James, Dan and Julian chat through issues and highlights from the week's news as well as the usual Pro Tools tips, tricks and community questions answered.
Podcast Sponsor - Townsend Labs
This month’s sponsor is Townsend Labs, creator of the Sphere L22 3D microphone system. James talks about the modelling in the Sphere microphone system.
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- Replacing A Mac Pro 5.1 'Cheese-grater' For Pro Tools Production - What Are The Options?
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George Majerus is back with some feedback on the shootout between Apogee and Presonus. I recently ran into troubles with my Apogee Rosetta, I was convinced it had failed since it's of course fairly old. I was looking for an Apogee Support Address to find out if they would still support or fix this discontinued legacy piece of gear and I actually found a chat option and was very quickly transferred to a highly knowledgeable tech who seems to know the Rosetta by heart. 15 Minutes later my problems were solved, and no, the Rosetta had not failed. This is the best, quickest and most professional support I have ever encountered. Great support when you need it is something people may not consider when shopping for gear. Also Kudos to Russ for his find of the week. I bought the wireless chime he mentioned since I cannot hear the doorbell when I am mixing. It took me less time to set it up than to order it! You guys rock, your show is great and I am looking forward to each episode like others probably for Game of Thrones :)
Justin Arey has made a video testing and comparing 18 cheap large diaphragm condenser microphones. He says "I decided to do a vocal test of all the mics in my studio, 18 in all. Actually, most were had for peanuts on eBay, kinda crazy I know, buying cheap mics, but I was curious if there were noticeable differences between them and hey, who doesn't like a bargain?"
John M Caldwell says that the outcome of the Pro Tools Track Hack is very similar to creating custom track views in Cubase. This is something I've been wanting for a long time in Pro Tools and once I found out how easy it was in Cubase I was even more upset that Pro Tools doesn't have this feature. I stumbled onto this the other day when I messed up a marker in Pro Tools and went to edit its details. I found out that you can create custom track views by using Markers and editing the Memory Locator. It's very simple to execute and to continuously update when you want to add or subtract a track from your view.
Al Andrew asks about our thoughts regarding Avid's development with AI....or lack thereof. My reference comes from one of the latest features in Adobe Audition with the "auto ducking".... it works very well....not perfect. Being a post guy with disciplined arrivals and departures which take time to do, the idea of AI stepping into our workflow in post-production is rather scary. In the video sector, AI is starting to replace people in certain areas (metadata etc).
Questions From The Community
- Neal Hoover has a question about what sample rate to use for recording vocals etc, 24 bit/ 48k or 24 Bit /192k.
Source Connect Now
As you may know, we are spread out around the UK & Europe when we record the podcast. In the past, we have used a variety of internet-based solutions so we could hear each other. We have settled on Source Connect Now which gives us ISDN equivalent quality audio using a Chrome browser, no software to install. You can get a free account from Source Elements.
Find Of The Week
- James - Livemix by Digital Audio Labs. Personal mix system for studios and live use over Cat5.
- Julian - Genelec GLM 3.0, particularly this video
- Dan - Handheld sound pressure level meter