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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?

Avid To Announce Free Copy Of Pro Tools - Avid Pro Tools | First - NAMM 2015

We understand that Pro Tools | First will be a free copy of Pro Tools 12, with some limits and our sources tell us that it will be a cloud based too.

Pro Tools | First Has Been Along Time Coming

The last version of Pro Tools that was free was back in 2000 when Digidesign released v5.01 Free (pictured above) with these features..

  • Record and play up to 8 tracks of digital audio
  • Record and play up to 48 MIDI tracks
  • Use non-linear, random-access editing and mix automation
  • Process audio with up to 5 RTAS plug-ins per track, limited only by the capabilities of your computer
  • Use up to 5 inserts and 5 sends per track
  • Route up to 16 busses
  • Work with 16-bit or 24-bit sessions

Before that, in 1997 Digidesign released Pro Tools v3.4 on a CD-ROM as a promotional tool, in the days before demo periods, it was the only way of users trying Pro Tools for free. It was fully functional but limited to 16 tracks and Mike used it as his first laptop solution with a Digigram card that went in the expansion slot of his PowerBook 3400. Although it was designed to only work on some PowerMacs with some work it was possible to run it on a wider range of machines. But it soon become obsolete and faded away.

What Will Pro Tools | First Look Like?

There is no way Pro Tools | First will be an unlimited version but it understand it will be cloud based in some form, so what would make a reasonable free version?

  • What features would it have?
  • How many tracks?
  • Limited Plug-ins?

What would a version of Pro Tools look like that is completely free, and not bundled with any hardware.

Focusrite Red 2 And Red 3 Plug-ins Are Back For Pro Tools AAX - For Many Users They Are Free

Here’s a secret we’ve had under wraps for a few weeks. Focusrite have re-released the Red 2 and Red 3 plug-ins in AAX format for the latest versions of Pro Tools - even better is that for many users they are free.

These are the first Focusrite plug-ins to include AAX support, making them compatible with Pro Tools® 10 and above. With its introduction, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite is bundled free with all Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, Forte, and Clarett audio interfaces. The plug-in suite will also retail separately for $299.99.

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Air Music Tech Announces Free v2.04 Updates and New Trial Versions

Air have announced a raft of free updates for their exisiting virtual instrument collection.

Improvements In Air v2.04:

  • Improved support for Cubase 8.
  • Improved support for Logic Pro X.
  • Wide range of performance enhancements and stability optimizations.
  • Improved support for Pro Tools 11.
  • Official support for OS X 10.10.
  • Optional support for using an iLok key to store your license.
  • New license manager to allow customers to manage their own authorizations.
  • Now install on up to three seats per license (Computers or iLoks).
  • Support for new Akai Pro Virtual Instrument Player.
  • Improved support for M-Audio Arsenal.
  • How To Get The Air 2.04 Update:

    Update only installers are available so you wont need to re-download your content. A new free serial number is required for this update to support the new license manager. This will be emailed to all existing V2.02 users over the next few days. If you received your copy through one of their hardware partners they will contact you directly with your free upgrade.

    Trial Mode: All products now will feature a fully functional 15 day trial version with the entire library of content and presets available to you.Upgrades:

    Upgrades start at $29.99 for AIEP V2 owners and $129.99 for V1 Pack/Single Instrument owners. Contact sbangs@airmusictech.com if you are unsure of what offers may apply for you.

    Free Tutorial: Mixing Drums With Waves Signature Plug-ins Part 1

    In this video James talks about his approach to mixing real drums using Waves plug-ins. 

    In this the first part of the series he looks at the Kick, Snare and Toms using the Waves CLA Signature plugin the create a solid foundation for your track. He also uses other Waves plug-ins to sculpt the audio to make the drums sound clean and clear.

    Waves Plug-ins James Uses In This Video

    CLA Drums

    This is what Chris Lord Age has to say…

    One of my favorite activities is to work on drums. When creating the CLA Drums plugin, I had one thing in mind: Anyone who uses it can get a great drum sound for any song and any mix and just have fun! There are six different modes: Kick, Snare, Toms, Overheads, Room and, of course, my favorite, Cowbell. There are three color-coded presets for bass EQ, treble EQ, compression, and reverb, plus a noise gate so you can even get rid of leakage. The faders let you control the amount of each effect and, especially important for drums, we’ve included a phase switch so you can find the best setting for the kit.

    TrueVerb

    This is what Waves say about TrueVerb…

    It features a flexible graphic interface and powerful editing parameters and combines reverb with an Early Reflections simulator to create extraordinarily natural-sounding virtual acoustic spaces. It has Thru and Send modes, as well as independent and linked distance and reverb modes.

    Free Kontakt Instrument - Simple Flute By Fluffy Audio

    Nice find by our friends at Logic Pro Expert.

    Simple Flute is a free kontakt instrument by Fluffy Audio featuring a controllable amount of vibrato, three phase locked dynamic layers, legato control, long and short articulations, micro tuning presets and a wide selection of impulse reverb presets.

    Support For MIDI Controllers

    If you use a specialist MIDI controller then Simple Flute enables the user to play with breath and wind controllers. It has a keyswitching ability to change to the desired articulation and features smooth crossfading between the three dynamic layers. Simple Flute also can perform realistic trills and grace notes.

    Simple Flute Features

    • 55 MB Sample library
    • 130 Samples (44Khz/24Bit)
    • Synthesized legato engine
    • 3 Wheel Controlled Smooth Dynamic Layers
    • 3 Round Robins for Short Articulations
    • 16 unique Convolution IRs
    • BC Controller and Wind Controller enabled

    Note: the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.4 or above is required.

    More Information And Download

    Download, demo video, see here (to download, entering your contact information is required)Source: Logic Pro Expert

    Free Delay Effect Plug-in - Native Instruments Replika

    Native Instruments are offering a free delay plug-in called REPLIKA until the end of the year, after which it will cost £44.00

    REPLIKA is what Native Instruments describe as “THE ESSENTIAL DELAY” here are the highlights;

    REPLIKA packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface. Simple to use with a resonant filter and classic phaser built in, REPLIKA is a versatile delay for anything from subtle slapback to warped sheets of noise.

    REPLIKA provides three distinct algorithms. Modern is a digital delay that delivers the crystal-clear repeats of high-end units. Vintage Digital delivers the charismatic grit of early studio delays. Diffusion delivers a fresh sound that rides the line between delay and reverb.
    A high-class resonant filter and classic phaser add subtle to drastic motion that can be sync’d to the beat for intense sound design. You can even adjust your signal’s placement in the mix with normal, wide, and ping pong stereo modes.

    REPLIKA’s powerful sound shaping features are laid out on a slick, essentials-only interface. Choose your delay mode and fine-tune lows and highs. One-knob subdivision adjustment steps you through the most widely-used delay times. And adding modulation is just as easy with simple combinations of three intuitive knobs and two buttons to choose between phaser and filter – lowpass, highpass or notch.

    Download REPLIKA for free here

    Softube Saturation Knob Plug-in Now Free To All

    The Softube Saturation Knob is a great plug-in but previously only available via Avid or PreSonus, now Softube have set the beast free and you can now download it in AAX, RTAS, VST2, VST and AU completely free and without having to sign up. Softube write;

    As of today, Softube’s Saturation Knob is available as a free download. It can be used in any VST, Audio Units or AAX host—and also as a Rack Extension in Propellerheads Reason—on both Mac and Windows platforms. You’re welcome.

    The Saturation Knob has previously been available exclusively for Presonus Studio One and Pro Tools users, but today we make it available for users of other DAWs as well. For VST, AAX and Audio Units, Saturation Knob is part of the installer package, which includes all Softube plug-ins.

    No iLok is required for using the Saturation Knob. For any of the other Softube plug-ins in the installer package, iLok owners can download 20 day demonstration licenses. 

    Download Softube Saturation Knob for free here

    Free Beautiful Violin Instruments From Virharmonic - Violin Freebie

    The team at Virharmonic have produced some free beautiful violin instruments, they call it the Violin Freebie, all you need is the free UVI player to host them. 

    They say of the library;

    This micro library contains deep sampled pizzicato with 4 dynamic layers and 4 true sampled round robins. As most of you know it is in our nature to sample chromatically, so this library is no different, offering genuine samples for each note played. We have made this pizzicato very tight for any insane rhythmical style, but we have made sure that it remains raw in sound, so it adds an organic touch to any mix. For the second part of the library we have sampled a nice little 16th note repetition spiccato recorded in 120bpm.  You can tempo synchronise this in your sampler or DAW and it is simply a lot of fun to play especially if you involve the UVI arpeggiator. This time it has one crisp dynamic layer with 4 true round robins.

    Listen To The Violin Freebie

    How To Download The Violin Freebie Micro Library

    To find out how to download and install the Violin Freebie, go to their website and hit the tutorial tab.

    From Creation to Final Mix: Episode 2 - Free Video

    From Creation to Final Mix: Episode 2 is now available featuring producer Fab Dupont helping the band The Arrows to produce a new track.

    In this episode they look at using Boom, laying down a bass guitar and synth line in Pro Tools.

    Sign up to download the tracks, watch next episodes and more.