Pro Tools Fundamentals: Using Send And Return Loops On Time Based Effects

In this week’s fundamentals post Julian looks at how to use time-based effects using sends and returns.

Using effects in this way makes more efficient use of computer resources and makes sessions easier to work with.

Watch the free Pro Tools video tutorial here

DDMF Announce New Channel Strip Plug-in - The Strip

Our friends at DDMF, the makers of the hugely popular plug-in host Metaplugin, have announced a new channel strip plug-in The Strip. Please note the GUI is a single long GUI and not split as shown in this story.

The Strip Channel Strip Plug-in

The Strip is cited by Christian at DDMF as “the essential channel strip” and based on a hybrid design of some very nice vintage plug-ins. Even better The Strip boast low CPU usage and should happily sit on every track without putting your DAW into a sweat. It comes available in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX format, 32 and 64 bit, for Windows and OSX (10.6 and higher) Even better it is a temptingly low price of $39 right now.

Full Specifications Of DDMF The Strip

  • Low and High pass filter
  • four peaking filters
  • Low shelf filter
  • gate with variable threshold, range, attack and release to prevent unwanted noise
  • smooth compressor section
  • 2x oversampling available
  • EQ section with just the nicest little bit of saturation
  • order of EQ and compression interchangeable
  • available in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX format, 32 and 64 bit, for Windows and OSX (10.6 and higher)

Find Out More About The Strip

You can find out more and download a demo of The Strip from the DDMF web site.

Source Elements Announce Source Connect 3.8 Coming In September

Our friends at Source Elements have announced that they will be releasing Source-Connect 3.8 in September.

Monthly Subscriptions That Don’t Require an iLok

Source-Connect 3.8 will have full 64 bit support and perhaps even bigger news is that they will be offering monthly subscriptions that don’t require you to have an iLok dongle.

With this move they would appear to be expanding into non Pro Tools related markets and users that that don’t have to have an iLok. Also the idea of being able to pay to use Source-Connect for a fixed period will be great for small independent freelance home workers who may only need to have acess to Source-Connect for a particular project and can charge the client for the subscription charge, neat idea Source Elements.

What Is Source-Connect?

If you aren’t aware of Source Elements then this video demonstrates how you can use Source-Connect to lock two Pro Tools systems together and they also have a feature where you can replace the AAC files with the original WAV files. For much more on Source-Connect visit their web site.

Arrange a Free Source-Connect Trial

You can arrange a free trial of Source-Connect and get a free 30 minute tutorial to get you started courtesy of Source Elements.

POST EDL: Tip 7 - Pacing Pacing Pacing…...

When editing/mixing in post, do not get bogged down on winning a BAFTA for the opening montage (even though I am a judge!). Learn to pass through your mix in layers, gradually improving it. Remember, often you might have no idea that later on in the film there is a last minute inclusion of a mute three minute reconstruction of the D-Day Landings that may take you hours to complete!

My Workflow

For me, when mixing a documenatry or a promo I work in the following way:

  • Start with the Dx (film term for dialogue) and seperate the tracks and get similar interviewees on the same tracks etc to speed up the mix and split out the others into sensible track allocations
  • Then do another pass through the whole show and do the fade ins and outs of each and every clip
  • Then if you have time another pass where you do any RX3 or other remedial audiosuite work
  • Then mix the sync/dialogues
  • Then I look at the music edits
  • Then I mix the music against the dialogue
  • Lastly I look at the fx. If you short of time, this is where you can compromise as at least you have transmittable dials and music mix (which is often large swathes of the programme).
  • I tend to mix what is there from the edit/AAF/OMF in the first pass - these are the fx that the director and editor are used to hearing in the edit - so you will get “bust” quickly if you miss these out. Familiarity is the key here. I make notes on the fly about where I need to add stuff.
  • Then I go back and then start adding in all the extra bits that would be “nice if you have time”.
  • If a director attempts to get bogged down in a section I often say, “let’s get it transmittable first, I’ll come back to this section and improve it further later”. Later on when the clock is ticking towards the end of their booking and they are paying the bills, they often change their mind about what seemed to be so very important earlier.

Create Amazing Grooves Using Xpand 2 - Free Pro Tools Video Tutorial

In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows how powerful Xpand2 synth can be for creating grooves for use in tracks.

If you don’t have the cash to buy additional plug-ins then this video shows you how to get the best from this free Pro Tools plug-in.

He also shows how to use additional free Pro Tools plug-ins on grooves and loops.

This was orginally a member only video, but now free to watch.


Waves Labor Day Weekend Sale - ENDS Monday

To celebrate Labor Day in the US Waves are extending their normal weekend sale two ways. Firstly it will run until the end on Monday and secondly there are more plug-ins and bundles on offer…

Don’t forget that there are also the August deals still running too, so make sure you checkout the Waves Specials page.

FabFilter Have Released Their Pro-Q 2 Plug-in - Now You Can Check It Out For Yourself

Our friends at FabFilter have released, as promised, the new version of their amazing Pro-Q EQ plug-in. The new features include Full Screen mode, unique Natural Phase processing, Auto Gain, Spectrum Grab, Gain-Q interaction and slope support for all filter types make Pro-Q 2 better than its predecessor.

Completely Redesigned From the Ground Up

This is no little upgrade, the team at FabFilter have completely redesigned the internal filter engine which not only improves the existing zero latency and linear phase modes but also makes it possible to add a new natural phase mode and have filter slopes from 6dB per octave to a massive 96dB per octave.

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Fey Features

  • Natural Phase mode to perfectly match the magnitude response of analog EQ’ing while also closely matching the analog phase response, without noticeable pre-ring or a long latency
  • Full Screen mode for super-precise adjustments
  • Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyser right away!
  • Universal slope support for all filter types, for example enabling users to make ultra-narrow bell filters or very steep shelves including 18, 30, 36, 72 and 96dB/oct.)
  • Highly improved Linear Phase mode, offering a better magnitude response and smooth changes without zipper effects
  • New EQ filter types: Tilt Shelf and Band-Pass, in addition to the existing Bell, High/Low Cut, High/Low Shelf and Notch filter shapes
  • Gain-Q interaction option: when enabled, Q and gain influence each other in a pleasant way often found in analog mixing consoles
  • EQ Match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another track via the side-chain input
  • Auto Gain automatically adjusts the output gain to compensate for the audible gain loss or increase introduced by the active EQ bands
  • Improved spectrum analyser with adjustable range, tilt, freeze, and horizontal zooming
  • Optional piano roll display
  • Flexible interface resizing
  • Full output level meter
  • Phase Invert option
  • Highly improved CPU optimisation: Pro-Q 2 uses less memory and is more than twice as efficient as its predecessor!
  • Improved analog magnitude matching in Zero Latency mode

Pricing And Upgrades

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is now available for EUR 149, USD 199 or GBP 124, supporting both Windows and Mac OS X in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. 

Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to Pro-Q 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account.

Try Before You Buy

You can download the Pro-Q 2 from the download page on the FabFilter site and try it out for free for 30 days. Then if you decide to buy it you just use your personal license key to unlock it.

Show & Tell Review Coming Soon

We will be making one of our show and tell reviews of this plug-in very soon.

Using Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter To Bring Character And Sheen

In this free video tutorial Russ shows how the Waves Vintage Aural Exciter has some tricks up its sleeve. In this video Russ gives two examples how the different mix modes bring entirely different results.

In the first example he uses the Aural Exciter to add character to a drum loop.

In the second example he uses the Aural Exciter to add air and sheen to strings.In this in depth video tutorial Russ shows how there’s more to the Aural Exciter than first meets the ear.

Watch it here

ADR A Whole Low Budget Film? Sounds In Sync Made It Possible

Sound designer/editor/mixer Jonah Guelzo was working a low budget/ crowd sourced film recently directed by his brother Joel.  The problem was that there was no consistent location sound so the only solution was to ADR the whole film so Jonah looked around for a creative solution and he teamed up with our friends Sounds In Sync to use their EdiPrompt and EdiCue software to make this ADR process as painless as possible and this video is the story of that journey.

Drumdrops Drum Samples Mixed By Guy Massey - Free To First 20

Our friends at Drumdrops are releasing the 1965 Ludwig Super Classic Kit Kontakt 5 pack tomorrow, 28th August between 4pm and 4.30 pm with a special introductory offer.

  • First 20 people will receive it free
  • Next 50 people will receive it for £ 15.00
  • Next 50 people will receive it for £ 25.00
  • Next 50 people will receive it for £ 30.00
  • And then it will return to £ 40.00.

Recorded At Top London Studio The Square

The kit was recorded by our resident Drumdrops engineer Ben Thackeray and mixed by Grammy award winning ex-Abbey Road engineer Guy Massey. The drummer was Tim Weller, a busy UK session drummer recent clients included - Death in Vegas, Chris Difford, Future Sound of London, Marc Almond, Beverley Craven, Natalie Imbruglia, Duke Special, Ellie Goulding and Noel Gallagher.

The recording took place in Miloco’s The Square Studios in London. Quite a controlled and tight sounding live room so you can really hear the sound of this kit and treat it later. For mic pre’s we used a combination of the SSL G-Series and a number of external pre’s including Calrec 1061’s, Valve Telefunken V76, a Neve 1066 and Neve Prisms.

Mixed On SSL-G Series

The kit was mixed on the SSL G-Series console at The Square by Guy Massey. In the past few years Guy has worked with many artists including Bill Fay, Ed Sheeran, Ultrasound, Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh and Paul McCartney as well as many up and coming acts. In 2010 he won two UK Music Producer Guild awards for engineer of the year and best album. He won engineer of the year again this year.

More Drumdrops Deals

Check out our Route Seventy Sticks sound lbrary in this months deals here

Get The Kit For Free

Head over to the Drumdrops site from 4:00pm GMT tomorrow to grab them