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Will Pro Tools LE have Leopard compatibility tomorrow? (ummm, Today? errrr… nope.) February 29, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Leopard, Pro Tools , 11comments

EDIT: Pro Tools is fully compatible with Leopard.  Click here for details.

Digidesign has announced on the DUC (Digidesign User Conference forums) that their website will be down from 4pm-12pm PST today, February 29th.

Now, when Apple shuts down their website, they almost always come back the next day with an announcement of new gear. That makes me think they they may be releasing the Leopard-compatible version of Pro Tools LE. Obviously, I can NOT confirm any of this, but seems like a decent speculation.

I would strongly suggest that everyone check the Digidesign website after midnight PST.


Digidesign Virtual Instruments box set updated (for Leopard) February 28, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Leopard, Virtual Instruments , add a comment

Hmm… maybe this is old news, but I just learned about it today.

Anyone who uses Pro Tools with Digidesign (AIR) instruments in Leopard has probably seen the “yellow interface” problem before. For some reason, Strike, Velvet, Hybrid, and even XPand had an odd, bright yellow interface window in Leopard. This made working with the synths literally impossible. (Structure has been running without this yellow interface for most people.) There is an update available from Digidesign for each of the four programs mentioned above that will supposedly fix the interface problems.


We are still waiting on Digidesign and Leopard compatibility February 28, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Leopard, Pro Tools , 3comments

EDIT: Pro Tools is fully compatible with Leopard.  Click here for details.

For those of you still waiting for Leopard and Digidesign Pro Tools to be compatible, hopefully the wait will not be much longer…

Users are having the most success on Leopard 10.5.1 with Pro Tools 7.4cs2. Some people are running 10.5 or 10.5.2 with success, but for the most part, if you have to run your Pro Tools rig in Leopard, I would suggest 10.5.1. Supposedly the update is coming soon…


5 Small tips (with big impact) for your recordings February 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Mixing, Project Studio , 5comments

Home and project studios often have the goal of making their recordings sound just as good as those of the “big studios”. Obviously this is a very hard thing to accomplish, but there are a lot of little things you can do to make your recordings sound more and more professional. Here are 5 tips to get you going:

1. Timing: Keeping it in the groove

Just about all major releases you hear on the radio have at least one thing in common: impeccable groove and timing. Most often, these songs are tracked to a click, and edited in detail until no spots stick out as “mistakes”. (more…)

Logic for Pro Tools users Part 4: Automation and Grouping February 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Leopard, Logic Studio 8, Pro Tools , 1 comment so far

Let’s get into automation and track groups in Logic Studio. I know, these are some really sacred and revered features of Pro Tools, but Logic’s grouping and automation are actually fairly close to Pro Tools, so you should feel right at home. As in Pro Tools, you can automate pretty much anything in Logic Studio. As far as track groups go, you can have up to 32 different groups, each with assignable parameters (edit, mix, automation, sends, etc…) (more…)

Logic Studio and Leopard 10.5.1 and 10.5.2 February 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Leopard, Logic Studio 8 , 7comments

This is for people using Logic Studio with an Apple computer running Leopard. It also applies to people trying to run Digidesign hardware (or even Pro Tools) with Logic Studio.

Even for people not running Digidesign hardware, a lot of problems seem to be emerging when Logic Studio users upgrade to 10.5.2. Most notably, MainStage is completely unusable by some in 10.5.2 (although many people also report slight problems with 10.5.1 as well). Also, Logic Studio seems to not use resources properly, with constant spikes and errors. This is not true for all people, but many are running into these problems.


Garage Band for Windows? Acoustica Mixcraft! February 21, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios , add a comment

I have heard good things about Mixcraft before. This looks like a killer little app. Lots of Virtual Instruments, VST hosting and audio recording functionality. It’s even compatible with Acid and Aplle loops! Lots of people who are looking for software to make their own back up tracks or karaoke accompaniments will find this a great platform. Check the link to read more and see a video from the floor of NAMM. –DS

From the Music Player Network:


One of the biggest surprises I found was Acoustica Mixcraft, a full-featured DAW with great-sounding included soft instruments (like a virtual Minimoog, polysynth, and Hammond organ) that lists for $75. Yep, $75. Here, Acoustica’s Daniel Goldstein takes us through the features. Part 1 of 2.

Use a backup when doing live recording! February 21, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Live Sound, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , 3comments

Today I answered 2 posts in different forums. Both were from unfortunate engineers who didn’t have a backup for their live recordings.

Their systems crashed, corrupted what audio they did have, and now they have nothing. Apparently these were both for paid jobs, and now the client will have no product.

Never, never, never, ever do any sort of live recording (paid or unpaid) without at least one backup. If possible, I would suggest always having a “duplicate” backup (some sort of exact copy) as well as an additional stereo backup (such as a handheld recorder or extra pair of mics). Here are some ideas on how to make backups:


Native Instruments Pro Tools compatibility under Mac OS X 10.5 – Soundsonline-Forums February 21, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios , add a comment

Important: Native Instruments Pro Tools compatibility under Mac OS X 10.5 – Soundsonline-Forums
Native Instruments has identified a major compatibility issue with its products in Pro Tools hosts under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. This issue can result in intermittent freezes when running RTAS versions of NI instruments or effects with Pro Tools under the latest Macintosh operating system.

Native Instruments is working closely with Digidesign to resolve these compatibility issues and will release RTAS updates for its products as soon as possible. A specific release schedule will be provided at a later date. In the meantime, Native Instruments does not recommend using the RTAS versions of its products under Mac OS X 10.5 in conjunction with Pro Tools.

Home Studio Setup and Acoustics February 20, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Acoustics, Project Studio, Studio Setup , 4comments

Setting up the gear in your home studio can be really fun. But, what many forget is that the actual placement of gear in your room can have a huge impact as to how well your room “sounds”. When dealing with the parallel walls and small dimensions of a typical home or project studio, even following some basic guidelines in acoustics can make a huge sonic difference. Flutter echo, room modes, and improper speaker placement are all things to avoid.

These tips will help you minimize those issues, so you can get more accurate mixes from your room.


Awesome deal on the Sennheiser HD-280 Pro Headphones February 20, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios , 1 comment so far

EDIT: The coupon can also be applied to the Sennheiser PXC-300 and RS-130

Looking for a great set of pro quality headphones for cheap? Here’s how you can get a great deal on the excellent Sennheiser HD-280 pro headphones:

  1. Click here for the product page
  2. On the right hand side under “Buying Options” select Amazon.com and add to cart.
  3. During checkout enter coupon code HCZEXRI7 which will take $30 off. Price after coupon is $69.99 with free shipping!!


Studio Profiles: Babblefish Studio Video February 19, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Profiles, Studio Setup , 6comments

Hey All.

Your “Man About Town” here with some more news from the studios. A recent interview with Steve Falearos at Babblefish Recording Studios in Franklin, Ohio (near Dayton). Steve talks about the studio’s eclectic and unique equipment list, as well as some great tips for bands who are working on projects on their own or in collaboration with a bigger studio. Some great advice from Steve: Know your gear.

Check out the two-part video to see his gear and hear his thoughts about all things studio.

Also see the extended interview for a full recap of our visit with Steve at Babblefish Studios.

Stay tuned to The Studio Files for some audio demos from Steve and Babblefish!

We’ll send a free StudioFiles t-shirt to the first person (or should I say, hoopy frood?) who posts a comment correctly identifying the origin of the name “Babblefish.”

The Studio Files


Logic for Pro Tools users: Part 3 February 19, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Leopard, Logic Studio 8, Pro Tools , 2comments

OK, now for the fun stuff. Lets talk about making music with Logic. I’ve been composing and recording a lot of quick bits of music of different styles lately (a lot of them are actually for the upcoming Studio Files videos), and I decided to make them in Logic, rather than Pro Tools, which is still having problems with Leopard. It is literally amazing how fast you can get music together in Logic. The media browser in the side panel is a really fast way to grab loops or instrument sounds. If you want to get your ideas down fast, seriously look into Logic. Here I am going to talk about grabbing loops out of the media browser and how to setup great sounding instrument tracks with ease. (more…)

Frugal Producer Vol. 2: Plug-ins for your DAW February 19, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, plugins (plug-ins), Project Studio , 4comments

Damon just posted some great links, so I will post some more. These are my top 5 favorite free plug-ins. More to come in the future, but these are all really awesome. Download them and give them a try.


The Frugal Producer: get these tools for free! February 19, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios, plugins (plug-ins), Project Studio , add a comment

Even veteran composers and producers like to find tools that work and that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Below is a quick excerpt from a thread at one of the best forums around. Take some time to check out a few of these gems and peruse the rest of the list. (more…)

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