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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 plug-in (318)

Demonstration Of Avid Plug-in Marketplace In Pro Tools 12

We have been asked about how the new Marketplace feature in Pro Tools 12 works and so in this show and tell demonstration, Russ blows £20 to show the Avid Plug-in Marketplace In Pro Tools 12 in action real-time.

Watch as he shows the Marketplace within Pro Tools 12, how to choose a plug-in, how to buy it, and then watch as it downloads and is installed whilst Pro Tools is open with a session is loaded.

Now you have seen it, tell us what you think….

SoundToys Offer Another Free Plug-in - This Time It's Called Little AlterBoy

Soundtoys gives you an exciting new tool for dramatic voice alteration: Little AlterBoy™: Featuring pitch and formant shifting, the overly popular pitch-quantizing hard tune effect, pitch locked robot voice and much more. They have even included one of our classic tube saturation models from Decapitator to add warmth or edge to your new vocal creation and it’s all free. 

  • EDM Style Octaves
  • Pitch Quantizing/Hard Tuning
  • Robotic Computer Voices
  • Simple Harmony
  • Gender Voice Reassignment
  • Modern Doubling
  • Special Effects/DJ Vocals
  • Insane Monster Voices

* Supports VST, Audio Units, and AAX Native. Mac & Windows.

Plus by sharing with your friends, you also have a chance to get “Plugged-In” for life. This means you will receive every Soundtoys plug-in we’ve ever released in addition to every plug-in we ever release in the future. For life. Wow.

The top runners up will also get prizes like free Soundtoys bundles, plug-ins, free upgrades to AlterBoy™, and cool Soundtoys swag.

But be patient, the Soundtoys web site is struggling to cope at the moment so if you can’t get through try again tomorrow.

New Blue Cat Audio PatchWork Preview - Adds More Aux Outputs And Plug-In I/O Routing

Most cats I know seem to sit around all day doing bugger all, but that’s not the case with Blue Cat Audio, releasing a preview of updates to the already super useful PatchWork plug-in.

For those not aware of PatchWork it allows the user to host AU and VST plug-ins in Pro Tools and then create complex set-ups and routing, all of which can be saved for fast recall. It’s an essential plug-in to have in your Pro Tools collection dealing with two PITA issues, hosting AU and VST plug-ins and creating track presets.

Now Blue Cat Audio have added even more functionality to the PatchWork plug-in. In their latest blog post they report:

For example, you can now:

  • Route any of the outputs of an instrument to any aux output of the PatchWork plug-in.
  • Apply effects to a subset of audio channels (for example to apply multi -mono effects on stereo or surround tracks, or apply different effects to different aux outputs fro an instrument).
  • Create sends from a channel to another (re-routing a processed signal to another aux output for example, while the dry signal is kept on the current channels).
  • Reorder audio channels.
  • Apply effects to the side chain bus, or use any audio channel as a side chain.
  • Of course latency is compensated on unprocessed channels (if you apply for example a mono plug-in with latency only on the left channel, the right channel will be delayed accordingly).

Visit the Blue Cat Audio blog to find out more and to download a demo of Blue Cat PatchWorks.

Also check out our free Pro Tools plugins page to see the great collection of free Blue Cat plug-ins.

Review Of Kush Electra DSP Plug-in

Russ takes a look and listen to the new Kush Electra DSP EQ plug-in.

The Electra DSP is arguably the punchiest, tightest, most vibey eq to ever be found in digital form. Meticulously modeled by UBK himself, this plugin is as close as it gets to the critically acclaimed and incredibly popular hardware of the same name.

The midrange filters automatically adjust their bandwidth as you vary the gain, and have an uncanny ability to find magical ‘pockets of soul’ inside the music and draw them forward, effortlessly.  

This eq’s low end is absurdly tight and hits hard, your kicks and and bass will come alive.  The high shelf is electric and sparkling, and will wake up the sleepiest vocal or mix.  And if you thought all high-pass filters were the same (and boring), wait until you hear this one’s smooth magic.

Special Softube Event - London April 21st 2015 - Limited Places

Our next Production Expert event is an evening with Softube and will take place on April 21st 2015.

It will hosted by our friends at Alchemea College and will include free drinks and nibbles.

Softube’s UK distributor MSL Professional will be there to show Console 1 and the Softube plug-ins in action and to take questions.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited so book early.

Click here to book

Free AAX Limiter Plug-in From GoodHertz

New kids on the block and boutique developers GoodHertz have just announced AAX support for their plug-ins including their Faraday Limiter which they describe as a peak limiter with a big transformer sound and even better news is that it is free at the moment. So check it out and let us know what you think of it.

What’s In A Name?

Named after the inventor of the electrical transformer, Faraday Limiter’s analog-modeled input/output transformers are responsible for its beefy, harmonically-rich sound. The limiter circuit is smooth yet lively — it can pump faster and further than any limiter we’ve ever heard while retaining its characteristic punch and warmth. Faraday Limiter sounds great on buses, individual instruments, vocals, dialog, etc. and allows for a level of timbral shaping and tonal coloration that can’t be achieved with any other dynamics processor.

More from GoodHertz here.

Free Stereo Expansion Plug-in For Pro Tools

Plug-in developer Alex Hilton is offering a free stereo expansion plug-in For Pro Tools, A1StereoControl.

On his website Alex claims;


A1StereoControl plugin you will be able to expand or limit the STEREO WIDTH of your tracks using only one single knob. This powerful technique can be used on single tracks or groups tracks while mixing or even on a master bus in final mastering situations.
The plug-in is completely free and available from his web site.

Waves dbx160 Plugin v dbx160 Hardware Shoot Out

We like to take plug-ins modelled on vintage hardware and compare them with the original.

In this audio shoot out we’ve put the Waves dbx160 against our own hardware unit. There are 4 instruments with A, B and C versions. A is the original audio, then B and C is either the software or the hardware. Simply pick the one you prefer the sound of, in a few days time we will let you know which one is which.

Now pick which you prefer. There is no right or wrong answer, simply a preference.

Waves Release Their New dbx 160 Plug-in Announced At NAMM

Waves have now released the dbx 160 as the first of the products announced at NAMM.

The original dbx 160 was considered by many as one of the best drum compressors. The dbx 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s, and later models in the 160 series became industry standards.

The Waves 160 plug-in has been created in collaboration with dbx, has resulted in an authentic-sounding software version of this iconic piece of hardware. In addition to the meticulous modeling of the vintage compressor, the Waves dbx 160 plug-in incorporates unique and exclusive features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component.

Waves are also offering their 160 plug-in for a special introductory price of $99 for either the Native or SoundGrid version for a short period of time before the price will revert to the normal price of $150. 

More on the Waves 160 plug-in here.

Exponential Audio Reveal Their New Product Excalibur - A Multi-Effects Plug-in

Over recent weeks the team at Exponential Audio have been teasing us about a new product and asking what we think it might be or what we would like it to be

Excalibur Is Here

Today they have ended the speculation and announced that their latest plug-in is an multi-effects unit called Excalibur.

In chatting to the Exponential team they have told us that during development their testers and previewers have compared Excalibur to many classic studio effects units, but why don’t you decide which ones when you hear it? They love the idea of emulation, but they wanted to take that and build on it, adding all the things you could have never have done with the original hardware units. Trusted industry professionals who have previewed Excalibur told us….

  • An audio processing Swiss Army knife.
  • Multi effects box of days past.
  • The most extensive Multi-FX, all- in-one plug-in available.
  • A Sound designers multi-FX unit.

What Does Excalibur Do?

When Will Excalibur Be Available?

Excalibur will be available in Spring 2015. For now, rest assured that Excalibur is in the hands of testers who have already used it in music and television projects.

How much Does Excalibur Cost?

$199 but watch out for special introductory pricing.