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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.
Round 2 of the Whitey/Betty TV ‘work for free’ story.
We took a call from Betty TV after requesting a copy of the original email to Whitey after they had put out a statment saying ‘we apologise for any confusion’. They refused our request to a copy of the email, but put out a statement saying ““We use a collective licensing system through which we gain access to music which ensures both the recording artist and composer are paid. We apologise for any confusion and we have contacted the artist to clarify this. We would never use music without permission and going through the proper procedures.”
Now Whitey has made the original email public. I’m not sure what there is in the email to misunderstand or what confusion they think there was, it may not use the word free but it certainly does not suggest they will be paying for the use of his music.
Round 1 = Whitey
Round 2 = Whitey
Our advice to Betty TV, stop digging.
Buckinghamshire New University relied on on our friends HHB Communications Ltd. to supply, commission and install a diverse range of professional audio equipment to meet the needs of recent studio upgrades.
HHB’s unparalleled experience supplying Pro Tools HD technology was invaluable in identifying the most cost effective Avid products, including the latest version 11 HD software, HDX hardware, two Pro Tools D-Command consoles and two C24 consoles. HHB also provided installation services, fitting the new hardware and adapting cabling.
Buckinghamshire specified new technology for the expanded curriculum that covers developing trends in audio production, such as loudness monitoring and surround sound music mixing for picture. As such, HHB also supplied TC Electronic TM7 TouchMonitors stand-alone loudness meters and the LM2 Loudness and True-Peak Meter software, in addition to SoundField surround sound microphones, new plug-ins and processing equipment.
This is a high speed video showing the power of AIR Hybrid. Russ uses one oscillator, the pumper and sequencer to make a moving synth sound. It so easy anyone can do it!
Our friends at Celemony have announced an update for Melodyne.
The free update to Version 2.1.2 makes Melodyne editor, assistant and essential compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and improves interaction with all DAWs. To the download
No party would be complete without our friend Steven Slate, he has sent his greetings to Pro Tools Expert for our 5th Anniversary.
“Pro Tools Expert has positioned itself as an essential audio industry staple where one can achieve a wealth of knowledge, and I’m proud that it has gained such massive awareness, respect, and stature.”
Ahhhh, Steven, right back at ya!
This is part 2 of a two-part feature on pre-production with new clients. Click here to read part 1.
An important preparatory step that is often overlooked is the practical sequence of tracking on a production. For example, nine times out of ten in commercial music, the vocals are the most important element of the music. If this is the case in your production, then everything needs to work around the vocals. Finding out what the vocalist is most comfortable singing over in studio is a valuable piece of knowledge. Knowing which of your clients is the strongest and most competent performer out of their comfort zone is also important. Take for example
Our friend Dave Hill at Cranesong has announced a new Vintage Emulation plug-in Peacock. He writes:
“Peacock can be used on a stereo bus to create the classic vinyl sound. On individual tracks it is also very useful in creating large fat sounds, smoothing of the harmonic content and making a nice smooth vintage sound on vocals and other instruments.
There are three main controls; Harmonic, Dynamic and Color. The Harmonic and Dynamic controls interact and control the level of the harmonic distortion. The Color switch changes the character / interaction of the controls and sets the maximum amount of midrange / LF color and the HF compression characteristic. The Dynamic control is the tricky one, what is does is time modulate the distortion components which are very frequency dependent due to the RIAA curve.
Russ explains the different bounce options when using Maschine 2 AAX in Pro Tools 11.
We were thrilled to receive this email from our friends at Waves.
“Congratulations on your 5th year anniversary from everyone at Waves. We look to Pro Tools Expert as one of the industry’s leading authorities and regularly share your blogs and videos with the Waves audience. We’re looking forward to the next five years and beyond!” Udi Henis/Waves International Marketing
Updated on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:10PM by Russ Hughes
We’re not sure what the request looked like, but the reply to sucessful London TV Production company Betty TV from musician Whitey was perhaps not what they hoped for. We’ve put in a request for the original letter to Whitey and should we get it then we will post it.
You can see the email reply above, it seems to be the straw that has broken the camel’s back. What’s more the email was posted as promised by Whitey onto social media and it’s gone viral. The letter has resonated with the global music community, you can see replies on his Facebook page here. We’re guessing Betty TV may wish they had never asked in the first place.
“I am sick to death of your hollow schtick, of the inevitable line “unfortunately there’s no budget for music…your company set out the budget. so you have chosen to allocate no money for music. I get begging letters like this every week - from a booming, allfuent global media industry.”
Why is this? Let’s look at who we both are.
Mark Franken at Sounds In Sync told us…
We are currently updating all our applications for OS X Mavericks compatibility. We will release these once they are fully tested with the new version of Pro Tools (that is compatible with Mavericks). Meanwhile, if you require a pre-release version of any of our updated applications, request a copy via our contact page.
Existing users upgrade Free Until November 30th
EdiLoad v2 license holders can upgrade to version 3 free of charge before the end of November 2013. To upgrade, go to the Buy/Download page on the Sounds In Sync web site, launch the web store and purchase an EdiLoad v3 upgrade.
Exclusive Pro Tools Expert Introductory Offer - 25% off
Here at Pro Tools Expert, on our Deals page we are able to offer EdiLoad v3 for £399 for a very limited period. So if you do any conforming or re-conforming then do check it out. Check out the video above to see what you can do with EdiLoad v3.
This is a video showing us testing the claim by Avid that Pro Tools 11 has a high speed bounce engine. This is not a test to compare Pro Tools 11 with Maschine 2, simply using Maschine 2 as the common component in the test.
Loop optimisation has been turned off on Maschine 2 as this increases the bounce time and is only really useful when exporting loops that need to be an exact length.