Patchwork is a virtual patch bay for plug-ins that enables users to create several plug-in chains in one simple to use GUI. Patchwork makes it easy to compare plug-in chains and even makes it possible to mix plug-in chains in parallel. Patchwork is also a very powerful VST and AU plug-in host application. Host VST and AU plug-ins within Pro Tools AAX plug-in format.
Just before the NAMM show 2017 Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey took a trip up to Culver City, home of Sony Studios and location of The Bakery. The mastering studio belonging to Eric Boulanger.
With the advent of the new expressive MIDI protocol - Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE), how soon will it be before musicians turn up with instruments to our studios and we as Pro Tools engineers and producers can’t service them without tedious setup and editing time, if at all?
This week I review some of the libraries from the Articulated Sounds Library, Sonic Salute announce 2 new libraries, red Libraries release the final library in their World Of Secrets series, Rz Post release a POV Bicycles library, and we finish with a great article from the A Sound Effects blog - 10 Essential Tips for Game Audio Freelancers, which well a read as it has alot of tips for any freelance creative.
In this video Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey returns with a new 15 Minute Mix Challenge video, this time featuring plug-ins in the Slate Digital Everything Bundle.
I think it is essential to keep an open mind to new technologies that may assist us in our work and may improve the quality of the sound. However, if we are not careful, we hoard instead of curating and in my experience do not benefit from the improvements new gear can bring.
We're back with another Free Pro Tools Plugin - Stereo Tool by Flux. Available for Windows & Mac - no iLok or registration required.
Our friends at Blue Cat Audio have released the anticipated new versions of Blue Cat's MB-7 and Blue Cat's Patchwork plug-ins. Reviews to follow for both these Blue Cat Audio plug-ins over the coming weeks.
In the third of this series on the Avid Pro collection of plug ins Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers focuses on how the easily overlooked solo button in Pro Compressor can help when adjusting attack and release times.
Reverb is an essential tool to master in order to create depth and color around a singer, or as Fab likes to call it, "The Sauce". In this tutorial, Fab Dupont explains all of the controls used to tweak the reverb tail and then shows you how to dial in the settings to create the perfect sauce around your vocal track.
In this free video tutorial, Paul Drew demonstrates how to sit hi-hats in a mix using the Waves CLA Drums Plugin.
Avid have announced Pro Tools 12.7.1. This would seem to be a bug fix update. Here is a full list of the fixes in Pro Tools 12.7.1.. Check your Avid Master Account for download links. You will have to have an active upgrade plan to get this latest update.
In this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers looks at the Brainworx bx_control V2 from Plugin Alliance. This plug in offers comprehensive M/S tools as well as useful metering options. Learn as Julian uses the bx_control V2 to rebalance an off centre kick drum without affecting sides of the stereo image using the pan mid control while auditioning the sides.
In the first of series of articles and polls on how Mac users see their future with a computer to run their Pro Tools systems, we start by asking Mac users in the Pro Tools Expert community what Apple Mac are you currently using? But first, here is what we own and why....
Toontrack state that the Alt-Rock EZX pack is a crude, genuine and raw palette of drum sounds inspired by the style of classic 1990's alternative rock. Having had a quick play with Alt-Rock EZX I feel that Alt-Rock EZX is fairly similar in vibe and aggression to Toontrack's brilliant Seventies Rock Drums EZX pack
Russ, James and Julian chat through issues from the week's news as well as the usual tips, tricks and questions answered.
Speech intelligibility in drama is a complex subject which often seeks to attribute blame rather than to try and find a solution. If we wish to make the dialogue in drama as authentic as possible then perhaps it is time to consider adding subtitles, just as we do when someone uses a foreign language in a TV show?