Dolby Broadcast and Multi-Channel Work Demystified - A Podcast Post Extra Interview With Jordan Glasgow

Recently on Pro Tools Expert Mike Thornton has been to Galaxy Studios in Belgium, investigating Auro 3D and their multi channel workflow in film. By way of balance we will be exploring Dolby Atmos and Mike Thornton & Mike Aiton have recently spent the day at Point 1 Post in Elstree to explore the Dolby Atmos cinema workflow, so watch this space….. 

On the way towards this series, Mike Aiton spent some time in conversation with Jordan Glasgow, Dolby’s Senior Product Manager of Software Content Creation and Mike Babbitt, Dolby’s “Broadcast & Loudness Guru” to understand the Dolby jargon and find out what it is, and what it’s all about, and why Dolby think they do what they do best. 

In the discussion and open for demystification are topics such as: DialNorm; Loudness; dialogue gating; Metadata; LEQm; CinemaTrailersDivergence in Surround Mixes; Dolby Atmos in Broadcast and in the Home; Loudness In Dolby Atmos and Cinema Mix Levels - phew! Let’s dive in….

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Win The Brand New Sound Radix Drum Leveler Plug-in With Loop Loft

In addition to their end of year sale Loop Loft have joined forces with Sound Radix to offer the chance to win one of 5 copies of the brand new Drum Leveler Plug-in. On their website they say;

Purchase anything from The Loop Loft during The Black Friday Sale and automatically be entered to win the amazing new Drum Leveler plugin from Sound Radix!

We will be giving 5 copies of The Drum Leveler via random drawing of customers who purchase anything today through December 1st at 12:00am ET.  Winners will be notified via email on December 2nd.  Customers must select the “accept marketing” option during checkout in order to be entered into the contest.

Click here for more information

Waves Biggest Ever Black Friday Sale - Check It Out

In their biggest Black Friday sale ever Waves are offering 40% off all native plug-ins, bundles and upgrades, and then there are some very special offers, take a look at some of these prices…

  • Gold Bundle $199 - normally $800 - 75% off, its never been lower!
  • Tony Maserati Signature Series $99 - normally $500 - 80% off
  • CLA Classic Compressors $129 - normally Reg. $500
  • Reel ADT $79 - normally $200 - watch our review of the Abbey Road Reel ADT
  • Scheps 73 EQ $69 - normally $149 - watch our review of the Scheps 73
  • SSL 4000 Collection $389 - normally $650
  • EMI TG12345 Channel Strip Native $99 - normally $200, SoundGrid $149 - normally $300 - watch our review of the TG12345
  • Codex Wavetable Synth $99 - normally $200 - watch our free tutorial on creating sounds with the Codex.
  • Vitamin Sonic Enhancer $79 - normally $200 - watch our review of Vitamin for music and our review for using Vitamin for post work.
  • API 2500 $99 - normally $400 - 75% off
  • NLS Non-Linear Summer $79 - normally $249
  • C6 Multiband Compressor $69 - normally $250
  • Manny Marroquin Reverb $29 - normally $100
  • Renaissance Compressor $29 - normally $150 - 80% off
  • JJP Analog Legends $99 - normally $500 - 80% off
  • Silver Bundle $149 - normally $600
  • Abbey Road Collection Native $399 - normally $750, SoundGrid $599 - normally $1200)
  • Platinum Bundle $699 - normally $1600
  • Diamond Bundle $999 - normally $2500
  • Horizon Bundle $1199 - normally $3500
  • Mercury Bundle $3499 - normally $6100
  • JJP Vocals $29 - normally $150
  • L2 Ultramaximizer $49 - normally $250 - 80% off
  • H-Delay $49 - normally Reg. $150
  • V-Comp $49 - normally $300
  • H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer $69 - normally $200

Check out these and all the special offers on the Waves Specials page

But remember don’t get yourself in debt Check out our Black Friday advice here.

DMG Audio Release AAX DSP Version Of Their EQuality Plug-in

This plug-in is a very popular plug-in especially in the post community and it is great to see that even a smaller developer like DMG Audio have taken the trouble to produce a DSP version of their EQ plug-in EQuality.

Very Low CPU Usage

DMG Audio have prided themselves on the low CPU usage load their plug-in put on the computer and that extends to the AAX DSP version too. They tell us that that you can get up to 56 mono or 21 stereo instances on one HDX chip! See below for the full details at different sample rates….

  • Mono instances per chip: 56,42,18 at 48/96/192
  • Stereo instances per chip: 21,10,4 at 48/96/192

EQuality Overview

If you haven’t come across EQuality then here is a brief overview…

  • Very low CPU usage for every track of your mix
  • Generates super-high-quality prototypes. Clear undistorted top.
  • Digital+ mode; turns awesome into perfect.
  • Linear/Analogue/Minimum phase modes for master and special channels
  • 6 bands, 2 shelf/bells, 4 bell/notches, Q 0.1->50, +/-36dB range
  • 2 fully parametric filters (high and low-pass), 6/12/18/24/30/36db/oct Q 0.1->20
  • Three different UI modes to taste - full, graph and knobs.
  • M/S processing modes
  • Windows - AAX 32, AAX 64, RTAS, VST, VST3, VST 64, VST3 64. 
  • Mac - AAX 32, AAX 64, RTAS, VST, VST3, VST 64, VST3 64, AU32+64bit, 

More information on AAX DSP version of EQuality here.

Some Tips For Using Blue Cat Audio PatchWork in Standalone Mode

In this free video tutorial Russ gives some tips for using Blue Cat Audio PatchWork in standalone mode.

He offers tips for both keyboard and guitar players and shows how powerful this little application can be for live use.

Watch the free Blue Cat PatchWork video tutorial here

How To Use Waves One Knob Pumper Plug in 

Russ shows 3 ways to use the new Waves One Knob Pumper plug-in in this free video. He uses it on synth, bass synth and drums.

Watch the free Waves One Knob Pumper video here

Waves Announce Free Black Friday Plug-in Is OneKnob Pumper

For all of you who thought it might be a OneKnob plug-in, congratulations!

So for this Black Friday is giving away a brand new plugin developed especially for you. It’s yours and it’s free untile the end of Cyber Monday. After that the regular price for OneKnob Pumper will be $80.

It is designed for achieving an instant ducking effect because OneKnob Pumper simulates sidechain compression, saving you the need to route the kick track to the sidechain input of a compressor. The punch line has to be…

It’s ducking awesome.

We will get a video review as soon as we can.

Direct Sound Extreme Isolation EX-25 Headphone Review From Ableton Live Expert

Our friends over at Ableton Live Expert have a review of the Direct Sound Extreme Isolation EX-25 headphone.

There are situations in the studio (or when home recording) when you’re trying to record a live source, like a guitar amp, drums, or vocals, and you can’t differentiate the room sound from what you’re hearing in your headphones.

It is an excellent review and well worth a read.

You can read the entire Direct Sound Extreme Isolation EX-25 Headphone Review here

Stop Being A Broke Creative - 5 Ways To Make Sure You Get Paid

If you own a studio and make your living from it then I want to tell you something that you probably need to hear more often. Your talent and the equipment and facilities you have invested in are worth good money - so don’t let people get away with not paying you!

I hear too many stories from creative professionals who spend hours, days, weeks, months on a project and then never get paid for it. You know the usual lines; 

  • The cheque is in the post
  • I haven’t been paid
  • We ran over budget
  • I just need a few more weeks to get the money
  • The dog ate the cheque

Let’s be clear if your client’s bank don’t do recording, then they shouldn’t expect your studio to offer loans!

Now until you start believing in your skill and your talent, then setting some clear boundaries about payment, then you may as well burn your own money.

So here are my 5 top tips to make sure you get paid; 

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The Hot Black Friday 2014 Deals - Plug-ins, Loops, Hardware And Other Audio Production Equipment.

Here’s a round up of some of the hottest Black Friday 2014 deals from our partners, these include plug-ins, loops, hardware and other audio production equipment.

Exponential Audio Reverb Plug-ins

Exponential Audio are offering 30th off their reverb plugins starting Friday until December 12th. Exponential Audio Sale is here

Synchro Arts ReVoice Pro 3

Synchro Arts are offering 30% off the new ReVoice Pro 3 until December 12th. Synchro Arts Sale is here

Loop Loft Drum Loops

Loop Loft are offeirng 40% off everything in their online store using Discount Code SAVE40. The Loop Loft Sale is here

Softube Plug-ins

Softube are offering up to 50% off their plug-ins until January 7th 2015. The Softube End of Year Sale is here

Groove 3 Tutorial Videos

Groove 3 are running their annual Big November sale with Annual Passes at $99. Check out the Groove 3 Sale here

Sonnox Black Friday Plugin Deals

Selected plugin bundles are 40% off at Sonnox. Bundles included in the Black Friday Sale are: Sonnox Elite, Essential, Enhance, Broadcast, Post and Restore. Offer ends midnight Monday 1st December. Check out the Sonnox deals here.

Waves Black Friday Deals With Free Plug-in

Many great Waves offers start Black Friday, including the chance to grab their new plug-in FREE. More about Waves Black Friday deals here

Universal Audio And UAD Deals

More about the Universal Audio sale here

New Analog Classics Pro Bundle

Normally: $699 List / $399

Upgrade Price* Now: $349 List / $249 Upgrade Price*

  • LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection
  • 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection
  • Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection

* for owners of Legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Pultec Pro plug-ins

UAD Essential Plug-In Collections

Normally: $299 List / $149 Upgrade Price* Now: $149 List / $89 Upgrade Price* Pick any Collection: >

  • UA 610 Tube Preamp Plug-In Collection
  • Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-In Collection
  • Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection
  • LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection
  • 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection
  • Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection

* for owners of Legacy plug-in version Save Storewide Visit the UA Online store for the best deals of the year on our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins!

Drum Drops Samples

There’s a storewide sale at Drum Drops offering 30% off their great collections. More about the Drum Drops deals here

Maag Audio

Maag Audio are offering $100 off anyof their Blue hardware, we love this stuff. Check out the Maag Audio sale here

Plug-in Alliance Deals

22 plugins for $99 from Plugin Alliance, this includes Maag, Brainworx, SPL and Noveltech. Plugin Alliance Black Friday deals are here

TC Electronic Slash 75% Off The Price Of Their TDM Plug-Ins

TC Electronic are still selling their TDM plug-ins and if you are staying with the TDM hardware and choosing to run Pro Toos 10 or earlier then we have some really good news from TC Electronic. 75% Off All TC Electronic TDM Plug-ins. TC Electronics Deals are here

Pro Tools 11 Special Offer From Absolute Music

The deal is already super low £299 inc VAT, but Absolute Music are offering the Pro Tools Expert community a further £50 off making it just £249 inc VAT. There’s a small charge for shipping which you can see before committing to purchase and worldwide shipping is also available. The Pro Tools 11 special deal is here

Time And Space Deals

With up to 80% off products from massive brands such as Toontrack, iZotope, Heavyocity and more. Deals launched today include a 35% off across the board sale from creators of world class instrument libraries Soundiron. 80% off Beatstation, Toontrack’s complete workstation for recording, creating and editing instruments and 67% EZmix 2 and EZkeys Classic Electrics. The Time and Space deals are here

PureMix Deals

PureMix are reducing their 3 month and annual subscriptions. The 3 month subscription is down to $62.99 from $89.99 and the annual sub is down to half price at $134.99 from $269.99. More here on the PureMix deals here 

Apogee Deals

Between Wednesday, November 26 and Tuesday, December 2, customers in the US can visit Apogee’s online store to take advantage of the lower prices on their audio interfaces for recording or listening to music on iPad, iPhone and Mac. 

Foley Collection Deals

Foley Collection are offering 30% of across the board from November 24th to November 30th. They tell us that the discount will be automatically applied to all products in the checkout process.

New Audio Technology Deals

New Audio Technology are offering 20% off everything until December 2nd 2014. If you are working in immersive sound check out their plug-ins and tools like the Spatial Audio Designer. 

EastWest Deals

This week and next, EastWest celebrates Black Friday and Cyber Monday week by giving customers the opportunity to save an additional $100 on any order over $200 with a coupon and includes items already discounted. Part of this sale is EastWest’s Complete Composers Collection 3. Enter the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at SoundsOnLine  European customers should go to the European SoundsOnLine Store.

iZotope Deals

iZotope are offering discounts on bundles until December 21st 2014. For example the Studio & Repair bundles which has Alloy 2, Ozone 6, Nectar 2 and RX4 Advanced would cost $1946 if you bought the bundle separately. The bundle is normally $1549 but until the end of the year you can get it for $999.

You can more info on the iZotope deals here.

Boz Digital Labs

As well as a new plug-in +10dB, due to be released on Friday, Boz are also promising loads of deals They tell us…

We will be having a sale on all of our plugins, so if you’ve been holding off wondering about the best time to get you BDL plugins, this weekend will probably be the best time. We’re still crunching the numbers, but I can assure you that every single one of our plug-ins will be on sale.

Check out the Boz site for more details

Soundtoys Deals

Soundtoys are offering pretty much everything on special offer from November 27th to December 1st including bundles, single plug-ins and upgrades. But they are also offering a further bonus..

Every Soundtoys Native Effects purchase comes with a free upgrade to Soundtoys 5. Not only do you get to bathe in the warmth of EchoBoy, Decapitator, and the rest of the Native Effects bundle right now, you’ll get even more effects goodness in the future. When we release Soundtoys 5 you’ll get 4 more plug-ins - Radiator, MicroShift, Devil-Loc, and the new PrimalTap. And finally, you’ll get the beautiful and powerful new Effect Rack to keep them all neat and tidy. (oh, and you CAN still use all the plug-ins individually, just like you’re used to).

More on Soundtoys deals here.