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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 134

Mike, Neil and James are back to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 133

Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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    Sonnox Community Award

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    • RSPE are continuing to offer a summer rebate on Royer ribbon mics They have another in their virtual hardware series the virtual System 5 channel strip  
    • Andres Gonzalez A tip for using the stock plug-ins to emulate dynamic equalisers like the Sonnox Suppressor using duplicate tracks and stock compressors and eq plug-ins which is similar in concept to parallel compression.
    • Mark P pointed out that there is a way of getting computer audio into your monitoring with an HD Omni interface.
    • Britton Murray after a near miss he forgotten about iLok’s TLC service as part of ZDT.
    • Glenn Skinner with a tip about setting up default output busses to save missing a track when bouncing to tracks.

    Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

    • Already got a music tech qualification and are struggling to break into the competitive audio job market? Why not up skill with Alchemea College’s intensive 4 month diploma in Audio Post Production and Game sound - enrolling now for October 
    • Matt North is having problems with OMFs from one contributor unless you open it directly in Pro Tools.
    • Daniel Lewis - problems with a 3rd party numeric keyboard not working with command based shortcuts 
    • Matt Greaves - Would I be OK to change from a Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56  to an Apollo Twin?
    • Timo Saila - needs to process 250 clips with eq, gating and processing and then export them as 250 files in one folder.

    Find Of The Week 

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 132

    Russ, Mike, and Neil bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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    • Addictive Drums 2 Explained

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      • RSPE are continuing to offer a summer rebate on Royer ribbon mics also check out the interviews on their media page 
      • Matthew Alexa - Lynx have announced that their Hilo interface can work with Pro Tools HD and HDX with their LT-HD card. 
      • D F Tweedie adds to the discussion for music in surround formats that we listen to music in stereo.
      • D F Tweedie also has an opinion on Mike’s comments on Wilfried Van Baelen’s description of conscious and sub conscious event processing.
      • Paul Maunder asks if there is any progress on us offering seals on new Macs.

      Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

      • Check out the success of an Alchemea student Rob Brinkmann and they are going to be sponsoring the Music Producers Guild next year
      • Howie Beck is having problems re-assigning outputs for core audio through a Pro Tools HD system.
      • Jan Anderson Do you know what might be in future versions of Pro Tools especially regarding MIDI.
      • Thomas O’Connell is having problems with managing his Pro Tools sessions and housekeeping.

      Find Of The Week

      • Mike - A proper dealer with great service like HHB
      • Neil -  Busted Gear site
      • Russ - DDMF - The Strip

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014

      Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 131

      Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back together to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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        • RSPE are offering a summer rebate on Royer ribbon mics
        • Gregory Lawson is looking for videos on using UAD and Sonnox plug-ins
        • David Thomas - In podcast 130 you talked about not stealing content and then later talked about using a proxy server, surely double standards?
        • Jascha Viehl - Following our EDL tip 4 there is a solution for PT10 users on a Mac from Bernhad Maisch called The Guardian Angel for Write Automation to Selection after Previewing in HD Systems. 
        • Ryan Okuly has found out you don’t need to Eleven Rack firmware v2 update which cost $100 He has used an Eleven Rack with firmware v1.0.3 on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems 
        • Glenn Skinner recommends we look at another free tool. The Kosmology FreeFall with 120 instruments 
        • Knut Richard Vanderloock would like to recommend ToonTrack pianos following the feedback about pianos in Podcast 130.
        • David Topple - Consider using the Delete key when working in music to clean up your tracks.

        Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

        • There are some very good courses at Alchemea for people already working in the industry, firstly one for post production covering working in surround for film and TV and a second course on audio in games.
        • Brendan Biele liked the sound of the older Dynamics II limiter but can’t get that sound in the current Dynamics plug-in, any suggestions?
        • MÃ¥rten Eriksson Problems with latency using with MOTU hardware with Pro Tools Vanilla and can’t find where to set the recording delay in Pro Tools.

        Find Of The Week

        • Mike - FabFilter Pro-Q 2 plug-in
        • Neil - Zynaptiq Unchirp and Don’t Crack have got the Plug n Mix VIP bundle for just $49
        • James Noctua Quiet fans for my 192, 96 and HD I/O £8 each. and the Fossboard Guitar pedal board. 
        • Russ - Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

        Sunday, August 24, 2014

        A Conversation With Wilfried Van Baelen - No Compromise Studio Owner & Creator Of The Auro 3D Immersive Format

        Mike sat down with the creator of the Auro 3D format Wilfried Van Baelen and over just short of 2 hours we discussed how he came into sound as a performer first, then a producer, how he built his first studio in an unused chicken coup.
        We moved on to discuss the design and building of his no compromise Galaxy Studios with 100dB isolation between adjacent studios. The development of mixing in 5.1 and stereo on the same console, first on a digital console and then on an analog desk. 
        We explored how Wilfried discovered height in sound which led him to develop the Auro 3D format, consider how we perceive the world around us and how that impacts on the design to produce as natural reproduction system as possible and the benefits of recording natively in Auro 3D to improve the immersive experience.
        We chatted about the David Goliath relationship with Dolby and how Auro 3D is being taken up in the film and cinema worlds as well as games.
        We covered a lot of ground in this 112 minute conversation and if you are exploring or working in 3d immersive sound this is an essential listen. Even if you aren’t in the 3D audio world there is loads of interesting stories about no compromise studio design, and how we listen and perceive the world around us.

        Tuesday, August 19, 2014

        Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 130

        Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back together to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

         Groove 3 Titles We Like

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          Tuesday, August 12, 2014

          Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 129

          Russ, Mike, and James are back to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

          • Lawra Somby has built a passively cooled PC Here is Lawra’s build list and here are some pictures of what it looks like. 
          • Stefan Schaflitzel offers two reasons as to why Richard Shapiro had to select unused clips several times.
          • Jim Farrell asks if anyone else is having any trouble with the graphics on the Eventide UltraChannel?
          • Adam Fowler wanted to thank us to help him add some sound design to his radio documentaries.

          • Russ visited Alchemea and they take you on a journey.
          • Marten Eriksson - Is there a better way of printing Slate VTM on a drum kit as latency is an issue for me?
          • Eoghan Tyrell - Problems with using Micro SD cards with Pro Tools 9 reporting its not a valid audio drive.
          • Knut Richard Vanderloock - I have a 4-710d, and an Apollo Quad should I use the A to D convertors in the 710 or the Quad?
          • Michael Adler Miltersen - Latency issues with Pro Tools, is there anything I can do about it?
          • Robert Belew - How can I use my 2009 Mac Pro with a new MacBook Pro with an Apollo Thunderbolt interface with my Apollo Quad card in my Mac Pro.
          • Joe Belliston - Can you share your backup systems and Strategies please?

          Tuesday, August 5, 2014

          Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 128

          Russ, Mike, and James are back to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.
          Tom Scrivano is the winner for July for services rendered to the community behind scenes
          • John Howell - Follow up from his question last week, the problem has been traced to the combination of the Audient ASP and Avid Omni and have produced a new version of the firmware.
          • Alan Han has shared a user tip with EQ7 to help find specific frequencies
          • Richard Shapiro shares a tip about turning off the annoying Mac OS update reminders and a question about clearing unused clips.
          • Ryan Hansen shared an observation about a character in the Coppola film The Conversation.

          • Martin Oswald - unable to get the Melda pack working with Pro Tools 10
          • David Topple - Issues with offline bounce in Logic 9 and also how do you get sounding tracks.
          • Karl Morand - Do you use iZotope RX3 as plug-ins or as a standalone app
          • Michael Zaremba - Problems with sustain pedal hot working when in record in Pro Tools.
          • Grant Hall - Why do I get 250ms with an aux input but 5ms on an audio track when bussing an external effect via an insert
          • Dale Sigley - How can I stop Pro Tools putting the factory back into the plug-ins as I like to run a very lean system.

          Tuesday, July 29, 2014

          Pro Tools Expert Podcast episode 127

          Russ, Mike, Neil and James are back to bring you another show with talking points, tips, tricks and questions answered.

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            • Bertrand Grichting - Problems with some SATA controllers and SSD drives dropping the SATA buss speed.
            • Tom Scrivano  - Some graphics problems on Windows due to settings on Run As Administrator.
            • Carsten Groa - Following up on Pro Tools reliability can be other software like  the graphics driver.
            • Eric Johnson - Following James’ drive failure Eric uses a RAID array for this backup system so he has redundancy.
            • Matt Greaves - Follow up on fear and creativity and connecting it to the way some institutions teach techniques
            • Brian Williams - Wanted to share a video lecture by Andrew Scheps on various audio codecs, formats and perceived audio quality 
            • Neale Eckstein - Why is the phase invert only available in a plug-in, why isn’t it built into the mixer? You can sign up on the Pro Tools IdeaScale if you would like this feature. 
            • Tom Scrivano - Waves have told him that the Element will be supported with their SoundGrid DSP system as well StudioRack but no ETA yet.
            • Chris Linder - What podcasts are you listening to at the moment? Chris suggests 2 both available on itunes ToneBender and Indie Game Audio  We would add Mix Notes From Hell
            • Tony Molica - Following our comments with problems using Finder he recommends Snapper from Audio Ease. Also there is AudioFinder from Iced Audio too. 

            Questions - Kindly Sponsored by Alchemea

            • Mark Farrow - Any experience of Thunderbolt hubs?
            • John Howell - problems getting all 8 channels from an Audient ASP880 into an Avid Omni.

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            Tuesday, July 22, 2014

            Podcast Extra Interview On Using iZotope RX3 To Remove The Music From The Film Brief Encounter

            In this very special podcast extra interview Mike Wabro explains to Mike Thornton how he was able to surgically remove the music from the mono film sound track to leave just the dialog and effects.

            Removing polyphonic music from a mixed track has been the holy grail of audio manipulation. There are some solutions for taking a vocal out of a mixed stereo track with a variety of success including the new ADX Trax but this project undertaken by sound editor Mike Wabro was very different. 

            The brief from the client was to produce a music free mix of the David Lean classic Brief Encounter so that the London Philharmonic Orchestra could play live in sync with the film for 3 special performances in August this year.

            The Sound Examples
            Mike Wabro has let us have some before and after examples which are still ‘work in progress’ he still has some work to do as there is still the odd note showing or some words still needing some work on them before the live performance. Thanks Mike for being willing to share your work whilst you are still fine tuning. There aren’t many people who would share their work whilst they are still refining it, so thanks Mike for being so open. 

            The Event
            At the Southbank Centre on August 15th, 22nd & 29th David Lean’s account of a romantic affair will be accompanied by live music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and is the centrepiece of a three-week series of films screened in the Royal Festival Hall. 
            David Lean’s 1945 film traces the affair of a married doctor and suburban housewife who meet on a train platform and features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 throughout its soundtrack: in fact, the film was largely responsible for bringing this epic work to fame.
            If you would like to experience the event and all Mike’s hard work on the film soundtrack the you can book tickets on the South Bank Centre’s web site.  It is also hoped to be able to tour the work around the world in due course but as yet we do not have any dates for this.

            Thanks and credits
            We would like to thank Mike Wabro’s clients for giving us permission to describe this process in detail and for permission to enable you to listen to two clips before and after Mike has worked his magic. 
            Mike’s work has been completed on behalf of ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Sound Services supplied by Nick Pocock & Mike Anscombe of Deluxe Media at Synxspeed House in Denham, with the sound editorial help of Steve Felton of The Sound Design Company & music removal restoration services of Michael Wabro from Audioinsight.