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Avid adds remote I/O functionality to VENUE Mix Rack

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Avid VENUE Mix Rack

Avid has announced VENUE Mix Rack compatibility with VENUE Stage 48 and VENUE Ethernet Snake Card.

The new integration capabilities offer unprecedented flexibility underscoring the company’s commitment to providing innovative, forward-thinking products to the best touring engineers and sound companies all around the world.

Current VENUE Mix Rack owners can easily add I/O flexibility to their systems through Avid’s Stage 48 Ethernet AVB remote box via the Avid Ethernet Snake Card option. These new integration capabilities will give current VENUE Mix Rack system customers the option to significantly reduce cable clutter and expense while maintaining the best possible audio quality as they distribute their system I/O more effectively throughout the performance venue.

These new capabilities equip Avid live sound customers with unmatched flexibility.

Avid VENUE Stage 48
VENUE Stage 48 is a robust AVB-enabled stage box option that provides a reliable, cost-effective way of adding remote I/O to your setup.

Highlights include:

  • Stage 48 remote box enables users to place the I/O anywhere throughout the performance venue and closer to the stage, delivering the best possible sound quality.
  • I/O cards can be moved from Mix Rack to Stage 48 and customized as needed.
  • Stage 48 features fully redundant, auto-switching Ethernet AVB connectivity, delivering a highly reliable, all-digital connection through dual standard 350 MHz Cat5e cables – at distances up to 328 feet (100 meters) away.
  • For applications where two remote boxes are needed – such as keeping one on stage and another at front of house or close to wireless sources – users can simply connect two Stage 48 boxes to the Ethernet Snake Card to maximize distributed I/O.

VENUE Mix Rack, VENUE Stage 48, VENUE Ethernet Snake Card are available now.

More information: Avid / VENUE Mix Rack

Plugin Alliance tops Avid AAX Pack plug-in count and announces updates

Plugin Alliance has announced that it has contributed six multi-format (including AAX DSP/AAX Native) plug-ins to Avid’s recently-released AAX Pack, making it the main contributor to this 18-plug-in-strong bundle.

The AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) plug-in format was launched last year alongside Pro Tools 10 to provide better workflows and sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems; AAX Pack offers Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD native owners running Pro Tools 10 software a must-have collection of superior-sounding, studio-essential AAX plug-ins from the world’s leading plug-in providers, including six of the best from Plugin Alliance.

Avid AAX Pack

Plugin Alliance plugins included in AAX Pack

  • Brainworx bx_limiter is a great-sounding, simple, but effective low-latency limiter plug-in designed to help determine how many dB of dynamics to reserve for each and every signal — go louder with more punch, less distortion!
  • Brainworx_XL V2 is based upon the M/S technology taken from Brainworx’s bx_digital, a ‘modern classic’ high-end analogue M/S EQ developed in 2006/7 — maximize your loudness with this powerful peak limiter!
  • elysia alpha compressor is a software recreation of elysia’s acclaimed mastering compressor, emulating its sound and features to match the analogue hardware as closely as possible — programmed by the coding experts from Brainworx!
  • Mäag Audio EQ4 successfully models Mäag Audio’s renowned EQ4® (500 Series) equaliser — retain original sound integrity and enhance ‘airy’ frequencies while shaping sounds to perfection with this studio-coveted six-band EQ!
  • Pro Audio DSP Spectrum Mapper V2 was developed by former Sony OXF R3 digital console development team members using groundbreaking adaptive techniques — create great-sounding vocal tracks with this unique compressor/limiter/de-esser!
  • SPL TwinTube transfers the warm, transparent, and smooth sound of analogue tube and coil filtering to the digital domain — add the warmth and presence of SPL’s renowned RackPack modular system processor!

Plugin Alliance has also announced major updates for all its currently available plug-ins from global partners Brainworx (Germany), elysia (Germany), Mäag Audio (USA), Noveltech Audio (Finland), Pro Audio DSP (UK), SPL (Germany), and Vertigo Sound (Germany); all are now conveniently grouped in the same menu (named Plugin Alliance) and listed alphabetically — no need to go searching anymore.

The AAX Pack is available to registered Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD Native owners for $1,295 USD from all Avid pro audio resellers until December 14, 2012. All six Plugin Alliance plug-in licenses sold as part of the AAX Pack are non-transferrable and must be registered on the Plugin Alliance website to activate them.

More information: Plugin Alliance / AAX Pack

Avid offers free Metric Halo Thump plug-in

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Metric Halo Thump

Avid is offering its Pro Tools users a free copy of the Thump percussive subharmonic synth plug-in by Metric Halo.

Our development partners continue to embrace the next-generation Pro Tools 10 AAX format, including Metric Halo. Try a free 30-day demo of its powerful new Production Bundle, featuring seven essential AAX plug-ins, which can all be purchased as a bundle or individually.

Plus, get Thump for free

Metric Halo is also graciously giving away its new Thump plug-in, enabling you to enhance or transform your drum tracks. Add low end to percussive tracks, re-create classic drum synth sounds, and more. Just complete the form to get your free AAX plug-in now.

Thump for Windows and Mac (AAX DSP/Native, no iLok authorization required) is availability from Avid.

More information: Metric Halo Thump

AVID and Gobbler announce upcoming integration—Partnership to provide media creators with cloud-based sharing, storage, and collaboration

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Gobbler / Avid

Avid and Gobbler, the purpose-built cloud for digital media creators, have announced an upcoming integration with Avid Pro Tools, creating an easy and reliable way to exchange and back up Pro Tools sessions.

The Gobbler integration will enable you to send files, mixes or entire sessions directly from the Pro Tools interface, reducing steps and eliminating errors. Other unique capabilities, include:

  • Automatically locate and back up all of your local Pro Tools sessions to the cloud. You can sleep easier knowing you’ll never lose a session again.
  • Locate, back up and send all the media files your session requires, regardless of where they’re stored. You can be confident you’re sending complete sessions.
  • Continuous backup of sessions as you work. Your sessions will be ready to go when you’re ready to go home.
  • Gobbler knows when your Pro Tools system is working, so it never interrupts your creative flow.
  • Gobbler knows which files have already been uploaded and downloaded, avoiding wasted storage and minimizing transfer times.
  • With no file size limits, you can send any size session to anyone, as easily as sending an email.

Until full integration is launched, Gobbler continues to support fast and secure backup and transfer of Pro Tools sessions now. Free 5GB accounts are available at www.gobbler.com. Larger plans from Gobbler are available on a monthly or annual basis.

More information: Gobbler

Hal Leonard publishes Power Tools for Pro Tools 10

Hal Leonard Power Tools for Pro Tools 10

Hal Leonard Books has published Power Tools for Pro Tools 10, a book by Glenn Lorbecki.

Power Tools for Pro Tools 10 provides a detailed look inside one of Avid’s most exciting Pro Tools releases yet. Instructor, certified Pro Tools trainer, and award-winning producer/engineer Glenn Lorbecki will walk you through the best ways to get the most of out of Pro Tools 10. See and experience the new features incorporated in this powerful software offering, all the way from the new ways it handles data, memory, and gain functions to some seemingly small updates that make a huge difference in your productivity.

This focused and comprehensive guide provides excellent instruction in the newest Pro Tools 10 features; at the same time, it establishes a foundation of technical and creative protocol that will help beginning and intermediate users – as well as seasoned professionals – establish the most expedient work flow while recording, processing, and mixing the highest quality audio.

The accompanying DVD-ROM contains video and audio examples along with sessions files that powerfully support the text. The multitrack Pro Tools session contains full rhythm section and vocal tracks, professionally recorded and skillfully explained in the text and videos.

The book is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Power Tools for Pro Tools 10

Avid intros VENUE HD Bundles with new Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface

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Avid has announced three new VENUE HD System Bundles that pair a powerful VENUE live sound system with the new Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface.

Avid HD Native

The D-Show® HD Native 64 Bundle, Profile HD Native 64 Bundle, and Mix Rack HD Native 64 Bundle all come with a Pro Tools|HD Native Thunderbolt interface and offer highly cost-effective, portable solutions to mix and record live performances, play back prerecorded tracks, and speed up sound checks with Virtual Soundcheck.

These VENUE HD Bundles include everything needed to record up to 64 inputs using industry-standard Pro Tools® HD, to a Thunderbolt-equipped laptop or desktop computer—no additional audio interfaces required. And engineers can monitor their recordings in confidence using the HD Native Thunderbolt interface’s built-in audiophile-grade headphone output, which is powerful enough to drive headphones over the roar of the crowd. A laptop lock port is also included to ensure that the Thunderbolt interface doesn’t become too portable and walk away from the gig.

“The new HD Native Thunderbolt interface is the perfect complement to any VENUE system,” says Sheldon Radford, senior product manager at Avid. “It’s rugged yet portable, and the built-in headphone amp is great for confidence-checking live recordings on the fly. Bundling it with VENUE systems provides customers with a simple one-stop-shop for building a live recording and playback system.”

For maximum flexibility, VENUE HD System Bundles also offer options with Pro Tools| HDX and HD Native PCIe card configurations, providing engineers with total flexibility in choosing the perfect end-to-end live sound mixing, recording, and playback solution for their needs—all at a great value.

VENUE HD System Bundles are available worldwide now from authorized VENUE resellers.

More information: Avid / VENUE HD System Bundles

Avid announces IBC 2012 Preview Information—Hall 7, Stand J20

Avid IBC 2012

Avid has announced it will demonstrate the largest range of integrated media production technology the company has ever presented at the IBC 2012 conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide.

Avid is featuring new and upgraded solutions for advanced asset-based workflows spanning distributed production, multi-platform distribution, server and storage, and video editing/audio mixing solutions, demonstrating how customers in news, sports, TV, and post-production can make the most of their media, achieve their creative vision and improve their productivity.

Show highlights:

  • The European debut of Avid’s cloud-based, real-time, remote editing solution, Interplay® Sphere, and details of early customer adopters.
  • The newest developments to Avid’s asset-based workflow solutions including a new Avid Interplay MAM solution package; Interplay Central cloud-enabled web and mobile tools; Interplay Production asset manager; Avid iNEWS® release, and the AirSpeed® 5000 video server.
  • New enhancements to Avid’s suite of industry-leading creative video and audio editing tools, including Avid Media Composer®, Symphony®, NewsCutter®, DS and Pro Tools®.

The IBC 2012 takes place at the Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands, from September 7th to 11th, 2012. Find Avid’s booth at Hall 7.J20.

More information: Avid at IBC 2012

Avid Releases VENUEPack 4 – Plug-In Suite and Real Time Analyzer for VENUE Digital Consoles

Avid has announced VENUEPack 4, a new suite of professional plug-ins and utilities that will come bundled with all VENUE digital console systems, providing live sound engineers with more creative options than ever.

From re-creations of popular vintage hardware to the latest studio processing effects, VENUEPack 4 includes 30 powerful plug-ins from Avid and third-party partners including Flux::, Focusrite, JOEMEEK, Line 6, and others.

VENUEPack 4 plug-ins run natively on all VENUE systems—no external plug-in runner or separate laptop required. They offer high-quality sound, reliable performance, exceptionally low latency, automatic delay compensation support, and can be controlled right from the console surface.

“VENUE’s integrated plug-in system eliminates the need for external outboard gear or plug-in runners, giving the user unprecedented creative choice,” says Greg Kopchinski, Avid product manager. “VENUEPack 4 provides a unified set of popular plug-ins for live sound, making it easier than ever for engineers to move between VENUE consoles and use the great-sounding, low-latency effects they’ve come to appreciate.”

In addition to the suite of plug-ins, VENUEPack 4 also includes the Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential software application, a modular RTA system that provides mix engineers with an extensive range of live audio analysis and measurement tools when installed on a Mac- or Windows-based laptop. Pure Analyzer can also utilize the Flux SampleGrabber plug-in to support direct signal acquisition across an Ethernet network from VENUE system monitor and mix busses.

Avid VENUEPack4
Collage of plug-ins included in Avid’s VENUEPack4 collection.

VENUEPack 4 features

  • Classic Compressors Bundle—Emulations of five coveted hardware processors (includes BF-2A, BF-3A, Purple Audio MC77, Fairchild 660, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins).
  • Eleven—Hyper-realistic emulations of the world’s greatest vintage and modern guitar amps.
  • Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential—Network-driven, real-time signal analyzing software.
  • Focusrite d2 and d3—Models of the classic Focusrite red equalizer and compressor/limiter.
  • Impact—Console-style mix bus compressor.
  • JOEMEEK Bundle—Classic emulations of the SC2 compressor and VC5 Meequalizer.
  • Line 6 Echo Farm—Models of several classic echo hardware processors and pedals.
  • Moogerfooger Bundle—Realistic emulations of four classic audio effects and synth modules (includes 12-Stage Phaser, Analog Delay, Lowpass Filter, and Ring Modulator plug-ins).
  • Pultec Bundle—Realistic emulations of three vintage Pultec EQs (includes EQH-2, EQP-1A, and MEQ-5 plug-ins).
  • Reel Tape Suite—Delivers the warmth and characteristics of analog tape and machine effects (includes Reel Tape Saturation, Reel Tape Delay, and Reel Tape Flanger plug-ins).
  • Reverb One—World-class reverb processing, with complete parameter control.
  • ReVibe—High-performance, highly detailed room-modeling reverb.
  • Slightly Rude Compressor—Custom compressor that’s both musical and aggressive.
  • Smack!—Fool-proof compressor/limiter that provides a wide range of sonic variations and color.
  • TL Aggro—High-quality emulation of a vintage analog FET compressor.
  • Voce Bundle—Emulations of classic vibrato and rotating speaker effects (includes Voce Chorus/Vibrato and Voce Spin plug-ins).

Avid has also announced a free VENUEPack 4 webinar featuring Robert Scovill.

Veteran sound engineer and Avid® live sound market specialist, Robert Scovill, will host a free webinar on August 15th at 10 am PT (1 pm ET) to introduce the new VENUEPack 4 plug-in bundle. Robert will offer an overview of the included plug-ins followed by a deep dive into using Flux Pure Analyzer Essential, an exciting new addition to the pack. Attendance capacity is limited, so register today to reserve your spot.

VENUEPack4 is available worldwide now. Existing VENUE owners can upgrade their VENUE systems to VENUEPack 4 at 50% off the standard upgrade price through September 14, 2012.

More information: Avid / VENUE