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All Pro Tools Expert Member Only Videos FREE To Watch This Weekend

This weekend only we’ve unlocked our vault of over 600 Pro Tools videos, normally only available to Pro Tools Expert members.

There’s everything from production tricks, in depth tutorials on plug-ins, virtual instruments and hundreds of Pro Tools tips and tricks.

This Pro Tools video tutorial library runs into hours of material to help you get up to speed, or learn some new stuff. Check them out here.

So spend the weekend enjoying the Pro Tools Expert video tutorials. If you like them then you may want to think about signing up for membership. In the meantime this weekend is on us!

Create Rich And Complex Textures In Pro Tools Xpand2 - Free Video

In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows those who may have limited budgets that you don’t always need to spend money on plug-ins to get great results.

Russ takes users under the hood of Xpand2 to show how to create rich and complex textures that can be controlled during a performance.

In this video Pro Tools users will learn how to stack sounds, use arpeggiators to create movement, assign filter controls and use MIDI CC for extra control.

Watch it here

Using VCC In Pro Tools Tutorial

Sampling supremo, post editor and friend of the blog Marcus from Bad Cat Media gives a nice video tutorial on using Slate VCC in Pro Tools.

The Pro Tools video tutorial also gives a lot of shortcuts.

Watch it here

pureMIX Announce Recording Levels Video Now Available With Subtitles

Our friends at pureMIX have released this video on setting recording levels, another of their excellent videos with subtitles in French, Spanish, Italian, and German, so if English is not your native tongue then you can still get the most of this great video.

There is a huge collection of free videos, or you can buy just this video, or best of all, sign up for an All Access Pass at the pureMIX site, check it out.

Pro Tools Expert Announce Partnership With Top Studio Tutorial Brand PureMix

Pro Tools Expert and pureMix have entered into a partnership which aims to offer Pro Tools users an amazing set of video tutorial resources for those wanting to master recording and mixing.

pureMix Video Tutorials From Top Producers

pureMix offer many live action tutorials on studio gear and technique from established producers like Grammy nominated Fab Dupont with credits to his name like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Mark Ronson. New York producer Ben Lindell with credits with MGMT, Soulja Boy and Edie Brickell. Last but not least is producer Ryan West who is best known for his work as a mixing engineer and producer with Eminem, Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Kid Cudi and many more.

Check Out pureMix Training Content

We will be bringing some great content from pureMix in the coming weeks and months, so keep your eyes peeled - in the meantime you can head over and check out some of their current content for free.

A free video tutorial on using elastic audio

Mixing in PT11 video,  comes complete with stems from their site, you can download the stems here
Adding the great content from pureMix to the current content from Pro Tools Expert, as well as our existing content partners, this further reinforces our position as the number one Pro Tools resource on the web.

Ribbon Microphone Transformer Modification - Extended Video

In this video community member Matt Blue AKA kcatthedog shows how he has modified the transformers in his JRR Panther Active Ribbon microphone with a CineMag 9887 transformer.

The video is extensive and shows all the steps necessary to make the modification. Matt also shows the challenges he faced during the process and how he overcame issues of fitting a different sized transformers.

During the video the audio swaps from left to right on purpose, all is revealed as why this happens at the end of the video tutorial.

Thanks Matt for making this video. Watch it here

PHAROAH AUDIO’S SYNCHECK 3 - Accurate Sync In Post Is Non Negotiable!



I have just borrowed a Syncheck 3 from Mike Woods at Dirty Dog Audio Ltd, the UK distributor of SYNCHECK and will be using it for a series of forthcoming test on video codecs/hardware in Pro Tools 11.1.3, so I thought a quick introduction would be helpful to those who haven’t met this device yet (you really should know about it if you are serious about post!).

Syncheck was developed by Richard Fairbanks, an Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer, editor, sound supervisor and owner of Manhattan’s Pharoah Audio, and is now on its third hardware iteration.

Syncheck was conceived to work out with absolute certainty the sync delay of your visual playback system and also, and somewhat more importantly, how robust the sync is and whether there is any drift – but more on that later. So, when your client asks is that in sync, you can answer with certainty, knowing that your playback system is calibrated and corrected, and you are not seeing hardware errors.

SYNCHECK 3 - How Does it Work?

Syncheck has on board sound and light detectors that register the leading edge of the sound and light burst from a test file, and measures how much time occurs between them. Simples!

The LED display shows whether audio or video is ahead (i.e which occurs first), and what the delay is, measured in fames and also in milliseconds, from hundredths of a frame up to half a second! (where at which even your mum would notice the sync!). This is all achieved at an accuracy of +/- 0.03 milliseconds (that’s about 7% of a frame at 25fps!), and in real time too.

Syncheck 3 has a buffer of 40 measurements and will store these for you. It can calculate average error, and the “span” (maximum deviation).

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Side Chains 101: External Side Chains

In Part 2 of this series Julian looks at using external side chains with gates and compressors.

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Musical History: Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off - Video

Watch the video of what has been cited as the biggest moment in musical history for a very long time, theWill Ferrell and Chad Smith drum off took place just hours ago.

With cries of ‘more cowbell’ ringing in their ears they took to their kits to see who the winner would be.

Watch this video to find out who was crowned the winner of the Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off.

The Ultimate Organic Drum Loop - Video

You may not have heard of John Deere, but check out this video, he may be the next big thing in organic drum loops.

Learn How To Create Custom Sounds Using AIR Structure In Around 5 Minutes - Free Video Tutorial

Russ has been using and teaching people how to use AIR virtual instruments for over 5 years. He is thrilled that now everyone can use these fantastic instruments in their favourite DAW.

In this free Structure video tutorial he shows how to create your own custom sounds using Structure, there’s a few tricks here that will save you a lot of time, before you know it you’ll be creating your own custom patches.

Become a Structure Guru with Russ’ ‘Structure Explained’ video tutorials

Audio, Radio, Acoustics, And Signal Processing - The Way Forward - Video

It seems everywhere you look now on social media there is some post that has the words ‘you must watch this video’ or ‘you’ll never guess what happens next’ - in most cases I don’t watch them on principle.

But when community member and mastering engineer Bob Olhsson posts “This could be the most valuable hour anybody who does audio for a living could spend this year.” I take notice.

In this video JJ will discuss our present understanding of human auditory perception, pointing out how the way we actually work encourages a dichotomy of knowledge that no longer exists. He goes on to suggest some ways that education can bring artistic and technical approaches together, apply some of the technical things we know on the artistic side, and learn what the artistic side of the business needs and wants….” —-from the Audio Engineering Society - Pacific Northwest Section Meeting Recaps page.

It’s not for the faint hearted, but well worth setting real time aside to watch. Thanks Bob!

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Show And Tell Review 

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Russ takes a look at the long-awaited EZdrummer 2 from Toontrack and sees if it lives up to the hype.

How easy is it to get a great beat and a great sound, or is easy just a  convenient name for the product? Russ takes it for a spin as a songwriter to see if it can live up to a real world test. Find out what he thinks in this extended show and tell review of EZdrummer 2

25 to 24fps Workflow - Using ProTools 11HD, Premiere Pro CC And Avid X-Form

Community member Alan Sallabank offers this contribution and gives an extensive workflow tutorial on 25 to 24fps - Using ProTools 11HD, Premiere Pro CC And Avid X-Form (or how to make a 25fps mix work for DCP without making it sound like it’s being gargled).

Doing a lot of short form trailers, but also being involved in the world of co-productions and film finance, I increasingly get asked to deliver mixes in a variety of frame rates, all at the same pitch, to a variety of audio specs.

We can sort this all out, and even allow the client to review and adjust the new mix at 24fps, even though the cutting room can only supply you with a 25fps video and AAF.

This article covers how I use ProTools 11HD, Premiere Pro CC and Avid X-Form to convert mix sessions from one frame rate to another while maintaining sync and pitch. This particular example shows converting from 25fps to 24fps, but other conversions are possible using the same technique.

First we start with our session. This is a fairly simple 5.1 mix of a trailer cut at 25fps. It needs to be delivered in 5.1 for DCP 85LEQ(m) and for internet distribution. DCP can only be delivered at 24fps, so we already have a problem.

Note the session setup:


Trim your session (audio and video tracks) to the first frame (usually on the hour) and change your session start time to match.

Once you’re happy with your original mix, save it and create a new session:


Change the session setup to 24fps and change the session start time to the same timecode as in the 25fps session:


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AIR Virtual Instrument Expansion Pack Tutorials Available Now

Join now and watch over 700 Pro Tools tutorials videos for just £20 a year.

Get the best from the AIR Virtual Instrument Expansion Pack with the AIR guru himself Russ Hughes.

Russ has been supporting AIR Virtual Instrument users for over 5 years as founder of the original AIR Users Blog.

There are a lot of free videos on our YouTube channel as well as the largest collection of AIR Virtual Instrument video tutorials in the world in our premium content video section.

Russ has a series of video tutorials for the AIR Virtual Instrument Expansion Pack you can grab now and be up and running quick.

By Eli Krantzberg

Video Introduction To The Avid S6 Control Surface

Our friends at HHB have made this video introduction to the Avid S6 control surface

The first S6 video in the series can be viewed on the HHB’s YouTube Channel you can watch the Avid S6 video introduction hereHHB’s Devin Workman provides an in-depth tutorial with the 24-fader M40 S6 installed at HHB’s Soho demo facility Scrub. 

The first video introduces the component parts of the S6 and how they can be combined to provide deep integrated control of Pro Tools and other DAWs.

There are more videos to follow going further in-depth on how the S6’s innovative Master Touch and Automation Modules provide unparalleled DAW control from the listening position, and the S6’s Soft key control of menu, editing and automation functions.

How To Use External Hardware Effects In Pro Tools


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Following a request from the community Russ does a full video tutorial on how to connect hardware in and out of Pro Tools. He looks at both the software set-up in Pro Tools and the hardware set-up.

This video tutorial also shows you how to account for any round trip latency that may be introduced depending on the hardware being used.

After watching this tutorial users should be able to use their favourite hardware in Pro Tools sessions.

Top Video Tutorial Site Has Amazing Sale

Whilst you are saving up for your new Mac Pro, video tutorial specialists Groove 3 are having an amazing Synth sale starting at just $5.00

Groove 3 are the leading video tuturial site, concentrating on music only software for both Mac and PC.

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  • Hybrid 2 Explained
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  • Strike 2 Explained

Plus many other great videos.

Go grab them now, the deal ends soon.

Making Small Rooms With Exponential Audio Reverbs - Video Tutorial

An excellent video from ‘Mr Reverb’ Michael Carnes founder of Exponential Audio.

In this free video tutorial on advanced reverb design, Michael gives an in-depth workshop on making a room.

It looks at the use of both early reflections and reverb as well as how filters help to bring realism.

You can watch it on the Exponential Audio web site.

Source: Exponential Audio

Get Up And Running With Transfuser In 5 Minutes

Join now and watch over 700 Pro Tools tutorials videos for just £20 a year.

This video tutorial is aimed at those who want to get up and running fast.

In around 5 minutes Russ shows you the basics of AIR Transfuser, it’s enough to get you up and running leaving you time to create great music until you have time to explore deeper later.