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Pro Tools tips, tricks, support and news for users of Pro Tools. Free Pro Tools video tutorials and free Pro Tools plug-ins. We support both the music and post production community.

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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Defacer - A Free Audio Mangling Plug-in

Audio Assault seem to be on a roll, releasing yet another free plug-in that Pro Tools users can grab for free.

Defacer aims to distort, filter, rectify and generally mash up the sound. Even better it has 2 channels which can work independently as well as a mix option for parallel processing.

For free it’s a little gem.

It works in RTAS and AAX Mac and Windows.

Download Audio Assault Defacer

SoundToys Offer Another Free Plug-in - This Time It's Called Little AlterBoy

Soundtoys gives you an exciting new tool for dramatic voice alteration: Little AlterBoy™: Featuring pitch and formant shifting, the overly popular pitch-quantizing hard tune effect, pitch locked robot voice and much more. They have even included one of our classic tube saturation models from Decapitator to add warmth or edge to your new vocal creation and it’s all free. 

  • EDM Style Octaves
  • Pitch Quantizing/Hard Tuning
  • Robotic Computer Voices
  • Simple Harmony
  • Gender Voice Reassignment
  • Modern Doubling
  • Special Effects/DJ Vocals
  • Insane Monster Voices

* Supports VST, Audio Units, and AAX Native. Mac & Windows.

Plus by sharing with your friends, you also have a chance to get “Plugged-In” for life. This means you will receive every Soundtoys plug-in we’ve ever released in addition to every plug-in we ever release in the future. For life. Wow.

The top runners up will also get prizes like free Soundtoys bundles, plug-ins, free upgrades to AlterBoy™, and cool Soundtoys swag.

But be patient, the Soundtoys web site is struggling to cope at the moment so if you can’t get through try again tomorrow.

Are Waves Planning Something Far Bigger With Tracks Live?

A look at page 29 of the user manual for the free Waves Tracks Live software reveals a graphic with features either dropped or not yet implemented, see above. These features include Strip Silence, Pitch and Reverse, not having the whole menu to see also means it could mean even more. 

Which leads to the question is this the start of something bigger? Are Waves about to venture into the world of a fully blown DAW?

If nothing else the image does leave the door open for further development.

As some have already pointed out in its current form Waves Tracks Live does offer a powerful simple recording solution rather than trying to be all things to all people.

What do you think? Discuss.

5 Reasons Native Pro Tools Users Should Take A Look At Waves Tracks Live

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, well yesterday Waves announced the arrival of their mulitrack recorder ‘Tracks Live’ at the grand price of zero, zilch, zip, gratis… free. Of course if you want to shell out the bank breaking (satire) $99 then you get Premium Service and a copy of their Multirack software (normal price $600).

So is this free multitrack recorder any good or is it something you should not even waste hard drive space on. Well we’ve been playing with it since yesterday lunch time and we have to say it has some very good things that native Pro Tools users might find attractive.

Here are our top 5 reasons for taking a look at it.

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Mixing Drums With Waves Signature Series Plug-ins - Free Video Tutorials

Waves have a special this weekend on their Signature Series Bass and Drums. They are 9 multi-effect plugins for bass and drums created in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge, Eddie Kramer, Jack Joseph Puig and Tony Maserati.

If you want to see them in action then James has made two free video tutorials, so check them out and see if these plug-ins are for you.

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Starting Your First Pro Tools Session - Free Video Tutorial

In this free video tutorial Russ goes right back to basics and shows users how to create, record and save their first Pro Tools session.

If you are new to Pro Tools or Pro Tools is your first DAW then getting started with Pro Tools couldn’t be easier with the support of Pro Tools Expert. We’ve been producing Pro Tools tutorials for over 7 years to support the Pro Tools community.

This free video tutorial was produced in 2013 and has become one of our most popular video tutorials covering the basics of Pro Tools.

Free Stereo Expansion Plug-in For Pro Tools

Plug-in developer Alex Hilton is offering a free stereo expansion plug-in For Pro Tools, A1StereoControl.

On his website Alex claims;


A1StereoControl plugin you will be able to expand or limit the STEREO WIDTH of your tracks using only one single knob. This powerful technique can be used on single tracks or groups tracks while mixing or even on a master bus in final mastering situations.
The plug-in is completely free and available from his web site.

Free Tutorial: How To Combine Multiple Takes Using iZotope RX4

In this free video tutorial ‘Mr RX It’, Mike Thornton shows how to combine two takes that don’t match into one seamless piece of audio using iZotope’s RX4. Mike includes a hidden feature in the RX4 Spectral Denoiser module when using incomplete noise profiles as well as the new Ambience Match feature added in RX4 Advanced in rescueing this recording.

Not Got RX4? Then Download The Trial.

if you don’t have iZotope’s RX4 then you can download a free 10 day trial from iZotope’s web site.

See Our iZotope RX4 Show & Tell Review

Watch Mike show off the new features added in RX4 and RX4 Advanced in our Show & Tell Review.

Want To Learn More About iZotope RX4 & RX4 Advanced?

Watch Mike’s Groove 3 tutorial series on iZotope’s RX4 & RX4 Advanced - over 5 hours of video tutorials from Mr RX It.

Free Tutorial: Using iZotope Insight For Loudness Metering

In this free tutorial our very own loudness guru Mike Thornton show the essentials of using the iZotope Insight plug-in on Pro Tools for loudness compliant metering. 

Mike Thornton explains how to ensure your mix meets the latest standards, such as BS 1770-3, ATSC A/85, EBU R-128 and more.

If you would like to learn more about loudness then you can watch Mike’s presentation at the BBC in London last year.

Mike will also be presenting a loudness session at BVE in London on February 25th at 12:55pm.

Avid Pro Tools First - More Details On A Free Version Of Pro Tools

More details have now emerged on Pro Tools | First, the first free version of Pro Tools since 2000.

Pro Tools | First Features

  • Record up to 16 audio tracks, either one at a time through your computer’s audio input, or up to four inputs simultaneously using a USB audio interface.
  • Choose from a selection of session templates, which provide pre-loaded instrument tracks, and start creating a song in a variety of music genres, including EDM, rock, pop, jazz, and hip-hop.
  • Comes with over 20 plug-ins including Xpand!2 music synthesizer, D-Verb & Mod Delay III
  • Visit the new in-app Marketplace and discover a world of affordable plug-ins that make creating and enhancing sounds quick and easy—with prices starting at about a cup of frozen coffee.
  • Pro Tools | First saves sessions in the cloud, enabling you to work on your music practically anywhere.
  • Comes with an introductory amount of free cloud storage, enabling you to save and sync up to three projects at a time, so you can always pick up where you last left off—on any Mac or PC with Pro Tools | First installed.

What do you think about Pro Tools | First, does it offer enough to be useful?