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PJ’s Pick: Website of the Month December 29, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Chit Chat, Composing, GarageBand , 2comments

Hooray for new segments on the Studio Files!  So here’s the deal, I’m going to pick and write about a website related to the world of audio every month. First up is…

www.icompositions.com

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Music Production Toolkit 2 (MPTK 2) Authorization Problem!! December 18, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools , 1 comment so far

DO NOT try to download and authorize the MPTK 2 yet for Pro Tools 8….

Apparently when you try to install it, it surrenders your old MPTK license, but the MPTK 2 version doesn’t properly authorize, so all you are left with is a non-MPTK Pro Tools…

I know big software releases are a huge deal for companies like Digidesign, and they have a lot of things to worry about, but considering how happy people were about the MPTK 2 upgrade, you’d think someone would have actually tried to download and authorize the MPTK 2 before releasing it the public.

As far as I’ve heard, no one has gotten it authorized…

EDIT: More bad news… digidesign.com seems it couldn’t handle the downloads and traffic, so its down…  A seemingly buggy PT8, an MPTK 2 that doesn’t work, and a downed website…. uh oh Digi!  I hope they can turn this one around….

Pro Tools 8 Bugs/Errors/Troubleshooting Thread December 17, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools , 403comments

Pro Tools 8 is compatible with Leopard.  Click here for more information

Well, I won’t have my copy for a few days (had it shipped where I’ll be for the holidays), but if you have problems with your new PT 8 install, let us know here. (more…)

Pro Tools 8 is now shipping! December 17, 2008

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Pro Tools 8 is shipping (at least from Sweetwater)!! (more…)

Pro Tools 8 now in stock and shipping from Sweetwater.com??? December 16, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools , add a comment

So I stumbled upon this page:

http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/digidesign2008/protools8.php

and it seems that Sweetwater has PT 8 in stock??  I can’t say for sure if this is correct, but it is on their site.  I had pre-ordered mine awhile back, so if I get a shipping notification tomorrow, I will be sure to let everyone know.

I don’t know if its related, but I got a non-auto email from someone at Sweetwater about something else, but it was fairly late at night for them.  Perhaps everyone is staying late to pack up the version??  (well, I doubt it, but I really hope it ships soon)

PT 8!!!!!!……. didn’t ship yet…. gah December 12, 2008

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

Still no word.

Pro Tools 8 was supposed to ship on Dec. 10th… nothing yet.

TheStudioFiles.com will keep you posted.

How to program analog synthesizers • VideoSift: Online Video Quality Control December 10, 2008

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

How to program analog synthesizers • VideoSift: Online Video Quality Control

A REALLY useful and worthwhile tutorial on subtractive synthesis (Reason Subtractor, anyone?). If you’ve ever wondered about what any (or all!) of those knobs are for, watch this! Be sure to rate the vid on the VideoSift site.

Damon
The Studio Files

AOTD: VI December 9, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Composing, Digital Audio Workstations, Virtual Instruments , 1 comment so far

VI: Virtual Instrument. This can be an emulation of a real instrument like a trumpet or violin, or a strictly synth-based sound. It’s called “virtual” because your computer is creating the sound from digital information and instructions in the VI programming. You play a keyboard controller and the instrument responds. All of this sound generating used to be done strictly by “standalone” (now sometimes called “outboard”) synths–either with keyboards (think DX7) or without (think Roland 1080).

A great resource: Virtual Instruments Magazine

Examples are Garageband instruments, Spectrasonic Triology Bass instrument, NI-Kontakt (sampler), or Play (from East West Soundsonline). Yours truly has too many of these to count. If you are in the market, ask a question and I’ll be glad to help.

Damon
The Studio Files

So Connor will be incommunicado… December 5, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Chit Chat, Music Reviews , 1 comment so far

…because he and Chip Christy are opening for The Verve Pipe this weekend!

Knock ’em dead C-dog(s)! Wish I could be there.

Damon
The Studio Files

Pro Tools version 8 -> 9 days left! December 1, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools , add a comment

The countdown has begun!

Pro Tools version 8 (LE, HD, and M-Powered) is set to be released in 9 days.  Be sure to check back to thestudiofiles.com within a few days of the release for the latest info and tutorials (and of course, if there are bugs, learn how to fix them here… but hopefully it won’t come to that)

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