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A second chance to win $10K worth of studio gear is now open to those beyond the US, Westlake Pro have now opened this up to those from US, Canada, EU, or UK.
The contest to win pro recording equipment includes a MacBook Pro, Avid HD system including an Avid Omni, a UAD Satellite, Line 6 Pod, Waves Gold Bundle and JBL speakers, with a value of around $10,000. It runs until January 15th 2014.
One of the great things about Pro Tools is that when it comes to getting great timing there is more than one way to skin a cat. Here are 5 ways:
1. Use Elastic Audio
On any audio track you can apply elastic audio, this then allows you to quantize, warp and move around in time the audio. It fatures several algortihms designed to match the audio content. It is well worth understanding how the audio is analyised otherwise you may get unsatisfactory results. Check our Pro Tools video tutorial here on Getting Elastic Audio In Pro Tools Without Artefacts.
2. Use Beat Detective
If your loved ones are asking you for stocking filler ideas for Christmas then you may have missed this list we compiled from members of the community a couple of years ago. It has some great books on their including some of my favourites. If you have read any of them then please feel free to add you
I was just about to go and buy a new copy of Adobe Photoshop and as I always do I scanned the internet for the best price, the cost varied widely with the lowest being £329 and the highest over £1000. Then I went to Adobe to check the features and saw an advert offering me both Photoshop and Lightroom for around £8 per month, 30 days to cancel on a 12 month rolling contract. I thought this must be a mistake, it must be a version with limited features, but no, what it is as far as I can tell is pretty awesome.
It’s a paradigm shift from the old buy the product, own it (you never did, you licensed it, but who is splitting hairs?), you then wait for it to devalue and then get stung when a new version is released with a costly upgrade fee. I think it’s a smart idea and I think people would be less likely to be tempted to pirate software only costing £8 a month than several hundred or thousands of pounds.
Even better the cloud app gives you all you need in one place.
It got me thinking, what if Avid did the same thing and offered Pro Tools on a monthly plan, as well as what you could see below, just imagine… Pro Tools, plug-ins, storage and a place to showcase your work all in one place, Adobe have done it - which DAW will be first to go this way, perhaps one of them already offers this? I for one hope there’s a Pro Tools monthly plan in the future. I hope this is part of the Avid Everywhere strategy, if so it could be very good for all of us.
So take our poll, would you rent Pro Tools on a monthly plan if you were not penalised in any way?
If you are a Pro Tools user with lots of plug-ins then this is a must watch video.
In our series of FREE Pro Tools video tutorials Russ takes a look at another chart hit and shows some of the production tricks used to get the sound.
Moby is offering a track from his album ‘Innocents’ as a Pro Tools session via blend.io
‘The Perfect Life’ features Wayne Coyne and you can download it and open the entire session up in Pro Tools.
Members of blend.io can download it for FREE.
Russ shows a workflow he uses when wanting to test out sounds from hardware analogue synths that have no presets.
It doesn’t matter how long one uses Pro Tools for, it seems there are some mistakes one can keep making, they fall in the really dumb category, these are my 5:
- Creating a mono track instead of a stereo one and vice versa.
- Hitting record and forgetting to arm the track and then getting the message that seems to have the same voice that my wife uses when I miss a turn when driving.
- During high speed editing hitting the ‘W’ instead of the ‘E’ key and finding the window disappears rather than an edit occurring. No I don’t use focus I use CMD, old habits die hard.
- Hitting the wrong keyboard combo when consolidating regions and ending up with a screen shot… or 10 if I think it isn’t working!
- Creating my third click track after forgetting I already have two inactive and hidden.
So those are my 5 face palms, what are your recurring moments of stupidity?
Russ shows how to use Warp audio to get timing right in the pocket.
Like any other global industry, the music industry is essentially its own functioning micro economy. Affected by supply, demand, costs, laws and regulation, the music industry changes its face constantly, based on cultural, financial and societal trends. In recent decades the proliferation of the Internet and mass access to technologies like virtual instruments, sound libraries, and budget recording gear has enabled a much larger number of musically minded people to participate in the music industry.
There is split opinion as to whether this easy access is a positive or negative development, but regardless of this debate, numerically speaking the industry is now hugely saturated. So in a situation like this how do we, not as artists, but as producers go about marketing ourselves in a meaningful and memorable fashion? Here are a few important points to consider:
Not wishing to pee on anyone’s Mavericks Pro Tools fireworks, it is worth noting some matters which Avid make very clear in the release notes of Pro Tools 11.0.3 (in red ink), for those who may not read the notes and then find out to their peril too late.
So here are things to note if you are considering installing Mavericks and Pro Tools 11.0.3:
- OS X Mavericks Earlier versions of Mac OS X are not supported
- Co-install of Pro Tools 11.0.3 with Pro Tools 10.3.x is not supported on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
- Pro Tools 10.3.x: The uninstaller for Pro Tools 10.3.x will not work using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
These are pretty important notes that Avid have clearly stated, so please proceed with caution. You might be lucky, but if you install and want to complain that some or all of the above screw up your system/workflow then I don’t think you are going to get a sympathetic ear.
Working through all the cool free plug-ins with ‘Pro Tools Mixing Basics’ explains each one in detail. For those wanting to watch the mixing basics series, then here are all the episodes to date.
More coming soon
Not only is Grammy Winning T Bone Burnett one of the top producers around, he is also known for having a few things to say.
In this interview with the Hollywood Reporter he talks about technology in recording including Pro Tools and digital, he says “People who were working in Pro Tools 6 five years ago can’t even access their masters anymore. None of the plug-ins work, nothing is supported. So you’re working in a very impermanent medium. Which is cool if you don’t care.”
On digital he says “Digital is terrible. It’s not archival, because it’s turning over every 10 years at the longest”
You can read the entire article here. Discuss.
Our friends at RSPE in LA are hosting ‘Using Analog Outboard in a Pro Tools World.’ It takes place on October 29th and places are limited. They say:
Our VIP Special Guests bite into how they have used Analog Gear on some of their most memorable projects.
- 2:00pm Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson, Beck, The Mars Volta, Matt Costa)
- 4:00pm Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton)
- 6:00pm Dave Hampton (Prince, Lady Gaga, Herbie Hancock, Justin Timberlake)
For more information and to book click here
Welcome back to part two of string production. This article is a follow on article from part one, so if you haven’t read that, I would suggest reading that first here.
This article will be addressing the low end of the string family, cello and the double bass, as well as taking a look at the psychology of string players, and some considerations for overall string arrangement & production.
Community member Tony Molica shared this cool 100 second video on using shortcuts to create new tracks in Pro Tools 11 Mac.
Do you think you have what it takes to create a cool video? If so then send one in for us to take a look at, it has to have at least 1280 x 720 resolution and good audio quality - we can’t promise to show every video, but who knows, you might be a new members of the team!
See that ‘X’ in the graphic above, on this occasion it means ‘DON’T!’
Avid have posted a knowledgebase article warning Pro Tools users and those with Avid hardware not to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Sadly those needing to read and take this advice have perhaps already proceeded, if you are smart enough to wait a while then here is the advice.
It is not recommended to use Media Composer, Pro Tools or Sibelius with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) as they are not supported at this time.
Russ does a show and tell review of the awesome Loop Loft Simon Phillips loops. This is a special edition that also includes a Pro Tools session template. Go here to buy them now at a killer deal.