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It’s been another amazing year of innovation in the music and post production industry, we’ve seen and reviewed many of the top products. Many of you want to know what we think, but now we want to know what you think was the best one. So check out our round-up of many of the products we reviewed at Pro Tools Expert and then head to the bottom of the page and place your vote… what do you think will win?
There’s a lot of tape emulation plug-ins right now for Pro Tools users and many of them are very good. Is it a case of taste or are there some tape emulations that are better than others.
Here is our round up of the contenders, then take our favourite plug-in poll at the end for you to have your say, please also add your comments.
Russ takes a look at UAD’s new version of the classic Fairchild 660 and 670 compressors.
Russ shows the new Zynaptic Pitchmap plug-in and what can be done with this innovative pitch manipulation tool.
With some whizzy code we’ve now included two new sections into the site fed from our YouTube channel.
You can now watch the videos from the comfort of your favourite blog!
Russ takes a look and a listen to the iZotope Nectar 2 vocal suite, he let’s you know all about its features and what he thinks.
Russ takes a look at the Waves Abbey Road J37 tape emulation plug-in.
Find out what he thinks in this extended video review.
Russ takes a look and listen to the new Slate Trigger 2. Find out what he thinks in this extended show and tell video.
Russ takes a look and a listen to the Universal Audio UAD API Vision plug-in. Find out what he thought and listen to it in action.
It’s a brave person who decides to venture into the professional headphone market. Despite the onslaught of ear-buds and other crappy listening paraphernalia in this iPod generation, professionals know their headphones—in many cases it would take an SAS assault to prize most professionals away from their headphone of choice.
There is a good reason for this: our headphones are often on our heads when we track, mix and master, so they have to sound right and when I say right, I mean accurate. Secondly many of us have headphones on our head for a greater part of any day (I’m so dumb I often forget I’m wearing them and leave them on even when no audio is playing through them), so those headphones have to be comfortable.
Thus, it was with some interest when I got asked by KRK to try their headphones. I have my favourites, which for me tick all the boxes above - apart from the fact they have a curly cord which looks cool at first but over time simply becomes a rat’s nest.
As I’ve already said, I use my headphones all the time. I’m also an insomniac, both going to bed late and rising early, so for the sake of a happy marriage and peace with my neighbours, I use them a lot when I work during unsociable hours.
Asking me to try new headphones is like asking me to try a new beer, or a new bed, or to wear some new shoes - I’m already comfortable and I partly think that if it ain’t broke, then don’t mend it. However only a fool closes their ears (no pun intended) to new ideas. So in this case, part curious and part altrusitic for the sake of the entire audio community (satire), I decided to give the KRK a spin.
In this video James takes a look at the new Audient iD22 audio interface. Tracking Drums, Bass and Guitars James shows you round the interface and its control software.
FXpansion’s BFD drum VI has been a much loved part of the music production landscape for several years and so version 3 has been long awaited, if for no other reason for our community than that Pro Tools users now get AAX 64 bit to use with Pro Tools 11. Pro Tools Expert have been fortunate enough to have been given a pre-release copy of BFD3 to test and get fully up to speed with, so that once it hit the streets we could give you an extensive written and video review.
Apart from the obvious visual and format changes, now VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64bit and standalone, there have been some changes to terminology and workflow. Here are the highlights plus a link to a full document on the changes.
- New audio data
BFD3’s new factory Core Library contains 5 new kits, one of which is recorded in a separate studio in 3 versions with sticks, brushes and mallets - 7 kits overall. In total, the library has 118 new kit-pieces.
- New articulations: Snare Rim Click Hi Hat Splash and Bell Tip Tom Rim Shot and Rim Click
- Lossless-compressed data
BFD3 features a built-in lossless audio decompression system - the BFD3 factory data is supplied as a special proprietary format, .BFDLAC (BFD3 Lossless Audio Compression). This means that the audio takes less space on disk and uses less resources when streaming from the disk. The compression results in files that are 3x smaller and are decompressed with minimal CPU load. Equivalent data/detail settings use a third of the RAM that would be used by BFD2 - the BFD3 audio data would be approximately 160GB in size without using any compression.
- Notable changes in terminology; Kit-pieces are now called Drums, the Kit-piece inspector is now the Drum editor
- Interface changes - Extendable interface
BFD3’s interface can be extended horizontally to achieve a larger working area. Note that the interface is not scaled to be larger - it simply offers a larger area of the mixer, FX slots and Groove Editor on-screen at once.
- Layout changes
BFD3 features a Browser on the left side of the interface, replacing the pop-up ‘modal’ chooser panels in BFD2. It is permanently visible except when using the Key Map or Automation panels, or it can be hidden when required.
- The Kit page and Mixer page are now consolidated into a single main page - the top is switchable between the Kit display and Effects Editor while the lower part features the mixer channels.
- The Drum Editor is shown at the right of the interface and can be hidden when required.
- The Key Map panel has a substantially different layout, allowing more flexible methods of making assignments.
Russ gives a full show and tell review of the new FXpansion BFD3 drum VI. See what he thinks and also check out his written review.
Russ and James take a good look at the Universal Audio Apollo 16 to see if it offers something new, they discuss its merits, Pro Tools mode and flex routing.
Updated on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:37AM by Mike Thornton
I wanted to take a look at the Apogee Symphony because I could either use it as my HDX interface or pull it out and use it with my MacBook Pro laptop as a USB interface.
The review interface is the 8x8 with 8 mic preamps, which is very useful especially when I am out on the road all I need, is the Symphony and my laptop, that’s it, because there are 8 Apogee mic preamps in the interface.
Of course that’s not the only configuration, there is the 2x6 with 2 balanced line inputs and 6 balanced line outputs on a 25 way D type as well as AES and SPDIF I/O is the baby of the range. Next there is the 8x8, which has 8 channels of analog I/O and 8 channels of digital I/O. Then there is the 16x16, which gives 16 channels of analog I/O again on 25 way D types. But these are the standard configurations, because there are two card slots you can mix and match, so you could have a 16x16 with 8 mic preamps for example.
In this video James takes a look at how to use the Cherry Picker and Gold Digger by Radial to speed up the process of auditioning different mics and pre amps.
Russ takes a look at the new U-He Satin tape emulation plug-in that offers tape emulation and much more - well worth checking out.