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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.

Marcus Huyskens Joins The Pro Tools Expert Team

We are delighted to announce that Marcus Huyskens has joined the Pro Tools Expert team.

You may have seen a recent video on created by Marcus on the blog last week.

Marcus is the owner of Bad Cat Media, he says of his new role;

“I am a recordist and mixer, first and foremost, I also develop libraries for Kontakt/EXS 24. I do some location audio, and post mixing. Looking forward to pitching in! Cheers

Welcome Marcus to the team, we love your libaries and look forward to seeing more from you.

Musical History: Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off - Video

Watch the video of what has been cited as the biggest moment in musical history for a very long time, theWill Ferrell and Chad Smith drum off took place just hours ago.

With cries of ‘more cowbell’ ringing in their ears they took to their kits to see who the winner would be.

Watch this video to find out who was crowned the winner of the Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off.

Waves Announce Abbey Road Collection

Waves have announced the Abbey Road Collection, a bundle of the Abbey Road plug-ins that have been very popular for Waves users.

The Abbey Road Collection includes;

 

Find out more from our friends at Waves

Reason Expert Is Live!

We are thrilled to see the new Reason Expert site go live.

Mark Donnison is Editor, based in the UK, Mark is a seasoned Reason user and part of the Reason community.

If you use Reason alongside Pro Tools then go and check out the new Reason Expert site for Reason tips and tricks.

Dave Grohl To Host HBO TV Series On Recording Studios

Get ready for Sound City the TV series. Well not quite, but Dave Grohl is to host a new HBO TV show where he visits recording studios across the USA.

The new show is yet to be given a title but will feature Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago and Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California.

Sound City was a full length feature about the iconic Sound City Studios, the combination of gear porn and back stories is highly attractive to anyone with an interest in recording.

The show will air as part of HBO’s winter schedule.

Source: NME

Production Expert - Find All Of The Expert Sites In One Place

Soon Reason Expert will be launching to support the Reason Community with tips, tricks and news, again an independent site of those who are passionate and knowledgeable about Reason. Watch this space.

Production Expert

We’ve been asked if we are involved with other sites with similar names, so to avoid any confusion and to stop anyone being misled there is now a new site Production Expert, the Production Expert site showcases the collective group of Pro Tools Expert, Logic Pro Expert, Ableton Live Expert and Reason Expert, if the site isn’t listed there then it’s not one of ours, simple as that.

The Production Expert site is not meant to replace the current sites, it is simply a site to show which Expert sites belong to the Expert family and to give a quick glance at the latest activity from each site.

Production Expert - A Mobile Friendly Format

Even better, the Production Expert site is built using the very latest web technology so opening the site on your iOS or Android phone will give you all the latest news form all the sites in a mobile friendly format.