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This weekend Waves are giving away Renaissance Bass for free. Go and sign up here.
Moby is offering a track from his album ‘Innocents’ as a Pro Tools session via blend.io
‘The Perfect Life’ features Wayne Coyne and you can download it and open the entire session up in Pro Tools.
Members of blend.io can download it for FREE.
With some whizzy code we’ve now included two new sections into the site fed from our YouTube channel.
You can now watch the videos from the comfort of your favourite blog!
The guys at U-He are offeringa FREE AAX synth for those who in their words “brave enough to test our first AAX pluggie on Mac?”
Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer. Basically a cut down version of FilterscapeVA with just one oscillator, one filter, one envelope and two LFOs, it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects.
Podolski’s specialities are the Click parameter (emphasizes the filter attack) and its ability to seamlessly morph between three waveforms (WaveWarp).
Windows users do not despair as they write;
“We believe this to work, and while we’re adding AAX development into our development workflow, we hope that the brave among you out there will give this a spin. Please report any crashes with a crash.log here, and - if possible - compare whether or not this version behaves and sounds the same as its VST/AU counterpart.
If all goes well we’ll need only a few days to port it to Windows, we’ll have to buy 3 more iLoks to add to our build and testing servers and we might get to release AAX betas for everything shortly thereafter.”
Go to their forum here for more information and follow the instructions carefully regarding installation - we do not offer any support on this.
IK Mulitmedia are currently giving Custom Shop owners the chance to grab, for free, Opto-Compressor for T-Racks and Modern Tube Lead Head & 4x12 Cab for Amplitube.
FREE Opto-Compressor: Optical compression has a special sonic character and this analog-modeled processor faithfully recreates that particular (and extremely musical) “movement” that characterizes only the best opto compressors. An important characteristic of optical compression is the total absence of distortion and coloration during gain reduction, and you can expect the same character and performance from this digital recreation.
FREE Modern Tube Lead Head and 4x12 Cab (based on the Mesa Boogie® Dual Rectifier® and matching Celestion loaded 4x12 cab). Modern Tube Lead models one of the leading amps for the hard, driven rock tones made today. Capable of searing leads, a thick rhythm sound and heavy crunch, this amp creates a modern rock tone that is hard to beat.
That kind of covers it - more here
The Origins of Sampling - A Sound that Shaped the 60’s
Hark back to the heyday of classic rock and one instrument stands above the rest, a 350lb behemoth that would forever change the way we think about making music. At the heart of this monster was an array of tape machines, one per note on the attached keyboard, each playing a uniquely recorded sound. With only 8 seconds of tape per key and a cumbersome frame this machine had its limitations but was nonetheless impressive for its time, boasting a multitimbral and truly polyphonic ‘engine’. Instantly made famous by the Beatles hit ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and used by countless others including The Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, and prog rock legends Yes, this was the ‘must-have’ sound of the 60’s. While its use fell out of fashion the implications it made have become fundamental to modern music production.
With Mello we’ve aimed to deliver a complete and authentic recreation of this prolific instrument. Dozens of original tapes were multi-sampled on 3 different machines in order to give you the best representation of each of the 28 available sounds. To capture the live experience the key noise and inner mechanical sounds were stereo recorded, including tape noise and key-off sounds, and are all mixable to taste.
To make Mello even more versatile we’ve added a few tricks of our own, including an analog-modeled tape delay, reverb, a custom unison mode to give you stereo sound without unwanted transposition or chorusing, a switchable multimode filter, a 3-band EQ and more.
Mello delivers a warm and buttery tone indistinguishable from the original and is, in every way we could make it, a perfect tribute to the quintessential studio instrument of the 60’s.
◆ Pristine and comprehensive sample library from 3 original machines
◆ Mixable key and mechanical noise for authentic experience
◆ Switchable keyboard range (original or extended)
◆ Stereo modes including custom unison
◆ Switchable multimode filter with cutoff and resonance
◆ ADSR envelopes for amplitude and filter with velocity sensitivity
◆ 3-band EQ with sweepable mid frequency
◆ Built-in SparkVerb
◆ Analog-modeled tape delay
It can be easy to dismiss some of the free content that ships with Pro Tools. But you may be missing some gems that top producers reach for all the time. Here are 5 you may have missed…
- Sansamp PSA-1
Sansamp began life as far back as 1989 when a guitar player and electronics genius B. Andrew Barta decided to create a tube amp emulation. The rest, as they say, is history and Sansamp has been used on countless albums over the years. It has a unique tone that when used on guitar and bass can bring them to life.
- AIR Vintage Filter
Add this to any synth or rompler and you get filtering that is far better than the stuff in Xpand2 or Structure. If you can record the real thing like an original analogue synth, then do it; for the rest of us there is Vintage Filter.
- AIR Lo-Fi
In the words of one Abbey Road engineer, “Lo-Fi is for more than just distortion. You can use Lo-Fi on drums, vocals, bass, guitars, in post. It adds unique tone and character that a mix sometimes needs to give it some balls.
- DB-33 Cabinet
Some people are not aware it is possible to use the DB33 as an insert so that just the cabinet can be used on other stuff. Try it on guitars for smooth trem and chorus effects.
- Signal Generator
Combine this with filters and gates and you have a powerful tool for creating deep low kicks and filter sweeps for dance music.
The plug-ins that ship with Pro Tools may be free, but that doesn’t make them worthless - often far from it. Go exploring and see what you can do for FREE! We have a lot of videos showing you how to get the best from these little gems - check them out here
UVI are offering an interesting promo to effectivly give you an iLok 2 for FREE. In their words…
“Of course, iLok normally costs — $49.95 USD via creator PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc.’s iLok Store, to be precise, so how come UVI can offer it for free? What’s the catch? The answer is plain and simple: there isn’t one! Simply purchase an iLok USB Smart Key via a dedicated UVI Store weblink (http://www.uvi.net/en/store/ilok-smart-key.html) for $49.00 USD and UVI will include a $78.00 USD voucher code in the package to cover the cost of the iLok USB Smart Key itself and its shipping, redeemable against any UVI Store purchase.”
Following on from our article on getting work and getting paid, we thought it might be helpful to give some of you that are less used to dealing with clients some form emails you can use for your own business.
The form emails include;
- An introduction email
- A project proposal and quotation email
- An email confirming the job and requesting payment
There are sections IN BLOCK CAPS for you to personalise them for you own audience and with you own tone of voice, but they should be helpful as a starting point to those of you new to business who may need a helping hand.
Russ shows how to connect two Macs via ethernet and run two Pro Tools systems in sync without the need to spend money on software. In this video he locks a Mac Pro running Pro Tools 11 with a Mac Mini running Pro Tools 10.
Whilst you have been waiting for your favourite plug-ins to arrive in 64 bit AAX you may have missed some of the FREE arrivals, they are all worth checking out, in no particular order;
IK Multimedia have released v4.2 for Mac & PC of their T-RackS Custom Shop which provides AAX 32 & 64 bit compatibility and they have added a new processor module the Precision Compressor/Limiter which looks very British and very familiar to me.
The T-RackS Custom Shop is a very interesting concept for a plug-in. You can download the basic plug-in free, and so you will find it in our Pro Tools free plug-ins list. Once you have downloaded it you get a number of free modules to get you going.
You get the Classic Equalizer module, a 6-band parametric mastering EQ that’s part of the T-RackS Classic bundle, and the T-RackS Metering Suite, which contains a host of useful and detailed displays including Peak, Perceived Loudness, Phase, and RMS meters, plus a Spectrum analyzer with Peak, RMS and Averaging indicators.
Russ finds a freeware alternative to VCA groups for those who don’t own Pro Tools HD. Check it out.
Russ takes a look at the Sennheiser DrumMic’a! FREE Drum VI and sees if it’s worth bothering with.
Does FREE equal bad? Find out.
A nice find from a community member Nathan Osbourne is this cool new FREE drum software from Sennheiser called Drummic’a!
The site seems to be in German only but open it in Google Translate and it will offer to translate it for you.
DrumMic’a! is a virtual drum based on the Freeware version of KONTAKT Player from Native Instruments.
- Audio Units
- AAX Native (Pro Tools 10)
Mac and Windows
To use the library you must first register using the “Registrierung” link in the grey navigation bar under the heading DrumMic’a! and then login to your account to request an activation license code.
The sun is out and we’re feeling like it’s time for a cool freebie.
Many people know how cool our Vintage Library for Structure and Structure FREE is, but if you are yet to experience some cool vintage classic synths then download this sample set of just 20 of them.
We are updating the store so right now you can’t buy the entire set, but keep your eyes open for a deal soon.
In the meantime, enjoy there on us! Click here to download
In association with Sweetwater Instrument and Pro Audio Store, Fxpansion have produced the Single Mault SE distortion and tone shaping plugin, Sadly not available in AAX format but who can complain about a free plugin ?
Single Mault SE is a powerful distortion and tone-shaping plugin by FXpansion. A streamlined version of theMaul 3-band distortion plugin, Single Mault SE features 7 modelled distortion algorithms with additional tone filtering, saturation, soft-limiting and transient-shaping circuits. Single Mault SE also includes a wet/dry mix control and full MIDI Learn functionality. It is provided in VST, AU and RTAS formats.
Availability & Pricing
Single Mault SE is available as a download-only product and is FREE for all FXpansion.com user account holders. Please note that it must be authorized with a valid serial before it can be used.
Your serial must be claimed before July 31, 2013.
To create a free Fxpansion account and get yourself a copy of Mault SE sign up here.
Our friends over at Loop Loft are giving away 225mb of drum loops in exchange for your email address.
Blue Cat Audio have announced the release of 64-bit AAX versions of 12 of their plug-ins: Liny EQ, Protector, Oscilloscope Multi,StereoScope Multi, FreqAnalyst Multi, DP Meter Pro, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Triple EQ, Gain Suite, and FreqAnalyst are now ready to welcome Pro Tools 11.
This includes all the plug-ins in Blue Cat’s Free Pack bundle, giving us FREE 64-bit AAX Pro Tools 11 ready plug-ins and we can announce that Blue Cat Audio are now sponsoring our Free Plug-ins page too.
These plug-in updates also include several improvements and fixes, which you can read about on each plug-in’s website page. Even better, these updates are entirely FREE for registered customers! Blue Cat Audio tell us that their other plug-ins will also be updated in the future for PT11 support. You can read more about their AAX support and Pro Tools versions on their dedicated AAX format page.