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If you don’t listen to the podcast then you might miss the news that Neil is leaving the team to concentrate on the other commitments he has. Some of you may know that he is one of the guys behind Pro Tools PC, this is starting to take off.
As the person who asked Neil to join the team two years ago I wanted to give my personal thanks to him for his outstanding knowledge coupled with his caring attitude that meant he spent hundreds of hours serving the Pro Tools community here.
Don’t worry though, Neil will still be active on forums and social media as and when time allows.
Thank you Neil for your contribution to the Pro Tools Expert team. I’m sure many in the community will share my desire to thank you publically.
When Pro Tools 10 was announced Avid proudly announced that many of the features found in Pro Tools 10 were those found in the top 10 Pro Tools IdeaScale most requested features.
For those unaware of Pro Tools IdeaScale, this was set up by Avid several years ago to gather user ideas for features they would like to see in Pro Tools. At the top of the Avid run site they say:
“Welcome to the Pro Tools IdeaScale User Forum - In this community you can submit an idea, vote on existing ideas or add your comments.”
However in recent years it seems that most of the suggestions made and the voting has been in vain, as right now it seems none of the top 25 ideas on the site have been implemented, they are certainly not mentioned in the product info for the upcoming Pro Tools 12. We may be wrong and find that track freeze may be part of the collaboration features, this is not clear from Avid’s own information on their website about Pro Tools 12. Even if this is the case then it still leaves 24 of the top 25 ignored.
As a matter of fact cloud collaboration, in app purchases and selling your content don’t feature in the top 25 of the list at all.
It seems that Pro Tools IdeaScale may be less effective at getting Avid to listen than the Pro Tools community would hope.
Several folk have asked us to post the list of the top 25. So below is the full list of the top 25 most popular active features on the Pro Tools Ideascale along with the summary from the user who posted it….
- Freeze tracks feature
This one freeze feature would fix your TDM and LE DDL limitations. It would also allow faster than real time bounces because if you froze most of the tracks then the processing to do a mix bounce could be done in the back ground.
- Folders in the Region List
For better region management i would like to see folders in the region list. It would be great if you could assign one or multiple tracks to a folder in the region list and all the recordings and edits of the track(s) end up in the designated folder in the region list. This folder could then also be created in the Audio Files folder for even better file management.
- Save/Load Plug-in ‘chains’ (common plug-ins combos)
It would eliminate the awfully slow process of importing session data, copying plug-ins, deleting tracks, etc.
- Marker Improvements
I would REALLY love a change in the markers. Please have multiple marker rulers in the edit window. I would also like to be able to set custom colors to certain markers. Also, in the marker list, I would love to be able to re-sort alphabetically and renumber sequentially after re-sorting. Primarily what this would allow me to do is set ADR markers, foley markers, music markers, dialog markers, etc…
- Phase switch on every track in the mix window
Would make life so much easier, especially when recording with multiple mics.
- Multiple sessions at the same time
The ability to open 2 sessions at the same time with only one session being active - the other one inactive (active/inactive switch). You then could compare two sessions and copy/paste instantly regions/region groups etc. without having to import/export whole tracks.
- Undo Deleted Tracks
All users claim for it for long time. All another software have it. All people does not understand why PT doesn’t have it yet.
- Bus Soloing Feature
We could use the ability to solo a bus instead of having to select all the individual tracks in order to hear the mix.
- Keep the waveform visible when sliding the region…
Click on a region and try to line it up with another & you have to guess where it will end up. Be nice to have the waveform ALWAYS visible so you don’t have to guess.
- Shortcut for making two mono audio tracks into one stereo.
Kind of the opposite of Split Stereo Track into 2 Mono Tracks.
- Batch Track Naming
In current PT If I need to name 30 tracks e. g. Foley 1—Foley 30 I need to do it one track at a time. This is rather time consuming when dealing with large sessions. It would be nice if I could select a number of tracks, type “Foley” and let Pro Tools assign consecutive numbers to “Foley” automatically. PT should be smart enough to understand that if I type “Foley 10” I need track names start from 10 and on. And it would be nice if we could get this batch naming in the IO Setup window too.
- Region/Clip Based Effects
EQ and gain parameters could be assigned to clips. This would greatly simplify automation and editing especially in post production.
- VST Support!
Pro Tools should have it’s own VST capability so us Pro Tools users can have a much wider pallet of instruments using only one DAW. That one DAW should be Pro Tools and nothing else. Does this make any sense to you guys?
- Fix Bugs Before Adding New Features
‘Fix all known bugs BEFORE adding any new features.’ was merged with this idea.
- Sum To Mono Option On Master Fader
To check mixes in mono. self-explanatory.
- An option to automatically mute a track as soon as it starts recording
To allow monitoring using the console rather than running thru the digital interface. This gives you unlimited communication with the performers while the session is playing.
- Trim knob on audio tracks
A trim knob that works like the plug-in placed before the channel plug-in path would be nice. This would help in facilitating proper gain staging of tracks that are recorded too hot or too soft without using up a plug-in slot.
- Smart Session Cleanup Function
I would like to have a smart, half-automated way for cleaning up sessions after a mix is done. The function should allow me to remove unused playlists, consolidate all audio files, delete unused audio regions and put everything in a new folder that contains only the audio needed for the session.
- Track Folders
Big mixes require good organisation, it would be great to be able to have track folders (for example-for your 32 tracks of drums!)
- Plug-in Manager With Version Indicator
A build-in plug-in manager that would allow you to turn plug-ins on or off AND clearly specifies the correct versions of the installed plug-ins.
- Control|24 and ProControl drivers for Pro Tools 11
I would pay for this :) Could you please help us with that?
- Red book CD authoring
It would be nice to have a Redbook CD authoring system included within Pro Tools similar to CD architect.
- Make it possible to enter fader/pan data with double click+number
Digi, please make that possible, would speed up things a bit.
- Graphics GPU Accelerated
I think this will be less taxing to the CPU if the majority of the graphics runs off the actual GPU. Example. A lot of the plug-ins have meters, or some graphics that moves around. The bigger the session get the more taxing it is on the CPU.
- Audio to Midi
Where is audio to midi?!? Digi, its 2009! You have a great program but sometimes I wonder… If we had this, we wouldn’t have to buy Drumagog to replace live drum sounds. We’d do audio to midi, then use the new midi track with BFD or DFH Superior. We could sing a bass line and then have XPand play it on the bass!
As we have already said the only one of these feature requests that may be in Pro Tools 12 is the Track Freeze, however it is not clear from what Avid have published so far as to whether Track Freeze will be available as a stand alone feature or only as part of the collaboration workflow.
It is also disappointing that a lot of these feature requests are 5 years old and still not implemented.
What do you get if you cross free drinks, audio professionals, the latest version of Revoice Pro, the top Pro Tools training centre in London and a pile of Pro Tools bloggers? A great event filled with lots of learning and fun - the Revoice Pro 3 event at Alchemea went down a storm.
Jeff, John and Jonathan from Synchro Arts were on hand to show packed sessions how powerful Revoice Pro 3 is for both music and post dialogue manipulation. Many of the Pro Tools Expert team were able to assist in the drinking of alcohol and eating the snacks.
There’s been some discussions going down recently regarding Avid’s latest announcements, most notably the Avid Pro Tools Support. As part of these discussions it has been suggested by some people that Pro Tools Expert has an agenda.
Of course we have.
It’s the same agenda we’ve had since we started as the AIR Users Blog over 5 years ago. It’s not even a secret or indeed hidden, go to our information page and it’s there in black and white, that’s because we are proud of it.
“The site has a single aim; to be the number one Pro Tools support community on the web, giving up to the minute Pro Tools tips, tricks, news and advice.”
To be clear it also says “We’re independent and are not affiliated with Avid or their associated companies.”
For those who want a little more clarity then let us spell it out. Avid have millions of dollars and a worldwide team for marketing and PR, so we’re not here to help them do it, although over the years Avid have reached out to us for our opinion on products and plans, which we’ve always been happy to give where we think we can make a contribution.
Our user community doesn’t have millions of dollars or a global marketing and PR machine, but they have invested their lives and their business into Avid products and workflows.
Our user community doesn’t have millions of dollars or a global marketing and PR machine, but they have invested their lives and their business into Avid products and workflows. Many of them think they have no voice, or remain unheard, so we do what we can (within reason) to help them have a platform to share their concerns. We’re not the only platform, there are plenty of forums like the DUC for them to support one another, but if we get asked for help then we’ll do what we can with the influence we have.
But isn’t all this recent coverage anti-Avid? Are the Pro Tools Expert team against Avid and Pro Tools?
Last night Pro Tools Expert and Focusrite joined forces with top Avid Authorized Training Partner Alchemea to give audio professionals a chance to learn more about the Focusrite RedNet system.
The event included a chance to enjoy free drinks and nibbles and then to take part in sessions covering the theory of RedNet and then to see it in action and ask more questions.
The sessions were repeated giving all those attending a chance to understand the technology behind RedNet and then more practical applications for the system.
In attendance were a mix of top audio post and music engineers, mixers and producers from organisations such as Disney, BBC, and Ravensbourne College as well as freelancers who work on top TV, film and music. We also had some of the team from our friends at HHB who were able to talk to those interested in investing in RedNet.
It was a rare occasion where many of the Pro Tools Expert team were in the same place, with Russ, Mike, Neil, James, Julian and Mike A all there to learn more about RedNet.
The Event got a big thumbs up from hosts Alchemea and Simon Short of Focusrite who said;
“The evening was a great success. I felt it was important to give engineers the opportunity to meet the team in a relaxed environment, and find out how they could benefit from RedNet technology, and that’s exactly what happened!”
The Pro Tools Community Gathering
It was great to see so many people who are part of the Pro Tools community and put faces to names and share beer with people like Alan, Glenn and Dave - the blog is a good place to start but there’s nothing better than meeting one another - I’m thrilled by the success of this event. said Russ Hughes
You can see some pictures from last night’s event, many whom attended felt was a resounding sucess. When asked if more events like this should take place the idea got a big thumbs up.
Our Next Pro Tools Expert London Event With Synchro Arts
With that in mind watch this space for a Synchro Arts event to celebrate the launch of Revoice Pro 3 happening in November at Alchemea.
Links For More Information
If you are interested is knowing more about RedNet then contact RedNet specialists HHB
If you are interested in knowing more about Pro Tools training course then contact Avid Authorized Training Partner Alchemea
Community member Johannes Wengert sent us in this question and to date we have drawn a blank and so we thought someone else in the community may have the answer. Johannes asked…
I have a question concerning metadata in wav-files. I’ve received an AAF from Media Composer (not embedded audio, not consolidated but full copies of all wav files) and successfully imported it. Everything good so far. Now comes the problem:
I need to conform the multitrack audio (it’s a concert recording) to the rough mix from Media Composer using the “field recorder guide track” option in PT using timecode. Everything has been recorded properly with TC during the show so no problem there. Pro Tools cannot conform the tracks because there is no valid time stamp in the audio from MC - When I look at the files using the Workspace or the “Wave Agent” by SoundDevices it shows a Original Time Stamp / Start TC of 01:00:00:00 for every file
Neil, James & Mike Aiton bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.
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We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming launch of Ableton Live Expert, a community for users of Ableton Live. I’m a committed user of Pro Tools and proud to be, but my son and all his mates are using Ableton Live and he asked me when there would be a community like Pro Tools Expert for them. Ableton Live Expert is the Ableton Live Community offering news, reviews, tips and tricks.
Ableton Live Expert Team
The new site Ableton Live Expert will go live in early April 2014 and aims to be a one-stop site for users of Ableton Live. The Editor of the new site is artist and Ableton Certified Trainer Martin Delaney, a.k.a. Mindlobster. Besides his vast experience as a trainer, he has written over 100 magazine articles, and the ‘Ableton Live Tips & Tricks’ series of books. Martin has produced several video training packages and also designed the Kenton Killamix Mini USB MIDI controller. Martin will be heading up the new Ableton Live Expert team.
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If you are a user of Ableton Live then you can find out more by;
Community member John Mackniskas has emailed us to tell us about his custom built studio sound panels and gobos using IKEA book cases. He writes;
Hi guys, I have a great tip on building high quality sound panels and GoBos using IKEA book shelves and rigid 703 fiberglass insulation.