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The Pro Tools PC website has today gone live and is taking orders for the UK and Europe as well as taking enquiries of interest from the USA and the rest of the world.
Head over to www.pro-tools-pc.com and take a look at the newly-designed website. We think you’ll find all the information you need (but feel free to use the website contact form or Facebook page to ask anything more you might need or want to know).
Avid are running a new promo for those buying either Fast Track Solo or Due audio interfaces, which run on Mac, PC and iPad. Buy a Solo or Duo and be in with the chance of winning an Express to Pro Tools 11 Crossgrade worth £310!
Basically, every customer who purchases a Solo or Duo who provides a proof of purchase to ‘email@example.com’ goes in the hat and every two weeks from the 21st of this month, a winner is chosen.
The promotion is running for 3 months and there will be 6 draws (21st June, 5th July, 19th July, 2nd August, 16thAugust, 30th August). One winner per draw.
The incentive to buy now is that the longer you’re in the hat, the more chances you have to win, if you don’t win on the first draw… you stay in the hat till the promo expires.
This promotion is available to residents of The United Kingdom Only
The great helper app from Jean-Charles Deshaies is currently not available. His site is down and has been for a while.
But the good news is we have a copies available to download.
Jean Charles, do get in touch with us if we can help you.
Few seem to have noticed that included in Pro Tools 11 HD is Satellite Link, previously a $750 value add-on, or as some of been talking about previously an “in app purchase”.
Satellite Link allows a user to connect up to five Pro Tools|HD systems (or up to four Pro Tools|HD systems plus one Avid Media Composer Video Satellite system, or one Video Satellite LE system) via Ethernet using the Satellite Link option for Pro Tools HD systems for synchronized playback. Cue, play, and stop the transports, make play selections, and solo tracks across any of the systems from any linked workstation.
It is our understanding that what will be possible is to have Pro Tools 11 on one machine and Pro Tools 10 on another locked together via ethernet, for some this may be a great solution and offer the best of both worlds.
Add to this the Video Satellite that previously cost $250, then there’s a $1000 worth of software now included with Pro Tools 11 HD.
Avid are sometimes accused by some as ‘money grabbing’ and ‘only in it for the money’, however this is a nice touch by Avid. Granted you may not need or use the features, but for those who were contemplating either purchases, put your wallet away.
Our friends over at Alchemea are putting up a cool prize of a copy of Pro Tools 11 as well as £1000 worth of free certified training for one lucky person.
Simply complete the form below and one person will get this cool prize. Alchemea recently upgraded their flagship studio with an SSL Duality SE console, but what desk preceded the Duality? The answer to the question can be found on their blog here.
Please complete all fields. One entry per email address. You are entering for a chance to win one copy of a Pro Tools 11 (Not HD) and £1000 worth of Alchemea training, no cash alterntive. Judges decision is final and no correspondance will be entered into. By entering you are giving permission for either/or both Alchemea and Pro Tools Expert to contact you in the future. You can opt out at any time after the draw has ended, if you do so before it ends then you will be removed from the draw. Contest ends 30th June 2013.
Russ takes a classic rock track “Whole Lotta Love” and shows you how to use both tempo mapping and also elastic audio to do things you never thought possible… although to do them to a classic track like this is probably sacrilegious.
A response to those who are struggling to use Elastic Audio in Pro Tools and finding audible artefacts in the sound. This shows how careful preparation fixes this issue.
Pro Tools Expert were guests at the Mediaspec Avid Pro Tools 11 launch in Glasgow, with sessions for both music and post professionals. Many of us have seen the official video and our fun parody - we thought it would be good to get reactions from those attending the event. Thanks to those who agreed to be interviewed.
Yesterday we had a great day with Mediaspec in Glasgow and Avid running Pro Tools 11 preview sessions for both music and post - video to follow shortly.
During the event, Eric from Mediaspec announced the winner of the £800 Pro Tools 11 bundle, kindly donated by Mediaspec. The winner is Simon Wilkinson from London. Simon writes;
“Fab news, thanks! I was at BVE when Mike gave his talk about PT11 (and have spoken to James at a couple of expos in the past year) so it is especially gratifying to actually win the bundle having met at least some of the team.”
Next week we offer a second chance to win Pro Tools 11, so stay tuned!
Mike takes a look at the new Liny EQ from Blue Cat Audio and discovers some very interesting features, take a look. Phase linear EQ plug-ins are especially useful in mastering scenarios and there are a good number of features in Blue Cat Audio’s Liny EQ that have mastering work written all over them like MS and the Spectrogram display is brilliant.
There are demos versions to download from the Liny EQ page on the Blue Cat Audio site.
Avid have just announced the new Avid S3L, which delivers the sound quality, performance, and features of Avid live systems in an all-new modular, networked design. The open and flexible system is comprised of a high-performance HDX-powered mix engine running VENUE software and AAX DSP plug-ins, scalable remote I/O, a compact EUCON-enabled control surface, and Pro Tools software for integrated live sound mixing and recording.
For artists and musicians, S3L delivers the audio clarity and familiar studio processing they need to sound and perform at their best. For engineers, having a high-performance engine at the core empowers them to create richly layered mixes quickly and champion their clients’ signature sounds, without worrying about technical limitations. The streamlined networked design simplifies system set-up and configuration with drag-and-drop functionality, while direct Pro Tools recording and mixing capabilities open opportunities for live album releases.
A few weeks ago a Novation Launchkey 61 landed at PTE HQ for me to take a look at. On a good week I can have several keyboards littering the studio, in fact so many that only an octopus who plays like Chick Corea would have any chance of making real use out of them. I say this to indicate that a lot of controller keyboards pass through my hands and the thought of reviewing a budget controller keyboard is my least favourite task. It’s not that I’m a snob, at least not about controller keyboards, shoes and restaurants yes, but controller keyboards no. I appreciate that there are varying needs and budgets, but I do get attached to the ones I like, so even the simple task of swapping from my trusty stead to a newbie takes some energy.
Anyway, I eventually took the Novation Launchkey 61 out of the box and gave it pride of place on my Ultimate Support stand (note the stand costs more than the keyboard) and I was ready to take a look at it.
The NLK61 was of interest to me for a couple of reasons, the first was the features to price ratio, in other words you get a lot for your money. Secondly it also has Pro Tools integration built in so you can control the transport, faders, mutes and also assign MIDI controller too. All for not much more than a decent pair of shoes or a meal from aforementioned restaurants. Joking apart, the Launchkey 25, 49 and 61 versions clock in at £99, £129 and £159 respectively, so they offer a lot of bang for your buck. In the words of Novation “Launchkey is a range of 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads that trigger and stop clips - and launch scenes - in Ableton Live. As well as enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launchkey app and the Launchpad app* - plus the powerful V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.” To be frank… a steal!
One of the first things I wanted to check was the Pro Tools integration, I’m on a Mac so there are no drivers to install. Simply open up the peripherals menu in Pro Tools and set it up via HUI protocol, see below. However on this occasion it didn’t want to play ball, it didn’t matter how many times I tried to sort if out it wouldn’t play nice, so no cigar for me. I put a call into their support line and within 5 minutes they called me back. After a little bit of discussion it transpired that the USB hub I had used to connect it to my Mac was not helping. Once I connected it to the Mac directly then all was good, I could then plug it back into the hub… please note. Full marks to Novation support, not their fault, but they fixed it with a smile and didn’t mention that I’d been a plonker.
Once this was working then I could control the transport, faders and mute via the NLK61. I could use the pads to put in drum parts, the keyboard to play in (yes you guessed it) keyboard parts and assign controllers for MIDI control.
In use the NLK61 is a nifty MIDI controller, my only criticism is the money has been saved on the keyboard which feels a little soft and has the action of a typewriter made from jelly. Don’t get me wrong it’s not bad, it’s just not the kind action you want when laying down piano parts, but for everyday MIDI sequencing it will be more than adequate.
However if you are on a tight budget and want a MIDI controller for the centre of your Pro Tools studio then you should take a look at the Novation Launchkey series of keyboards - they work with Mac, PC and iPad and come with free Apps and two FREE virtual instruments, note that one is VST so you will need to either wrap it or host it in something else to use it in Pro Tools.
If you are looking for a new MIDI controller and want a lot of bang for your buck then check out the Novation Launchkey 25,49, or 61 they represent outstanding value for money.
Russ shows the various ways you can use to fix timing in MIDI performances when using Pro Tools. There are four of them, so use the one that works best for you.
With the recent announcement of Pro Tools 11 and our inevitable reporting, some users staying on legacy versions of Pro Tools may wonder what our intentions for future video, editorial and podcast content are.
The Pro Tools Expert team appreciate that some users either do not wish to upgrade to a new system or cannot afford to upgrade.
Rest assured, it is our intention to continue to offer advice and tips and tricks (including videos) and answer podcast questions for owners of legacy systems. NEW USERS PLEASE NOTE - this is an independent community site offering tips, tricks, tutorials and advice, for product support related to your purchase please speak to your dealer or Avid in the first instance.
Mike here - In addition to us here at Pro Tools Expert continuing to support legacy systems, it may surpise you but Avid do too. They will provide legacy software updates for 3 years and they will offer legacy hardware support for up to 5 years. So no one is forcing you to upgrade if you don’t want to. As I have said before “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. If your PT7 system is doing all you need it to do that is fine, if you are finding it no longer does what you need it to do then consider what system will do what you need.
Pro Tools 11 preview events are starting to take place around the world and Pro Tools Expert have obtained an exclusive shot of the new Pro Tools 11 playback engine dialogue window, which shows the extent of the changes to the audio engine from the user side.
On the left is the dialogue windows for the DAE playback engine from a copy of Pro Tools 10 for Mac and on the right the dialogue window for the AAE for Pro Tools 11. (click to enlarge)
Immediately one can see how simplified the dialogue has become with no more setting up with host processors, CPU% limits, delay compensation or even the plug-in streaming buffer. This would indicate that the new improved AAE is doing a lot of that work for the user. This is a welcome change as for many usrs setting this up was somewhat of a dark art. You can also see from the image that there is now a feature to enable or disable the video engine.
We look forward to Pro Tools 11 arrival soon.
The BBC has announced that it has scrapped an IT project to convert all its tape library to archive, after burning £100m of licence payers money.
The Digital Media Initiative (DMI) was intended to enable staff to share video and audio material and was seen as an important part of a move of resources to Salford.
It could be argued that the whole project was utter madness, with several companies such as Avid, Quantel and Apple already offering tapeless workflows, so even the idea of creating a proprietary system was perhaps not wise.
John Linwood, the BBC’s chief technology officer, has been suspended. We also understand that the entire team is to be disbanded.
“Talar du svenska?”
If you understand that then we have some great news. The Pro Tools Expert Team has been joined by two new Swedish Editors or will be running our Swedish language site.
Adam Vasse and Björn Karlsson are from Stockholm in Sweden and will be offering a Swedish Pro Tools Expert site.
You can read more here, if of course you read Swedish. There is also a Swedish Facebook fan page here.
Russ shows how to get more interesting acoustic guitars using the example from the track “Let Her Go” by Passenger.
When we discussed the issue of “Should Pro Tools Users Get Same Software Features As Pro Tools HD Users?” in Podcast 65 Neil came up with the idea of “In App” purchases following our conversation about Apple’s App business model. Surely this wouldn’t be that difficult as Avid have added the Marketplace menu into Pro Tools 10. This got me thinking, what the feature options might be…
- Instrument tracks 64 up to 128
- Surround to to 7.1
- Extended RAM/disk cache
- TrackPunch / DestructivePunch
- Input monitoring
- VCA mixing
- Solo bus AFL/PFL
- Advanced audio editing
- Advanced automation
- Advanced video editing
What do you think? Are there any other features? What prices would you put on each of these features?
I think it is safe to say this won’t happen for the Pro Tools 11 launch unless Avid decide to do a ‘hackathon’ session, but I suspect they are flat out getting Pro Tools 11 ready to launch so it is more likely to happen in a future upgrade if they decide it is a good idea.