Ample Guitar M Lite aims to bring the Martin D-41 Guitar sound to your studio.
Ample Guitar Lite M is a 670MB reduced version of the 5.59GB Ample Guitar M virtual acoustic guitar.
- 668 samples in 16-bit / 44.1kHz
- First four frets limit with fingerstyle - no strumming here.
- 5 playing techniques are included; sustain, hammer on, pull-off, palm mute and popping
- Reverb and a stereo delay.
Ample Guitar M Lite is available in VST, RTAS and AU formats on Mac OS X and Windows 32 and 64-bits. You can download and compare it to the full version at www.amplesound.net.
There seems to be a lot of interest and discussion around a the whole issue of Pro Tools users getting the same software features as Pro Tools HD users. Perhaps Avid have made a rod for their own back, this was in fact what CPTK gave users before it was dropped from Pro Tools 11.
However, there are two sides to this argument - on the one side there are those who want the features but don’t want to have to buy what they see as a hardware dongle. On the other side we have those who have invested a great deal in a full HD/HDX system who feel somewhat p*ssed off when they see none-HD users getting the same software. It’s a fallacy to think that HDX users simply benefit from better software, DSP hardware offers lower latency at higher track counts, so there’s more to this debate than simply a software one.
Some suggest that no other company offers tiered systems, not true. Steinberg have several versions of Cubase, as well as Nuendo. Cakewalk Sonar and Studio One have several versions, Reason comes in two versions. Whereas DP and Logic do not, although one could argue that Garageband is Logic Lite. Furthermore, Apple are a unique case, as the software is part of the complete OS package when buying Apple hardware and is often used as a loss-leader to get people to buy Apple computers. Comparing a FREE copy of Garageband with something like Pro Tools Express or Reason Essentials is not comparing Apples with Apples (forgive the pun). One could also argue, as many PC Emagic users did at the time, that Logic does come with a hardware dongle… a Mac!
Given these fact, is it reasonable to expect Avid to give the same features to every user when many competitors don’t? Is it reasonable to expect the same software without making the same investment?
We would be interested in hearing from both sides on this discussion.
Mike presents a show & tell review of the Cedar Studio for Pro Tools plug-ins and covers the DNS One, DeBuzz, DeClip and Adaptive Limiter 2 plug-ins.
After several (what seem to us unecessary) weeks, Avid have finally decided to revise their CPTK to Pro Tools 11 upgrade pricing.
In an announcment this morning via the DUC they write…
“Hi folks, After considering your feedback, Avid is pleased to announce revised pricing for Complete Production Toolkit customers who wish to upgrade to Pro Tools HD 11 software. The pricing now matches the standard Pro Tools HD 11 software upgrade pricing.
Customers will be able to purchase these upgrades from the Avid store when Pro Tools 11 software is available for sale later in Q2:
Price (US MSRP)
PRO TOOLS 10 + CPTK to PRO TOOLS HD 11 $599
PRO TOOLS 9 + CPTK to PRO TOOLS HD 11 $999
Again, thanks for your input and commitment to the Pro Tools platform. We’re committed to serving you.”
Now, let’s wait to see the arrival of Pro Tools 11.
Ever wonder what it’s like to record at the world’s most famous recording studio? Or how a Grammy-nominated producer can pull the perfect performance out of any artist, including Katy Perry and OneRepublic?
Follow up-and-coming UK band Strangefruit’s every step—from preparation to the final mix—as they record a song at Abbey Road with multi Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells.
- See what it’s like to record in the same studio as The Beatles, with some of the same gear.
- Find out what role Greg plays in the production, and why producers are vital.
- See how Pro Tools home recordings can make it into the final studio mix.
- Get tips at every stage, from mic selection and tracking, to mixing and refining sounds.
Sign up now to start watching and be alerted when the next episode is available.
The winner of the Revoice Pro vocal alignment software is Dave Holt from Tampa, Florida, USA.
Well done Dave, have fun!
Pro Tools PC have released a picture and a base price as well as more details…
- Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz Unlocked
- 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM (upgradable to 32GB)
- 120GB SSD System Drive (upgradable to 480GB)
- 1TB SATA III Audio Drive (add up to 6 drives in total)
- Nvidia GT610 Graphics (upgradable to Quadro)
- DVDR/RW Optical Drive (Blu-Ray optional)
- From £1499 inc VAT
- Coming soon…..
They have said that US and International pricing to follow. If you are interested then you can sign up on their web site.
Our friends at Softube have kindly donated a Summit Audio Grand Channel plug-in which is awesome. Click on the image above to see it in all’s it’s magnificent glory!
Not wishing to mess around with long forms and hard questions, all you need is to complete the form below for a chance to grab this uber cool plug-in. No purchase necessary.
We’ve been getting some info regarding a couple of things about Pro Tools 11 installation software.
The first one is that the installer for Pro Tools 11 is currently around 600mb for Mac (possibly the same for Windows too), previous versions of 10 have averaged around 2.4gb, which shows the new installers are about 25% in size before uncompressing. One wonders where all that extra stuff has gone to.
Secondly, the Mac installer is simply a drag and drop into your Applications folder for installation. Nice.
Russ shows how to track both clean and effected tracks at the same time in Pro Tools, giving the best of both worlds.
Synchro Arts are now offering a plug-in rental service for those who just need one of their cool plug-ins for a project. The service covers ReVoice Pro (Mac) and VocAlign Pro v4 (Mac and PC).
A nice touch is that if you rent for 4 periods then you get the plug-in to keep.
Our friends over at Sonnox have made this excellent video interview with Ruadhri Cushnan of Mumford and Sons and Ed Sheeran fame, to name just two. Check it out.
By the way, check out the audio interface which seems to be in use as part of his Pro Tools HD workflow, an Mbox, it’s good to be able to take large HD sessions mobile like that when not in the studio.
Russ, Mike, Neil & James are here with a packed Pro Tools Expert podcast that includes;
- Exponential claims for PT11
- HD Native could be a killer system
- The future of Apple’s Mac Pro
- Community Tip 1 - Carsten Groa
- Community Tip 2 - Tony Molica
- Community Tip 3 - John aka Tunes
- Community Tip 4 - Kimball Owen-Brown
- No sound from Pro Tools SE
- Control surfaces and monitor sections
- No Digidesign Plug-in Folder after update
- Problems with DAE error 9073 on Windows machine Video to help
- Problems with Ableton Live 9 Intro & Pro Tools 10 Rewire downloads
- Will Bidule work with effects plug-ins?
- AAX version of Vocalign LE
- How to prove eligibility for free academic upgrade
- Pelsuo v Octava mics
- Keyboard focus question on Windows PC keyboard Logic keyboard
- Have you heard of Keycue?
- What is the Pro Tools mode on the Apollo?
- Where are the links your refer to in the podcasts
You can listen here;
Our friend Lev Perrey has helped clear up the Pro Tools mode in UAD version 7, he writes…
“To be clear, Pro Tools mode has nothing to do with the record arming or muting of outputs. That is handled by the “Low Latency Monitor” feature in Pro Tools 10. Low Latency Monitor mode works for inputs routed to 1-2 (or the Monitor outputs in our case) so that is how it is handled. When this option is checked in the menu, record arming a track in Pro Tools does not play back the software path, instead you only hear the Apollo Console path - so its great to not have to manage Mutes or anything…
While you guys were spot on about the gnarlyness that can come about when opening a session made on a different interface, PT Mode in the new UAD Version 7 software is all about Hardware Inserts and Multi-unit I/O.
Here is a description of what PT Mode does in V.7:
1. Aligns the I/O for use with Hardware Inserts with one Apollo or one Apollo 16. This is done by adding 2 Null (Silent) inputs into the driver, so that all of the analog and digital I/O are aligned.
When I say aligned, this has to do with the Pro Tools restriction on Hardware Inserts. PT has a rule that Hardware Inserts have to be in the same input and output slot to be used. With Apollo for example, the first inputs are Mic/Line/HI-Z 1-2 and the first two outputs are Monitor 1-2 - hence, users with UAD v.6.5 or lower couldn’t use the first two Hardware Inserts in Pro Tools. So they were limited to 6 hardware inserts via analog, the problem exacerbates when you want to use HW inserts with the ADAT or S/PDIF - they were not aligned either so it was not practical to use the digital at all. All fixed in UAD v.7
2. Prioritizes Analog and Digital I/O routing to the driver when using 2 Apollos or 2 Apollo 16s. Pro Tools has a limit of 32 inputs and outputs when used with a Core Audio or ASIO device. One Apollo broadcasts 28 inputs and 24 outputs (a lot of those inputs are virtual paths from the console that can be folded back into Pro Tools). WIth PT Mode + Multi-unit support we made sure that the majority of Analog and Digital I/O gets routed to the 32 available driver I/O slots so customers can get at the physical I/O they bought.”
Thanks to a tip off from community member Noir, here’s a sneak peek we’ve grabbed of the new ‘right click’ plug-in preset shortcut in Pro Tools 11. It works for both plug-ins and instruments.
More to follow
Our friends over at Vienna Symphonic Products are doing some deals at the moment with 25% off selected products.
If you missed our review of VEP5 running with Pro Tools then check it out here.
Russ takes a look at the Sonnox Oxford Inflator, now available on the UAD platform.
Got that? Some clever marketer at Native Instruments got all their nines rocking and are offering a bundle of 9 Maschine Expansions at $99 but you only have 99 hours to get them in.
We’re guessing the only thing they don’t want you to say to this deal is nein!
Last week we reported on the changes at DV247, with the closure of their high street stores and a new global presence being run from a German company. It seems to have sparked some serious online debates with one blogger calling it “almost criminal”. Only those within the company know what really happened, but having been inside a company when insolvency practitioners arrived, I can tell you that they may operate within the letter of the law, but they make bankers look like angels when it comes to exercising moral and ethical judgements.
A few months ago the head of Tesco (for our US cousins read ‘Walmart’) when asked if seeing boarded-up shops made him sad said: “It does but it is part of progress. People are not made to shop in supermarkets, they choose to shop there.” If ever there was an example of a very clever man saying something utterly dumb, then perhaps this was it - talk about a self fulfilling prophecy. People shop in supermarkets because they have no choice!
Now let me be clear, I’m not one of those big is bad, little is good kind of people, however I’m also not one of those people who simply shrug their shoulders and say “it’s progress!”
Progress for some seems to be defined as bigger, faster, cheaper. It’s actually thinking which is quite recent and born out of the industrial revolution, which has led us to be relentless global consumers at any cost. Even if that means Chinese workers have such poor working conditions they throw themselves off the roof of factories just so we can get a smart phone or hundreds of people are buried when a factory collapses, just so we can have a cheap t-shirt! If that’s progress then we are all screwed. There’s no such thing as zero cost, what I mean by this is that if something needs to be cheaper, then someone is going to have to pay, even if it isn’t you.
I’m not suggesting for one minute a connection between the recent DV247 situation and the death of workers in the third world, but what I am suggesting is that to get things at a lower price then someone always pays. In the case of DV247 it’s staff, suppliers and possibly customers.
However, let’s imagine that we just don’t care about those costs to others, then what about the cost to you and me?
I’ve made it no secret that I think there are a lot of local dealers who don’t deserve to be in business, they add no value in terms of service and support than me buying it mail order. However GOOD Local dealers matter for a number of reasons, they offer;
- Great pre-sales advice
- A relationship
- Trouble shooting
- Often similar pricing to large global companies
- In house service
Those are just a few of the things you get, but there are more from a GOOD local dealer. They may cost a few pounds/dollars more in the short term, but that’s just for the box, what about all the value added stuff - surely that has a price? I recently saved £50 on a Mac Mini by buying mail order, it worked for 3 weeks and then went back to the dealer - the story from there on out is a painful one, I’m not sure I’ll ever see it again and every day I don’t have it costs me money as it’s part of my workflow - I can tell you right now it’s the most expensive £50 I’ve ever saved.
Should we care if local dealers disappear? Look at that list and you decide and then vote with your wallet.
Russ shows how knowing some of the fundamentals in Pro Tools get help you become a remix Ninja.