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Ableton Live Expert Launches

The new Ableton Live Expert site has gone live, offering Ableton Live users hot tips, tricks, news and reviews.

The Editor is Ableton Live Expert Martin Delaney, some of you may have read his articles in various magazine or even see him offering his popular tutorials at the flagship Apple Store in Regent Street or other venues.

Not only does Ableton Live Expert have a top Editor it also has a fantastic team from the get-go.

Ableton Live is the fastest growing DAW, so there’s a chance that some of you are users already, if so then head over and check out the new site and bookmark it.

Ableton Live Expert Community Web Site To Launch In April

We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming launch of Ableton Live Expert, a community for users of Ableton Live. I’m a committed user of Pro Tools and proud to be, but my son and all his mates are using Ableton Live and he asked me when there would be a community like Pro Tools Expert for them. Ableton Live Expert is the Ableton Live Community offering news, reviews, tips and tricks.

Ableton Live Expert Team

The new site Ableton Live Expert will go live in early April 2014 and aims to be a one-stop site for users of Ableton Live. The Editor of the new site is artist and Ableton Certified Trainer Martin Delaney, a.k.a. Mindlobster. Besides his vast experience as a trainer, he has written over 100 magazine articles, and the ‘Ableton Live Tips & Tricks’ series of books. Martin has produced several video training packages and also designed the Kenton Killamix Mini USB MIDI controller. Martin will be heading up the new Ableton Live Expert team.

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Some Of The Biggest Losses At Avid Are Not Shown On The Balance Sheet

Some of the Pro Tools community may think we’ve been quiet regarding the recent delisting of Avid from NASDAQ in the last couple of days.

The first reason is, that like 99.9% of the people commenting on this story on various forums and social media, we haven’t got a clue what it really means in terms of the legal, corporate and financial issues. We could have run a story an hour after the story broke, it would have put several thousand extra visits on our site numbers, but it wouldn’t have not really added anything meaningful to the story.

Secondly, our first job as a blog is to help inspire creativity, we don’t want to distract the incredibly creative people who use Pro Tools from getting on with being creative. As creatives there is little we can do about this situation, for the time being the best we can do is keep doing what we do best - be creative.

However, whilst we don’t have much of a clue about the world of Wall Street, we do know there are some equally real losses that are not found on the balance sheet.

The first loss is the hemorrhaging of talent from Avid over the last few years - some got the 30 minutes to pack your desk into a box treatment and others made the move to greener pastures. However those talented and committed people left Avid, the company is a shadow of its former self. The staff losses are across the board, from sales, marketing, developers, product managers, support, in fact the list is endless - many of them are friends, who thankfully have found new work and nearly all of them are thriving and happy.

Whenever a company looses talent the cost of dealing with the loss, in terms of additional pressure and work for those that remain is great. Avid are a technology company and the last thing they need is a brain drain. One of the greatest miracles in the last few years is that Avid have been able to deliver outstanding products like Pro Tools 11 and the Avid S6 control surface, but whichever way anyone wants to spin it, in terms of staff, Avid is a shadow of its former self.

The second loss is the huge distractions the whole stock price and delisting stories add to an already pressurised company and those left on staff. If you think that being a customer brings uncertainty then just imagine being an employee. The grass roots employees have to continue doing their jobs with this stuff hanging over them, I know many of them and they are being absolute professionals and heroes - of course they get briefings from their managers about these issues, but even those with the toughest skins or the eternal optimists will no doubt be shaken by this ongoing uncertainty, even if they tell you otherwise. It will soon be Messe 2014 and during Messe 2013 meeting Avid staff after the change of leadership was like meeting people who had just glimpsed the Ark of the Covenant, their resolve was unshakeable and their hope renewed. 

The role of leadership is two-fold, to cast vision and inspire confidence, both to your team and to the world, or to put it another way to inspire faith.

An equally real loss for Avid are those who have their faith shaken each time another part of this story unfolds, no amount of inspiring talks or press statements can fix this.

In the coming weeks Avid will be revealing their Avid Everywhere vision, we’ve been told it is something very special, it may be wise to wait to wait until then to make a judgement on the future of Avid.

There’s a proverb that says ‘hope deferred makes the heart sick’. In the final analysis, just as with Wall Street, the only thing that restores faith is results.

Russ Hughes and Mike Thornton

Sontronics Aria Valve Mic For Vocals Launched

Our friends at Sontronics have launched a new vocal microphone, the Aria. We wil get a review copy soon and have James put it through its paces.

The new Sontronics ARIA is a valve condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern, designed by Sontronics founder Trevor Coley specifically for getting the best from your vocals. They say:

The Sontronics ARIA will give you stunning results on every male or female vocal recording, thanks to its silky-smooth characteristics, its accurate response and Sontronics’ trademark smooth high-frequency roll-off. Housed inside the chromed grille is a large, 1.07-inch, edge-terminated capsule that captures all the detail and subtleties of any male or female vocal, while the hand-selected European 12AX7/ECC83 tube lends a character that you’d expect to find in a classic vintage valve mic costing many times more. For that extra level of control, the accompanying SPS-2 power supply unit boasts pad (0, -10dB) and filter (linear, 75Hz) switches as well as a tube-ready LED, letting you know when the mic is warmed up and at its best to record.

“I’ve been working on the concept of a vocal-specific valve mic for a long time,” explains designer Trevor Coley, “and the ARIA is the culmination of months of research and beta-testing, which I’ve been lucky enough to do with some incredibly talented musicians and producers. The result is a go-to microphone that really is a must-have for anyone serious about achieving the best, smoothest, warmest possible results from any vocal recording.Sontronics ARIA really will take your breath away!”

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Softube Console One SL4000E Now Officially Endorsed By SSL

Solid State Logic will officially endorse the new Softube Console 1 model of their classic console SL4000E, the Console 1 was first featured on Pro Tools Expert in April 2013.

The model is included in the purchasing price of Console 1, and consists of the coveted black knob E242 equalizer, the classic channel compressor, the musical expander/gate and the sweet high and low cut filters from that channel. We have also included a model of the harmonics, distortion and non-linearities obtained from overdriving the SL4000E console, which can be used to add analog distortion across the entire mix for that coherent ”glue” sound. Adding to that is Softube’s own Transient Shaper, which is not a part of the SL4000E console or any other analog unit for that matter.

James Motley from Solid State Logic—head of business, workstation partner products—says: We were very interested when the team from Softube approached us about Console 1. Our customers understand the benefit to their workflow that a console can bring and we were intrigued to see how this could be integrated with a DAW. We’ve long been fans of their plug-ins and when the opportunity arose to work together we were confident that we could do something special together.

Console 1 will be in stores worldwide from February 12. US list price is $1099, with a probable street price of $999. In Europe, the list price will be €849, probable street price €799 (including 19% sales tax).

Watch our interview with Niklas from Softube from Messe 2013

TL Space Morphs Into Space In iLok Accounts - AAX Soon?

Users are reporting that their TL Space Reverb licence in their iLok accounts has recently changed into ‘Space’ with the vendor now showing as Avid TLL.

It has been our understanding for some time that Avid have been working on a port to AAX for the beloved TL Space reverb for Pro Tools.

It is highly likely that these new iLok deposits are in preparation for an AAX announcement of the plug-in previously known as ‘TL Space’ now being called simply ‘Space’. I feel a Prince song coming on, or should I say the artist formally known as Prince.

Forgive the pun, but watch this SPACE.

Sasha Descibes EDM As Douchebags Making Music For Douchebags

Seems like Sasha may not be a fan of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and wants everyone to know it.

In a recent tweet he wrote. “Most EDM is made by douchebags for douchebags. Do i care if lots of douchebags buy it? Not really, But it pollutes.”

Not sure who he was trying to make friends with, but it sure isn’t EDM producers. What do you think?

Happy New Year And THANK YOU!

I wanted to take this moment to say Happy New Year and Thank You to each one of you who supported the blog in 2013.

We saw record numbers visit the blog, in 2012 we had 1.76 million visits to the site, in 2013 that rose to 3.9 million visits. This is simply mind-blowing and is down to three things; firstly an awesome team who serve to support Pro Tools users around the world on a daily basis, secondly brilliant relationships with the best industry brands and finally an incredible community who join in the task of sharing and supporting one another.

We have some exciting things coming in 2014, more will be revealed in the coming weeks and months, but be assured of our continued commitment to make sure the Pro Tools community is stronger than ever.

Best wishes

Russ Hughes

Happy Christmas And A Happy New Year From Pro Tools Expert

I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the entire Pro Tools Expert team to wish every member of this amazing community a Happy Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year.

Serving you all is a delight for the team, if you missed it, then check our review of the year Podcast where we talk about what motivates us to serve this wonderful community.

A huge thanks also to all our friends in the various companies who make the amazing gear we use each day with our Pro Tools rigs. Partnering with so many of you so we can better inform and serve Pro Tools users has been a delight.


Now A Microphone You Can Throw At People - Catchbox

Ever had one of those sessions or live gigs and you are looking for something to throw at the singer but you don’t want to waste one of your good microphones? No? Well then I’m working with the wrong people!

Joking apart, perhaps not on the minds of those who invented it, Catchbox is a throwable microphone designed for audience participation at meetings or events.

Thankfully they were smart enough to make the Catchbox wireless (that would have been a serious design flaw), so for around $500 you get a brightly coloured and padded wireless microphone in a box and a receiver to attach to either a PA or recording device. 

Even these instructions are going to be too complex for most board room executivesWe’re sure this isn’t going to find its way into the vintage mic collection of any studio, perhaps it might become a Waves plug-in and be bundled with the King’s Speech plug-in. However, it’s innovative and fun and we guess that the Catchbox will be finding its way into a lot of events and corporate team meetings.

It’s creating a buzz around the circles of those it is aimed at and perhaps as a sound engineer working these kind of live events this may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

An Update On Help For Bernie Torelli from Nomad Factory

Bernie Torelli at Nomad Factory

Less than a week ago, we posted a story about the plight of Bernie Torelli at Nomad Factory who has unfortunately 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 and the plan from the team at Don’t Crack to raise funds for him.

We can announce that so far they have raised and sent over $60,000 to Bernie’s family already. But it is unfortunately still far short of the necessary funds needed to cover Bernie’s growing medical costs. They are therefore keeping the “Raising Funds” promotion going until December 31, 2013.

Please use any of the links below to spread the good word as far and loud as you possibly can…

  • Please share our “Raising Funds” post on your FACEBOOK page.
  • You may also want to RT (re-tweet) our announcement on TWITTER

Eric Nolot - CEO & President of DontCrack.com says…

On behalf of Bernie and his family, I want to thank ALL of you that have spontaneously participated in our “Raising-Funds” promotion, contributing to making it so successful up until now! We have given Bernie a reason to smile and a great big dose of hope… And that is surely the very best medicine. Thank you so much!

It would be great to give Bernie and his family an even bigger Christmas present, so you are able to help then please do.

Spectrasonics Release AAX 64 Bit Versions Of Their Plug-ins

Following a successful public beta, Spectrasonics have announced AAX versions of their three popular virtual instruments OmnisphereTrilian and Stylus RMX for Avid’s Pro Tools 11. Registered users of the Spectrasonics instruments can log into their user accounts to download the updates. The new versions are available at no charge to registered users to use with the new 64-bit version of Pro Tools. Omnisphere, Trilian and Stylus RMX are all native 64-bit software instruments designed to work with Pro Tools 11 on both OS X and Windows.

Spectrasonics registered users can log into their user accounts to download the AAX software in the Updates area.

A Time For Community To Count - Can You Help Bernie Torelli?

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:

“Dear friends,

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 IIECHOES 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…


Direct Donations may be adressed via Paypal at : order@nomadfactory.com
(Please fill “Raising Funds for Bernie” in the subject line)

Testimonials can be posted in this dedicated forum thread

Thank you so much !

Eric Nolot
CEO & President

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Pensado Awards Announced

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.

Head over and find out more and support them if you can.

We're Supporting Movember With Mo Tools

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.

Join our Movember Team and start helping here

Please also share this story and spread the news of the amazing work of this charity.

This Will Mess With Your Head - Songs Reworked From Minor To Major And Vice Versa

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.

More here

Sonnox Send 5th Anniversary Greetings To Pro Tools Expert

Nathan Eames from Sonnox (Left) with Tony MasaratiOur friends at Sonnox have sent 5th Annivesary greetings to the Pro Tools Expert team.

“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 

More on Sonnox here

Eric Johnson Returns To Pro Tools Expert

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!

Angus From Fxpansion Send Anniversary Wishes Down To The Second

Our friends at Fxpansion sent in their 5th annivesary wishes, we had to smile at this one from Angus and the team.

“Congratulations blog team on 157,766,400.00 seconds as the most accurate, insightful source for Avid Pro Audio news and gossip anywhere on the interwebs.” Cheers, Angus.”
Never let anyone say that the Fxpansion team don’t like detail.

Avid Send Pro Tools Expert 5th Annivesary Wishes - Video

Tony Cariddi from Avid sends Pro Tools Expert 5th Anniversary wishes.