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We were alerted by a couple of members of the community to this news on the health of Bernie Torelli from Nomad Factory, a copy of the letter from the team at Don’t Crack is shown below. If you can help in any way then please do:
Our long time partner Bernie Torelli at Nomad Factory needs your help !
Today we are sad to announce that our friend Bernie Torelli has been admitted in a hospital in Los-Angeles for a serious spine disease due to a cancer he was diagnosed with over two years ago. Although it is very serious at this time, there are chances that Bernie will make a full recovery, if all the necessary care is done. But the medical costs have already devastated Bernie’s family financial situation, making any chance of necessary surgery nearly impossible !
We have therefore decided to help him out by raising funds by promoting and donating the receipts of Nomad Factory’s best selling products :
MAGNETIC II, ECHOES and COSMOS at the no brainer cost of ONLY $19.
The Magnetics Bundle II that contains ALL three plug-ins is actually dropped at ONLY $49 !
And all other Nomad Factory products are sold at up to 70% discount until December 31.
It is needless to say that 90% of the income provided through this promotion will be directly sent to Bernie’s wife for her to manage the mounting health costs but also continue to pay Nomad Factory’s employees that have been continuously working on product development and customer support during Bernie’s illness.
That is certainly the most important reason for Bernie to fight for his life as all of his time has loyally been devoted to his work, his employees, his friends and most of all, his family… Great new products are almost ready to launch…
BERNIE NEEDS OUR HELP AND HE NEEDS IT NOW !
Direct Donations may be adressed via Paypal at : email@example.com
(Please fill “Raising Funds for Bernie” in the subject line)
Testimonials can be posted in this dedicated forum thread
Thank you so much !
CEO & President
Our friends over at Pensado’s Place have announced the first ever Pensado Awards, which they plan to host in Spring 2014.
There’s a video and a link top a crowdsourcing campaign.
It’s almost inevitable that each one of our lives is touched by male cancer, either directly or with our friends and family having to fight this devastating illness.
Many of you will be aware of Movember, as an official global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
You may not be able to grow a moustache, or as one of our female readers even want to! However here’s a fun way to show you support by changing your Pro Tools icon for November to be a Mo Tools icon, more imprtantly head over to their site and make a donation. If you want to know how to change your app icon then see this story here.
Please also share this story and spread the news of the amazing work of this charity.
Ever wondered what some classics hits would sound like if they were in a minor or major key?
How about the Village People’s ‘YMCA’ in a minor key or Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ in a major key?
Check these out… but be prepared for your head to be messed with.
“My oh my Pro Tools Expert… how you have grown! You’re now 5 years old, the same age as my son, but a whole lot wiser! Seriously though guys - congratulations, and keep up the excellent work - the Pro Tools community needs you!”
Nathan Eames, Sonnox
Earlier this year Eric Johnson took a leave of absence to concentrate on his new business venture.
He has been missed by team and community alike, so I’m sure many of you who know Eric will be thrilled to know that Eric is now able to return to Pro Tools Expert as Community Development Manager. He will be taking care of cultivating the community on our social media platforms and commenting platforms.
Welcome back Eric!
Our friends at Fxpansion sent in their 5th annivesary wishes, we had to smile at this one from Angus and the team.
Some smart photo genius has managed to create a 3D walkaround of one of the original Beatles Abbey Road sessions. It includes the POV (point of view) from George Martin, John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Having stood in the actual studio at Abbey Road I was amazed how accurately they have managed to recreate being in the room. Check it out here
Round 2 of the Whitey/Betty TV ‘work for free’ story.
We took a call from Betty TV after requesting a copy of the original email to Whitey after they had put out a statment saying ‘we apologise for any confusion’. They refused our request to a copy of the email, but put out a statement saying ““We use a collective licensing system through which we gain access to music which ensures both the recording artist and composer are paid. We apologise for any confusion and we have contacted the artist to clarify this. We would never use music without permission and going through the proper procedures.”
Now Whitey has made the original email public. I’m not sure what there is in the email to misunderstand or what confusion they think there was, it may not use the word free but it certainly does not suggest they will be paying for the use of his music.
Round 1 = Whitey
Round 2 = Whitey
Our advice to Betty TV, stop digging.
No party would be complete without our friend Steven Slate, he has sent his greetings to Pro Tools Expert for our 5th Anniversary.
“Pro Tools Expert has positioned itself as an essential audio industry staple where one can achieve a wealth of knowledge, and I’m proud that it has gained such massive awareness, respect, and stature.”
Ahhhh, Steven, right back at ya!
We were thrilled to receive this email from our friends at Waves.
“Congratulations on your 5th year anniversary from everyone at Waves. We look to Pro Tools Expert as one of the industry’s leading authorities and regularly share your blogs and videos with the Waves audience. We’re looking forward to the next five years and beyond!” Udi Henis/Waves International Marketing
Updated on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:10PM by Russ Hughes
We’re not sure what the request looked like, but the reply to sucessful London TV Production company Betty TV from musician Whitey was perhaps not what they hoped for. We’ve put in a request for the original letter to Whitey and should we get it then we will post it.
You can see the email reply above, it seems to be the straw that has broken the camel’s back. What’s more the email was posted as promised by Whitey onto social media and it’s gone viral. The letter has resonated with the global music community, you can see replies on his Facebook page here. We’re guessing Betty TV may wish they had never asked in the first place.
“I am sick to death of your hollow schtick, of the inevitable line “unfortunately there’s no budget for music…your company set out the budget. so you have chosen to allocate no money for music. I get begging letters like this every week - from a booming, allfuent global media industry.”
Why is this? Let’s look at who we both are.
Imagine a device you can stick on your windows that allows you to turn down the outside world.
Well Austrian designer Rudolf Stefanich has created a concept which he hopes will win him money to take it to prototype, according to a comment on designtaxi “The product isn’t yet past the prototype stage, but the good news is that the design is currently a finalist in contention for the prestigious James Dyson award”
Peter Georges, the man behind the AIR instruments, has emailed to share his memories of the early days of the blog. Peter has a long history in the music industry as a journalist, founder of Wizoo and more recently UJAM, the project he started with Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams since leaving Avid.
We’ll let him tell the story.
“Hey Russ, I still remember getting that LinkedIn message from that guy unknown to me:
“Hi Peter, I’m in the process of creating a Blog for users of AIR Instruments, a special place for those of us who use the fantastic instruments. I would be thrilled if you would consider helping build this group and in turn develop the user base.”
Frankly, I was on my way out of Digidesign at the time, and I didn’t think that blog would go anywhere. You believed more in the products I had initiated than I (disenchanted by the corporate daily grind at the time) did at the time.
5 years later, I praise and congratulate you for two great achievements: Having identified a bunch of great products and got them the love they deserved (and more than once doing a better job than the people who got paid for it) and building a strong fan base for yourself. Amazing job by yourself and the team. I know what you can pull off, so here’s to continuing that success for years to come.”
As we celebrate our 5th year this month I thought it might be an appropriate time to share some history about how this blog came into being and why I did it in the first place.
I’ve managed to track down the actual DUC thread from 2008 when this mad idea was born, you can see it above. Some of you will know that one of my favourite mantras is ‘it only takes a mouth the criticize.’ It does seem that wherever one looks today, especially on social media there are endless articles and comments about what’s wrong with the world, our industry, a certain brand, product. It’s easy to write those things, it’s harder to come up with the answer to a problem. This thread shows that some people were struggling with using the AIR virtual instruments and somebody needed to do something. My wife was just about to start a post-graduate course in addition to her full time job, so there was going to be about a year when she would be studying most evenings and most weekends. So I had time on my hands, a problem presented to me and a challenge to make a contribution.
When I started the blog I was simply another member of the DUC. I had no contacts, no influence, no money or mandate - but I saw a need and hoped to be able to make a contribution in solving the problem. In fact in the early days many of my emails were ignored, except for one person at Digidesign at the time, David Gould, who contacted me and invited me to meet some of the team to see how they could help. In some ways the biggest help was just having that encouragement from David and some of the gang at Digidesign, it was unofficial but it still helped me to know at least one person cared enough to try and build a bridge from Avid to the ordinary man. Thankfully many other Avid team have reached out and try to build bridges as best they can, some are sadly no longer with Avid and missed greatly, like Mark Williams, his work behind the scenes when he was at Avid was immeasurable in building an effective communication line with Avid.
As we grapple with the new digital economy and many brands stake their entire corporate future on the monetisation of digital content, it would seem we still have a long way to go.
Security Business Intelligence have run a story about a Melbourne security expert who has sent ‘garbage’ tunes to the top of online music charts by spoofing track plays. They report:
“A Melbourne security professional has sent ear-piercing ‘garbage’ tunes to the top of online music charts by spoofing track plays.
Despite the fact that Peter Filimore (@typhoonfilsy) has never played an instrument, in a month he accrued hundreds of thousands of plays for his tunes hosted in online music charts, trumping artists like P!nk, Nicki Minaj, Flume and chart topper album The Heist and making $1000 in royalties in the process.”
It seems making money in the digital economy relies less on creative talent and more on understanding the algorithms the systems are using.
Pro Tools 11.1 is in final tests and we should expect OS X Mavericks compatibiliy for Mac users.
A nice surprise is a new plug-in should be shipping with Pro Tools 11.1 - Pitch II.
Pitch II offers the ability to thicken tracks such as vocals, guitars, strings with pitch and delay to offer classic detune effects as well as basic pitch shifting to retune via scales or ratios. it operates both in mono and stereo, as well as mono/stereo.
It is our understanding that this new plug-in will be part of the Pro Tools 11.1 upgrade at no additional cost, of course none of this is confirmed by Avid… more exclusive news coming soon.
Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71. He was a singer and song-writer, perhaps best-known for the hits Perfect Day and Walk On The Wild Side.
“I am a triumph of modern medicine,” Reed posted on his website earlier this year after he underwent a liver transplant in May this year following years of drinking and drugs.
He went on to say “I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.”
The Velvet Underground didn’t gain huge commercial success, but were key contributors to rock and punk in the 1960s and ’70s. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Pro Tools Expert were invited to a secret meeting in London a week ago by Native Instruments, little did we expect them to show us Maschine 2, with new versions of hardware and software. This new version really raises the bar and for us looks like a modern rendering of the beloved MPC, which does beg the question, why didn’t AKAI do this? Rest assured we will have a full review to you as soon as we can.
In their press information they write:
Native Instruments today announced MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE 2.0 – the new flagship groove production studio and next generation of MASCHINE software. Considerably bigger than the original hardware, MASCHINE STUDIO provides expanded tactile control and new hi-resolution color displays, setting a new precedent in intuitive, hands- on, computer-based beat production. As with the acclaimed MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO, MASCHINE STUDIO is an integrated solution combining the latest software technology with a hardware-based workflow. MASCHINE 2.0 features a host of enhancements – including a new mixer page and dynamic drum synth plug-ins – designed to deliver more power and speed to all three MASCHINE production studios. MASCHINE STUDIO will be available at the NI Online Shop starting November 1, 2013. MASCHINE 2.0 is included with MASCHINE STUDIO and all MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO products shipping on or after November 1, 2013.