DRONAR Dark Synthesis is a powerful and dark sounding drone synth instrument made up of four layers. Each layer has a set of controls that are commonly found in other synth products. Intensity and Movement controls are at the core of DRONAR Dark Synthesis, enabling users to dial in movement and colour of drone layers. Play a single note on a MIDI controller and DRONAR comes alive and instantly evokes dark emotions.
There is nothing quite like the excitement that comes when you know the "postman" is going to be delivering some new toys for me to try-out in the studio. This week the moments of delight came in the form of the new Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre and OctoPre Dynamic.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper takes a look at the Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip. The 6176 features a single 610 tube preamp section and 1176N limiting amplifier that can either be used as two separate units or joined together with the output of the 610 tube preamp feeding into the input of the 1176 Limiter.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the stunning DirectOut Technologies Andiamo MC, a 32 channel mic and line pre with A/D D/A conversion to MADI.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new updated version of the Antelope Audio Zen Studio Plus USB and Thunderbolt audio interface in a real world recording example using a full drum kit, bass, acoustic and electrics guitars. James shows off the stunning sonic quality of this small yet mighty portable audio interface.
The UVX80 feature set and GUI design are both typical UVI, great for regular users of UVI synth instruments as the UVI synth familiarity in this product will quickly diminish any kind of learning curve. There is a vast selection of presets that lend themselves more to rhymic styles of synth sounds. I found I only needed to hold a key down for 2 bars to get inspired to produce a song.
In the third and final part of this review series, we took the Scan Computers 3XS FWX99 PowerDAW PC and attempted to replace a Mac Pro in a working system, by fitting a pair of Avid HDX cards and a Thunderbolt chassis.
In Part Two of this review series, we put the Scan 3XS FWX99 PowerDAW PC through a series of real world stress tests against two other machines - another Windows PC and a Mac Book Pro.
Are you facing an uncertain future with Apple hardware? Would you like to be able to take full advantage of the latest tech, but don't want to have to lay out £6000, just to get future proofing like USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 and M2? Alan Sallabank checks out the custom build Windows DAW PC's available from Scan Computers.
iZotope have released RX6 Standard and RX6 Advanced and also added a new product, RX Elements which replaces the RX Plugin Pack and includes the RX 6 Standalone Editor application as well as the plug-ins that were in the RX Plugin Pack. New modules in RX6 include De-rustle, De-wind, Dialogue Isolate, and De-bleed.
I have been lucky enough to have loan of the Soyuz SU-019 since just after the NAMM show back in January 2017. Many of you will have heard me use it as it is the mic I have been using to record my voice for the Pro Tools Expert podcast ever since. The SU-019 is a large diaphragm FET condenser microphone. The FET or Field Effect Transistor is placed in the mics internal circuit to produce a richer tone. read on to see what I think about it...
In a recent article, I wrote about making the client approvals process as straightforward and effective as possible. Since writing that article I was introduced to Frame.io 2, a platform which sells itself as Video Collaboration Software - if you are thinking I don't make videos so I'll not read any further then I urge to read on.
The 2016 Stereo Room reverb is a straight forward room simulator plug-in that I feel produces very transparent room like ambiences. The front to rear positioning dial is the standout control for me as it helped me to sit several tracks in a mix in a subtle three dimensional way.
The BeatBox Anthology 2 GUI throws away the drum machine history books meaning users don't have to be vintage drum machine aficionados in order to get great sounding electronic drums in their mixes.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Virtual Tube Collection (VTC) by Slate Digital. Steven at the team at Slate have collected together some of the finest valve (Tube) gear and worked there magic to create 3 very subtle but very useful additions to the Slate Virtual Mix Rack (VMR) family.
I am going to start this review/how-to/case study with a simple statement of fact. I am not a qualified acoustician. Nore am I into acoustical number crunching of any kind. This entire experiment was based on a reasonable working knowledge of room acoustics and good old common sense. So let's begin.
The latest round of Mac Books Pros in late 2016 brought us yet another connection format, Thunderbolt 3, not at this stage to be confused with USB-C (we can deal with that in another article). So how are we going to hook up our Thunderbolt monitors, drives and audio interfaces to this new format? The folks at OWC might just have the answer in the form of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock.
Pro Tools Expert Audio over IP specialist Julian Rodgers looks at the Focusrite AM2 headphone amplifier. Whether as part of a RedNet system or as a high quality endpoint in a mixed Dante system simple things, if they are worth doing, are worth doing well.
The Focusrite Red 4Pre launched in March 2016 and I did 3 separate reviews on it. In this review I cover the similarities and differences between the Red 4 and Red 8Pre and also share how I am using it in my everyday work.