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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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Talking Points

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

  • Matt North - Structure Free Shortcuts In Pro Tools 11
  • Phil Tuttle - Audio Clicking in Pro Tools
  • Brent Smith - Vocal Plug-in Chain EQ

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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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Pro Tools Expert Partner With Pro Tools Users Forum

We know that some of our readers really appreciate forums as they try to get answers.

Pro Tools Expert have teamed up with the highly popular ProToolsUser.org who have been around since 2007.

With contributions from both enthusiasts and top engineers and producers it is worth checking out.

More information about the Pro Tools forum here.

Issues With Low Latency Mode In Pro Tools

Updated on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:58PM by Registered CommenterMike Thornton

Kenny McLellan sent us an email explaining he is having problems with the low latency monitoring mode in Pro Tools 11. He says…

When I make an audio track and wish to input monitor with record enabled, if I turn on low latency mode I cannot hear the audio.  The meters are indicating that there is a signal present etc. If I turn low latency off, then I can hear the audio. I have been using this method for years with my 003 and have never had this problem before.  I am aware that I can lower the buffers etc but this affects my mix when i have an abundance of plug ins running etc. I have checked the routing etc and all is OK. Having done some more research,  I have just discovered more about low latency monitoring. It seems that the Mbox 2 LLM does not work with PT11 and with 003 LLM mutes the audio.  Avid advised me to use 11.0 driver with Mountain Lion, PT 11.1 and PT 10.3.8. They then replied asking me to check the routing etc. I told them I have been using LLM for years never had any problem with LLM until now, and I am waiting on answer from Avid.

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The Pro Tools Expert Community Award Sponsored By Sonnox

In Podcast 98 we discussed the idea of encouraging the community to help each other. As we have said on many occasions we aren’t the only Pro Tools Experts, it works best when we pull together as a community to help each other when and where we can. There are plenty of places on the web for trolls and negativity, if that’s you style then the Pro Tools Expert community may not be for you. Many of our members work hard to create a positive and supportive community of Pro Tools Experts and we think that kind of attitude should be recognised and encouraged.  

With all of that in mind we would like to reward those in the community who go the extra mile to help others.

Each month we will award the Community Member Of The Month Award sponsored by Sonnox. We are very pleased to announce that Sonnox are sponsoring this award as they want to support us in building a positive community, but we need to make it clear that Sonnox has no other involvement, and in no way endorses or encourages any individual comment or view submitted on Pro Tools Expert. This award would go to the individual who in the judges opinion made the best contribution to the Pro Tools Expert community.  For example it could be for…

  • A single post helping a community member with a problem on the main site or on our Facebook page. 
  • A great video demonstrating a tip or trick in a new way.
  • A collection of smaller posts all with the aim of helping the community. 

In the first podcast of each month we will announce the award from the previous month and explain why we have chosen that individual. We will post the story with a picture and details of the winner as we do with other competition winners.

As this award is sponsored by Sonnox the winner each month will be able to choose one Native plug-in from the Sonnox Elite Collection.

Terms & Conditions

  • The item is download only, you must have an iLok account to use this software.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Pro Tools Team members will not be included in this award.
  • While Sonnox is pleased to be sponsoring this award, it has no other involvement; Sonnox in no way endorses or encourages any individual comment or view submitted on Pro Tools Expert.

Dave Pensado Kicks Off Pro Tools Expert 5th Anniversary 

This month Pro Tools Expert celebrates its 5th anniversary, having started in 2008 as a blog to help a few people struggling with Pro Tools, we’ve now just completed our 5th year and we’re a little bigger.

We’ve been asking community members and friends of the blog to share their own stories.

Dave Pensado sent me this message last night and has given me permission to share it. Dave is a Grammy winning producer who also hosts ‘Pensado’s Place’ one of the most loved shows in the industry.

Hi Russ, congrats to you and the guys. I’m addicted to Pro Tools Expert. You guys were incredible in getting me thru the Great ILok upgrade of ‘13, and also are my AAX watch dog.  I watch all your tutorials, and take advantage of the gear/software specials often.  KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! Dave Pensado

Thanks Dave - right back at ya!

Pro Tools Expert Member Proposes To Girlfriend On Podcast

It’s certainly a Pro Tools Expert podcast first, perhaps even a podcast first. We have been asking community members to share their favourite moments in the 5 years the blog has been running- all in a run-up to our 5-year anniversary celebration in October.

However, we didn’t expect the request we got from Anthony Dominello. He and his girlfriend are fans of the Pro Tools Expert blog and listen to the podcast together every week. When Anthony asked if he could use the Pro Tools Expert podcast to propose to his college sweetheart - well, we HAD to say yes.

So, on Podcast 80, we gave Anthony the opportunity to propose. His plan was to sit said girlfriend down and have her hear the proposal along with other podcast fans from around the world. We have news from Anthony;

Short answer, she said yes.  Actually, that’s the long answer too. Thanks so much to you and the crew!  Tell Jivey not to worry about missing it— we can always have a machine play his part.  :-)

I’ve attached what is probably the earliest picture of us as teenagers. Her hand covering my face pretty much sums up our relationship at that time— I was the shy one back then.  Complete reversal now.

Chocolate on the way once the weather cools down enough.

Thanks again for being part of all this.  You rock like no-one has ever rocked before!

Please join the PTE team in wishing Anthony and Mare the very best for their forthcoming wedding and the rest of their lives!

You can hear the proposal on this week’s podcast.

What Does Pro Tools Expert Mean For You?

In October, as part of our upcoming 5 year anniversary of the site, first as The AIR Users Blog and more recently as Pro Tools Expert, we would like you to be a part of our anniversary video.

Using your Web cam, smart phone, etc produce a 10 to 15 second video with you explaining what Pro Tools Expert means for you. Please make sure they look and sound as good as possible, and think about what you want to say so consider it a video tweet, short and succinct. We will then put as many as possible together into a community video. 

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Avid Quietly Update DUC/ Avid Pro Audio Community Forum

Avid have made some changes to the forum; some structural, like renaming sections and forums, and clearing out legacy products etc. They are also trying to add more human face to it. This is what Bruce Paine, Avid’s Community Administrator said….

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Join Us On Linkedin

LinkedIn Corporation is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 it is mainly used for professional networking. As of January 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 200 million registered users in more than 200 countries.

We have a vibrant community of over 2500 members on Linkedin and many professionals have found Linkedin valuable in connecting with like minded people, in some cases generating new work. There is also a jobs section on the group.

If you would like to join us on Linkedin, then you can find the group here.

If you would like to connect with members of the team then here are our profiles.

We would love to connect with other professional members of our community and also hook up with some of you at NAMM.

Get A Cool Pro Tools Drive Icon For FREE

Thanks to community member Shane Felton he’s created this Pro Tools drive icon and asked us to share it with the Pro Tools Community.

Simply download the icon image file here and then use it on your Mac or PC to have a very cool Pro Tools drive icon. If this file does not work and you prefer then simply use the GIF icon at the top and that will work too.

Please share with your friends or on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

Install info for Mac users from comminuty member El Sidius below;

After downloading or copying the custom icon file(s) to your computer follow these steps:
1. Select the desired icon in the Finder.
2. Choose Get Info from the File menu.
3. Click the icon that appears in the Info window.
4. Choose Copy from the Edit m
enu.
Note: Leave the Info window open.
5. In the Finder, select the application, folder, or document whose icon you want to change. Note that the Info window immediately updates to display the newly selected item.
6. Click the icon that appears in the Info window.
7. Choose Paste from the Edit menu.
8. Close the Info window.

Happy Christmas To The Pro Tools Community

Christmas with all the trimmingsOn behalf of the entire team who serve on Pro Tools Expert, can I take this opportunity to wish the Pro Tools community a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Thanks for your massive support!

Even better things to come in 2013!

Synthmob Offer Synth Patch Sharing

We love collaboration and community, we love making music and sharing stuff, so we have to love this idea from Synthmob - a synth patch sharing site.

In their words “Synthmob is a digital sound design community where members can share presets for virtual instrument plugins.

Beyond preset sharing, Synthmob also aims to provide a place where sound designers and artists can connect and discuss sound design techniques and tools.”

Go check it out!

Buy and Sell Your Plug-Ins

What Is It?
Simply put, we connect those who have ilok assets they no longer need with those who want to buy them.

The seller gets money for assets they no longer need and the buyer gets a plug-in for less money than they would normally pay for it. More here

Happy Birthday Across The Ocean

Before I started this blog I didn't know who Eric Johnson was. He lives in Baltimore, USA and after I sent out an email saying I would be in Washington earlier this year he offered to meet me for coffee.

Since that coffee Eric and I have become good friends across the ocean. He helped me plan my wedding surprise for my wife and has always been on the end of an email, webchat or phone when we've needed advice.

Even better we share Birthdays today!

Technology is often criticized as corrupting, dumbing down and ruining community. Not here it doesn't! Happy Birthday Eric!