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Free Dynamics Processor Plug-in From Tokyo Dawn - The TDR Kotelnikov For Mac And PC

The gang at Tokyo Dawn have released another cool free plug-in, the TDR Kotelnikov standard. This is what they have to say about it;

TDR Kotelnikov is a wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility. As a descendant of the venerable TDR Feedback Compressor product family, Kotelnikov has directly inherited several unique features such as a proven control scheme, individual release control for peak and RMS content, an intuitive user interface, and powerful, state of the art, high-precision algorithms.

With a sonic signature best described as “stealthy”, Kotelnikov has the ability to manipulate the dynamic range by dramatic amounts, while carefully preserving the original tone, timbre and punch of a musical signal. As such, it is perfectly suited to stereo bus compression as well as other critical applications.

The concept is “proudly digital” in the sense that it doesn’t try to emulate any previously existing device. This is the original!

TDR Kotelnikov Features

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Drobo Mini External Hard Drive Review And Tested With Pro Tools

More and more of us are working from home, many in a single room with no machine room where we can put our noisy and hot gear, it’s all in the same space. I’ve been on an ongoing mission to try and create a one-room ‘silent’ studio, regular readers of the blog will have seen my other efforts to achieve this, such as replacing the fan in my Avid Omni interface, hard drives are another area where noise can emanate.

I’ve been a listener of the ‘Mac Observer’s Mac Geek Gab Podcast’ for several years. One product they have been waxing lyrically about for several years is the Drobo. I’ll let the Drobo people explain how it works.

In a nutshell the Drobo connects to your computer or network and provides redundant data protection without the complexities of traditional RAID. Dynamically expand storage any time. Drobo currently holds up to 36TB, depending on the model, using any combination of 3.5” disk drives or 2.5” drives for the Drobo Mini. The Drobo family offers Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, Ethernet, iSCSI, and other connectivity options, so you get the data protection you need along with the speed and interface you want.

Through a series of upgrades and other buying decisions I’ve found myself with 3 2.5” SSD drives and so I decided to see how the Drobo Mini would work in my studio environment. In short the Drobo Mini is a 4 bay 2.5” drive host with Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity, so it seemed the ideal Drobo for me to test. In addition to the 4 drive bays in the front the Drobo has a 5th mSATA SSD drive bay on the base where you can install an mSATA SSD. Drobo call this the ‘Accelerator Bay’ and claim it can give the Drobo a further speed boost.

Setting Up The Drobo Mini

I got it out the box, then I popped open the front cover and pushed and clicked the drives into place, no tools required. One thing to note, once you push your drives into place then as soon as the Drobo starts up for the first time it will format them, so make sure you’ve got all your data off any existing drives before you do this. Then I plugged in the external PSU and had a small battle to line up the PSU (it’s one of those one’s similar to the one used on the UAD Apollo Twin that locks in place) and getting them in can be a bugger. This was in fact the hardest part of setting up the Drobo.

Then I downloaded the Drobo Desktop software and installed it on my Mac.

I connected the Drobo to my Mac Pro ‘Trash Can’ via Thunderbolt and then powered it up. After a cool little light show the Drobo lit up with the Green surround lights and blue legend at the bottom to tell me that all is well, and hey presto it showed up on my desktop.

Best of all it was running and super quiet - giving my ultra-quiet Mac Pro a run for its money in the silence stakes.

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Pro Tools Software Makers Avid Relisted On NASDAQ

Avid, makers of Pro Tools software have been relisted on NASDAQ as of yesterday, December 8th 2014.

The company was delisted in February becuase of the late filing of its 2012 Annual Report. 

In a statement John Frederick, the company’s chief financial and administrative officer said 

“We are pleased that Avid stock will once again trade on the Nasdaq.”

For more information visit the Avid investor relations page

Waves Offer $149 Discount on J37 Tape Emulation Plug-in For One Day

Waves are offering a selection of their plug-ins for just one day each on the run up to Christmas starting with their J37 tape emulation plug-in. Normally the J37 would be $249 for the Native version but for the next day it is available on the Waves web site for just $99.

How Long Is A Day?

Because of the time zones around the world the offer is actually running for 48 hours to make sure everyone around the world has a ‘day’ to be able to take up this offer.

Waves J37 Show & Tell Review

If you would like to know more about the J37 then check out our show and tell review and find out what Russ thinks of this tape emulation plug-in.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 145

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

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Free Delay Plug-in For Pro Tools 10 And Pro Tools 11 - Mac And PC AAX

K Research have updated their free KR-Delay plug-in which now offers AAX 64 and 32 bit suppport for Pro Tools 10 and 11. Don’t forget to check out our other free Pro Tools plug-ins here

About KR Delay

This release of KR-Delay FS comes with many new features like host sync capability for durations from 1/64 to 1/1 plus Triplet and Dot modes, three operating modes Stereo,Link and Ping-Pong, fully independent controls for all parameters in Stereo mode, independent Low Pass / High Pass resonant filters and Panning controls. The graphical display has visual representations of all the parameters of the effect processor for easier preset creation and adjustment.

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Ex Waves And E-MU Systems Audio Research Director Joins Apple As SoC Audio Architect 

Ex Waves And E-MU Systems Audio Research Director Dana Massie has joined Apple Inc. as SoC Audio Architect. Massie has a background of DSP expertise, which it looks that Apple will be taking advantage of as they bolster their audio team with Massie offering as SoC (System on Chip) audio architect.

It’s not known what products Massie will be working on, although Apple used technologies from his previous company Audience as part of the iPhone 4.

Be it consumer or pro, Apple are hiring some top talent right now for their audio development work.

Pro Tools Quick Tip - Use An Aggregate Device To Manage All Your Interfaces In Pro Tools - Mac

If you have a number of audio interfaces on your Mac then you might find yourself either switching between them for Pro Tools sessions, or even wondering if you can use the power of all of them at the same time.

Using the Aggregate Device option in the Audio MIDI setup window on your Mac you can create flexible input and output setups for any audio application on your Mac.

Create An Aggregate Device In Audio MIDI Setup

To create a new Aggregate Device on the Mac simply open the Audio MIDI Setup application and then use the drop down menu in the bottom left of the window. Choose ‘Create Aggregate Device.’

You will then be presented with a list of all available audio interfaces. Simply tick the ones you want to use, in this example we are using an Apollo Twin connected to a 4-71-D via ADAT and a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2.

One thing you need to make sure is that of is that one interface is the master clock source and that all other audio interfaces in the aggregated set-up are running at the same clock speed. Once create our set-up looks like the image shown below.

 

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Pro Tools Expert Control Surface Survey - Results Infographic

Last week we Pro Tools Expert conducted a poll of Pro Tools users and their thoughts about control surfaces, what they own, if they don’t own one why, features they would like to see, how much they would spend and more.

We’ll be releasing a full set of results in the coming days, but in the meantime here is a infographic with the headlines. Check back soon to see all the results and comments.

Watch Waves DigiGrid IOS Connecting Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic And Ableton Live Together

Waves have produced a short video showing four of the major DAWs Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic and Ableton Live working together using their Waves DigiGrid IOS audio interface.

The video shows two musicians playing VIs via Cubase and Logic, the performance being mixed via Ableton Live and then recorded in Pro Tools.

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