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Creatives are good at a lot of things, but for many taking care of some fundamental business needs is last on the list. However if you neglect them then your business, your finances and your home life may suffer. Here are the top 5 things anyone running a studio or a freelance business can do to ensure a better week.
Russ does a quick video to show how to get those really low bass sounds you hear in tracks like ‘Boom Boom Boom’
In the industry we sometimes find ourselves faced with a situation where in we have difficulty getting paid for the work we do. The scenario is something like this:
You get a gig, a remix for example, and while you are excited to do it and are happy at the prospect of being paid, the agreement is perhaps not cemented and dates are not given for final payment etc.
You finish your work in a timely manner, and you are happy with it, the client is happy, but the funds are still outstanding even though you have dropped the files and invoice, the client has mysteriously forgotten that the balance is outstanding, and their phones are suddenly going to voice mail and they cannot be contacted…
Russ shows how to get Vienna Ensemble Pro working on two Macs via ethernet.
Russ responds to a question about how to get that tight driving sound often heard on pop tracks. He uses just the free stuff that comes with Pro Tools.
Russ shows how a band with just a couple of mics can make a mono recording sound big. All with the FREE stuff in Pro Tools.
This is an excellent video well worth watching in light of the recent release of AAX 64-bit versions of their plug-ins.
If you were previously using Spectrasonics plug-ins in Pro Tools 10 and below, you may be able to update your settings now to take full advantage of the new 64-bit engine.
Here’s a challenge and it will take just 5 hours to complete - try it and you’ll be amazed at the difference.
- Spend One Hour Watching Some Tutorials
Believe it or not, we all watch video tutorials on the team, learning is a life-long pursuit which one never completes. There are going to be things you own that you’ve never got around to fully learning - it might be Pro Tools, a plug-in, some hardware - you know. Spend one hour this week learning how to use one of those things. Most of the videos I make are born out of me being inquisitive and asking “I wonder if this is possible”.
- Spend One Hour This Week Watching Some Industry Gurus
If you are yet to watch any of the interviews on Pensado’s Place then check it out. Dave and Herb regularly have industry giants on the show - go over and drink in the wisdom. If you’re a post user then let us know some of the cool post videos you’ve watched recently.
- Spend One Hour Reading A Manual
You’ll be surprised what is hidden between the covers of those manuals. You may have already read all your manuals, but sometimes things don’t go in and sometimes things fall out.
- Spend One Hour Listening To Some New Recordings
I love to hear a new recording and it’s never been easier to find them. It’s as easy as checking out the iTunes album charts, searching Spotify or a hundred and one other music streaming sites. If you’ve listened to something cool recently then let us know and we can all check it out, it doesn’t have to be new, just a new discovery - if you’ve yet to check it out then give “Every Kingdom” by Ben Howard a spin.
- Spend One Hour Learning A Fundamental
It may be the guitar, drums, acoustics, mic placement, time code, frame rates, soldering, dithering, musical theory, orchestration. You’ll not learn everything in an hour, but you’ll know more than you would had you not bothered.
Now if you get into the habit of doing that every week then those five hours will all add up to making you someone skilled at your chosen craft - you may not end up making money from it, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you tried your best.
Russ shows you how to take any beat and make it do what you want - no plug-ins required!
Here’s a video showing the very cool tip from community member Steve Peach on making powerful MIDI workflows whilst minimising screen real estate in Pro Tools.
Russ, Mike, Neil, & James are back with a packed Pro Tools Expert podcast that includes….
- Pro Tools HD Users Can Upgrade Just Their Cards To HDX
- With Easy Access To Music Production Tools Do We Still Need Producers?
- Avid And Apple May Have Made Choosing Between Pro Tools And Logic Easier For Everyone
- Has The DAW Stopped Evolving And If It Has Does It Matter Anyway?
- Community Feedback - Tom Laskas
- Community Feedback - Drew Webster
- Community Feedback - Glenn Brown
- Community Feedback - Micke Løvdalen
- Community Feedback - Scot Rammer
- Community Feedback - Ned Ward
- Community Feedback - Chris Byrne
- Community Tips - This week’s winner - Rene Talbot
- Pro Tools 8 on a PC doing things by itself
- Problems with Structure LE after upgrading from Structure Free
- Strike cannot find Content location after upgrade
- Pro Tools recording onto SSD drives
- Pro Tools 11 not recognising full version of Structure
- Is there a upgrade from Pro Tools HD Native (Card) to a HDX (Card)?
- M-Powered Interfaces and Pro Tools 11
- Metering in Pro Tools 10
- Will Pro Tools SE work with Windows 8?
- How did you get REAPER to show up as a plugin in PT11?
- Audio drum loops to MIDI, is it possible?
- What OS does Pro Tools 11 need on a Mac
- Why doesn’t Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 work with Pro Tools 11?
- Focusrite Scarlet 18i20 or Mbox Pro
- What version to upgrade to from PT8
- Unable to record in Pro Tools 10
- Pro Tools 11 activation problem
- Does MIDI clipping matter?
- Video editing with Pro Tools vanilla
- Putting Mountain Lion on a Pro Tools PC
- Pro Tools SE can’t find hardware
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We continue to get a great response to our appeal for tips from the community and each week we are giving away a storm-trooper iLok to the best tip of the week. Here are second batch of the tips that were submitted to this week’s show starting with this week’s winner from Jeff Meredith…
Jeff Meredith Insert a de-esser before your reverb to scale back the more noticeable bits in the high end on things like snares and acoustic guitar. It lets you have more control over your reverb and keep it sounding natural!
Michael Moeding When prepping a session for ADR go through the script and create memory locations for all dialog to be replaced. Type the characters name and full line of dialog into the comments section of the memory location. as you start the recording session double click the memory location of each line of dialog you are about to record and copy the comments section and paste it into the record track’s name. Each line of dialog you record will have a clip with the characters name and dialog line as well as the record and take number. The ADR editors and mixers will love you more!
Will Gurrey Don’t leave your iLok hanging around otherwise your son will nab it thinking its a flash drive!
Marco jr Battistella Never, NEVER ever leave your black iLok on a table in the studio and let your Great Dane in it unsupervised for a couple of minutes. Why? Because you end up looking for your dongle for hours just to find out that your dog ate it. Sounds funny? Well, true story.
Do keep sending your tips in, and you may win a storm-trooper iLok.
We have had a great response to our appeal for tips from the community and each week we are continuing to give away a storm-trooper iLok to the best tip of the week. Here are some of the tips that were submitted to this week’s show…..
- Jonathan Becerra My tip is to make a ritual with your iLok so that you never forget where it is at all times. Since the iLok is the holder of your most valuable licenses I believe that it should be the forefront of your studio set up and tear down ritual. Get a small lock box for the iLok that you can secure to an underside of your studio desk. Once there always start and finish with getting your iLok form the lockbox so that it becomes a habit. Hope this helps with some security and paranoia of messing up or losing your iLok!
- Espen Hollund I just want to share some of the shortcuts I use all the time to speed up my workflow. When renaming tracks you can hit cmd+enter or cmd+rigt arrow or cmd+down arrow to get to the next track to the right. If you want to go to the next track to the left hit cmd+left arrow or cmd+up arrow. This saves a lot of time compared to double clicking each track. When I’m zooming I always use the keyboard shortcuts. I then hit cmd+] to zoom in and cmd+[ to zoom out. I also think the possibility to dial in nudging distance in samples is worth mentioning again for new listeners. Set nudging to samples, dial in how many samples you want to nudge, select the clips you want to nudge and hit + or - on the numeric keyboard to nudge. Also the cmd+= is a must-know-shortcut for everybody with just one computer monitor. Hit escape when in the edit window to switch between the different Edit Tools (selector tool, smart tool etc.)
- Micke Løvdalen I’ve found a really crazy shortcut in PT 10 Mac. On an audio track, make a selection and press Shift-Ctrl-alt and number 3. This will give you a sine wave at 1k.
- Brian Russ Read The Manual aka RTM or RTFM. Seriously, it will save you precious minutes you will otherwise not get back, wishing you had spent time in the alps yodeling out to the valleys below, or whatever.
More later this week, including this week’s winner.
Russ shows how a little keyboard shortcut knowledge can help you create MIDI versions of audio loops - no extra software necessary.
Russ uses the very cool Blue Cat Audio MB-5 to show how to sweeten a mix using multi-band compression.
Reports have been emerging that sessions using the new 64-bit AAX version of UVI Workstation are causing Mini Grand to lose sound. This is a confirmed bug.
No word on this bug from UVI yet; however, a workaround is to instantiate UVI Workstation LAST on a session - also, make the UVI plugin INACTIVE before saving the session, which will force other VIs to load before UVI when reopening that session. Once the session is open, go ahead and reactivate UVI.
We’ll let you know when there’s a permanent fix.
Russ shows how to get a cool reversed piano effect in Pro Tools.