Rather than reaching for an EQ when trying to problem solve in a mix, try a multi-band compressor instead. It gives you all the frequency-carving tools you're used in an EQ plus the ability to add punch and definition to the envelope of your track.
Avid has been a little quiet on releasing the next version of Pro Tools. We have been looking at the Pro Tools Ideascale and chatting amongst the Pro Tools Expert team about what features we would like to see in the next release of Pro Tools. What features are you looking for?
In this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates an alternative to deleting clips or automating mutes in Pro Tools.
In this free four-part video tutorial series we show you how to mix live multitrack drums using a selection of very powerful plug-ins from Waves. In this first episode we show you how to remove unflattering resonances from snare tracks using subtractive "corrective" EQ.
James, Dan and Julian are discussing compression and reverb this week. they talk about parallel compression and ask whether it gets over-used. They talk reverb - what are their go-to reverbs and are there any they overlook? They answer your questions, share community feedback, and their finds of the week.
In this video tutorial Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor shows you several tips that will improve the way you work with plug-ins in both mix and edit windows in Pro Tools.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers Investigates the differences between the new Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000G and the old bx_console G. He then investigates the THD All control.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates a technique for level matched comparison of alternative parallel processing chains while experimenting with the results which can be achieved by processing the kick and snare in a rock track using Julian's version of plug-in chains typically used by Andrew Scheps and Vance Powell.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Blue Cat Audios new Free Amp free guitar amp simulation plug-in which includes 3 amp models created with Blue Cat's Destructor amp simulation plug-in.
In this extract from PureMix, Grammy award winning mixer Ryan Hewitt explains his original vocal reverb technique used in the Lumineers track "Angela". By using two plates, one wide and shorter and a second mono and longer, the exposed reverb tail narrows as it decays - Nice!
Apple has just released a new MacBook Pro that we can now be spec up to 32 GB Ram. We posted a story last week on Pro Tools Expert about the rumours surrounding the next MacBook Is Apple About To Release The Powerful MacBook Pro That Pro Tools User Have Been Waiting For?
Prices start at $1,299 for the base 13" MacBook Pro:
In this video we test OneKnob Louder on the master track of a mix. Before and after examples have been level matched in the video edit to enable you to hear exactly what this plug-in is doing to the dynamics of the mix without extreme level differences fooling your ears into louder is better.
In this free video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates how to quickly edit or delete a memory location from the memory locations list in Pro Tools.
Julian, Alan and Kevin are discussing gear this week. Firstly with the announcement of the latest version of Neyrinck's V Control Pro bringing back Pro Controls and Control 24s back from the dead. Secondly they discuss monitor choice and answer your questions, share community feedback, and their finds of the week.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates some of the issues around managing gain when using multiple parallel processing chains, how to manage them using master fades and a handy shortcut to use when working this way.
In this free video tutorial brought to you in with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers shows how the dynamic EQ band of bx_digital V3 can be used to tame single notes in a vocal.
In this quick 2 minute tip video we show you how to switch between plug-in and virtual instrument presets in Pro Tools without using a mouse. This is a great technique that will speed up your workflow and save you several hundred mouse clicks in a session.
There's a rumour that Apple is about to release a new line of MacBook Pro laptops. Pro Tools users it might be what you've been waiting for.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers creates a guitar loop for a ballad then, using dynamic transport he checks the loop point. He goes on to cover using dynamic transport as an alternative to features like unlink edit and timeline selections and pre-roll.
Back in June 2016, we asked you to tell us what kind of Pro Tools user you are and it was clear there were more professionals working at home. Two years later we asked you the same question and we can now compare the results of the poll we took in 2016 and the poll we took in 2018.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Bark of Dog 2. An updated version of this excellent resonant high pass filter.
World famous Post Production company and software developer, Todd-AO have released a brand new update to their Absentia DX Noise Reduction software, bringing built-in AAX functionality to Pro Tools users.
The new Absentia AAX plug-in integrates the standalone plug-in into Pro Tools, allowing users to seamlessly send audio to and from the Absentia DX stand-alone software.
Mixing a great sounding track isn't just about playing with fader levels and plug-ins, it's so much involved. Top mixers know that the key to producing great sounding mixes is more about working with disciplined mindsets.
The quick tip articles in this post touch on many of these mixing mindset along with some useful pointers and workflows that will enable you to work smarter and more creatively the next time you approach a mix.
In this seventh episode, we test Waves OneKnob Phatter plug-in which is an analog style bass enhancer that's great for adding body and weight to bass instruments. In this video we test OneKnob Phatter on a kick drum sample, synth bass and synth track.
In this short video, Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers shares a very simple way of quickly getting to the Colour Palette window in Pro Tools.
Russ, Julian and Alan get controversial, examining Julian's recent comment that the SM57 and the SM7B are overrated (light blue touch paper and stand well back...). They also answer your questions, share community feedback, and their finds of the week.
Highlights include how to reorganise and renumber Markers, the different detector modes in the Avid Pro Compressor plug-in, how to reduce drum spill quickly in Pro Tools, saving edit selections in memory locations, moving markers with clips, and advice on control surfaces for Pro Tools under $500.
In this free video tutorial brought to you in with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers shows how bx_stereomaker can be used to help make hard-panned sources sound less extreme and distracting when listened to over headphones.
Paul Neyrinck has done it! He has released a new version of V-Control Pro that has initial support for Pro Control Main, Pro Control Faderpack, and Control 24 that only currently works with Pro Tools. Read the rest of the article for more details.
Part 1 of this free tutorial demonstrated how to use Aggregate IO and IO Settings to optimize your system when jumping from tracking to overdubs then mixing. Part 2 revealed how to build sub and stem buses into your IO setup to set up existing sessions for mixing inside the box. Part 3 will show you how to save your resources for use in future sessions.