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Native Instruments Announce Maschine 2.1 Update

Native Instruments have announced version 2.1 software for Maschine, offering a host of new features, these include;

  • New Grit Kick and Shaker in the Drum Synth.
  • Sounds accessible on pads on sample recording screen
  • A batch function to set all sounds in a group to the same MIDI channel. MIDI export available on the Group and Sound levels
  • Undocked NI plug-in windows can be pinned to remain active when not in focus
  • Scenes can be selected/triggered via MIDI input when MASCHINE is running standalone
  • Mix page on MASCHINE and MASCHINE MK2 controllers has been expanded and now provides access to level and pan settings for groups and sounds
  • A setting that only turns the metronome on when the Record button is enabled
  • Real time group erase function.
  • Shift functions allow fast scroll browsing.
  • Play quantize option –notes played live on the pads are quantized in real time
  • Control software views from the navigate page on MASCHINE and MASCHINE STUDIO controllers
  • Instantiating the first plug-in on an empty sound updates the name of that sound to the plug-in name
  • Sound, group volume & pan knobs are only displayed on hover
  • ALT+Drag for copy-pasting single elements (patterns, scenes, plug-ins) in the Groups / Sounds lists and the plug-in chain
  • Browser performance improvements
  • Numerous bug fixes, as well as performance and stability improvements

There’s a ton more of stuff too, so check out the NI web site for the whole shooting match.

Even better it is free to existing users.

More on the Maschine 2.1 software here.

Avid Release v1.1.1 Critical Update For S6 Control Surfaces

We have been aware that Avid UK have been working with at least one S6 customer who has been having some issues with their new Avid S6 control surface.

It may be as a result, or not, but Avid have just released S6 Software version 1.1.1 for the S6 Master Module and associated workstations. They tell us that this software update delivers system improvements and critical updates for all S6 users.

Registered users will find the installers in their Avid Account > Your Products following S6 Software Activation.

S6 Software v1.1.1 includes the following improvements and fixes:

  • Workstations reconnect after Master Module reboot
  • Monitoring page has new controls for individual speaker cut, Main Monitor Source, Cues Source, Talkback and Dim levels, Foldown (not available on XMON)
  • Knob Top color and brightness has been improved for better low-light visibility
  • Knob response has been improved for better control
  • Plug-ins can now be bypassed from the Home page (using the new IN control)
  • Additional channel parameters (such as HEAT on Pro Tools and Quick Controls on Nuendo) can now be accessed from the Home screen
  • Soft Keys have been reorganized
  • Clear switch now allows channel strip reset on selected DAW’s (not available in Pro Tools)
  • EQ and DYN switches now automatically insert the default EQ/Dynamics plug-in (if already defined in Pro Tools Preferences)

For more information see the S6 Software v1.1.1 Read Me

Source Elements Release Source-Connect Now Beta 4 With Recording Feature

Our friends at Source Elements have released Source-Connect Now Beta phase 4.

Source-Connect Now Beta 4 New Features

  • Record files up to 5 minutes in duration and download as WAVs.
  • Multiple connections - You can have up to 2 other people as well as yourself in a session.
  • Network status - Monitor your Internet bandwidth while connected, with real-time graphs.
  • Set your own quality - you and your guest choose what quality you send, for better bandwidth management.
  • General connectivity improvements - As with any beta test there are always tweaks and improvements going on under the hood.
  • Talkback button option to help with feedback
  • Documentation with real user guides

Source-Connect Now Beta Still completely Free

Its still completely free during the beta testing phases. Sign up now at Source-Connect Now ad try it for yourself.

Check out our sneak peak video to see how it works.

What’s New For Source-Connect Now?

Now that multiple connections are ready, they are working on add-ons, and mobile support. Android is already fully functional however you can only use your built-in mic or analog headset. 

Softube Release Update To Console 1 Software

Softube has released version 2.1.6 of the Console 1 software. The release includes CPU optimizations and bug fixes.

Current owners of Softube plug-ins, in particular Console 1 owners, are advised by Softube to download and install the new software version - 2.1.6. The update includes improvements and bug fixes, mainly for Console 1 but also slight CPU improvements to the entire Softube product line. 

  • Optimized CPU usage when channel sections are bypassed
  • Bug fixes to the graphical user interface
  • Compare function in Pro Tools behaves properly with Console 1
  • Improved help texts
  • Curve display implemented for Summit Audio EQF-100 Full Range Equalizer

The 2.1.6 installer can be found on the Softube Download page and a detailed list of changes can be found in the Plug-ins Change Log.

Pro Tools Hypercontrol Driver Now Available for the Axiom AIR Series 

Some time ago we were sent an Axiom AIR Keyboard to review, however there was one glaring ommission to this ‘upgrade’ of the popular a working version of Hypercontrol.

Today M-Audio have announced a working version of Pro Tools Hypercontrol driver for the Axiom AIR series. This now makes them a far more attractive addition to those using Pro Tools to make music.

Hypercontol allows direct control of Pro Tools from the keyboard including direct control of plug-ins.

You can download the new software for Mac and PC here

Source: M-Audio.com

UAD Version 7.5 Software Announced By Universal Audio

Our friends at Universal Audio have announced UAD v7.5 software.

The software brings some new plug-ins as well as official AAX support for Mac. Owners of Apollo interfaces are given access to the cool new Unison technology first shown in the new Apollo. Twin interface. To see Unison in action then watch and hear the effect it has on the sound in this video from James Ivey.

New features include;

  • UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection  
  • Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection
  • Unison™ technology for Apollo interfaces
  • Mac AAX 64 support
  • OS X Mavericks support 

UAD plug-ins now powered by Unison technology are;

How does Unison Technology work?

Also featured in this release is the Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection developed by the master of sound at Brainworx. UA say that “the Dangerous BAX EQ will make your mixes and masters clearer, richer, and better. Based on Peter Baxandall’s legendary 1950s EQ — a tone control that graced millions of hi-fi systems — the BAX EQ is a musically voiced “finishing EQ” that sweetens up program material by simultaneously employing broad, open curves and gently sloping cuts.

The Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection is the only circuit-accurate plug-in emulation of the original analog hardware, exclusively for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations.”

Other changes to the new 7.5 software include;
  • (Console) Plug-in windows are offset for easier viewing when multiple UAD plug-ins are inserted
  • (Console) Numeric key presses are passed to Pro Tools for improved control
  • (Console) Resolved condition that allowed session files to be overwritten without warning
  • (ATR-102) Resolved unresponsive DAW issue when Tape Delay was changed to value of 99

Owners of UAD should visit Universal Audio to download the new version

Avid Release Eleven Rack Editor

The long overdue Eleven Rack Editor, which Eleven Rack users have been waiting for since the release of Pro Tools is finally here. It is a 64-bit standalone version of the Eleven Rack Control Window found in Pro Tools 10 and earlier software that provides a more intuitive way to get the sounds you need from your rig, faster.

  • Configure Eleven Rack using your Mac or PC, without launching Pro Tools
  • Change guitar pedal, amp, and speaker settings using the graphical interface
  • Download and play thousands of presets from elevenrackpresets.com and other portals

Please note that the Eleven Rack Editor only works with Eleven Rack systems running Eleven Rack Expansion Pack (firmware version v2.0 or higher), requires a 64-bit operating system—Windows 8, Windows 7, or OS X 10.8 or later, and latest Eleven Rack drivers for your system.

There is a FAQ page and a Troubleshooting page for the New Eleven Rack Editor and you can register fro your free download here.

Avid Release Pro Tools 11.1.2 Update

Avid have released v11.1.2 for Pro Tools. Make sure you read al the information before you update. There are a number of small fixes in this new version…

  • Fixed a case where some plug-ins could not be switched out of bypassed state.
  • Automation now properly interacts with linked plug-in parameters.
  • C|24 HD-specific features are now available when using Pro Tools HD with non-HD hardware, including Aggregate I/O. 
  • Automation thinning no longer occurs improperly to breakpoints outside the most recent pass. 
  • Pro Tools now correctly extracts audio from imported AAF files. 
  • When there are missing files in an open session, mounting a volume no longer causes the Relink dialog to open. 
  • Pro Tools no longer quits unexpectedly on launch with networked home folders via OS X Open Directory.
  • Pro Tools now recognizes Finder folders that contain a forward slash “/” in their name. 

System Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools 11 Software

  • Pro Tools 11.1.2 supports Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
  • Pro Tools 11.1.2 supports Windows 8 and Windows 7

Pro Tools 11.1.2 Read Me & Additional Notes


  • Co-install of Pro Tools 11.1.2 and Media Composer does not allow Media Composer to be a Video Satellite (details)
  • Co-installing Pro Tools 11 with Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher, do NOT update to HD 11 Drivers if using HD Accel TDM hardware

HDX Firmware Update 

  • Pro Tools 11.1.x requires a firmware update for HDX cards
  • Firmware update takes place during Pro Tools launch
  • The firmware update was tested for backwards compatibility with Pro Tools 10.3.6 and later

Late Breaking Technical Issues

  • Pro Tools 11.1.x Satellite Link and Video Satellite compatibility updates
  • Pro Tools 11.1.x co-install with Pro Tools 10.x is not supported using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Pro Tools 11.1.x co-install is now supported with Media Composer and 7.0.3 and higher using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks


  • Registered owners of Pro Tools 11 - Log In to your Avid Account to download Installers from the Your Products section
  • Review the Read Me file before installing or updating Pro Tools 11.1.2 for known issues that could impact your workflow

 As we always say, don’t update if you are in the midddle of a job. Wait until you have finished and have some down time before undertaking any update.

Sounds In Sync Release Update Of EdiPrompt With New Overlay Features

Our friends at Sounds In Sync have been busy updating their screen cueing software EdiPrompt. EdiPrompt v1.8 adds to the visual overlays that EdiPrompt can generate on an Apple Desktop Display to record ADR cues or foley. v1.8 is also Pro Tools 11 compatible.

EdiPrompt reads MIDI commands sent from any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and uses them to display a variety of on-screen prompts. It can also automate the ADR and foley recording process when using Pro Tools by locating to each cue and renaming the record track. If you are doing any kind of dialog replacement of foley work then EdiPrompt makes it so much easier. Sounds in Sync produce a range of products including EdiLoad which we featured with a walk through video.

Clip Info Window In Pro Tools 11 is also resizable….

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Pro Tools 11.1.1 Update Now Available

Avid have just announced the release of the Pro Tools 11.1.1 update for OSX and Windows.
Registered owners of Pro Tools 11 can download installers from the ‘Your Products’ section of their Avid Account.

Be sure to read the whole ReadMe guide before updating.

Release notes/ReadMe guides can be found following these links.


The update includes:

  • Pro Tools 11.1.1 supports Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
  • When vertically dragging a clip that shares a crossfade with an adjacent clip, the crossfade will now be converted to separate fades that preserve the sound of the original crossfade. (PTSW-173175)
  • Pro Tools now successfully imports AAF files originally exported from Steinberg Nuendo. (PTSW-190498)



The update includes:

  • When vertically dragging a clip that shares a crossfade with an adjacent clip, the crossfade will now be converted to separate fades that preserve the sound of the original crossfade. (PTSW-173175)
  • Pro Tools now successfully imports AAF files originally exported from Steinberg Nuendo. (PTSW-190498)
  • When using ASIO applications with the Avid ASIO Driver with HDX or HD Native hardware, audio will not distort. (PTSW-190468)
  • Issues Resolved in Pro Tools 11.1.1When vertically dragging a clip that shares a crossfade with an adjacent clip, the crossfade will now be converted to separate fades that preserve the sound of the original crossfade. (PTSW-173175)
  • Pro Tools now successfully imports AAF files originally exported from Steinberg Nuendo. (PTSW-190498)When using ASIO applications with the Avid ASIO Driver with HDX or HD Native hardware, audio will not distort. (PTSW-190468)



What Have Avid Changed In The Pro Tools 11.1 Update?

Updated on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 9:01AM by Registered CommenterNeil Hester

Yesterday Avid announced ‘just in time for Christmas’ the Pro Tools 11.1 update. Some users stuggled to find the list of changes that Pro Tools 11.1 includes, below the list of updates (or should we say fixes) included. Out of interest last week Apple released Logic Pro X 10.0.5, the release notes are here… discuss.

Again, Mac users wanting to use Mavericks in particular are left wondering if this update will break more than it fixes. Early indications seem to show a mixed response, unless you have current issues with exisiting versions and the fix is shown in the list below then you may want to wait before updating.


  • PTSW-184656: AudioSuite window now includes Plug-In name.
  • PTSW-180095: Added Applescript support for the “Save Session Copy” command.
  • PTSW-180085: Improved support for Nudge values with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX.
  • PTSW-180084: Improved support for memory locations with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX.
  • PTSW-180083: Improved support for the Click II plug-in with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX.
  • PTSW-180082: Improved support for Memory Locations with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX.
  • PTSW-180080: Improved support for window configurations with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX.
  • PTSW-189731: Improved support for track selector, preset selection, and automation controls from within plug-in windows with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX.
  • PTSW-180081: Improved support for Delete Unused Playlist dialogs with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX.
  • PTSW-180078: Improved support for Beat Detective with the VoiceOver accessibility option in OSX


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Avid Release Pro Tools 11.1 Software

Avid have announced that Pro Tools 11.1 update for Mac and Windows is now available. Registered owners of Pro Tools 11 can download installers from the “Your Products” section of their Avid Account.

Please note that Pro Tools 11.1 is supported with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) and the Mac Read Me and Windows Read Me file documents important compatibility information, known issues, error messages, etc.


Pro Tools 11.1 is a full installer. If Pro Tools 11.0-11.0.3 is currently installed on a Mac, Avid recommends selecting “Replace” when updating to 11.1 and remember to install the latest compatible Drivers for your Avid hardware. Pro Tools 11.1 uses a single installer for both Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD. The installation is the same for both, only the iLok authorisation is different


  • Pro Tools 11.1 co-install with Pro Tools 10.x is not supported using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Co-installing Pro Tools 11 with Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher, do NOT update to HD 11 Drivers if using HD Accel TDM hardware
  • Pro Tools 11.1 co-install is now supported with Media Composer and 7.0.3 and higher using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Late Breaking Technical Issues

  • Pro Tools 11.1 Satellite Link and Video Satellite compatibility updates
  • Pro Tools 11.1 provides many improvements and stability fixes

  • Registered owners of Pro Tools 11 can log in to your Avid Account to download Installers from the Your Products section
  • Review the Read Me file before installing or updating Pro Tools 11.1 for known issues that could impact your workflow
  • Upgrades available from earlier versions of Pro Tools can be purchased from the Avid Store

PSP Audioware Add More AAX Compatible Plug-ins For Pro Tools

PSP Audioware have announced AAX 64 bit compatibilty for more of their plug-ins, the sQuad series of PSP plug-ins. They include:

  • PSP ClassicQ
  • PSP ConsoleQ
  • PSP McQ
  • PSP NobleQ
  • PSP PreQursor
  • PSP RetroQ

All upgrades are free to existing customers.

Exponential Audio Announce Release Date For Surround Reverbs

On Friday November 29, 2013, Exponential Audio’s new surround reverbs will be available for purchase in the Exponential Audio webstore.  These powerful and flexible new plugins are already at work in a number of major facilities and it’s time to turn them loose.

  • Phoenixverb Surround $359
  • Phoenixverb Surround (upgrade form stereo version) $259
  • R2 Surround $459
  • R2 Surround (upgrade form stereo version) $349
  • Phoenixverb & R2 Surround bundle $659
  • Phoenixverb & R2 Surround bundle (upgrade form stereo bundle) $459

You can learn more about them right here, and you’ll be able to download and demo them for yourself as soon as they’re available.  

Pro Tools 11.0.3 Is Now Available Along With OSX 10.9 Mavericks Support

Avid have just released Pro Tools 11.0.3 which appears to be a Mac only update to address OSX 10.9 Mavericks compatibility along with numerous other bug fixes. Full details along with a changelog detailing the specific bug fixes can be found here:

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Music Tech Apologise And Create Dedicated FAQ Page

Music Tech have reached out to their user base with this apology and dedicated FAQ page to help frustrated users. They say….


As you’ve probably heard, the new AIR Instrument Expansion Pack is now available for purchase, and we’ve seen an overwhelming demand for these new instruments. 

Unfortunately, due to that demand, our hosting partner, Digital River, has been challenged to provide the level of service that we, and you, would expect. As a result, some customers have experienced difficulties downloading the instruments successfully, and some customers are having issues redeeming upgrade codes for the AIR Instrument Expansion Pack. 

If you’ve had either of these problems, we sincerely apologize for the confusion and, frankly, for the frustrating experience you’ve had. We’re committed to fixing this as quickly as possible, and your satisfaction is our priority.

We’re working diligently to make all of this right and to provide you with what we initially promised—world class virtual instruments at an affordable price. 

To get you the answers you need as quickly as possible, we’ve set up an FAQ page. There you’ll find the best information on how to solve any issues you may have encountered with purchasing the AIR Instrument Expansion Pack.

Thank you for your business. We appreciate your patience and hope to empower you with these innovative instruments as soon as we can.

For help visit our FAQ page.

We are sorry but we cannot help individuals with problems, some of us are suffering too. But we do continue to feedback all your concerns to the AIR team and will continue to serve you the best way we can by bringing updates and information as soon as we have it.

Microsoft Release Windows 8.1

Microsoft have today released the much anticipated 8.1 update of the Windows operating system.
“Much anticipated” mainly because with the update users can now boot straight to the desktop, plus the much loved start button is back.

It seems that many users could not get used to pressing their keyboards “start” key or finding apps by starting to type its name and just wanted things back the way they were used to with previous OS versions.
Well Microsoft listened and delivered, they have also, as expected included refinements and bug fixes to what already feels to me like the most solid and speedy version of the OS so far.


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More On The AIR Instrument Expansion Pack Update

In podcast 86 we discussed some of the problems and issues some users have been having trying to buy, download and authorise the new Instrument Expansion Pack update from AIR Instruments. Just as we were about to record the show, Russ took a call from the CEO of Music Tech and Russ shared the contents of that conversation in the podcast. If you haven’t heard it we do recommend that you take a listen

AIR explained to us that there are 2 main issues. Firstly some people aren’t getting the promo codes that users who bought the AIR IEP from Avid and AIR are trying to get to the bottom of this working with Avid but it seems as if some data hasn’t made the transition from Avid to AIR and they are trying to resolve this.

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Avid Release Eucon 3.0.1 Update 

Avid Series Owners note that Avid have released an update for Eucon 3. This is what Avid say about the update…

Software installer that provides various stability fixes as well as more reliable DAW connection on start up. EUCON 3.0.1 also provides improved operation with removing and hiding tracks.

Test it out and see how it performs for you. Does it resolve any of your issues? Thanks to Kevin Darbyshire-Bryant for lifting this one above the noise. There is a thread on the DUC and Avid are asking for feedback from Artist Series users who are having trouble.

Avid Release Pro Tools 11.0.2 And TCE And X-Form Are Back

Avid have released Pro Tools v11.0.2 and it brings back the Digidesign Time Compression & Expansion algorithm which so many post and dialog editors were missing, as well as support for X-Form, and the Aphex Aural Exiter and Big Bottom plug-ins which are both ‘paid for’ Avid plug-ins.

The Read Me file documents issues fixed in this release as well as important compatibility information, known issues, error messages, etc.

Plug-In Updates


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