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Which Version Of Pro Tools Are You Using? Poll

It’s been some time since Pro Tools 11 was launched, but not everyone jumps on a new version of an application right away, some put it off for a long time.

For example some post houses have never moved from Final Cut 7 to Final Cut X because it does not offer the workflow options they require, so they remain on an old version. The same can be said for Pro Tools, people remain on older versions for various reasons. For some it’s about hardware compatibilty, for others it’s plug-in issues, or cost - it may simply be because the version you have works, so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

So take part in our poll to tell us the version of Pro Tools you are using MOST OF THE TIME, if you jump between two versions then choose the one you use most, use the comments if you want to let us know why you’ve upgraded, or why you’ve remained on the system you have.

Two Interesting iPad Solutions For Pro Tools - Splashtop & TouchOSC With Osculator

Check out this video from community member “GodGiven Mercy AndBass” who reached out to us on Facebook with this video showing drums being edited on an iPad controlling Pro Tools on a computer on the same network using a remote control software solution called Splashtop, using their iOS app.

Secondly, community member Tom Scrivano told us about a solution that is like a Hotkey Matrix on an iPad. Calmaestudiis in Spain have created a free template for the iOS platform which enables you to control your Pro Tools rig using buttons on the iOS device which enact Pro Tools shortcuts.

You need to get TouchOSC and Osculator and it only works on the Mac platform using a wi-fi network connection between your iPad and Pro Tools system. 

We haven’t had chance to check either of these out yet. If you try them out, please let us know how you get on with them.

Pro Tools Running On Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite 

Community member Steven Thompson took his life in his hands and installed the next version of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite on his Mac to see how Pro Tools would perform.

Of course no copies are available to the public yet so we don’t even have to tell you not to try this at home, but if they were the we would tell you not to try this at home.

Here is the story of how he got on.

I was the guy who jumped right into Mavericks without any regards as to the fact that Pro Tools would function properly or not. Hey, isn’t that what backups are for? Unlike some posters that I’ve seen on the web forums, I have had no problems with Mavericks (Editors note:lucky guy) and Pro Tools.

Anyway, I am happy to report that my initial test run with OS X 10.10 Yosemite was a success.

Pro Tools opened without a problem. All of my plug-ins seem to be working as they’re intended. The only thing that I’ve noticed is some of the playback engine and hardware settings went awry. Almost as if the .plist file got changed. This, of course, was easily fixed by changing the settings back to what they were pre-Yosemite. It is also possible that these issues were unique to my experience.

This seems very promising since we usually have to wait some time for Avid to approve a new operating system.

I’ll be diving deeper into Pro Tools and trying to uncover some glitches, if any exist, over the next few days. If I do discover any then I willl add them in the comments section. Of course if you’re currently working on an important project, I wouldn’t suggest upgrading to a beta OS. However, if you have time and energy to experiment once the beta ships then you should still be able to do some work.

Thanks Steven for this report, it seems early indications may be promising. 

Perhaps Yosemite is a working version of Mavericks?

DDMF Add AAX Compatibility To Lincomp, NoLimits and StereooeretS

Boutique plug-in creators DDMF have added AAX conmpatibilty to their Lincomp, NoLimits and StereooeretS plug-ins for Pro Tools.

DDMF StereooeretS

With StereooeretS you can increase the stereo fiels as much as desired, but without losing punch in the low end from removing too much “oomph” from the center channel. It splits up the audio in a high- and a low frequency part and lets you adjust the width, gain and even pan of both bands independently! Features: can be fed with L-R as well as M-S signals. Phase of both channels can be flipped. Solo option for all bands and channels to help you hear what you are doing. Built-in stereo field analyzer to prevent phase issues. Available in Windows VST/RTAS/AAX and Mac VST/AU/RTAS/AAX format (32 and 64 bit, Intel, OSX 10.5 and higher).

DDMF NoLimits

This look-ahead limiter completes DDMFs mixing and mastering portfolio and will be your weapon of choice to bring you up to competitive levels. Features: optional auto-gain, optional transient stereo linkage, advanced mode for variable lookahead, attack and release times, and a state-of-the-art dithering algorithm. Last but not least: it sounds smooth, yet powerful… Available in Windows VST, RTAS, AAX and Mac VST, AU, RTAS and AAX formats (32 and 64 bit, Intel, 10.5 and higher, 32/64 bit).

DDMF LinComp

LinComp is a linear phase multiband compressor, a tool that belongs in every mastering chain. Multiband compression allows you to take care of the levels and response times of four frequency bands independently, and the linear phase crossover guarantee that all this happens with no damage done to the audio whatsoever. Independent threshold, attack, release, ratio and gain controls as well as master faders for simultaneous control let you sculpt the dynamics of your tracks in any way imaginable. Select the compression type by switching between hard and soft knee, use LinComp as a brickwall limiter with the built-in clipping function, and do A/B tests to find out the optimal setting. We still don’t know why we sell a high quality plugin like this for only $39, but well, we do, and you better buy it before we change our mind. Available in 32/64 bit VST/RTAS/AAX for Windows and VST/AU/RTAS/AAX for Mac Intel (10.5. and higher).

More here

Slate Announce Raven 2.0 With Lots Of New Features To Make Using Pro Tools Easier

Steven Slate has announced Raven 2.0 software with a host of new features.

Most of the video demonstration concentrates on the use of their new batch command feature which offers Pro Tools users some very cool macro based automation in Pro Tools.

Raven 2.0 also offers even more responsive faders.

The video is well worth watching and shows just how much thought Slate have put into offering sensible workflow features for Pro Tools users.

Avid S3L Soon Standalone Control Surface For Pro Tools

Avid have announced an update to the Avid S3L which includes our predication that users would be able to use the Avid S3L as a standalone control surface for Pro Tools. All part of VENUE 4.5 and EuControl 3.2 software updates.

In addition to this other new features include; 

  • Ability to mix Pro Tools and other DAW sessions using the S3 control surface
    Customers can now use the S3 control surface as a standalone studio controller and audio interface with Pro Tools and any other EUCON™-enabled digital audio workstation. This enables an engineer to mix down a performance in Pro Tools after a gig using just the S3 control surface and a laptop. The EUCON protocol – the same protocol used by Avid S6 studio consoles – delivers superior functionality and integration.
  • Updated operating system with support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins
    S3L’s updated operating system includes support for 64-bit AAX DSP plug-ins, giving customers access to all the latest effects and sound processors available. 
  • Improved surface navigation and mixing
    Numerous enhancements improve surface operation, navigation and visual feedback, speeding up workflows by providing greater flexibility to mix live shows with user-definable fader layouts, VCA and Group Spill, and more. 

The new update will ship in Q3.

Price Free to all existing users.

Blake La Grange Shares His Go To Plug-ins For Mastering

Community member Blake La Grange is a producer and engineer living and working in Southern California and runs his own mastering business Mercury Mastering. He is a full-time mastering engineer and has worked with members of Chicago, Cheap Trick, Cake, and artists like P.O.D., Mase, and many more. Blake told us…

With hundreds of songs under my belt, from all different styles, I have learned to adapt to just about every genre that comes my way.

So here is his personal take on using plug-ins in Pro Tools for mastering.

Kush Clariphonic Parallel EQ

This thing is absolutely amazing.  It can be used to throw on the stereo buss right before you send a track off to mastering, or used on anything with distinct hi-end like acoustic guitars, strings, or vocals. I own the actual hardware and use it 9 times out of 10 for mastering. In my opinion the plug-in is almost identical. It basically boosts two areas of top-end (around 2-6k and 6-20k). I usually hate boosting anything because I’ve adapted a philosophy to cut problem frequencies, but this changes everything. It boosts harmonic frequencies to truly add shimmer and clarity without the terrible harsh frequencies you get if you were to boost on a regular EQ. Just when you think a mix can’t get any better, start playing with it, bypass, and wonder why you lived without it.

Waves SSL G-Equalizer

I often use this EQ for cutting. It sounds so much better than any “10-Band” type EQ. Because you are limited to SSL’s parameters, it sort of forces you to be a better engineer. Whenever I need to get rid of that room resonance or muddiness, I’ll use this to notch out around 200-500Hz. It also has an “analog” switch so that after this hits a compressor or a limiter, you can hear that analog hum that we all long for in this digital age. Instead of throwing on another plug-in or using another EQ, I’ll use this to boost (sometimes). It is extremely sensitive, however; its 2dB boost seems like an 8dB boost on every other EQ. I’ll never cut or boost more than 3dB on this. Another helpful feature is the high-pass filter to cut out all the mess under 40hz.

Waves MaxxBass

This works similar to the Kush EQ where it boosts harmonic frequencies rather than grabbing a knob at 100 and turning it to the right. It also has a similar effect as the Kush EQ, but it’s geared toward low-end frequencies. Whenever a mix is lacking excitement in the low-end, I’ll use this to bring out the harmonics of the kick and bass. I use the frequency switch to find the bass or kick. If they are both sitting in the same frequency range, the MaxxBass won’t be of much help to you, but it’s a great “go-to” if you want to stay away from boosting low-end.

Waves PuigTec EQP-1A

I decided to add this into the list simply because of the “Attenuation” knob. If you don’t have the real thing, the plug-in does just fine. It certainly doesn’t sound as good as the hardware, but it’s the next best thing. I never use it to boost up top, unless it’s a very gradual shelf of a dB or so. This EQ, however, really nails the bottom end. Once you’re done boosting, bring up the attenuation knob and it technically dips that selected frequency. I know, right - boosting and cutting at the same time? Trust me, it’s awesome.

Waves API 2500

This compressor can give you any sound you want. In my studio, I usually like to stick to clean sounding EQ’s like SSLs, but whenever I want some color to my mix, I’ll use the API 2500. It’s definitely not as good as the real thing, but it’s darn close. I love the “Tone” selector. I think of it as my “style” selector. If the mix is already sounding great and simply needs some compression, this will do the trick.

Waves L3 Multimaximizer

I wouldn’t call this my favorite plug-in, or even my “must-have” plug-in, but if you want your tracks to be loud, without sounding squashed, this will do it. Unlike the L2, this is a multi-band limiter that allows you to hone in on five different frequency ranges. I’ll even find myself boosting 1dB or so up top just because I can. If you don’t have the hardware L2, or even if you find yourself coming up short with the loudness war out there, the L3 will allow you to fight the competition without selling out to the “squash factor” sound. That is, if you use it carefully.

Mike - So these are Blake’s go to plug-ins for mastering, do you agree?  If not, what are your go to plug-ins for mastering?

How To Create Super Tight Synth Parts In Pro Tools

Russ shows the trick for creating super tight synths in Pro Tools.

He also shows how this trick can be used to tighten up other instruments in Pro Tools.

All plug-ins used are part of Pro Tools.

Watch it here

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Duplicate Clip Issue In Pro Tools - Updated

Fig. 1 - Region shorter than the bar.

Community member Dustin Anstey has wrote asking about an issue where duplicated clips change length after extended duplication.

To demonstrate he created a quarter note length clip containing a kick drum sample and then duplicated across the timeline for around 4 minutes. Even though the region is cut to the grid, over time it starts to change length and pushes the entire track out of time.

Even more odd is the fact that sometimes it shortens the clip (fig 1) and at other times it lengthens the clip (fig 2). In all cases it’s only by a matter of samples, but it is still not correctly placing the audio.

Fig. 2 - Region longer than the bar.

We have tested this ourselves and can replicate the issue.

Some users suggest that this is the sample rounding feature in Pro Tools, however on tests in other DAWs (some a fraction of the cost of Pro Tools) and this issue does not occur.

DAWs tested: 

  • Apple Logic Pro X v 10.0.6 - No drift with clip copied for 180 bars
  • Reaper 4 - No drift with clip copied for 180 bars
  • Steinberg Nuendo 6.02 - No drift with clip copied for 180 bars
  • Propellehead Reason 7.1 - No drift with clip copied for 180 bars

Dustin also comments in his email “It also seems to be a bit worse with midi regions and it varies depending on how much delay compensation is happening.”

However when using the Loop function or the Paste Special/Repeat To Fill Selection workflows the audio maintains the correct length.


Avid Accounts Updated With Subscription Options

Avid account owners logging into their account will see an new set of menus that now include a ‘products I subscribed to’ option.

Avid announced subscription service option for Media Composer this week starting at $49 per month and it is expected that a similar option will be coming for Pro Tools owners at some point in the coming year.

No pricing has been confirmed for Pro Tools subscriptions to date.

How To Tighten Vocal Stacks In Pro Tools

Russ shows how to tighten up vocal stacks using some of the standard features in Pro Tools.

In this video you will learn several techniques and keyboard shortcuts that will be useful for editing audio in Pro Tools including tab to transient, strip silence, audio warp and more.

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How To Create The Glitch Effect In Pro Tools

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In this video tutorial, Russ shows how glitch effects in Pro Tools are just 2 keyboard shortcuts away.

No plug-ins to buy, simply this nifty editing trick.

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How To Add Drums To Existing Tracks And Keep Them In Phase

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In this video tutorial Russ shows how you can add additional drums sounds to existing ones in Pro Tools and get them in phase. This is essential when adding other sounds to existing drums.

He uses two cool features in Pro Tools to get the same results in seconds.

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Avid Everywhere for Audio Webinar

Our friends at Avid are hosting the Avid Everywhere for Audio Webinar, it takes place May 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm ET

This is one Avid webinar that all Pro Tools users should see, as it will explain and demonstrate how Pro Tools will work as part of the Avid Everywhere concept.

Register for this exclusive webinar and Q&A session with the Avid audio product design team to see exciting upcoming workflows:
  • Connect with talent around the globe using Pro Tools cloud collaboration
  • Preserve your work now and into the future with track Freeze and PXF archive
  • Manage, track, and document assets with rich, open metadata
  • Make connections—and license and sell content using the new audio marketplace
Don’t miss this opportunity to see this Pro Tools technology preview and join the conversation. Register now to attend the webinar.

Pro Tools Running On A Dedicated Machine: Update Week 1

Last week we ran the story Does Pro Tools Run Better On Dedicated Machines? We Tested It To Find Out.

Early findings were enlightening, but some asked if we would keep you updated. Was a fresh install just as likely to become sluggish as time went on, or would it continue to perform well?

So here is the update a week on. A diary of Pro Tools on my general purpose Mac and then a diary of the Pro Tools machine.

The General Purpose Mac Running Pro Tools - Week 1

  • Several general crashing when inserting various plug-ins.
  • Several crashes when closing Pro Tools
  • Installed UAD version 7.7 with some odd results.
    • No UAD presets worked at all
    • Major crash when using Neve 1073 which rendered Pro Tools unable to open without crashing
    • Complete uninstall of UAD 7.7, trashed all PT preferences using PT Helper and then reinstalled
    • Finally got Pro Tools to open but still no presets in UAD plug-ins 

The Dedicated Mac Running Pro Tools - Week 1

  • No crashes to report
  • Installed UAD version 7.7 with no issues. 
    • All UAD presets worked. 

So there are the results after week 1, check back next week for more diary entries.

Universal Audio Announce AAX Windows Compatibilty For Pro Tools Users

Our friends at Universal Audio have announced AAX 64 Windows 7 compatibility on their UAD powered plug-in platform. This is part of the version 7.7 release of their highly popular UAD powered plug-in range.

We can here the cry sounding across the world of ‘yey!’

There are some important notes for Windows users.

To use Pro Tools 11 with UAD AAX 64 plug-ins under Windows 7, please be sure to follow the steps below.
  • Install the UAD v7.7.0 software. Be sure to restart the computer after installation.
  • Open the Pro Tools 11 application. The UAD AAX 64 plug-ins are automatically scanned during launch.
  • After plug-in scans are complete, restart Pro Tools 11. The UAD AAX 64 plug-ins are now ready for use.

This release also brings some more features, check our other stories to find out more.

How To Read The F*****g Manual

If you’ve ever been in a forum then you may have come across the 4 letters RTFM, which stand for Read The F*****G Manual. This response of course assumes that the person asking the question hasn’t read the manual and often says far more about the person responding than the person asking the question. There are times when one can read a manual several times over and still not find the answer.

A few weeks ago we asked you what you what subjects you would like us to cover on Pro Tools Expert. One community member suggested we wrote an article about the importance of reading the Pro Tools manual.

So here is our guide on how to get the best from your stuff by reading the manuals.

1. Get The Manual Before The Product Arrives

When I first started buying gear in the 1980s user manuals were printed and often ran to several hundred if not thousands of pages. Some came in plastic clip binders and they weighed a ton, even more recently if you purchases a product like Logic the bulk of the box was user manuals. Today user manuals are just a click away, I wonder if like me you download the PDF manual before the product arrives? If you don’t then you should, by the time most of the stuff I buy arrives I’ve read the manual from cover to cover.

2. Take Advantage Of The PDF Technology

A second benefit of manuals now been written in PDF format is you can word search them to find the answer you are looking for. Most manuals go even further, for example the Pro Tools Reference Guide often mentions other pages or chapters and if you click on the link it takes you to that page. So don’t wade through a manual like a novel, use the technology to find things fast.

3. Study The Manual And Become A Guru

The current Pro Tools Reference Guide is split into 54 chapters which means you can read a chapter a week and have the entire manual covered in just about a year. I like to do this and either learn new things or refresh myself on things that I may have forgotten. So try setting yourself the Pro Tools Reference Guide in a year challenge, it’s only a chapter a week, which means you can go deeper than just skimming for answers.

4. Set Yourself Exercises

One I like to do is to open a new blank session and then choose a chapter and create some practical exercises based around what I’m trying to learn. For example if I want to learn how to warp audio then I’ll create a new track with some audio in and then work my way through that part of the manual until I’ve got it. When we read we take in the theory, when we do it then we apply that theory in a way which means it sticks. I highly recommend this to you, within no time you’ll be doing things you never dream of.

5. Print Parts Out As Reminders

The idea of printing is regarded by some as a sin, however sometimes it helps to print out a page or a section so you can go though and highlight important things that you want to remind yourself of. For example the Keyboard Shortcuts guide for the popular shortcuts is handy and you could print it out and laminate it for quick reference.


Perhaps I’m a little odd but I love to read user manuals, I love trying to discover a feature that I didn’t know was there.

Remember you never stop learning, until you pick up the manual you may not have even started. 

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 115

Does Pro Tools Run Better On Dedicated Machines? We Tested It To Find Out.

If you’ve had trouble with Pro Tools then there may have been some point when you have been directed to a number of ways to try and solve it. Avid have some helpful trouble shooting guides as well as system optimisation.

We have an entire section on this blog to help you get the best from your Pro Tools system, kindly sponsored by dedicated Pro Tools computer builders, Pro Tools PC.

Some suggest that turning off network cards, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, Disk Search tools like Spotlight, and background apps that do things like monitoring hard drives can make a difference.

We often suggest that you do a clean build and also use an OS that may not be the most up-to-date snazzy latest version, but is proven to work better.

Perhaps you’ve taken all of these things with a pinch of salt and thought that your crashes or slow performance are down to software bugs and not the way your Pro Tools machine is set-up. Or perhaps you are one of those people who thinks, ‘why should I have to set my machine up around Pro Tools, surely it should just work?’ Well in theory that may be a fair thing to think, but car manufacturers suggest oil and fuel types for better performance, or the best tyre pressure to get optimum mileage and efficiency, of course we can choose to ignore the advice, but it may mean we end up with performance that is far worse than it could be.

The Pro Tools Challenge

I decided to see what would happen if I installed two identical Crucial M500 SSD drives in my Mac Pro and on one drive ran the Mac as I would any other computer I own, with all the Apps I would normally have installed on my computer like Office, Photoshop etc as well as plenty of handy little Apps and with every process running like it does normally. I am also unique in the fact that my machine has beta versions of plug-ins as well as demos and, as a reviewer, a lot more plug-ins than the average bear. The install of Pro Tools is 11.1.3 and not a clean install, simply an upgrade from previous versions. This Mac is running OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion

On the second identical drive, a Crucial M500 SSD, I formatted it from the box, installed OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion and then a clean install of Pro Tools 11.1.3. I then only installed the plug-ins I really use, so no betas, no demos, no stuff I use once in a blue moon. You can see the Applications installed in the image below, yep it’s pretty sparse. The suff in red highlight is the stuff that Apple install and won’t let me remove, it seems that Photo Booth is an essential system application! ;)

I won’t go into my issues with Mavericks in this article as that would just muddy the water, suffice to say, I’m not a fan, so this test is using Mountain Lion.

This is an identical machine, which has two start-up drives so I can dual boot, one for day-to-day work the other as my studio Pro Tools machine.

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Pro Tools 11.1.3 Announced

Updated on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:02PM by Registered CommenterNeil Hester

Avid have announced Pro Tools 11.1.3 an update for exisitng Pro Tools 11 owners.

There’s a lot of issues resolved in the latest release, we’ve listed them all below.

We’ve been reporting a lot about video issues in Pro Tools 11, so it is good to see a long list of resolved issues for video.

Download Pro Tools 11.1.3 from your Avid account

For a full list of the issues resolved read on.

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