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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. 

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Neil Makes Podcast 153 His Final Show

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.

Russ Hughes

How Many Of The Top 25 Pro Tools IdeaScale Ideas Appear In Pro Tools 12?

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.


Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3 Launch Event Goes Down A Storm

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.

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Let's Be Clear Our Opinions Reflect The Agenda We’ve Always Had

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?

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Pro Tools Expert RedNet Event Hosted By Alchemea London A Resounding Success

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

Problems With Timecode And Field Recorder Workflow - Can You Help?

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

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 123

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

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Pro Tools Expert Sonnox Community Award - Hall Of Fame So Far

Don’t forget that every month there is a chance to win a Pro Tools Expert Sonnox Community award, sponsored by our friends at Sonnox.

So far our winners have been;

All of them did some came up with some great ways of helping the Pro Tools community and in doing so also got themselves a Sonnox Elite plug-in.

To win, simply hang around here and share your expertise with great tips and tricks - it could be you!

Ableton Live Expert Community Web Site To Launch In April

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.

Ableton Live Expert - Get More Information

If you are a user of Ableton Live then you can find out more by;

Create Studio Sound Panels & Gobos Using IKEA Bookcases

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.

You go to IKEA and buy the KILBY, Bookcase for $24.99 (Article Number: 400.681.54). It’s so simple to assemble. Then go to Hobby Lobby or an fabric store and buy yourself some Travel knit fabric, it is very elastic and will not wrinkle and is also really inexpensive.
Go to Home Depot or do a Google search on where to get yourself some Owens and Corning 703 or the comparable Johns Manville 814. for the insulation material. I used a staple gun to staple wood strips in to hold the travel knit. Anyway these are really great and would cost hundreds if not thousands to buy already made.

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