In this article we feature a number of third party plug-in developers, which include some well know brands as well as some less well known developers you may not of heard of, all of whom currently support and produce AAX DSP plug-ins for Pro Tools HDX systems.
Townsend Labs have announced that AAX DSP support is included in version 1.3 of the Sphere plug-in, the software component in the Sphere L22 microphone modelling system.
Steven Massey has emailed to Massey Plugins users to announce that AAX plugins set to return to Windows in 2019.
To get things going there is a beta version of the L2007 Mastering Limiter is now available to existing users. The installer can be found in the login area of the website. so you will need to be a Massey Plugins user to access the beta. Steven has stated that “This plug-in only works with Windows 10 and there are corrections I still need to make but it's feeling stable and useable. See the "release notes" file in the downloaded .zip for details on known issues.
It’s great to finally hear some news from Massey Plugins. They make some great plug-ns that have gone off the radar, so it is really good news to see things happening.
Update 15th April 2019
Steven has announced Windows 10 Beta versions for TD5, TapeHead and vt3 as well as the L2007 announced in January 2019. As with the L2007 these installers can be found in the login area of the website.
Who Is Massey Plugins?
If you haven’t heard of Massey Plugins then do check them out. It is a small one-man operation. Steven started the company back in February 2006 with the release of the vt3 EQ. Steven describes himself as a music and audio geek who's been involved in the pro audio industry for well over a decade. An electrical engineer by training, he began his career at Digidesign (aka Avid) in 2001 crafting up things for the plugin architecture of Pro Tools. Following that, he worked with Trillium Lane Labs shipping Aggro, Space and Drum Rehab. He explains that his design philosophy for Massey Plugins is built on a few core principles:
First, sound is more important than numbers. Numbers on knobs have little meaning in the context of artistic creation. They are simply symbols to help mark your way.
Secondly, less is more. More parameters on a piece of gear does not inherently make it better. He has found that carving away the rough edges and honing the useful intersection of a product's wholistic control set is, in the end, significantly more burdensome. He continues…
“Some designers choose a lazier approach: throwing more controls at the end user, telling us in essence, ‘Deal with this yourself 'cause I couldn't be bothered.’ This isn't to say that a rich palette of controls isn't sometimes very useful and totally merited, but I find those circumstances more applicable to that class of ‘surgical audio tools’. When you need to ‘fix’ something, then you usually need more variables to hone in on the problem. Hence, you'll find that my deesser and drum replacement plugins have much richer sets of controls.”
And lastly for Steven, form and function are inseparable. He continues…
“Research has shown that attractively designed things work better. A pretty, virtual faceplate on an audio plugin ain't just marketing. It helps form an important emotional bond of usability between your brain and the functionality of the product which persists over time.”
SSA Plugins has announced the release of AAX versions of their Ambisonics plug-ins, for generating and processing 3D audio for VR/AR applications. These new AAX versions will provide spatial audio encoding, processing and decoding on Ambisonics buses available in Pro Tools Ultimate formerly known as Pro Tools HD software.
EDM or Electronic Dance Music is not a style we cover often on Pro Tools Expert. Luckily the team Slate Slate Digital has produced a very cool free tutorial showing you how to use Slate's Virtual Mix Rack (VMR) in EDM mixing. Steven Slate takes us through an in the box mix of a club track and shows us some ideas to add depth, warmth, and fatness to the track using Slate Digital plug-ins.
10 years ago this year Russ Hughes started the AIR Users blog, which morphed into Pro Tools Expert in 2012. To kick off our year of celebrations we are running a competition with a Pro Audio gear and software prize pot worth over $28,000. Enter The Pro Tools Expert 10th Anniversary Competition to be in with the chance of winning the stunning new East-West Hollywood Choirs Diamond Edition worth $620.
Is the writing on the wall for Avid AAX DSP plug-in development? If not dead, then the signs are that the continued support from third-party developers shows glacial pace, with fewer announcing new plug-ins with AAX DSP support and some dropping it on new releases.
Slate Digital's Marketing Director Sean Halley leads you through a feature-length tutorial mixing a full pop production using plug-ins from the Slate Digital Everything bundle.
The teams at Focusrite and McDSP have partnered together to offer an incredible interface and plug-in bundle. All registered customers of a Focusrite Red 4Pre, 8Pre or new 16Line Thunderbolt and Pro Tools HD audio interfaces will receive a free 12-month subscription to the McDSP All Access HD plug-in pack, worth $499.99.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey shows you how to use the Universal Audio Apollo interfaces as hardware effects processors for use with your analogue mixing console.
The team at Slate Digital are very happy to release the new FG-Stress module for their Virtual Mix Rack system.
In this free tutorial from Production Expert, Eli Krantzberg shows you how to get the very best from the new McDSP 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Compressor.
The word FREE can often conjure up the idea of something being worthless; for many years the VST world has been filled with worthwhile FREE plug-ins yet Pro Tools users have often felt a little left out of the FREE plug-in world. However there seems to be a growing collection of FREE plug-ins for Pro Tools RTAS and AAX that are well worth investing your time into.
Our friends at McDSP have announced their All Access Subscriptions in both HD and Native flavours are now available directly via the Gobbler store.McDSP has joined a growing number of developers such as Slate Digital and Softube to offer their products through the Gobbler Platform making it easy to manage your plug-in licenses and installations.
Our friends at Universal Audio are very pleased to announce v9.1 of the UAD-2 software. UAD Software v9.1 extends Console 2 software support to users of multiple Apollo FireWire devices. This offers dynamic new workflow options such as high-resolution graphics, dynamic window resizing, Channel Strip windows, Drag and Drop plug-ins, UAD Monitor/Record per input, and more. All Apollo interfaces now feature Console 2 software. UAD Software v9.1 is fully qualified for use with macOS Sierra.