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Waves have produced a very natural sounding grand piano instrument in Grand Rhapsody. The control set offers quite a lot of scope for producing a variety of standard and creative piano tones - for the money you are not going to find a better piano virtual instrument on the market.
In this review, Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper takes a look at Zynaptiq's latest effects plug-in WORMHOLE. Watch the video to hear how WORMHOLE changes the character of Dan's voice and tone of a short drum loop.
Silk is the fourth Virtual Guitarist instrument from UJAM. Like the other three (Iron, Amber, and Sparkle), Silk is optimised for one purpose. To produce great-sounding guitar tracks with minimum fuss. The interface is intuitive, and it is a great songwriting tool that allows you to generate parts for the ideas you are working on simply and efficiently.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at a new software application called PatchCAD.
PatchCAD is a simple PC only (at this time) application that makes it quick and easy to label your patchbays to make you studio look professional down to the last detail.
Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers looks at the LX480 Reverb from Relab, this plugin recreates the iconic Lexicon 480L reverb, one of the few pieces of digital hardware to have achieved the desirable vintage status usually reserved for analogue hardware.
Featuring the same algorithms as the 480L, including the famous Ambience and Random Hall algorithms, this plugin adds some instant 80s to whatever audio you choose to pass through it. It can do subtle (though that's not something I associate with the 80s...) and in this review Julian visits some of the "Greatest Hits" of the Lexicon sound.
In this review, Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper takes a look at UVI's latest Synth library instrument Digital Synsations Vol.2. Inspired by three iconic synths from the 90's, UVI has again delivered another powerful yet easy to use creative keyboard instrument.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper takes a look at the new transient shaper plug-in Smack Attack from Waves. Although featuring the usual controls commonly found on transient shaper plug-ins, Smack Attack is a transient shaper plug-in on steroids.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at one of the new Moog filters by Universal Audio for the UAD-2 DSP platform. James tries the Moog Multimode Filter on Bass, Guitars and Drums in a 70's funk style track to see just how fat and funky he can get.
Pro Tools Expert Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank reviews the RØDE smartLav+ Lavalier microphone system, and sees if such a reasonable budget solution can deliver a professional result.
Pro Tools Expert Post Production Specialist and Studio Owner Alan Sallabank reviews Synergy by Symless - a Network-based (IP) software KVM switch, which provides cross-platform seamless switching between multiple computers.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new WA-412 quad mic pre from Warm Audio. Warm are on fire at the moment with their recreations of classic gear and the WA-412 is no exception.
Production Expert team member Eli Krantzberg from our sister site Logic Pro Expert has reviewed the Objeq Delay from Applied Acoustics Systems. It is a creative effect processor based on physical modelling technology and uses no sampling nor convolution algorithms. It is an effect processor built around the combination of a filter, acoustic resonators and a delay module.
Is it possible to remove a vocal line from a mixed track? The answer to that question can be found in this Pro Tools Expert review. Dan Cooper takes a look at a standalone Mac application (Windows currently not supported) called TRAX Pro 3 SP by Audionamix that claims to be able to do the impossible... separate vocals from mixed music.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor, James Ivey takes a look at the Gain, 2 channel microphone pre-amp by Italian company Teknosign.
In this review, Pro Tools Expert takes a close look at UVI's new Rotary effects plug-in. Rotary includes seven cabinet emulations, virtual microphone positioning system and in-depth controls for manipulating the speed at which the tremolo effect starts and ends. This is a very retro style plug-in with a lot character and charm. Watch the video to hear the results of Rotary on Hammond Organ, Piano and Mellotron tracks.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert team member Peter Barter takes a look at the newly updated Echo Farm 3.0 Delay plug-in from Line 6.
In this Pro Tools Expert review, Dan Cooper takes a look at a new one knob dereverberation plug-in called ERA-R by Accusonus.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor and self-confessed microphone addict, James Ivey takes an up-close look at the new Mercury Valve Condenser microphone from British manufacturer Sontronics.
In this video review, Production Expert team member Marcus takes a close look at Regroover Pro by Accusonus.
In this video review, Production Expert's new team member Justin Bryant over at Studio One Expert has been taking a close look at the latest virtual synth instrument by UVI - UVS-3200.
Todd-AO have released Absentia DX with an algorithm that is designed to analyze production dialog recordings and then remove obvious hums, wireless rings, and ticks, while maintaining the integrity of the human voice. Absentia DX is a completely different take on cleaning up audio. In this review Mike takes it for a test drive. Watch to see how he got on with it.
In this review, Pro Tools Expert team member Peter Barter takes a look at the new reverb plug-in R4 from Exponential Audio. R4 is a new character reverb plug-in that expands on the concept and feature set of their previous release R2. Amongst the many new features in R4 are a powerful new EQ section, warmth and compression settings, reverb tail suppression and a really interesting reverb freeze function.
The TNT Voice Executor is the latest release from Audified which they describe as a "unique utilitarian plug-in offering no-nonsense processing of vocal and spoken word tracks". So in this review Mike is going see what it can do.
Backlit keyboards have been in the news for a little while now, but it has only been in the last couple of weeks that we have been able to get our hands on production models of the Pro Tools backlit keyboards from both LogicKeyboard and Editors Keys. In this review keyboard shortcut guru, Mike Thornton takes both of these keyboards for a spin to see what they have to offer.
In science, Fission is the process of splitting two atoms. In audio, Eventide has now given us Fission - a new process for splitting audio in two, giving us the ability to apply independent effects to Transient and Tonal content. Fission then, it's quite a unique plug-in indeed.
Pro Tools Expert Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank brings you a world exclusive - the new élastiqueAAX Pitch AND Time plugin from zplane.
Blue Cat's MB-7 plug-in is similar to Blue Cat's Patchwork plug-in as both host AU and VST plug-ins for use in Pro Tools. The MB-7 is different as it features extended mixer controls.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new EC-300 delay plug-in from McDSP. EC-300 emulates 3 classing delay line types. Magnetic or tape delay is the sound of those old tape based delays units. Digital is a shiny sounding clean delay with speaker emulation and Analog sounds just as good as those old analog guitar delay pedals.
In this video, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Warm Audio WA-87 large diaphragm condenser microphone.