In this podcast Matt, Saxon and James try their best to cut through the jargon of AoIP to help any of you out there who are confused about the term AoIP with some the basics when it comes to equipment and knowledge to assist you making informed choices when it comes to considering an AoIP option for your studio or audio workplace.
We rely heavily on studio monitors to make critical tracking and mix decisions, so it is important we use monitors that we can trust. We also punish monitors day in day out in, so we need to be able to trust their reliability, but we also need to be able to know in our hearts that we have invested in a set of monitors that provide a good return on investment.
Sculpting and shaping sounds on the way in and "printing" those sounds is how nearly every landmark album was made. Pushing a preamp, radical EQ textures, creative mic placement, each sound becoming a building block for the final mix, each sound informing the next. In a sense, a kind of mixing process embedded in the recording process itself.
If we were the subject of a DAW crash investigation how would we come out?
REDDI (pronounced ‘ready’) is the latest offering to arise from the partnership between A-Designs Digital and Kush Audio. A plug-in emulation of the respected REDDI tube DO from A-Designs.
The team at Universal Audio are very pleased to announce a new product, the UAD-2 Live Rack.
UAD-2 Live Rack is a road ready 16-channel MADI effects processor in a single 19" 1U rack that gives live sound engineers the ability to craft studio quality mixes using real-time UAD-2 plug-ins. You even get Antares Auto-Tune Realtime in the package.
For owners of UAD Apollo and Arrow interfaces, UAD has bundled a free version of the Brainworx Ampeg SVT-VR bass amp plug-in, the SVT-VR Classic, with the latest version of the UAD software - v9.5.2. Simply download the update to receive your free plug-in.
e-instruments, makers of high-quality sample libraries, has announced Session Strings Pro 2, a mid-sized contemporary string ensemble – meticulously sampled down to the last detail with an extensive range of articulations for expressive playing.
In April 2018, in collaboration with our friends at Wave Alchemy we ran a competition to win one of five copies of Wave Alchemy's excellent Evolution Drum Instrument. The five copies have been won by the following lucky people:
Our friends at Aspen Media have highlighted some of the products from brands they look after that were showing at NAB 2018 and we felt that some of these were appropriate to share with the Production Expert community.
Tom Knowles, Broadcast systems product manager at SSL knows networking and with kind permission from SSL we reproduce a part of his excellent white paper "Professional AoIP for Broadcast - The Way Forward".
Our friends at iZotope have just announced a new version of their popular vocal production plug-in VocalSynth is on the horizon along with a new plug-in bundle called Creative Suite. iZotope say VocalSynth 2 will feature major improvements and include a new module, new and improved effects, deeper control and customisation, and inter-plugin communication capabilities that we've seen in other iZotope products.
In this video James starts by showing you around his mix session and explains his initial routing choices such as the addition of a drum buss and two reverb sends. James then takes you through the processing he used on his tracks. Watch the video to hear each stage throughout his mixing process.
Thursday the 3rd of May 2018 saw the latest Miloco Studios Pro Audio Showcase held at their South London studio facility. This was not only a chance to mingle with fellow audio professionals and students but also a chance to see demonstrations of some of the latest and greatest in the field of pro audio.
Watch the video to hear us test Softube's Weiss DS1-MK3 limiter performance and de-essing capabilities on a full band mix that's ready for mastering but has some sibilance issues that need attention.
In this video, Mike speaks to Jan Lykke from DAD at BVE 2018. Jan gives us a walkthrough of the capabilities of the MOM monitor controller with an AX32 as a monitor controller and demonstrates setting up a custom configuration in DADman.
While iZotope RX is well known for cleaning up spoiled audio and removing unwanted sounds, what is not so well known is that it can also a great tool for enhancing specific elements in the material that might be a little quiet or buried in the mix. In this free video tutorial, from the team at iZotope, they show how to increase the loudness of a flute melody in the music for a documentary.
I can't recall the last client who asked me to explain how a compressor worked or if I dithered the mix. Knowing the answer to both those questions matters to me but not to my clients.
While not all of these mics would be an obvious first choice for this application, it was an interesting exercise. The response to sibilant sounds was particularly interesting to me. Which would you choose of these four and if you could include another mic in this test what would it be?
Over the last few years, more and more plug-ins have emerged that promise great mastering capabilities making "self-mastering" easier than ever before whilst also providing tools that help us to deliver music to a range of loudness specs.
Our friends at Waves have finally released the PRS SuperModels guitar amp simulator plug-in that we first heard news about at NAMM 2018. Waves are currently offering a very generous time the limited introductory purchase price of $49 for PRS SuperModels (regular pricing $129).
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.
The team at Universal Audio have just announced that they are now shipping the Thunderbolt 3 Option Card for Apollo rackmount interfaces worldwide. The card, that was first announced at Winter NAMM 2018, is compatible with the new Intel Thunderbolt 3 technology on the latest Mac and Windows computers.
Phase rotation isn’t as well understood as some of the other fundamentals of audio. In this post, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers illustrates the effect of phase rotation and the difference between phase rotation, delay and polarity inversion using the UAD IBP plug-in and introduces the possibility of using phase rotation to minimise cancellation in mixes using SoundRadix’s Pi.
In this article from Universal Audio, James Rotondi asks three of the worlds top audio recording, mixing and production professionals about how they choose the mics pres for recording and what matters to them when it comes to sonic quality, usability and tonal balance.
Off the shelf acoustic treatment solutions can cost an eye-watering amount, luckily, there are a fair few affordable acoustic treatment solutions available for home recording studio guys on a budget.
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.
Julian recently had the pleasure of spending the day at ATC's factory in Stroud, or near Stroud as everything about ATC is refreshingly un-corporate, including their very down to earth factory in the beautiful Cotswold hills in the south west of the UK. He came away with a healthy respect for a small company doing something right.
Did you use dual displays and stop using them? Do currently use multiple displays in your studio and swear by them or are you somebody that thinks using more than one display in a studio is overkill and utterly pointless? Discuss…
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 video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Delta II and Sigma II handmade ribbon microphones by British microphone manufacturer Sontronics.
In this double header video review for Production Expert, Dan & James thoroughly test a couple of Focusrite's new USB Clarett audio interfaces. In this review, we test the Clarett 2Pre and 8Pre. Watch the video to discover what we think about these interfaces and to hear both interfaces in action in a short full band recording session.
The Result6 studio monitor is the result of many years of research and development and has culminated in the first product from PMC that sits in a surprisingly affordable price range. Simple in design yet not lacking high tech innovation, the Result6 features a 6.5" woofer powered by a 100W amp, and a 27mm, soft-dome tweeter powered by a 65W amp. Surrounding the twetter are D-Fins which widen the listening sweet spot and reduce any negative edge effects from the sides of the cabinet.
Post-Production Specialist Alan Sallabank, reviews the Signum Audio Bute Loudness Suite - a new collection of intuitive loudness management tools.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new LCT540 Subzero (540S in the UK and Europe) 1-inch condenser capsule microphone by Lewitt. In this review James shows you some of the key features of the 540S then lets you hear how it sounds on drum overheads and nylon and steel string acoustic guitars in a short demo track.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look and listen to the new 3 Preamps you Will Actually Use by Arturia.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank reviews Weaponiser Fully Loaded, an incredibly powerful Weapon Sound Design Tool and Custom Sound Effects Library by Krotos Audio.
In this Production Expert review, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at two new preamp emulations from Universal Audio. In this video James tests the new Neve Pre and the Helios Type 69 on a track. Watch the video to hear the effects of both preamp emulations in a mix.
Windows and Post-Production Specialist Alan Sallabank takes a look at the Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Windows Thunderbolt 3 Gaming Laptop to replace his MacBook Pro 2011 and sees how it performs for Post Production.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new ML-32D from Tascam. A 32 channel Line Level I/O to Dante converter. James shows you around the unit, explains the connectivity and how he is using the ML-32D in his studio set up and then goes on to let you hear the unit in a short track featuring full drum kit, bass and lead guitar.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look and listen to the Series Black range of condenser microphones by Lauten Audio.
I think I have said many times now, in articles and on the Podcast that it's the little things in our studios that make little differences and that lots of little differences add up to a big difference in our sound. The little gizmos and gadgets that fix a specific problem or issue. CRS from Norway have designed the Cymbal Resonance System that can be quickly fitter to all professional cymbal and percussion stands and just makes your instruments sound better.
T-Racks 5 is the latest version of IK Multimedia's popular plug-in suite. It features a wealth of great sounding EQs, dynamics and effects. The latest version of T-Racks 5 debuted a new standalone mastering application along with four new modules. We take a look at Master Match, which automatically matches the sound of the songs you are mastering with up to three source tracks used as reference tracks, it's very good.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert team member Kevin Becka puts the Wavesfactory SPECTRE plug-in through its paces. This unique processor introduces sophisticated harmonic content to your tracks ranging from chocolatey tones to outright bit-crushing anarchy.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Neve 1073DPX two-channel mic preamp with EQ.
In this video review Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers reviews Solid from UJAM, a virtual drum instrument which bucks the trend by embracing simplicity over comprehensive control and prove that this approach can set us free to get on the what's really important - creating music, without compromising the results.
In this brief overview/video review we show you around UK Pop EZX within EZ Drummer 2. Watch the video to hear how a small selection of the drums featured in this library sound and to hear a quick example of the beginnings of a Royal Blood style track using UK Pop EZX.
It was a little under 2 years ago, back in April 2016 that James first reviewed the Focusrite Red 4Pre and to say he was impressed and loved it would be an understatement. Little did he know then that the Red range would grow to include the Red 8Pre, reviewed in May 2017 and now the new Red 16Line the latest in the Focusrite Pro Red range.
In this review Julian Rodgers takes a look at the RZ062 equaliser plug-in. A model of a vintage European valve equaliser which is particularly well suited to use of busses and for mastering.
In this Production Expert video review, we take a look at the VTRC Vari Tube Recording Channel by Tegeler Audio Manufaktur.
The new Softube MM-1 plug-in is based on the Weiss DS1-MK3, a very popular digital dynamics unit that can be found in many mastering studios across the world
The MM-1 plug-in is a "slimmed down" version of the original DS1-MK3 hardware that Softube claims features exactly the same algorithms from within the original hardware.
In this video review, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the new bx_delay 2500 plug-in from Brainworx, a comprehensively equipped delay plug-in.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Chroma 500 series mic pre/line preamp. The Chroma offers the same A & N modes of mojo mic pre circuit found on its big brother the Silver Bullet but adds the ability to add your own flavour of tone shaping with a "Colour" module.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor, James Ivey takes at the new Buxom Betty guitar amp simulation for the Universal Audio Apollo interfaces and the UAD-2 platform by Brainworx.
Boom - Our friends at UVI have just released a new rise & impact sound effects library for both UVI Workstation and Falcon instrument platforms called Meteor. Production Expert was given early access to Meteror in order to provide The Production Expert Communities with an exclusive video review.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Convert AD+ from Dangerous Music.
In this review Julian Rodgers takes a look at the newly announced DW Drum Enhancer from Audified. This plugin, developed in collaboration with the highly respected drum manufacturers at Drum Workshop, is a channel strip type plug-in which is tightly focussed on drum processing.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor, James Ivey takes a look at the new Hammer Audio HA-872 condenser microphone.
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...
Dan, James and Alan discuss Vocal Comping, Studio Errors and share community feedback and their finds of the week.
Is mixing stood up better for you? Tom Paul from Gigantic Post thinks so, he now has a dual operator Avid S6 control surface that can be operated standing up or folded down into the studio floor. We look at some of the health benefits and the pros and cons of mixing whilst stood up.
In this free video tutorial brought to you in with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates using bx_console E to address issues on a recording of an acoustic guitar.
The workflows used for Pro Tools tracking and overdub sessions are vastly different. For example, when you're cutting your tracks on a console, Pro Tools acts as a capture recorder with faders and panners zeroed. The console is used for mixing, adding effects, and sending cue mixes to the talent. But the next day when you move to overdubs this all changes to an in-the-box scenario where Pro Tools is the recorder, mixer, and more. This lets you record overdubs in a more affordable environment like a smaller home studio. The setup time when moving between these workflows can cut into your creative flow but not if you're organized. The following tutorial will take you through preparation, execution, and other best practices for quickly moving from tracking to overdubs.
Following on from our article, Avid Quietly Discontinue Their Pro Tools HD Native PCI-e Cards and studying the Avid End Of Life article, we noticed that a number of Avid products pass their End Of Support Dates during 2018 including the Mbox Mini and all the black-faced D-Control And D-Command control surfaces. What should you do? We offer some help and advice.
In this second free video tutorial Paul covers the divergence controls, the LFE send level control and the final 2 panner modes: Divergence Editing mode and Auto Glide mode in the surround panner in Pro Tools Ultimate.
In this free video, Russ shows the new features found in Studio One 4.
PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, has announced Studio One 4 with a raft of new features, many of them requested by users.
Brought to you with the support of Waves, In this 4th & final video of a 4 part free mini-series, Marcus uses the powerful Virtual Instrument - Waves Codex in order to find a complimentary Lead Synth sound to fit the song. In addition, he also uses some other Waves plug-ins including Enigma, S1 Imager, and H-Reverb to finalize the sound.
What do you think Is coming?
The Fat Channel plug-in that is part of Studio One and the StudioLive series of mixers is already a much-loved plug-in. In a recent shootout this free plug-in stood its ground against some of the best industry plug-in emulations.
The Fat Channel Collection Volume 1 includes emulations of some of the most loved studio hardware around giving users access to both compressors and EQs for use live and in the studio, even better some of them are free.
Brought to you with the support of Waves, In this 2nd video of a 4 part free mini-series, Marcus moves along from where he left off in the first video, and begins to process a piano sample using 2 plug-ins from the Waves OneKnob series, Filter, & Driver.
WMD, a manufacturer of modular synthesisers, guitar pedals, and standalone musical instruments has released Fracture, which is a multi-particle percussion synthesiser module for small-format Eurorack modular systems that apply concepts from classic analogue clap circuits to granular synthesis techniques to generate a wide palette of sounds while maintaining a simple, intuitive interface with a price of $269.
Propellerhead Software has released Reason 10.1 which features sample loading in Europa and support for new Player devices. To celebrate the launch of Reason 10.1 Propellerhead is offering a time-limited offer. If you buy the Reason Upgrade you will get Propellerhead’s new Drum Sequencer for free worth $69 but this offer ends on May 31st, 2018.
iZotope has made significant improvements to VocalSynth 2, their creative vocal toolkit. Additions include a new module, new and better effects, inter-plugin communication with Ozone 8 and Neutron 2, plus deeper control and customization for every module. Also onboard are optimizations in sound quality and performance plus enhanced stereo processing functionality.
In the Rob Papen world of synthesis, there was one type of synthesiser missing… A synthesiser that has all of the controls and features available visually all at once. Rob has plugged this gap by releasing the Go2 Synthesiser Virtual Instrument with 600 presets and priced at $49.
Spitfire Audio has released Chamber Strings Professional For The Kontakt Player Platform with string articulations and techniques taken from recordings of 16 of the finest strings players playing the finest instruments at Lyndhurst Hall within London’s legendary AIR Studios.
By popular request, IK Multimedia’s Syntronik and Syntronik CS apps for iPad and iPhone now offer new synths from the Syntronik Deluxe Mac/PC collection. Syntronik synths recreate the sound of vintage synthesizers by using sampling and modeling to ensure top notch results. IK's DRIFT™ technology varies the color, pitch and phase of the sampled oscillators to keep them moving like actual analog oscillators.