When the Mac mini 2018 was announced some Pro Tools users were quick to ask if it would be a good Pro Tools machine for those who want to stick with the macOS. There are Windows PC alternatives but this article is not about that, it’s comparing Apples with Apples so to speak. What do we think?
In this free tutorial, brought to you with the support of Avid, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates how to set up custom macros on the buttons on the Avid Dock.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring A1StereoControl from Alex Hilton. A versatile utility plug-in for manipulating stereo audio which adds some useful and important features which are missing from the Pro Tools mixer.
In this video we demonstrate this popular vocal mix trick on a lead vocal track in which some of the notes in the performers lower register sink beneath the density of the mix where their loud notes poke out too much. Learn how two compressors together can really help to “spread the loud”
No sound from Pro Tools on your Mac? Here are somethings to try to get things working, in under a minute.
The Pro Tools Dock acts as a very worthwhile, tactile extension of the free iOS PT | Control app and how, once you have understood that the Dock and the app are inseparable parts of the same system, the whole concept makes far more sense. Find out more in the first of a series of tutorials brought to you with the support of Avid on the Pro Tools Dock.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Quad Comp From T-RackS. A four band multiband compressor but hurry, this offer is only open until the 14th of February.
Can a share of market switch so much in the space of 3 years? The shocking result of our Pro Tools computer poll…
I’d like to see a show of hands… Who uses Waves H-Delay? It’s a personal favourite of mine - I’ve yet to find a better plug-in for delay. There are those types of mixes when reverb seems to do more harm than good, especially on lead vocal tracks as medium to long reverb tails can quickly “blur the lines” of definition within the bigger picture of the mix. A fantastic alternative to use instead, or with a small blend of reverb, is delay as you can stamp a subtle tone or shimmer to a lead vocal without the effects bloating out the mix. We show you how in this quick tip video.
There are countless audio interfaces these days that support sample rates up to 192kHZ. This is a resolution that is not as widely used by those in music production as processing strain on CPUs is not worth the hassle to many who deliver mixes at 44.1KHz. Pro Tools HDX though gets around this by taking the load of the computer. In this article we test the performance and experience of tracking and mixing an entire song in Pro Tools HDX Ultimate at 192kHZ. There are some interesting discoveries….
Avid’s Heat mixer plug-in sounds great but the fact it is only available on Audio Tracks makes it difficult to use properly if you use lots of Virtual instruments. Is there a viable workaround?
Now we have teamed up with iZ Technology, the makers of RADAR and Windows audio gurus and Create Pro, custom build specialists and Mac gurus, we wanted to see how many Pro Tools users are on Windows PC and how many on Mac OS X?
Hawkeye from SPL is a comprehensive metering plugin which offers unique features like bit-depth analysis and high frequency monitoring.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the bit monitor in Hawkeye to demonstrate how bit depth changes through the Pro Tools mixer.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks the new 304E and 304C plug-ins from Avid. These are cosmetic updates for the old Joe Meek plug-ins. They sound the same, have the same controls and in sessions using one of the old green plug-ins these should be substituted to give the same sounds as before.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Ambeo Orbit From Sennheiser a free binaural panner plugin, designed to facilitate mixing immersive binaural content. It is designed to facilitate mixing conventional mono or stereo audio in with binaural audio captured using binaural techniques such as the Neumann KU100. Orbit re-creates the spatial cues which place sources in binaural space. That being said it is a cool plug-in even if you don’t work in binaural.
It should seem like such an innocuous idea but when we ran the article of upcoming changes coming in Pro Tools 2019 the response to one idea met widespread negativity. It seems the concept of Avid charging for users to buy or rent track count, dubbed by some as the 'Pro Tools Track Tax' has not gone down well. Looking at the comments to both our article and on Facebook, the concept of voice packs gets the thumbs down by many, but why?
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.
In this free video extract from pureMix Jacquire King demonstrates the effect and importance of polarity between bass instruments in a mix. In this tutorial series on pureMix Jacquire mixes James Bay’s “Let It Go”.
The Louder Than Liftoff Chop Shop EQ is a simple, powerful EQ which combines a high and low pass EQ with a tilt style focus filter as well as some other tricks. In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Lo-Rider feature of Chop Shop to add weight to the kick drum in a session.
Typically when working with multiple instances of console emulation plug-ins we work through a mix on a track-by-track basis only viewing one set of EQ controls at a time, not anymore. The bucket view in Waves CLA MixHub enables us to view up to 8 channels at a time making EQ in plug-in form feel more realist and true to analog console workflows of old.
In this free Pro Tools tip, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers shares a method for quickly identifying the MID CC number of an encoder on a MIDI controller.
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.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at pre and post roll, an essential feature of Pro Tools which makes tracking faster and easier. With these techniques you can take hands on control of your pre and post roll settings. Find out more in the video tutorial.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Greed Smasher From Mercuriall, a free audio plug-in based on a MESA/ Boogie Grid Slammer Overdrive guitar pedal.
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.
30 bands of EQ? Surely that’s overkill? Watch this free video to hear how Waves GEQ CLassic quickly improves the overall tonality of a dull sounding mix. Does Waves GEQ have some of that mix bus magic we’ve been looking for in this series??? Watch and find out…
Pro Tools groups are one of the most powerful tools available when mixing in Pro Tools. The ability to nest groups of tracks within multiple, overlapping groups offers control far beyond that available using submixes and the addition of VCA faders brings huge control. Something which many overlook is the presence of little dots next to the groups in the groups list. What do they mean? Watch the free video and see the difference in action.
In this week’s podcast, Mike, Julian and James look forward to the NAMM show, discussing the products they are excited about seeing, they also pick up the 10 year challenge but instead of thinking about how they looked ten years ago, considering how their studios have changed in ten years. The team also answer your questions and share their finds of the week.