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All Pro Tools Expert Member Only Videos FREE To Watch This Weekend

This weekend only we’ve unlocked our vault of over 600 Pro Tools videos, normally only available to Pro Tools Expert members.

There’s everything from production tricks, in depth tutorials on plug-ins, virtual instruments and hundreds of Pro Tools tips and tricks.

This Pro Tools video tutorial library runs into hours of material to help you get up to speed, or learn some new stuff. Check them out here.

So spend the weekend enjoying the Pro Tools Expert video tutorials. If you like them then you may want to think about signing up for membership. In the meantime this weekend is on us!

Now Over 100 Free Pro Tools Plug-ins

There was a time when VST owners were getting all the free plug-ins, but not anymore. Following the recent update from Melda, our free Pro Tools plug-ins list now runs to over 100. 

They include plug-ins from top software developers like Softube, Bluecat, Fxpansion, Brainworx and more. This list include instruments, effects and some really cool tools.

Head over and search this list, if you think some RTAS and AAX plug-ins are missing then please let us know.

Free Pro Tools plug-ins

Have fun!

Melda MAutoPitch Free Auto Tune Plug-in Show And Tell Review 

Russ takes a look at Melda MAutoPitch a free auto tune plug-in that is part of a free suite of 23 plug-ins from Melda in AAX, VST and AU formats for use in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live and many more DAWs.

23 Free Pro Tools AAX Plug-Ins Including Autotune, Dynamics And More

Last week Melda Productions announced an update to their entire plug-in range. 8.03 provides several new features (AAX support, new channel modes, preset showing, popup tabs…) along with several fixes and performance improvements.

As part of this update their MFreeEffectsBundle is now available free. MFreeEffectsBundle consists of 23 plug-ins these include;

  1. MAnalyzer
  2. MAutopan
  3. MAutoPitch
  4. MBandPass
  5. MComb
  6. MCompressor
  7. MEqualizer
  8. MFlanger
  9. MFreqShifter
  10. MLimiter
  11. MLoudnessAnalyzer
  12. MNoiseGenerator
  13. MNotepad
  14. MOscillator
  15. MPhaser
  16. MRingModulator
  17. MTremolo
  18. MTuner
  19. MStereoExpander
  20. MStereoScope
  21. MUtility
  22. MVibrato
  23. MWaveShaper

It would be an impressive bundle if paid for, but as a free bundle it’s well worth grabbing. They even give an option to extend the plug-in features 

Many of these plug-ins include multi-channel audio and M/S options.

Not only are they available in AAX, but also as Audio Units and VST.

Check out the Melda web site it’s well worth supporting them

Free Clipping Plug-in For Pro Tools

The team behind Grind Machine and Grinder guitar and bass plug-ins Audio Assault have a cool free clipping plug-in for use in Pro Tools - KlipFreak.

Kilpfreak could not be simpler to use, an input, a large knob to adjust the amount of clipping and an output control.

Available in VST, AU and for Pro Tools 10 and 11 Mac and PC.

More here

More Mastering "Bots" - A.A.M.S. Auto Audio Mastering System Now Free!

In relation to Our Mastering “Bots” Poll another alternative has surfaced which once was paid software and is now free.

Denis Van Der Velde has decided to make his AAMS (Auto Audio Mastering System) software for Windows donationware.
Its free for anyone to download and use although donations are ancouraged and accepted.
This software has been around for many years and used to be fairly expensive so it’s worth a try if you are running a Windows system and are curious as to its merits, if only to evaluate the “Bots”

Get it here 

Get Some Free Power Guitar For Your Tracks

Our friends at WavesFactory, makers of the awesome TrackSpacer, have created a free Kontakt library of guitar power chords.

Power Guitars Free is a library for Kontakt featuring electric guitar power chords muted and sustained. Power Guitars Free is perfect to play quick background electric guitar rhythms to any rock/heavy/metal track. The samples have been recorded chromatically (no pitch-shifting, all chords sampled), with 2 round robin (repetitions) per chord. This is the free version. You only have 2 round robin and you get distorted guitar sound (no direct input).

The Pro version gives you 8 round robin and direct input so you can use your own amp simulation software to customize the sound.

Click here for the Free guitar power chords library

Prism Sound Offering Free HDX Adaptor Module With ADA-8XR Interface Purchases

Purchase an ADA-8XR before 31st August 2014 and Prism Sound are offering a free Pro Tools HDX or HD module which will enable you to connect the ADA-8XR via DigiLink to your existing HD or HDX cards.

The Prism Sound ADA-8XR is a third party interface, which with the addition of this HDX or HD module, they are currently offering free, can replace the interface on a Pro Tools HD or HDX rig. Their interfaces have found favour with studios, artists and enginers like Abbey Road, Metropolis Studios, Wisseloord, Sting, British Grove, Stevie Wonder. Mark Knopfler of Dire Starits and British Grove Studios said…

We tried them and they were better

Prism Sound ADA-8XR Features

  • A flexible and modular design means the ADA-8XR can be configured to work with nearly any workstation via Pro Tools HD, HDX, AES, FireWire and DSD interface options whilst the analogue I/O can be specified to suit recording, mixing and mastering requirements of any size.
  • Dual Path Architecture allows the ADA-8XR’s independent ‘Paths’ to clock internally and slave to an external reference at the same time, and at different sample rates.

HD and HDX users, are you happy to go for a third party interface instead of the Avid options?

We have republished this story as there was some confusion as to what the offer was for. It is for a free adaptor module that fits in the ADA-8XR to enable you to use Digilink to connect an ADA-8XR to a Pro Tools HD or HDX card.  It is NOT for a free Avid HDX card.

Get Some Cool Free Samples – Hand Claps and Finger Snaps

Our friends at Logic Pro Expert have found a nice set of Free Samples – Hand Claps and Finger Snaps.

Recorded in six different indoor locations with the goal of capturing the natural reverb, Hands Make Sounds is a sound library featuring 158 free samples of hand claps and finger snaps. On their site they write ‘Although sitting alone in a toilet and clapping into a microphone isn’t exactly the best way to spend a day, I’m really happy with how those samples turned out. The claps which were recorded in the empty hallway in front of my apartment also sound nice and they work great when layered on top of classic 808 snares.’

The free samples are provided in stereo 24-bit WAV format with 44.1 kHz sampling rate. There’s 158 audio samples in total which conprise of;

  • 96 hand clap samples
  • 62 finger snap samples 
  • 2 SFZ patches 
  • 2 NKI patches (Kontakt 5) 
  • 19.9 MB size on disk 
  • 12.1 MB download size (RAR archive)

Our advice is snap them up right away. Download your free Hand Claps and Finger Snaps here

Make sure you scroll all the way down and click on the Black Download bar near the bottom of the page. There are other ads on the page which can include what looks like a download buttons, but these relate to the what the ad is offering and are not the sounds.

Free Bass Amp And Cabinet Plug-in

The team over audio assault are making some nice guitar and bass amp and cab emulations under the name Grind Machine. Even better they have some free versions to download, they come in AAX format for Pro Tools 10 and 11 both Mac and Windows.

Often Bass player can feel left out with many plug-in concentrating on the guitarist, however this free plug-in is aimed squarely at the bass.

We tested it in Pro Tools 11 for CPU drain and it is very efficient showing marginal CPU draw of around 2-3%

About Bass Grinder Free

Bass Grinder Free is a free bass amp and cabinet plug-in, stripped down version of Bass Grinder, the full featured bass amp and cab emulation.

The free version includes

  • 2 Amps ( Dragon & Razor )
  • 3 Cabs
  • Gate

Cabinet bypass is disabled in Bass Grinder Free

How To Download Bass Grinder

For more information and to download Bass Grinder Free click here

Show And Tell Review Of Eventide Ultra Channel Plug-in

In this free video Russ gives a full review of the Eventide Ultra Channel plug-in. The Ultra Channel is a AAX, VST and AU channel strip plug-in with stereo widener and delay also built in.

Watch the video here

It is free until July 8th 2014 but you will need a code which you can get from here 

FREE Eventide Ultra Channel Plug-in Until July 8th With Code

As FREE plug-ins go the Eventide Ultra Channel may have just gone to the top of the list.

UltraChannel™ is Eventide’s new 64-bit native channel strip plug-in for AU, VST, and AAX64 for Mac and PC featuring micro pitch functionality from the flagship H8000, stereo delays with variable feedback paths, plus two stages of compression, gating, and five bands of parametric EQ.

UltraChannel is available as a free download through midnight July 8, 2014, after which it will cost $249.

UltraChannel is available as a free download, use coupon code 0F736710

Go here to claim your FREE Eventide Ultra Channel


Not everyone can earn top dollar and mix the latest Coldplay album or the next James Bond movie. We all start out somewhere near the bottom and try and climb that greasy pole and to attempt to reach the “summit of audio excellence”. Whilst we all try to earn enough pennies to feed our dogs (in this ‘ever harder to succeed creative world’) sometimes we need to work for free (or virtually free). Here are a few good reasons why not just beginners should think about this…


 Everyone knows someone. When starting out, some of the fastest connections you can make in the industry will be through some of the low budget or gratis work. Sometimes, if you are good and persevere, the initial work may be for free, but it can put you out there in front of people who otherwise would never have heard of you. Perserverence pays off, but the abilty to network pays off more.

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Free Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack For Both New And Existing Raven Owners

Current owners of the Slate Raven will be getting a coy of the new Raven 2.0 software on June 27th 2014.

As an added bonus all existing Raven owners will get a Free Slate Virtual Digital Mix Rack.

Those considering the Slate Raven can also get a Free Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack if they purchase before September 1st 2014.

The new Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack is fully optimised for touch.

BOZ Digital Labs Free Plugin - Tilty Wilty

Boz Digital Labs have produced some very interesting free plug-ins, first we had the Bark of Dog plug-in which is a free Voice Of God type of plug-in, and then more recently they brought us Panipulator, a very useful plug-in for handling routing issues in stereo tracks and checking stereo mixes. Now they have brought out another interesting plug-in which has a working title of Tilty Wility. This is what they say about it…

Tilty Wilty is a tilt EQ, which is a great tool for quickly adjusting the brightness/darkness of your tracks. It uses a special filter that does not have any of the wonky side effects to your high end that most digital filters have. No matter what sample rate you are using, Tilty Wilty will give you a smooth natural curve right up to Nyquist frequency. You may be wondering why this plug-in has such a dumb name and ugly interface. This is by design, we are working on a bigger better version, but we wanted to get this into your hands now.

New Name For Tilty Wilty

They would also like your help coming up with a proper name for this plug-in. If you come up with the name then you get a free upgrade to the full version, plus one free download of any Boz Digital Labs plug-in. Go to the Boz Digital Labs forums for details on the competition.

While the tilt EQ is the main feature of this plug-in, they would like to add some more features to make it even more special. Obviously they won’t be able to add every feature that is suggested, but they promise to listen to all of them and take up the features that they believe will make this plug-in work for everyone. Check out their forums to provide them with ideas for features for Tilty Wilty.

Tilty Wilty Available Formats:

  • Windows (32/64): VST2, VST3, RTAS, AAX Native
  • Mac (32/64): AU, VST2, VST3, RTAS, AAX Native

Tilty Wilty Price

There is currently a free version but once the development has finished the full version will be $39.

Free Plug-in To Check Your Stereo Mixes

Mixing in stereo has its issues, many fail to check their mixes when translated to mono, or even more extreme scenarios like speakers wired backwards.

PANIPULATOR 2 Free Plug-in

Boz Digital Labs have created the PANIPULATOR 2, it lets you know what your mix sound like summed to mono? Flip a switch to find out. What if someone wires their system so that they can only hear the left channel? Flip a switch to hear what that sounds like. What if they reverse the wiring on one of their speakers? Flip a switch to find out to see how that will affect your song. These are all common scenarios, and the last thing you want to do is find out is that your mom’s voice, that you thought was buried in the mix, pops out when played over the loudspeakers at Nordstrom.

Panipulator will barely make a dent in your CPU usage, so there is no reason that this plug-in should not be a default on every single song you mix.

Available Formats:

Windows: VST2 (32/64), VST3 (32/64), RTAS (32), AAX Native (32/64)
Mac: AU (32/64), VST2 (32/64), VST3 (32/64), RTAS (32), AAX Native (32/64)

Mellowmuse Shipping Free AAX 32 And 64 Bit Updates For Vintage Plug-ins

Mellowmuse, the company who gave Pro Tools users a life-line with their highly popular Auto Time Adjuster (ATA), has released free AAX (32- and 64-bit Native) and VST3 updates to the Mellowmuse Vintage Series of plug-ins for Mac OS X and Windows:

  • CS1V Channel Warmer
  • CP2V Vintage Compressor
  • CP3V Vintage Compressor
  • EQ2V Vintage Equalizer
  • SATV Vintage Saturator

AAX and VST3 updates for Mellowmuse’s convolution reverb IR1A and the rest of the Mellowmuse range will follow. Registered owners can download the Mellowmuse AAX updates here

Freebie - Drum Circle Lite - Huge Drums For Scoring

Wavesfactory are doing some very cool stuff both with plug-ins and their sample libaries.

DrumCircle is a sample library for Kontakt that features 2, 4 and 8 drummers playing together in the same recording studio. 

Drum Circle Full Version Tech Info

  • Stereo, 44.1KHz 24bit.
  • 2, 4 and 8 drummers.
  • 6x round robin and 6 velocities.
  • Full control over each mic.
  • FX section.
  • Multioutput, remapping function and velocity curve control.
  • Natural bleeding.
  • +6GB, compressed with NCW -> 2.4GB
  • For Kontakt 4.2.3 or superior.
  • Kontakt player will run in demo mode for 15 minutes.
  • Price: €49.95.

Drum Circle Lite Version For Free

The lite free version only features 2 drummers, but the functionalities are the same on both Pro and Lite versions. Go here to find out more

Free Mastering And Mix Buss Eq Plug-in In AAX, VST And AU Formats

Get a free mastering and mix buss Eq for Pro Tools with the cool Slick EQ from Tokyo Dawn.

Slick EQ is aimed at those looking to sweeten mixes and offers an extensive set of features that belie its price tag.

Slick EQ features

  • Intuitive, yet flexible semi parametric EQ layout
  • Full featured, modern user interface with outstanding usability and ergonomics
  • Carefully designed 64bit “delta” multi-rate structure
  • Three EQ bands with additional 18dB/Oct high-pass filter
  • Four distinct EQ models: “American”, “British”, “German” and “Soviet” with optional non-linearity
  • Four output stages: “Linear”, “Silky”, “Mellow” and “Deep”
  • Advanced saturation algorithms by VoS (“stateful saturation”)
  • Highly effective and musically pleasing loudness compensated auto gain control
  • Oversampled signal path including stateful saturation algorithms
  • Stereo and sum/difference processing options
  • Tool-bar with undo/redo, A/B, advanced preset management and more

Slick EQ Formats

  • Win: VST, AAX
  • Mac: VST, AU, AAX

How To Get Slick EQ

Download Slick EQ free here

Learn How To Create Custom Sounds Using AIR Structure In Around 5 Minutes - Free Video Tutorial

Russ has been using and teaching people how to use AIR virtual instruments for over 5 years. He is thrilled that now everyone can use these fantastic instruments in their favourite DAW.

In this free Structure video tutorial he shows how to create your own custom sounds using Structure, there’s a few tricks here that will save you a lot of time, before you know it you’ll be creating your own custom patches.

Become a Structure Guru with Russ’ ‘Structure Explained’ video tutorials