As we celebrate a decade of the blog we thought we would take a trip down memory lane several times this year to look back at what Pro Tools developments were taking place in 2008. In the first article, we ask what Pro Tools Products Was Avid Showing At NAMM 2008?
Nugen Audio has announced that MasterCheck Pro is being updated to Version 1.5 with enhancements embracing support for the Apple AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) iTunes Plus native OS X codec and also the PSR (Peak to Short-Term Loudness Ratio) measurement update to AES Engineering Brief 373.
Our friends at Sonnox have announced the release of the VoxDoubler, the first plug-In from their new Toolbox range.
10 years ago this year Russ Hughes started the AIR Users blog, which morphed into Pro Tools Expert in 2012. To kick off our year of celebrations we are running a competition with a Pro Audio gear and software prize pot worth over $28,000. Enter The Pro Tools Expert 10th Anniversary Competition to be in with the chance of winning a SoundBits Everything Bundle worth around $2,000.
In this article, Dan Cooper shares a handful of fundamental digital audio recording topics that he taught to his wife which helped her to learn how to track with an audio interface into Pro Tools. This article has been written to be as simple as possible without getting into heavy technical details.
This free video tutorial from Avid is designed to demonstrate the power and efficiency of the VCA fader workflow in Pro Tools with EUCON-based control surfaces.
A few weeks ago we asked the Studio One community to let us know what they thought should be in the next version of Studio One, expected sometime 2018, you can read the Studio One 4 post here.
The article garnered a record number of comments, we have listed them below so you can see the kind of things Studio One users are hoping to see in Studio One 4.
PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, has announced the Studio 1810 and Studio 1824 USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces.
Created with the kind support of Universal Audio, Russ shows how to add depth to a vocal and piano track. He shows how to add space without it sounding like it is in a gymnasium.
Rick from PreSonus has created this excellent video giving an extended sneak peek of the upcoming StudioLive Series III DAW Mode, currently in beta testing.
Faderport 8 can work in native, HUI and MCU mode but lots of software does not support any of those protocols, I use Final Cut Pro X for example and I have wished I could use Faderport to control Final Cut Pro - well with a simple app it's now possible to control any app you like.
There may be a number of reasons for the high percentage of Windows users, one of them must inevitably be the support that PreSonus give to Windows users, after all, there's a lot to be said for the expression 'you reap where you sow.'
This week's free plug-in is the incredibly powerful ZynAddSubFX soft synth.
Ableton has announced that they will be releasing Live 10 on February 6th, 2018. The tenth version of Live brings new devices, improved workflows, a redesigned library, ever-closer Push integration and more. Plus, Live 10 Suite features a fully-integrated Max for Live.
We have one of the first looks on the Internet of the new Korg Prologue analog polysynth. Check out the video!
Arturia's Eurorack solution brilliantly integrates housing, power, onstage stability, and safe transport.
Overview of Universal Audio's new DSP-powered Arrow interface.
Arturia follows yesterday's MiniBrute 2 release with a keyboard-less version featuring a much more powerful sequencer.
Pro Tools Expert post-production specialist, Alan Sallabank takes a look at using 2 PreSonus Quantum interfaces together with Pro Tools HD Standalone software on a Windows Pro Tools computer. See how he got on...
In this video review, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at Evolution, a Kontakt Instrument which gives access to a library of over 4.5 GB of drum samples, 25,000 sounds presented via a custom UI which offers flexible and comprehensive editing, processing and sequencing.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank reviews the Source Elements Source-VC Volume Controller AAX Plug-in and iOS app remote, capable of 7.1.2 monitor control.
In this review, Mike Thornton take a look at the new compressor plug-in from Sound Radix. POWAIR isn’t just another compressor, it is a two-stage loudness leveler and compressor plug-in with a number of features that set it apart from other compressor plug-ins.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey looks at the final microphone in the Audio Technica 50 series the 5040. The AT504 is once again a quad rectangular diaphragm microphone but this has no transformer in its output stage thus giving it a very very high output.
In this review, Production Expert takes a look at some of the new features and improvements in Pro-L 2. In this video, we test some of the new limited styles, the new 1:1 output feature and more. We use Pro-L 2 to apply limiting to the master track of a song using the new LUFS loudness meters.
In this video review, we take a close look at XTRAX STEMS, a new automatic stem creator software created by the audio separation wizards at Audionamix. XTRAX STEMS is a standalone Mac application that produces individual Drum, Music and Vocal audio stems from mixed and mastered music.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Classic Tubes 3 collection for the Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System.
This instrument isn't just a set of great sounding instruments, no, Session Keys Upright uses the same engine also found in e-instruments Grand series of keyboard instruments. This engine provides users with an interface, set of effects and controls that will enable users to change the timbre of either piano in deep and emotive ways.
When I left the band I had been playing with back in May after 13 years, I thought, and secretly hoped that would mean I would not be travelling as much as I had been. Well, it turns out that I am still travelling quite a bit and while these days filming and recording a great deal of material and valuable data needs somewhere safe to keep it while I am away. Enter the very solid, very tough and very speedy Envoy Pro EX SSD from OWC.
In this review, we take a look at Smart:EQ Live, Sonbiles latest A.I. EQ plug-in. Developed predominately for live music applications, we test its capabilities in DAW music mixing applications.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Tascam iXR portable USB audio and MIDI interface for Windows, Mac OS and iOS.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank takes a look at how the RME Advanced Remote Control USB can help you get the best out of your RME interface.
In this video review, we take a look at UVI's latest instrument for Falcon and UVI Workstation Nagoya Harp. The Nagoya Harp, is a Japanese harp instrument from the early 20th century that combined the mechanics from a typewriter. This instrument has an instantly recognisable sound and UVI has done a great job of preserving this traditional Japanese instrument whilst also incorporating some modern day tech making this a unique software instrument.
No monitors are perfectly flat, and no room is acoustically perfect. You “learn” to work in your environment and that’s that. You learn to compensate through trial and error and experience until your mixes sound good. Period. Well, not so much. You’ll have to read through to the end of my review of the Sonarworks Reference 4 software to see how my prejudices have been modified through the experience of using this system.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey shows us around the new AT2035 Studio bundle from Audio Technica and Audient. This package features everything you need to get working on your next hit song. Just add creativity.
I love it when new boxes appear as if by magic on the doorstep. On this occasion, it was not the normal pile of printed cardboard boxes but a nice shiny flight case that I coaxed down to the studio. Within I found a pair of DB7 Linear Phase monitors by newcomers to the studio monitor market OS Acoustics based down in Christchurch, Dorset in the south-west of the UK.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Discrete 8 audio interface from Antelope Audio.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Vanguard Audio Labs V44S Stereo Condenser Microphone.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Quantum Thunderbolt-2 audio and MIDI interface from PreSonus.
Continuing our look at the DiGiGrid Desktop Range, the natural partner to the excellent DiGiGrid D is the DiGiGrid M. A 2 in, 2 out Soundgrid IO which, having tried all the boxes in this range I have to say is my favourite. I can think of many, many tracking jobs which would be improved immensely with a bag of DiGiGrid Ms.
In this Pro Tools Expert Video Review, we take a look at iZotope's latest version of their popular mixing suite/channel strip plug-in Neutron 2. We also take a look at their new Visual Mixer and Tonal Balance Control plug-ins.
This is a very unique tool, so unique I can't think of any other studio outboard gear available today that comes close to The Sckwerkraftmaschine's feature set, value for money and overall sound quality. This thing is a compressor Swiss Army Knife, watch our video review to find out if you agree.
In this Pro Tools Expert review video, we take a look at Ozone 8 by iZotope, claimed to be the smartest version of Ozone yet. We test a handful of new features including the new Master Assitant which isn't too dissimilar to the Track Assistant we first saw in iZotope Neutron 1.
The Magnum-K is a single channel (mono) 1u dynamics rack unit that features two types of compressors and one Maag EQ2 section.
n this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Audio Technica 5045 single rectangular diaphragm condenser microphone.
Any of you who have read my blog posts about woes with hard drives know I now take data handling, storage and back-up very seriously. However, the chink in my storage armour has been a reliable portable solution. That is, until now.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey is joined by Paul Drew to review the Grossmann SG-Box guitar isolation cabinet.
This is Paul's own solution to recording loud electric guitar parts in his studio without going deaf or falling out with his neighbours.
Late Replies enables users to produce delay patterns in new and exciting ways with up to 8 taps. Taps can be fed into two nested feedback loops which include plug-in slots for hosting third-party plug-ins, however, Blue Cat took it upon themselves to develop an extra array of effects for Late Replies.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Slate Digital FG-Stress module for the Virtual Mix Rack (VMR) system. James tries this new emulation of the Empirical Labs Distressor on Drums, Bass, Guitar and full mix.