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Mac Mini Gets An Upgrade - Even Better For Mac Based Audio Production

You may recall a recent Pro Tools Expert article about using the Mac Mini for your home studio.

In the original article we talked about why we thought it made a good choice for Mac lovers on a budget, how Apple have made it an even better proposition.

The new Mac Mini has got a refresh with:

  • Fourth-generation Intel Core processors 
  • Faster integrated graphics 
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

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SoundToys Announce PrimalTap Retro Delay And Plug-in Rack

SoundToys, purveyors of top plug-ins and some of the nicest people on the planet, have some new goodies they are showing at AES 2014.

PrimalTap Retro Delay

Based on the vintage Prime Time delay unit PrimalTap is a dual digital delay with;

  • VCO modulation, 
  • multiple feedback modes, 
  • two very unique features from the classic hardware. The “Multiply” control, originally created to make the most of limited RAM memory, doubles the delay time with each click of the knob. It also reduces the sample rate, creating long lo-fi delays, and unusual pitch jumps while switching between the four settings.
  • The “Repeat Hold” button loops the entire delay buffer, and everything that’s stuck in it. Once the sound is “held”, you can continue to warp, modulate and pitch-change to create bizarre audio landscapes. These two controls really are “must-hear” features.

Release Information

PrimalTap will be available individually, and included in Soundtoys 5, featuring the full line of Soundtoys plug-ins and the new Soundtoys Effects Rack. Upgrades from Little Upgrades from Little PrimalTap will also be available.

Historic UK Sarm Studio 2 Gear With SSL E Series Desk And Classic Rack Equipment Listed On Ebay

The historic UK Sarm Studio 2 SSL E Series desk and classic rack equipment has been listed on the internet audtion web site Ebay.

If you fancy owning of bit of UK studio history then the SSL E Series mixing desk and a load of vintage outboard gear has been listed on Ebay with a starting price of ‘just’ £49,999.

Sarm Studio 2

For those who have been living on another planet for the last few decades London based Sarm Studios - Studio 2 has seen many music legends come through its doors, including; Trevor Horn, Pet Shop Boys, Metallica, Alicia Keys , Blur , The Kaiser Chiefs, Mark Ronson, Paolo Nutini George Michael, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Shakira, Rihanna and many more. 

Gear Included In The Sarm Studio 2 Sale

Included in this classic studio ‘bundle’ are; SSL 4048 E Series Console w/ G computer Sean Davies Main Monitors w/ Studer Amps Orban EQ Lexicon 300 Eventide H3000 Sony V77 SPX90 SPX1000 Roland SDE2000 TC2290 Eventide H910 AMS DDL AMS reverb BEL flanger AMS phaser Eventide Flanger Drawmer DS201 Orban De-esser Focusrite Red 2 Valley de-esser Dimension D Lexicon 224 Lexicon 480 EMT 140 Apogee PSX100.

For more information you can see the Ebay listing here

Waves Announce The Abbey Road EMI TG12345 Channel Strip Plug-in

Our friends at Waves have announced the new Abbey Road EMI TG12345 Channel Strip Plug-in.

The TG12345 was the first-ever solid-state console from EMI which epitomized the sound evolution of the late ’60s and early ’70s and helped shape groundbreaking recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and many others.

Abbey Road EMI TG12345 Channel Strip Plug-in Features

  • Developed in association with Abbey Road Studios
  • Based on the legendary TG12345, the first solid-state console from EMI
  • A complete modeling of the entire TG12345 channel strip
  • 3-band EQ with continuous gain and frequency
  • Includes TG12345’s famous compressor/limiterModeled on the actual desk used by the Beatles on their album Abbey Road

Price And Details

The new Waves Abbey Road EMI TG12345 Channel Strip Plug-in is available for an introductory price of $99 (normally $200). You can download a demo here

What To Expect From Avid At AES 2014 - Pro Tools Cloud Sharing, New Plug-ins, S6 And S3 Software Updates

Trade shows are always a good place to see some new stuff hands on and with AES 2014 looming here’s what to expect to see from Avid.

Pro Tools Cloud

Avid are showing what they describe as their pre-release build of the Pro Tools cloud features, this includes track freeze, remote collaboration, metadata and other features. Of course little of this is new to the audio market, but this is the version Avid will be building into Pro Tools as part of an Avid workflow.

The New Pro Tools PXF Archive Format

For those interested in backing up and recovering entire Pro Tools sessions Avid will be showing their new PXF archival formal, this allows comprehensive archiving of Pro Tools in this new propriety file format.

New Avid Pro Series Plug-ins

As reported by Mike from the recent IBC show, Avid will be showing their new Avid Pro Tools Pro Series plug-ins. The new Avid Pro Series plug-ins are a Multiband Dynamics and Sub Harmonic. We are big fans of the Avid Pro Series plug-ins at Pro Tools Expert, so we expect these to be worth a look and listen.

The Latest Avid S6 Software

Avid will be showing the latest version of the Avid S6 control surface software, version 1.3 offers new features to enhance workflow. 

The Latest Avid S3 Software

Avid will be showing the new VENUE 4.5 software which offers new functionality like the ability to share I/O across two or more systems with auto-gain tracking, fast access to channels with VCA and Group Spill and more. Mike took a look at IBC 2014.

Gobblergate - Read The Avid Complaint Against Gobbler In Full

The full details (save some minor redacted items) of the Avid complaint against Gobbler is now available to read in PDF format.

It consists of several allegations which covers;

“Avid seeks damages and injunctive relief against Gobbler for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false designation of origin, false advertising, and unfair competition in violation of federal law, as well as state and common law claims for breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, and tortious interference with the contractual obligations of four former Avid employees who are now employed by Gobbler.”

You can read the full Avid complaint against Gobbler in PDF form here

SSL Announce The XL-Desk - The Smart Dumb Analogue Console

Solid State Logic have announced what they describe as the ‘smart dumb analague console’ the XL-Desk. The desk includes lots of very cool features such as the SSL Buss Comp, internal 500 series slots and multiple busses, it’s a real mixing desk made in the SSL tradition.

SSL say this about the new console;

XL-Desk is a modern twist on the classic analogue studio console. It’s designed for tracking or mixing engineers who require an analogue console within a DAW centric studio, but don’t want or need the integrated DAW control and analogue level automation other SSL console products have made the new hybrid studio standard.

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Sandisk Announce 512gb SD Card

Sandisk have announced a 512gb SD card, offering the chance of mobile recording without limits.

Designed for capturing HD video the card should keep up when capturing audio. SanDisk say;

With write speeds up to 90 MB/s** and recording at the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)** rating, our most powerful, highest capacity UHS-I SD memory card enables your DSLR, advanced digital or HD video camera** to deliver high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free video.

SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDHC/SDXC™ UHS-I card Specification

  • Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s ensure that your data moves fast for a more efficient post-production workflow.
  • Shot speeds up to 90MB/s; transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s
  • Engineered to capture 4K Ultra High Definition
  • Up to 512GB** capacity for uninterrupted video capture at super-fast UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)
  • Built for and tested in harsh conditions; temperature proof, water proof, shock proof, and x-ray proof
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Pricing And Availability

The is a downside to this little chunk of data storage, it is priced at $800, so the fear of losing it or having the dog eat it may put a lot of people off if the price doesn’t.

More information on the new SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDHC/SDXC™ UHS-I card here

Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series Keyboards - Do We Need Another Controller Keyboard? First Look Review

We’ve been tight lipped at Pro Tools Expert HQ for a couple of weeks, as we were invited to a private viewing of the new Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. When we got the cryptic invite from NI a few weeks earlier we thought, well this is Komplete 10 and some Maschine derivative. We were wrong about the latter.

On arrival at the NI London HQ we were ushered into our own private viewing room to spend several hours with two of the NI team to have an in-depth look at the new Native Instruments announces KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards.

To be honest our first thought was “does the world need another controller keyboard? Even one spelt with a ‘K’!” How many more ways do we need to control our stuff? If NI are to jump on this bandwagon (forgive the pun) then it has to offer something more than the rest.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards - Quality Keybed

For a lot of brands the keyboard controller market is a rush to the bottom, lots of features and cheap. Now no one should complain about that, but when Native Instruments surveyed users about what they wanted from a control keyboard, they told us the top answer was a quality playing experience from the key bed. So KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards have a very, very nice action to them, not fully weighted, but reminiscent of keyboards like the Roland D50, nice amount of weight and bounce when you hit the bottom. This is where some of the money has been spent on the Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards - Integrated Workflow

We may all love the modern world of DAWs and VIs, but the immediacy of hardware keyboard is often lost. Many companies have tried to come up with systems like Hypercontrol, or Automap, to name two, but in most cases there’s a lot of messing around and seldom do they give rock solid integration with our VIs.

Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are aimed at those who work with Native Instruments products and for these they offer very tight integration.

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SSD Now Cheaper Than Ever As Crucial MX100 Now Less Than £50.00

It wasn’t a long time ago that SSD drives were the expensive drives only owned by a few.

Now Crucial plans to make that a thing of the past with their MX100 range starting for less than £50 via some online retailers for a 128gb SSD drive.

The entire SSD range offers great value for money with 128gb, 256gb and 512gb SSD, with the most expensive drive coming in at around £150.

Whilst the jury is out on using SSD drives for the demands of DAWs, they are great as system drives offering speedy boots times and load times of applications.

More information from Crucial, although shop around and you’ll find some deals on these new lower priced SSD drives.