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Entries in audio (20)

Video Review Of Focusrite RedNet System

In this video James takes a look at the Focusrite RedNet system. 

Is it as easy to set up as it looks? Is it a viable alternative to Avid hardware solutions?

He looks at the Rednet 2, 4, 5 and 6 interfaces and examines the Dante protocol for sending high end audio over ethernet via Cat 5.

He creates a track in Pro Tools to test ease of use and quality of sound.

Watch the Focusrite Rednet review here.

Five Mac OS X Tricks For People Using Macs For Audio

There are so many handy features in OS X, too many for most of us to ever know all of them, and that’s without going into the world of terminal. However, over time we all pick up a greatest hits of useful OS X time savers. These are not Pro Tools tips but some are audio specific, some are not. Here are some of mine;

OS X Audio Trick 1 - Suppress The Plips

When adjusting playback volume of built in audio using F11 and 12, you can suppress the plips by holding shift. While I’ll always be uncomfortable with running any source with a mini jack through a PA system its kind of inescapable these days. At least this can be used to hide the fact from the audience.

OS X Audio Trick 2 - Fine Control Of Volume

In some applications the jumps in volume from the built in output be a bit coarse, especially if your gain structure isn’t as it should be. While using a variable attenuator to trim the level would be better, if you need finer adjustment from F11 and 12, press option+shift.

OS X Audio Trick 3 - Straight to Sound Prefs

Option+F10, 11 or 12 opens the sound section of System preferences. Any of the volume Exposé keys will do, this also works using Option+F1 or 2 for display settings if that’s somewhere you need to go regularly. If Exposé is disabled in Mission Control (as it should be on a Pro Tools machine) you will need to press Fn to get the F keys to revert to their default Exposé behaviour. Alternatively option click the speaker icon on the menu bar to quickly change audio settings.

OS X Audio Trick 4 - Single Get Info Window

CMD+Option+I to get info for multiple files. While not specifically an audio feature I have found this to be a great timesaver when I want to inspect the properties of multiple files in Finder. Instead of using CMD+I to open a separate Get Info window for each file, CMD+Opt+I opens a single Get Info window, the contents of which update to follow the selected file in Finder.

OS X Audio Trick 5 - No More iTunes

Change file association for audio files from iTunes to Quicktime Player or VLC. Along with all the standard OS X tweaks which a Pro Tools machine ought to have I find this is a must. Although it is inadvisable to use Finder to manage the audio files in a Pro Tools session there are still plenty of times I find myself auditioning audio in Finder. iTunes is invasive and far too slow to open compared to a simple player. Quickview has made this less of a must than it used to be, but this is still useful when working with multiple files.

Catchin' SYNC Show & Tell Review With High Speed Frame Rate Recording

Catchin’ Sync is an iOS app that will work on iPhone or iPads allowing you to capture and determine any sync errors in your playback system. These usually occur when video and audio go throughout separate devices like the Audio passing through a receiver or more commonly the video through and LCD screen or worse still a Projector etc.

Catchin’ Sync has been around for over a year now and has been steadily improving. The latest version - 1.0.7 has really brought Catchin’ Sync into the frame, because it now uses the high frame speed video recording that Apple introduces in the iPhone 5 and 5s. This has to be a ‘must have’ for anyone who works with video with a DAW like Pro Tools, which is why we have awarded it The Editors Choice Award.

You can use a range of iOS devices and there are a range of compensation settings for the older Apple devices on the Catchin’ Sync web site. But with the high frame rate and that there is no need to add an offset the iPhone 5 and especially the 5S are the best devices to use with Catchin’ Sync. People have asked if there will be an Android version of Catchin’ Sync but unfortunately not, we understand they won’t because there are so many hardware variations between Android devices. With Apple there are only a handful of devices to measure the delays from the cameras,  but to provide the same service with Android, they’d have to test every device and calculate the offsets.

Setting Up Source Connect Source Nexus In Pro Tools 

In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows how to set up the Source Connect Source Nexus in Pro Tools so you can route audio from any external device into Pro Tools.

Great Books Every Audio Engineer Should Have On Their Christmas List

 Great Books Every Audio Engineer Should Have On Their Christmas List

If your loved ones are asking you for stocking filler ideas for Christmas then you may have missed this list we compiled from members of the community a couple of years ago. It has some great books on their including some of my favourites. If you have read any of them then please feel free to add you

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How I Got A Broken Wav File That Would Not Open To Work

Updated on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:12PM by Registered CommenterMike Thornton

It can happen to the best of us, we have an audio file and it refuses to open, this can often be due to corrupted file information in the header. So when I recently found myself with a WAV file on my Mac that would not open I decided to try a few things, this is how I got the WAV file to open and back into Pro Tools.

First I used the open source software VLC, which for some reason seems to be able to open anything. Instantly I could hear the audio and playing back without any issue. However I was not home and dry as the export options in VLC fox me and I wasn’t really in the frame of mind to try and figure it out. So I decided to take an extreme option.


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Community Tip - A Faster Way To Remove Low Level Noise From Finger Clicks

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from Denis Kilty….

With Pro Tools 11, we now have the ability to bounce and bring back in in one movement, an audio stem. This bounce feature can be useful in many ways, but one way I discovered this evening is a quick tool for cleaning up the noise floor in ttracks. 

I was recording some finger clicks for a track, and had the gain quite high so that the clicks could be recorded at a good level. However, my room creates a low frequency hum and noise that appears when really gained up (from my mac). My solution to quickly cleaning up the clicks is to put a gate on the clicks, adjust accordingly, and then offlline bounce the audio back in. A very quick process, it makes the strip silence tool (which I find very unreliable) obsolete, and the gate naturally treats the audio with a more musical tone, making it more prefeable. It also saves lots of editing, consolidating and CPU. Enjoy!

If you would like the chance to win a stormtrooper iLok, courtesy of iLok, send in tips you think no one has thought about.  Please don’t just send shortcuts which are easily found elsewhere, or pull ideas from the manual; instead, be creative about your tips & tricks. Please use the Contact Us page to send us have your tips.

PLASA Announce AudioLab Theatre Features Programme

PLASA have announced their AudioLab Theatre features programme for PLASA 2013.

PLASA London 2013 sees the unveiling of a major new programme of pro audio content. The only show in the world to combine large-scale audio demo’s, dedicated Live Sound, Installed Sound and The Sound Business conference and educational streams, and some pretty mad experiments…

Read the entire programme here.

Master Looping Audio & MIDI In Pro Tools

Russ shows that when it comes to looping audio and MIDI in Pro Tools there is more than one way to skin a cat.

Community Tip - Fixing Off-Centre Stereo Files.

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from myself!

Have you ever encountered when mixing, that one of your stereo files is off balance (i.e. the left level is hotter than the right)? A simple workaround to quickly fix this without using plug ins so the levels are now matching, is to rightclick on the stereo file, split it into mono, select the channel that is either too low or high, and CTRL+ Shift + scroll up or down to adjust the gain level to match. Then, simply drag the two mono files back to the original stereo track and re-combine it to a now even stereo file.

You can now delete the monos, and none of your mixing workflow has been affected.

Remember, panning is a gain adjusting procedure, so all you need to do is match the volumes. 

If you would like the chance to win a stormtrooper iLok, courtesy of iLok, send in tips you think no one has thought about.  Please don’t just send shortcuts which are easily found elsewhere, or pull ideas from the manual; instead, be creative about your tips & tricks. Please use the Contact Us page to send us have your tips.

Pro Tools Producer Secrets - The Timing Trick

In this video. Russ shows another producer trick that can nudge the timing and transform the feel of an entire track.

New UAD 7.1 Software, Apollo Flex Routing, Pultec & Millennia EQ's

Universal Audio have just announced their latest 7.1 software for the UAD DSP and Apollo platforms.

Included in the update are new Apollo Flex Routing features such as headphone bus routing, selectable pre/post Aux sends, and the ability to freely route any console input to hardware outputs. 

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How To Tempo Map Or Loop Extract John Bonham's "Whole Lotta Love" Drum Part Using Pro Tools

Russ takes a classic rock track “Whole Lotta Love” and shows you how to use both tempo mapping and also elastic audio to do things you never thought possible… although to do them to a classic track like this is probably sacrilegious.

Elastic Audio In Pro Tools Without Artefacts

A response to those who are struggling to use Elastic Audio in Pro Tools and finding audible artefacts in the sound. This shows how careful preparation fixes this issue.

Cymatic Audio LR 16 USB Live Recorder Review 

In this video James takes a look at the new Cymatic Audio LR-16 Live Recorder and finds that it is more than just a hardware recorder.

After seeing this video, Cymatic gave us some additional information about the unit.

You do a TREMENDOUS job on your reviews.  No wonder your site is as popular as it is!  I can’t thank you enough for hitting all the key points. My only comments are:  

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Get Audio Into The Pocket Using Elastic Audio

Russ shows how to get three tracks sounding like the band played together.

New Audio Interfaces From Avid With iOS Support - Review To Follow

Avid have announced two new portable audio interfaces for composing and recording high-quality music — Avid Fast Track® Solo and Fast Track Duo. Both interfaces feature a robust industrial design, include Pro Tools® Express software for Mac and PC, and connect directly to the iPad®, providing high-quality I/O for supported iOS apps. 

Designed for musicians, students, and aspiring professionals, Fast Track Solo and Duo offer easy entry into the Pro Tools family. Key features include:

Pro Tools Express software

  • Provides many of the same tools and features used in commercial recording
  • Records up to 16 stereo audio tracks and offers full MIDI editing and notation tools.
  • Includes high-quality virtual instruments and effects for creating the best sounding work.
  • Facilitates time, tempo and pitch adjustments with Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch.
  • Users get session compatibility with Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD systems. 

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Focusrite Forte And Apogee Duet Shoot Out Video

Russ and James take a look at both the Focusrite Forte and Apogee Duet and see how they compare.

Once you’ve watched the video then download the stems and/or the Pro Tools 10 session and take a listen to both of them in action.

Using Multiple ASIO Audio Interfaces With Pro Tools And ASIO4ALL

In this video Neil continues to show how to use ASIO4ALL with Pro Tools.

This time demonstrating how to use multiple ASIO based soundcards at once to achieve a higher I/O count.


Edit Audio Fast In Pro Tools

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Russ takes a moment to edit a festive audio track and shows you his shortcuts and tricks for hi-speed audio editing.