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Pro Tools tips, tricks, support and news for users of Pro Tools. Free Pro Tools video tutorials and free Pro Tools plug-ins. We support both the music and post production community.

We offer advice for users of all versions of Pro Tools both current and legacy formats. We’re independent and are not affiliated with Avid or their associated companies. 

Entries in review (9)

Review: Excalibur Multi-effects Plug-in From Exponential Audio 

In this video James takes a look and listen to the amazing new multi effects plug-in from Exponential Audio, Excalibur. James takes you round the GUI and uses 3 audio examples to show off just what this thing can do.

Excalibur is the powerful new plug-in from Michael Carnes at Exponential Audio that lets you create some of the most innovative effects ever. Whether you’re looking for delays, flangers, dynamic filters, phasers, pitch shifters or more, check out Excalibur as it maybe what you have bee looking for. Its dynamic modulation is at home in music production, post and live performance. 

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Exclusive: Preview Of Softube Jack Off Plug-in

Pro Tools Expert have been given exclusive access to the amazing new Softube plug-in “Jack Off” that removes the treated guitar sound and returns it to the unplugged sound. Hearing is believing with this amazing new plug-in which they aim to ship later this year. We’ve been given a sneak look at the beta version so we could make the video shown above.

Niklas Odelholm Product Manager at Softube explains:

“Linearization of non-linear systems is one of the holy grails in system modeling, and a goal we’ve pursued for years. Perfecting the rawness of the super analog tone was our goal. Anyone can add sound to a signal, removing it is a different task that took us 3 years to perfect. We’ve tried it on all sorts of material and each time the results have been perfect.”

Henrik Andersson Vogel Marketing Manager at Softube says:

“Softube is widely recognized for our world class guitar amplifier emulations. Having taken amp modeling as far as we possibly could, there was only one direction to go next—which was to  capture the essence of the guitar itself. Hence Jack Off, which allows you to capture that true in store guitar sound in a plug-in.”

We’ve tested it and it really is amazing hearing it strip out the effected sound and leave a completely un-plugged guitar which can then be used as you wish.

Estimated price will be around $299 when it ships later this year.

What do you think? Is this something you would want in your plug-in collection?

Review Of Kush Electra DSP Plug-in

Russ takes a look and listen to the new Kush Electra DSP EQ plug-in.

The Electra DSP is arguably the punchiest, tightest, most vibey eq to ever be found in digital form. Meticulously modeled by UBK himself, this plugin is as close as it gets to the critically acclaimed and incredibly popular hardware of the same name.

The midrange filters automatically adjust their bandwidth as you vary the gain, and have an uncanny ability to find magical ‘pockets of soul’ inside the music and draw them forward, effortlessly.  

This eq’s low end is absurdly tight and hits hard, your kicks and and bass will come alive.  The high shelf is electric and sparkling, and will wake up the sleepiest vocal or mix.  And if you thought all high-pass filters were the same (and boring), wait until you hear this one’s smooth magic.

Review: Waves REDD Abbey Road Console Emulation Plug-in

In this extended review Russ takes a look at the Waves REDD Abbey Road console emulation plug-in. The REDD consoles, custom-designed, built by and named for Abbey Road Studios’ in-house Record Engineering Development Department were renowned for their silky smooth EQ curves, extraordinary warmth and lush stereo imagery.

Waves REDD Only $89 For One Day

Today as part of their new weekend deals where Waves offer 3 plug-ins on Saturday and three different plug-ins on Sunday Waves are offering the REDD plug-in for just $89 instead of the normal $250. If you want to take advantage of this deal you must do it today, don’t delay.

Review of Blackbird Studio Drums By Slate & Blackbird Studios

In this video James takes a look and a listen to the amazing new Blackbird Studio Drums for SSD4 and Slate Trigger. The is more of a listen than a show & tell but James talks you round the new kits and samples and shows off some of the attention to detail that has gone into this sample pack. Listen and enjoy some quality drum sounds.

Review of Blackbird Studio Drums By Slate & Blackbird Studios

About Slate Blackbird Drums

The legendary Blackbird Studios has been the studio of choice for the industry’s greatest artists, from Pearl Jam to Bruce Springsteen. With eight rooms consisting of the world’s most coveted gear and musical instruments as well as fourteen hundred microphones, Blackbird has quickly become known as one of the most prestigious recording facilities in the world.

In the Spring of 2014, Blackbird Founder John McBride recorded the Blackbird Drums Expansion with drummer Chris Tyrell of Lady Antebellum for the STEVEN SLATE DRUMS 4 Virtual Instrument and TRIGGER drum replacer plugin. Utilizing three of Blackbird’s classic rooms including the chambers of rooms A and D, tons of vintage mics and gear, classic drum kits from an era spanning fifty years, and of course, John’s amazing engineering talent, Blackbird Drums is one of the most amazing drum libraries you’ll ever experience. From vintage to modern and everything in between, Slate Drums users will savor the sounds of:

  • Six New Kick Drum Samples
  • Ten New Snare Samples
  • Seven New Sets of Toms
  • Two New Hi Hats
  • One New Ride
  • Four New Crashes

Review & Shootout: Audient ASP880 Vs Midas XL48 Mic Preamps

In this shootout we’ll be comparing two very similar 8 channel preamps, of course what really matters is how they sound but its not just about the sound. The specs can tell you a lot but there are always things you learn about equipment when you actually get hands on with it that you just can’t tell from the specs alone. The audio files of these units in action will tell you a lot about how well these units do their job but here I’m going to offer the other stuff that specs and sound examples alone won’t tell you.

Both the Audient and Midas units are 1 U, 8 channel mic preamps of reassuringly solid construction and lets get this out of the way straight away - They are both excellent. There is no “bad one” here. However, having used them both I think the differences between them make them suitable for slightly different users.

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G-Technology G-DOCK ev With Thunderbolt Storage Review From Production Expert

Russ got his hands on the G-Technology G-DOCK ev With Thunderbolt Storage and put it through its paces for Production Expert.

He writes;

As editor of Pro Tools Expert and weekly contributor to the Pro Tools Expert podcast there’s a question I’ve seen asked again and again, should one chose a desktop or portable hard drive?

Desktop hard drives normally offer faster speed and greater capacity, whereas portable drives offer the flexibility of being able to throw them into a bag for a studio session or a gig. The best of both worlds would be nice.

G-Technology have come to the rescue with a combination of both desktop Thunderbolt drive and 2 x 1TB 7200rpm portable drives, they call it the G-DOCK ev With Thunderbolt Storage.

Of course with any product that aims to meet a number of needs there is the danger of compromise, being a jack of all trades and rather than a master of one. Have G-Tech fallen into this trap or have they managed to deliver on a mixed set of needs?

Check out his G-Technology G-DOCK ev With Thunderbolt Storage review Production Expert to see his conclusions.

Review: AcousticSamples Sunbird Acoustic Guitar Virtual Instrument

Dan Cooper takes this acoustic guitar VI for a spin and likes what he finds. Watch and see in this show &tell review how to use the key features of this AcosticSamples Virtual Instrument.

We would like to thank Digistormers for providing the review copy and also to let you know that if you would like to buy a copy of Sunbird then Digistormers are offering it a a special price.

What Is Sunbird?

AcousticSamples Sunbird is claimed to be the world’s first Acoustic Guitar VI that can really substitute the real acoustic guitar player. You will never hear that it repeats.

All of the frets of all strings with upstrokes, downstrokes, round robins, releases, staccatos, mutes, palm mutes, hand blocks, slides, hammer ons, pull offs, retriggers, fretnoises, percussions other articulations have been sampled carefully.

There are essentially 4 modes, which you can choose using key-switches, G5 to C6, the solo mode that allows to play melodies, the chord mode that helps playing strums or picking very easily, the patterns mode that does all of the strumming or picking for you and the MIDI mode that allows you to use your preferred midi guitar controller.

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Review: Focusrite Red 2 EQ & Red 3 Compressor Plug-ins 

In this show & tell video review James takes a look and listen to the new Focusrite Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor that are now bundled with many Focusrite interface and are available to existing registered owners of a Focusrite interface too. James wanted to explore if it was possible to mix a track only only using the Red 2 & Red 3 plug-ins.

To answer that question, he tries this approach on a guitar led rock track with vocals. Watch as James takes you on a tour of the GUI and shows off some go the plug-in presets and applies his ideas to these powerful yes affordable plug-ins.

The Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite

The Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite accurately models Focusrite’s classic Red range equalizer and compressor hardware – letting you exploit the originals’ famous sound, conveniently from within your audio software. 

Let’s look at design of the original hardware….

  • The Red 2 hardware is derived from the ISA 215 equalizer circuits, initially designed for the Focusrite Forte console with it’s 6-band configuration with high and low-pass filters.
  • The Red 3 hardware uses the same circuit topology as the ISA130 compressor module, based around an innovative proprietary VCA design that earned Focusrite a TEC award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Signal Processing Technology. The unique implementation utilises three VCAs in series on the side chain to achieve true compression followed by limiting.

The Red 2 and Red 3 plug-ins faithfully reproduce the sonic qualities of the hardware, allowing you to get detailed dynamic and tonal control of your mix, and tap into the classic ‘Red’ sound.