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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 Mike Thornton (23)

Groove 3 Release RX4 Explained By Our Very Own Mr RX It

iZotope RX 4 is here and iZotope guru Mike Thornton (Mr RX It) delivers everything you need to know to jump into RX 4 and harness its full potential! Get detailed information using real-world examples and clean up your recordings making them sound better than ever. No matter what DAW you use, iZotope RX 4 Explained from Groove 3 provides expert knowledge that allows you to reduce unwanted noise and eliminate damage to your precious audio. 

Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

Mike starts with a detailed Introduction that covers everything from the User Interface to the various Settings available in iZotope RX 4. You’ll also learn all about the Waveform & Spectrogram Displays, Recording Into RX 4, and Saving Files. Mike then demonstrates the power of Markers & Regions, as well as the RX Monitor & RX Connect Plug-Ins and you can watch this video for free.

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Mike Thornton Speaking At IPS Post Production Training Weekend In UK

This event will explore the world of post production, with a particular look at how acquisition can have an effect on post, and what post can do with original audio tracks. The weekend will give delegates a chance to explore techniques used in post.

Mike will be speaking and demonstrating his beloved iZotope RX3 Advanced as well as covering other plug-ins like reconforming with Sounds In Sync EdiLoad v3 and Nugen Audio’s Vis-LM loudness metering.

Mike will also be available for one to one sessions and if you have a challenging piece of audio you could bring it along and see if he can RX it.

In addition the weekend provides an ideal chance to meet and discuss in a very convivial atmosphere, with great networking opportunities, and fantastic presentations from industry leaders of their fields. Phenomenal low cost for a full service weekend with all meals and refreshments, your own en-suite room, bar, leisure facilities, protected car parking, central (England) location.

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AAX Plug-Ins That Got Mike's Attention In 2013 

Russ has listed the key plug-ins for him in 2013 and as promised here are mine. With Pro Tools 11 announced in April and launched at the end of June, 2013 has been a very busy year, but even though developers have been very busy releasing AAX 64 bit versions of plug-ins thee has also been alot of innovation in 2013 in the plug-in world.

iZotope RX3

Although this list isn’t in any special order, this plug-in has to be my number one as it saves my life and most importantly the lives of my clients on an almost daily basis.

I was privileged to be invited by iZotope to present the first public demonstration of RX3 Advanced at the CPUG Supermeet at IBC in September. You can watch my presentation here and then you can try it out for yourself. Also you can check out my new RX3 Explained series from Groove 3 with 4.5 hours of videos on how to get the best out of RX3 and RX3 Advanced. This has to be my product of the year for 2013.

Avid Pro Limiter

This is a great plug-in that I am using more and more, whether it is as a protection limiter to make sure I don’t go above peak level or when I need to crush something without nasty side effects it will do that too. Check out my review on the Avid Pro Limiter for post and Russ’s review for music applications.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast To Come From BVE North On November 13th

This year Russ and Mike will be joined at BVE North by a panel of experts to special edition of our weekly podcast in the Ask The Experts theatre in a session entitled High End Audio Editing - Pro Tools at 10:30am on November 13th 2013.

If you cannot make it we will be having a Show Bar Meet up on Tuesday 12th November at 13:00, so if you have a question or you want to have a chat then you can seek us out at the bar.

BVE North is a broadcast and production technology event in the North of England, attracting over 100 industry-leading exhibitors, showing off their new kit and services to industry professionals.

This is the only event north of London where you can meet face-to-face with these exhibitors all under one roof! As well as hands on kit experiences and product demos, BVE North offers you the chance to see brand new product launches.

You can register for tickets to BVE Noth here.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast Extra - Interview With Nir Averbuch

Nir, together with Yair Chuchem and Dan Ravivare, are the team behind Sound Radix, which developed the amazing plug-in Auto Align. Mike sat down and chatted with Nir and found out more about how Sound Radix came about, their interesting mission statement, and more….

This podcast was brought to you completely by Pro Tools 11 and you can listen here;

Synchro Arts Build Quick Tutorial Series For Revoice Pro

Synchro Arts has commissioned our own Mike Thornton to produce an expanding series of short videos, each one of which, covers a specific area of Revoice Pro.

The first nine videos have been released today on the Synchro Arts YouTube channel and over the coming weeks Mike will be adding more. It is expected these will build into a library of over 30 videos. 

They will include videos helping users get started as well as videos covering Improving Your Workflow and a Tips & Tricks section helping users to get the best out of Revoice Pro.

You can go to the Synchro Arts web site and download a trial version of the software and then use this new series of videos to help you get to grips with Revoice Pro.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast Extra - Interview With Chris Nicoll

Chris Nicoll is Head of Production for the Capital FM Network. His work covers radio imaging for multiple stations including Capital FM in the UK, Then there is sound design for Capital TV and HearTV station idents as well as audio mixing for various Capital FM Television advertisements and major Stadium events like Capital’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, and Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball at London’s O2 Arena.  

He also runs his own compostion and sound design company with clients like bigFM in Germany and ZM in New Zealand.

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Pro Tools Expert Goes To See Steve Winwood

We were contacted by James Towler who is Steve Winwood’s Front of House, Studio & Tour Manager. James very kindly offered Mike ‘chocolate’ in the form of an invitation to come and see Steve and his band play live. So we recorded Monday’s podcast early so that I could go and see them at The Lowry in Salford as well as ‘geek out’ with a tour of the rig and experience the sound check. 

James has been working with Steve for 17 years and for the last 4 has been mixing on a Venue Profile desk and uses a Thunderbolt HD Native box to record the soundcheck and the gig onto a Mac Mini in the FOH rack, which he screen shares to a Macbook Pro to control the Mac Mini. He is a great fan of Audix mics and uses Millenia mic preamps on stage as well as a number of small sE Reflexion Filters and several sE VR2 Voodoo mics.

Steve and his band played for 2 hours straight through and it was stunning. James was kept busy tweaking the balance throughout the show, with the added challenge of having to work round some substitute plug-ins because he had suffered some licenses disappearing off his iLok. 

Thanks to James for the invite and to Jason Jervis for the photo. You can follow his blog here.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast Extra Interview Bob Bronow

Mike recently met Bob at NAB where they were both supporting iZotope. We agreed to have a chat and share it with the Pro Tools Expert community and here it is.

Bob is a re-recording mixer and sound designer working in television and documentary film for the past twenty years. In addition to mixing eight seasons of Deadliest Catch, his credits include Ax MenBering Sea Gold: Under the IceThe Colony1000 Ways to DieAmerican Masters: Carol Burnette & Bob Newhart and the feature documentary The Wrecking Crew. He has also won two Primetime awards in addition to four CAS award wins for his work on Deadliest Catch.

We talk about his journey through the industry and his workflow for Deadliest Catch and much more.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 61

Russ, Mike, and Neil are here with a packed Pro Tools Expert podcast that includes; 

  • Competitions
  • Pro Tools 11 buying poll
  • The difference between supported, not supported and won’t work
  • AAX Database and AAX 64 bit plug-ins
  • Community tip 1 - Justin Arey
  • Problems after an OS update 
  • Pro Tools 7 & Windows 8
  • Recording with 32 bit floating v 24 bit fixed 
  • Moving PT 9 MP to new computer
  • Problems with using Native plug-ins whilst tracking
  • Problems with collaborating sessions
  • No drives record designated
  • PT10 & 11 Compatibility info please 
  • Pro Tools 10 & 11 on the same machine
  • No Loudness metering in PT 11
  • Pro Tools 11 questions - 3rd party interface, Melodyne & Slate
  • Will 32 bit AAX plug-ins work on PT11?
  • Beat Detective v Elastic Audio 
  • Plug-in shortcuts in Pro Tools for Mach 5 Sampler
  • PT 10.2 eligible for free upgrade?
  • Celemony’s Audio Random Access (ARA) function into Pro Tools
  • Can I buy PT HD Native and use my existing interfaces
  • PT DJ Effects plug-ins 

Listen on iTunes here
Download the MP3 here