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5 Ways To Make Black Friday Sales Work For You

From the outset I want to be clear, I like buying gear, so much so I’ve forgotten I own stuff I once purchased in a moment of sale fever. This Black Friday some of you are going to want to buy something, but follow these simple tips and you should come out of Black Friday with something you treasure rather than something you regret.

Here are our top 5 tips to make sure you don’t waste money this Black Friday.

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Too Many Unanswered Questions Make It Hard For Us To Recommend New Avid Pro Tools Licensing

Now the dust has had chance to settle on the upgrade/support plans that Avid announced recently we thought it would be useful to try and take a more considered look at the advantages and disadvantages of them.

It’s A Gamble

The first problem with these plans whichever way you present them they are a gamble. Pro Tools users are being asked to spend $199 or $599 per annum but we have no idea what we are going to get in the way of new features other than the collaboration feature set.  This uncertainty has caused a lot of concern as we have seen in the comments to the various stories here covering this ongoing saga as well as threads on the DUC and Avid’s own Facebook page. 

However there have been some hints of flexible licensing, in the Licensing FAQ updated on November 3rd 2014 Avid state…

Q: If my Pro Tools | Software upgrade/support plan expires and I want to upgrade Pro Tools later on, what are my options?

A: In 2015 you will have two options to get on a support plan: (1.) Take advantage of flexible licensing options (details on additional licensing options will be available in the coming months), or (2.) Purchase a new perpetual software license with 12-month support plan.

This confirms what we have also been told from several sources inside Avid, that there will be options to license more flexibly and so if might be possible to add surround to Pro Tools vanilla, or VCAs, either temporally or permanently, but this is still all complete speculation, Avid are choosing not to reveal any detail on this. 

Avid have now confirmed that the Cloud Collaboration features, that were presented at NAB and IBC as ‘technical previews” will be released into a Pro Tools version before the end of 2015. But again we are lacking detail. For example, will there be additional costs to use the collaboration features? We don’t know, Avid haven’t announced this yet.

Are The Collaboration Features Fit For Purpose?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 140

 

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

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Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • The amazing contest where someone will win a day of recording at Alchemea
  • The upcoming ReVoice Pro 3 launch event following on the success of the RedNet event.
  • Mark Beling is having trouble with setting up hardware inserts with Thunderbolt Apollo interfaces.
  • Basil Fearrington is upgrading to Pro Tools 11 but has problems because he has 2 iLoks on different accounts and asked what he can do.
  • Augustin Georgescu has an Mbox 2 without PT software and cannot change the sample rate to 48k, what can he do?
  • Carlos Bermon is having problems with Structure 2.0.3 that isn’t in Structure 2.0 when using 2 Cajon patches in Structure.
  • Colin Mansfield occasionally has problems with MIDi notes not playing back. He uses a number of workarounds, do we have any solutions?
  • Chris Bach has had problems with changing the clock on a PT system that is not connected to the internet and then iLok wanting to sync to check the licenses, what can he do to resolve it?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 139

 

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

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  • RSPE Video on Punchlight Products 
  • Wayne Scott - Looking for help with his dissertation designing a reverse gate for his BA in Music Production.
  • Anthony Dominello wanted to share a tip to get the M-Audio ProFire working with Yosemite with a post on the M-Audio forum
  • Trond Nedberg wanted us to discuss his concerns about the reducing benchmarks with newer Macs and a growing dependence on Thunderbolt.
  • Alexandros Chrysidis has a shelf full of backup drives and wants ways of knowing what is on those drives without having to plug them in. PrintWindow5

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 138

 

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

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  • September’s winner is Glenn Skinner

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  • Tony Molica overhauled an old damaged Millennia mic preamp, and he is so glad he did, so check your attic for a gem.
  • Andres Gonzalez has made a multisample instrument Colombina harp instrument and offers a demo and a download link 
  • Glenn Skinner wanted to ask if there was a shortcut to delete deactivated tracks when cleaning a session up for archiving. Also he would like to know what one thing would each person like to be added to the next version of Pro Tools.
  • Todd McKernan perhaps Avid should sell off Pro Tools to another company.  
  • Yahir Vergara asks if we can make some videos on how to use Slate’s Batch Commander.
  • Chris Bach updated us that PatchWork won’t enable Garritan Personal Orchestra to work properly in Pro Tools 11 but a free player Sforzando from Plogue is working well.
  • Lari Paavilainen asked if we tried the Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI?    

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  • Jason Riddiford - How can I duplicate a MIDI Note next to the source note rather than the next bar?
  • Matt Greaves would like to know if it is possible to disable UAD plug-ins that he hasn’t bought yet and what is the difference between legacy versions and the full versions of UAD plug-ins like the 1176.
  • Andreas Rauscher asks if you can use the Waves Dugan Auto Mixer in Pro Tools?
  • Clay Reid has got plug-in problems after installing a plug-in update on his Windows 7 computer with Pro Tools 9.

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Internal Battles Rage At Avid To Deliver Customers What They Want

An interesting picture is emerging following our recent story on the Avid Pro Tools Support announcement at AES last weekend.

Several sources have independently confirmed to us that behind the muddle, is not an effort by Avid to confuse their customers, but simply that internal politics were not ironed out before the announcement was made. This would explain both an incomplete picture from the Pro Tools Support announcement and the unwillingness for Avid to comment publically on it thus far.

It seems that there is a possibilty that Pro Tools licensing in the future will include both the option to rent and to buy, which is in line with the statement made by the Avid CEO;

Some in the industry have been frustrated that they’ve been forced to a single delivery or pricing model, like cloud or subscription, that benefits the vendor more than the actual customer and, in fact, in some cases may be more costly and less flexible.

Our customers will be limited by only their own imagination and strategy, not by limits dictated by their vendor.

Furthermore it would appear from our sources both within and outside of Avid, they are trying to iron out the possibility and mechanisms of buying certain features for Pro Tools such as surround, track counts etc. 

It woud seem that yet again the lack of information coming from Avid on this and many other issues is simply down to a lack of internal agreement. Until that is settled, we will have to wait this one out.

We often say here at Pro Tools Expert, most of the issues at Avid can be put down to cock-up and not conspiracy. Lets hope that the people inside Avid championing the cause of the Pro Tools users win out in these battles.

As is always the case, Avid do not make official comments on these matters and so they are unlikely to confirm or deny these rumours.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 137

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

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  • 3 October Deals from RSPE - 
    • Buy a 4-710D Tone-Blending Mic Preamp and get a FREE UAD-2 Quad DSP Accelerator (supplies limited); 
    • Buy and Apollo and get up to $1295 worth of UAD Plugins; 
    • Special pricing on Metric Halo plugins and Production Bundle 
  • Frank Herrlinger has made his own private mixing tool in the Native Instruments Kontakt 5.3 format. He has called it Sub and you can check it out on his site http://www.audio-wiesel.com/sub/ 
  • Darren Vermaas offers some great tips on working on Audiobooks from the question form last week.
  • Hector M asks what we think that using skeuomorphism in plug-ins is good or bad?
  • Our Rednet event is now sold out but there is a waiting list.

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Why Avid Are Hoping You Will Buy Into Their Pro Tools Support Plans

Avid announced their Pro Tools Support Plans yesterday hoping as many Pro Tools users as possible will buy into them.

Although as is the case with so many Avid announcements so many questions remain unanswered, most of all for those who have already invested in Pro Tools 11. There’s already a pretty ugly thread on the Avid forum the DUC gaining momentum. Community member Nigel, a long time and loyal Pro Tools owner wrote; 

This is very confused, and hares are in danger of running, but Avid’s communications this time are even more opaque than we’ve experienced previously. I’m astonished that Avid continues to fail to appreciate how unclear information causes massive ripples of discontent and is very damaging to its reputation.
Community member Mike wrote;
Why does Avid have to be so cryptic in their product announcements? It leaves too many unanswered questions.

There’s a clear reason this announcement has been made now, which is (other than dot releases) the Pro Tools product features Avid have been pushing as part of their ‘Everywhere’ plan are not going to be here this year and now are cited to appear ‘sometime in 2015’, according to a comment from Avid yesterday on this blog. Sometime in 2015 means anytime between 3 months and 15 months from now.

This leaves customers with some options to consider.

First there are Pro Tools owners who don’t own Pro Tools 11 who will think that as the next version of Pro Tools is so close then why should they upgrade now? It’s a valid point, especially if it’s the same cost each time. Then there are Pro Tools 11 owners who have already shelled out for Pro Tools 11, that means there is no new version of Pro Tools for them to buy anytime soon.

This leaves Avid with a big problem.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 136

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

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Competitions

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Talking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal Audio

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • RSPE Audio Solution will be at AES booth 1437 and also check out the latest S6 video from RSPE with Gary Lux 
  • Glenn Skinner wanted to give a shout out for the Komplete Kontrol patch finding plug-in.
  • Mark Dubravec wanted to tell us about a Mac Pro Deck Producer from Hive 73
  • Claus Czadilek has found a great little utility application FNable
  • Tony Molica wanted to thank us and the Waves team for the Waves DigiGrid Webinar.

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  • Don’t forget the RedNet event is being hosted at Alchemea. Also if you are in the UK then Skillset funding available on training courses run by Alchemea. Check out the Skillset web site
  • Daniel Boist is having problems with a LaCie Big Rack RAID 5 array and Pro Tools Keep Drive Running
  • Paul Drew is having problems with delay compensation with Pro Tools 11, can we help?
  • Simon Dodd asks for help with the zero latency path with an Mbox 2 Pro with Pro Tools 11.
  • Peter King wants to know if the new AIR Instrument Pack will work with Pro Tools 10 and if it doesn’t then what should he do.
  • Jan Zazvurek is experiencing a bug where his system seems to creating locate points by itself, do we have any ideas?
  • Dale Sigley would like us to give him some advise on Audiobook recording and post production.

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Work Hard, Be The Best You Can, But Don´t Kill Yourself On The Way

We all know that the music business is extremely competitive and there is only room for the very best. I’ve been experiencing that musicians, producers and audio engineers sometimes are divided into two camps – those who are without jobs and those who have more than they can handle.

Here in Sweden there are about two hundred audio engineers and producers graduating each year but there are not two hundred jobs available. Maybe only 5% will manage to get a job and make a living as an audio engineer here.

So What Do I have To Do To Be In That 5%?

Last spring I landed a massive project and I quickly realised that I was going to need help to get it finished. Although the job was going to take many hours  it was repetitive but on the whole – a piece of cake. So I asked some people that I know, that that have recently completed their education in audio engineering, if they would like to help me with this project. At first everyone was interested so I emailed the details to about twelve people. I got five replies… After answering them I had two people left of which one wanted to switch work descriptions after the half the project so he was doing the mixing and I the editing. I mean come on?

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