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Digidesign releases Pro Tools 8.0cs2 February 25, 2009

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Click here to go to the download page.

It looks like the release is just a small “fix a few bugs” update.

Why All DAW Users Should Use a Kensington Expert Mouse February 25, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Computers, Editing, Reviews , 14comments

This is one serious mouse.  This is the single greatest improvement to work speed and fluidity I’ve seen in my setup. (Perhaps with the exception of a fast computer). (more…)

Backing up your system – a must! February 23, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, Project Studio, Studio Setup , 2comments

Making a backup of your files is of critical importance in the audio world.  Hard drives crash all the time, and losing a client’s (or your own) project files can be disastrous.  Not only can you lose time and money, but you also lose reputation and credibility. (more…)

AOTD: 2/21/09 February 21, 2009

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(not a true acronym, but)

Hi-Z – The “Z” is a symbol for impedance, meaning this stands for high impedance (measured in Ohms).  Typically something designated as having high impedance means more than a few thousand ohms.

Video: Introduction to DB33 Organ in Pro Tools LE February 20, 2009

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This is a short introduction to DB33, Digidesign’s new B3 organ instrument in Pro Tools LE. I go through the basic functions of each section and show you how each alters the organ’s sound.

Video: Saving Different Sample Rates and Formats in Pro Tools LE February 20, 2009

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If you need to change the sample rate of your Pro Tools session or need to save a session in an earlier version of Pro Tools, this video will show you how. Both actions are done from the same file menu option.

Video: Choosing Default Plug-Ins in Pro Tools LE February 20, 2009

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This video will show you how to quickly access your favorite plug-ins in Pro Tools. By selecting default dynamics and EQ, these plug-ins will show up in the first drop down insert menu (saving you lots of time searching through menus)

Pro Tools Tips: Using Your Mixer Notes Wisely February 18, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Studio Setup , 2comments

The “notes” section in the Pro Tools mixer window is a resource often overlooked.  Jotting down notes here can keep a session organized and flowing.  Here are some suggestions: (more…)

Fast Plug-ins in Pro Tools February 17, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, plugins (plug-ins), Pro Tools , 10comments

This is just a little trick in Pro Tools that will make your mixing faster and easier.

We all have our favorite plug-ins (the ones that inevitably end up on a LOT of tracks in most mixes).  Even if you are just using the stock Pro Tools plug-ins, changing this preference will make inserting these plug-ins a little faster.

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Important message for 002, 003, and MBox Factory Owners February 13, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, plugins (plug-ins), Pro Tools , 7comments

Today, Digidesign announced that it is offering a very inexpensive upgrade path for owners of 002, 003(R), and MBox Factory bundle owners.

For a small $30 upgrade fee, you get the following plug-ins for your MBox or MBox 2 (pro) Factory: (more…)

Video: Importing Audio in Pro Tools LE February 12, 2009

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This quick video will show you how to import audio using Pro Tools LE (version 8).  I show how to import audio into your session timeline (edit window) as well as add imported audio to the region list.

Video: Elastic Audio Drum Editing in Pro Tools LE February 11, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Pro Tools, Videos , 2comments

Elastic audio is a very powerful tool to use while editing drums. I show you how to manually create warp markers and move drums into sync.

Video: Using SansAmp in Pro Tools LE February 11, 2009

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SansAmp is an extremely powerful distortion plug-in.  In this video,I will show you the basic functions of each knob while affecting a vocal track.

Video: Creating a Lo-Fi (telephone) Vocal Effect February 11, 2009

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Adding a Lo Fi (aka the “telephone” effect) to a track is easy, all it takes is the Digirack EQ. I show you how to add high and low pass filters as well as a mid band boost to achieve the telephone sound on a vocal.

AOTD: 2/9/09 February 9, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Acoustics, AOTD , add a comment

STC – Sound Transmission Coefficient

This is a number assigned to building materials to provide a means of comparing acoustical isolation properties.  The higher the number, the more isolation.  (For example, a CMU wall filled with sand would have a higher rating than a piece of drywall).  These numbers are important to acousticians when doing things like figuring out theoretical reverb time (RT60) calculations, among numerous other applications.

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