Following the announcement at Summer NAMM, Avid have quietly included HEAT in both Pro Tools and Ultimate subscription plans and reduced the price for a perpetual license of HEAT from $495 to $199. In addition the Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle is now included with Pro Tools Standard subscriptions.
In this extended premium tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers revisits a drum tracking session from some time ago in which he used a small room just off the tracking room as somewhere to put an extra mic for ambience. It was a carpeted room with a suspended ceiling and as a result was very dry but it only took a minute to put a PZM on the floor and create an extra track so why not?
On returning to the session Julian decided to see whether he could make . something useful out of this dry, distant mic. See how he got on with this and some other tricks he used to control his drum sound.
FAT Filter is a resonant filter plug-in with a high pass and a low pass mode. It has a healthy resonant peak which, while it doesn’t self-oscillate, accentuates sweeps nicely. It is smooth, with no zipper noises even under extreme provocation from automation moves and in high pass mode can introduce huge dollops of low end to kicks drums. Try it!
We’ve all had the dreaded missing files dialog pop up when moving or restoring a Pro Tools session. You can avoid this by using Save Copy and ticking the All Audio Files checkbox but that extra time might be unnecessary as your session could be fine. How can you check?
In this premium video tutorial Julian demonstrates some of his favourite shortcuts. There might well be some in here you haven’t come across before. The usual suspects like Command + Equals for mix/edit window and R and T for zoom certainly aren’t in there!
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Rough Rider 2 from Audiodamage, a modern compressor with a bit of bite.
The new Monitoring page in the Pro Tools Control app offers the functionality of a fully featured Monitor controller to those who have suitable Eucon compatible hardware like the Avid MTRX. Did you know that you can use this feature without additional software with limited facilities like Level control, Cut and Dim?
In this second article from guest contributor Chris Schmid, we show how to create custom macro and shortcuts for the Pro Tools Beat Detective using Keyboard Maestro.
Sounds In Sync have released EdiCue v3, which is the first of their suite of tools that has been transitioned to 64-bit, ready for the release of macOS Catalina, which will no longer support 32-bit applications. Mark Franken hasn’t just converted EdiCue to 64-bit, he has taken the opportunity to add a raft of new features to EdiCue.
In this free video tutorial, Paul Maunder lifts the lid off a much misunderstood part of Pro Tools - the Disk Allocation window.
Some Pro Tools users rarely use the Mix window, instead preferring to access the volume, pans, sends and inserts from the track headers in the Edit window. I’m unconvinced by this, even if you don’t use two monitors, hitting CMD+= isn’t a huge inconvenience considering all the benefits I think the Mix window brings.
As a follow up of the release of Pro Tools 2019.6, Avid has released Eucon 2019.7 with an improvement to the “Open Windows on Workstation Attention” setting introduced in Eucon 2019.5 as well as a number of bug fixes.
The Focusrite Compounder was an inexpensive two channel compressor/limiter from their popular Platinum range. A VCA compressor with a separate optical limiter this was quite an unusual piece but it gained notoriety in some quarters courtesy of its Bass Expand feature and the temptingly titled “Huge” button. Julian experiments with recreating the effect in Pro Tools.
With the release of v1.3, the Townsend Labs Mic Modelling System plug-in became available as an AAX DSP plug-in. With v1.4 released today, they have added 10 new mic models including one specifically aimed at the audio production sector, a 416 model. In this article we are going to show how the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 mic modeling system can fit into audio post-production workflows including voiceovers and ADR.
What happens when you bring together a super quartet of musicians, a legendary engineer and producer to record 7 songs over 3 days in the revered Studio A at Power Station Berklee NYC? In this article we discover how the sessions worked, how all the creative people worked together in a great studio using a Pro Tools super system set up for the project.
Since the new monitoring section was added to the Pro Tools Control app for iOS devices with the release of Pro Tools 2019.5 and Eucon 19.5, we have had some questions about how it works and how it fits into a Pro Tools workflow. In this article, with the help of some free video tutorials from Avid, we shed some light on the monitoring features in the 19.5 version of the free Pro Tools Control app As well as how to control interface mic preamps using the Avid S3.
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.
Did you know that there is a hidden 'Asteroids' style game in Pro Tools Ultimate? It seems that this ‘easter egg’ seems to have otherwise gone largely unnoticed by the majority of users.
Memory Locations. To lots of people they are markers, that’s true but they can be much much more. the system of memory locations in Pro Tools can get surprisingly sophisticated and they can do far more than just locate a point on the timeline. Find out more about the potential uses memory locations can be put to in this premium tutorial.
Have you ever got this error message “End Of Stream Encountered” or “Could not complete Open Session command because of end of stream encountered” We heard about this ‘golden oldie’ making a comeback recently. In this quick tip article we cover 2 reasons why this error message could be popping up when you are trying to open a session in Pro Tools, First, Pro Tools Standard or Pro Tools Ultimate.
We all come across Transfer Curves, they are the graphs dynamics processors use to show what particular settings will do to sounds at different levels. Avid Channel Strip and Pro Compressor use a different layout. Do you understand it? if Not here’s a free tip video to explain the difference.
During the Avid Connect Live event at Summer NAMM in Nashville, Avid ran a number of panels and training sessions, some of which were streamed and recorded. In this article we have the video with a panel of specialists looking at mixing music in Dolby Atmos followed by a training video in which Mix Engineer Colin Heldt shows how to mix music in Dolby Atmos.
In these two extended video tutorials post-production specialist Paul Maunder takes us through how he resolves 7 typical audio problems like Rumble, Hum, Crackle, Broadband Noise, Clipping, Excessive reverb and finally audio with multiple different issues, using a variety of different plug-ins from the stock plug-ins that come with Pro Tools as well as plug-ins from iZotope, McDSP and Sonnox…
Lots of people use a compressor to control the level of time based effects by side chaining them against the dry signal. While this works it’s awkward to control precisely. There is a better way. Find out more in this premium tutorial.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Flipper from reFuse - the polarity invert button which is missing from your Pro Tools Mixer.
MIDI controllers can sometimes stubbornly refuse to talk to our DAWs. If the controller isn’t playing nice with Pro Tools the first thing I usually try is to see whether the MIDI controller works with another DAW. If it works in another DAW but not with Pro Tools then there are a few things you can try to track down what is wrong.
Some have an aversion to software subscription models in an almost religious or philosophical way. If you are one of those people then this article is for not for you, we are not here to convince you to abandon your long held views, we get that it’s an important principle you just won’t budge on. For the rest of you who want to know how the sums add up then we’ve been looking at the recent offerings announced by Avid to see how they fare as a cost over time and also to dig into the argument that Avid’s model is now aimed at discouraging anyone but the professional to be a Pro Tools user.
Here are six of Julian’s most important preferences, they may or may not suit your way of working, it’s all a matter of… preference.