There have been reports that some Windows 10 Pro users have found that that their correctly licensed installations are being deactivated. We have the full story.
We announced that Nectar 3 from iZotope was coming in November. Just 2 days into November and it’s here. Nectar 3 has undergone a complete redesign, iZotope have added 5 new modules as well as having improvements to the other modules for a total of twelve vocal processing modules. Nectar 3 now comes with Celemony’s Melodyne 4 essential time and pitch correction. Check out what it can do.
Russ revisits the concept of software subscription plans and considers both sides of the argument.
At the time of creating this article, the latest version of MacOS, named after the western desert, Mojave is due to be released out of it’s beta state and hit our upgrade boxes any day now. While at present, no versions of Pro Tools are supported by Mojave some of us Mac users (yes I still call myself one of those) will be fooled into upgrading. Some of us will wildly click YES to an on screen message just to get the box out of the way of that email we are writing (we have all done it). However, a time will come when we do actually choose to update to MacOS 10.14.x (Mojave), so here are some steps from Tom Nelson at the OWC Blog that you could take to make the path to MacOS enlightenment an easier one.
With the release of macOS Mojave today, in this article we are sharing up to date information, as we get it from brands and the community, about what pro audio applications and plug-ins that do and don't work with macOS Mojave 10.14 as well as other related issues which affect pro audio users. This article will be constantly updated as the information and compatibility status changes.
Synchro Arts has launched Revoice Pro 4, which they claim to be the ultimate toolbox for timing and pitch adjustment, with over 70 new features and improvements over the previous version.
A few days ago we reported that we'd been given a demo of what is possible with ARA2. Since then we've been asked to try and get a video to share. With the kind permission of Synchro Arts we have managed to get hold of a short video showing ARA2 in action, after watching it we think you will be excited if your DAW is ARA2 ready, this includes Studio One, Logic Pro X, and REAPER or you'll be demanding it be part of DAWs like Pro Tools and trying to get it to the top of your favourite DAW's most requested feature list.
As you may know, Steven and the team at Slate Digital have released their latest module for the Slate Virtual Mix Rack (VMR). The FG-A module is a 4 band EQ modelled after a very famous and popular 3 band American EQ, the API 550A. In this Mix Test, we take a look and listen to how you can use the FG-A along with other VMR modules and Slate Digital plug-ins to create a hard-hitting heavy rock mix.
Sound Credit, created by Soundways in Memphis, TN provides an affordable digital home for project credits, album art, and liner notes. Capture your credits via free-standing or DAW plug-in software where credits are created then stored in the DDEX RIN standard open format. Once you've logged your credits, then upload them to the Sound Credit Portal where you can freely edit and distribute them worldwide.
Anyone who uses Final Cut Pro X will know how long users have been asking for auto-ducking of audio on the Final Cut Pro X timeline. The problem is that Final Cut Pro X uses clip based audio, meaning there is no mixer and no busses, so even if you want to use a compressor to duck audio then there's no way to feed a side-chain signal to it. At last someone has come up with a solution!
In June 2018 we ran a poll to find out how many members of The Production Expert Community use Speaker Calibration software in their studios. 370 community members voted and the results are in!
Avid has released Sibelius First, which is their free music notation software enabling anyone from students to seasoned musicians to be able to create and share their scores with the world.
In our article Apple Announce New Operating System At WWDC 2018 Called Mojave Apple announced that Mojave would be supported on Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models as long as they had a recommended Metal-capable graphics cards. This triggered questions from a number of you like Karl Mainzer who asked: “Can you recommend a decent Metal compatible graphics card?” Once I started to research this it became clear it would be better to answer this with a dedicated article.
The first thing to be aware of is that neither of the stock graphics cards used in the cheese-graters, the Radeon 5770 or the Nvidia GeForce GT120 graphics cards are metal compatible. If you wish to use a Mid 2010 or Mid 2012 Mac Pro with macOS Mojave then you will need to upgrade your graphics card if you wish to run Mojave on your cheese-grater.
Which leads to the obvious question that Karl and a number of others have asked on social media. Which card should I upgrade to?
The reality is that definite information is still hard to come by, there doesn’t appear to be any Apple recommended Metal compatible graphics cards. In checking the Apple Support site to try, without success to get the answer from the horse’s mouth, there was a response is from Grant Bennet-Alder who is a Level 9 responder in the Apple Support community who basically quotes a Wikipedia entry...
On macOS, Metal supports Intel HD and Iris Graphics from the HD 4000 series or newer, AMD GCN-based GPUs, and Nvidia Kepler-based GPUs or newer.
AMD Radeon HD 7000, HD 8000, 200, 300, 400 and 500 series
Nvidia - Most GeForce 600 series, most GeForce 700 series, and some GeForce 800M series
As I have already upgraded my graphics card in my 2010 Mac Pro replacing the ATI Radeon HD5770 1024MB graphics card at the recommendation of UK based Create Pro with an AMD R9 280X 3GB card, which is a custom flashed special Mac compatible version. I contacted their tech support and asked them whether my AMD R9 card was Metal compatible and the good news is that it is.
I then asked them for their advice for the situation with other possible cards and they confirmed that neither the ATI Radeon HD5770 and the Nvidia GeForce GT120 graphics card support Metal and so will not support macOS Mojave. Their recommendations are the AMD 5XX series and Nvidia 10XX series. However, they don’t know when Nvidia will release drivers for 10.14 yet so the AMD cards are the best bet as they will work out of the box and they have tested it successfully with the macOS Mojave 10.14 developer beta release.
Looking further afield for information on this Mac Rumours Mac Pro Metal Compatible Card thread there was confirmation of the AMD R9 280X 3GB card that I have as long as it has been flashed for use with a Mac. There are mixed views about the Nvidia GTX680 saying that the 680 Metal drivers are not good, especially with macOS High Sierra, and suggesting that the GeForce GTX TITAN X (Maxwell) or a GTX 1080 (Pascal) are OK with High Sierra,
On another Mac Rumours thread - Best Metal-compatible graphics card for MacPro5,1 (Mid 2010) running High Sierra question again confirmation of the AMD R9 280X 3GB card as well a recommendation to go with AMD cards rather than Nvidia as the AMD cards don’t need drivers.
In the same thread was a recommendation for the Sapphire RX 580 pulse 8gb as apparently, it is plug-and-play in High Sierra, but we have no confirmation of this.
Unfortunately, the AMD R9 280X 3GB card that I have got is no longer a current model but can be found on stores like Amazon and eBay for between £175 and £239 for a custom flashed version for the Mac Pro.
Create Pro are offering the following options in your Create Your Own Cheese-grater Mac Pro page…
- AMD RX 560 4GB (1204 Stream Processors) (OS X 10.13.4+) £245 plus taxes
- AMD RX 570 4GB (2048 Stream Processors) (OS X 10.13.4+) £395 plus taxes
- AMD RX 580 8GB (2304 Stream Processors) (OS X 10.13.4+) £445 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB (768 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £245 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB (1920 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £545 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1070TI 8GB (2423 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £645 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB (2560 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £745 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1080Ti 11GB (3584 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £995 plus taxes
So a new AMD RX 560 4GB card looks a cost-effective solution if you want a new graphics card or a secondhand AMD R9 280X 3GB card could be worth considering if you can find one at a good price. Either way, make sure you get one that a custom flashed Mac compatible version. If you don’t, it should still work, but not seeing the boot screen etc could be an issue if you need to select a different startup disk or need to boot on single user mode, or recovery, because these things happen during the startup sequence and before the normal video drivers load. An unflashed PC graphics card won't display anything until the startup sequence is finished.
I hope that helps to answer the question about what maOS Metal compatible graphics card there are out there for Mac Pro 2010 and 2012 cheese-grater computers.
Whilst we are talking about macOS Mojave compatibility if you have any other Mac and you want to know about macOS Mojave compatibility then it would seem that these Macs that should be OK with Mojave are…
- MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
- MacBook Air (Mid-2012 or later)
- MacBook Pro (Mid-2012 or later)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)
- Mac Pro (2010 or later with Metal-compatible GPU)
Because of the need for graphics cards that support Metal with Mojave, the list is even shorter than it was with macOS High Sierra and that rules out the Late 2009 MacBook, the Mid-2010 MacBook Pro, Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 Mac mini, and Late 2009 iMac.
Guitar amp emulation plug-ins, or amp sims for short, have come along way since the early days off the Line 6 Line 6 Amp Farm TDM plug-in from back in the 90s. This is our list of the top 10 guitar amp emulation plug-Ins you should try on your mixes.
During the WWDC 2018 Keynote address Apple unveiled macOS Mojave, the latest version of their desktop operating system, which has new features including Dark Mode, Stacks, Familiar iOS apps will be available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store will have a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft, Adobe and others.
In a recent article Russ spoke of the need for those making the stuff we use to make music to take into account the importance of workflow when designing new products. Loopcloud 2 by Loopmasters with its DAW integrated audition plug-in ticks all the workflow boxes.
Our friends at e-instruments are offering three lucky people the chance to win a copy of their acclaimed Session Keys Electric S - Suitcase piano.
Do you know there are plenty of great products that never sell enough to be a success? They have great sound and have plenty of features, but still fail to eastablish themselves and become part of the audio production landscape.
How is that possible you might ask, surely the key to a great piece of audio gear is sound and features? What more does a professional working in audio or post-production want from the hardware or software they use?
In this list, we highlight several powerful audio restoration software packages, some stand-alone, some plug-ins and some that offer both options that you should try in your next mix.
Sound is often the poor cousin in low budget video production, but it shouldn't be and thanks to the audio applications above your videos can still sound great.