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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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Sonnox Community Award

  • 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?    

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Alchemea Weekend Production Courses 
  • Partnership with FX Rentals and Pro Tools Expert 
  • 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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Talking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal Audio 

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • 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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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.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • 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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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 135

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

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Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • Look for RSPE at AES from 9th to 12 October at booth 1437 and its the last days of the Royer Ribbon Summer Rebate and savings $300 on Adam Subs
  • Sean O’Brien asks if we can make a video on how to get the sounds in the song Flight from MonterCat
  • Jim Burke asks if we could make a video about the harmony section of iZotope’s Nectar 2.We have already done it
  • Andres Gonzalez wanted to share an explanation of overtones and harmonics on SoundCloud
  • Chris Bach wanted to let the community know that Garritan are doing a sale on their orchestra products  until Sept 30th and although they aren’t AAX they do work in Pro Tools 11 using PatchWork.
  • Brenton Craig wants to know what the guitar settings on Xpand2 in our video “How To Transform Your Delay Effects In Pro Tools For Free”

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • There is going to be a great competition with Alchemea that money can’t buy.
  • Kyle Whittaker is having problems with MIDI notes hanging on but can’t track down what is causing it.
  • James Clark is having problems with hardware compensation in Pro Tools 11 with the audio coming back from the hardware very early.
  • Basil Fearrington is having problems with Pro Tools 8.0.5 with Windows 7. Check out our Support Tools page and the Avid 8.0.5 Installer download link
  • Jason Wilkins asks if anyone has created new keyboard shortcuts for DSP Quattro
  • Navid A is having problems getting Komplet 8 working properly in Pro Tools 11.
  • Andres Gonzalez would like to know the difference between 24 bit and 32 bit floating point in terms of A to D & D to A converters.  Xiph.org videos 
  • Glenn Skinner asks for recommendations to replace a Mackie Big Knob.

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Share Your Good Dealer Experiences With The Community

At the end of our discussion on Podcast 132, on the “Tale Of Two Cities” story where Mike Aiton and Russ Hughes had two very different dealer experiences, we asked if you would like to share your good dealer experiences.

Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty

If you have had a dealer go above and beyond the call of duty, or go the extra mile, or even the extra 15 miles to get you out of a hole then please share your story with the community, lets identify the good dealers and show them some love for helping us out when we had a problem.

Good News Only Please

This is in response to a request from community members for information on great dealers, so please share the good news stories only please.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 132

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

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  • Addictive Drums 2 Explained

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Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • RSPE are continuing to offer a summer rebate on Royer ribbon mics also check out the interviews on their media page
  • Matthew Alexa - Lynx have announced that their Hilo interface can work with Pro Tools HD and HDX with their LT-HD card.
  • D F Tweedie adds to the discussion for music in surround formats that we listen to music in stereo.
  • D F Tweedie also has an opinion on Mike’s comments on Wilfried Van Baelen’s description of conscious and sub conscious event processing.
  • Paul Maunder asks if there is any progress on us offering seals on new Macs.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Check out the success of an Alchemea student Rob Brinkmann and they are going to be sponsoring the Music Producers Guild next year
  • Howie Beck is having problems re-assigning outputs for core audio through a Pro Tools HD system.
  • Jan Anderson Do you know what might be in future versions of Pro Tools especially regarding MIDI.
  • Thomas O’Connell is having problems with managing his Pro Tools sessions and housekeeping.

Find Of The Week

  • Mike - A proper dealer with great service like HHB
  • Neil -  Busted Gear site
  • Russ - DDMF - The Strip

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 131

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

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Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • RSPE are offering a summer rebate on Royer ribbon mics
  • Gregory Lawson is looking for videos on using UAD and Sonnox plug-ins
  • David Thomas - In podcast 130 you talked about not stealing content and then later talked about using a proxy server, surely double standards?
  • Jascha Viehl - Following our EDL tip 4 there is a solution for PT10 users on a Mac from Bernhad Maisch called The Guardian Angel for Write Automation to Selection after Previewing in HD Systems. 
  • Ryan Okuly has found out you don’t need to Eleven Rack firmware v2 update which cost $100 He has used an Eleven Rack with firmware v1.0.3 on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems 
  • Glenn Skinner recommends we look at another free tool. The Kosmology FreeFall with 120 instruments 
  • Knut Richard Vanderloock would like to recommend ToonTrack pianos following the feedback about pianos in Podcast 130.
  • David Topple - Consider using the Delete key when working in music to clean up your tracks.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • There are some very good courses at Alchemea for people already working in the industry, firstly one for post production covering working in surround for film and TV and a second course on audio in games.
  • Brendan Biele liked the sound of the older Dynamics II limiter but can’t get that sound in the current Dynamics plug-in, any suggestions?
  • Mårten Eriksson Problems with latency using with MOTU hardware with Pro Tools Vanilla and can’t find where to set the recording delay in Pro Tools.

Find Of The Week

  • Mike - FabFilter Pro-Q 2 plug-in
  • Neil - Zynaptiq Unchirp and Don’t Crack have got the Plug n Mix VIP bundle for just $49
  • James Noctua Quiet fans for my 192, 96 and HD I/O £8 each. and the Fossboard Guitar pedal board. 
  • Russ - Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

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