Russ, James and Alan catch up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.
In this video James takes a look at DF-XCITE a new plug-in from Drumforge. XCITE is a multi-band saturator designed to make your drums sound more dynamic with a fuller tone by adding saturation across 4 different frequency bands. Each band can be driven via 1 of 3 saturation types, American, Vintage and Extreme. James uses the XCITE plug-in across all the microphone channels on his drum kit so see and hear how this new plug-in can change your drum mixes.
Our story 'Why Should We Pay For A Thunderbolt Cable On A High End Audio Interface?' seems to have garnered a lot of interest. There was some discussion around the cost associated with supplying Thunderbolt cables so we reached out to Sonnet to ask them what costs were involved when including a Thunderbolt cable. Greg LaPorte, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Sonnet Technologies, Inc. gave us this reply.
We talk a lot about gear, production techniques, the industry and workflows on Pro Tools Expert so it’s about time we have a discussion about our choices in acoustic treatment. Acoustic treatment is the method and implementation of materials to help control the reflections of sound within a space in the pursuit of a great sounding, well balanced space in which to record and mix in.
- What acoustics do we use in our studios… and why?
- Do our choices in acoustic treatment make a difference… or to word it correctly… Do our choices in acoustic treatment make an improvement to the sound of our studios?
We've just been discussing in the PTE office why it seems that some manufacturers of high-end (sometimes several thousand dollar) interfaces include everything but the one thing you need to use it, the Thunderbolt cable.
In this video review, Marcus takes an in depth look at Tube Saturator 2, by Wave Arts. According to Wave Arts, the Saturation section of TS-2 now runs about 7x faster than the original, and the modelling is even more accurate. In addition, Tube Saturator 2 also features a sleek new GUI. Upright Bass clip courtesy of "The Jason McGuire Trio" performed by Paul Martin Sounder.
The closest thing I've found to using a real analogue console, using it is a dream with the EQ responding to even the smallest nudge and so musical! Sweet, creamy, airy, gutsy are all words that I could use to describe it and why you'll find this EQ all over my mixes.
Alvaro from The Foley Collection and Surround Sound Lab has been in touch to tell us about a special offer on their Complete Collection which is all the libraries in their collection in one bundle for just $250. Check out the Soundcloud playlist to get a sense of what is in this collection and then pop over to Surround Sound Lab if you like what you hear.
A Sound Effect Interview Ben Meechan - Sound Effects Editor on Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Asbjoern at A Sound Effect got to interview Sound Effects editor Ben Meechan about his work on the latest film form the Mission Impossible stable.
It’s busy and the film is continually cut, so we have to work fast and keep up with the turnover. Scenes and reels were split between us and then we would swap and change, so that we could each take turn bringing our own ideas and tastes to the film. We shared ideas and reviewed with James Mather, then we would address the notes and improve and add more detail. We fed the Edit department mixes of sections and scenes so they could put them in the avid. This allowed them to give us feedback. So we are always adding and improving throughout, moving in the direction the director wanted us to go.
I have a various plugs I like to use, such as Sound Toys, fabfilter, and Brainworx, these are great for manipulating sounds, adding low-end and range – I especially like the delays. But all within reason as I’m not a big fan of when real sounds becomes over-processed.
You can read the interview in full on the A Sound Effect blog.
SoundBits Release Just Impacts - Extension 1
Saro from SoundBits Got in touch recently to tell us that they have just released Just Impacts - Extension 1. This collection features 237 sound effects of mainly metal and wood impacts, metal armor hits, crashes, door slams, heavy metal drops, shield blocks, metal wall hits. All sounds were recorded with RODE NTG-3 and a NT55 microphone into a Sound Devices 702 recorder. Each sound was edited and cleaned. So there is no noise or other unwanted sounds. The sounds were equed and compressed for that extra punch. All sounds are delivered as BWF tagged, 24Bit, 96kHz wav-files and the collection is priced at 25.20 Euros.
An Update from Sonniss
Its been very busy at Sonniss with loads of people uploading new libraries. Apparently they still have about 40-50 in a queue to approve and they still keep coming. Their new interface is nearly ready and Tim's getting super excited about the launch. Yu can check out the latest libraries at Sonniss here.
Punch Sound Effects Combo Pack from The Sound Keeper
Jeremy Rogers got in touch this week...
I love your site! I've been a fan for a long time, especially on the Sunday Sound Effects Roundup! I thought you might get a kick out this. I'm a sound designer for video games. I've been in the industry for over 10 years and I've had the pleasure to work on a bunch of great titles including Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, Call of Duty and I'm currently working on Uncharted 4 at Naughty Dog. Anyway, I've made the jump into sound effects libraries and here is the first sound pack I've come out with, Punches. As a professional sound designer, I find there are never enough punches in my libraries. You can use punch type material for bigger impacts, or stronger attacks, or just about anything! I wasn't happy with what was out there, so I decided to go on a journey to produce all those great punch and impact sounds I need for work! Along the way, I discovered some great techniques and sounds for all types of fighting and combat situations. It was an extensive study of punches from the past 100 years, and now I'm able to share this with you! The combo pack is priced at $110 with the option to buy them separately and the processed pack at $75 and the raw punch pack at $85.
- 750+ Sounds
- Punches, Kicks, Hits, Grabs, Blocks and Whooshes
- Processed "Hollywood" Punches including:
- Classic Style (Indiana Jones, Bruce Lee, etc.)
- Matrix Style
- Modern Style (John Wick, Daredevil. etc.)
- And Much More!
- Processed Element Sounds
- The Processed "Hollywood" punches broken down into individual elements so you can mix and match for creative freedom!
- Raw Unprocessed Sounds
- New David Morgan Indy Whip Recordings
Our friends at McDSP are currently having a 50% off sale on al their wonderful native plug-ins. This includes AAX Native, AU, VST formats, so you can use them in your favourite DAWs.
If your session ever looks like the picture and you need a way to get back to the Edit or Mix Windows without clicking each window individually try CMD+Option+W (Ctrl+Alt+W on the PC).
One of the great things about Pro Tools is that when it comes to getting great timing there is more than one way to skin a cat. Here are 5 ways
UA have produced this great video on getting great tone from the Softube Marshall Plexi Lead 1959 plug-in.
Check it out.
Nearly two years on and these free Pro tools video tutorials are still some of the most popular we've ever produced - it's hardly surprising when it tells you how to do something not currently not possible in Pro Tools.
In the second part of a series of tutorial videos on the plug-ins in the Waves Surround Tools Bundle Mike shows how you can use the Surround Manager and Surround Mixdown plug-ins in audio post production.
Justin Webster from The Cargo Cult, formerly known as Maggot Software, got in touch to tell us that he has released a new version of his conforming software Conformalizer. If you work with video, you will know that a 'locked picture' rarely stays locks for long so when they change the picture cut, conforming software can save you hours of time.