Are you thinking, “New Year, New Venture”? Are you responding to possible demand and thinking that you should get into Post Production? Here’s my guide to setting up a post production system, on a budget.
Following the release of Apple Thunderbolt 3 computers like the Mac Mini 2018 and the iMac Pro, we have seen some confusion about which thunderbolt expansion chassis you can use with a Thunderbolt equipped Apple computer and so we thought it would be helpful to put together a guide especially as the transition to Thunderbolt 3 has muddied the waters in this area.
In this article, we are going to try and demystify why as a Pro Tools user you might need Pro Tools HD Native or HDX hardware and because there is also some confusion about what features are hardware related and what are software related features, we are also going to look at Pro Tools Ultimate software, which used to be known as Pro Tools HD software.
If you are creative working in the music production sector then you should at least know how Pro Tools works. Even if you use another DAW, it makes sense to have a working knowledge of Pro Tools and the good news is that you can with Pro Tools First - the free version of Pro Tools from Avid.
In this article, we cover all the new features, changes, rebranding and bundled products for Pro Tools 2018 from January when they announced the new numbering system through to the release of Pro Tools 2018.4.
Everything you need to know, all in one place!
Like it or not iLoks are a key part of the scenery in our industry, especially if you use Pro Tools as not only is Pro Tools protected using an iLok but most of the plug-ins we use are also protected with an iLok. We have a significant resource of iLok related content on Pro Tools Expert from setting up your iLok Account, the iLok License Manager and activating iLok protected software, via having trouble with an iLok related issue through to what do you do if your iLok is broken, lost or stolen. We also offer advice on how to protect your iLok from being broken, lost or stolen as well as whether it is safe to buy iLok protected software on sites like eBay.
In this article we list a selection of control surfaces compatible with Pro Tools that are all available to buy today for under $500 - Have we missed any?
In this article, we are going to take a look at 3 examples where Avid Nexis has made a difference to the Pro Tools workflow in 2 post houses and 1 educational establishment. Then we are going to look at what is required to set up a Nexis system working with Pro Tools as well as some pricing guidelines.
Is mixing stood up better for you? Tom Paul from Gigantic Post thinks so, he now has a dual operator Avid S6 control surface that can be operated standing up or folded down into the studio floor. We look at some of the health benefits and the pros and cons of mixing whilst stood up.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Edit James Ivey leaves the comfort of his home studio for a trip into central London to the Soho HQ of UK pro audio reseller Jigsaw24. They arranged for James to run the Pro Tools Expert Power Test session on a brand new, fresh out of the box Apple iMac Pro. Watch and see how this new machine fares and see if James could push it to the limit.
Whenever we announce a new version of Pro Tools, we usually get a number of comments here on the site, in Podcast questions and on social media that the current upgrade plans are a rip-off and why can't we go back to the old way of paid and free upgrades. So I thought I would do some research and see how true this might be...
If you follow our MacOS 10.13 High Sierra Pro Audio Compatibility Guide With Regular Updates article and as a Pro Tools user you haven't updated to macOS High Sierra then you can breathe a huge sigh of relief. However, if you have updated to macOS High Sierra 10.13 then you need to read this article and we recommend you follow the excellent advice for the Mac Rumors web site or the article from Maintain, the people behind the Cocktail macOS utility application.
To describe the last week as busy would be the understatement of the decade. Late Monday evening one of the many fantastic clients I'm privileged to work with called asking for a miracle. The said magic meant me not only pulling a rabbit out of a hat but several long days to ensure I delivered three high-quality projects on time, which was yesterday.
This week was possible because I applied the five rules of building a healthy creative business, here they are.
In this free tutorial for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey talks about some of his tips and tricks for getting a great recorded acoustic guitar sound even when you have limited equipment.
In this free tutorial from our friends at Universal Audio, Daniel Keller looks at some of the mix issues we can fix using our ears and good old fashioned EQ.In the never-ending quest for the perfect mix, EQ is one of the oldest tools we have, and still one of the most powerful. Used in moderation, EQ can add clarity and definition to a crowded soundscape. Used with precision, it can remove offending sounds we wish we hadn’t captured. As a strategic tool, a bit of EQ can make all the difference needed to separate duelling guitars, scoop the mud from your drums or make a vocal shine.
When macOS High Sierra releases, expected to be September 25th, 2017, macOS Sierra will no longer be available on the App Store. We recommend, that unless you are planning to skip Sierra, that you download macOS Sierra from the App Store before September 25th, 2017 even if you don't intend to install it right away.
I am in the middle of my yearly gear/equipment/toys cull. I use the term cull, as I see it as a time to clear out some of the stuff I have not used in a while. I would like to share with you some of the questions I ask myself when I am sorting through my collection of goodies.
I thought I had ManFlu - that almost mythical illness - the same Flu that anyone gets, but it did seem to come on very quickly this time though. I took various cold and flu remedies, but nothing seemed to be working. My appetite went, my sleep was disturbed - I was having the most vivid bizarre dreams and sweating buckets. Then when I was taking a long shower, I got some water in my ears. Suddenly it seemed like someone had engaged a Low-Pass Filter on my left ear and rolled all the HF out. That's when I started to panic. I stumbled out of the shower and almost fell flat on my face. I couldn't seem to walk properly anymore and it felt like someone had nailed a plaster cast into my ear. I needed a doctor but it was Saturday...
Creatives are good at a lot of things, but for many taking care of some fundamental business needs is last on the list. However if you neglect them then your business, your finances and your home life may suffer. Here are the top 5 things anyone running a studio or a freelance business can do to ensure a better week.