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For some the arrival of the DAW was a dream come true, to be able to track, edit and mix in one application, what’s not to like. For other people Pro Tools was a replacement for their tape machine and even now that’s what Pro Tools is.
In the last few years a new generation of hardware lovers has emerged, so some who mixed entirely in the box have now returned to using a mixer and /or outboard hardware. For others the in-the-box workflow is just what they dreamed of. So in this poll we would like to know how you work with Pro Tools, are you fully in the box or is it just part of a more complex audio workflow? Did you start in the box and then return to hardware, or did you jettison hardware in preference for a fully in the box workflow.
Please take our poll and let us know what you use in addition to your audio interface and let us know in the comments why you use the workflow you have, how long you have been using that workflow, had it changed, if so then why?
Hidden Treasure is a new series where we look at some items that may have been written off as past their best, but that may deserve consideration before making a purchase of a new item to do a task in the studio.
The first piece of hidden treasure is the Digidesign Command 8, shown by Digidesign at the 119th AES in 2005, so nearly 10 years old, but there’s a still a lot going for the Command 8 a decade later.
When Pro Tools 11 was announced some Pro Tools users were left confused by what hardware would and would not work with Pro Tools 11, the Command 8 fell into the ‘Not Officially Supported (Untested)’ and so some rumours started to circulate that effectively wrote this unit off.
However, the Command 8 still works fully in Pro Tools 11 and now they are going got a song on the second hand market, in the UK you can grab them for a low as £250, or the USA for as low as $325. What you get for you money is quite a lot. The main features of Command|8 include:
- Eight fader strips, each with a motorized, touch-sensitive fader, rotary encoder, LEDs, and Solo, Mute, and Channel Select switches
- Analog monitoring section with the following features:
Output and level control for mains and headphones
Two pairs of analog inputs, one for the main mix from Pro Tools, one for alternate sources
- One MIDI In port and two MIDI Out ports providing 16 channels of MIDI input and 32 channels of MIDI output
- USB port for direct USB MIDI communication with Pro Tools
- Large, bright LCD for data display
- 1/4-inch Punch In port for footswitch control of recording
- Transport controls and mode switches
- Windows switches for Pro Tools display
- Navigation and Zoom controls
- Tactile control of track volume, pan, send level, send pan, and record status, as well as PRE™ (Digidesign mic preamplifier) gain
- Fast and convenient access to sends, inserts, plug-in pages, pan settings, and other track functions
- Five Function keys to access Utility, Fader Mute, and MIDI mapping functions
- Stand-Alone mode with save and recall of up to 8 snapshots
- Allows control of any device that supports MIDI Continuous Controller messages
- Allows use of custom MIDI mapping
So that’s a physical control surface with moving faders, a Pro Tools transport, a monitoring controller (with MONO button), full physical control of plug-ins and instruments, as well as a MIDI interface for around $300.
That’s a lot of bang for the buck and well worth considering if you want a physical control surface. It may not be the newest controller out there, but it still has a lot to offer nearly a decade after it was launched.
Have you got a Command 8, what do you think of it? Do you have suggestions for gear to feature in future Hidden Treasure post? If so then let us know.
There are many ways to control a Pro Tools session, you can just use your mouse and keyboard and be a shortcut Ninja alone, or you can use a control surface or an iOS app in addition to that.
There’s quite a few options and simply talking amongst the Pro Tools Expert team you will find some of us using the latest large format control surfaces, iOS apps, MIDI keyboards or just keyboard and mouse.
So we thought we would ask you how you control Pro Tools, in addition to the mouse and keyboard. Are you simply a mouse keyboard Ninja, or do you use some kind of additional controller?
So let us know - just the mouse and keyboard or some addtions? Of course please use the comments to let us know why you gave you answer if you wish - especially if you are using legacy or third party controllers. Does you controller determine the version of Pro Tools you use?
Following a request Russ shows how to record the audio of virtual instruments onto audio tracks in any version of Pro Tools, he shows the various methods required depending on the plug-in used. He also shows how to make sure no audio is lost during the process.
Pro Tools Expert and pureMix have entered into a partnership which aims to offer Pro Tools users an amazing set of video tutorial resources for those wanting to master recording and mixing.
pureMix Video Tutorials From Top Producers
pureMix offer many live action tutorials on studio gear and technique from established producers like Grammy nominated Fab Dupont with credits to his name like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Mark Ronson. New York producer Ben Lindell with credits with MGMT, Soulja Boy and Edie Brickell. Last but not least is producer Ryan West who is best known for his work as a mixing engineer and producer with Eminem, Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Kid Cudi and many more.
Check Out pureMix Training Content
We will be bringing some great content from pureMix in the coming weeks and months, so keep your eyes peeled - in the meantime you can head over and check out some of their current content for free.
Stillwell Audio have announced version 3 of their software which sees 19 plug-ins updated and adds compatibilty for both RTAS and AAX for Pro Tools users.
Even better it offers free upgrades to 19 of their plug-ins for which are now both 32 and 64 bit as well as RTAS and AAX for OS X and Windows users.
They has also announced a brand new web site, posting this news;
It’s been a LONG time coming, but it’s finally here. Version 3.0.0 brings many noteworthy features and fixes. All known compatibility issues have been addressed for current users, and for those users that have been waiting patiently (or not), we’re finally fully consistent; all plugins are available 32 and 64 bit, both Mac and PC (with the exception of Psycho Dither which is still WIP and Microschope which has been retired due to lack of activity). The most exciting bit for new users, though, is additional platform support. We now support VST3 and (wait for it) Pro Tools. Our plugins are available in RTAS (legacy), 32-bit AAX Native (Pro Tools 10), and 64-bit AAX Native (Pro Tools 11). Where appropriate, we have also built in support for Audiosuite.
The plug-ins included in the new upgrade include the much loved 1973, Bombadier and Vibe EQ, the entire list is impressive and is shown in the chart below.
They also offer 100% functional trials of their plug-ins for you to try.
The team over audio assault are making some nice guitar and bass amp and cab emulations under the name Grind Machine. Even better they have some free versions to download, they come in AAX format for Pro Tools 10 and 11 both Mac and Windows.
Often Bass player can feel left out with many plug-in concentrating on the guitarist, however this free plug-in is aimed squarely at the bass.
We tested it in Pro Tools 11 for CPU drain and it is very efficient showing marginal CPU draw of around 2-3%
About Bass Grinder Free
Bass Grinder Free is a free bass amp and cabinet plug-in, stripped down version of Bass Grinder, the full featured bass amp and cab emulation.
The free version includes
- 2 Amps ( Dragon & Razor )
- 3 Cabs
Cabinet bypass is disabled in Bass Grinder Free
How To Download Bass Grinder
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.
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.
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.
We have seen comments that people are struggling to get the Calmaestudiis, TouchOSC, Osculator combination to work. There are instructions that come with the template files but they are a little basic, but hey its free so doing a bit of work is not unreasonable. I have just been through the install process and I have written up a more comprehensive set of instructions and here they are…
Installing the free Calmaestudiis iPad template using TouchOSC and Osculator software.
- Purchase, download and install the TouchOSC app onto your iPad. TouchOSC will cost $4.99.
- Download the Osculator software and install it.
- Download the free template from Calmaestudiis.
- Unzip the CalmaPT.zip file. In the CalmaPT folder you will find 2 folders - Osculator PT10 and TouchOSC PT10.
- Run Osculator, it needs to be running all the time Pro Tools is running.
- It will work in ‘demo’ mode until you select to purchase it. It will cost between 14 and 29 Euros plus vat for European users. Whilst in Demo mode when you get the ‘nag’ screen it stops working until you dismiss it.
- Open the file calmaestudisPT10.oscd with Osculator and leave it running, you might want to consider arranging for your computer to run it at start up.
- Go to the Download page of TouchOSC web site
- Scroll down the page to find the Editor software and download appropriate TouchOsc editor for your computer.
- Install the software and open the file calmaestudisPT10.touchosc in the TouchOSC Editor
- Press the Sync button in the TouchOSC Editor.
- On your iPad run TouchOSC and in the settings page, set the Host IP address to the IP address of the computer that is running Pro Tools.
- Go to the Layout option in TouchOSC on your iPad and select Add.
- In the Add Layout window press the Edit button in the top right hand corner of the screen.
- Press the + button in the top left hand corner and then type in the IP address of the computer with Pro Tools and The TouchOSC editor on it. Press Done.
- Press on the IP Address in the list of Editor Hosts in Touch SOC on your iPad, and that will download the profile as long as you have already pressed the Sync button on the TouchOSC Editor software.
- If your iPad gives an error message that it is unable to connect to the server, check you have entered your IP addresses correctly and that you have started the Sync process in the TouchOSC Editor on your Pro Tools computer.
- Once you have the template on your iPad press the Stop Sync button on the software and close the TouchOSC Editor.
- You should now be able to use the Calmaestudiis iPad template to control Pro Tools from your iPad.
If you want to use all the buttons on the 13 tabs on the TouchOSC app on your iPad, you will need to add shortcuts into your Keyboard Preferences, and this is covered in the original instructions. I choose not to do this as they would override my shortcuts for my Hotkey Matrix.
We hope these will help anyone having difficulty installing this package.
There’s one more that I have been “sitting on” for over a year but now seems a good time to mention it.
KillerKeys is a virtual keyboard that is displayed on your screen showing shortcuts for hundreds of popular applications. It features autoswitching so when you move to another application the shortcuts being displayed change to the appropriate ones for that app’.
It also features a free ipad app’ that works over WiFi to allow direct access to the shortcut palette on the ipad’s screen as well as a touchpad for mouse pointing and clicking, a volume slider for audio control and a jog shuttle wheel for navigation and markers.
Why did I sit on it for so long?
Well, its implimentation wasnt perfect and I’ve had varying irregular performance trying to use it with Pro Tools 11 (its not listed as supported - Only PT8 and 10 are) , although it is feature rich it’s not as slick as I would want for a control surface replacement/add on but perhaps you’d like to try it yourself.
Check it out at KillerKeys.com
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?