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.

Gobbler 2 Public Beta Gets An Update

If you are yet to try Gobbler 2.0 public beta then they already have a new version with added features and bug fixes, this follows a lot of interest in the first version which has led to excellent feedback. Version osx-2.0.6-build-104 offers:

New Features

  • MFA-enabled accounts are now shown an error when a login is attempted.
  • Fixed several user-reported crashes.


  • Gobbler Collect now supports Ableton Live projects with all linked media on the same drive.
  • Extraneous files in Logic project folders that are not referenced by the project are not included in backups.
  • Collaborators’ names are now displayed in tooltips when mousing over their Avatar images.
  • While downloading projects from workspaces, the files are now placed within a sub-folder named after the workspace containing those projects.

As we’ve already said no Windows yet but that’s coming soon.

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50th Anniversary Of The Moog Modular Synthesizer

50 years ago this month Moog unveiled their modular synthesizer at the AES show in 1964 which would become an iconic synthesizer.

Dr. Robert Moog introduced the world to a completely new type of instrument that would go on to change the course of music history and influence decades of future instrument design. In this mini-documentary a Moog engineer, Moog Historian, and Bob Moog himself, explore Moog Music’s quest to resurrect the original methods, materials and designs used in the foundational modular synths. Through recreating Keith Emerson’s modular system, Moog Music rediscovers the power, elegance, and enduring legacy of its first instruments. 

Thanks to our friends at Source Distribution for bringing this to our attention and you can find out much more at the Moog site here.

Pro Tools Expert RedNet Event - 10 More Tickets Released

We are thrilled by the response to our RedNet Event hosted at Alchemea in London next week, all free tickets were snapped up fast, we’ve got attendees from education, top studios, producers and engineers all keen to learn more about how RedNet can help them in their workflows, of course we also have free drinks too.

However we’ve manage to get another 10 tickets for the event.

The event is an evening for audio professionals to meet the Focusrite RedNet team, to see RedNet in action and to take part in small informal demonstrations of RedNet’s potential in music and post environments.

It is an opportunity for those who are considering investing in RedNet to have their questions answered and to see and hear it in action.

There will be a free bar during the evening so it’s also a great opportunity for audio professionals to meet up and chat over drinks.

The event takes place on Tuesday October 21st 2014 at Alchemea College in London.

Spaces are very limited so book early, only those with tickets will be admitted on the evening.

Click here to book your RedNet Event tickets now

Free Extended Video Tutorial Using Waves V-Series Neve Plug-ins

Watch this free in-depth video tutorial with mixing engineer and educator Michael White for an inside look at the Waves V-Series, a unique collection of three state-of-the-art plugins modeled on vintage Neve processors.

Even better if you like what you see then you can grab them now for $99 instead of $500, that’s a steal.

Click here to get Waves V Series plug-ins at $99

Internal Battles Rage At Avid To Deliver Customers What They Want

An interesting picture is emerging following our recent story on the Avid Pro Tools Support announcement at AES last weekend.

Several sources have independently confirmed to us that behind the muddle, is not an effort by Avid to confuse their customers, but simply that internal politics were not ironed out before the announcement was made. This would explain both an incomplete picture from the Pro Tools Support announcement and the unwillingness for Avid to comment publically on it thus far.

It seems that there is a possibilty that Pro Tools licensing in the future will include both the option to rent and to buy, which is in line with the statement made by the Avid CEO;

Some in the industry have been frustrated that they’ve been forced to a single delivery or pricing model, like cloud or subscription, that benefits the vendor more than the actual customer and, in fact, in some cases may be more costly and less flexible.

Our customers will be limited by only their own imagination and strategy, not by limits dictated by their vendor.

Furthermore it would appear from our sources both within and outside of Avid, they are trying to iron out the possibility and mechanisms of buying certain features for Pro Tools such as surround, track counts etc. 

It woud seem that yet again the lack of information coming from Avid on this and many other issues is simply down to a lack of internal agreement. Until that is settled, we will have to wait this one out.

We often say here at Pro Tools Expert, most of the issues at Avid can be put down to cock-up and not conspiracy. Lets hope that the people inside Avid championing the cause of the Pro Tools users win out in these battles.

As is always the case, Avid do not make official comments on these matters and so they are unlikely to confirm or deny these rumours.

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