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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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  • 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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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 130

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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Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

Find Of The Week

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 129

Russ, Mike, and James are back 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

  • Lawra Somby has built a passively cooled PC Here is Lawra’s build list and here are some pictures of what it looks like. 
  • Stefan Schaflitzel offers two reasons as to why Richard Shapiro had to select unused clips several times.
  • Jim Farrell asks if anyone else is having any trouble with the graphics on the Eventide UltraChannel?
  • Adam Fowler wanted to thank us to help him add some sound design to his radio documentaries.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Russ visited Alchemea and they take you on a journey.
  • Marten Eriksson - Is there a better way of printing Slate VTM on a drum kit as latency is an issue for me?
  • Eoghan Tyrell - Problems with using Micro SD cards with Pro Tools 9 reporting its not a valid audio drive.
  • Knut Richard Vanderloock - I have a 4-710d, and an Apollo Quad should I use the A to D convertors in the 710 or the Quad?
  • Michael Adler Miltersen - Latency issues with Pro Tools, is there anything I can do about it?
  • Robert Belew - How can I use my 2009 Mac Pro with a new MacBook Pro with an Apollo Thunderbolt interface with my Apollo Quad card in my Mac Pro.
  • Joe Belliston - Can you share your backup systems and Strategies please?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 128

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

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Sonnox Community Award

Tom Scrivano is the winner for July for services rendered to the community behind scenes

Talking Points Kindly Sponsored By Universal Audio

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  • John Howell - Follow up from his question last week, the problem has been traced to the combination of the Audient ASP and Avid Omni and have produced a new version of the firmware.
  • Alan Han has shared a user tip with EQ7 to help find specific frequencies
  • Richard Shapiro shares a tip about turning off the annoying Mac OS update reminders and a question about clearing unused clips.
  • Ryan Hansen shared an observation about a character in the Coppola film The Conversation.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Martin Oswald - unable to get the Melda pack working with Pro Tools 10
  • David Topple - Issues with offline bounce in Logic 9 and also how do you get sounding tracks.
  • Karl Morand - Do you use iZotope RX3 as plug-ins or as a standalone app
  • Michael Zaremba - Problems with sustain pedal hot working when in record in Pro Tools.
  • Grant Hall - Why do I get 250ms with an aux input but 5ms on an audio track when bussing an external effect via an insert
  • Dale Sigley - How can I stop Pro Tools putting the factory back into the plug-ins as I like to run a very lean system.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 127

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

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  • Bertrand Grichting - Problems with some SATA controllers and SSD drives dropping the SATA buss speed.
  • Tom Scrivano  - Some graphics problems on Windows due to settings on Run As Administrator.
  • Carsten Groa - Following up on Pro Tools reliability can be other software like  the graphics driver.
  • Eric Johnson - Following James’ drive failure Eric uses a RAID array for this backup system so he has redundancy.
  • Matt Greaves - Follow up on fear and creativity and connecting it to the way some institutions teach techniques
  • Brian Williams - Wanted to share a video lecture by Andrew Scheps on various audio codecs, formats and perceived audio quality 
  • Neale Eckstein - Why is the phase invert only available in a plug-in, why isn’t it built into the mixer? You can sign up on the Pro Tools IdeaScale if you would like this feature. 
  • Tom Scrivano - Waves have told him that the Element will be supported with their SoundGrid DSP system as well StudioRack but no ETA yet.
  • Chris Linder - What podcasts are you listening to at the moment? Chris suggests 2 both available on itunes ToneBender and Indie Game Audio  We would add Mix Notes From Hell
  • Tony Molica - Following our comments with problems using Finder he recommends Snapper from Audio Ease. Also there is AudioFinder from Iced Audio too. 

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Mark Farrow - Any experience of Thunderbolt hubs?
  • John Howell - problems getting all 8 channels from an Audient ASP880 into an Avid Omni.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 126

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

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Sonnox Community Award

  • The winner for June is Chris Linder

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  • Paul Sinkovich - There is a Pro Tools Shortcuts app from Xerxes Dennis called Pro Tools Hotkeys  which is available on the iOS and Android platforms
  • Jean-Michel Bocéno - Has a tip on creating auto talkback without an specialised plug-in.
  • Jason Wilson - There is a video showing track freeze in Pro Tools 12 
  • Anthony Dominello - Experience of mastering bots and client’s response.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Bill Metoyer Can I get a Waves Gold bundle for Pro Tools 7 LE?
  • Mark Beling - Unable to preview audio clips in Pro Tools, any ideas?
  • Jeff Denadel - Are there any problems in using Thunderbolt, Firewire 800 and Firewire 400 together? Also what about USB3 for Pro Tools 11?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 125

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

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  • Joe Teresi - tip on using clip gain before a compressor to get a more even sound.
  • Donald Crees has let up know about a free AAX plug-in and special offer on another AAX plug-in
  • Justin Bryant - Can you do an article on building a studio in the garden?
  • Matt Greaves has found a possible bug with Autotune Evo when importing a track into Pro Tools 11
  • Dualta Barrett - Can you do a video on using ring modulation?
  • Mark Kaim - Suggestions of how to do the mastering bot versus human challenge
  • Matt Cheney - Can you do a video on the best ways and plug-ins to use to handle frame rate changes?

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Shiv Dhuna - Why do the tracks that I export from FL Studio don’t sound the same in Pro Tools?
  • Eric Everhart - Why do plug-ins like Slap Delay II or Extra Long Delay II don’t work in Pro Tools 11?  Video on Time Adjuster plug-in

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 122

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

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  • Vincent Burel - Recently tried Pro Tools with Voicemeeter virtual mixing console application for Windows 
  • Wim Müller - Can you make a tutorial covering recording organs
  • Mike Berry - Be Aware on Windows about cloning from a rotational drive to an SSD as the block size may not match.  More here & MiniTool software
  • Andy Hagerman - Comments on of Native and DSP hardware comparisons and also what will happen with an offline bounce when you system is close to capacity.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Graham Archer - Why is their still a delay in the side chain with native plug-ins on an HDX system?
  • David Plumb - Advice on how to deliver stems of songs to counteract  the clients comments about changing levels

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Have Hardware Solutions Had Their Day Or Not? Discuss

In Podcast 117 we discussed Michael’s comments he made in a story we posted. Two community members picked up on where we took the discussion as we moved onto Native versus DSP hardware and the pros and cons of both. Anthony Dominello first… 

Hello team, your Proposal Guy is also an IT guy with 20 years’ experience and so I want to elaborate on the discussionon native vs. DSP. During the conversation James mentions Moore’s law (good on ya!), but then dropped the thread. I wanted to elaborate on that a little to give some more perspective on this since I think it has implications for the whole industry, and Avid (or any other company with hardware DSP solutions to hawk) in particular.Moore’s law states, in simple terms , that the power of computing chips will double every 18 months. Leaving aside for the moment the question of how long that can be sustained, the fact is that it has held true since Gordon Moore (co-founder of Intel) coined it in the early ’70s. What that means, in practical terms, is that DSPs make no sense from a performance standpoint due to the huge lag time in developing a new platform like, say, HDX. By the time it even gets to market it’s obsolete or, at very least, on its last legs as a cutting-edge platform. It would be phenomenal if there were some way to upgrade the chipset on DSP cards like some install faster processors on their computers or overclock them. The problem with that, however, is that HDX (SoundGrid, etc.) are proprietary architectures and are in most cases illegal to “hack.” PC Architecture has been open since IBM introduced it so anyone can modify it at their own will and peril.This has happened in the computer industry for decades. That is, someone develops a hardware solution for something— say encryption. Then someone else figures out a way to do the same thing in software and. as computers get more powerful, software becomes the preferred option. The history of IT is littered with companies who bet it all on a hardware solution, only to be swept away when increased computing power made their hardware solutions too expensive to compete. This is what Avid is up against when selling HDX systems to new customers. Certainly the quest for low latency is a factor, but the actual power of the DSP chips themselves makes less and less sense in the face of modern computing. I believe you said it yourselves when you speculated that HD Native may be Avid’s true “killer app,” were it not for the totally unnecessary limitations Avid put on it’s I/O count.

Chris Carey picked up Mike’s thoughts about having an Intel chip or chips as a DSP card…

Regarding your DSP discussion in podcast 117, you were trying to think of examples where companies had designed DSP around a standard intel chip. While it’s not exactly the same, Logic used to offer (and may still, but I’ve been PT only for several years) a feature to setup processing nodes via LAN. I tend to agree with Russ’ statement about changing the focus of plugin development to efficiency, but this would be an incredibly useful feature for those moments where you need just a little more processing headroom for your 127th convolution reverb.  What are your thoughts on this? Has dedicated hardware had its day or not?

Mike was recently talking to someone who was considering purchasing an Avid S3L. As we discussed it, the reason for this choice became apparent - it was largely driven by the fact that the S3L is a dedicated hardware solution based around the Avid HDX architecture with dedicated I/O that makes it great for tracking and mixing. It doesn’t do anything else, doesn’t pick up email, surf the internet, it has been optimised to be a great recording and mixing system.

In a similar vein Russ did some experiments on running a clean system and comparing the performance of both setups on the same computer.

Do you prefer the flexibility of a computer based solution that can do many tasks with the same system or the benefits of multiple dedicated solutions?  Is the Avid S3L the unsung hero of the Avid range? Discuss….

Michael Carnes On Convolution Or Algorithms For Amp Modelling Plug-ins 

In Podcast 117 we discussed Exponential Audio’s Michael Carnes’ comments he made in a story we posted. Michael has since come back with a response to our discussion….

I listened to podcast 117 with a rising level of bemusement as you riffed on my ability to generate cabinet models while avoiding the use of convolution.  I remember my remarks on convolution as perhaps being strong, but applying only to reverb and not in a more general sense.  Let me take this opportunity to clarify. It’s true that I’m not a big fan of convolution in reverb.  Besides the fact that it models a complex space with measurements taken from only a few point sources, I also believe it’s overkill in terms of the way we actually perceive space.  The auditory cortex is masterful at reducing data before presenting it to the brain, and I suspect that reverberation is heard only after the vast majority of data are discarded.  We hear in a sort of ‘shorthand’ and I think it’s more important to try and understand what gives us the perception of space than to try to follow a pure mathematical model. Now when we think of cabinet models as recorded, we’re listening to the output of a microphone or two.  While the actual sound in the studio might be complex, the complete reality of the recording is the output of those microphones.  As such we can think of the whole system—guitar, amp, transformer, cabinet, microphones—as a filter.  And convolution is actually a very good starting point for that sort of filter.  It is much more capable at duplicating complex response curves than a more simple IIR (Infinite Impulse Response) filter.  And, up to a point, efficiency is not a huge problem.  That breaking point is where the impulse response is also capturing a room in addition to the cabinet.  This problem is exacerbated as sampling rates go up. You correctly identify the fact that most convolvers use a static impulse response, while the reality is dynamic and considerably more complex.  Nothing much in the real world is linear, and that’s especially true of speakers, mic diaphragms, and things of that nature.  And while there are issues to consider in creating a dynamic convolver, it’s certainly not impossible.  It might turn out to be among the best approaches.  The room part of the sound may be best handled by a reverberator of some type, but convolution is a great approach for modeling the physical chain. I’m flattered that my name came up in the discussion, but there are many people working in that field who deserve the real credit for what they’ve done and what I’m sure they’re working on.

Michael, your understanding of these issues is confirmed in the wisdom of your response here and your openness and humility is refreshing in an industry full of celebrities.