Sounddogs.com has released their own desktop sound effects librarian application, with a free version and a subscription version that gives you access to their on-line sound effects library with 324,000 sound effects.
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.”
Greg from Avid in a live video from the show floor at NAMM 2019 has made an announcement about Pro Tools and macOS Mojave compatibility. Check it out.
Avid has been working on Avid Link to replace Application Manager. We announced that Avid Link went into public beta when we were at IBC 2018 in September last year and now on the first day of NAMM 2019 we can announce the first full version of Avid Link app - 2019.1.
At their NAMM booth this year, Avid are showing the next version of Pro Tools, which Avid say is “coming soon”, but we understand that the exact release date is yet to be set. We have all the facts.
Avid has announced the line-up of audio professionals for its 2019 NAMM booth (#15502) Main Stage Presentations from January 24th to 28th, 2019. The good news is that for all of us who aren’t going to be at NAMM we will be watch it live as Avid will be streaming the Main Stage Presentations through their Avid Link app.
Recently we produced an article looking into an announcement from Apple following an update of Final Cut Pro that the Avid DNx family of codecs, as well as other codecs like Cineform, which GoPro cameras often use would no longer be supported natively in future releases of the macOS operating system. We can now reveal details of exactly which codecs, both audio and video, Apple plans to support natively in the future as well as those which will not be supported in future macOS releases.
Team member Alan Sallabank has just updated to Pro Tools 2018.12, which automatically updated the Eucon software. His old iPad, which worked fine for Pro Tools Control until this point now won't talk to Pro Tools or Eucon, as it's stuck on iOS 9.3.5. So beware if you have an old iPad like Alan and I do.
I have just renewed my annual upgrade plan for Pro Tools Ultimate and spotted that Avid has released 2018.12, which is solely made up of bug fixes and support for the latest version of High Sierra macOS 10.13.6 but no support yet for macOS Mojave.
Following our article Apple Announce End Of Native Support For Avid DNx Codecs - Avid Respond. Why This Matters For Pro Tools Users Adobe have announced that the pro video apps now support ProRes export on the Windows platform releasing updates to the Adobe Creative Cloud video apps, including Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC.
With the release of a major Final Cut update Apple also took the opportunity to warn users that a future macOS will NOT support a number of commonly used video codecs including Avid’s DNxHD, which Avid recommend as the best video format for Pro Tools and a lot of video camera formats built around the Cineform codec. Is this Flash all over again?
Following the recent announcement that Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate users with a current upgrade plan will get the UVI Falcon worth $349, the Falcon Factory Sounds and the Plugsound Avid Edition 2.6GB sound pack. In addition, Pro Tools First users will get the UVI Workstation 3 and the Plugsound Avid Edition 2.6GB sound pack.
In this article we are going share what we think about the addition of these UVI products to Pro Tools and also give you a taste of all the extra UVI sound libraries that you can buy to get even more out of these bundled UVI products.
Until recently there has been a number of different ways Pro Tools users could send feature requests to Avid. With recent changes and developments, the good news is that with the new Avid Link app, which is currently in public beta, Avid Link is being developed to simplify these routes and deliver a unified interface that enables users to not only submit feature requests and other insights but also to be able to manage their applications, purchase products and plug-ins, and connecting with the Pro Tools community.
This music video was created using Pro Tools. After nearly half of his lifetime working in Pro Tools creating music, Reazon from DAE Music decided he wanted to create something entirely different.
Avid are continuing their drive to improve Pro Tools with regular releases by announcing the latest update to Pro Tools 2018.10. This update is mainly a bug fix release, that Avid wanted to get out to users now rather than wait until they have finished the qualification work for macOS 10.13.6 and 10.14.
Avid has advised us of a Scheduled Maintenance Notification of the MyAvid Portal Servers, which host all our Avid Master Accounts also now known as MyAvid, which also will means users will be unable to manage subscriptions, checkout of the Avid Store use the Avid Link app or use Cloud Collaboration.
It would appear as if Avid are planning a Pro Tools 2018.10 release sometime in October. Community member Victor spotted it in an Avid pdf and we have tracked it down to the What’s New in VENUE_6.0 pdf.
The Youlean Loudness Meter a free loudness meter plug-in and unlike some other free loudness meter plug-ins runs on macOS and Windows and supports AAX, VST and AU plug-in formats.