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.
In this premium video tutorial our resident loudness guru Mike Thornton takes us through how to use the the TC Electronic LM1n loudness metering plug-in. The advantages of the LM1n is that it doesn’t take up much screen real estate and the LM1n’s simpler display also makes it ideal for multi-skilled staff and for use in other sectors like mastering for music streaming and albums.
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 Chop Shop to bracket and thicken the guitars in a session, controlling the high end while adding a little weight to the bottom end.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the possible uses for half speed record in Pro Tools. Is it useful for more than creating octave up special effects?
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring Action Tremolo From Noiseash, an advanced pan and volume modulation unit with an analog saturation engine. There are three modulation sources: a custom shape envelope follower, the LFO with 5 waveforms, a 32-step sequencer and each modulation sources can be assigned in-sync or free-sync modes. Try it!
In this premium video tutorial our resident loudness guru Mike Thornton takes us through how to use the two TC Electronic radar loudness metering plug-ins, the LM2n stereo plug-in and the LM6 multi-channel loudness metering plug-in.
Watch this 2 minute video to hear how the Manny EQ by Waves can breathe life into a muddy mix in a matter of seconds.
Trimming to the boundary of the next clip on the timeline should be easy, and it is. The necessary commands are found under the edit menu. See the comments on the images in the slideshow to see the options.
In this week’s podcast, Russ, Julian and Alan discuss our recent series on third party plug-ins, asking Alan what he would need in addition to the stock Pro Tools plug-ins to get his post work done. The team also answer your questions and share their finds of the week.
The SPL Iron Mastering compressor From Plugin Alliance is a transparent compressor, inspired by the vintage compressors which is versatile enough to adapt perfectly to the needs of modern mastering studios. Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at the unfamiliar Rectifier control which emulates the different rectifiers available in the hardware unit.
Avid has announced the line-up of audio professionals for its 2019 NAMM booth (#15502) Main Stage Presentations from January 24th to 28th, 2019. The good news is that for all of us who aren’t going to be at NAMM we will be watch it live as Avid will be streaming the Main Stage Presentations through their Avid Link app.
In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers takes a close look at Crossfades, specifically the choice between Equal Power and Equal Gain crossfades. The two common choices are equal power and equal gain and one of these will most likely be the best fit when creating a seamless crossfade. Which is the best choice depends largely on the nature of the two sounds being crossfaded, find out more in the video tutorial.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring SSD5 Free From Slate Digital, a free version of SSD5, the acclaimed drum virtual instrument from Slate.
In this free video extract from pureMix Chris Lord Alge shares his approach to organising Pro Tools sessions prior to beginning a mix. See how he organises his sessions purely visually, saving his ears for the mix.
Selecting all the clips on your timeline should be simple but unlike many pieces of software, using the standard CMD+A (Control+A on PC) doesn’t select all the clips on every track, it selects all the clips on the track your selection point is currently on.
In this week’s podcast, Mike and James are joined by Eli Krantzberg, editor of Logic Pro Expert to discuss our industry predictions for the year. They answer your questions and share their finds of the week.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Alpha compressor on the output of a mix using the M/S mode to introduce width. To audition more easily when setting up the mid and sides channels Julian uses bx_control V2 which has mid/side solo functions to help set up the Alpha compressor.
Are you thinking, “New Year, New Venture”? Are you responding to possible demand and thinking that you should get into Post Production? Here’s my guide to setting up a post production system, on a budget.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring TRK-01 PLAY From Native Instruments. Two free Reaktor instruments which, if downloaded before the 7th of January are not only free but also include a £22 e-voucher to spend in the NI online shop.
This is a very simple free tip for Pro Tools Ultimate/HD users who have access to advanced automation. Write To Start/End or All by right-clicking.
Watch in real-time as Jamie Lidell builds up backing vocal harmonies using a special combination of Pro Tools varispeed and Soundtoys’s Little AlterBoy’s Formant control on "Building A Beginning" from his new album by the same name. Jamie is able to sneak extra layers of detail and texture into his vocal harmonies.
We have found some more free sound effects and so here they are. Get them whilst you can.
In this week's Friday Free Plug-in, we are featuring MAX1 from Beatskillz, a free AAX/VST/AU compressor plug-in for Mac or Windows which offers simple compression with direct control over the attack time, threshold and makeup gain with release and ratio being controlled automatically.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Plugin Alliance, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers uses the Millennia TCL-2 and NSEQ-2 across a mix which has no drums and so the primary transient element is a piano. Julian demonstrates the effect mix bus compression has on high frequency elements of the mix such as the shaker and acoustic guitar and the lack of harshness in the EQ, even when boosting difficult frequencies in the midrange.
In this premium video tutorial, Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers repurposes a tape machine into a delay. Any 3 head tape machine can be used in this way and while maintaining a tape machine in optimum condition for recording or mastering is a skilled job requiring knowledge and resources, the deficiencies of all but the most broken of tape machines can be accommodated and excused as (ahem) “character” if you are OK with a lo fi aesthetic. After all. if you want pristine echoes use a plug-in!