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Mellowmuse AAX Plug-ins In Final Testing Stage

Mellowmuse first came to fame a few years ago when they offered Pro Tools users their Automatic Time Adjuster (ATA) software, this enabled Pro Tools 7 and 8 users ADC in a version of Pro Tools that did not have it as standard.

Since that time Mellowmuse have gone on to develop some excellent plug-ins, based on vintage hardware compressors and equalizers.

Mellowmuse AAX Plug-ins

In a recent news item on their website Mellowmuse have announced the imminent arrival of AAX 64 bit versions of their plug-ins for Pro Tools users, they write “Just finishing up installers for OSX, Windows versions will be out a week or so after that. The only major casualty has been the group modes in SATV and CS1V. It had been the cause of a number of stability issues, and had to go for now at least. Additions include new VST3 formats.”

Plug-ins in the new release include; CS1V, CP3V, CP2V, EQ2V AND SATV.

Source: Mellowmuse

RSPE Audio “No Brainer Deal” On Metric Halo Plugins - 1 Week Left

There’s less than 1 week left to pick up two of Metric Halo’s most popular plugins, ChannelStrip 3 and TransientControl, for the No Brainer Deal price of $30 each (retail $129) or $45 for both (retail $258)!

These plugins will never be sold at this mind bending price ever again. So if you’ve been thinking about giving them a shot, now is the time to buy!

The Metric Halo No Brainer Deal is available for purchase via electronic serial number until midnight (PST) April 30, 2014, exclusively from www.rspeaudio.com

New AIR Instrument Expansion Pack To Ship Next Week - AAX, VST, AU Formats

A few weeks ago we ran a poll asking how many users were working in multiple DAWs, the results were enlighting and it seems that many users need to jump between different platforms. Plug-ins that are available in all formats are essential for many of us.

New AIR Instrument Expansion Pack

Now AIR Music Tech have posted on their Facebook page that the new version of the AIR Instrument Pack will ship next week, they write;

“Coming next week, the new AIR Music Tech Instrument Expansion Pack featuring Hybrid 3 & support for AU, VST, AAX platforms. This is the first time this legendary pack will be available for other Daw’s such as Ableton, Logic Pro or Steinberg Cubase — feeling excited.”

This offers all sorts of new oportunities for both Pro Tools users and those who work on mulitple platforms, enabling users to now use our favourite virtual instruments like Structure, Transfuser and Strike in any AAX, VST or AU DAW.

We are sure that our friends at Ableton Live Expert and Logic Pro Expert are looking forward to this.

Review of the Chandler GAV19T for UAD-2 

In this video James takes a look at the new GAV19T guitar amp plugin.

He shows you around the amp and shows how real this thing sounds.

Watch the UAD Chandler GAV19T review

XLN Addictive Drums 2 To Ship May 13th 2014

XLN Audio have announced that Addictive Drums 2 will ship on May 13th 2014.

Addiictive Drums is a highly popular, great sounding a feature reach drum virtual instrument from XLN Audio.

Addictive Drums 2 Features

The new version will offer new features such as Flexi-slots, Grid Search and Transform Tab;

  • New sound-shaping and customisation features. 
  • New search tools for finding and transforming beats. 
  • An option to only include the content you need
  • Co-install alongside Addictive Drums on the same machine
  • Open and exchange projects between Addictive Drums and Addictive Drums 2
  • A mystery ADPak

Addictive Drums 2 And Pro Tools Compatibilty

Addictive Drums 2 will be availbel in AAX 32 and 64 bit versions, RTAS will no longer be supported.

Upgrade Cost of Addictive Drums 2

  • The upgrade cost for Addictive Drums 2 will be $79.
  • If you purchased Addictive Drums on or after March 1st 2014, you will get a FREE upgrade to AD2. 
  • If you purchased Addictive Drums in January or February of 2014, you will get a 50% discount for the upgrade.  
Addictive Drums was one of the VIs featured in the top 5 drum virtual instruments article.
Pro Tools Expert will have a review of Addictive Drums 2 soon.

Exclusive: Blue Cat Patchworks To Bring Complex MIDI Routing

Blue Cat Audio will soon be releasing an update to Patchworks that will enable complex MIDI routing in one plug-in, allowing one slot to host complex synth and arpegiattor parts.

In a Facebook post they write;

New MIDI Routing capabilities will let you create crazy chains! Soon on www.bluecataudio.com!

Patchworks already offers users the chance to save plug-in chains and route in complex ways.

The latest update looks exciting.

Plug-ins I Reach For When Using Pro Tools

Russ’s article The Plug-Ins I reach For When Mixing In Pro Tools and Mike’s follow up 10 Plug-Ins I Reach For In Post Production Work prompted responses from other members of the team. Like many I compiled a list, mine is an excellent illustration if one were needed that different users have different priorities and there is no such thing as “best” only “best for me”.

It is in the nature of my work that I use many different Pro Tools systems. When selecting a plug-in I usually have in mind the possibility that I may want to open this session on another system and as a result unless there is a really good reason to favour a third party plug-in I’ll usually stick with choices from Avid. 90% of the time the advantage of compatibility outweighs the sonic differences between plug-ins. That being said some plug-ins are just plain awesome and I have to deal with that. Here are my 10.

McDSP F202

I really like McDSP stuff and of the FilterBank plug-ins the F202 is the one I use more than any other. The reason is that I find I use a high pass filter with a little boost just above the corner frequency incredibly frequently. Effectively this is a resonant high pass filter but with most EQ plug-ins you need to set up the high pass and the boost on separate bands which makes it difficult to adjust both the cut and the boost together. The peak control on F202 solves this neatly. 

Avid EQIII 7 band

I still come back to EQIII using it in preference to FilterBank for general EQ duties. The reason is the band-pass mode accessible using cntrl+shift and a frequency or Q control. I find this indispensable when finding problem frequencies and definitely preferable to sweeping a narrow boost in other EQs. I also find the lack of 6dB/Oct filters in EQs like Channel Strip a real oversight as it is a slope I use regularly (thankfully F202 also has 6dB filters). 

Avid Pro Limiter

Pro Limiter is now my go to look-ahead limiter. I tend to be as gentle as I can with limiting so I don’t want to hear a “sound” and with this I don’t. However the really interesting parts for me are the AudioSuite loudness analyser, the metering and the use of the R128 standard. This plug-in prompted me to learn about LUFS and that has to be a good thing.

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UAD v7.6 Software - New Chandler GAV19T, Brainworx bx_saturator V2 And Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In

Universal Audio has just announced UAD v7.6 software which includes 3 new plug-ins, one guitar, one mix and one mastering plug-in.

The software is free to all UAD users and includes UAD-2 and Apollo Interface driver improvements (Mac).

With the UAD v7.6 software release 3 new plug-ins have been announced;

Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier Plug-In

Universal Audio say “Developed by the amp modeling gurus at Brainworx, the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier plug-in is an exacting emulation of this ultra-responsive, dual EL84-powered boutique guitar amp. Inspired by British classics such as Vox and Marshall — and lesser-known gems from Watkins and Selmer — the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier plug-in goes from supple clean textures, grinding blues tones, and rowdy distortions that gush with character.”

Brainworx bx_saturator V2 Plug-In

Universal Audio say “A powerful multi-band M/S (Mid/Side) processor that allows you to add saturation, drive, and distortion exactly where you want it, the Brainworx bx_saturator V2 plug-in for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations goes from subtle to twisted. Not only can you mangle signals beyond recognition, you can dial-in analog warmth and overdrive on individual tracks, put it across the stereo bus to thicken an entire mix, and bring out delicate nuances of vocals, acoustic guitars, and percussion”

Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In

Universal Audio say “Tastefully remove the harsh, hard edges of your tracks without dramatically altering the character and tone of your source material with the Brainworx bx_refinement plug-in. An exceptional mastering tool that will impart a tube-like analog smoothness, the bx_refinement for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped DAWs is also a boon for mix engineers looking to tame unpleasant digital hardness on individual tracks.”

Click here for more information visit and to download the UAD v7.6 software.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion

Inspired by Russ’s article 10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins Every Guitarist Should Try I thought I might see what was on offer for bass players. I’m not talking about EQ and compression here but bass distortion.

Using Distortion On Bass Guitar

Over the last few years I have gone from almost never using distortion on bass to almost never leaving a bass track clean. I’m not talking about Muse style fuzz here but gentle saturation effects. I have found this to be a very useful treatment for bass as introducing some distortion generates additional harmonics and can have the effect of raising the apparent level of the bass without actually turning it up by giving the ear extra information above the fundamental. Its possible to use surprising amounts of distortion on a bass track without the effect being one of distortion as much as gelling with the rest of the track. As with so many things context is everything.

The thing I look for in bass distortion is a sense of integration with the original clean sound. This is highly subjective but the least successful plug-in distortions I have heard have a sense of being stuck on top of the original sound rather than being a part of it. Additionally increasing distortion should be accompanied by a reduction in dynamic range and this compression effect makes a significant contribution to the overall feel of the effect.

At the end of the day there is no good or bad here, just personal preference but the striking thing about all of these plug-ins is that they all sound different and some dramatically so.

I restricted my choices to free AAX64 plug-ins. Some of these plug-ins were only available for a limited time. I did not include plug-ins with unlimited demo modes (for example Massey plug-ins) as they are not strictly speaking free.

To hear examples watch the free video.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion - Air Distortion 

Originally included to make up the numbers - I’d tested nine, ten is so much neater, this little-used by me (actually possibly never used) plugin is surprisingly flexible.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion - Avid Lo-Fi

A real favourite of mine, in this application just use the distortion and saturation controls.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins For Bass Distortion - Softube Saturation Knob

The biggest strength of this plug-in is its simplicity, no danger of endless tweaking here. 

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Waves Announce Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Plug-in - Review To Follow

Waves have announced a new plug-in Waves Vitamin, described as a multiple sonic enhancer for mixing, mastering and live sound.

A plug-in with a name that is asking for more puns than you can shake a stick at, Waves Vitamin is a multiband harmonic enhancer and tone-shaping plug-in.

Background On Waves Vitamin

The Waves Vitamin plug-in features zero-latency processing, making it useful for both studio and live use. It can be used as either an insert on tracks or via a mix buss.

Vitamin is descibed as a combination of EQ, compression and saturation and is suitable for use on vocals, guitars, synths, drums or an entire mix.

Waves Vitamin Features At A Glance

  • Parallel multiband harmonic enhancer with five individual bands
  • Control over the crossover frequency points between bands
  • Control over the mix of the direct signal with the enhanced version
  • Per-band stereo width control
  • Punch control for smoothing or accentuating punchiness and dynamics
  • Zero-latency processing

More Information On Waves Vitamin

Click here to find out more and to download a Waves Vitamin demo


SoundToys Announce AAX 64 Bit For Windows

Our friends at SoundToys have announed version 4.4, adding 64-bit VST support for Mac and native AAX support for Windows. Pro Tools 11 is now supported on both Mac and Windows.

Get The Free SoundToys Update

If you are an existing V4 user, this update is free. Simply log in to your SoundToys account here and download the update.

RSPE Audio “No Brainer Deal” Metric Halo At Silly Prices


This is no April Fools’ joke! RSPE Audio Solutions has teamed up with Metric Halo to offer two of their most popular plugins, ChannelStrip 3 and TransientControl, for the No Brainer Deal price of $30 each (retail $129 - over 75% off) or $45 for both (retail $258 - over 80% off)!

Metric Halo Channel Strip 3 - Low Price

Channelstrip 3, the newest version Metric Halo’s best-selling and most feature rich plugin, is  the recognized leader in console style channel stri­p audio processing for digital audio workstations. As the first plug-in to offer the combination of exceptional audio quality, incredible DSP efficiency and a comprehensive user interface, ChannelStrip lets users work as efficiently and interactively as they would with a dedicated, world-class mixing console.

Metric Halo Transient Control - Low Price

TransientControl, Metric Halo’s easiest-to-use and highly desirable plugin, allows you to modify dynamics in ways that aren’t possible with traditional compressors. You can directly change the transient (“attack”) and sustain of your audio; this allows you to make your tracks more punchy, or smooth them out so they sit in a mix.

Don’t miss out! This is the only time on record these plug-ins will be available at these blow-out prices anywhere in the world.

The Metric Halo No Brainer Deal is available for purchase via electronic serial number until midnight April 30, 2014, exclusively from www.rspeaudio.com.

About the “No-Brainer Deal”

The No Brainer DealTM has an exciting 7 year history and reputation for offering “Flash Sales” at irresistible prices, hence “No Brainer Deal”. When you see “No Brainer Deal” it means at least 75-90% off the hottest, most useful software and plugins for music and audio production.

RSPE have asked to add that if you are purchasing this product outside of the US, just enter “United States” as the country that you are shipping to, since this is a download, it will not adversely affect your purchase. They apologize for the minor limitation, we are addressing this with their host company.

Update: RSPE has fixed the issue with international credit card processing. You should now be able to complete your purchase normally, using your actual billing address and country.


Eventide H3000 Factory AAX Native Plug-in Downloads 2.1.1 Now Available

Eventide have announced that the H3000 Factory Native Plug-in Downloads 2.1.1 are now available to all Eventide users.  

This includes both 32bit and 64 bit versions of AAX installers for Pro Tools 11 and below.

How To Get Eventide AAX Plug-Ins For Pro Tools

Users must have a valid license and iLok in order for plug-ins to work. 

More infomration and to download Eventide AAX Native versions visit their web site.

10 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins Every Guitarist Should Try

There’s a lot of people making music on Pro Tools and a lot of them are looking for some great guitar sounds. You may be limited by both space and cash and so the chance of being able to throw a Marshall stack up and mic it with vintage microphones is about as likely as the Pope being in a Beatles reunion line-up.

However, don’t let a lack of cash or space stop you from getting some great guitar sounds, here are Free Pro Tools plug-ins that every guitarist should try.

Sansamp PSA-1

One of the gems of the FREE plug-ins that come with Pro Tools, Sansamp PSA-1 is used by some of the top names in the industry including Daniel Lanois and Mark ‘Spike’ Stent and it has been used on countless tracks. It features an excellent set of controls as well as some very cool presets, check it out for both clean and dirty tones, it works on other material too, ace on bass. RTAS and AAX. Check out our video on how to use Sansamp

IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop

A FREE version of AmpliTube 3 with 24 models including a digital chromatic tuner, 9 stomps, 4 amps, 5 cabs, 3 mics, 2 rack effects, even better you can use their cool try before you buy store to check out an almost limitless supply of guitar amps and effects. RTAS and AAX

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Player

Guitar Rig 5 Player is the free guitar amp and effects processor from Native Instruments, combining creative effects routing possibilities with ease-of-use and pristine sound quality. The included FACTORY SELECTION library provides one amp with 17 cabinet emulations, plus 13 effects and sound modifiers to shape and enhance any audio signal. RTAS and AAX.

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Kush UBK1 Goes AAX For Pro Tools - Mac And Windows

Kush UBK1 is now avaiable in AAX 64 bit and 32 bit for Pro Tools 11, Mac and Windows.

Kush are one of those developers that make a few very cool plug-ins, UBK is one such plug-in.

The Kush UBK1 is a unique plug-in offering both saturation and compression and adding them in a very unqiue way.

Kush UBK1 Review

We got our hands on it in March 2012 and reviewed it, we loved it so much it got our Editors Choice Award, you can check out the video review of the Kush UBK1 here.

Kush UBK1 Formats

  • UBK-1 32-bit AU  1.2.2
  • 32-bit VST  1.2.2 
  • 32-bit AAX   1.1.1
  • (Native & DSP)
  • 32-bit RTAS  1.0.8 
  • 64-bit AU  1.2.2
  • 64-bit VST  1.2.2
  • 64-bit AAX  1.2.0


  • 32-bit VST  1.2.2 
  • 32-bit RTAS 1.0.8
  • 64-bit VST  1.2.2
  • 64-bit AAX  1.2.0

Find out more here 

Review DDMF 6144 Eq

Is it possible to get the sound of a Neve Portico 5033, which in hardware form costs around $1725 in a plug-in costing $39? We got an email from a community member suggesting we check out the DDMF 6144 Eq, which is indeed a model of a Neve Portico 5033 for $39.

At Messe last week I was up late drinking with some of my fellow writers from other blogs and news sites and we all agreed that the constant “but does it sound like the hardware” is a little silly.

I have a dbx160 UAD plug-in and I also own the hardware, which I purchased after owning the UAD version, I have them for different reasons, some of it completely irrational and for the same reason I buy books and don’t own a Kindle – there are times when you simply want to grab a knob (cue Frankie Howard impression!)

We buy plug-ins for various reasons; cost, flexibility and portability and as technology gets better so do the plug-ins. If I had limitless funds and choice and din’t need to travel then I would probably grab the hardware all the time, again mainly for reasons you can’t show on a spec or spread sheet!

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Solid State Logic Seek Beta Testers

Before you start demolishing your room to extend it for a 72 input SSL desk just wait a minute! Solid State Logic are looking for beta testers for their plug-ins.

What Solid State Logic Need From Public Beta Testers

In an email to Pro Tools Expert they say “as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver great products Solid State Logic is about to conduct a ‘Public Beta Test’ for the new Duende Native v5 plug-in collection’

What You Get For Being A Solid State Logic Public Beta Tester

The beta will include a final survey for you to complete on which successful completion will get you a FREE SSL plug-in.

For more information check out the SSL website.

Source: Solid State Logic

Waldorf Announce That AAX 32 And 64 bit Coming Soon For Pro Tools

Waldorf have announced that a number of their plug-ins will shorly be ported to 32 and 64 bit AAX for Pro Tools 11.

Waldorf plug-ins to be included 

  • Largo
  • PPG Wave 3V
  • Waldorf Edition

In their latest newsletter they say All Waldorf plug-ins will soon be 64-bit compatible, so you will be able to use them in the DAW of your choice. In addition we have made almost all Waldorf plug-ins compatible to Avid’s Pro Tools. The following plug-ins will be available in 32/64 bits as AAX, Audio Unit & VST”

Softube Console 1 Wins Coveted MIPA Award

Our friends at Softube have won a coveted MIPA Award just days after the first units of Softube Console 1 started shipping.

Softube Console 1 Awards

We are not surprised as it won a Pro Tools Expert Editors Choice Award when we reviewed it. You can read out in-depth review of the Softube Console 1 here.

About The Softube Console 1

The new Softube Console 1 ships with a Solid State Logic approved emulation of an SSL4000 desk and offers the real chance of mixing with your ears rather than you eyes, as we found out when mixing with it ourselves.

In the picture are some of our friends from Softube and SSL celebrating their win! Congratulations from the entire team at Pro Tools Expert.

Slate Announce Public Beta Of VTM AAX

Slate Digital have announced that VIRTUAL TAPE MACHINES AAX Public Beta is now in VTM customers’ user accounts. They have also informed us that owners should look for the email that was just sent to you for detailed information.

Slate VTM Public Beta

This update for Pro Tools users has been long awaited and although this is a public beta of the highly popular VTM it will give users welcome relief.

With models of both a 2 inch 16 track from NRG Recording, and a ½ inch 2 track machine from Howie Weinberg Mastering, the VTM will give your mixes analogue colouration found using tape t

Slate VTM Video Review

If you are new to this plug-in then check our video review some months ago here