Genelec 8000 Series Trade Up Promotion - Two Weeks Left


Back at the beginning of July our friends at Source Distribution announced a trade up promotion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Genelec 8000 series of active monitors.

This UK only trade up promotion allows you to trade-in your existing monitor(s) and get a discount on a brand new pair of Genelec 8010A, 8020C, 8030B, 8040B or 8050B models. 

You only have two weeks to take advantage of this deal so if you are looking to upgrade your monitors then you can get more info here.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 137

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

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  • 3 October Deals from RSPE - 
    • Buy a 4-710D Tone-Blending Mic Preamp and get a FREE UAD-2 Quad DSP Accelerator (supplies limited); 
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  • Frank Herrlinger has made his own private mixing tool in the Native Instruments Kontakt 5.3 format. He has called it Sub and you can check it out on his site 
  • Darren Vermaas offers some great tips on working on Audiobooks from the question form last week.
  • Hector M asks what we think that using skeuomorphism in plug-ins is good or bad?
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Foley Collection Release FC204 Trot & Gallop

We showed a sneak peak at the end of our Show & Tell review of the Foley Collection with Alvaro de Iscar Gonzalez. Now they have released Trot and Gallop, a foley collection of all things horse related.

They have been recorded at 96KHz and 24 bit. From sand to snow, concrete to dirt, grass to stones …. they have it all in their instrument. You can select your surfaces mix, add-ons and extra sound mixes.

They have programed to sound natural with two banks of keys: Trot and Gallop. You can navigate through the different menus to adjust the add ons, extras and surfaces levels. You can also adjust extra time attack to create the perfect sound for your horses.

You need Kontakt 4.1 or above. The Foley Collectiion instruments won’t work with the Kontakt player.

Winners Of The Acon Digital Deverbate Competition


Last month we ran a competition with 5 chances to win a copy of the Acon Digital Restoration Suite bundle and we can now announce the winners pictured above from left to right.

Dave Bell

My name is Dave Bell, I have lived in Germany since 1976. I came over to work as a musician for the American Forces, and never looked back. I have always had my own recording studio, even if it was only a 2 cassette recorders. Now I have 2 mobile Pro Tools rigs, one at my house, and a Studio rig for tracking.

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More Information Emerges About SoundToys 5.0

They won best in show at AES 2014 and more information has emerged about SoundToys 5.0.

The new Soundtoys Effect Rack is the core of the next version of SoundToys, Soundtoys 5. The new version will enable users to create, audition, save, and recall combinations of Soundtoys effects.

The Soundtoys Effect Rack integrates all 12 Soundtoys effects into a single plug­-in, improving workflow by visually displaying an entire effect processing chain – eliminating the need to navigate multiple plug-­in windows to adjust parameters, add new effects, or change the order of effects. It also includes overall input and output level controls, a wet/dry mix control, and a global feedback control – which add new creative possibilities that would require additional plug-­ins or complicated routing to accomplish in most DAWs.

Soundtoys 5 will ship Q4 2014. Pricing TBA.

Nugen Audio Continue To Celebrate Their Anniversary With A BOGOF Offer & VST3 Support

As part of their 10th anniversary celebration during October our friends at Nugen Audio are offering a BOGOF (Buy one Get One Free) deal on any of their plug-ins.

Buy any two plug-ins from the Nugen Audio store or via their dealers and get the cheaper Nugen Audio plug-free. So there has never been a better time to buy Nugen Audio plug-ins.

Nugen Audio Supports VST3

Nugen Audio have announced that their entire family of plug-ins are now compliant with Steinberg’s Virtual Studio Technology 3 (VST3) standard. Moving forward, all future releases of Nugen Audio’s plug-ins will be VST3-compatible.

MasterCheck Gets Editors Choice

In this Show & Tell review, Mike takes you on a tour of the new MasterCheck plug-in from Nugen Audio to help you deliver content in this new loudness normalised world including on line services like iTunes Radio and Spotify. Watch and find out what the hidden feature is and why he has awarded MasterCheck Editors Choice.

Show And Tell Review Of Waves Abbey Road TG12345

Russ takes a look and listen to the new Waves Abbey Road TG12345 plug-in model of a vintage Abbey Road mixing console.

He gives a full overview of features and then shows it in action on drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals. See what he thinks and check out the examples before downloading it yourself and giving it a spin.

Watch the review of Waves Abbey Road TG12345 here

Working In Immersive Audio With The Auro 3D Format In Film Production

Are you interested in working in immersive audio?  Are you starting or already work in immersive audio in either Auro 3D or Dolby Atmos then this series of videos on working in immersive audio in the Auro 3D format will be of interest. In this first video Mike Thornton experiences listening to music in the Auro 3D format for the first time and explores recording and mixing techniques with Patrick Lemmen, who is resident engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium, the home of Auro 3D. 

Video 2 - Film Production

In the second video in the series, Mike Thornton explores the techniques and workflows for Auro 3D in film post production with mixer Gareth Llewellyn and product specialist Sven Mevissen.

Future Videos In This Series

In subsequent videos in this series we will be looking at how to use the new reverb tools from TC and Exponential Audio to handle reverb natively in Auro 3D, how to use the Auro Tools to manipulate the sound in the Auro 3D sound stage and a discussion of some of the issues of the main two formats in immersive audio - Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D from Auro Technologies’ perspective.

Kazrog Recabinet 4 Released - Featuring Thermionik Amp Modelling

Recabinet version 3 has been a very popular plugin with the PTE team and community in the past so I’m sure everyone will be excited to see this new version 4 release which now includes “Thermionik” - The name of Kazrogs own new amplifier modelling technology.

Hybrid variants

Thermionik allows users to mix and match “Pre” and “Power” amplifer sections of various well known and highly regarded amplifiers together and come up with unique hybrid variants, You want the Pre amp section from a Mesa Boogie Rectifier but the power amp section from a Peavey 5150 ? No problem Thermionik has it covered.

Creative Tone Control

Along with the regular amplifer tone stack controls you might expect to see there are additional depth and saturation controls to get exactly the sound you are looking for.

Established Recabinet Quality

Plus of course the fundamental part of Recabinet is its fantastic amplifier cabinet section including a bucket load of revered industry standard cabinet models with vaious microphones in multiple positions all topped off with the built in console style EQ.

Audio Examples and full spec’s can be found here

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Why Avid Are Hoping You Will Buy Into Their Pro Tools Support Plans

Avid announced their Pro Tools Support Plans yesterday hoping as many Pro Tools users as possible will buy into them.

Although as is the case with so many Avid announcements so many questions remain unanswered, most of all for those who have already invested in Pro Tools 11. There’s already a pretty ugly thread on the Avid forum the DUC gaining momentum. Community member Nigel, a long time and loyal Pro Tools owner wrote; 

This is very confused, and hares are in danger of running, but Avid’s communications this time are even more opaque than we’ve experienced previously. I’m astonished that Avid continues to fail to appreciate how unclear information causes massive ripples of discontent and is very damaging to its reputation.
Community member Mike wrote;
Why does Avid have to be so cryptic in their product announcements? It leaves too many unanswered questions.

There’s a clear reason this announcement has been made now, which is (other than dot releases) the Pro Tools product features Avid have been pushing as part of their ‘Everywhere’ plan are not going to be here this year and now are cited to appear ‘sometime in 2015’, according to a comment from Avid yesterday on this blog. Sometime in 2015 means anytime between 3 months and 15 months from now.

This leaves customers with some options to consider.

First there are Pro Tools owners who don’t own Pro Tools 11 who will think that as the next version of Pro Tools is so close then why should they upgrade now? It’s a valid point, especially if it’s the same cost each time. Then there are Pro Tools 11 owners who have already shelled out for Pro Tools 11, that means there is no new version of Pro Tools for them to buy anytime soon.

This leaves Avid with a big problem.

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