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AIR announces Vacuum Pro and Loom virtual instruments

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AIR Music Technology has announced the Vacuum Pro and Loom virtual synthesizer instruments.

Vacuum Pro is a polyphonic analog tube synthesizer that “travels light-years beyond” the original monophonic Vacuum, first developed by the AIR team as part of the Pro Tools Creative Collection from Avid. The new Vacuum Pro is polyphonic, offering up to 160 oscillators plus substantial improvements in both horsepower and features.

Loom is an entirely new modular additive synthesizer. While both of these new synthesizers offer detailed control, each also provides programming aids and shortcuts to create custom user-created sounds quickly. Each contains 250 presets created by the AIR team. The Eco (economy) mode reduces the draw on the host processor, with minimal effect on the final sound.

AIR Vacuum Pro
AIR Vacuum Pro Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer.

Vacuum Pro features

  • Super-wide, fat, and organic analog sound.
  • Two individual parts, expandable to four.
  • 250 presets.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • 11 Smart Knobs for macro control over parameters.
  • Economy mode reduces load on the host processor.
  • VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX.
  • 32- and 64-bit.
AIR Loom
AIR Loom Modular Additive Synthesizer.

Loom features

  • 30 distinct sound modules, freely combinable in 10 cells.
  • Point-and-click sound morphing with powerful control.
  • 250 presets.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • Economy mode reduces load on the host processor.
  • VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX.
  • 32- and 64-bit.

Air Music Technology will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: AIR Music Technology

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