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With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is the winner from Podcast 8 from Tom Bullen…..
For sessions with a lot of tempo and meter changes, such as classical and film/television recordings, musicians can find it difficult to hit the right tempo going into the change, especially if they’re dropping in or starting at the head of the new tempo. Changing the the tempo/meter tracks in Pro Tools to give them the correct tempo in messes up the bar numbering and all the tempos beforehand and is a headache during a pressured session. However, there’s a much quicker solution than this, which takes about five seconds as long as you prepare a little beforehand. I’ve found it extremely useful on many occasions. Before the session, print the click. Bus a metronome to an audio track and record it. Run this click instead of or alongside the midi click. If musicians are struggling to hit the new tempo, make a quick edit on this printed click track. Go to tempo change, tab to transient on the printed click track so you’re exactly on the head of the beat. Separate the region. Tab to transient forward the required number of beats you want to give them for a click in. Separate the region again, so you now have a region of the number of clicks you want to use as a count in. Hold down control, alt, command and select the region with the grabber tool. This duplicates the region much like command D but IN FRONT OF the original region. So you now have a printed click of the new tempo going into the change without having to mess around! A competent Pro Tools operator can manage this in about five seconds. Hope people find this useful.
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Congratulations to Thomas Lund, TC Electronic’s CTO for Broadcast & Production, and Senior Research Engineer, Esben Skovenborg (Ph.D.), received the Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award by The Audio Engineering Society at the recent AES 135 Convention in New York for their official convention paper 8983: ‘Level-Normalization of Feature Films Using Loudness vs Speech’.
Esben Skovenborg says….
“My oh my Pro Tools Expert… how you have grown! You’re now 5 years old, the same age as my son, but a whole lot wiser! Seriously though guys - congratulations, and keep up the excellent work - the Pro Tools community needs you!”
Nathan Eames, Sonnox
Mike & Russ will be joined by Paul McFadden, the man behind Doctor Who and Sherlock, and Dean Covill who has worked on Coronation Street and Fresh Meat for the special recording of our podcast from the Ask The Experts Theatre at BVE North on Nov 13th at 10:30am.
We will be having a Show Bar Meet up on Tuesday 12th November at 14:00, so if you have a question or you want to have a chat then you can seek us out at the bar. Do come along and say hello.
Working through all the cool free plug-ins with ‘Pro Tools Mixing Basics’ explains each one in detail. For those wanting to watch the mixing basics series, then here are all the episodes to date.
More coming soon
Russ continues his series looking at the free plug-ins that ship with Pro Tools. In this episode he looks at one of the oldest and most loved plug-ins, Sansamp.
They say nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, but perhaps the modern recording world has more than its fair share of rose tinted glasses - you don’t see too many computer sites waxing lyrical about wanting to recreate their old gear. I’m not suggesting for one minute that our desire to recreate the old stuff isn’t without merit, but it might be good for some of us old farts who actually used it to put some myths to bed. I was inspired to write this post after getting involved in a Facebook conversation with my old friend Nigel Bates, who like me lived through that ‘golden era’ of recording.
- It Sounded Better
Did it? It might be nice now to add a bit of channel noise, distortion, hiss, sample-rate or bit reduction to a track, but when we had no choice then we would have killed for a copy of Pro Tools or a software based sampler. I think those of us struggling to get a decent sounding sample into an Akai S900 would have thought the idea of trying to make something sound shite completely nuts.
- Things Were Cheaper Back Then
Hell were they! For what you get now with a basic copy of Pro Tools, it would have cost you a small fortune, in fact a mortgage to get what you needed. For what you pay for Pro Tools now you would have got a 4 track cassette based recorder. For what you pay for Logic Pro X you would have got a couple of reels of 2” tape.
- Things Were Built Better
Nope. I had a Moog that never stayed in tune and endless samplers with power supply issues. I also used a 2” 24 track tape machine that was endlessly having cards replaced. often mid-session. If you want to stop your heart then the sound of a 2” master tape snapping during rewind will do that to the strongest person.
- Things Were Simpler
I wish. Striping two 24 track tape machines with SMPTE and then getting them locked, just to get 44 tracks. No my maths are not wrong, each machine needed a track for the SMPTE code and then track 23 was left empty because of bleed. My favourite nightmare story is when one junior engineer dropped in on the SMPTE track by mistake in the middle of an album session whilst recording a vocal… he got his coat. These days 48 tracks seems so small, then it was an industrial (and expensive) operation to achieve.
- We Have All The Innovation Now
Like hell. I lived through the birth of digital recording, MIDI, sampling, DAWs, plug-ins, software product downloads, The Fairlight, Synclavier, Linn, Akai Samplers and MPC, virtual instruments, EMU, hard disk recording, Digidesign Sound Tools, Pro Tools, C-Lab, Steinberg, drum machines, the ADAT, SSL, total recall, digital reverb, FM synths, gated reverb, AMS, Lexicon, CDs, CDRs, DAT, Apple Mac and much more.
If you’re a fan of Monty Python then you will be familiar with the Four Yorkshiremen sketch. In essence it’s a parady of those who hark back to the ‘good old days’. When it comes to recording and music production they weren’t as good as most people would have you believe, but I for one wouldn’t have missed them for the world. Discuss.
Russ shows you one of those very cool and unbeatable plug-ins when you need to add some space in a mix. The synths used in this video are the Structure Super N Synths.
If you’re a lover of synths then you will either have or want to own the classic SuperNova synth.
We own one and so we decided to sample it in all it’s glory and create 2.7gb of 100 synth patches for Structure. All patches consists of 24bit 48K multi-samples in loopless format, in other words full length samples that do not use loops and allow for the entire sound to evolve. There’s everything from complex pads, killer basses, leads and even analogue drums.
Here is a short MP3 demo of just 6 of the sounds with the new SuperN Synth playing bass, arp, pad, poly, kick and hats along with Boom - some real retro goodness there!
Grab it this week for half price - normally £30 but £15 this week. Sales tax applies in EU countries.
Earlier this year Eric Johnson took a leave of absence to concentrate on his new business venture.
He has been missed by team and community alike, so I’m sure many of you who know Eric will be thrilled to know that Eric is now able to return to Pro Tools Expert as Community Development Manager. He will be taking care of cultivating the community on our social media platforms and commenting platforms.
Welcome back Eric!
Our friends at Fxpansion sent in their 5th annivesary wishes, we had to smile at this one from Angus and the team.
You can spend alll the hours in the world working on client work but if you don’t take care of getting paid then you may as well be working for free. HOFA is offering ProjectTime v2 for FREE. This handy freeware plugin with which you can measure the time spent for your productions is now to be found on thier homepage - with a brand new interface and useful new features.
- shows the time which has passed during a DAW project
- time measurement in hours, minutes, seconds
- pause function
- writes log to see when you worked on the project
- every log entry can be commented
- works on Windows and Mac with any DAW, VST, VST3, AU, RTAS, AAX.
Mike answers a question from community member Neale Eckstein who wanted to know more about M/S dynamic processing using the MB-7. Mike also demonstrates using the free HOFA 4U MS Pan plug-in to create an M/S Processing channel strip in Pro Tools 11.
Some smart photo genius has managed to create a 3D walkaround of one of the original Beatles Abbey Road sessions. It includes the POV (point of view) from George Martin, John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Having stood in the actual studio at Abbey Road I was amazed how accurately they have managed to recreate being in the room. Check it out here
Hot off the back of the news of Softube AAX 64 bit, we also have word that the highly popular, and may we add, FREE Softube Saturation Knob has also been updated for AAX 64 bit.
As the original plug-in was part of an Avid promo campaign then Avid will be making this available shortly… watch this space.
Our friends at Softube are so pleased with what they have managed to acheive with their new version 2 plug-ins, they have published a CPU savings list. Of course this is unverified by Pro Tools Expert, but we have no reason to doubt our lovely Swedish bearded friends, let us know what you find when using them. These figures are for native. AAX DSP also shows improvements, although not as extreme as these.
Below you will find a list of our plug-ins and their approximate change in CPU usage in version 2.0 compared to the previous version. The published figures are for using the plug-ins in stereo and at44.1kHz sample rate. Real life usage may differ slightly from these figures depending on platform, host, processor type and other variables.
You have to love the guys at Softube, not content with simply porting their entire plug-in line ot AAX they took the opportunity to improve and optimise the plug-ins. The prices remain the same and the upgrade is free to current Softube users.
Summary—Softube plug-ins version 2.0:
- Same world class sound as before
- Vastly improved CPU performance for most plug-ins on all plug-in formats
- AAX 64 bit support
- Free upgrade
- Unchanged prices
- 20 day trial license available to all (requires iLok)
You may recall our favourable review of the Scuffham S Series Amp emulations a few months ago on the blog.
They have just emailed us to let us know that they have now released version 2.2.
We’re pleased to announce that S-Gear v2.2 is now available for Pro Tools 10 and 11 as a Native AAX plug-in. S-Gear v2.25 installers include both 32bit and 64bit AAX format plug-ins for Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools 11.
New in S-Gear v2.2:
- Wayfarer - 3 channel amp;
- Amp A & B switching;
- Tap temp and tempo sync on the Delay fx unit;
- Improved Noise Gate;
- Phase invert switch on the Pro Convolver; and
- Several other enhancements.