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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 112

Russ, Mike & James bring you another bumper show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Talking Points  

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions 

  • Jeffrey Lober - We sound like The Young Ones to his American ears
  • Sid Naghdi Known to us as El Sidius following our example and setting up Drumbank for the drum programming and virtue drumming community.
  • Grant Hall - Update to the old Mac Pro to New Mac Pro comparison story.
  • Tony Molica - Confession to buying too much gear and a resolution to learn to use what he has first.
  • Steve Nolte Thank you for all you do.
  • Kris Lawrenson - Can I download your videos?

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea   

  • Why do I get AAE Error -6101 intermittently on small and large sessions?
  • Which plug-ins should I use when mixing vocals On - From Groove 3 Mixing with Free Plug-ins or Mix School 101
  • How do I prove to Avid that I am eligible for the Student version of Pro Tools - PTE FAQ page
  • Is it possible to feed the sends post inserts on tracks?
  • Problems with Faders move between recording and mixing in Pro Tools. What’s happening?
  • Can I put my Pro tools 10 license that  came with Pro Tools 10 onto a 1st generation iLok?
  • Why do I get AAE Error -6101 intermittently on small and large sessions?
  • Which plug-ins should I use when mixing vocals Mixing with Free Plug-ins Mix School 101?
  • How do I prove to Avid that I am eligible for the Student version of Pro Tools?
  • Is it possible to feed the sends post inserts on tracks?
  • Problems with Faders move between recording and mixing in Pro Tools. What’s happening?
  • How can I get the click to be included in offline stem mixes?
  • Can I put my Pro Tools 10 license that  came with Pro Tools 10 onto a 1st generation iLok  

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 111

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another bumper show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

Competitions

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Talking Points  

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions 

  • Jon Dearth - Building your own PC for use with Pro Tools.
  • Jon Dearth - Tip for low cost Waves upgrade if your WUP has expired.
  • Darby Todd - Thanks for your advice and help with clear explanation
  • Alan Fluker - You can use the HD drivers for the Omni for using Maschine in standalone mode.
  • Michael Sanchez - You could use the Mac digital out into the digital input on the HD Omni to use Maschine in standalone mode
  • Wes Mitchell - How do I comment on stories on the site, anyone using Rednet & do you still need help revamping the site?
  • Scot Rammer - Thanks to RSPE for the great Metric Halo deal and thanks to the PTE team for all you do.
  • Danny Mordujovich - Thanks to you all for the help and advice you have given me. Also what accents do each of you have.
  • Baba Prasad Lakshman - Has anyone seen or use the Mphase Studio controller iPad app

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea  

  • Is Pro Tools HD limited to 32 channels of I/O using 3rd party interfaces?
  • Can I import older Kontakt samples into Structure LE?
  • Should I upgrade to a new Mac Pro from my older 2011 Mac Pro?
  • How do I export MIDI clips like I can export audio clips?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Extra Interview - Sonny Williamson

In this Pro Tools Expert Interview James talks to composer, arranger and Pro Tools demonstrator Sonny Williamson about his early musical training, his first jobs in the industry and his approach to writing for TV and Radio commercials. He also reveals that it’s not all about expensive plugs-ins and virtual instruments when it comes to making a catchy track.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 110

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another bumper show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Talking Points  

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions 

  • Dave Wraight - Where has the Pro tools Expert iPhone app gone?
  • Big Breezie - Can you do a video to show how to create the Kate Perry sound?
  • Alan Fluker - Can we do a list of computers that work with Pro Tools 11?
  • Glenn Skinner - I am upgrading to PT11, what do you think about the Waves upgrade plans?

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • How does Kenny Gioia do his Zoom trick on his videos?
  • Can I use Pro Tools without plugging in my Mbox Pro 3?
  • Can I route the standalone Maschine to my HD Native and Omni interface?
  •  Where are plug-ins favourites stored so I can back them up?
  • When syncing Logic & Pro Tools, can I hit Stop in Logic?
  • Problems with Windows XP, Pro Tools 7.1 & a TPkd driver.
  • How can I sync my Boss DR-880 and Pro Tools 10?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 109

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solution 

  • Andy Lindley - Where have the Structure Sound Libraries gone?
  • Eyal Grossfeld - Clip Gain shortcut tip
  • Ryan Okuly - New versions of Steven Slate  VTM Beta out.
  • Victor Sanders - Can we do an Omnisphere video review please?
  • Mick Ritchie - Recommends MIDI Patchbay to  remap drums  

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • With graphical stuttering with Pro Tools, the cursor doesn’t run smoothly, whats the issue?
  • Problems with a Pro Tools Installer, what can I do?
  • Problems with sound not coming out with Pro Tools but System sounds are OK.
  • Problems with iZotope RX modified file and Unique File IDs in Pro Tools
  • Problems with Waves Meta Filter crashing Pro Tools. Would should I do?
  • Problems with Buffer size with an Line 6 Pod Farm with Windows 7 on an polder computer.
  • Problems with monitor mixes with a Focusrite 18i20 interface
  • Is there a good Roland TB-303 plug-in for Pro Tools
  • Whats the latest version of Pro tools that will run with a DIGI 001?
  • Are there ways to automate and access AudioSuite plug-ins with the Artist Control?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 108

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you a huge extra long show with 50% extra free of charge of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solution 

  • John Mackniskas - Sonnox Community Award winner - Thank you
  • Owen Swanson-Low - tip to listen to our podcasts at faster than real time.
  • Tony Molica - Two nations divided by a common language.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • How can I get a Roland HD3 v-drums e-kit to work with Pro Tools with VIs?
  • Is it possible to use the same iLok on two PCs?
  • Why does Strike 2 crash Pro Tools 10 when I move the instrument channel fader on my Axiom 49?
  • How can I best provide a video producer a 48k mix from my 44.1/24 session? 
  • How can I migrate all my info, files etc from my old iMac onto a new system?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Extra Interview - Brian Daly From DNA Music Labs

Brian Daly is the co-owner of of DNA Music Labs and describes himself as a Producer, Engineer, Composer, and Musician

Brian is the brains behind the Hotkey Matrix which he ended up developing out of the need for a device that had a lot of single function shortcut keys. 

In this extended interview Brian shares how he got into the industry, his experiences as a studio engineer, then working with Apple making loops for Garageband, including the music at the start of every podcast, before developing the Hotkey Matrix whilst remaining a very active studio engineer and musician.

We also discuss the human interface between Pro Tools and the user including control surfaces and the new Softube Console 1. 

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 107

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

Competitions

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Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solution 

  • José Luis Carrasco Thank you and how can I register your site in Spanish?
  • J Daniel Christiansen - My browser says you site is infected, what is happening?
  • John Mackniskas - Thanks for a great service and featuring my Ikea Bookshelves. We have awarded John the Sonnox Community Award for his brilliant idea for converting Ikea Bookshelves into acoustic treatment. Congratulations John.
  • Paul Maunder - Can you do a video on how and why to use undimmed stems in post workflows in Pro Tools.
  • Alan Hardiman - He has done some experiments on power demand for Pro Tools to help choose an appropriate UPS.
  • Larry Burger - Has let us know that the v1.3 beta of Focusrite’s Rednet software is working well.
  • D F Tweedie - Podcast Archive is in the wrong order, it should be in reverse date order.
  • Richard Weatherley - How can  get some of your Structure libraries to work in Structure 2?

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • Problems splitting tracks into frequency bands.
  • Problems with Pro Tools 7 LE on Mac OS 10.8.5
  • Problems with static and clicks with an Mbox3 with an iMac and Mountain Lion.
  • How can render out multiple instances of Xpand in Pro Tools.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 106

Russ, Mike & James bring you another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • D F Tweedie - Problems with the Pro Tools Expert’s Android App.
  • David Stockden - Thanks for a great show and good to meet Jivey at The Guitar Show
  • Flavio Buonerba Thanks for all you do and you have inspired me to start my own blog 
  • Ken Burk - Thanks for the stormtrooper iLok and a tip about fixed price repair from Apple
  • Chris Linder - Are you coming to Muiskmesse? 

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • Maschine 2.0 now won’t see my Abbey Road Libraries, what should I do?
  • Just installed Pro Tools 10 on a PC. Pro tools won’t run reports it can’t find the hardware, what should I do?
  • Which Mbox should I get for am iMac with 10.7.5?
  • What options do I have to upgrade Pro Tools Express to Pro Tools 10 or 11?
  • Do I need hardware to run Pro Tools and would a Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 interface work with Pro Tools.
  • James, what is your chain when you record guitars for your videos?
  • How can connect a Durrough 40A level meter to Pro Tools with a Control 24?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 105

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Talking Points 

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • Alan Watson - tip on using tape emulator plug-ins
  • Sonnox respond question in Podcast 104
  • Liz Scott - Thank you for my Audient iD 22 prize
  • Carten Groa - great video on recreating Sargent Pepper album on You Tube 
  • Mark Holloway - Thanks for the support of Steve Duda and Xfer Records
  • Tim Hudson - Help on integrating outboard hardware with Pro Tools 11 native
  • William Johnson - possible issue with entering the BFD prize draw
  • Jack Priode - help with I/O setup window in Pro Tools

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • How to resolve Pro Tools taking a long time to boot
  • Issues with delay compensation and T-Racks 3
  • Can you install Pro Tools on a Mac and a PC at the same time?
  • Are PCIe flash storage drives or Apple Fusion Drives good with Pro Tools?
  • Issues with a Rain PC computer and an Akai max 25 midi controller
  • How to the clocks in the lower cost interfaces compare toy high end high quality external clock units

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 104

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

Competitions

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Talking Points 

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • Robert Parr - Thank you for the concepts that you share.
  • Ben Rubin - Shortcuts on the Close session dialog box
  • Michael Svensson - Thanks for the birthday present and more post & surround videos please
  • John Nelson - Can we have templates to go with videos please.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • Problems with an Arturia MiniLab Controller on a new laptop
  • What is the Magic ID? Mike’s Sound on Sound article
  • Problems with Sonnox Dynamics not having a Native equivalent when offline bouncing
  • How can I share processing power across computers?
  • Problems with VST Lord
  • What is the best way to report bugs in Pro Tools? Avid Pro Tools IdeaScale

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Winner Of 100th Podcast Celebration Competition - Liz Scott

At the end of Podcast 100 we announced a competition to win an Audient iD22We asked you to tell us why you are a fan of Pro Tools Expert and specified that entrants must live on planet Earth to enter.

As a team we read all the entries and chose the one we liked the most and we are delighted to announce that Liz Scott from the UK has won this competition. This is what Liz wrote….

I’m a fan of Pro Tools Expert because without it i would have never have beaten my anxiety disorder. Music was my hiding place and my brother studies it at university using Pro Tools on a daily basis. He showed me how to create music like I’ve never created before, and now we both create powerful motivating music to get me out of the house and achieve my dreams. As well as this Pro Tools Expert helps my brother to pursue his dream and one day he will be a mini David Guetta and it will be from the help of this software so a huge thank you to the founders and creators :) The technology and knowledge behind Pro Tools is a genius! Thank you to you all, and you’re all pretty awesome to have created this competition too :) P.S - I would just like to point out I live on planet earth :)

When we contacted Liz to give her the good news that she had won she told us a little more about herself…

I am 22 years old who shares a passion for music, but the person who inspired me and made me realise music was my hiding place was my brother and without him I wouldn’t have realised how powerful music is. I didn’t realise what fantastic technology was out there, I simply just thought people could sing and there would be a few instruments involved, but when I was introduced to Pro Tools Expert I couldn’t believe what I had been missing, but now its in my life and for that I thank the creators and all staff behind it. 

I am just an ordinary girl, despite having anxiety issues, and I just want to say to all of you out there, never let anyone put you down, and never give up on your dreams, and if one day me or my brother make it as a well known musician then it will be thanks to the Pro Tools Experts. Thank you x

Liz, we love to be able to help people and it means so much to us here at Pro Tools Expert to know that we are able to help you is very humbling. We hope that you can Chris will enjoy using your Audient iD22 interface.

Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 103

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Talking Points 

Community Feedback Kindly Sponsored by RSPE Audio Solutions

  • Brian Russ - Hardware Insert delay update
  • Ted Stockwell - Will Slate give AAX DSP support as promised?
  • John Zagmester - Can you cover song arrangement techniques in your videos please? Groove 3 Mix School 101

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • Trouble getting my MIDI keyboard to work with my new Mbox3 and Pro Tools Express
  • UVI Workstation not showing up in Pro Tools Express 
  • What are the free plug-ins included in Pro Tools 11 and what Waves plug-ins would you recommend? Avid Pro Tools Information
  • Advice on how to price composing music for clients

Create Studio Sound Panels & Gobos Using IKEA Bookcases and Ikea’s furniture for the studio

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode102

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

Competitions

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Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • What’s the difference between HD Native and HDX FAQ - What is Pro Tools  
  • Problems with repeating loops drifting off the grid, what is the fix?
  • What is the best use of an SSD drive with Pro Tools?
  • How can I use Pro Tools 10 with an Mbox with OS X Mavericks?
  • Problems with M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller with Pro Tools 10 or 11.
  • How do I remap a PC keyboard to work like a Mac keyboard for a Mac user using Pro Tools on a PC? Auto Hot Key 
  • Can I use Pro Tools for recording and editing classical music?
  • I have a LA 610 hardware unit & the UA plug-in, can I seek the hardware unit?
  • Is there an iPad app to control cue mixes for artists Neyrinck V-Control Pro
  • I want to upgrade from Pro Tools 8LE to Pro Tools 10 not 11. How can I do this?
  • Is there a replacement for Auto Time Adjuster for Pro Tools 11 to set the offset for using hardware and non Avid interfaces?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode January Question Special

Mike & James bring you a Questions Special recorded whilst the rest of the team were in NAMM. Do check out our NAMM Special podcast too.  It this show we cover the usual talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

Competitions

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Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • How do I  stop remixing the complete programs when the picture edit changes?
  • Problems with time stamps after using Cut Time & Move Song Markers
  • Will there be an upgrade path from Mbox Pro to an Omni & Thunderbolt?
  • Mbox is no longer available in Pro Tools. How can I get it back?
  • Moved AIR Instrument Expansion Pack files to external drive but the plug-ins still cannot see them.
  • Advice on choosing an HD Omni or Apollo interface
  • Will Pro Tools 8.0.4LE run on OSX 10.7 or 1.8 or what version of of PT will work with OSX Mavericks
  • How can I convert  MIDI to Audio with Pro Tools M powered v9 and Xpand?
  • Having installed PT11.1HD most plug-ins have disappeared including Waves. How do I get them back?
  • What’s the best configuration of a new Mac Pro for Pro Tools? - Russ’s article on Mac Pro options.
  • Can I collaborate with Pro Tools SE on a Mac and Pro Tools 10HD on Windows
  • Advice on what computer system to chose with the new Mac Pro out 
  • Would you like to win an Audient iD22 - Why do you like what we do at Pro Tools Expert
  • Pro Tools Expert Community Award

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 101 NAMM Special

In this NAMM special sponsored by RSPE, Triad Orbit and ProToolsUsers.org, Russ is joined by a panel of industry giants for a very special podcast show recorded in front of a live audience at NAMM 2014.

The panel is made up of Colin McDowell, Cliff Maag Sr., Tom Graham, and Gary Lux.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • What motivates you to do what you do?
  • What advice would you give someone that wants to get into the recording industry? 
  • Is there one piece of recording gear that has stood out during your recording career?
  • Commit your EQ, compression, etc. first, or record clean and fix it later?
  • Are control surfaces just for some people or will all mixing consoles be replaced one day?
  • Where do you see this industry going in the next 10 years?

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 100 Anniversary Special

Russ, Mike, Neil & James bring you an anniversary show packed with 2 very special announcements as well as the usual talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • How do you import grooves into Strike 2? Russ’s video
  • Advice on drum samplers for Pro Tools 11
  • Can you run Ableton in the background with Pro Tools 11?
  • Can I buy and use Pro Tools 11HD software secondhand?
  • How do I know if Mbox is broken and needs to serviced?
  • How to resolve ‘No Content Found ‘error message with Xpand2
  • How do I fix DAE Error messages -9507 and-9031 in Pro Tools 10HD
  • Advice with playback distortion when using plug-ins like Superior Drummer or Omnisphere.
  • Podcast 100 Anniversary giveaway. Audient iD22 review 

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 99

Russ, Mike & Neil , bring you another packed show of talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

Competitions

  • More coming soon.

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Community Feedback

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea 

  • Pro Tools & Mavericks and matching operating systems to versions of Pro Tools.
  • Problems with hosting AU & VST plug-ins  in Pro Tools  with SoundFlower
  • Problems with iLok licenses and plug-ins on Pro Tools 10
  • Is 002R OK to use with Pro Tools 11?
  • Problems with linking Logic X with Pro Tools and MainStage
  • What to do with 2 licenses of Pro Tools 11?
  • Problems with Pro Tools and Alesis USB interface or using internal sound card.
  • Why are my mixes sounding different on TV documentaries when they are broadcast?

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Pro Tools Expert Join Forces with RSPE Audio Solutions To Offer Recording Industry Expert Panel At NAMM 2014

Pro Tools Expert have joined forces with RSPE Audio Solutions to offer an expert panel to answer recording questions in front of a live audience at NAMM 2014.

The event is free and open to anyone attending the NAMM 2104 Show. It includes a panel of top industry experts ready to take your questions:

Colin McDowell
Colin is the man behind McDSP, an inventor and plug-in specialist. Beginning with the release of the pioneering equalizer plug-in FilterBank, McDSP has continued producing industry acclaimed and award-winning software titles.

Cliff Maag Sr.
Cliff is founder of Maag Audio, and the inventor of the acclaimed NTI EQ3 and the Nightpro PreQ3 & EQ3D. Dave Pensado said of Maag Audio “If Cliff Maag at Maag Audio makes it, I use it. Every hit, every #1, Every Grammy mix I have EVER DONE featured his EQ.” Cliff is also a veteran sound engineer with over 37 years of recording studio experience with top artists.

Tom Graham
Tom is Avid Worldwide Pro Audio & Pro Mixing Segment Marketing Manager. Tom is a Pro Tools guru and audio specialist; he has recently been part of the team at Avid working on the new Avid S6 control surface.

Mick Guzauski
Mick needs no introduction, a Multi-platinum mixing and sound engineer. Mick’s credits include Eric Clapton, LeAnn Rimes, Talking Heads. He has recently worked on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album which has just been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards.

Russ Hughes, Editor of Pro Tools Expert, will chair the panel.

This event can only take place because of the kind donation of the space by Triad-Orbit Advanced Mic Stand Systems and www.protoolsusers.org

Date, Time And Venue
The event is FREE and takes place at 2:30pm on Friday 24th January 2013 in Room is 210C of the Anaheim Convention Center. Arrive early, as space is limited.

For those unable to attend the event is being recorded as part of the Pro Tools Expert podcast which can be found here 

Pro Tools Expert Podcast Episode 98

Russ, Mike, Neil And James bring you another packed show full of talking points this week. 

Competitions

  • The Big One, Graham Buttle from Hampshire in the UK announced as the winner.
  • More competitions coming soon.

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  • More deals coming soon.

Talking Points

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