During the month of October, Pro Tools Expert is offering 25% off on the groundbreaking zplane élastiqueAAX Pitch and Time plug-in, making it an absolute bargain at £232.50 (excl vat).
élastiqueAAX Now Included at a TCE Tool In Pro Tools 12.8.1
Now that Pro Tools 12.8.1 includes the integration of zplane élastiqueAAX, which can now be selected as the default time stretch algorithm in Pro Tools when using the MultiTool for those who own this superior time stretch plug-in, there has never been a better time to take advantage of this deal and be able to use the zplane élastiqueAAX Pitch and Time plug-in.
Post Production specialist Alan Sallabank reviewed élastiqueAAX in March of this year and was totally blown away.
The user interface is simplicity personified. There is no clutter and you are left in no doubt as to which controls do what. The display is scalable between showing both Pitch and Time, or just Time. The supplied manual is a model of how a good manual should be written, with lots of screenshots and clear descriptions of the controls.
Pitch and Time plug-ins (also known as Time Compression Expansion plug-ins - TCE) are generally used as an AudioSuite instance, though they can also be linked to the multi-tool. For this reason I'm starting by comparing the offline processing times. These times are for processing a 2 minute 31 second piece of audio in both 5.1 and stereo, from 25fps to 24fps.
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So you can see that the clear winner from a processing time aspect is Avid Timeshift, with élastiqueAAX coming a close second. Before you start cheering Avid though, I wouldn't be spoiling any surprises by saying that there are hefty consequences for Timeshift's speed.
Does It Sound As Good As Elastique Pitch V2?
Take a listen to my video to find out -
Just as in the Elastique Pitch V2 review, we hear the same burbling artefacts on the Timeshift sections, and the same metallic sound to male vocals on X-Form, which is still doing its odd thing with the phase relationship. élastiqueAAX appears to be the only one of the three that can truly claim to be an eight channel plug-in in my opinion.
The surround image between élastiqueAAX and the untreated original was as close as I could perceive, either with my ears or meters.
I said before that Elastique Pitch V2 was capable of revolutionising my multi-frame-rate workflow. Well, élastiqueAAX has made it that bit easier again. I now actually look forward to multi-frame-rate jobs, as I no longer have to sacrifice hours of processing or have a negative impact on the end sonic quality.
Had this been around last year, I could have saved four days (96hrs) of staring at progress bars and then not being totally happy with the result. For my nature of work, this is the best money ever spent.
Don't miss your opportunity to get 25% off this fantastic plug-in.