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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. 

Entries in ios (10)

Air Display Updated To V3 With USB Connectivity To Compete With Duet Display

Just before Christmas we covered a great find Duet Display, as well as suggesting 3 ways to use the Duet Display. Avatron Software make a similar product to Duet Display called Air Display 2 that was WiFi only and could be a little laggy as a result. They have been in touch to tell us that they are updating their Air Display 2 to AIR Display 3 to add USB connectivity and more. It seems that Apple have relaxed their policy on rejecting apps that accessed USB when Duet Display was approved and it would appear from the announcement of Air Display 3 this isn’t a one off. MacRumours said of Air Display 3…

In our limited testing, Air Display 3 used over USB worked well, with little lag, and its performance was comparable to Duet Display. There’s still an option to connect over WiFi if USB is not available, but using WiFi was considerably more unreliable with a lot more of a delay when attempting to perform tasks. 

What Are The New Features In Air Display 3?

  • USB: They have added USB. You can still communicate over Wi-Fi, which is very useful in some cases and allows you walk around untethered, but you can also plug in your dock connector and see much faster performance with no perceptible lag.
    This is great for using Air Display in locations with a hostile Wi-Fi network, like hotels, coffee shops, airplanes, and some corporate and campus networks.
  • Pressure: They are retiring their Air Stylus iOS app and rolling all of its features into Air Display 3. Now you can draw with your favourite pressure-sensitive stylus directly into a Mac app like Photoshop or Motion.
    In Air Display 3, they have added support for all of the latest styluses and on iOS 8, you don’t even need a stylus, just tilt your finger to simulate pressure changes.
  • Pinch-Zoom: You can use familiar gestures to zoom and pan, which is quite handy at Retina resolutions and makes the iPhone a useful second display.
  • Speed: USB speeds up the Air Display connection a lot, but Air Display 3 also dramatically increases performance over Wi-Fi.

If you haven’t come across Air Display before then here is a summary of what it can do…

  • Multiple Monitors: Air Display 3 connects up to 4 iPads simultaneously for powerful multi-monitor configurations.
  • Keyboard: Type using Air Display’s built-in keyboard or any Bluetooth keyboard.
  • Cross Platform: The free Mac host app is not just for iOS; it can also connect to our Air Display clients for Android, Mac, and Windows.
  • Touch Gestures: You can control your Mac with intuitive iOS gestures: tap or drag to operate the mouse or tap, two fingers to right-click, drag two fingers as a scroll wheel.
  • HiDPI: Choose Normal, Retina, or HiDPI resolution to suit your taste.

For the moment Air Display 3 is only available in the App Store for Mac users, Windows users can still get Air Display 2, but they will be releasing a Windows version of Air Display soon.

They are also intending to create an App Bundle to enable Air Display 2 and Air Stylus users upgrade to Air Display 3 for a discounted price.

Users will also need to download a free Mac app from the Avatron website to connect their iOS devices to their Macs.

Are You Using iOS For Music Making Or Audio? Poll

A few years ago the iPhone and iPad were inheard of and yet in a matter of years it has become a ubiquitous part of modern life. Part of the attraction is of course the huge selection of Apps available, it wasn’t long before Apps were appearing to make music and to record and edit audio.

Avid have made some small steps into the world of iOS with Sibelius support but nothing for Pro Tools users to date, other brands have tried to do more to give their DAW users an iOS experience when working on the move.

So has iOS been the music and audio dream come true for you, or did you dabble and find yourself disappointed?

Please complete our poll - we’ve broken it into professionals (those making a living from music and audio) and enthusiasts to see if there are any trends that emerge. Of course, as ever please leave comments to give more flesh to the poll.

How Do You Control Your Pro Tools Rig? Poll

There are many ways to control a Pro Tools session, you can just use your mouse and keyboard and be a shortcut Ninja alone, or you can use a control surface or an iOS app in addition to that.

There’s quite a few options and simply talking amongst the Pro Tools Expert team you will find some of us using the latest large format control surfaces, iOS apps, MIDI keyboards or just keyboard and mouse.

So we thought we would ask you how you control Pro Tools, in addition to the mouse and keyboard. Are you simply a mouse keyboard Ninja, or do you use some kind of additional controller?

So let us know - just the mouse and keyboard or some addtions? Of course please use the comments to let us know why you gave you answer if you wish - especially if you are using legacy or third party controllers. Does you controller determine the version of Pro Tools you use?

Pro Tools Expert RSS Feed Issues

Some users have been reporting RSS feed issues.

We have looked into this and have discovered that the original RSS feeds have been changed, this means those subscribed to these feed directly or using our iOS or Android apps will no longer have up to date news.

Those using RSS feeds directly simply need to use the new feed URL shown below.

 Subscribe to Pro Tools Expert news

Our iOS and Android apps were developed by a third party which we have discovered is unable to update them, which effectively renders them useless. This is hugely disappointing for us and we imagine many of our community who rely on this service. We apologise for this and suggest you download a free RSS reader for your iOS or Android device and then use the link above.

Thanks for you understanding.

Community Tip - Using Your iOS device As A Midi Controller In PT On A Mac

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from Brian Russ…

It’s probably not well discussed, but you can use your iOS device as a midi controller in Pro Tools on a Mac. And whats really cool, is you can do it over wifi. It does require the purchase and use of an app that utilizes core MIDI on iOS but it works amazingly well! Here’s how:

  1. First, make sure your iOS and Mac have wifi connection enabled.
  2. On your Mac, open the Audio Midi setup utility.
  3. Click on the purple “Network” icon. The Midi Network Setup window will open.

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Focusrite Introduces The Scarlett 6i6 And Scarlett 18i8 USB Interfaces

Focusrite has introduced two new members of its Scarlett range of USB 2.0 audio interfaces: the Scarlett 18i8 (18-in, 8-out) and Scarlett 6i6 (6-in, 6-out). Both are aimed at recording artists, producers and bands and differ primarily in their I/O configuration. Both feature award-winning Focusrite mic pres, designed specifically for Focusrite’s computer music interfaces, and Focusrite’s renowned precision 24bit/96KHz conversion for maximum transparency. In addition to Mac® and Windows® operation, both interfaces are compatible with iOS® devices like the iPad® (via the Apple® Camera Connection Kit – not included).

The Scarlett 18i8 is the first interface from Focusrite to include four award-winning mic preamps. The first two inputs offer Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS while three and four offer Mic/Line capability on XLR/TRS. The 18i8 can also record up to four additional line inputs at the same time, making it perfect for recording an entire band live. An ADAT option allows the connection of external mic preamps such as the Focusrite OctoPre Mk II, extending the number of mic pres to 12.

The Scarlett 6i6 is designed to allow recording on a smaller scale. In addition to two Focusrite mic preamps it features a stereo line input, making it possible to capture, for example, vocals, guitar and a digital piano at the same time. Both models feature the signature Scarlett range unibody metal chassis for road-ruggedness, and the unique “signal halo” LED rings around the input controls that indicate green for a good level and red for overload. They also include two headphone outputs each with their own level controls; the headphone outputs on the 6i6 mirror the main and sub-outputs whereas on the 18i8 they are fully independent. 

Scarlett 6i6: £199.99 inc. vat and Scarlett 18i8: £299.99 inc. vat 

More here

Pro Tools Expert Products Of 2012 - And The Winner

Just some of the shortlisted products of the Year 2012The team have been considering what gets our Pro Tools Expert Product of the Year Award 2012.

Without consulting one another we made recommendations for those products we wanted to win. We all threw in our own favourites and here is the shortlist…

  • Universal Audio UA Apollo
  • Moog Minitaur
  • iZotope Alloy 2
  • Nugen Audio ISL True Peak Limiter
  • Neyrinck V-Control Pro for iPad
  • Pro Tools HD | Native Thunderbolt
  • Sugar Bytes AAX Wrapper
  • PPG WaveGenerator iPad Synth
  • Arturia Mini Brute

It may come as no surprise to many of you that the product that was unanimously voted as the winner with the most votes from our team is the Universal Audio UA Apollo. For many of us it sets a new benchmark for combining great features, sound and at a great price. All those short listed are worth consideration, so check them all out!

 

Ultimate Mic Locker For iOS App

Cool new iOS App, The Ultimate Mic Locker provides access to a huge selection of high quality microphones that will bring you the best possible sound, no matter what your project is. We know microphones, and we know what you use them for. From vocal and instrument recording, broadcast presentations, to different performance environments, we provide access to an industry wide variety of options for every use.

The Ultimate Mic Locker will find your perfect fit. With detailed descriptions, specifications and examples of use, you can be certain of your mic selection. More here

Quietart Catchin' SYNC - Handy iPhone® App That Helps You Determine Audio Visual SYNC Errors

Quietart Makers of the “Wave Rider” Automatic automation plugin have made a cool little iphone app that helps You determine Audio Visual SYNC Errors in video playback.

Catchin’ SYNC allows you to capture and manually determine audio SYNC issues on your video playback device.
In almost all cases, where audio and video playback passes through separate devices (i.e Audio through receiver, video through LCD TV or Projector etc.) there will be advancement or delay on the audio signal, making the viewing experience unpleasant. Catchin’ SYNC will help you determine if your system is in SYNC or not and by how much in milliseconds or frames. With that information you can add appropriate amounts of delay to your signal and get everything play along properly in SYNC.

Check it out !

iMPC Music Production App for iPad Out Now - Impressive!

Akai have released iMPC for iPad, with impressive features and knock-out price.

Akai iMPC features

  • More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
  • Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
  • Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
  • Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
  • In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
  • 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
  • Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
  • Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
  • Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
  • Simple drag and drop program creation
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
  • Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
  • AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
  • AudioPaste samples from compatible apps
  • Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for iMPC owners
  • Route to and use with your favourite Tabletop Effects and devices
  • Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices
  • Use with Tabletop’s Timeline Editor

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