of the car. Check out Mike’s Show & Tell video, he just scratches the surface of what AudioMotors can do. Check the demo before you buy to make sure it works with your system.
From idling to full throttle, AudioMotors allows you to fully control the engine as if you were driving a car. What if a Mini Cooper became a truck ? It is now possible! The AudioMotors plug-in is also a great tool for creative sound design. From a basic car sound recording you can create a totally new and astonishing engine sound.
A number of the holiday special offers from our partners are finishing today.
- Sonnox currently have 40% off their range finishes at Midnight GMT (4pm PST).
- Gobbler are running a Thanksgiving sale offering 50% off across the board. Check it out…
- RSPE have a monster sale on everything from top plug-ins like McDSP and Waves, Focal monitors.
- Sweetwater have numerous deals for the Thanksgiving season
- Waves Cyber Monday deals end today.
- Maggot Software deals only today.
- Blue Cat Energy Pack - 33% off in our deals store
- Loop Loft Hunter Harland Bunker Sessions only £49 in our deals store
If any of these interest you, then do it now, as they won’t be around for much longer.
They started their appeal on November 1st 2013 and when we posted the story yesterday they only had 16 hours to go. At that point they had raised $20,000 but were still $5,000 short and were not optimisitc of reaching of their target.
15 hours to go for the brahma microphone kickstarter project to end, we are at 20000 dollars so we will probably fall short.
Within 8 hours of us posting the story they had reached reached their target and so could progress and in fact at the end they had $28,414 pledged.
They were delighted with the response and tweeted back to Mike….
Thank you to everyone who reached out and helped this small team of entrepeneurs reach their target. We are hoping to review the Brahma microphone as soon as they can get one to us.
With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from the winner of Podcast 92 - Uli Rennert….
Just researched a bit on how keyboard shortcuts could be optimised for MacBook users, since we lack a numeric keyboard, for example. I found a nice little freeware app called KeyRemap4MacBook which is capable of – you guessed it – remapping your keyboard. For my own use I came up with the following snippets:
- Remapping cmd-Ü (I’m on a german keyboard) to cmd-numeric-7 for toggling my memory locations window on and off.
- Remapping cmd-1 and cmd 7 to Z and U respectively to switch zoomer and smart tool without having to use multiple keys.
It is even possible to define, if the remapping should take place always or with/without any modifier keys. And you can specify Pro Tools for being the only program remapping takes effect.
Mike - As you say because the laptop hasn’t got a dedicated number pad, so creating and recalling location points is a challenge. I used it to remap the right hand Option key to become the Enter key because when using Locate points you must use the Enter key because the Return key will take the cursor back to the start of the session. But I haven’t had it for a while because when I updated my OS it stopped working, and I assumed it hadn’t been updated but it is great to see that it is still available for all the recent Mac OS’es including a new version for Mavericks.
- Conformalizer $799
- Spanner $319
- Maggot Meal Deal $1079
Only available on 2nd December 2013.