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Sonniss: A Fresh Way to Buy And Sell Sound Effects?

I recently came across an interesting web site that is starting to sell sound effects. Now there is nothing new in that, there are many sites that do this both big and small. But what stood out was the speed of expansion and the number of independent sound effects libraries that are already on the site, so I decided to take a closer look at Sonniss.

Sonniss was launched in earlier in 2014 with the express aim to help facilitate the sale of high-quality independent sound effect libraries for use within commercial and non-commercial productions. 

Over the last few years, Tim McHugh and the team at Visionary Sound have been discussing creating a platform that would allow people to easily buy and sell independent sound libraries. Tim explains….

When I first attempted to sell my sound effects library last year I found it difficult to make a profit, not because of the quality of my libraries (they where awesome, of course, right?), but solely because there wasn’t a platform that I could easily sell my libraries on without some large site or publisher taking a hefty 50/60% commission. It was crazy. 

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Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt – How To Begin Recording In Pro Tools 11 - Video

The gang over at Apogee have made this helpful video for those using the Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt.

We are expecting the new unit at Pro Tools Expert for an Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt review very soon.

If you are thinking of investing in this feature packed audio interface from Apogee then check out this video.

Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Highlights

  • 8 Mic preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit
  • Thunderbolt connectivity for ultra-low latency (1.1ms round trip with Logic Pro X)
  • Front panel Guitar I/O with Class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs
  • Talkback functionality with built-in mic and control button
  • 2 PurePower headphone outputs
  • 10 separately assignable analog inputs
  • 16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion
  • Core Audio optimized DMA engine frees up Mac CPU for plugins and software instruments

Watch Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt – How To Begin Recording In Pro Tools 11 video

A-Z Of Pro Tools - D Is For Dynamic Transport

Dynamic transport is the perfect way for me to link this A-Z of Pro Tools post with last week’s Pro Tools Fundamentals post on playback modes. Dynamic transport is the fifth playback mode, the others being normal, loop, prime for playback and half speed playback. Much misunderstood (especially by me, for a long time), dynamic transport is very useful once you understand what it is and what it does which can’t be achieved using the other pro tools playback modes. To enable dynamic tramsport hit CMD+Ctrl+P (Cntrl+Start+P on the PC), select it from the options menu or right-click on the play button.

Three things happen automatically when dynamic transport is instantiated:
  1. loop playback is switched on
  2. Timeline and edit selections are unlinked
  3. The primary timeline ruler doubles in depth revealing the playback start marker 

What Is It For?

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Re-amp Virtual Instruments And Soft Synths In Pro Tools To Add Character

In this video Russ demonstrates the benefit of reamping virtual instruments and soft synths through hardware pre-amps to help add harmonic content and sit them better in a mix.

For this demonstration Russ uses Pro Tools 11, AIR Hybrid and the Universal Audio Twinfinity 710 to show you the effect on a synth bass and poly synth.

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Dolby Broadcast and Multi-Channel Work Demystified - A Podcast Post Extra Interview With Jordan Glasgow & Mike Babbitt

Recently on Pro Tools Expert Mike Thornton has been to Galaxy Studios in Belgium, investigating Auro 3D and their multi channel workflow in film. By way of balance we will be exploring Dolby Atmos and Mike Thornton & Mike Aiton have recently spent the day at Point 1 Post in Elstree to explore the Dolby Atmos cinema workflow, so watch this space….. 

On the way towards this series, Mike Aiton spent some time in conversation with Jordan Glasgow, Dolby’s Senior Product Manager of Software Content Creation and Mike Babbitt, Dolby’s “Broadcast Support Director” to understand the Dolby jargon and find out what it is, and what it’s all about, and why Dolby think they do what they do best. 

In the discussion and open for demystification are topics such as: DialNorm; Loudness; dialogue gating; Metadata; LEQm; CinemaTrailersDivergence in Surround Mixes; Dolby Atmos in Broadcast and in the Home; Loudness In Dolby Atmos and Cinema Mix Levels - phew! Let’s dive in….

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Win The Brand New Sound Radix Drum Leveler Plug-in With Loop Loft

In addition to their end of year sale Loop Loft have joined forces with Sound Radix to offer the chance to win one of 5 copies of the brand new Drum Leveler Plug-in. On their website they say;

Purchase anything from The Loop Loft during The Black Friday Sale and automatically be entered to win the amazing new Drum Leveler plugin from Sound Radix!

We will be giving 5 copies of The Drum Leveler via random drawing of customers who purchase anything today through December 1st at 12:00am ET.  Winners will be notified via email on December 2nd.  Customers must select the “accept marketing” option during checkout in order to be entered into the contest.

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Waves Biggest Ever Black Friday Sale - Check It Out

In their biggest Black Friday sale ever Waves are offering 40% off all native plug-ins, bundles and upgrades, and then there are some very special offers, take a look at some of these prices…

  • Gold Bundle $199 - normally $800 - 75% off, its never been lower!
  • Tony Maserati Signature Series $99 - normally $500 - 80% off
  • CLA Classic Compressors $129 - normally Reg. $500
  • Reel ADT $79 - normally $200 - watch our review of the Abbey Road Reel ADT
  • Scheps 73 EQ $69 - normally $149 - watch our review of the Scheps 73
  • SSL 4000 Collection $389 - normally $650
  • EMI TG12345 Channel Strip Native $99 - normally $200, SoundGrid $149 - normally $300 - watch our review of the TG12345
  • Codex Wavetable Synth $99 - normally $200 - watch our free tutorial on creating sounds with the Codex.
  • Vitamin Sonic Enhancer $79 - normally $200 - watch our review of Vitamin for music and our review for using Vitamin for post work.
  • API 2500 $99 - normally $400 - 75% off
  • NLS Non-Linear Summer $79 - normally $249
  • C6 Multiband Compressor $69 - normally $250
  • Manny Marroquin Reverb $29 - normally $100
  • Renaissance Compressor $29 - normally $150 - 80% off
  • JJP Analog Legends $99 - normally $500 - 80% off
  • Silver Bundle $149 - normally $600
  • Abbey Road Collection Native $399 - normally $750, SoundGrid $599 - normally $1200)
  • Platinum Bundle $699 - normally $1600
  • Diamond Bundle $999 - normally $2500
  • Horizon Bundle $1199 - normally $3500
  • Mercury Bundle $3499 - normally $6100
  • JJP Vocals $29 - normally $150
  • L2 Ultramaximizer $49 - normally $250 - 80% off
  • H-Delay $49 - normally Reg. $150
  • V-Comp $49 - normally $300
  • H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer $69 - normally $200

Check out these and all the special offers on the Waves Specials page

But remember don’t get yourself in debt Check out our Black Friday advice here.

DMG Audio Release AAX DSP Version Of Their EQuality Plug-in

This plug-in is a very popular plug-in especially in the post community and it is great to see that even a smaller developer like DMG Audio have taken the trouble to produce a DSP version of their EQ plug-in EQuality.

Very Low CPU Usage

DMG Audio have prided themselves on the low CPU usage load their plug-in put on the computer and that extends to the AAX DSP version too. They tell us that that you can get up to 56 mono or 21 stereo instances on one HDX chip! See below for the full details at different sample rates….

  • Mono instances per chip: 56,42,18 at 48/96/192
  • Stereo instances per chip: 21,10,4 at 48/96/192

EQuality Overview

If you haven’t come across EQuality then here is a brief overview…

  • Very low CPU usage for every track of your mix
  • Generates super-high-quality prototypes. Clear undistorted top.
  • Digital+ mode; turns awesome into perfect.
  • Linear/Analogue/Minimum phase modes for master and special channels
  • 6 bands, 2 shelf/bells, 4 bell/notches, Q 0.1->50, +/-36dB range
  • 2 fully parametric filters (high and low-pass), 6/12/18/24/30/36db/oct Q 0.1->20
  • Three different UI modes to taste - full, graph and knobs.
  • M/S processing modes
  • Windows - AAX 32, AAX 64, RTAS, VST, VST3, VST 64, VST3 64. 
  • Mac - AAX 32, AAX 64, RTAS, VST, VST3, VST 64, VST3 64, AU32+64bit, 

More information on AAX DSP version of EQuality here.

Some Tips For Using Blue Cat Audio PatchWork in Standalone Mode

In this free video tutorial Russ gives some tips for using Blue Cat Audio PatchWork in standalone mode.

He offers tips for both keyboard and guitar players and shows how powerful this little application can be for live use.

Watch the free Blue Cat PatchWork video tutorial here

How To Use Waves One Knob Pumper Plug in 

Russ shows 3 ways to use the new Waves One Knob Pumper plug-in in this free video. He uses it on synth, bass synth and drums.

Watch the free Waves One Knob Pumper video here