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The Easy Guide To Installing AIR Instruments

Russ responds to some emails about installing AIR Instruments, where to put the content libraries and then how to locate them from the instruments.

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5 Ways To Ensure You Have A Healthier Studio Business This Week

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.

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How To Create Low Sub Bass Like The Track 'Boom Boom Boom'

Russ does a quick video to show how to get those really low bass sounds you hear in tracks like ‘Boom Boom Boom’

Dangling The Carrot – A Smart Way To Ensure You Get Paid. Mac


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…

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How To Connect Vienna Ensemble Pro Across Ethernet And Control It - Mac

Russ shows how to get Vienna Ensemble Pro working on two Macs via ethernet.

How To Get A Driving Pop Track 

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.

How To Make A Two Mic Band Recording Sound Big

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.

Excellent Video From Spectrasonics On Memory Management

Omnisphere Video Tutorials: Memory Management from Spectrasonics on Vimeo.

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.

The 5 Hour Challenge - Try It

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.

Manipulate Any Beat To Do What You Want

Russ shows you how to take any beat and make it do what you want - no plug-ins required!