Avid announces Flexible Licensing in Pro Tools, Avid Cloud Collaboration, and new services in the Avid Marketplace

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Avid has announced Pro Tools 12, the next generation of the industry-standard digital audio software.

Featuring new flexible licensing options, Pro Tools 12 delivers on Avid’s commitment to customer choice, a key element of Avid Everywhere™. The company also announced new innovations to support artist collaboration and content distribution with Avid Cloud Collaboration and new services in the Avid Marketplace.

“These new innovations demonstrate our commitment to providing audio customers with the choice, power, and flexibility they need to create the highest quality music and audio,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “With Pro Tools 12, audio professionals can now access the software in more ways than ever. They can find new talent and plugins, and get wide exposure for their work via the Avid Marketplace. And with the upcoming Avid Cloud Collaboration, customers will be able to create, connect, and collaborate in unprecedented new ways.”

Flexible Licensing Options in Pro Tools 12

Pro Tools 12 delivers new flexible licensing options, allowing customers to subscribe by as little as $29.99 per month, or to buy it outright. With these new options, users can stay current with future software updates and innovations as soon as they are released via the cloud, at no additional charge. This flexible licensing now provides artists with access to the same tools used by the top industry pros, at a price point they can afford.

Avid Cloud Collaboration

Avid Cloud Collaboration, initially to be accessed by Pro Tools users with others to follow, is a groundbreaking set of collaboration capabilities that enable artists to compose, record, edit, and mix sessions working with other Pro Tools users in the cloud, as if they are all together in the same studio. They simply invite other artists to collaborate on a session using built-in chat, or find new collaborators through the new Avid Marketplace Artist Community. If the person they want to work with doesn’t already have Pro Tools, they can simply download Pro Tools | First to start working together immediately.

Key benefits and features of Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools include:

  • Secure and hassle-free setup: Post sessions to your own cloud storage space and invite others to collaborate.
  • Fully integrated collaboration: Work on the same session at the same time or create offline and share updates directly within Pro Tools.
  • Comprehensive workflows: Share audio and MIDI tracks, edits, mix changes, automation, and more.
  • Simplified project and media management: Keep track of all contributors and version changes with automatic and fully customizable metadata tagging.
  • Built-in communication tools: Engage with collaborators through text or video chat directly from within Pro Tools.

Avid Marketplace

The Avid Marketplace invites Pro Tools users to engage in a community of artists, acquire new plug-ins and apps as they need them, and easily store and share their work on a global platform.

The Avid Marketplace enables artists and professionals to:

  • Find new talent and start new collaborations: With the Artist Community, any media professional and organization can search for the skills and specialties they need on a project, and start a working relationship.
  • Get plug-ins and apps immediately: With the Avid App Store, artists can find and immediately download the latest plug-ins and applications directly from within their creative tools.
  • Store and share their work with the world: The Avid Content Marketplace provides a new channel for artists to monetize their work by sharing it with a wide network of potential purchasers – with all licensing and rights agreements worked out through automatic templates.

Avid also announced that 17 new plug-ins and nine new plug-in bundles are now available in the Avid Marketplace and as in-app purchases in Pro Tools. There are now over 60 Avid plug-ins and bundles available for in-app purchase for Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD. The new bundles include:

  • Eleven Effects Bundle — A collection of 17 Avid AAX Native, DSP and AudioSuite 64-bit plug-in effects modeled after circuitry and design of many popular analog “stomp-box” guitar effects.
  • Pro Series Bundle — Includes all five of the popular Avid Pro Series processors in AAX Native, DSP and AudioSuite 64-bit format as a single bundle at over 50% savings.
  • First Distortion Bundle, First Reverb Delay Bundle, First Guitar Bass Bundle, First Modulation Bundle, First EQ Dynamics Bundle, First AIR Effects Bundle, and First Air Instruments Bundle — Include selections from the new Eleven Effects and other Avid plug-ins, allowing Pro Tools | First users to access the professional creative tools they need to create richer sounding, more complex mixes.

Pro Tools software subscription and licensing options will be available in February 2015.

  • Pro Tools software monthly subscription (one-month license subscription with updates and support) starts at $29.99/month.
  • Pro Tools software annual upgrade plan (12 months of updates and support) starts at $199.
  • Pro Tools software annual subscription (12-month license subscription with updates and support) starts at $299.
  • Perpetual licenses for Pro Tools software (includes 12 months of updates and support) start at $899.

The new plug-ins and bundles are now available as in-app purchases within Pro Tools via the Avid Marketplace.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools

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Jünger Audio & Flux announce Level Magic plugin

Jünger Audio has announced that in a partnership collaboration with Flux, its renowned loudness management algorithm is to be released as Level Magic, a software tool supporting all major DAW platforms (AU/VST/AAX/AS) for both Real Time and Offline (AudioSuite) processing in 32 & 64 bits under both Windows and Mac OS X.

Level Magic

As a result of a joint engineering venture, Jünger Audio and Flux are pleased to announce Level Magic for the first time in a software format. Developed and enhanced over several years, Level Magic is a comprehensive loudness measurement, correction and management algorithm designed to ensure compliance with all current worldwide loudness standards.

Based on the underlying ITU-­-R BS.1770(-­-1/2/3) principle, Level Magic provides compatibility with EBU R128, ATSC A/85, ARIB TR-­-B32, FREE TV OP-­-59 and Portaria 354.

Designed to be audibly transparent, Level Magic utilises a proprietary multi-­-loop approach comprising of three essential elements in parallel to measure, and if necessary correct, out of specification audio. An AGC section controls slower changing levels over time whilst a fast acting transient processor catches inaudible high frequency overshoots that may otherwise cause detrimental effects in downstream processing or coding.

A brickwall filter provides effective True Peak limiting using a 2ms look-­-ahead to capture any intersample peaks. The resultant gain changing signal is a combination of all three elements.

The Level Magic algorithm is highly adaptive to the structure of the incoming audio and requires only a small number of parameters to be set by the user. The result is audio compliant with the selected standard but free of any unwanted artefacts such as pumping, breathing or distortion.

All major DAW platforms are supported (AU/VST/AAX/AS) for both Real Time and Offline (AudioSuite) processing in 32 & 64 bits under both Windows and Mac OS X. Supported audio I/O formats include Mono, Stereo and Multichannel 5.1.

Peter Pörs, Jünger Audio Managing Director said, “We are delighted to have worked with Flux on this exciting new development. As the industry continues to demand and adopt software based solutions, we are proud to now be able to offer all the proven and tested benefits of Level Magic to those working in the Digital Audio Workstation environment”. He added, “This software tool is the perfect complement to our line up of hardware based real-­-time processors and will position us well for further expansion into the audio production workflow market.”

Speaking on behalf of Flux, CEO Gael Martinet commented, “With the combined experience of Flux:: and Jünger, we believe this collaboration to be a perfect match between two companies from two different parts of the industry, united by a passion for extraordinary audio products. Level Magic is a great addition to our current product range, meeting the growing demand for comprehensive loudness correction processors on the audio software market.”

Level Magic will be available in Q1 2015.

More information: Jünger Audio/ Flux

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Avid intros Pro Tools | First free version of music production software

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Avid has announced Pro Tools | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide.

Delivering on Avid EverywhereTM and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners to learn, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced musician. Pro Tools | First enables anyone to experience the industry’s most trusted digital audio workstation at no cost, so they can turn their musical ideas into fully realized, professional productions that stand out from the crowd.

“Pro Tools is the audio workstation that redefined the music and post-production industries, providing everything needed to create high-caliber audio mixes,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. “With Pro Tools | First, we’ve taken the most powerful, proven, and trusted DAW and streamlined it into a version that’s available to everyone for free, whether they dream of a career in music and are just starting out, or are more experienced and want to give Pro Tools a try. Now users of all levels can start off their musical journey on the right path.”

With Pro Tools | First, artists can quickly turn ideas into professional-sounding songs by recording, using software instruments, and applying audio effects. To expand their creative toolset further, the integrated Avid App Store provides a world of affordable AAX plug-ins and “First” bundles on the Avid Marketplace that make creating, shaping, and enhancing sounds quick and easy.
To accommodate the mobile lifestyle of artists and aspiring pros, Pro Tools | First saves and manages sessions securely in the cloud, enabled by the Avid MediaCentral Platform. This allows users to log into an Avid account and access and work on music from any Mac or PC with Pro Tools | First installed. Anytime changes are made, the project syncs with the cloud as soon as it’s saved. As a special introductory offer, artists can work on and store up to three Pro Tools | First projects in the cloud for free.
In addition, Pro Tools | First will be compatible with Avid Cloud Collaboration when it becomes available, helping artists collaborate together from wherever they are in the world.

Avid Pro Tools | First will be available in Q1 2015 as a free download through Avid.com.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools | First

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Splice launches 1-Click Plugin Purchasing & Plugin SDK

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Splice has announced it has integrated “1-Click Plugin Purchasing” to its cloud-based platform for music creation, collaboration and sharing for artists of any skill level.

Splice 1-Click Plugin Purchasing

When music creators are inspired, nothing should get in the way of creating fearlessly and turning ideas into great recordings. Whether working alone or with any number of collaborators, all of the tools you need should be available in one place where they are easily accessible. That’s why we are excited to unveil our 1-click plugin purchase experience, creating an end-to-end plugin discovery, marketing, and distribution platform on Splice.

Starting today, Splice has integrated instant plugin purchases throughout the site, making it even easier to record your ideas with fresh new sounds the moment inspiration strikes. We’ve partnered with a number of prominent manufacturers for this initial offering. If you are working with a collaborator who has a plugin you don’t, you can immediately get the plugin and not have to worry about freezing tracks or bouncing audio stems before you are ready. We’ll also be offering instant downloads for a number free plugins curated by the Splice team.

Now you can discover and explore plugins organically throughout the creation experience on Splice – whether browsing public DNA players, opening project sessions from collaborators, or exploring our plugins hub which provide plugin rankings by actual producer usage and showcase popular projects utilizing those plugins. Our plugin pages are quickly becoming a valuable resource, with tons of information, tutorials and full DAW sessions from prominent artists, such as Laidback Luke and Henry Fong, and members of our community that you can explore instantly. We’re going to continue expanding these resources. Over the next few weeks, we will start surfacing even more information including weekly usage trends, what particular plugins well-known artists are using, and more.

Finally, in addition to providing purchases, we’ll safely manage your licenses, provide instant access to installers for your platform, and update you when new versions are available, saving you valuable time on plugin maintenance and shortening the time needed to rebuild your studio. We’re also announcing our plugin SDK which will soon allow for new models of plugin distribution like subscription & rental. Today, we take another step towards the collaborative world we strive toward, laying the groundwork for more innovative solutions to make using, purchasing, and managing plugins easier than ever.

More information: Splice

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Dmitry Sches releases free Collaboration soundset + 50% off Diversion plugin

Dmitry Sches Collaboration for Diversion

Dmitry Sches has launched Collaboration, a free soundset for the Diversion synthesizer instrument.

Here we have some very nice thing to release, let me explain please a bit. Rob Mitchell from SoundBytesMag in conversation with Frank Neumann and Rob Lee came to idea to gather a group of sound designers to make a freeware soundset for Diversion in order to boost spreading the plugin among users. They gathered an excellent group of top notch sound designers and here we go…

Let me present Collaboration, a freeware sounds, created by Rob Mitchell, Byeong Seon Mun, Aiyn Zahev, George Zondagh, Irion Da Ronin, Rob Lee and Frank Neumann.

Collaboration is a free download for Diversion users.

Dmitry Sches has also launched a sale on the Diversion synthesizer plug-in.

Dmitry Sches Diversion

Diversion is a versatile, high quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production.

Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Diversion for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for $89 USD until January 15th, 2015 (regular $169 USD). Prices ex. VAT.

More information: Dmitry Sches

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