Microsoft Users Are Old Men Living In Scotland, Apple Users Are Young Women Living In London - Find Out More

YouGov, the UK Government web portal has launched a new web site based on UK census data.

The UK website allows users to search on a variety of criteria this includes brands. We’re not sure how seriously to take the results, but it is a lot of fun seeing what pops up when you put in various search terms.

For fun we tried Microsoft and Apple, in the absence of Avid and Pro Tools and got the following:

Customers of Microsoft are: Male, 60+, living in the far corner of Scotland, work in IT and have over £1000 a month in spare change.

Customers of Apple are: Female, Mid 30s, living in London, work in media or publishing and also have over £1000 a month in spare change.

The results are based on generalities, otherwise Russ needs to get a better job to pay for his sex change operation.

Go try it out, if nothing else it’s a lot of fun.

All Member-Only Production Tricks Videos Free To Watch This Weekend

This weekend only we’ve unlocked our vault of our Production Tricks Videos, normally only available to Pro Tools Expert members.

There’s everything from production tricks, in depth tutorials on plug-ins, virtual instruments and hundreds of Pro Tools tips and tricks.

This Pro Tools video tutorial library runs into hours of material to help you get up to speed, or learn some new stuff. Check them out here.

So spend the weekend enjoying the Pro Tools Expert video tutorials. If you like them then you may want to think about signing up for membership. In the meantime this weekend is on us!

Pro Tools Fundamentals - Playback Modes

Pro Tools offers five different playback modes. These can be accessed by right-clicking the play button on the transport bar or from the transport controls in the toolbar at the top of the edit window if you have them displayed. If you want to customise your toolbar simply right-click on some empty space and select the element you wish to add or remove (see below). By far the most commonly used playback modes are Normal and Loop but there are others and they are definitely worth being aware of even if they are rarely used, I have had several experiences of confused people wondering what is wrong with their session when they have accidentally triggered half-speed playback!

The five playback modes are:

  1. Normal
  2. Loop
  3. Half Speed Playback
  4. Prime for Playback
  5. Dynamic Transport 


As this is the default behaviour it is easy to overlook, so much so that I had to go back and change this post from four playback modes to five - I forgot about it. You’re in Normal mode when you aren’t in any of the others. Pro Tools plays back at the correct speed without looping, basically its normal…

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Waves Weekend Deals For November 22nd & 23rd 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 Q10 Equaliser Native plug-in $29 - normally $100
  2. Waves CLA Unplugged Native Plug-in $39 till Sunday - normally $100
  3. Waves Kramer PIE Compressor Native Plug-in $69 till Sunday - normally $200

Grab them while you can.

Check out the Specials page too for more great deals

Trent Reznor Talks Creative Process With SoundToys - Video

Our friends at SoundToys have created a new video series featuring some of the hottest names in the production world, Trent Reznor and the NIN team. They say;

We’ve been meeting up with some of our favorite artists to talk about gear, sound, and making music. We captured these conversations in a new video series called Process. In this debut episode, watch Trent Reznor, Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin share their creative process and how they use Soundtoys to develop sounds into songs. Stay tuned for more from our interview with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails later this month.

Watch online now at

Apple Anger Pro Users With Lack Of Third Party Support For SSD In Yosemite

Alan Sallabank has alerted us to a story first run on, that users upgrading to Yosemite may find that there external SSDs do not work after the reboot.

Andrew Reid writes:

This looks like a real attempt to kill third party SSD drive support in Yosemite. Thousands of video editors, colourists and filmmakers have taken to using SSDs as their boot drives for OS X…

The problem is down to Apple having introduced a new “security feature” in Yosemite. Only kext drivers for official Apple SSDs are supported. Built in drives that Apple themselves use in your Macbook Pro Retina and some iMacs will upgrade just fine to Yosemite but if you have installed a third party SSD or more commonly are running off an external one, you’re out of luck.

This seems to be down to Apple turning the screws developers with third party kext drivers that Apple has not ‘signed off.’ If you have anything with drivers that Apple has not signed off then you might be out of luck. I had the same issue when using a PreSonus audio interface when testing Yosemite in public beta, you may have the same issue with an audio interface and Yosemite.

There is a ‘fix’ or ‘hack’ depending on your point of view that can be found at the end of this story, but it is somewhat troubling that Apple seem to be acting in such a heavy handed manner.

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Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3 Launch Event Goes Down A Storm

What do you get if you cross free drinks, audio professionals, the latest version of Revoice Pro, the top Pro Tools training centre in London and a pile of Pro Tools bloggers? A great event filled with lots of learning and fun - the Revoice Pro 3 event at Alchemea went down a storm.

Jeff, John and Jonathan from Synchro Arts were on hand to show packed sessions how powerful Revoice Pro 3 is for both music and post dialogue manipulation. Many of the Pro Tools Expert team were able to assist in the drinking of alcohol and eating the snacks.

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Pro Tools 11.2.2 Announced - But Still No OS X 10.10 Yosemite Support

Yosemite Users, Don’t Do It!

Avid have announced the latest update for Pro Tools 11.  However, disappointingly it doesn’t include support for Apple’s current OS - Yosemite. Avid tell us that Pro Tools 11.2.2 does support Mac OS X 10.9, 10.9.1, 10.9.2, 10.9.3, 10.9.4 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion).

On Windows, Pro Tools 11.2.2 supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1

Avid S6 Users, Don’t Do it!

Avid also say that S6 owners should not update to Pro Tools 11.2.2 at this time.

HD Users - New HD Drivers & HDX Firmware

Pro Tools HDX and HD Native users, be sure to install the 11.2.2 HD drivers. The HD drivers may be found in the Driver Installers folder included in the 11.2.2 download.

Pro Tools 11.2.2 requires a firmware update for HDX card. The firmware update will take place during Pro Tools launch after you have updated. Avid tell us that the firmware update has been tested for backwards compatibility with Pro Tools 10.3.6 and later.

New Versions Of Revibe, Space & X-Form

If you are upgrading to 11.2.2 and  you own ReVibe, Space and X-Form you should update to the 11.2.2 versions of thes plug-ins which should be available from the respective plug-in pages on the Avid site or in you Avid Acoount.

Wait Until You have Downtime Before You Upgrade

As we always say, if you are in the middle of a project, consider very carefully whether you should run any upgrades. We recommend you wait for some downtime so that if there are any issues you have time to fix them or go back to the previous version.

Issues Resolved in Pro Tools | Software 11.2.2

  • In certain mixer configurations, virtual instruments on Auxiliary Input or Instrument tracks that are configured to receive MIDI from standalone MIDI tracks are now correctly time-aligned in offline bounces. (PTSW-195783)

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If Content Costs Less, Is It Less Valuable? 

I’ve always been a inconsistent purchaser of music. I’d like to say I was one of those people who buys a couple of albums a week but in truth I’m not. I know many people who are and I admire them but my purchasing habits have always been sporadic, coming in infrequent clusters rather than a constant stream. Not ideal but I’m far happier buying music like this than I am with streaming. Streaming is clearly the future, a natural reaction to technology and consumer habits. The likes of Spotify are being joined by You Tube who for some time have been the internet’s biggest music distribution channel. Whether or not I like it is irrelevant but the arguments about monetising online music ignore the effect the subscription/streaming model has on individuals’ relationship with particular records which have value to the listener beyond how much they cost to buy.

If I think about the records which mean the most to me, I have invested time and effort into listening to them, giving them my undivided attention over and over again. While I’m sure you can do that when streaming I know that for me the bewildering choice is too distracting for me to concentrate on what is in front of me at that moment. For me to actually buy a physical copy of an album represents a statement of intent that I’m going to invest time in getting to know this recording. Fundamentally the relationship is different from that which I have with music I stream.

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Do You Want Perfect Cymbal Rolls From A Sampler? This May Be What You Are Looking For

A nice find by community member Matt Blue is a new product from small sample developer Loops De La Creme, Cymbal Rolls.

If you have ever tried emulating a cymbal roll realistically in MIDI then you’ll know it’s pretty hard, but thanks to Loops De La Creme, Cymbal Rolls this is now just a key press and a modulation wheel away.

Increase the dynamic and emotional impact of your tracks with these responsive, intuitive and fully customisable instruments.

Press a key, use the modulation wheel, release the key: It’s never been easier to infuse your music with epic, organic, gorgeous sounding swells!

  • 10 hand-picked premium cymbals 
  • 278 samples (WAV, 24bit, 48kHz) 
  • up to 34 dynamic layers for maximum realism 
  • 10 single cymbal roll instruments 
  • 1 dynamic set with all cymbals 12 sound design instruments (Kontakt multis) 
  • 20 Impulse Responses (reverb) 
  • license agreement + user manual included 
  • Total size uncompressed: 1,57 GB 
  • list price: €42
  • Special deal of half off until November 30th 2014

Check out the demo video here