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We offer advice for users of all versions of Pro Tools both current and legacy formats. We’re independent and are not affiliated with Avid or their associated companies.

Pro Tools tips, tricks, support and news for users of Pro Tools. Free Pro Tools video tutorials and free Pro Tools plug-ins. We support both the music and post production community.

We offer advice for users of all versions of Pro Tools both current and legacy formats. We’re independent and are not affiliated with Avid or their associated companies. 

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 158

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Julian Rodgers bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Patrik Arnekvist is concerned about the HDX negativity, he has an HDX system that has never crashed and wouldn’t be without his HDX system.  We ran a story a while back Why One Pro Tools Expert Sold His Pro Tools HDX System And One Is Keeping His 
  • Jim Farrell got in touch to advise us about the perils  of Electronic Discharge especially when installing new components in a computer. We will be publishing Jim’s advice as a separate story later this week.

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  • At Alchemea the Softube Event is fully booked, and there is a long wait list. We are also planning a Sontronics event in May 2015.
  • Want a head start in your audio career? There’s still time to enrol on our upcoming Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma at Alchemea College - you never know where it could lead?  
  • Alan Fluker would like to know if a Sony DMX R100 Digital Recording Mixer is still compatible with Pro Tools as either a controller or as a mixer.
  • Seb Berrios was working with Elastic Audio with X-Form, when he came back to the session all the elastic audio content was missing. Do we have we have any advice?
  • Leagh Mirkowsky had a problem where an 003 interface wouldn’t power up, but when he came to it the next day it worked fine. He is concerned if this may be a sign of problems to come.

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Is The Gamification Of Music Software A Good Thing?

Sometimes when I’ve been having a frustrating day dealing with audio software I’ve joked that I can’t perform the action I want to because I’ve forgotten to collect the golden key from the wizard guarding the entrance to level 12. When dealing with buggy or badly designed software you can feel like you are pitting your wits against a faceless software designer, completing arbitrary, unnecessary actions in order to outwit this cunning software adversary.

I’m exaggerating but I’m sure we’ve all been there. What I’m referring to is the frustration of using bad software, whether that software is a DAW or a game. The feeling that you are jumping through an arbitrary set of hoops to achieve a goal rather than completing the steps necessary to achieve that goal. Well designed software really shouldn’t “get in the way”.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 156

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Julian Rodgers bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Espen Hollund enjoys entering mixing contests and he came across a site run by Brent called Mixing Contests 
  • David Topple wanted to offer a revolutionary new way of collaborating that he would like to suggest Avid might want to investigate further.
  • Garrett Miller has found a backwards compatible issue with the new Slate Digital VCC 2.0, not being able to open projects with VCC v1.0 because VCC 2 is inside VMR.

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  • Lorenzo Arese wants to ask how to be able to compare two selections?
  • Johnny Smillie asks because some of us have Slate MTi control surfaces, do they support Touch with Waves ad SSL plug-ins?
  • Baz Weston is considering downsizing to an Apogee Thunderbolt Ensemble and wanted to benefit from Russ’s experience with his Ensemble.
  • Adrien Maljean is having problems with side chaining and delay compensation and would our advice.
  • Glenn Skinner would like our advice on using the latest version of Pro Tools with Mavericks.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 151 NAMM 2015 Special

Russ Hughes is back and he is joined by Mike Thornton and Neil Hester with a NAMM 2015 Special to talk about the highlights from the NAMM 2015 show.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 148 - Our Hopes & Dreams for 2015

Russ, Mike, Neil and James bring you another special show looking forward and sharing their hopes and dreams for 2015 interspersed with excerpts of podcast interviews from the archive.

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Normal Service Resumed Next Week

The podcasts will return to normal next week, so if you have sent us a question then we will be back answering questions then, as well as the other usual features like Talking Points, Community Feedback and Find Of The Week.

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What Do You Think About Software Piracy? Consider The IMSTA Survey

Is software piracy acceptable?  Recently Julian produced a very well reasoned article taking us through content and software piracy. if you haven’t read it please do check it out.

Did You Know About IMSTA?

The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA)  has released a Lets Talk Piracy survey to help them get a better understanding of the motives behind software piracy. Thanks to Sonnox one of a large number of members of IMSTA for highlighting this survey.

Consider Filling Out The Survey And Be Honest

IMSTA stress that the information they collect from this survey will only be used for research purposes and will NOT be used to take legal action against the survey participants. You don’t need to provide your personal details unless you want to be entered into a raffle. So they ask people to be honest when answering these questions. IMSTA also states that your private information will not be shared with anyone and that only the results of this survey will be published and shared with member companies.

The Sale Of Soundcards Is Outstripping Sales Of Software As Internet Speeds Increase

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Happy Holidays From Pro Tools Expert

All of us on the Pro Tools Expert team would like to wish you all a happy holiday whatever this time of year means to you. May it be a time of friendship, celebration, rest and recuperation for you.

Russ, Mike and all the team.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 147 - Our Review Of 2014

Russ, Mike, Neil and James bring you a special show looking back over the highlights and dissapointments of 2014.

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  • PT 11.1 & 10.3.8 released
  • Apollo Twin announced at Winter NAMM 2014
  • Pro Tools Expert People’s Choice Award and Sonnox Community Award
  • Thank you Stefan at ProTooler Blog for all you have done for the Pro Tools community. He has closed his site and is moving on to pastures new.
  • Acoustic treatment using Ikea bookcases and other Ikea hacks.
  • Video issues with earlier versions of Pro Tools 11
  • Stephen Massey started to release AAX plug-ins
  • Reducing noise with new Sonnet expansion chassis and changing fans in interfaces
  • Sneak peek of Source-Connect Now
  • Is the Avid S3 coming to Pro Tools?
  • The results of our poll on using multiple DAWs.
  • Eucon 3.1.2 was released helped S6 users but not a big help to the Artist series
  • Avid announced Avid Everywhere
  • Russ gets back into hardware buying an Audient ASP880 and Maag EQ2.
  • Dan joins the team and writes about recording, Pro Tools and disabilities. Dan’s project to write 260 songs thoughout 2015 Watch the video 
  • Slate Raven 2 released
  • Community feedback - Mike Wabro
  • Mixing In or Out Of Box Poll results
  • Interesting iPad solutions - V-Control Pro - Duet Display.
  • Russ bought a secondhand Command 8 as a control surface solution and the control surfaces that Avid have made obsolete.
  • Backup scenarios, following James’ lose of a key hard drive.
  • iZotope RX4 and RX4 Advanced Released
  • Events at Alchemea with Focusrite Rednet and our Revoice Pro 3 launch event
  • Our own stand out moments for the year

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Is It A Support Plan Or A Software Subscription?

The Importance of Perceived Value

I’ve posted some thoughts about “perceived value” before, in my recent piece about streaming vs owning music I suggested that if something costs less, it has less perceived value. The elephant in the corner of the digital economy is that there are two kinds of goods, those which are difficult to manufacture and those which are not. The huge difference between hardware and software is the ease with which digital goods can be copied. If you can make as many of a thing as you want, how much is one worth? This is where the illegal downloader tries to justify their action. “If the product is infinitely reproducible at zero cost then I haven’t cost you anything” would be the justification to the software pirate - Of course they have cost the industry a huge amount but this cost is less tangible than stealing a physical product.  

Creative Content & Software

The two digital products we are most concerned with at Pro Tools Expert are creative content and software. As people who make their living or aspire to make their living producing creative content like music, videos radio programmes etc, we are more aware than most of the knock on effects of limitless online piracy. As we all know, the story can appear bleak for professionals trying to survive in a world which contains the perfect mechanism for the unrestricted, unauthorised distribution of the fruits of our labours.

Living in Cloud Cuckoo Land

As software consumers it is easy to assume that software is written by massive corporations in gleaming white futuristic buildings with overpaid developers whizzing down wide corridors on Segways (at least that’s how I imagine it is). However when you sit down and think about it, that is as silly as a consumer of music assuming anyone who has ever put a record out lies all day in a platinum infinity pool in a house in the Hollywood hills.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 146

Russ, Mike, Neil and James bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Review Of 2014 And Looking Forward To 2015 Podcast Specials

We will be doing two special podcasts over the holiday period. The first that will be in a week’s time will be our review of 2014. We will be sharing ours, but please let us have yours and also recording disasters and triumphs too. Please the Contact page on the site

Then at the beginning of January we will be looking forward to what 2015 will bring. Do you have any new years resolutions, or hopes and dreams for 2015? If so do share them but please tell us have them this week as well.

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