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Pro Tools tips, tricks, support and news for users of Pro Tools. Free Pro Tools video tutorials and free Pro Tools plug-ins. We support both the music and post production community.

We offer advice for users of all versions of Pro Tools both current and legacy formats. We’re independent and are not affiliated with Avid or their associated companies. 

Review: Excalibur Multi-effects Plug-in From Exponential Audio 

In this video James takes a look and listen to the amazing new multi effects plug-in from Exponential Audio, Excalibur. James takes you round the GUI and uses 3 audio examples to show off just what this thing can do.

Excalibur is the powerful new plug-in from Michael Carnes at Exponential Audio that lets you create some of the most innovative effects ever. Whether you’re looking for delays, flangers, dynamic filters, phasers, pitch shifters or more, check out Excalibur as it maybe what you have bee looking for. Its dynamic modulation is at home in music production, post and live performance. 

Excalibur Version 1.0.2

Exponential Audio have stayed busy tweaking and improving Excalibur and have announced v1.0.2. You can check the release notes (included with the installer) for more detail. But here are the critical things:

  • The tempo delay calculation was a little bit off. It’s now fixed.
  • The Master Feedback control wasn’t functional. It is now.
  • There was a bug in the reverb time modulation feature. That’s now corrected.
  • The voice effect limiter has been greatly improved. This completely tames some of the high levels you might have encountered in some presets—especially those with resonators.
  • There’s a new limiter in the voice feedback path. While intended primarily as a safety feature, it does offer some interesting new possibilities.
  • Many preset change noises have been further reduced or eliminated. You may have noticed this with presets like “Swedish Kill”. Please continue to report any problems that might remain.
  • Some preset levels have been adjusted and there are several new presets.

You can buy Excalibur for the low introductory price of $119, but only through to April 10. After that, it will return to the regular price of $199. 

Win Focusrite Red 2 EQ & Red 3 Compressor Plug-ins 

We have teamed up with Focusrite to give away a RED 2 and RED 3 plug-in bundle every day this month. Even better during Musikmesse we will be giving away 3 bundles every day.  So if you don’t own a Focusrite interface and would like the chance to win RED 2 and RED 3 plug-ins then enter the competition below.

When James reviewed these plug-ins he wanted to explore if it was possible to mix a track only only using the Red 2 & Red 3 plug-ins.

To answer that question, he tries this approach on a guitar led rock track with vocals. Watch as James takes you on a tour of the GUI and shows off some go the plug-in presets and applies his ideas to these powerful yes affordable plug-ins.

The Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware – letting you exploit the originals’ famous sound, conveniently from within your audio software. 

Let’s look at design of the original hardware….

  • The Red 2 hardware is derived from the ISA 215 equalizer circuits, initially designed for the Focusrite Forte console with it’s 6-band configuration with high and low-pass filters.
  • The Red 3 hardware uses the same circuit topology as the ISA130 compressor module, based around an innovative proprietary VCA design that earned Focusrite a TEC award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Signal Processing Technology. The unique implementation utilises three VCAs in series on the side chain to achieve true compression followed by limiting.

The Red 2 and Red 3 plug-ins faithfully reproduce the sonic qualities of the hardware, allowing you to get detailed dynamic and tonal control of your mix, and tap into the classic ‘Red’ sound. 

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  • One entry per email address, one win per person.
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  • Ends last day of April 2015

Deal: Acon Digital Complete Bundle £139 - 48% Discount

Over the last year or so we have been able to run deals on each of the Acon Digital plug-ins, Equalize, Restoration Suite, Verberate (stereo), and DeVerberate. Now we are very pleased to be able to offer the Acon Digital Complete Bundle made up of these four plug-ins. Until now it has not been possible to get all four plug-ins together. Now we can offer the Complete Bundle at the great price of £139 which is a reduction of 48% on the cost of the indivdual plug-ins.

Acon Digital Plug-in Specifications

All Acon Digital Plug-ins are available for both Windows (PC) and OS X (Macintosh). Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available, and VST, AAX and Audio Units (OS X only) plug-in formats are supported.

Show & Tell Reviews

We have put together an edited highlights from our four Show & Tell Reviews of the Acon Digital plug-ins. However if you would like to see the videos in full then we have a dedicated playlist with the four show and tell reviews in full.

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Exclusive: Preview Of Softube Jack Off Plug-in

Pro Tools Expert have been given exclusive access to the amazing new Softube plug-in “Jack Off” that removes the treated guitar sound and returns it to the unplugged sound. Hearing is believing with this amazing new plug-in which they aim to ship later this year. We’ve been given a sneak look at the beta version so we could make the video shown above.

Niklas Odelholm Product Manager at Softube explains:

“Linearization of non-linear systems is one of the holy grails in system modeling, and a goal we’ve pursued for years. Perfecting the rawness of the super analog tone was our goal. Anyone can add sound to a signal, removing it is a different task that took us 3 years to perfect. We’ve tried it on all sorts of material and each time the results have been perfect.”

Henrik Andersson Vogel Marketing Manager at Softube says:

“Softube is widely recognized for our world class guitar amplifier emulations. Having taken amp modeling as far as we possibly could, there was only one direction to go next—which was to  capture the essence of the guitar itself. Hence Jack Off, which allows you to capture that true in store guitar sound in a plug-in.”

We’ve tested it and it really is amazing hearing it strip out the effected sound and leave a completely un-plugged guitar which can then be used as you wish.

Estimated price will be around $299 when it ships later this year.

What do you think? Is this something you would want in your plug-in collection?

McDSP v6 Plug-ins Now Available At 50% OFF

Our friends at McDSP have announced their new v6 plug-ins.

The McDSP v6 product line is available now and on sale! McDSP are offering 50% off individual plug-ins and 30% off bundles!

The v6 product line includes major improvements in speed, support (VST and VST3), and much more.

All v6 products include:

  • Enhanced AU and VST algorithms 
  • Faster loading times 
  • New Avid control surface support 
  • Higher sample rate support 
  • Updated user interfaces 
  • Artist presets 

Native v6 products support AAX Native, AU and VST. HD v6 products support AAX DSP/Native, AU and VST.

Any customer who purchased a v5 product or upgraded to v5 after Jan. 2, 2015 is eligible for a free upgrade to v6.

Find out more about McDSP v6 here

Review Of The Sync-One2 AV Synchronisation Measurement from Harkwood Services

Pro Tools Expert post followers and anyone with even a cursory interest in ‘things sound for picture’ will know that I am the “In-house Sync Nazi”, and as a dubbing mixer/editor predominately for TV (re-recording mixer if you speak American), I preach accurate AV sync and take no prisoners in the process!

I have on loan in my studio the potential successor to the crown of “the gold standard weapon of choice for the discerning audio post synchronisation police”, previously held by Richard Fairbanks’ SynCheck 3, which has now ceased production. Sync-One2 is the new kid on the block and the has been designed and built from the ground up in Cambridge, England (sorry Massachusetts) by AV consultant and chartered IT professional Jeremy Curtis of Harkwood Services Ltd. 

It is a comparable size to Syncheck, and comes to the party dressed in black with an easy to read 16x2 OLED digital display. I instantly found friends with this box as it requires AA batteries, even rechargeables (which I have a plethora of, due to my Nikon flash guns) rather than Syncheck’s 9v PP3. In true Pro Tools Expert style, I tried to break it and not to read the manual. Pressing the on/off button greets you with the unit serial number, but more importantly, a self calibration test to measure background light and noise levels, which helps avoid false readings. A nice reassuring touch.

Just like Syncheck, the sound and light detectors are on the front of the box, Sync-One2 can measure up to ±  2/3 second difference in sound and vision (more than that and you might as well be on another planet). You can either measure the offset in milliseconds, or if you input the frame rate, in frames. I mostly live in the “PAL land” of 25fps - and I pathologically dislike having to divide time by 40ms (the 25fps rate) to get the number of frames, so thumbs up for that one!.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 160

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Julian Rodgers bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Philip F would like to see a video interview with Avid asking them why they aren’t doing their best to make the software we need.
  • Tony Molica wanted to share his experiences to hopefully help the problem we covered in Podcast 159.
  • Tiago Dutra would like to see a tutorial video on how to access the support services included in the Pro Tools 11 & 12 upgrade plans.
  • Mike Greenberg would like to see a poll asking users that have bought into the Pro Tools 11 upgrade plans if they have received their Pro Tools 12 upgrades yet.
  • David Marsden was concerned with his Avid web store experience and also that Pro Tools 11 being no longer available in Avid accounts following the Pro Tools 12 release.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea    

  • Chad Wiebe is having problems with using the RME Fireface 800 interface with Pro Tools on Windows. There is a thread in the DUC that may well help. 
  • Chris Tindall asks how to find a Pro Tools 8.0.5 LE installer for use on Windows 7. There are installers on the Avid site on the Downloads page
  • Lucian Cazacu Pro Tools 12 isn’t in his Avid account yet, what can he do?
  • Deloit Latsay would like our advice on tricks and tips on transcribing and deconstructing tracks using Pro Tools.
  • Kevin Darbyshire-Bryant would like to know what the new PFL/AFL features Pro Tools 12. Does it get around the hardware limitations for PFL/AFL that require HD hardware?
  • Glenn Skinner asks if there is an easier way to download and authorise single Waves plug-ins.
  • Shannon Bliss-Kelly would like our advice on hard drives for use with Pro Tools with a Thunderbolt interface. Take a look at G-Technology

Find Of The Week       

  • Russ - Prism rig 
  • Mike - AIR Control app for Dynaudio AIR Speakers. Makes controlling them so much easier than pressing buttons on the front of the master speaker. 
  • James -  Sonos. Use it to test your mixes…… Its an amazing consumer type system. 
  • Julian - Abbey Road offering Training

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Defacer - A Free Audio Mangling Plug-in

Audio Assault seem to be on a roll, releasing yet another free plug-in that Pro Tools users can grab for free.

Defacer aims to distort, filter, rectify and generally mash up the sound. Even better it has 2 channels which can work independently as well as a mix option for parallel processing.

For free it’s a little gem.

It works in RTAS and AAX Mac and Windows.

Download Audio Assault Defacer

HHB Scrub Supplies Avid S6 & Pro Tools Upgrades To Cardiff’s Gorilla Group

Our friends at HHB Scrub, have supplied another two Avid S6 control surfaces and Pro Tools upgrades, this time to Gorilla Group for its new facilities in Cardiff, Wales.

The Gorilla Group’s studios are located in the GloWorks building, a new creative industries centre and part of the regeneration of Cardiff Bay. Wales’ largest TV facilities group, 

Scrub configured and installed the 16-fader S6 M10 and 32-fader S6 M40 mixing systems for Gorilla’s new audio editing and mixing facilities, as well as upgrades to the latest Pro Tools HDX hardware and version 11 software. Gorilla Senior Dubbing Mixer Tom Logan told us…

The ability to spill VCA groups on the surface of the S6 is a fantastic feature. It is great to have those faders directly in front of you and jump straight into a dialogue track to make quick adjustments. The offline bounce feature saves us a huge amount of time and the system is incredibly quick when handling large amounts of plug-ins. We often use the Channel Strip plug-in on almost every track, and with the new Pro Tools hardware and Mac Pro you can use as many instances as you need without slowing down the processing speed of the session.

If you would like to know more about the Avid S6 then take a read of our Avid S6 profile with HHB about the S6 in a UK context and how Avid have taken on board UK customer’s requests for the latest v1.4 release.

There is a lot more about the Avid S6 on our dedicated S6 microsite.

Pro Tools First Steps Part 2 - Choosing A Computer & Hard Drive

In part 1 of series designed to help people get started with Pro Tools we looked at choosing an interface and software. Next we will look at choosing a computer and hard drives to put your projects and media onto.

Choosing A Computer

Not just any old computer will do, and I cannot recommend too strongly that you follow the advice in the compatibility charts for Mac or Windows on the Avid web site and then choose the page for the version of Pro Tools that you are using as the compatibility inforamtion is different for different versions of Pro Tools.

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