We are currently looking at what makes a good voiceover mic and Source-Connect Now is another great tool for voiceovers and podcast audio. Source Elements have announced that they have added a number of new features to Source-Connect Now.
- They have made a commitment that Source-Connect Now will remain FREE for 128kbps mono connections between two people. Click here for more details on pricing options.
- Source Elements have now added an auto-reconnect feature to make it safe for Radio and live broadcasts. Source-Connect Now is now designed to reconnect if the Internet drops momentarily or on a power outage.
- There is now the option to pan left and right, which improves its usefulness for recording podcasts, for example. If you sign in using the Stereo mode you can now set your pan to the left or right to separate voices.
- To improve connections Source Elements have added even more servers, to make it faster to find guests around the world and connect to them. Source Elements do ask that if you have any connection errors to let them know as they tell us that major changes are currently underway as they start to integrate services.
What Makes A Good Browser For Source-Connect Now?
A lot of Pro Tools native owners wonder if Pro Tools HDX is for them. It’s a big decision to invest even in a basic Pro Tools | HD hardware system, comprising of an Avid Pro Tools HDX card and an Avid Omni interface.
It is said that there is nothing more attractive than something you don’t have, in some ways Pro Tools | HD hardware can fall into the category, for some its seen as the pinnacle of the Pro Tools family. In technical terms it is, Pro Tools | HD hardware offers a number of benefits over Pro Tools native, these include;
- Low latency
- High track counts
- Greater headroom
Avid want us to all to think that we’ve not arrived unless we have Pro Tools | HD hardware.
However Russ and Mike decided it would be a good article to tell you why Russ, who has owned a Pro Tools | HD hardware system based around an Avid Omni and HDX card, has decided to sell his and why Mike, who owns a Pro Tools | HD hardware system based around a HDX card, and an 8x8x8 interface with a cheese grater 2.4 GHz 8 core Mac Pro is keeping his.
We hope that this article, giving both sides of the story will help those of you considering Pro Tools | HD hardware the right information to make the right choice for YOUR SITUATION.
Russ, Mike, Neil and James bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.
Groove 3 Titles We Like
- Groove 3 have their White December sale including the All Access Pass $99 for the year
- Virtual Mix Rack Explained from our old friend Eli Krantzberg
- Eiosis AirEQ Explained also from Eli Krantzberg
Review Of 2014 And Looking Forward To 2015 Podcast Specials
We will be doing two special podcasts over the holiday period. The first that will be in a week’s time will be our review of 2014. We will be sharing ours, but please let us have yours and also recording disasters and triumphs too. Please the Contact page on the site.
Then at the beginning of January we will be looking forward to what 2015 will bring. Do you have any new years resolutions, or hopes and dreams for 2015? If so do share them but please tell us have them this week as well.
- Pro Tools Expert Exclusive Loops & Samples Bundle From ModeAudio £60 - 50% off
- Bad Cat Samples’ Bad Cat Pack - 6 Sample Packs Bundled Together £42 - 33% Discount
Talking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal Audio
- Buy an Apollo before 31 December this year and receive up to 5 free plug-ins valued at up to $1295 or buy a 4-710d Mic Pre and get a FREE UAD-2 Quad DSP Accelerator (PCIe or Satellite) Also New UAD version 7.11 software featuring new Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter Compressor
- Audio Equipment Manufacturers - It’s Time To Take Fan Noise Seriously
- Help Please With Audio Quality Control (QC) Issues With “Audio Tics”
- Pro Tools Expert Control Surface Survey - Complete Results Available To Download
- Which Is The Best VO Mic? - The Pro Tools Expert Voiceover Microphone Shoot Out Blind Listening Test - Part 1
- Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Review - Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface For Mac
- Drobo Mini External Hard Drive Review And Tested With Pro Tools
Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions
- Check out the December Deals at RSPE including offers from McDSP, Waves, Sonnox, Universal Audio and more.
- Jared Steinfeld comments that since he moved to Pro Tools he has found the Artist series of controllers were much more unreliable.
- Jacob Clayton shares a tip for double mixing guitar cabinets and mixing them that he found by accident.
- Help for Lorenzo please. He would like advice and help of exporting from FCP to Digital Performer. Russ suggested the MOTU forum. Also he is prepared to pay for some tutorials. If you can help then contact us using the Contact page on the site.
- Justin B asked about loudness of production music mixes following Mike’s loudness videos.
Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea
- Dates have been announced for the Summer 2015 courses in association with Sample Magic
- Alan Sallabank who is a Windows evangelist for Pro Tools. He reached out to us as he is buying a refurbished MacBook Pro for a mobile Pro Tools rig and what tips and utilities would we recommend. For Antivirus recommended a feature from MacWorld
Find Of The Week
- Mike - Avastor XR4 rack mount trayless solution
- Neil - Alex Shore JP4C Free Reaktor SuperSaw Ensemble
- James - BasKey drum mat markers
- Russ - Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt
Which Is the Best VO Mic? - The Pro Tools Expert Voiceover Microphone Shoot Out Blind Listening Test - Part 2
Following on from our previous post on how and why we are doing our Pro Tools Expert VO Mic shoot out (including the signal path) here is the second part of our blind listening tests. If you missed the first set of mics then you can find them here.
As before, we are using the Neumann U87 as the named reference mic for each batch of listening tests because it is one of the most used voice over microphones in the industry and so, familiar to most people.
For each microphone there is an example of male and female voice for you to listen to and compare with the U87. We would like to know which you prefer and why. Please vote and continue to let us know what you think.
We will be covering the other mics in subsequent listening tests.
The VO Mic Blind Listening Test - Part TWO
Thank you again to Andrew Bickenell and Posy Brewer our professional voice artists for their dulcet tones and to Nigel Woodford of Richmond Film Services for the loan of the microphones for the test.
The team at Virharmonic have produced some free beautiful violin instruments, they call it the Violin Freebie, all you need is the free UVI player to host them.
They say of the library;
This micro library contains deep sampled pizzicato with 4 dynamic layers and 4 true sampled round robins. As most of you know it is in our nature to sample chromatically, so this library is no different, offering genuine samples for each note played. We have made this pizzicato very tight for any insane rhythmical style, but we have made sure that it remains raw in sound, so it adds an organic touch to any mix. For the second part of the library we have sampled a nice little 16th note repetition spiccato recorded in 120bpm. You can tempo synchronise this in your sampler or DAW and it is simply a lot of fun to play especially if you involve the UVI arpeggiator. This time it has one crisp dynamic layer with 4 true round robins.
Listen To The Violin Freebie
How To Download The Violin Freebie Micro Library
To find out how to download and install the Violin Freebie, go to their website and hit the tutorial tab.
Our friends at Quiet Art have announced their latest plug-in Defaulter, a Pro Tools clip gain normalizing plug-in. Quiet Art already make the popular Wave Rider plug-in. Defaulter is compatible with both ProTools 10 & 11.
Quiet Arts say;
Defaulter is the Pro Tools clip gain normalizing plugin. It is a perfect companion for WaveRider, and an excellent addition to any collection of gain staging plugins.
Clip gain is the best thing Pro Tools adopted in recent years. Now, you have a tool to help you get the most out of it.
Defaulter analyzes the clip and applies clip gain adjustments to bring it up or down to meet your specified peak level. It ignores clips with levels below the user set threshold.
Try Quiet Art Defaulter
If you want to try out the new Quiet Art Defaulter plug-in, there is a demo download on their web site.
Andre Zeugner from Adam Audio has been in touch to tell us that German entrepreneurs with the CWM holding company on December 11th, 2014 have acquired ownership of ADAM Professional Audio . As we reported earlier, ADAM Professional Audio ran into difficulties with capitial funding after taking on too many projects and products.
The new owners have already gone on record that their goal is to invest in ADAM Audio and bring production back up to normal as well as to invest in new products which will strengthen ADAM Audio’s already excellent market position.
A representative of the new shareholder, Sebastian Canzlertold us….
ADAM Audio is known worldwide in the pro audio industry for its superb speakers. Due to the high precision and quality of the products as well as the large technical expertise of its employees, the company has become very quickly a leading supplier of professional audio monitors. All of this provides a very good basis for further growth, which we strive for together with the existing team.
Sven Schmöle, Managing Director of ADAM Audio added…
With CWM we have a partner on our site that supports our passion for innovation and helps us realize our full potential. Our task now is to resume production as soon as possible in order to supply our customers with products again.
Check out Russ’ show & tell video review of the Bad Cat Sample Pack. If you like it then we are offering the Bad Cat Sample Pack at £42 which is 33% off the normal price for the 6 virtual instruments. The pack consists of The Music Box, Bass Pedals, Indi Glock, Performachord, Lucky Harp and Mini Keys.
Another Pro Tools quick tip, this one is the cool way that Pro Tools HD users can convert volume automation to clip gain and vice versa.
Some people are not aware of this feature but it has several uses including;
- You may want to commit your automation to the track as clip gain and then render it to the audio track for exporting as a completed audio track.
- You may have a track with a lot of clip gain changes written to it and may want to convert that to volume automation instead, leaving the original audio unaffected.
Here’s how to do it.
In their next daily deal Waves are offering their SoundShifter plug-in for the next day or so they are offering SoundShiffter for $49 instead of $149.
What Is SoundShifter?
SoundShifter is a pitch-shifting and time-shifting processor. It enables you to change keys, tempos, durations, and manipulate the time-pitch continuum with accuracy and clarity. For tonal transformation and transposition, SoundShifter is well worth a look especially at this price. It has Parametric, Graphic, and Real-time components with punchy, smooth, transient, and sync modes, with time, tempo, bars, samples, SMPTE, feet & frames, pitch, interval, and frequency controls.
You only have a short period of time to take advantage of this deal so check it out here.