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Pro Tools tips, tricks, support and news for users of Pro Tools. Free Pro Tools video tutorials and free Pro Tools plug-ins. We support both the music and post production community.

We offer advice for users of all versions of Pro Tools both current and legacy formats. We’re independent and are not affiliated with Avid or their associated companies.

Pro Tools tips, tricks, support and news for users of Pro Tools. Free Pro Tools video tutorials and free Pro Tools plug-ins. We support both the music and post production community.

We offer advice for users of all versions of Pro Tools both current and legacy formats. We’re independent and are not affiliated with Avid or their associated companies. 

Shoot Out Between Audient ASP880 And Universal Audio 4-710D

We often get asked at Pro Tools Expert which pre-amp is better between the Audient ASP880 and the Universal Audio 4-710D. Our answer is that they are different, in fact in many ways. For example the UA 4-710D includes 4 compressors and 3 styles of sound, whereas the Audient includes 2 Channels of Class-A Discrete JFET D.I instrument inputs and a variable filter, their pricing differs too.

However here is an electric guitar recorded through both pre-amps, one of them is the Audient ASP880 , one is the transistor stage of the 4-710D, one the tube stage and one the blend of both from the 4-710D.

Have a listen and then decided which one you prefer - we will let you know the results later.

Listen To The Audio Examples

Pro Tools Tutorial: Creating Template Sessions

When working on albums in music recordings or series in TV Post it can take out a lot of repetition if you create a template sessions and then use that to create your song of episode sessions. In this video we show how to create a template from scratch or from an existing session.

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Last Few Days Of Pro Tools Expert Deals for December 2014: Bad Cat Sample Pack £42 & Exclusive ModeAudio Bundle Now Just £4

You have just a few days left to take advantage of 2 great deals on the Bad Cat Sample Pack bundle of virtual instruments and an Pro Tools Expert exclusive bundle of loops and samples from ModeAudio.

Bad Cat Sample Pack £42 - 33% Discount

Check out Russ’ show & tell video review of the Bad Cat Sample Pack.  Eli Krantzberg from our sister site Logic Pro Expert has also reviewed the Bad Cat Sample Pack too.

If you like them, 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.

 

All the VIs in the bundle have character and are different to most samples out there. You need Kontakt 5.3 or above to use these VIs, although for our Logic Pro friends several will run inside EXS 24.

ModeAudio Exclusive Loops & Samples Bundle Now £45 - Over 60% Discount

As a special Christmas present we have reduced the price of the exclusive Pro Tools Expert Loops & Samples Bundle from ModeAudio to just £45 so you can save even more on the cost of the individual packs that make up our exclusive bundle.

 

We have merged their Dance and Hip Hop bundles into a super bundle just for our community and just for one month.

Dance Bundle:

ModeAudio’s “Dance Bundle” is a stellar collection of over 800 loops, samples and MIDI files, jammed to the rafters with Deep House Drums and fills, delicate Percussion, sub-aquatic Bass, razor-sharp Techno Synth riffs, beautifully gritty Analogue Synth Loops, explosive SFX Samples and more!

Hip Hop Bundle:

ModeAudio’s “Hip Hop Bundle” is a massive collection of over 1000 loops, samples and MIDI files, bulging at the seems with the deepest Bass, driving to drifting Drums, dusty Percussion, chilled Synths, gritty SFX and so much more!

If any of these take your fancy, then don’t delay as there are only a few days until the end of the year to take advantage of these deals.

If You Want To Make One New Year Resolution Then Create More And Consume Less

As a creative you’ve been given an amazing gift, you can add to the world rather than just take from it.

Of course the line between being a creator and a consumer is not cut and dried, we all have a foot in both camps, but scarcity is a result of over-consumption and a lack of creation.

For a creative there’s no greater joy than in creating something new; taking an empty page and filling it with ideas, a blank canvas and covering it with paint, filling silence with music or song, or the screen with moving image. Where there was previously nothing creatives bring new ideas and in many cases leave those who come into contact with them changed by what the see and hear.

We all have a choice to create or consume.

If you were made to create then you’ll feel most alive when you are creating, I know I do.

Podcast Extra Interviews From The Archive - Paul Neyrinck

Over the holiday season we are going to feature some of the Podcast Extra Interviews from our archive.

Extended Interview With Paul Neyrinck

In March 2013 Mike Thornton caught up with Paul Neyrinck whilst he was in London. Hear how Paul got into the business, the plug-ins he worked on for Digidesign & Avid, how he came to design the V-Control and much more.

PANO (Procedural Ambient Noise Orchestra

We mentioned PANO in last week’s Sunday Sound Effects Round Up and so instead of the round up, we thought it would be worth taking a closer look.

Background

From the early stages, Virtual Reality applications used to focus on graphics rendering to create realistic immersive 3D scenes. However, combining multi-modal aspects of our environment increases the sensation of immersion and in particular, the auditory modality brings complementary information to the vision. Sound design by synthesis methods made crucial progress throughout the recent years, providing efficient tools to generate high quality sounds either from models (physical- based or signal-based) or from the analysis of natural sounds.

What is PANO?

PANO is a realtime multi channel synthesizer from Noise Makers capable of generating realistic dynamic ambient noises and it does so based on a hybrid approach using sampled grains and loops combined with purely synthesized elements. The application is made up of two parts:

  • PanoComposer - working in standalone mode exclusively - that’s where the overall creation and composition of sounds and presets takes place.
  • PanoPlayer - the plug-in version of PANO (VST, AU, AAX). This is loaded inside a DAW for reading presets, automate parameters, add spatialisation and more. 

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Podcast Extra Interviews From The Archive - Hutch From Rupert Neve Designs

Over the holiday season we are going to feature some of the Podcast Extra Interviews from our archive.

Extended Interview With Hutch from Rupert Neve Designs

Back in 2012, Russ talked about design, summing mixers, Neve, and the British invasion with Hutch from Rupert Neve Designs.

New Video From Fab Dupont At PureMix Explaining The Fundamentals Of Reverb & Using Reverb On Vocals 

Our friends at Puremix have released a great new video called  “Using Reverb on Vocals”

In this video you can learn what terms such as “time”, “length”, “size”, “depth”, “color”, “absorption” mean and make it second nature to create the best reverb sauce for your vocals.

Fab uses a cooking analogy and loads of examples so you can get past the terms and start creating great sounding reverb the way you want it rather than just clicking on stuff and hoping for the best.

You can buy just this video for $17 or you can use the PureMix Hoiliday Sale and get up to 40% off subscriptions to everything on the PureMix site.

How To Customise The Tool Bar in Pro Tools

We are not all the same and the way we work and think is different. the way I lay out my desk will almost definitely be different to the way you do it.  There is a feature in Pro Tools where you can re-order the sections of the tool bar and so we have made a video to demonstrate how you can show or hide different sections of the Tool Bar or rearrange them to suit your workflow.

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Podcast Extra Interviews From The Archive - Phil Dudderidge

Over the holiday season we are going to feature some of the Podcast Extra Interviews from our archive.

Extended Interview With Phil Dudderidge

This is a great interview in which Russ sat down and talked to the founder of Focusrite, Phil Dudderidge and talked about everything from his work as sound man for Led Zep to Olympic canoeing. Please forgive the audio quality on this interview.