SynchroArts, makers of VocAlign and ReVoice Pro, have given details of their development schedule for the coming months, showing that ReVoice Pro is already 64-bit AAX ready, an AAX version of VocAlign is coming, as is a Windows version of ReVoice Pro.
Now that’s service… more here
Our friends over at Time and Space have a killer offer until May 31st 2013.
Download both EZ Drummer and EZ Mix2 lite completely FREE.
Russ shows how to get three tracks sounding like the band played together.
Flux: Sound & Picture Development have now released the “Sample Grabber” plug-in for the Pure Analyser in both AAX Native & DSP in both 32 bit and 64 bit ready for Pro Tools 11. They have also made the standalone application 64 bit compliant too. This is what they say…
Today we release the Pure Analyzer System sp3, introducing AAX and 64-bit compatibility. The stand alone Pure Analyzer application is now 64-bit compatible on both MAC OS X and Windows, and the SampleGrabber plug-in now supports AU/VST 32/64-bit, AAX Native (32-bit only) as well as AAX DSP 64-bit (requires Pro Tools 11).
During the release period we offer an introduction special of the Pure Analyzer Essential and the Pure Analyzer add-on options with 30% Off from the MSRP. This offer can not be combined with any other discounts or offers, Last day of availability June 1st)
This follows the release of the FREE BitterSweet v3 Transient Designer, and the Elixir v3 True Peak Limiter, and now when we have the framework ready, we are aiming at having all our software ported and available very soon.
The v3 framework improves the performance dramatically (measured 500-1000 percent improvement for Elixir depending on host environment!) and for the graphic rendering the v3 framework includes our GPU-efficient 2D/3D graphic engine, first introduced in the Pure Analyzer System, based on the OpenGL standard optimizing the audio-to-visual experience utilizing the GPU on the computer’s built in graphics card.
More info on Pure Analyser….
According to this FAQ on SSL’s Support site, the famous console maker has no plans to port their fantastic Duende Native plugins to AAX.
However, I have heard from an SSL representative that if enough customers request the move to AAX via their customer support contact channel, they will seriously consider it.
So if anyone out there wants to see this happen, go to your SSL account and make a request through this page. If you don’t have an account, but want to see it happen, create an account and at the same time get a free demo to try out the current RTAS versions.
A second video where Russ shows hosting VSTs in Pro Tools using a similar method as the audio units video but with some FREE software. Mac only.
Lev Perrey from Universal Audio speaks to the question of Pro Tools 11 AAX 64 bit compaitibilty and offline bounce.
A lot of people working in the music industry work for themselves; it can be the best decision you ever make. But too many people go into starting a business without knowing some key things that are a normal part of running your own business. So if you are considering working for yourself, or have just started, then read these 5 things - they will stop you feeling alone or thinking that you’ve maybe made a big mistake.
Country legend George Jones has died, aged 81.
Described by USA Today as “perhaps the most imitated singer in country music,” Jones won two Grammys and was entered into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was married 4 times, once to Tammy Wynette.
His career spanned over 50 years, and included No. 1 singles White Lightning, She Thinks I Still Care and He Stopped Loving Her Today.
His country music peers considered him to be the greatest.
Rest in peace George.
Community member Burt Wolff has kindly sampled a cool Clavioline (regarded by some as the first modern synth) in Structure format.
Wikipedia says: The clavioline is an electronic keyboard instrument, a forerunner to the analog synthesizer.
It was invented by Constant Martin in 1947. It consists of a keyboard and a separate amplifier and speaker unit. The keyboard usually covered three octaves, and had a number of switches to alter the tone of the sound produced, add vibrato, and provide other effects. Several models were produced by different companies; among the more important were the Standard, Reverb, and Concert models by Gibson and Selmer in the 1950s. The 6-octave model developed by Harald Bode employed octave transposition.
Avid Have just release the latest update to Pro Tools - 10.3.5
This new version addresses bugfixes, some minor changes and compatibility updates.
For Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HD 10
Version 10.3.5 is officially qualified and recommended for:
- Pro Tools|HDX systems on Mac OS X 10.7-10.7.5, 10.8*, 10.8.2*, 10.8.3* or Windows 7 SP1 (details)
- Pro Tools|HD Native systems on Mac OS X 10.6.7-10.7.5, 10.8*, 10.8.2*, 10.8.3* or Windows 7 SP1 (details)
- Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt systems on Mac OS X 10.7.5, 10.8*, 10.8.2*, 10.8.3* (details)
- Pro Tools|HD Accel systems on Mac OS X 10.6.7-10.7.5, 10.8*, 10.8.2*, 10.8.3* or Windows 7 SP1
- Pro Tools systems on Mac OS X 10.6.7-10.7.5, 10.8*, 10.8.2*, 10.8.3* or Windows 7 SP1
Waves GEQ is a full-featured graphic equalizer plugin with both Classic and Modern mono and stereo components, featuring 30 ISO bands plus high and low pass filters, a high precision floating parametric EQ bell filter, and a real-time analyzer.
GEQ Classic components use traditional proportional Q filters inspired by the renowned DN series 1/3 octave equalizers, which narrow the filter width as you increase a band’s gain; GEQ Modern components utilize special Flat-Top filters which eliminate the artifacts associated with band interaction, and provide perfect plateau and stair-stepped responses. Set band gains one-by-one, or draw your curve via touch-screen or mouse. Finally, GEQ’s integrated real-time analyzer lets you compare the difference between two sources. Created for live sound but equally useful in the studio as well, GEQ is powerful proof that all equalizers are not created equal.
GEQ is Native and SoundGrid compatible, and included in Mercury, SoundGrid Pro and SoundGrid SD7 Pro bundles.
Read More Here
- 30 ISO bands with selectable 6 ,12 & 18 dB scales
- Independent HPF, LPF and parametric bells per side
- Classic component with Proportional Q filters
- Modern component with non-interactive Flat-Top filters
- Real-time analyzer
- Zero latency
There seems to be some kind of issue with the servers at AIR, right now there’s a message saying “Ignite is temporarily not available, please try again later’.
Ignite is an out-of-the-box killer app, that takes a creative approach to composition, it’s a brave approach at helping creatives realise their ideas. I know that the reception to Ignite has been excellent, with a lot of downloads and both aspiring musicians and professionals alike saying how cool it is to have something like Ignite to get down ideas quick in such an intuitive way and with such great sounds.
I hope they sort out whatever technical issues they are having quick and get this baby back online, it could turn nasty, with comments already appearing on their Facebook page like;
“How about the fact the link just says “Ignite is temporarily unavailable” With ZERO explanation. I just spent half a G on this Axiom61, and was so so so excited to start playing with it… Now I can’t even use it? Seriously pissed off about this.”
Ignite has the potential to drive sales to several other parts of the inMusic product portfolio as the comment above clearly shows, I’m sure their web team will move fast to stop this getting nasty. Watch this space…
For those as old as me then you’ll rememebr that the AMS RMX16 was a milestone product in the world of reverbs.
Now Neve, the current owners have announced that it’s coming back as a plug-in to the UAD platform.
How exciting, I do hope the nostalgia hasn’t got the better of me. We’ve seen a lot of progress in the reverb world since the days of this monster, used on perhaps every song on the 1980s, but I hope there is still a place for the sound of the AMS RMX16.
We wrote recently about the annoying hang bug when trying to browse in Structure. This is caused because Structure decides to go off and look for patches in every location possible including those on the end of your network connections - which of course could take some time.
One way to fix it is to turn off your network connections, but to be honest that’s a bit of a pain.
I’ve tried it with Little Snitch and it works like a charm.
We have had a lot of questions about Pro Tools 11 so we thought it would be helpful for the community to put them together as an FAQ.
Firstly do check the Avid’s own FAQ as it does cover a lot of the issues and also check their preliminary Pro Tools 11 compatibility information, which will be updated when PT11 is released.
Q. What are my upgrade options to Pro Tools 11?
Avid have announced provisional upgrade pricing with options for PT10 to 11, 9 to 11, and HD upgrades.
You are eligible for a free upgrade if you bought Pro Tools after April 7th. If you bought it before April 7th you will need to pay for the upgrade.
Complete Production Toolkit
Avid are simplifying the product range and killing Complete Production Toolkit. They are offering a path for owners of both CPTK and PT10 (you must be registered owners of both PT10 & CPTK) to upgrade to PT11HD and we should see a revision of the upgrade price initially put forward by Avid.
Pro Tools Academic - UPDATED SEE BELOW
Avid will honour the 4 year free upgrade offer for anyone who can prove they were given that offer and who are still students. However if you were a student when you bought Pro Tools Academic and was offered 4 years free upgrades (not all PT Academic users were), but you are now no longer a student, you wouldn’t be eligible for a free upgrade. Also teachers and institutions aren’t eligible for free academic upgrades. Other Academic users can upgrade at a special price.
Q. Is my system compatible with Pro Tools 11?
Avid have announced provisional compatibility information for Pro Tools 11 and please be aware that this is a work in progress, especially in the area of computer hardware support.
3 tiers of compatibility
Avid have started to use 3 groupings in their compatibility chats for Pro Tools 11. The 3 tiers are.
- Not Officially Supported, but should work,
- Not Compatible and won’t work.
002 & 003 Families
When Avid announced PT10 they said it would be the last version to support the 002 and 003 families. However the good news is that the 003 and Mbox 2 families will be offically supported for Pro Tools 11 and that the 002 family are in the ‘Not Officially Supported’ group but they should continue to work. This is really good news for 002 and 003 users as there isn’t an obvious replacement for the 002 and 003 interfaces that are also control surfaces.
Control 24 & Command 8
The Control 24 and Command 8 are also in the ‘Not Officially Supported’ group so owners of these should be able to get some more mileage out of these units.
The Pro Control has finally hit the ‘Not Compatible and won’t work’ group after having been effectively in the middle group for a little while, so any Pro Control users will need to look for alternatives if you choose upgrade to Pro Tools 11.
Q. Will my computer run Pro Tools 11?
We have had a number of community members who have been concerned that their particular computer is not on the preliminary list of supported machines for Mac or Windows. We suggest that the key part of these lists to check is the ‘Not Supported’ sections. This is a list of computers that Avid have tested and found not to meet the very high bar they have set for computer compatibility with Pro Tools. Remember that although your machine may not be on any of the lists, it may be that either, it just doesn’t meet Avid’s high standards, or it is an older machine that Avid have not been able to test. The chances are that most computers that will work with PT10 will work with PT11, especially as PT11 puts much less load onto the computer, see our observations from the Avid demos at MusikMesse and NAB, and that they have been showing prospective clients PT11 running on a Mac Mini, with sessions that needed a fully loaded Mac Pro to run on PT10.
To run PT11 you will need to use Mountain Lion v10.8.3, they have not qualified Lion so you might want to consider upgrading to 10.8.3 in a quiet period to be ready for PT11 when it comes out. It may be that PT11 will run on Lion but Avid are not qualifying it.
Pro Tools 11 has been qualified for some versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Again check the Avid compatibility info for the exact versions that they have qualified.
Windows 8 support
We get a lot of questions about Windows 8 support and Pro Tools 11 will be the first version of PT that will have Windows 8 support. Also don’t expect earlier versions to get Windows 8 support, Avid, along with most software companies don’t do retrospective approval, for earlier versions on new operating systems.
Q. Will Pro Tools 10 & 11 work on the same machine?
PT10 and PT11 together with Media Composer 7 will co-exist on the same computer but they cannot be run simultaneously because they will be both trying to access the same hardware.
Q. What about Sound Designer II support?
Pro Tools 11 will not support Sound Designer II (SDII) files. If you need to open old legacy sessions that have SDII audio files you will need to have a version of PT10 installed to convert the session.
Q. Will I get the new metering support in PT11?
Pro Tools 11 and Pro Tools 11HD will both have the new high definition audio metering but the 17 options of different metering formats will only be available on PT11HD. Currently the ATSC A85 and R128 loudness recommendations are not included in those 17 options but Avid have said it will be possible to add these in a later version.
Q. Will my interface work with Pro Tools 11?
Non HD 3rd party Interfaces
Avid doesn’t qualify 3rd party interfaces, that is up to the 3rd party manufacturers and information will be limited until Pro Tools 11 is released and the 3rd party manufactures can complete their testing but the more recent interfaces that work with PT10 should be OK.
Pro Tools HD Native and HDX system are only qualified for use with Avid interfaces. Remember that the older ‘Blue’ interfaces are not officially qualified but are now in the ‘Not officially Supported but should work’ group. In the same group are a selection of 3rd party reverse engineered interfaces from companies like Lynx and Apogee, but you may find they have higher latency figures that the Avid interfaces. Also remember you cannot connect non HD 3rd party interfaces to Avid HD hardware like the HD Native or HDX systems.
Q. What Plug-ins will work with Pro Tools 11?
Pro Tools 11 will only support 64 bit AAX plug-ins. RTAS, TDM and 32bit AAX plug-ins won’t work. We recommend that you check that your favourite plug-ins are available in 64 bit before upgrading to Pro Tools 11. Check with the individual plug-in manufacturers or use our AAX Database to check on progress.
If you purchased the Academic Student version of Pro Tools then you are entitled to 4 years of software upgrades at no charge starting from the time of purchase. Owners of this version do not need to retain student status to keep their 4-year upgrade entitlement.
Hope this clears things up.
For those looking for a Thunderbolt option for Pro Tools HDX or Native cards, then the Sonnet Echo Express may just fit the bill, it’s not cheap at around £1000 UK, but it looks very cool. In their words…
3-Slot Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards
Sonnet’s Echo Express III enables you to connect three compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface, and other special-purpose cards to your iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt port. The Echo Express III integrates a universal 300W power supply and includes a 75W auxiliary power connector for cards that require supplementary power. Even with all that power, the III is enviro-friendly; it automatically powers on/off when the connected computer powers on/off or sleeps. The use of larger, slower-spinning fans in the Echo Express III makes it the quietest Echo chassis yet. Two Thunderbolt ports support daisy chaining of up to six devices to a single port on your computer.
Apple released their numbers for 2013 Q2 today and so I decided to crunch them into this simple chart.
See the red slice of pie, that’s ALL CPU net sales - that’s all the OS products, computers including Laptops, Desktops and Towers. The rest of the pie is largely income from iOS devices, apps and the iTunes store. So let’s assume that we can divide the red slice 4 ways to cover Laptops, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro… that gives around 3% revenue per line. Although Apple laptop sales account for more than 3% of that part of the pie, but we’ll assume the best and give Mac Pro 3% revenue contribution. To further focus the mind, accessory sales gave Apple revenue equivalent to one quarter of the red slice.
One simple rule of business is follow the money, as you can see for Apple nearly 90% of the money is in iOS and all that goes with it.
If you’ve just arrived on this blog for the first time by the magic of Google, then a quick word before you launch into an Apple fanboy rant - most of the team on this blog are Apple fanboys, so no PC lover conspiracies please. I’m not suggesting the Mac Pro is dead, in fact I’ll say that again just to make sure I can point whoever misquotes me on an Apple forum later… I am not suggesting the Mac Pro is dead. I am simply showing that when it comes to revenue contribution the Mac Pro is probably not at the top of Apple’s R&D list. You can add into the pot the possibility that every Mac Pro buyer will buy either Logic or Final Cut, but that would only add a further 10-15% of revenue to the sale of that Mac Pro.
For me that’s not good news. Please prove me wrong Apple… please! Credible rumours are that it’s coming very soon, next week would be a nice time to do it.
Russ shows a cool way to use Audio Units instruments working with Pro Tools 9,10 and even Pro Tools 11.