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Eagle eyed readers of the new Maschine Studio spec may have seen the ommission of RTAS from the spec. leading to speculation that it would only work in Pro Tools 11.
We reached out to Native Instruments for clarification and received this response.
“RTAS has been dropped indeed but the new Maschine 2.0 Software supports both 32 and 64 bit AAX”
This means that the new version of Maschine will work in Pro Tools 11, 11HD, Pro Tools 10, Pro Tools HD 10, or Pro Tools Express.
Of course those still needing RTAS will be able to continue to use earler versions of Maschine software.
In this new series Russ goes back to basics to help those new to mixing, In this video he talks about the different features in the simple 1 band Eq and how they can be used in significant ways to get a mix in shape.
Community member John Tobin got in touch to ask if we could discuss the subject of Pro Tools exams or education provision like 101, 201, 210 etc.
Are they needed? Who looks for these qualifications? Are they worth it?
What do people think? If you have undertaken these qualifications, did it help you to get work?
When applying for freelance work or a full time job, have you ever been asked if you are Avid qualified?
Are you an employer? What do you look for in potential employees?
Take our poll and of course as always please share you comments. Discuss….
If you want to use an older Pro Tools interface such as a 192 or 96 I/O with Pro Tools then you may find yourself scratching your head as you try and make them work.
In our tests neither Pro Tools 10 or Pro Tools 11 will see a second interface when connected to the Expansion port on the Avid Omni interface, we were using Pro Tools HD Driver v11.0.1 for Mac, but when the second interface is connected to the card directly they appear within the hardware and I/O configurations. We do not seem to be able to find any documentation either confirming this is expected behaviour or a bug. We also tried connecting first to the 96 I/O and then to the Omni and as we expected this did not work either.
Mike also had an extensive conversation with Avid and another community member who had equally puzzling behaviour when trying to connect Avid Omni and MADI HD interfaces to a HD Native card. He was told that using 2 MADI interfaces and an Omni is not one of the configutations Avid test, so although the planned configuration wouldn’t have gone over the number of I/O, Avid could not be sure it would work.
So if you wish to extend an Avid Omni by adding another interface, then you will need to connect it directly to the second port on your card - unless of course other community members have had success where we have not? Discuss.
Following feedback from the community, we have now given Community Tips its own menu item and page on the Pro Tools Expert site, it’s called ‘Tips’.
Thanks to everyone who is sending in amazing tips and tricks from their own expert knowledge.
UVI have released Sparkverb, new to most people, but not to users of MOTU MachFive 3. One claim that UVO make on their web site is that Pro Tools 11 will host over 400 instances of Sparkverb. In their words;
We are delighted to have the kind support and headline sponsorship of Focusrite RedNet for Pro Tools Expert.
RedNet is making quite a buzz in the Pro Tools community with its innovative approach to moving high quality audio around in both studio and live environments. RedNet is Focusrite’s flagship range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces that harnesses the power of Audinate’s tried and tested Dante digital audio networking system to bring studio quality sound to any modern audio application.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Focusrite RedNet, their solutions offer both innovation and audio excellence for the Pro Tools user. We are looking forward to working with Focusrite’s RedNet team and with the community in helping them to understand the potential Rednet gives for Pro Tools HD users. It will also be good tohave the community offer valuable feedback to Focusrite. I’ve been impressed so far in their openness to feedback from the Pro Tools community” Russ Hughes, Editor.
If you have questions or feedback about RedNet then please let us know and we can pass it on to the team.
At Pro Tools Expert, we get a lot of emails from users wanting to understand which plug-in formats work with which versions of Pro Tools, so we’ve decided to make this video.
Russ gives a guided tour of the various Pro Tools plug-in formats; for the confused, and so easy your Mum would understand.
Avid have just released a tease video #mixingredefined as a tease to an announcement at IBC for the new S6 mixer.
More details to follow as soon as we have them.
Perhaps one of the most underated and yet coolest small synth companies, TAL has released TAL-BassLine-101 v1.218 with AAX support in both Pro Tools 10 and 11.
- AAX support for Pro-Tools 10.3.6 or higher and Pro-Tools 11 added.
- Filter-FM for all waveforms as source added.
- Sequencer Insert, Delete, Length Global and Velocity Global added.
- MIDI automation can now record host automation.
- Keyfollow scale fixed for values > 0 and < 1.
- Better user interface performance while reading automation.
- More stable sequencer host-sync.
- Record sequence with MIDI and host sync fixed.
- Portamento Linear sample-rate bug fixed.
New Filter-FM features:
Choose a VCO waveform as source and add control the FM-intensity with the horizontal slider. Filter-FM modulates the filter cutoff with the source signal. Use a lot resonance and a low cutoff frequency to hear the effect.
If you are into dance or electro music then this is well worth a look with it’s very cool retro nod back to old Roland classic - we’ll do a review of it shortly, but this is one not to miss.
Russ is sent a complex rock track that has multiple instrument and vocal layers and lots of energy. He shows how maintains both separation and energy in the mix in the extended 30 minute mix tutorial with his take on the mix.
Huge thanks to Dustin Anstey and his band for supplying such a well recorded and well arranged song. Do you have a track you would like to submit?
Russ takes a look at the Sean Paul track “Other Side Of Love” to see if he can recreate it using the FREE stuff in Pro Tools.
Avid are running a promo of buy Pro Tools 11 and get an Mbox for $100, that’s 80% off the Mbox. In their words;
“The Pro Tools + Mbox bundle gives you the best of both worlds—the most advanced and trusted music creation and audio production software on the planet, and a professional-grade, portable hardware interface that delivers best-in-class sound quality and performance. Get everything you need to create music and audio on your Mac or PC—all in one bundle that offers incredible value.”
Pro Tools 11 has been out in the wild for couple of months now and so I’ve had a lot of time to give it a spin around the block on real projects.
Here are 5 things I love about it and in the name of balance 5 things I hate.
Russ shows how a free cool plug-in that ships with Pro Tools can really bring stuff to life - here he shows it in action on a live drum kit.
Russ shows what can be achieved by using filters on synths and loops to transform tracks.
Russ does a quick video to show how to get those really low bass sounds you hear in tracks like ‘Boom Boom Boom’
There are lots of discussons about different sample rates doing the rounds at the moment, so we’re interested to find out what sample rate our music producer community members use when recording. We also want to see if there’s a common rate for those who record at home versus those who work as professionals.
If you use higher sample rates then let us know why, if you don’t then we’d also be interested to know why not.
The DrMS Spatial Processor falls into the category of “There Is Nothing Else Like It” and its developer Mathew Lane has taken the whole idea of MS processing to another level. In this Show & Tell Review, Mike takes a tour of this unique plug-in and finds out what it can do.