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Waves To Bundle 'MultiRack' Free Of Charge With 'Tracks Live' For A Limited Period

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Waves have announced that once their new multitrack recording solution Tracks Live is released, for a limited period, they will be bundling their plug-in hosting application MultiRack worth $500 free of charge with Tracks Live.

We also understand that the price for Tracks Live will be very competitive and the bundling of $500 worth of software free of charge, for a limited period, will make it a no brainer of a decision.

More On Waves Tracks Live

Tracks Live is a multitrack recording software solution designed to capture live performances of any kind, from the smallest gig to the largest production, allowing you to toggle back and forth between recording and virtual soundcheck with the click of a button. The automatic multichannel re-routing engine also adapts to any changes you make on the fly, making it easier than ever to set up big shows with hundreds of tracks.

  • ASIO/Core Audio compatible and works with virtually any audio interface
  • PC and Mac-compatible
  • Record and play back hundreds of tracks
  • Supported sample rate of up to 192 kHz
  • File formats compatible with all popular DAWS
  • Automatic track routing configuration
  • Fast switching between recording and virtual soundcheck
  • Meter bridge view for easy monitoring
  • System lock (to protect against accidental key pressing)

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NAMM 2015: Interview With Chandler Audio About The New Chandler REDD 47 Mic Amplifier 

James from Pro Tools Expert meets up with Chandler Audio to talk about the Chandler REDD 47 tube amplifier developed with Abbey Road Studios.

Chandler REDD 47 Tube Amplifier

The Abbey Road REDD 47 Vintage Tube Microphone Preamplifier is considered by some as a ‘holy grail’.  It is the most closely associated with the sound of The Beatles’ records recorded at Abbey Road Studios from 1964-1968. Today, 50 years later, Chandler Limited revives this legendary sound with its own incarnation of the famous REDD. 47.

Chandler Limited expects to begin shipping the highly anticipated REDD. 47 pre-amp during first quarter 2015.

Pro Tools Community Tip: Syncing Presets For Pro Tools And Other Applications

Community member Garret Miller reached out to us on the Pro Tools podcast a few months ago asking about syncing Pro Tools presets and other relevant files between two systems so he always had the same Pro Tools presets etc available on both systems.

Garret took our suggestions and built on them and fully implemented a system that is not only simple but automatic once it’s set up and he wanted to share it with the community.

The 3 products he uses are….

  1. Dropbox - to do the automatic syncing behind the scenes;
  2. Mac Drop Any-allows you to put ANY folder into Dropbox to sync on the Master computer (regardless of its location on your computer)
  3. ChronoSync - syncs files from Dropbox to other locations on slave computer.

All in all this costs $40 USD and now saves him headaches and time and he always has that latest preset he made on the road or in studio! This is this system….

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NAMM 2015: Trinnov D Mon Monitor Controller Overview

We had the world exclusive announcement ahead of NAMM when in part 3 of our Trinnov video series Paul Mortimer told us about this new product.

Then during the show we were able to give you much more detail on the new D-Mon series units.

Now James who was in the room and experienced the Trinnov system first hand down at Mike Aiton’s studio with Neil Hester met up with Chris Moyer from Trinnov to have a first look at the Trinnov D Mon Monitor Controller.

Trinnov have partnered with Avid as part of Avid’s 3rd party program and produced a replacement for the Avid X-Mon analog processor that has been used alongside their control surfaces to achieve their monitoring functions. The Trinnov D-Mon is backwards compatible so it can easily replace an X-Mon irrespective of which control surface solution you have.

The D-Mon comes in two formats, one for smaller stereo studios and one for surround facilities. They offer Audio Routing Matrix, User Assignable Functions (Main, Alternate, Cues, Talk-Back, Listen-Back, Headphones, etc.), an 18x16 Internal Mixer, Digital & Analog Inserts, and fully assignable Intercom control.

In addition you also get the Trinnov Optimizer software for acoustic tuning of multiple stereo up to 7.1 speaker sets, with comprehensive functions and processing for advanced monitoring.

The combination of the analog and digital I/O with all the additional I/O as well as the Trinnov Optimizer software makes this a very powerful solution.

NAMM 2015: Interview With Preview Of Output REV Instrument

James from Pro Tools Expert meets up with one of the the team from Output to talk about their Sound Design tool REV.

REV is not a “reverse” button like the one on your DAW or sampler.

It’s a world of sound design for producers, composers and musicians based on reverse elements. Packed into 4 powerful engines with over 14gb of content, REV includes complex synths, real instruments, multi-layered organic pads, loops, rises, pulses, swells, stutters and more. All sounds can also be locked to tempo.

With over 20 glowing reviews from notable magazines and blogs, REV has consistently been hailed as “inspiring” & “creative”. Check it out.

Exponential Audio Have A New Product On The Horizon But What Is It?

A couple of weeks ago we posted a similar image with a similar question but it seems we are getting closer now. So which one would you like the new Exponential Audio product to be? Would you like it to be a reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, ring modulator, resonator, distortion, resonant filter, glide, or pitch? 

Do share with us what you would like it to be and some we will find out who is right.

Exponential Audio Euro Prices To Go Up Soon

Whilst we are talking about Exponential Audio, the Euro has been on the move for the last several months, and Exponential Audio will have to raise its Euro price to keep it on par with the Dollar.  That adjustment will take place some time on Friday, January 30, 2015.  Please be aware that the Dollar pricing will not change.

So if you’ve been thinking about purchasing any plug-ins and you are in the Euro zone, then here’s a last chance to take advantage of current Euro pricing. Don’t delay.

5 Plug-ins That Perform Audio Tricks And Are Worth Checking Out

While we all enjoy playing with photo-realistic plug-in versions of classic gear, I think all of us realise that using a picture of a Fairchild might not be the most complete exploration of what computers can do for audio. In spite of all of the lovingly modelled 1176s, there is plenty of innovation in plug in design. From “impossible” plug-ins which do something previously unachievable, to examples of excellent design, where companies mange to identify and address something lacking in the design of currently available processors. Here are some examples of plug-ins which offer something genuinely new, either in what they achieve or how they achieve it.

1. Sonnox - Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

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Rode Announce 3 New Products At NAMM 2015 - 2.4GHz Radio Mic, NTG4 Shotgun Mics & NTR Studio Ribbon Mic

Our friends at Source Distribution have let us know that Rode have announced 3 new products at NAMM 2015 this year, a new 2.4GHz digital radio mic system, 2 shotgun mics and a ribbon mic.

RØDE NTR Ribbon Microphone

RØDE tell us that this was a labour of love for Peter Freedman, the microphone is entirely designed and manufactured at RØDE’s headquarters in Sydney including the ribbon element itself and even the transformer. RØDE’s aim with the NTR was to create the finest ribbon microphone ever made available and we believe we have succeeded. 

The UK Price will be around £599 inc VAT and the NTR is starting to ship now with stocks in store expected in early March. You can find out more on the Rode web site and watch a video here.

RØDE NTG4 & NTG4+ Shotgun Microphones

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Audio Knowledge Base 2015 - IPS Training Weekend 6th to 8th Feb 2015

Here in the UK the Institute of Professional Sound are having their annual residental training weekend at the Woodland Grange Hotel and Conference Centre, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW on the weekend of 6th to 8th February 2015. 

Building on their previous years successful mix of lecture, practical, Q&A and break-out rooms, they are offering an engaging and informative event for both location and post production professionals and sound professionals from live events and other disciplines. This weekend provides an ideal chance to meet friends and colleagues in the very convivial atmosphere of Woodland Grange Hotel and Conference Centre, with great networking opportunities, new introductions, and fantastic presentations from industry leaders of their fields. This is a phenomenal low cost for a full service event with all meals and all day refreshments, your own en-suite room, bar, leisure facilities, protected car parking, a central (heart of England) location.

Get All This For Just £200 exc VAT

The price for non members is just £200 exc vat and that includes your own en-suite accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights; Friday evening meal; Saturday breakfast, lunch & evening meal; Sunday breakfast & lunch; all day refreshments (tea, coffee, water, juice, biscuits); free WiFi on-site and in your room; use of the centre health facilities; all conference facilities, and the ‘event handbook’.

Planned Schedule of Events


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Dolby Update Their Media Meter to v2.3 To Respond To New EBU R128-2014 Update

The Dolby Media Meter can be used as a stand-alone application or as an AudioSuite plug-in. It offers faster-than-real-time, file-based measurement although the speed is hardware-dependent. You can use this for broadcast, DVD and Blu-ray Disc™ mastering, and for program creation and quality control applications in audio production, postproduction, and broadcast facilities.

These are the modifications to the Dolby Media Meter added in v2.3

  • Supports the EBU R128-2014 specification. Integrated EBU R128 tolerance can now be set in .5dB increments.
  • Supports OS X Yosemite
  • Adds an Analyze button to the AudioSuite Meter
  • Support for the latest versions of Pro Tools, Nuendo and Sound Forge
  • Mono surround channels are no longer attenuated by 3dB with Leq(M)
  • Resolved issues with 7.1 True Peak and Sample Peak measurements
  • Warnings in the logs now appear when both tolerance values have been exceeded. Previously, they appeared when the minimum value was met and the maximum was exceeded.

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