Mike, James and Julian discuss the release of Pro Tools 2018.4 with its new, less confusing name for Pro Tools HD, they discuss the role of talent in production and they answer questions from the community and share their finds of the week.
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- Pro Tools HD Ends - Avid Announce Pro Tools 2018.4 And Rebrand Pro Tools HD As Pro Tools Ultimate
- This Magic Ingredient That May Be Missing From Your Recordings
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Questions From The Community
- David Topple - Is looking for recommendations for dealers who can supply film sound equipment in the South East of England.
- John Merriman - Wants ideas from the team on how to integrate client's phones into his studio.
- Chris Green - Isn't clear about how to use a Thunderbolt Apollo with a PC.
Alan's Response: it very much depends on the exact model number of your MSI motherboard. If it has USB3.1, then you might be able to get a Thunderbolt breakout card. I say might, as it totally depends on the motherboard. Then also you’ll probably have to update the BIOS and fix the settings accordingly. So, it’s not impossible to retrofit Thunderbolt to a motherboard, but the devil very much is in the detail. You need to look to see if your motherboard has a Thunderbolt Header, plus also check that your i7 is new enough to natively support Thunderbolt. If you go into your BIOS, is there an option for Thunderbolt among the menu. If your motherboard does not support TB, but your i7 does, then all is not lost. The beauty of self-builds is that you could easily and cost-effectively upgrade your motherboard to one that does support Thunderbolt and even might have a Thunderbolt port on the rear IO panel, saving you from having to get a break-out card. If you can only get a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) board, then don’t worry - the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapters work a treat.
You can get Thunderbolt cards to add Thunderbolt to a motherboard that doesn't already have it on the rear IO panel, but beware, they ARE specific to your motherboard series and you will require that your motherboard has a Thunderbolt Header, which is a small slot on your motherboard near the PCIe slots. I use an Asus Thunderbolt 2 card on my Asus X99-A, but I could also change it to a Thunderbolt 3 card. Asus Thunderbolt 2 cards are no longer manufactured however as they've moved on to Thunderbolt 3. On my Gigabyte Z170, it already has Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) on the rear IO panel, but I can add an extra 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports using a Gigabyte add-on card.
- Tom Jenkins - Has a confusing problem with delay compensation and the Avid Video Engine.
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 - Sponsored By UJAM
UJAM Instruments’ innovative Virtual Drummer and Virtual Guitarist music production plug-ins are now available as AAX plug-ins for Pro Tools so Pro Tools users can now enjoy the simplicity and versatility of these excellent instruments. Get what you need from your drummer or guitarist in the minimum of time.
- Mike - My updated Hotkey Matrix with custom keys
- James - MacBook Pro 2017 15 inch with 3.1GHz i7, 16Gb of RAM, With touch bar.
- Julian - Focusrite Red 4Pre