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When recording an instrument with more than one mic, sound tends to reach each microphone at a slightly different time and thus cause some frequencies to cancel each other while other frequencies can build up unnaturally. This phenomena is known as the comb filter effect. Until now, compensating for the delay between the microphones had to be done manually - an extremely time consuming and inaccurate process. Check out Russ’ video above to see how he used Auto-Align.
Auto-Align will “listen” to your multi-mic recording and automatically measure and compensate for the delay between the microphones, or between a DI box and a microphone - sample accurately, significantly reducing the comb filter effect and dramatically improving the resulting sound.
When distant microphones are used and a delay is desired to enhance the sense of space, Auto-Align can time-place the microphones to better match the close-mic’ed source and therefore minimize the comb filter effect. Auto-Align can also automatically detect a reversed polarity mic and compensate for it.
Sound Radix Auto-Align Features & Formats
- Automatic, Sample Accurate Time & Phase Alignment
- Phase Polarity Detection
- Alternate Matching Points for Improving Phase Correlation while Reserving Delay
- Displays Distance in Samples, Milliseconds, Inches and Centimeters
Auto-Align is available for Mac & PC in AAX, RTAS, VST and AU formats, in 32 and 64 bits as appropriate.
Sound Radix Auto-Align Testimonials
Frank Filipetti (Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, George Michael)
“I just wanted to drop a line and tell you that after using both Surfer EQ and Auto Align for a couple of weeks now, they have become indispensible. Quite simply, Surfer is the best bass equalizer I’ve ever used. It has made every mix radically better. Getting the right harmonic content on the low end is one of the hardest things to do and Surfer simply makes it a breeze. There’s absolutely nothing else like it and Auto-Align has now made what was once an unbelievable chore (aligning snares and overheads, bass and guitar DI’s, amps and multi cabs, multi vocal mics, room mics, etc) a snap. Comparing my mixes before and after using your amazing software leaves no doubt in my mind that you guys are kicking ass”
Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Jason Mraz, Pearl Jam, The Cure, U2)
“Checking the phase alignment of drum/bass/guitar mics was always was a necessary chore, but finally it’s a simple task with ‘Auto-Align’. As a matter of course these days, I default to this plug in at the beginning of every mix. There are many sonic gems that can be uncovered using this plug in”
Peter Moshay (B.B. King, Daryl Hall, Elton John, Jenifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Sean Lennon)
“I wanted to share with you all my new find of a indispensable tool that I’m now using on the show, and ANYONE who records using more than one microphone at a time should have for their DAW. Its a plugin called Auto-Align from Sound Radix. The difference in low end definition & punch is amazing and was not possible before this plug in with out spending considerable time trying to time align and figure out phase issues. No endorsement, i bought it after trying the demo based on how good it works. You’ll hear it on all future episodes and I’m sure you’ll hear how much extra punch & definition I’m getting now after using it. Download the demo and see if it works for you as well as its been working for me…… “
The Maag EQ4 was the winner of our People’s Choice Award for 2013. We love this plug-in and so we are not surprised to see it as the winner, it sounds amazing. The Maag EQ4 effortlessly transforms the sound of any signal with its awesome sound. It is available in Pro Tools Native, AAX DSP and for many other platforms.
Buying this plug-in is a little different than normal. See below for instructions of what to do….
Because of the Maag Audio EQ4’s unique design, there is very little phase shift. This helps the user keep the integrity of the original sound and enhance the “Airy” frequencies, while tonally shaping the sound from the top to the bottom. The lack of phase shift and the AIR BAND® makes the EQ4® great on anything that needs EQ shaping. Russ talked to Cliff Maag Senior about the AIR band.
Instructions on how to buy the Maag EQ4 with our special voucher code
The way this deal works is different to our normal deals so please read these instructions very carefully as you will be buying this deal direct from the Plug-In Alliance Web Store.
- Please make sure you have set up a free acount with Plug-In Alliance before you click on the Buy It Now button.
- If you haven’t got a free account with Plug-in Alliance then please set up your free account here first.
- Once you have set up your free acccount, then when you click on the Buy It Now button below you will be taken to the Plugin Alliance web store based in the US.
- Enter the special time limited Pro Tools Expert code pte-eq4-149
- Click on the Use Voucher button and you will see that you will have the Maag EQ4 in your Plug-in Alliance basket at the special Pro Tools Expert price of $149 which is a discount of 35% off the normal price.
Continue the sale on the Plug-in Alliance web store and you will be able to enjoy the brilliant Maag EQ4 too.
Any problems with purchasing the Plugin Alliance Maag EQ4 please contact Plugin Alliance Support
More on the PlugIn Alliance EQ4
Controls (from right to left)
- AIR GAIN Gain control for the AIR BAND (+15 dB)
- 2.5 kHz Fixed boost and cut shelf (+15 dB, -4.5 dB)
- 650 Hz Fixed boost and cut bell (+15 dB, -4.5 dB)
- 160 Hz Fixed boost and cut bell (+15 dB, -4.5 dB)
- 40 Hz Fixed boost and cut bell (+15 dB, -4.5 dB)
- SUB (10 Hz) Fixed boost and cut bell (+15 dB, -4.5 dB)
- PEAK Red LED starts to illuminate when digital signals clip.
- SIGNAL Green LED indicates audio signal presence.
- IN/OUT Engages and disengages EQ
Plugin Alliance Maag EQ4 Operation
The EQ4’s band passes all interact with each other. In turning the AIR BAND® gain up, the overall gain will come up a bit as well. Increasing the AIR BAND® gain will also increase the overall gain to a small extent. This is normal and is a necessary byproduct of the design. This happens because of the interaction (summing) of the AIR BAND® with all of the other band passes. This interaction is a necessary part of the design to ensure the integrity of the sound is maintained. To compensate for the added overall gain, simply turn down each of the 5 band pass knobs equal amounts. An example would be two clicks down on all 5 knobs. The EQ will remain the same shape, but the overall gain will be lowered. This compensates for the extra gain added from the interaction of the boosted band passes. This is the correct way to get the desired results from the Maag Audio EQ4®. Here is another way to look at it: If lifting a desired frequency, you may want to consider bringing down the level of the other band passes above and or below; always remembering the band passes interact with each other. This is a different approach from other typical equalizers.
Understanding how the band passes and the AIR BAND® interact in the Maag Audio EQ4®, will help you better shape your sound; providing unparalleled transparency and top end presence while maintaining the true natural sound behind the source.
The plugin version has an extra feature, the LEVEL TRIM, which you can use to turn down the overall gain if needed. ALT/click toggles between a reset for each band and the last status, enabling you to easily bypass individual bands.
From David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, Omar Hakim has supplied his signature drum grooves to countless hit songs. With this groundbreaking new collection, The Loop Loft brings Omar’s legendary feel and sound directly to your next session and with this deal only available on Pro Tools Expert for a limited period there are exclusive Pro Tools Sessions too.
Check out the video above to get a feel of what you will get in this exclusive deal.
Omar Hakim Drums features 235 unique grooves, fills and breakdowns in a variety of styles including funk, hip hop, fusion, rock, cinematic and pop. In addition, the multitrack drum sessions give you access to 15 channels of separate audio tracks, allowing you to mix every element of Omar’s drum kit, including kick, snare, toms, overheads and room mics.
Omar Hakim Drums Specs:
File Size: 539 MB for 48 kHz Stereo Loops
File Size: 8.4 GB for 96 kHz Multitracks (Deluxe Edition and exclusive to this deal Pro Tools Sessions too)
235 Grooves, Fills & Breaks
8 Complete Sessions
100% Royalty Free
24 Bit 48 KHZ Stereo Loops
24 Bit 96 KHZ Multitracks (Deluxe Edition)
WAV, REX2, Stylus RMX and AIFF (Apple Loops) Formats
Omar Hakim Drums Sessions include (Audio & MIDI):
130bpm Seven Eight Fusion
190bpm Three Four AfroPop
Our friends at Sounds In Sync offer a range of very clever and powerful applications to assist in the post production workflow. They have recognised that for some people they only need these applications occasionally and so have made them available on a rental basis for 31 days. We at Pro Tools Expert are pleased to be able to offer rental options on these applications at a special launch discount of 30%.
You have only until the end of April to buy these vouchers with the 30% discount but you don’t need to redeem them straight away, so you could choose to buy some now to take advantage of the special offer and then redeem them when the next job come in. From the beginning of May you will still be able to rent these apps but you willl need to pay the full price.
EdiCue 31 day Rental License 30% Discount
EdiCue enables sound editors to create ADR Cues and Department Notes within Pro Tools. It can create PDF scripts in various formats and generate files that trigger audio beeps or vision wipes to assist the recording process.
EdiPrompt 31 day Rental License 30% Discount
EdiPrompt reads MIDI commands sent from any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and uses them to display a variety of on-screen prompts. It can also automate the ADR and foley recording process when using Pro Tools by locating to each cue and renaming the record track.
EdiLoad 31 day Rental License 30% Discount
EdiLoad is the Sound Editor’s Edit List Toolkit. It conforms location audio, re-conforms Pro Tools sessions, imports edit data from Pro Tools sessions and exports a variety of files to aid the sound post-production process. EdiLoad v3 contains a new ‘Compare’ window which allows users to find the difference between vision lists and create a list of picture changes. This was previously performed using the EdiTrace website, however this new feature contains advanced VFX tracing controls to match updated visual fx shots.
EdiChart 31 day Rental License 30% Discount
EdiChart automates the process of creating dubbing charts for mixers. It can load edit information from Pro Tools and create a chart in the form of a pdf file.
Sounds In Sync Rental Discounts End 30th April 2014
Remember these discount prices for rental vouchers are only valid until the end of April 2014.
Audiotech Digital Ltd has announced the release of the new Penteo 4 Pro plug-in that discretely converts stereo to 5.1, offering exacting control over sound image placement to create high-quality, sonic-free and natural-sounding surround.
Penteo 4 Pro is 100-percent ITU down-mix compatible to the original stereo. The plug-in features an intuitive visual interface modeled after vintage gear, and offers six automated preset modes as well as advanced manual controls for fine- tuning.
Check out Mike’s detailed Show & Tell Video Review and find out why he likes this so much.
Native AAX64 Support
Penteo 4 Pro now natively supports Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) for true 64 bit processing. As a result, Penteo 4 Pro AAX64 uses 52% less CPU processing power thereby allowing a sound designer more flexibility to simultaneously use more tracks in a mix than ever before.
- Touch Screen Controls – In addition to mouse operated controls, Penteo 4 Pro is the first up-mixer to support multi-touch controls. Mixing is not a linear, sequential process — Penteo’s unique multi-touch interface allows a sound designer to control more than one Penteo feature at once, thereby creating a natural mixing experience through simple hand contact. Penteo 4 Pro is the world’s first multi-touch plug-in designed for use with the Raven MTX Surround console.
- Pro Tools Automation Keyboard Shortcuts for all parameters - Quickly add and select parameters for automation using standard control/alt/cmd shortcuts.
- Usage Preferences – With choice of circular or vertical knob drag usage options, a sound designer can select the most natural feeling knob movement for mouse or multi-touch.
- New bypass channel routing - Stereo bypass channels now routes to the ProTools channel output standard.
Mike Minkler, multiple Oscar-winning re-recording mixer at TODD-SOUNDELUX
I’ve used Penteo on almost every project for five years now, such as Django Unchained, Twilight Saga, and Inglourious Basterds. The new plug-in really shines. With a flick of a switch I can take a two-channel mix and get a quality 5.1 mix, which is a huge asset in these budget-conscious times, especially when independent films just can’t afford more than a stereo source for me to work with.