All about Pro Tools HD Native system

October 6, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on All about Pro Tools HD Native system 

Avid introduces Pro Tools HD Native, offering the full capabilities of Pro Tools HD software while running entirely on a host computer’s CPU power, without the additional dedicated processing hardware included in larger Pro Tools HD DSP-assisted systems.

The Pro Tools HD Native system offers an integrated professional hardware and software solution featuring a new Pro Tools HD Native PCIe card and Pro Tools HD software. Pro Tools HD Native uses Pro Tools HD Series interfaces for up to 64 channels of premium audio conversion and I/O. Support for SYNC HD enables accurate synchronization to picture for post-production workflows. For integrated monitoring and tactile control, the system integrates with Avid ICON and C|24 worksurfaces, and promises lossless session and project interchange with other Pro Tools and Avid video editing systems for simplified collaboration.

The Pro Tools HD Native system also offers third-party DAW support with support for Core Audio and ASIO drivers, enabling compatibility with applications such as Logic, Cubase and others. An integrated low-latency mixer promises near-zero latency. The Pro Tools HD Native PCIe card offers a low latency monitor path directly in the Pro Tools system with the push of a button for set-and-forget direct monitoring while tracking.

In addition, Pro Tools HD Native offers audio conversion with up to 192 tracks of audio and up to 64 channels of I/O using HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI. Users can create flexible configurations that support a variety of analog and open digital formats. The system is also compatible with legacy Avid Pro Tools HD interfaces.

Pro Tools HD Native supports both Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard 10.6 or higher.

Find out more about Pro Tools HD Native.

News on stripped down ProTools SE

September 19, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

The latest version of Pro Tools has been revealed, Pro Tools SE is a stripped down version of M-Powered and is aimed at the starter musician offering the following;

Top Features

  • studio-grade recording tools > record, edit, and mix music using the same software platform the pros use
  • easy to use > start creating music quickly, without previous experience
  • mix up to 24 tracks > turn your computer into a powerful recording/mixing studio
  • over 100 virtual instruments > be the entire band
  • includes powerful, pro-quality effects > polish your mixes
  • built-in learning tools, song templates, and audio loop library > create complete songs in minutes
  • cross platform > works with compatible PC or Mac computers

Full Features

  • award-winning Pro Tools composing, recording, editing, and mixing features
  • mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks)
  • integrated learning tools make it easy to create music
  • built-in composing features, including MIDI sequencing and Score editing
  • includes over 100 different virtual instruments
  • powerful, pro-quality effects including reverb, EQ, and guitar amp/distortion effects
  • comes with over 3 GB of audio loops to quickly construct songs and ideas
  • easily record up to two instruments at once
  • compatible with PC and Mac computers

Comparison Chart

Pro Tools SE
Pro Tools M-Powered™
(sold separately)
Maximum simultaneous audio record tracks 2 18
Total audio tracks 16 48
Total virtual instrument tracks 8 32
Audio effects 20 70
Virtual instrument sounds 100 thousands
Musical loops 3 GB 8 GB

CLASP gets reward

September 10, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on CLASP gets reward 

CLASP was nominated for the upcoming 26th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC) by top industry pros – engineers, studio owners, producers and other leading industry figures – further underscoring the system’s growing reputation within the professional audio industry.
Commenting on their nomination, Endless Analog founder and CLASP inventor Chris Estes commented, “We’re very proud to be acknowledged for the CLASP by the top industry professionals. It is truly an honor to receive such accolades from our peers!”

CLASP is the world’s first and only pro audio hardware that lets you record on real analog tape with digital speed. CLASP provides sample accurate tape synchronization with zero latency analog monitoring while delivering a true Analog front end recording solution for Pro Tools. Already being used by top artists, producers and engineers worldwide, CLASP is re-inventing analog for the digital age. CLASP is employed by a diverse range of artists, engineers, producers and facilities, including Lenny Kravitz (at his new Bahamas-based Gregory Town Sound recording facility); Michael W. Smith; Denis Savage, engineer for Celine Dion; producers Nathan Chapman, Dave Cobb, Chuck Ainlay, John Fields and Tom “T-Bone” Edmunds; and studio facilities such as Clearwater, Florida’s Cleartrack Productions, Los Angeles, California’s Hemispheres Recording and Austria’s Prime Studios. Analog tape manufacturers recommended by Endless Analog for use with CLASP include ATR Magnetics and RMG International.

Masters at work

August 31, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Masters at work 

MOTU has announced it is now shipping the MasterWorks Collection, an advanced audio plug-in bundle for Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other Mac OS X hosts that support RTAS, Audio Units, and VST3 audio plug-ins.

“MOTU has received many requests from Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and Live users who wanted to get their hands on Digital Performer’s MasterWorks plug-ins,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. “Now they finally can.”

The bundle includes three masterfully crafted audio processors suitable for even the most critical and demanding mixing situations. Originally developed exclusively for Digital Performer, the MasterWorks series plug-ins have developed a reputation for their incredibly authentic analog hardware modeling, 32- and 64-bit internal floating point processing, and highly CPU-efficient performance. All three plug-ins support mono, stereo and surround channel configurations (with supporting host software), and users can share MasterWorks plug-in presets among different hosts.

MasterWorks Collection features

  • MasterWorks EQmodeled British analog EQ
    Inspired by legendary British console EQs, the MasterWorks EQ™ delivers the look, feel and sound of the most sought-after classic analog equalizers.
  • MasterWorks Levelervintage automatic gain control
    The MasterWorks Leveler™ is an accurate model of the legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A optical leveling amplifier, known for its unique and highly sought-after Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics.
  • ProVerbstunningly realistic acoustic spaces
    From soaring cathedrals to primordial forests, ProVerb™ is a CPU-efficient convolution reverb that delivers the sound of stunningly realistic acoustic spaces to any track or mix.

The MasterWorks Collection is now available to purchase for Mac OS X (version 10.5 or 10.6), priced at $295 USD.

More information: MOTU / MasterWorks Collection

New hardware solutions designed to enhance the quality and performance of Pro Tools|HD

August 18, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on New hardware solutions designed to enhance the quality and performance of Pro Tools|HD 

Avid today introduced a series of newly-designed hardware solutions designed to enhance the quality and performance of Pro Tools|HD.

The new HD Series interfaces HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI, offer customers flexible configurations to support a variety of analog and open digital formats for audio recording, mixing and playback.

The new I/O options include :

HD I/O (MSRP $3995 and up) enables customers to achieve the highest-quality audio record and playback with the option of three space-saving configurations—16×16 analog, 16×16 digital and 8x8x8 analog and digital—in a 2 RU rack mountable interface.

HD OMNI (MSRP $2995) frees up customer workspace by integrating the functionality of numerous costly outboard components into an all-in-one premium sound solution for recording, mixing and monitoring. Features include state-of-the-art conversion, two world-class mic pre-amps, headphone outputs, a full-featured surround monitor section and a 14×26 channel persistent mixer that functions even when the computer is off—letting users listen to CDs, MP3 players, keyboards and drum machines without the need for an additional mixer.

HD MADI (MSRP $4995) opens up workflows and speeds production time for broadcast, live sound and post production sound professionals by offering the ability to easily connect Pro Tools|HD systems to industry-standard MADI infrastructures, without the need for a format converter. Built-in sample rate conversion on all inputs and outputs allow customers to integrate into workflows with multiple sample rates (upstream and downstream) using a single, 64-channel 1 RU rack mountable interface.

Completion of Pro Tools 8.04 for all versions

July 8, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Completion of Pro Tools 8.04 for all versions 

Avid have today announced the completion of Pro Tools 8.04 for all versions. The latest update offers Windows 7 support for Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered, plus lots of improvements.

Enjoy tons of performance enhancements and fixes with Pro Tools® 8.0.4 software, a new free update for all registered Pro Tools HD 8, Pro Tools LE®, and Pro Tools M-Powered™ users.

This latest version delivers official Windows 7 support for Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered—plus we’ve added new PC drivers for Pro Tools LE 8.0.4, greatly expanding the number of compatible laptop and desktop computers.

Updates and fixes are shown here

Download the update here

Blue Cat Audi ported to ProTools

June 20, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Blue Cat Audi ported to ProTools 

Blue Cat Audio, renowned for their precise Audio Analysis Tools and their powerful Audio Signal Processors are proud to announce that all of their professional plug-ins have been ported to the ProTools RTAS format and are from now on fully compatible with all 64-bit OS systems and major host applications.

Blue Cat audio today announces that all of their high-end audio analysis tools and signal processor plug-ins have been updated to the Digidesign RTAS format making these available to all ProTools and M-Powered users. That is a major event that users have been waiting for quite some time but we wanted to make sure these plug-ins rock solid before we launch them says Guillaume Jeulin, founder and CEO of Blue Cat Audio. Though some of their plug-ins were available in the RTAS format, some of the most useful ones were still missing and that is something that is now solved. These major updates also include 64-bit support making all Blue Cat plug-ins compatible with 64-bit OS systems and 64-bit host applications. These new versions also include stability enhancements and minor bug fixes found on certain platforms.

To celebrate the launch of these major updates, Blue Cat Audio has teamed up with in order to offer an incredible deal on the most popular products offered by Blue Cat Audio. It is nothing les than 12 of their best selling plug-ins that is offered at the no brainer price of $289 (MSRP $1200) via an exclusive bundle that will only be sold at DontCrack and for a limited period of time that is from today until June 30, 2010.

The Blue Cat / DC Pack contains the following plug-ins :

-Blue Cat’s Digital Peak Meter Pro : $59

-Blue Cat’s Dynamics : $159

-Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Multi : $99

-Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Pro : $89

-Blue Cat’s Liny EQ : $89

-Blue Cat’s ParametrEQ : $89

-Blue Cat’s Stereo Liny EQ : $99

-Blue Cat’s Stereo ParametrEQ : $89

-Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi : $99

-Blue Cat’s StereoScope Pro : $89

-Blue Cat’s Widening Liny EQ : $119

-Blue Cat’s Widening ParametrEQ : $119

Blue Cat Audio plug-ins are available for PC and Mac in the VST – DX – AU and RTAS plug-in formats. No ilok or eLicenser dungles are required to authorize Blue Cat Audio plug-ins !

Learn more from the DontCrack website :

About Blue Cat Audio :

Blue Cat Audio is a privately held company based in the western suburbs of Paris (France). It has been founded by Guillaume Jeulin, musician, software engineer and audio fanatic. Blue Cat Audio focuses on providing flexible and yet powerful audio tools for musicians and audio professionals. Blue Cat Audio are renowned for their very precise Audio Analysis tools and their powerful Audio Signal Processors.

Blue Cat Audio users include famous recording studios, universities and recording schools, renowned recording engineers as well as producers and professional musicians from many countries over the globe. Most of them take an active part in the development of our products, and Blue Cat’s consulting activity keeps them in contact with some of the most important actors in the audio industry.

Interesting post on the sequencer battle

January 19, 2010 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comments Off on Interesting post on the sequencer battle 

Found an interesting post/article called the Sequencer wars, where the author had used Google trends over the past years to analyze which sequencers are gaining or loosing in market share. The result is shown in the graph below.

And the result shows that Ableton continues to grow as the most popular system going forward.


Cubase started from a high in early 2004 and has seemingly experienced a steady decline ever since apart from a few short-lived spikes; most notably in late 2004 when the news graph shows that Steinberg announced an update to Cubase SX 3.0.1

(I initially thought this result was quite odd so I performed other searches based around the [Cubase ] search-word to see if there was a correlation… and there is! The search trends for Cubase SX and VST pretty much match the same downward trend as above.)

Cakewalk shows an even more dramatic fall. It starts from a higher spike than Cubase at the start of 2004, but ends lower than it did in the last quarter of 2006!

(Still a bit sceptical, I ran another for Cakewalk SONAR Although there’s been a more volatile ride, ithe graph shows a similar start and end-point as above.)


Ableton on average, has experienced a steady rise in search volume all through the timeline, reflecting its new-kid-on-the-block rise into the mind-share of electronic musicians.


Pro Tools does end at a slightly lower point than when the resultset began, but the trend-line itself is pretty much even when you look at the spikes it has seen. However, 2006 shows a fairly strong downward trend that is seemingly breaking-away from the rest of the line!

Read the full article here and some of the “conclusions” >>

Thanks to The Whippingpost for sharing

Room correction system for ProTools

August 18, 2009 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comments Off on Room correction system for ProTools 

IK Multimedia has announced the release of ARC System TDM, an advanced room correction system for Pro Tools|HD Accel.

IK Multimedia ARC System TDM

The ARC System is the first (and only) acoustic room correction plug-in, and delivers the most advanced solution to acoustical problems for any Digidesign® Pro Tools® TDM-based studio. Combining a professional calibrated measurement microphone, standalone software that captures sound information and calculates proper room correction, and a multi-platform plug-in, this technology will improve how your studio sounds forever.

ARC features the revolutionary Audyssey MultEQ® technology, which measures acoustical information throughout the listening area in your studio. It then combines this information to provide an accurate representation of the room’s acoustical problems. The equalization solution then corrects for both time and frequency response problems more effectively and efficiently than any other room correction EQ on the market. The result is a clear and reliable representation of your mix. Regardless of the acoustical issues in your studio, what you are recording, mixing or mastering becomes immediately clear and reliable and your studio sound will improve forever.

The audible results will be:

  • Low-end alterations, typically added by small rooms, are removed with better low frequency control
  • More consistent frequency response across the entire range
  • Tonal balance is restored, allowing for more accurate mixes
And the following advantages will be achieved:
  • Room defects will no longer capture your attention, allowing you to focus solely on the music and reducing your ears fatigue
  • Work on mixes faster because you’re sure of what you’re hearing
  • Achieve greater consistency on your music productions
  • Produce mixes that better translate to the outside world

ARC System is also the most convenient, unique, mobile correction solution for the Pro Tools traveling engineer.  Now you can sonically ‘treat’ your room everywhere you go, so you can finally trust the sound of your monitoring environment and record, mix or master comfortably in a listening environment that you will always be familiar with.

More info here >>

More good stuff from NAMM – Automap 3

February 18, 2009 · Posted in Electronic Music · Comments Off on More good stuff from NAMM – Automap 3 


Automap 3 was announced at Winter NAMM 2009 and is now available. As of this release there are now 2 versions, free and pay.

Automap 3 is the latest incarnation of Novation’s intelligent software system. Automap is unique to Novation’s MIDI controllers, and has now been enhanced with a wealth of eagerly anticipated features. Until now Automap had focused on plug-in control, but exciting developments bring a new level of DAW control…

No matter what music software you use, Automap offers an instant controlling solution for all your plug-ins. It supports VST, AU and Pro Tools (TDM/RTAS) plug-in formats (TDM/RTAS support is currently Mac only. PC will follow soon). It allows hardware controllers to interact with plug-in instruments and effects. Opening up any Automappable plug-in instantly maps parameters to physical controls on Novation’s SL- and Nocturn controllers. These can be re-assigned using an ultra-quick ‘learn’ mode, which simply involves clicking the on-screen parameter and touching the desired hardware controller. In addition to DAW control templates on board the SL range (mixer, transport etc) Automap 3 comes with full HUI implementation for control of HUI compatible DAWs such Logic, Pro Tools and Digital Performer.

Automap 3? (FREE DOWNLOAD)

  • HUI – HUI control is now fully implemented within Automap, allowing control over all HUI compatible DAW’s including Logic, Pro Tools and Digital Performer. This includes control over volume, pan, aux sends, track arm, mute/solo and more…
  • Start-up Screen – A new start-up screen now makes managing your plug-ins and setting up your DAW even easier. It also gives you one-click access to online support, tutorials and the latest updates.
  • Automap 3 PRO is now available to purchase for £19.99 / $29.99 / 24.99 EU, direct from the estore, and has a number of benefits over STANDARD.

    • Multiple device support – Automap 3 Pro supports multiple devices, so numerous Novation controllers can be used side by side.
    • Keystroke Assignments – Automap 3 Pro can assign almost any computer keyboard shortcuts to hardware controls. For example arrow key functions can now be assigned to hardware controls, allowing you to flick between tracks using buttons on your SL/Nocturn. You could also zoom in and out, open windows or create and jump to markers in your DAW.
    • XY Pad Control – Fully Auto-mappable XY Pad control, expression pedal, control pedal and drum pad control. The Automap server can now assign parameters to all these controllers using the ultra-quick learn facility. (Pedal/pad control not supported by SL Compact)
    • Drag and Drop – You can now drag and drop control mappings and control map groups in the GUI, allowing you to re-assign knobs, faders and buttons by simply grabbing them with the mouse and dropping them on the new controller.
    • Autoview Mode – Optional Autoview mode means that the GUI only becomes visible when a controller is touched, then it disappears again allowing you to get back to your DAW.

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