In this week’s podcast, Russ, Julian and Alan discuss our recent series on third party plug-ins, asking Alan what he would need in addition to the stock Pro Tools plug-ins to get his post work done. The team also answer your questions and share their finds of the week.
The SPL Iron Mastering compressor From Plugin Alliance is a transparent compressor, inspired by the vintage compressors which is versatile enough to adapt perfectly to the needs of modern mastering studios. Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the unfamiliar Rectifier control which emulates the different rectifiers available in the hardware unit.
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.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers takes a close look at Crossfades, specifically the choice between Equal Power and Equal Gain crossfades. The two common choices are equal power and equal gain and one of these will most likely be the best fit when creating a seamless crossfade. Which is the best choice depends largely on the nature of the two sounds being crossfaded, find out more in the video tutorial.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring SSD5 Free From Slate Digital, a free version of SSD5, the acclaimed drum virtual instrument from Slate.
In this free video extract from pureMix Chris Lord Alge shares his approach to organising Pro Tools sessions prior to beginning a mix. See how he organises his sessions purely visually, saving his ears for the mix.
Selecting all the clips on your timeline should be simple but unlike many pieces of software, using the standard CMD+A (Control+A on PC) doesn’t select all the clips on every track, it selects all the clips on the track your selection point is currently on.
In this week’s podcast, Mike and James are joined by Eli Krantzberg, editor of Logic Pro Expert to discuss our industry predictions for the year. They answer your questions and share their finds of the week.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Alpha compressor on the output of a mix using the M/S mode to introduce width. To audition more easily when setting up the mid and sides channels Julian uses bx_control V2 which has mid/side solo functions to help set up the Alpha compressor.
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.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring TRK-01 PLAY From Native Instruments. Two free Reaktor instruments which, if downloaded before the 7th of January are not only free but also include a £22 e-voucher to spend in the NI online shop.
This is a very simple free tip for Pro Tools Ultimate/HD users who have access to advanced automation. Write To Start/End or All by right-clicking.
Watch in real-time as Jamie Lidell builds up backing vocal harmonies using a special combination of Pro Tools varispeed and Soundtoys’s Little AlterBoy’s Formant control on "Building A Beginning" from his new album by the same name. Jamie is able to sneak extra layers of detail and texture into his vocal harmonies.
We have found some more free sound effects and so here they are. Get them whilst you can.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring MAX1 from Beatskillz, a free AAX/VST/AU compressor plug-in for Mac or Windows which offers simple compression with direct control over the attack time, threshold and makeup gain with release and ratio being controlled automatically.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Millennia TCL-2 and NSEQ-2 across a mix which has no drums and so the primary transient element is a piano. Julian demonstrates the effect mix bus compression has on high frequency elements of the mix such as the shaker and acoustic guitar and the lack of harshness in the EQ, even when boosting difficult frequencies in the midrange.
In this premium video tutorial, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers repurposes a tape machine into a delay. Any 3 head tape machine can be used in this way and while maintaining a tape machine in optimum condition for recording or mastering is a skilled job requiring knowledge and resources, the deficiencies of all but the most broken of tape machines can be accommodated and excused as (ahem) “character” if you are OK with a lo fi aesthetic. After all. if you want pristine echoes use a plug-in!
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.
Predelay - an overlooked parameter available in nearly every reverb. From our friends at pureMix Fab Dupont looks at predelay, What it is, why it was created and why you would use it.
We have noticed a number of sound effects providers are putting out some free sound effect libraries or samplers for a limited period over the Christmas holiday period. Most of these are time limited so do not delay. Get them before they are gone.
H-Comp combines modelled transformers, tubes, and transistors, together with the power and precision that only a plug-in can provide. H-Comp is a compressor with spades of attitude and grit. It can be used as subtly or aggressively as you want. The release sync mode and punch dial make H-Comp unique providing a vast pallet of dynamic styles that are effortless to set.
With Apple dropping support for 32-bit applications in the macOS that will follow Mojave, Pete Gates, the creator of the excellent free application PT Prefs, has been hard at work building a new 64-bit version ready for the next release of the macOS.
Pro Tools expert Team member Julian Rodgers shares a free tip which makes managing the record status of groups of tracks much simpler by using VCAs.
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.
In this week’s podcast, James, Dan and Julian discuss bleed between microphones. Is it always a bad thing? They answer your questions and share their finds of the week.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers tries out the HG2 Black Box across the mix bus using subtle treatments from the presets with an example using acoustic guitar, Bass and upright piano.