Softube Changes Copy Protection So You No Longer Have To Use An iLok

When iLok changed their system to the iLok License Manager, one of the features included in the new infrastructure was the option to authorise your computer instead of havng to put the license onto an iLok. To be clear Softube have NOT abandoned iLok rather they have enabled you to choose to put the license on your computer or your iLok.

Softube have announced that they have enabled this option on their Mix Bundle and all the individual plug-ins included in the bundle like the TSAR-1R reverb, FET Compressor, and Passive-Active Pack. They will all use the same type of licenses Softube already uses for their Console 1.

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Would You Like To Win A Free Copy Of The Neyrinck V-Control Pro App

Would you like a win a free copy of V-Control Pro from Neyrinck?  If so then this is what you need to do….

Post a nice picture of V-Control Free or V-Control Pro running on your iPad. Maybe a picture of it in your studio, out on the road, or anything that shows how V-Control in use. 

The best picture will be featured in their next email  mailout. The winner will receive a free copy of V-Control Pro which you can give to a friend if you have one already.

Source Distribution Announce UK Pricing & Availability For The New Rode Stereo VideoMic X

Rode have upped their game in the growing market of add on microphones for DLSR cameras. Our friends at Source Distribution describe it as…

The SVMX is a premium, ‘no expense spared’ stereo on-camera microphone, designed to bring the highest possible quality immersive audio to DSLR (and full-size camera systems alike). And like other RØDE VideoMics the SVMX is a plug-and-go solution.

It is expected that the RSVX will be available in the UK later this month and the recommended retail price will be £649 inc vat.

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CheatSheet Cool Free Mac App For Those Who Can't Remember Their Shortcuts

CheatSheet is a cool free Mac application that tells you all the shortcuts of any application.

The premise is simple, hold down the CMD key for longer than normal and a full cheat sheet of the short cuts for the applicaition that currently has focus pops up.

We love the work over at Keyboard Shortcuts For Pro Tools, but for creative in a rush this is an added little gem to have installed. We’ve been running this for several weeks without issue.

Download CheatSheet for Mac here

New Video From Fab Dupont On The Fundamentals Of Using A Compressor

PureMix have released a new video in which Fab Dupont explores the controls of arguably the most talked about processor: the compressor.

In his unique and clear style, Fab explains what each control does and gives an easy to remember points to simplify the process of setting a compressor. All the fundamental controls, threshold, ratio, make-up gain, attack, release are thoroughly defined, studied, commented on with the help of straight-to-the-point audio examples. This is a great way to understand or strengthen your grasp on, the compressor controls.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Official Compatibility Statements So Far

Some brands have broken cover with official statements on compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

They are as follows:

  • Native Instruments - Not supported and advising not to upgrade. More here
  • PreSonus - UPDATED Some tested and supported, check their site. More here
  • Avid - Yosemite is not supported at this time. More here
  • Waves - Official Waves OSX 10.10 Yosemite support is planned very soon. We suggest Waves users hold off on updating at this time. More here
  • Universal Audio - Not tested yet. More here
  • iZotope - Mixed results, see specific information here
  • Metric Halo - All Metric Halo products are compatible
  • Exponential Audio - Tested and working. More here

Some users have installed Yosemite without issue, again please note that when brands make official statements on their software it means that if your system stops working you will not get any support. Take our Yosemite upgrade survey.

If you have news on other OFFICIAL statements then please let us know in the comments and we will update this post.

Waves Weekend Deals For October 18th & 19th 2014 Only

Waves Special Offers For This Weekend

3 more great plug-ins at great prices from our friends at Waves, but hurry these will finish on Sunday.

  1. Waves CLA Effects $49 - normally $100
  2. Waves Kramer HLS Channel $49 till Sunday - normally $200
  3. Waves Musicians Bundle $59 till Sunday - normally $160

Grab them while you can.

More Deals Added For October

Waves have added some more deals to the October monthly deals too 

Check out the Specials page too for more great deals

Pro Tools Fundamentals - Understanding Busses

Back to basics this week with a look at busses. These are a very common source of confusion for novice users. Exactly what busses are and how you might use them is so important that even if you think you’re getting by without them, you’re already using them in your sessions even if you don’t know it yet.

What Is A Buss?

A buss is an internal connection within Pro Tools and it can be used to send combinations (or “mixes”) of signals from place to place within the mixer. If you have never come across the word before its worth noting that this isn’t Pro Tools terminology and busses are used for all sorts of data, not just audio. Any channel can be routed to any buss. Even if you think you have never used a buss in a session you will have, as the main output of your session is a buss in pretty much the same way as the internal busses to be found under the buss menu in the output selector: Any combination of channels can be routed to a single destination - sounds like a buss to me! If you find the idea of busses difficult then the best way to understand them is to use them. Here are five ways you can use busses in your sessions:

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Have You Upgraded Your Pro Tools System To Apple OS X Yosemite? Poll

It’s about a day since Apple released the latest version of OS X, Yosemite.

Some can’t resist upgrading their Mac as soon as possible, others are far more cautious not wanting to create potential system instabilities.

There’s a helpful page on the Apple site showing compatiblily information.

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808 The Movie Official Trailer - Featuring Half The Music Industry, Their Mum And The Dog

It seems the Roland TR808 got it’s first full length movie and the trailer is out, it features a lot of people from the music industry including Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and many more.

You can watch the official trailer for “808” the documentary by clicking this link.

I found the orginal story on Rolling Stone, where the comments have started to go South pretty fast, you might want to go and see how they progress with a bag of popcorn, they might end up to even more entertaining than this cool film.