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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.

Pro Tools tips, tricks, support and news for users of Pro Tools. Free Pro Tools video tutorials and free Pro Tools plug-ins. We support both the music and post production community.

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. 

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Podcast Extra Interview With Zoe Thrall From Studio At The Palms In Las Vegas

Whilst over a NAMM 2015 earlier this year, James Ivey took a detour over to Las Vegas to have a chat with Zoe Thrall who has been in charge of the iconic Studio At The Palms since it opened in 2005.  Listen to this Podcast Extra Interview as Zoe shares some insights from her time at Palms.

Zoe Thrall has always had an unyielding passion for music even as a youth and she has never looked back. Before the Studio at the Palms opened, big-name recording artists rarely came to Las Vegas to work. Then owner of  the Palms, George Maloof, persuaded Zoe Thrall, who once managed big New York studios like The Power Station and The Hit Factory, to come to Vegas and oversee the studio to ensure that it would be a successful business rather than a pet project and the rest as they say is history.

The studio has hosted some of the most influential recording artists of all time, including Rihanna, Celine Dion, Will.i.am, The Killers, Katy Perry, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, LMFAO, Mariah Carey, and Maroon 5. Lady Gaga recorded her number-one hit “Born This Way” there, and Usher recorded songs from Raymond v. Raymond, which won the 2011 Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. And last but not least: Michael Jackson’s final single, “Hold My Hand,” featuring Akon.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 159

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Dan Cooper bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Ian Dearden would like us to make a video on using Audiomux and Midimux with Pro Tools and Mac OS X.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea    

  • Rudolph Greaux would like our advice as he upgrades from a G4 Mac to a Mac Pro as he has old PCI card and a Digidesign 96 interface.
  • Joe Lahart is having problems with the menu items not drawing until the mouse goes over where they should be.
  • Michele Centonze is having problems with Pro Tools 11 only using 1 CPU as well as trouble with MIDI data being bend when tracking and ahead on playback. 
  • Anthony Timmers is switching from an iMac to a Mac Pro and wanted advice on the best machine to use.

Find Of The Week       

  • Russ - Disksomnia App - keeping drives awake 
  • Mike - Pro Tools doesn’t like the letter C.  it transpires that if you name a bounce file Mix in C that the file comes back as Mix in_01. No C! If the C isn’t preceded by a space it is OK. If C is in the middle of a name its OK. 
  • James -  D’Addario NYXL guitar strings…. They last forever…. and sound great. New metal thing going on so they sound better for longer. 
  • Dan - New Insights and tools to help you share your music, engage your fans, and build a career on YouTube.

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Podcast Extra Interview With Steve Genewick

In this Podcast Extra Interview James Ivey sits down with Steve Genewick. A three time Grammy nominated recording engineer, Steve has over twenty five years of experience, both as a studio and live recording engineer and since 1994 as worked primarily out of Capitol Studios as a staff engineer. 

For the last 12 years, Steve has had the great honour of working closely along side 23 time Grammy award winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt, working with artists like Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Gladys Knight, Neil Young, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, and Paul McCartney.  

When not at Capitol, Steve can be found working at any number of the major recording studios in town, or mixing at his own home studio. Take a listen and hear what they ended up chatting about.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 158

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Julian Rodgers bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Learn to build, edit and play with racks in Ableton Live 9 FOR FREE! All through March, Groove3 is giving you the opportunity to learn this powerful feature in Live 9. Simply sign up (no credit card required) and begin learning!  

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  • Patrik Arnekvist is concerned about the HDX negativity, he has an HDX system that has never crashed and wouldn’t be without his HDX system.  We ran a story a while back Why One Pro Tools Expert Sold His Pro Tools HDX System And One Is Keeping His 
  • Jim Farrell got in touch to advise us about the perils  of Electronic Discharge especially when installing new components in a computer. We will be publishing Jim’s advice as a separate story later this week.

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  • At Alchemea the Softube Event is fully booked, and there is a long wait list. We are also planning a Sontronics event in May 2015.
  • Want a head start in your audio career? There’s still time to enrol on our upcoming Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma at Alchemea College - you never know where it could lead?  
  • Alan Fluker would like to know if a Sony DMX R100 Digital Recording Mixer is still compatible with Pro Tools as either a controller or as a mixer.
  • Seb Berrios was working with Elastic Audio with X-Form, when he came back to the session all the elastic audio content was missing. Do we have we have any advice?
  • Leagh Mirkowsky had a problem where an 003 interface wouldn’t power up, but when he came to it the next day it worked fine. He is concerned if this may be a sign of problems to come.

Find Of The Week      

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 157

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Dan Cooper bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Glenn Skinner offered a useful tip to handle changing I/O settings on different computers.
  • Andy Mae says thank you for our assistance with his c24 related question recently
  • Scott Symes from Melbourne, Australia thanks us for all we do saying the site is very educational and causes him to spend lots of money. 
  • Bryan Leach reached out to tell us about an iPad Controller for Pro Tools and RX4 that he has developed. 
  • Gregory Lawson would like us to do a review on the Brainworx bx Digital v2 EQ plug-in

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea    

  • Mark Searle asks if the Pro Tools plug-in presets locations change as he is upgrading from PT9 to PT10
  • Nigel Thomas asks for advice as the best way forward with a Sony DMX-R100 desk with Pro Tools 10HD
  • Sasha Barba is having problems scrubbing when the audio is routed through Aux tracks.

Find Of The Week      

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 156

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Julian Rodgers bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Espen Hollund enjoys entering mixing contests and he came across a site run by Brent called Mixing Contests 
  • David Topple wanted to offer a revolutionary new way of collaborating that he would like to suggest Avid might want to investigate further.
  • Garrett Miller has found a backwards compatible issue with the new Slate Digital VCC 2.0, not being able to open projects with VCC v1.0 because VCC 2 is inside VMR.

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  • Lorenzo Arese wants to ask how to be able to compare two selections?
  • Johnny Smillie asks because some of us have Slate MTi control surfaces, do they support Touch with Waves ad SSL plug-ins?
  • Baz Weston is considering downsizing to an Apogee Thunderbolt Ensemble and wanted to benefit from Russ’s experience with his Ensemble.
  • Adrien Maljean is having problems with side chaining and delay compensation and would our advice.
  • Glenn Skinner would like our advice on using the latest version of Pro Tools with Mavericks.

Find Of The Week     

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 155

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, Julian Rodgers and Dan Cooper bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Tony Molica is considering upgrading to a Mac Pro trash can and PT 11.3 and then freezing all updates for up to 5 years, what do we think?
  • Blake Eiseman suggests we look at techniques on preparing sessions and he has produced an app StereoMonoizer which helps resolve mono and stereo content even when using stereo files. 

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea   

  • Rob Winett would like our view on how many A to D and D to A conversions is an acceptable limit as he would like to mix through a Neve VR60, but is concerned the number of times he would be going in and out of Pro Tools.
  • Eric Koondel would like our recommendations for an alternative metering plug-in to the RNDigital Inspector XL2.0.
  • Kenny McLellan is looking for an application that adds metadata, especially the ISRC code, into audio files for download. Check out the Sonnox Codec Toolbox
  • Andy Mae is trying to route more than one headphone cue feed through his C24 control surface. Do we think this is possible?

Find Of The Week     

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 154

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, James Ivey and Julian Rodgers bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • Pro Tools Power User is a 19-video series, from Jeff Silverman showing tons of cool Pro Tools tricks & tips.

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  • To help you to configure your ideal S6 take a look at the RSPE S6 Configurator, where you can build your own custom, virtual Avid S6.
  • Scott Metaxas wants to know where are the Structure patches that used to be on the site have gone.
  • Kevin de Wit has a tip when using iZotope Ozone 6 standalone and you run out plug-ins slots.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea  

  • Josh Doyle asks for our advice on how to run Pro Tools remotely and is having trouble routing the Pro Tools audio over the network.
  • Joseph Stevens is a composer and is looking to upgrade his system and needs a system that will handle a lot of VIs. What do we recommend? Why One Pro Tools Expert Sold His Pro Tools HDX System And One Is Keeping His
  • Arizona Stoneheart asks for our advice on how to tighten the timing of vocalists. 
  • Nicholas Mintern is looking to upgrade his screen and is looking at two 4K screens and wanted our advice.

Find Of The Week    

  • Russ - Studio One Expert
  • Mike - Create Pro - Mac Pro towers with trash cans processing 
  • Julian -  A K&M 21231 Boom & 21411 Stand - made my life much easier today, as it can hold a 4038 at full extension and not slip.
  • James - IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R 430 monitor stands. 

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 153

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, Neil Hester and James Ivey are back together to bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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  • UAD Fatso Explained everything you need to know about this unique Tape Simulator and Compressor.

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  • Chaz Charlton wanted to share his discovery of Impact Sound Works’ Shreddage 2 guitar sound library

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea  

  • Josh Doyle asks what system we use to keep track of updates for software and plug-ins. We recommend Plugin Update from Kasrog
  • Henry Bowers-Broadbent is having some issues with MIDI clips merging or changing size and wanted to know what is going on?
  • Dave Hedin is having occasional CPU spikes in Pro Tools after which the audio is distorted and needs a restart to clear. What do we think the problems is?
  • Ryan Miller wants to be able to find out what plug-ins are used in a session without opening the session. 
  • Alastair Blackwood wants to know how Russ is getting on with his Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt interface.

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Team Announcement

Neil Hester has decided to move on and will be stepping down as a team member. We would like to thank you Neil for all you have done for the community.

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Pro Tools Expert Podcast 152

Russ Hughes, Mike Thornton, and James Ivey bring you a bumper show catching up with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Production Expert

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Sonnox Community Awards   

We have a number of Sonnox Community Awards to present….

  • October 2014 - William Wittman
  • November 2014 - Owen Olivr aka Bornoir
  • December 2014 - Rex Strother
  • January 2015 - John Christopher (Tunez)

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  • Jago James wanted to let us know about some programmable USB keypads that are only available for Windows
  • Matt Blue wanted us to forward a neat trick for Logic Pro users to our colleagues at Logic Pro Expert with a technique for converting the UAD Factory presets for Logic Pro to the .au preset in Logic Pro format.
  • Sami Sirvio contacted us to tell us that URS have announced an AAX 64 bit version of their saturation plug-in. Lets hope this is a sign of things to come.
  • Chris Linder asked us to give a shootout for the new Zynaptiq Morph 2 plug-in which they previewed at NAMM this year.

Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea  

  • Alchemea are running a Surround Dubbing, Metering & Deliverables Course with Skill set funding available too.
  • Kevin De Wit is having problems with Pro Tools choosing different hardware seemingly randomly.  Do we have any suggestions?
  • Matt Greaves wanted our advice about changing the hardware to connect to his Apollo Twin.
  • Dave Humphries is having problems with keyboard shortcuts in Plug-in windows in Pro tools 10.3.9 with Mavericks.
  • Anns Bertmark has migrated from Nuendo to Pro Tools and is having some issues with shortcuts.
  • Ryan Stewart wanted to know, with the introduction of SSD drives, do we still need to use external drives for sample libraries.

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