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Waves Offer $131 Off API 550A & 550B Plug-in In Their Last Daily Deal

In the last of their “daily deals” Waves are offering $131 off their API 550A and 550B Native plug-in. This is what Waves say about this plug-in…

Modeled on the late 1960’s legend, the API 550A EQ provides reciprocal and repeatable equalization at 15 points in 5 steps of boost, divided into three overlapping ranges. Its high and low frequency ranges are individually selectable as either peaking or shelving, and a band-pass filter can be inserted independently of all other settings.

The 550B, with its renowned four overlapped EQ bands, is invaluable as both a problem solver and a sweetening device. With 7 switchable filter frequencies spanning up to 5 octaves per band, the 550B’s “Proportional Q” automatically widens the filter bandwidth at minimal settings and narrows it at higher settings. It even lets you undo previous processing, affect or even reverse tonal modifications. With their vast range of tonal possibilities, the API 550A and 550B are a pair of versatile EQs with that one-of-a-kind API sound.

Don’t forget there are other Waves special offers on their Specials page.

Controlling Pro Tools Plugins Using A Behringer BCR 2000 Control Surface

In our recent discussions and our control surface survey, which you can find the headlines here and you can download the results of the survey for personal use here, control of plug-ins was the 2nd most requested feature after faders.

In this video Brian Daly who is a producer and developer of the Hotkey Matrix macro controller shows the results of his research taking an alternative approach to controlling plug-ns in Pro Tools using a Behringer BCR2000 control surface and a piece of software called Controllermate that Brian has configured to do the clever bit.

Watch him demonstrate how he uses the Behringer control surface, see the benefits of this approach and understand why he went down this path.

Thank you Brian for producing this video, developing this great solution and sharing it with the community.

Have You Used Avid Support? Poll

There’s been a lot of discussion around the new Avid Support offer, many are wondering if they should take the plunge. It’s not been smooth roll-out with still many questions left answered.

Support contracts are in essence a form of insurance, just like car breakdown cover, so the big question is how likely is it that you would use Avid Support? With sites like Pro Tools Expert, the DUC and a multitude of other great free resources, is a support contract essential for you?

So here’s a simple survey, have you ever used Avid for support? If the answer is yes then did you get your problem resolved?

The results of this survey may help you to decide if you need to make the investment. Of course please feel free to comment as ever.

Sunday Sound Effects Round Up - Star Wars, PSE, A Sound Effect, Foley Collection, SoundBits, PANO

25% Off Foley Collection

First up this week is a great offer from Foley Collection. They are offering 25% off all their products until 31st December 2014.  Foley Collection are foley based sound that you play on a keyboard.  Watch our Foley Collection show & tell review here to see how Foley Collection works. 

PANO - Procedural Ambient Noise Orchestra

What’s that you might be asking? It is an interesting idea for creating dynamic ambience noises. It is a real-time multichannel synthesizer dedicated to dynamic ambient noises.

Current factory presets include liquid, fire and wind sounds. More are planned in the future and be posted to the Noise Makers website.

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How Do You Collaborate Part 3: The Future of Music Collaboration Technology

In this final part of our series on creative collaboration Bob Brown considers how the future of collaboration might look. If you missed part 1 and part 2 you can read them here.

In my final post about music collaboration, I will discuss what the future of music collaboration may look like, how new technologies will help drive these changes, and what companies are already changing the landscape of the tools musicians use to create with.

The Future of Music Collaboration Technology

So, what will drive the future of music collaboration technology? At the core is the development and adoption of transport protocols, control protocols, and file formats. Most companies use a limited set of incompatible transport and control protocols in addition to proprietary file formats. This greatly limits how musicians and studio engineers can combine and move between the different tools.

Many of the transport protocols such as UDP, TCP, and FTP were designed years ago with consideration to the technological limits at the time. Various up and coming transport protocols such as IEEE 802.1 AVB, DiGiGrid, Ravenna, and Dante digital audio network are breaking new ground for large bandwidth and low latency audio delivery.

Some of the protocols for controlling transport playback such as Sony 9-pin (Sony RS-422) and MIDI Machine Control were developed over 20 years ago, and focused in one controller controlling one device. More recently, Propellerhead/Steinberg’s ReWire and Avid’s Satellite protocols were designed to provide more advanced control and faster synchronization between DAWs.

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Special Christmas Offer: Exclusive ModeAudio Pro Tools Expert Bundle Now Only £50

As a special Christmas present we have reduced the price of the exclusive Pro Tools Expert Loops & Samples Bundle from ModeAudio to just £50 so you can save even more on the cost of the individual packs that make up our exclusive bundle.

We have merged their Dance and Hip Hop bundles into a super bundle just for our community and just for one month.

Dance Bundle:

ModeAudio’s “Dance Bundle” is a stellar collection of over 800 loops, samples and MIDI files, jammed to the rafters with Deep House Drums and fills, delicate Percussion, sub-aquatic Bass, razor-sharp Techno Synth riffs, beautifully gritty Analogue Synth Loops, explosive SFX Samples and more!

Hip Hop Bundle:

ModeAudio’s “Hip Hop Bundle” is a massive collection of over 1000 loops, samples and MIDI files, bulging at the seems with the deepest Bass, driving to drifting Drums, dusty Percussion, chilled Synths, gritty SFX and so much more!

Using Waves CLA Guitars To Transform A Basic Electric Guitar

In this free video tutorial Russ takes a look at the CLA guitars plug-in, an easy to use instant gratification plug-in that can help those using basic audio interfaces to get a variety of different sounds in their tracks.

This Waves CLA Guitars is on special offer this weekend - check it out here

What Are The Options For The Avid Support And Upgrade Plans Before December 31st 2014?

We have had a number of queries about what to do regarding taking up an Avid Upgrade/Support Plan and so we are going to try and outline the options as we see them. Please be aware that this is our interpretation of what Avid has said in their announcements and on their site, but as an independent site we cannot be definitive, only Avid themselves can do that.

Unfortunately Avid haven’t made any further announcements to clarify the questions we raised back in early November when we outlined the case that there are too many questions for us to recommend the new Pro Tools licensing.

Very recently Julian outlined a very well reasoned case covering piracy through to Avid’s new licensing plans. Do read it if you haven’t done so already.

There are some deadlines looming with regard to the new Avid Upgrade/Support plans and so here are our thoughts…

Pro Tools Express, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered/MP Owners

Avid have specified on their Pro Tools 11 licensing page that all Pro Tools Express, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered/MP Owners have until December 31st 2014 to take advantage of the Update/Crossgrade plan for a fee of $199 for 12 months and it also includes a 12 month support plan. These new licensing plans are not perpetual, although the Pro Tools software will continue to work after the 12 months is up, you will be unable to take advantage of newer versions of Pro Tools released after your plan has expired. If you want to continue to receive upgrades then you will need to be prepared to pay $199 per year.

Pro Tools LE Owners


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Testing Round Trip Latency On The Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt

Russ tests the new Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt for round trip latency, sending audio out of the interface and then recording it back into Pro Tools to see how fast it really is. You may be surprised by the results.

Watch this free video here

About The New Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt 

The all new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box. Ensemble includes 8 Advanced Stepped Gain™ mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O. Blending acclaimed innovations, groundbreaking new features and an effortless user interface, Ensemble empowers you to capture inspiration  when creative lightning strikes.

Launched in 2007, the first Ensemble re-defined the possibilities of the personal studio interface, setting new standards of quality, simplicity and value. Winning  that year’s TEC Award for Digital Audio Technology, Ensemble went on to become the preferred interface for thousands of hit-making producers, engineers and artists. Now, with 30 years of digital audio expertise and the latest technological innovations, Apogee has re-built Ensemble to introduce the next generation of music creation technology.

Waves Weekend Deals For December 20th & 21st 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 NS1 Noise Suppressor Native plug-in $79 - normally $200
  2. Waves CLA Guitars Native Plug-in $49 till Sunday - normally $100
  3. Waves Musicians 1 Bundle $59 till Sunday - normally $160

Grab them while you can.

Check out the Specials page too for more great deals