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Free Clipping Plug-in For Pro Tools

The team behind Grind Machine and Grinder guitar and bass plug-ins Audio Assault have a cool free clipping plug-in for use in Pro Tools - KlipFreak.

Kilpfreak could not be simpler to use, an input, a large knob to adjust the amount of clipping and an output control.

Available in VST, AU and for Pro Tools 10 and 11 Mac and PC.

More here

Sonnox, SuprEsser And Strings

Using a de-esser on strings may seem a little odd, but there is much more to the Sonnox SuprEsser than dealing with wayward vocal sibilance. Grammy nominated engineers Rich Tozzoli and Paul Antonell recently recorded and mixed a string quartet at Clubhouse Studios, NY. The SuprEsser turned out to be an exceptionally useful tool in shaping the tone of the stringed instruments, as you’ll find out in this video…

You can also read about the project with Paul Antonell talking about working on a Akua Dixons’ string quartet recording on the Sonnox web site

Avid Pro Tools 10.3.9 HD & 11.1.3 HD Video Performance Tests - Part 2 A Video Demonstration

Furthering on from my Part One of a series of tests on Avid Pro Tools HD video sync performance, here’s a video to show the difference between:


  • stable video playback on Pro Tools HD 10.3.9 with a referenced Avid Mojo (composite) through an analogue TV
  • desktop video on a computer monitor with Pro Tools referenced to internal

Prepare to be amazed…..

Watch the video here

More Mastering "Bots" - A.A.M.S. Auto Audio Mastering System Now Free!

In relation to Our Mastering “Bots” Poll another alternative has surfaced which once was paid software and is now free.

Denis Van Der Velde has decided to make his AAMS (Auto Audio Mastering System) software for Windows donationware.
Its free for anyone to download and use although donations are ancouraged and accepted.
This software has been around for many years and used to be fairly expensive so it’s worth a try if you are running a Windows system and are curious as to its merits, if only to evaluate the “Bots”

Get it here 

Robots Mastering Your Tracks - Plain Silly Or Bloody Genius? Poll

One company that’s making some noise as a disruptive player in the audio industry is LANDR with their online MixGenius service - it is effectively a robot mastering your tracks.

LANDR say “Sound like a pro without paying studio rates or learning complex plug-ins”

It sounds too good to be true and for those of us who have trusted their tracks to the ears of top mastering engineers for several decades the idea can seem almost obscene, if not a little silly.

However, some of us have to appreciate that whilst the craft of a skilled mastering engineer is unparalleled, for those who just want to create music on a budget the simplicity and low cost of this service may be meeting a need.

It’s worth trying it out for free and seeing what you think of the results and then taking our poll and also leaving your comments. Let us know what you think, we feel sure this discussion will run on for some time.

Audio Repair in Music Production: Removing Sudden Unwanted Sounds Video

RX guru Mike has created another RX video for our friends at iZotope showing how to master this awesome plug-in.

An unwanted noise in the background can ruin what would otherwise be a perfect take. In this video, Mike shows you how to use RX 3’s Spectral Repair module to fix problems like a cough or a sound glitch.

Universal Audio Win Outstanding Brand Award

Pro Tools Expert are delighted to see Universal Audio winning the Pensado Awards ‘Outstanding Brand Award’ - described as the brand or entity espousing best audio practices.

We can think of no better winner than the Universal Audio, they make excellent products for the recording industry. This is because they come up with real-world solutions designed by those who are also musicians and audio engineers with a long heritage in the music industry - they instinctively know the needs of industry and care deeply about doing it right, they are also some of the nicest people around.

Whilst I was away in California I visited the new Universal Audio studio, Pro Tools Expert were the first press to get a look of the new studios and we will be posting a story in the coming days with some cool pictures.

So well done Universal Audio and all our other friends who were honoured by Dave and the team at Pensado’s Place from the entire Pro Tools Expert team!

Marcus Huyskens Joins The Pro Tools Expert Team

We are delighted to announce that Marcus Huyskens has joined the Pro Tools Expert team.

You may have seen a recent video on created by Marcus on the blog last week.

Marcus is the owner of Bad Cat Media, he says of his new role;

“I am a recordist and mixer, first and foremost, I also develop libraries for Kontakt/EXS 24. I do some location audio, and post mixing. Looking forward to pitching in! Cheers

Welcome Marcus to the team, we love your libaries and look forward to seeing more from you.

Slate Media Technology's New Raven Forum

screenshot of the slate raven version 2.0 software running with Pro tools 11.1.3

Our friends at Slate Media Technology have got the new Raven Users Forum up and running at http://slate.boards.net

screenshot of the Slate Media Technology Raven USers Forum

As well as a place to talk to the developers and ask support questions (the usual fayre of forums), there are places to share your new time saving batch commands and groovy Raven layouts. There is even a place to share a photo of your studio.

Logic users are also welcome to the party.

Get cooking those batch commands….looking foward to seeing your studio there

Pro Tools Track Hack Refresher For Pro Tools 10 And 11

It seems that the Pro Tools track hack is still not known by some Pro Tools users, I was having dinner with a power user just last night and they were amazed to find out about this cool trick, first discovered by community member Philip Nicols.

It enables a Pro Tools users to create custom channel strips which can then be loaded into any Pro Tools session, it can be your favourite vocal channel or a master buss, or an instrument with separate outputs.

Here are the links to the videos. 

To see how to do it in Pro Tools 10 and below then watch here:

Alchemea College Summer Studio Gear Clearout - UK

Our friends at Alchema College, the place to get some fo the best Pro Tools Certified training, are having a clearout of some of their old studio gear tomorrow July 4th 2014. It runs from 3-4pm.

The sale includes old Akai, Mackie, Digidesign and Emu equipment and much more.

Even better anyone who attends gets a voucher for £50 towards one of their short course.

For more information and a list contact Peter at Alchemea via their website.

Get Some Free Power Guitar For Your Tracks

Our friends at WavesFactory, makers of the awesome TrackSpacer, have created a free Kontakt library of guitar power chords.

Power Guitars Free is a library for Kontakt featuring electric guitar power chords muted and sustained. Power Guitars Free is perfect to play quick background electric guitar rhythms to any rock/heavy/metal track. The samples have been recorded chromatically (no pitch-shifting, all chords sampled), with 2 round robin (repetitions) per chord. This is the free version. You only have 2 round robin and you get distorted guitar sound (no direct input).

The Pro version gives you 8 round robin and direct input so you can use your own amp simulation software to customize the sound.

Click here for the Free guitar power chords library

Create Your Own Menu Shortcuts In Pro Tools - Mac

There are a lot of great shortcuts in Pro Tools, but do you also feel like AVID is missing a shortcut that could make your workflow much faster? I do, and it’s always frustrating to navigate through the menus to make your move.

So here is a great tip for all the Apple Mac users on how to create your own shortcuts in Pro Tools.

  • Open up System Preferences > Keyboard > Application Support and click in the add-button Make sure to check the box “ All Controls”.
  • A new box will appear. Let us choose Pro Tools in the Application list, and then we type the name of the key-command we like to create. I choose the Save Copy In… and did the picked a shortcut. Make sure to spell the Menu Title exactly how it is spelled in Pro Tools and choose a shortcut that does not already exist  and press add.


  • When you are done, close the System Preferences application and open up Pro Tools. You should now be able to see your new shortcuts.



UK Trade-In Promotion On Genelec 8000 Series Monitors

There’s a a special UK promo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Genelec 8000 series range of active monitors

The time-limited promotion on all five models in the 8000 series offers UK customers the chance to trade-in their existing monitors and get a significant discount on a brand new pair of Genelec 8010A, 8020C, 8030B, 8040B or 8050B models.

The promotion runs from 1st July to 30th September and offers giving typical savings of between £120 and £560 per pair, depending on the 8000 series model purchased.

Owners can trade-in any make or model of monitor - active or passive - regardless of their condition, providing they are in reasonable working order. The owner simply surrenders their monitors to a participating Genelec dealer in the UK, who in turn will offer the discounted promotional price on the customer’s chosen 8000 series model.

Alex Theakston of Source has created a new video highlighting the key features and benefits of the 8000 series – including their neutral frequency response, their adaptability to a wide range of room acoustics and their reliability in even the toughest and most demanding of studio environments. More here

Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 123

Neil, James & Mike Aiton bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Talking Points

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Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Matt North - Structure Free Shortcuts In Pro Tools 11
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  • Brent Smith - Vocal Plug-in Chain EQ

Listen on to the Pro Tools Expert Podcast on iTunes

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Win A Copy Of Antares Auto-Tune Vocal Studio Worth $699

Auto-Tune Vocal Studio combines Auto-Tune 7, the renoun pitch (and now time) correction plug-in, with AVOX 4, the latest generation of the Antares Vocal Toolkit, which itself is a bundle of processing plug-ins. All together, they provide a comprehensive suite of tools for producing great vocal tracks. 

AVOX 4 combine 11 Antares plug-ins in one one bundle

  • Harmony Engine Evo Vocal Modeleing Harmony Generator - The quickest, easiest tool for creating realistic harmonies.
  • Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler - lets the mics you own sound like the mics you wish you owned
  • MUTATOR Evo Extreme Voice Designer- the ideal tool for unique vocal special effects and post-production sound design
  • ARTICULATOR Evo Digital Talkbox - perfect for talking guitars, singing synths, whispering voices, and a wide range of special effects
  • WARM Tube Saturation Generator - warms up vocals with Antares’ world-renowned analog tube modeling technology
  • ASPIRE Evo Aspiration Noise Processor - the world’s first tool for modifying a voice’s breathiness independently of its harmonic content
  • THROAT Evo Physical Modeling Vocal Designer - subtly (or radically) re-sculpt vocal characteristics with a meticulously crafted physical model of the human vocal tract
  • DUO Evo Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler - automatically generates a doubled vocal part with unmatched ease and realism
  • CHOIR Evo Vocal Multiplier - turns a single voice into up to 32 distinct individual unison voices; assign instances of CHOIR to voices singing harmony and voila, instant choir
  • PUNCH Evo Vocal Impact Enhancer - gives your vocal more dynamic impact, allowing it to cut through a dense mix with clarity and power
  • SYBIL Evo Variable Frequency De-Esser - tames vocal sibilance with a flexible compressor and a variable sidechain frequency to match any vocal performance 

Would you like to win a copy of Antares Auto-Tune Studio worth $699? All you need to do is fill in your details and answer one question to enter the competition. Enter here

Using McDSP AE400 On Solo Violin

In this free video Julian demonstrates how useful an active EQ like AE400 can be for taming problem frequencies only when they occur, avoiding the danger of over EQing and preserving the wanted sound for as much of the time as possible.

If you find this helpful do check out Russ’s show and tell video of the AE400


Focusrite In Harmony With Lundhal Audio Transformers

Audio transformers have been part of the audio signalflow and sound for decades. Since the first Focusrite ISA110 preamp modules were assembled in the late 1980s, the Lundahl LL1538 input transformer has been a major part of the Focusrite sound. 

The LL1538 helps to provide the huge headroom and audible clarity that makes the sound of the Focusrite ISA range unmistakable, and has been manufactured in the same way by Lundahl in Sweden for 25 years. Focusrite take us on a tour around the Lundahl factory and find out why Focusrite still use the LL1538 to this day…

Slate Raven 2.0 Show & Tell Review 

In this video James joins Mike Aiton in his home studio for a close up extended look at the Slate Raven MTi with the 2.0 software.

They talk about connectivity and setting the Raven up for the first time. They take a look at basic fader control, plugin manipulation and some of the new macros which are new in the 2.0 software.

Avid Pro Tools 10.3.9 HD & 11.1.3 HD Video Performance Tests - Part 1

Updated on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:55AM by Registered CommenterMike Aiton

photo of Pharaoh Audio's Syncheck 2 & 3 for the Pro Tools HD Video Performance tests

The Idea Behind Pro Tools HD Video Performance Tests

The main initial idea of the test was to compare video hardware brands, as historically many users were experiencing performance issues with Blackmagic video peripherals. My initial qualitative test results indicated that the AJA peripherals or PCIe cards were far out performing the Blackmagic cards in Pro Tools 11.

However, once Avid released Pro Tools 11.1.3, Blackmagic released driver version 10.1.1 that allegedly offered dramatic improvement to Blackmagic card users.

I widened the test to include Pro Tools 10.3.9 and its video performance so as to compare with Pro Tools 11.1.3. I decided to also include a few other interesting tests for comparison whilst I was at it (“in for a penny - in for a pound”!) so that we can end some of the video urban myths.

So Why Should Non Post People Read The Pro Tools HD Video Performance Tests?

Music guys really should pay attention to this test series, as you will soon see that video is not just a matter of “pop any old Quicktime into the timeline and Bob’s your uncle”. Sync is a complex subject – think of it as latency and that might make your ears and prick up and your expertise kick in.

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