New Video From Fab Dupont On The Fundamentals Of Using A Compressor

PureMix have released a new video in which Fab Dupont explores the controls of arguably the most talked about processor: the compressor.

In his unique and clear style, Fab explains what each control does and gives an easy to remember points to simplify the process of setting a compressor. All the fundamental controls, threshold, ratio, make-up gain, attack, release are thoroughly defined, studied, commented on with the help of straight-to-the-point audio examples. This is a great way to understand or strengthen your grasp on, the compressor controls.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Official Compatibility Statements So Far

Some brands have broken cover with official statements on compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

They are as follows:

  • Native Instruments - Not supported and advising not to upgrade. More here
  • PreSonus - UPDATED Some tested and supported, check their site. More here
  • Avid - Yosemite is not supported at this time. More here
  • Waves - Official Waves OSX 10.10 Yosemite support is planned very soon. We suggest Waves users hold off on updating at this time. More here
  • Universal Audio - Not tested yet. More here
  • iZotope - Mixed results, see specific information here
  • Metric Halo - All Metric Halo products are compatible
  • Exponential Audio - Tested and working. More here
  • Gobbler - UPDATED 22nd Oct 2014 Both Gobbler 1 & Gobbler 2 fully supported

Some users have installed Yosemite without issue, again please note that when brands make official statements on their software it means that if your system stops working you will not get any support. Take our Yosemite upgrade survey.

If you have news on other OFFICIAL statements then please let us know in the comments and we will update this post.

Waves Weekend Deals For October 18th & 19th 2014 Only


Waves Special Offers For This Weekend

3 more great plug-ins at great prices from our friends at Waves, but hurry these will finish on Sunday.

  1. Waves CLA Effects $49 - normally $100
  2. Waves Kramer HLS Channel $49 till Sunday - normally $200
  3. Waves Musicians Bundle $59 till Sunday - normally $160

Grab them while you can.

More Deals Added For October

Waves have added some more deals to the October monthly deals too 

Check out the Specials page too for more great deals

Pro Tools Fundamentals - Understanding Busses

Back to basics this week with a look at busses. These are a very common source of confusion for novice users. Exactly what busses are and how you might use them is so important that even if you think you’re getting by without them, you’re already using them in your sessions even if you don’t know it yet.

What Is A Buss?

A buss is an internal connection within Pro Tools and it can be used to send combinations (or “mixes”) of signals from place to place within the mixer. If you have never come across the word before its worth noting that this isn’t Pro Tools terminology and busses are used for all sorts of data, not just audio. Any channel can be routed to any buss. Even if you think you have never used a buss in a session you will have, as the main output of your session is a buss in pretty much the same way as the internal busses to be found under the buss menu in the output selector: Any combination of channels can be routed to a single destination - sounds like a buss to me! If you find the idea of busses difficult then the best way to understand them is to use them. Here are five ways you can use busses in your sessions:

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Have You Upgraded Your Pro Tools System To Apple OS X Yosemite? Poll

It’s about a day since Apple released the latest version of OS X, Yosemite.

Some can’t resist upgrading their Mac as soon as possible, others are far more cautious not wanting to create potential system instabilities.

There’s a helpful page on the Apple site showing compatiblily information.

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808 The Movie Official Trailer - Featuring Half The Music Industry, Their Mum And The Dog

It seems the Roland TR808 got it’s first full length movie and the trailer is out, it features a lot of people from the music industry including Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and many more.

You can watch the official trailer for “808” the documentary by clicking this link.

I found the orginal story on Rolling Stone, where the comments have started to go South pretty fast, you might want to go and see how they progress with a bag of popcorn, they might end up to even more entertaining than this cool film.

A-Z Of Pro Tools - C Is For Cache And Clip

Caches are a key part of any computer system and effectively are temporary stores designed to retrieve data quickly. For example, browsers use them so you don’t have to keep downloading the same images again and again and caching appears in two places in Pro Tools disk caching in Pro Tols HD and Wave Caches for the waveforms in the clips.

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5 Things To Consider When Thinking About Moving To A New DAW

In a recent survey by Pro Tools Expert many Pro Tools users said they used more than one DAW, some using multiple DAWs.

You may be thinking of moving to a new DAW but the very idea of having to learn a new DAW fills you with dread, not becuase you think other DAWs can’t cut it against Pro Tools, but because you’ve spent years working with Pro Tools and to move is almost the same as being asked to write with the other hand. Surveys suggest people get divorced more often than they move banks, we wonder if it’s the same for moving DAWs. In most cases it’s the pain in ass to move that stops people from making the leap to another DAW.

If you are a professional it is wise to consider having a plan B, the reason many businesses stick with Pro Tools is that they have built their entire business around it. With Avid’s current plans they hope to make you more reliant on an Avid ecosystem not less, Avid Everywhere is built on the premise of a proprietory one-stop solution for all your business needs. It’s not smart to be so reliant on one technology for your business, the recent events have shown that when things go wrong in the relationship many are left with a feeling of powerlessness.

With Avid’s current plans they hope to make you more reliant on an Avid ecosystem not less

So if you are considering moving to another DAW here are 5 things to consider.

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Mac Mini Gets An Upgrade - Even Better For Mac Based Audio Production

You may recall a recent Pro Tools Expert article about using the Mac Mini for your home studio.

In the original article we talked about why we thought it made a good choice for Mac lovers on a budget, how Apple have made it an even better proposition.

The new Mac Mini has got a refresh with:

  • Fourth-generation Intel Core processors 
  • Faster integrated graphics 
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

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Apple OS X Yosemite Out Now - You Know The Drill

OS X Yosemite has been released today by Apple, their latest update to the Mac OS.

Broken record time, but for those new to the world of Pro Tools, if you are in the middle of stuff or have mission critical stuff then hold off upgrading until you have all your work done and your machine backed up.

We’ve been running it for weeks at Pro Tools Expert HQ with some minor issues, but on the whole it is a great release. Not all software is officially qualified to run on Yosemite yet… you have been warned.