This month you can get the Neyrinck Spill AAX Plug-in with a perpetual license for 30% off, that's just £74.00 plus VAT where appropriate. Spill also now includes a one year license for V-Control Pro Bundle. Spill is available from the Neyrinck store and during December Neyrinck will be offering a 25% discount whereas here at Pro Tools Expert, we can offer an exclusive 30% discount.
What Is Spill?
Spill is a clever little plugin designed to resolve an ongoing niggle in multi-channel audio workflows where you need to rebalance the channels within say a 5.1 surround track. Spill, from Neyrinck, is available in AAX Native and DSP formats as well as AudioSuite. Spill saves huge amounts of time by adjusting channel levels on surround audio and bus tracks, just like the “spill” feature found on high-end digital film consoles. Spill supports Avid control surfaces and the V-Plugin app for hands-on control.
Neyrinck's normal selling price for the Perpetual version of Spill for $132 but this includes a one year license for the V-Control Pro Bundle which consists of...
- V-Control Pro Software
- V-Console App - iOS and Android - 8/16 fader skins and V-Window
- V-Panner App - iOS and Android - surround pan and Dolby Atmos plug-in screens
- V-PlugIn App - iOS only for controlling Spill
How Do I Use Spill?
The Spill plug-in can be inserted on any multi-channel Pro Tools track, aux or master, from stereo to 7.1 format. All channels are spilled to individual channel faders in the Spill plug-in window, the V-PlugIn remote control app, and Avid control surfaces. Spill channel faders can be adjusted individually or can be relative grouped for fast and easy adjustment of surround channel groups. Spill fully integrates with Pro Tools plug-in automation modes providing a complete, professional surround mixing solution like that found on high-end film consoles.
Re-recording mixer Tom Marks, CAS, was involved in pre-production testing and was able to give Paul Neyrinck a lot of useful feedback.
Spill is applicable to both mixing and editing workflows but is most valuable during the final mix. In very busy sound effects sequences, you can quickly adjust a specific channel(s) of a pre-dub to clear space for music or to get the sound effects to poke through. When given multi-channel stems for the score, you can bring up the surrounds or lower the center channel. There are also applications on a global level. For example, if you start a mix in a smaller room and move to a large dub stage, you may need to make global adjustments on the surround or LFE levels. Also when doing near-field home video versions, you’ll have to make adjustments to your stems which Spill is perfect for.
Someone else who has found that Spill has improved their workflow is audio production engineer Jesper Eriksson, based in Sweden. Jesper has been working on converting over 2,100 HBO episodes, mostly in Spanish, from stereo to 5.1 while trying to match the English versions using Penteo, DTS (Waves) and Halo for the up-mixes and he recently added Spill to his workflow,
After installing Spill it has transformed the way I work, I wish I had this before. I’m using it to adjust the Spanish up-mixes to match the original English versions, they often get too hot and Spill is just fantastic in its simplicity for fixing these issues quickly and effectively.
Control Spill From Avid S6 and S3
Although the S6 control surface can spill out VCA groups it cannot spill and control individual channels of a multi-channel track or bus.
The Spill plug-in now allows you to access this feature from the S6, either from the channelstrip knobs or across 8 channelstrips with Expand Mode. The ‘Sel’ button allows channels to be added or removed from the group. The first knob ‘In’ button acts as bypass.
The S3 can also control Spill from the knobs, plus you can flip the knobs to the faders making it even easier to control your spilled channels.
Control Spill From iPads And iPhones With V-PlugIn
Spill is the first plug-in to support the new V-PlugIn App for access to tracks and their plug-ins from iPads and iPhones. V-PlugIn app is part of the V-Control Pro Bundle.
The V-PlugIn App shows a list of tracks using Spill so a user can just tap the track name and have access to channel levels without needing to open a plug-in window on the computer. Channels can be grouped/un-grouped simply by touching the channel designation above the faders.
Neyrinck Spill FAQ
- What DAWs can I use the Spill Plug-in with?
- As of now the Spill Plug-in is only available for Pro Tools.
- I am running Pro Tools 10 but the track names are not transferring to the V-PlugIn controller.
- There is less plug-in integration with previous versions of Pro Tools so certain data such as track name are not able to be shown.
- Can I install the Spill Plug-in on multiple machines?
- The Spill Plug-in can be installed on multiple machines, but can only be used on machines that are running with an active Spill Plug-in license on an iLok.
- I am a V-Control Pro Bundle License Owner. Can you help?
- If you purchased the V-Control Pro Bundle which previously included the Spill PlugIn you must install install version 1.0 available here (Windows users click here). You can exchange your V-Control Pro Bundle license for a Spill perpetual license by contacting Neyrinck Support.
- What is the oldest version of Pro Tools the Spill plug-in will run on?
- The Spill plug-in is an AAX plug-in so Pro Tools 10 is the earliest version that is supported.
What Is Neyrinck V-Control Pro 2?
V-Control Pro 2 is a complete integrated control system for OSX and Windows media applications including Pro Tools. Free control apps connect through the V-Control Pro 2 software that integrates and simplifies control of the main OSX and Windows media applications. V-Control Pro 2 can also used to connect the Slate Raven MTi2 and MTX mk2 systems to media applications such as Pro Tools.
The new free V-Panner is designed for surround and stereo mixing in Pro Tools. It runs on iOS and Android tablets and phones with wireless networking, on a laptop web browser, or a direct wired connection from the iPad. You can set up two mono track surround panners, or a stereo track surround panner, for touch-panning control. V-Panner also includes an innovative motion feature that allows panning to follow the motion of a smartphone.
Neyrinck V-Console App
V-Console is a free 8 or 16 fader iOS and Android control app for recording, editing and mixing that can also use multiple devices for up to 32 faders of control. New V-Console upgrades include V-Window that allow users to control plug-ins using the actual plug-in screens, and an improved insert and plug-in popup window.
Neyrinck V-Plugin App
V-PlugIn is an iOS app for iPhones and iPads that lets you take control of the Neyrinck AAX Spill plug-in in Pro Tools.
Spill is the first plug-in to support the new V-PlugIn app for touch-access to tracks and their plug-ins. V-PlugIn can be used to spill out and control channels in all the surround formats that Pro Tools supports including; Stereo, LCR, LCRS, Quad, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 SDDS, 7.1 SDDS, 7.0 and 7.1.