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The gang over at uber fantistic sound creation company e-insturment are giving away a copy of Session Horns every week until April 3rd 2014.
The Session Horns Prize Draw
More About Session Horns
Session Horns is the versatile and playable horn section that will instantly perk up your productions. The trombone, tenor sax and two trumpets have been sampled to perfection and deliver a rich, authentic sound, playable by anyone.
Session Horns features a unique Smart Voice Split function for creating authentic horn arrangements on the fly. Or get inspired with theAnimator – a harmonically flexible riff generator. Inject any production with a dynamite sound that will blow you away.
Mac or PC, requires Kontalk Player or Kontakt
Our friends at Plug & Mix and Puremix have a mix contest running at the moment.
The concept is very simple Re-Mixing DJ Colette hit song “We Feel so Hot”. You can listen to mixes already posted by users on SoundCloud. The excellent news is that everyone that participates will win a FREE P&M Plug-in and a FREE video tutorial from Puremix.net!
10 winners will be selected and they will ALL win a P&M V.I.P. Bundle ($299 Value) as well as a ONE year subscription to Puremix video content ($269 Value)
As an added bonus during the contest the Plug&Mix V.I.P Bundle will be sold at the promoted price of ONLY $179 (MSRP $299). That is ONLY $4.48 per Plug-in!
For more information check out the Plug & Mix site.
Our friends at RSPE are offering the chance to win a $10,000 Pro Tools HD Native System.
- HD Omni
- HD Native Thunderbolt
- Pro Tools HD 11
- 13” Macbook Pro Retina w 8GB RAM
- Pair of Focal Solo6 Be Studio Monitors
In Podcast 98 we discussed the idea of encouraging the community to help each other. As we have said on many occasions we aren’t the only Pro Tools Experts, it works best when we pull together as a community to help each other when and where we can. There are plenty of places on the web for trolls and negativity, if that’s you style then the Pro Tools Expert community may not be for you. Many of our members work hard to create a positive and supportive community of Pro Tools Experts and we think that kind of attitude should be recognised and encouraged.
With all of that in mind we would like to reward those in the community who go the extra mile to help others.
Each month we will award the Community Member Of The Month Award sponsored by Sonnox. We are very pleased to announce that Sonnox are sponsoring this award as they want to support us in building a positive community, but we need to make it clear that Sonnox has no other involvement, and in no way endorses or encourages any individual comment or view submitted on Pro Tools Expert. This award would go to the individual who in the judges opinion made the best contribution to the Pro Tools Expert community. For example it could be for…
- A single post helping a community member with a problem on the main site or on our Facebook page.
- A great video demonstrating a tip or trick in a new way.
- A collection of smaller posts all with the aim of helping the community.
In the first podcast of each month we will announce the award from the previous month and explain why we have chosen that individual. We will post the story with a picture and details of the winner as we do with other competition winners.
As this award is sponsored by Sonnox the winner each month will be able to choose one Native plug-in from the Sonnox Elite Collection.
Terms & Conditions
- The item is download only, you must have an iLok account to use this software.
- The decision of the judges is final.
- Pro Tools Team members will not be included in this award.
- While Sonnox is pleased to be sponsoring this award, it has no other involvement; Sonnox in no way endorses or encourages any individual comment or view submitted on Pro Tools Expert.
The winner on day 5 of the People’s Choice Prize Draw is Nate Jones from Colorado Springs.
He said “Maag EQ 4 has the most educated frequency selections of any preselected frequency EQ’s. Once you use it you will hear why. The curves are very musical and allow the voice to remain very natural even under extreme usage. Air band s a real one of a kind.”
The winner on day 4 of the People’s Choice Prize Draw is Pedro V Romero from Spain.
He said “One of the most used tool in my mastering studio is the amazing RX3, finally i can correct distortion, overs, noises, etc without artefacts. Great tool!”
The winner on day 2 of the People’s Choice Prize Draw is M Berry.
He said “I voted for the Blue Cat MB-7. The ability to host VST is good. Also, I had been fooling around with using filters to split bands to do parallel compression & this makes the whole process so much nicer. But the real winning feature for me is the midi integration with the controls. This allows me to do some really nice control tricks. I really wish that Avid would apply this midi philosophy to some of the controls in Pro Tools. I am really liking Blue Cat these days. I happily used the spec. analyzer in their free bundle for a long time (you may remember I submitted a tip to use it as a distortion meter). When the deal for the MB7 hit, I got it immediately & loved it from the start. It was a ‘no-brainer’ then for me to trade it up for the entire bundle. IMO, this company is doing some really good, fresh thinking.”
The winner on day 1 of the People’s Choice Prize Draw is Dan Watts from the UK.
He said “I know it’s slightly an unglamorous choice but VE Pro 5 gets my vote. Being able to host slave PCs easily on my mac without having to tweak a multitude of settings is just amazing! And all using Ethernet too!”
The votes continue to pour in for the Pro Tools Expert People’s Choice Award.
How about winning a limited edition white iLok, thanks to our friends at iLok we have some cool ‘Storm Trooper’ iLoks to give away. All you have to do is vote for your favourite product, leave a comment and every day until Christmas Eve one lucky person will be drawn. It’s as simple as that, no forms to fill in, simply vote and comment!
Ends Christmas Eve.
It seems it’s the season of giving and our friends at RSPE Audio Solutions have kindly donated a full set of Avid Pro Series plug-ins worth $479 it features:
The Avid Pro Limiter which is a nice transparent-sounding limiter that enables you to maximize the loudness of any mix, without distortion or harshness. Many of the team use this when recording the Pro Tools Expert podcast, it is very clean even under series conditions. Check out our Avid Pro Limiter review here and also our Avid Pro Limiter review here.
The Avid Pro Compressor based on the Avid System 5 console and Channel Strip plug-in compressor, this is a series professional compressor plug-in for Pro Tools. Check out Neil’s video review of the Avid Pro Compressor here.
Finally the Avid Pro Expander is also based on the Avid Channel Strip plug-in and has a full professional feature set for pro music and post producers and engineers.
This is a Facebook Sweepstake, even better every time you get your friend to enter you get another entry into the contest giving you more chances to win. If you don’t have a Facebook account then get someone who you know to enter for you. Click here to win the Avid Pro Series plug-ins for Pro Tools.
Avid’s Pro Series plug-ins work with AAX DSP and AAX Native systems, including Pro Tools|HDX, Pro Tools|HD Native, and any system using Pro Tools® 10 and higher software. To find out more about AAX compatible plug-ins for Pro Tools visits our AAX plug-in database.
A second chance to win $10K worth of studio gear is now open to those beyond the US, Westlake Pro have now opened this up to those from US, Canada, EU, or UK.
The contest to win pro recording equipment includes a MacBook Pro, Avid HD system including an Avid Omni, a UAD Satellite, Line 6 Pod, Waves Gold Bundle and JBL speakers, with a value of around $10,000. It runs until January 15th 2014.
To celebrate our 5th Anniversary we’ve put together an unmissable opportunity, one lucky person is going to win around $20,000 worth of studio equipment (terms and conditions apply). The bundle is:
- Avid Omni interface - Kindly supplied by our friends at Avid
- Avid Pro Tools 11HD - Kindly supplied by our friends at Avid
- Pro Tools PC - Kindly supplied by our friends at Pro Tools PC
- Rednet System - Kindly supplied by our friends at Focusrite
- UAD-2 Quad - Kindly supplied by our friends at Universal Audio
- KRK Rokit 8 G3 Monitors - Kindly supplied by our friends at KRK
- KRK KNS 8400 Studio Headphones - Kindly supplied by our friends at KRK
- The Entire Plug-in Alliance Collection - Kindly supplied by our friends at Plug-in Alliance
- Fabfiter Total Bundle - Kindly supplied by our friends at Fabfilter
- iZotope Studio And Repair Advanced Bundle - Kindly supplied by our friends at iZotope
- Exponential Audio Reverb Bundle - Kindly supplied by our friends at Exponential Audio
- Arturia V Collection Synths Bundle - Kindly supplied by our friends at Arturia
- Novation Studio Impulse 61 Controller - Kindly supplied by our friends at Novation
- Synchro Arts Revoice Pro - Kindly supplied by our friends at Synchro Arts
- Mogami Cabling - Kindly supplied by our friends at Source Distribution
- Groove 3 All Access Pass - Kindly supplied by our friends at Groove 3
There draw is free to enter and is open to anyone from qualifying countries. Please read the terms and conditions carefully. Draw ends last day of December 2013.
In this competition we are offering 5 copies of the new Sonnox Codec Toolbox that consists of two applications - the Toolbox Plug-In, for auditioning your mix in real-time through various codecs, and the Toolbox Manager for encoding and adding metadata.
- Audition codecs in real-time (a huge time saver - no need to encode first then listen!)
- Multiple high quality codecs, including mp3, AAC and iTunes+
- Batch encode multiple files to save time
- ‘Clip Safe’ auto-compensates for any overs, keeping your mix clean
- Add metadata like track names and artwork
- Decode mp3 or AAC files to WAV or AIF
- Costs just £35 GBP
Why do I need it?
- You want to hear in real time how your mix sounds encoded for mp3 or AAC at different bit-rates.
- You want to ensure your mix isn’t too loud and won’t clip when played back.
- You want to encode your music with high quality codecs for the best listening experience.
- You want to create or edit metadata for encoded files
- You want to batch encode or decode multiple files
Which platforms are supported?
Codec Toolbox is compatible with Mac (OSX 10.6.8 and above) and Windows (XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8). Installers are provided for AAX Native, RTAS, Audio Units and VST formats. Most DAW’s are supported.
5 copies to win!
You could win one of 5 copies of Sonnox’s Codec Toolbox. Simply complete the form below and wait and see what happens! You need to go to the Sonnox web site and watch the video to find the answer.
Go here and watch the short video and then tell us video what is the name of the artist that is being encoded?
Please complete all fields. One entry per email address. You are entering for a chance to win one copy of Sonnox Codec TOOLbox, no cash alterntive. Judges decision is final and no correspondance will be entered into. By entering your details you are giving permission for either/or Pro Tools Expert and Sonnox to contact you in the future. You can opt out at any time after the draw has ended, if you do so before it ends then you will be removed from the draw. Contest ends last day of October 2013.
If you have yet to see Russ and James doing their shoot-out between the Focusrite Forte and Apogee Duet, then check it out now.
Our friends over at Synchro Arts have teamed up with Image Line to offer the chance to win a copy of the awesome VocAlign software for Mac and PC. It is currently RTAS but will soon be AAX too.
Next month, Arturia embarks on a major UK dealer tour letting musicians get hands-on with their brand new KeyLab keyboard controller range, MiniLab USB-controller, SparkLE drum system and mighty MiniBrute analogue synthesizer. This will be held in Arturia dealers throughout the UK, and with a free MiniBrute T-Shirt for every attendee plus special discounts on the day, is not to be missed…
Sébastien Rochard of Arturia will be in-stores demoing the power and creativity of Arturia’s latest creations, with tips, tricks and ideas on how musicians can use these new products to take their productions to the next level. It will be possible to put questions directly to the experts and get an exclusive hands-on with the very first KeyLab in the UK, make beats on SparkLE, and analogue tones on MiniBrute.
Once again, there will be a free MiniBrute T-shirt for attendees and special one-day-only discounts available in-store, so Arturia and Source look forward to welcoming Arturia fans in person.
Avid are running a new promo for those buying either Fast Track Solo or Due audio interfaces, which run on Mac, PC and iPad. Buy a Solo or Duo and be in with the chance of winning an Express to Pro Tools 11 Crossgrade worth £310!
Basically, every customer who purchases a Solo or Duo who provides a proof of purchase to ‘email@example.com’ goes in the hat and every two weeks from the 21st of this month, a winner is chosen.
The promotion is running for 3 months and there will be 6 draws (21st June, 5th July, 19th July, 2nd August, 16thAugust, 30th August). One winner per draw.
The incentive to buy now is that the longer you’re in the hat, the more chances you have to win, if you don’t win on the first draw… you stay in the hat till the promo expires.
This promotion is available to residents of The United Kingdom Only
Our friends over at Alchemea are putting up a cool prize of a copy of Pro Tools 11 as well as £1000 worth of free certified training for one lucky person.
Simply complete the form below and one person will get this cool prize. Alchemea recently upgraded their flagship studio with an SSL Duality SE console, but what desk preceded the Duality? The answer to the question can be found on their blog here.
Please complete all fields. One entry per email address. You are entering for a chance to win one copy of a Pro Tools 11 (Not HD) and £1000 worth of Alchemea training, no cash alterntive. Judges decision is final and no correspondance will be entered into. By entering you are giving permission for either/or both Alchemea and Pro Tools Expert to contact you in the future. You can opt out at any time after the draw has ended, if you do so before it ends then you will be removed from the draw. Contest ends 30th June 2013.
The winner of the Revoice Pro vocal alignment software is Dave Holt from Tampa, Florida, USA.
Well done Dave, have fun!
Our friends at Mediaspec, based in Scotland, have given us a great Pro Tools 11 launch competition prize bundle. The bundle consists of:
- Pro Tools 11 software
- M-Audio M-Track Plus interface with Pro Tools Express
- MXL 440 large diaphragm condenser microphone
- Sennheiser HD 201 headphones
With this lovely bundle, the lucky winner will be ready to go with a great set-up.