Hal Leonard publishes Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing

Hal Leonard Books has published Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing by Rich Tozzoli.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing

This second edition is updated with the latest information on monitoring and controlling sound, preparing a mix, recording in surround, using software plug-in, mastering in surround, and marketing your mixing skills.

This essential guide takes readers through all the steps needed to record, mix, and produce multichannel music with Avid (formerly Digidesign) Pro Tools. It covers preproduction, recording, setup, mixing, and delivery of surround music, and explains how to use Pro Tools to deliver mixes for DVD, HDTV, Blu-ray and SACD.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing discusses encoding mixes for Dolby Digital and DTS, mixing to picture, and the strengths of the Pro Tools platform. In addition, the included DVD provides audio examples of the concepts illustrated in the book, and interviews with professionals working in the multichannel business round out the instruction.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing features

  • Monitoring and controlling surround sound.
  • Preparing a final mix.
  • Multichannel mixing.
  • Software plug-ins and surround-related hardware.
  • Mastering surround tracks.
  • Additional surround outlets such as game production.
  • 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 formats, including those for Blu-ray and SDDS.
  • The latest additions and changes in Pro Tools 9.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing contains multiple interviews with notable audio professionals for further insight as well as pictures, diagrams, and screen shots to help the reader grasp complex concepts.

Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing

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Oscar D’vine releases D’vine Sounds Vacuum Vol. 1

Oscar D’vine has released D’vine Sounds Vacuum Vol. 1, a soundset for Digidesign’s Vacuum monophonic vacuum tube synthesizer instrument.

Digidesign Vacuum

Vacuum is a great software syntheziser that is included for free in Pro Tools 8, 9 and 10! (I’ve heard reports about it working great in v7 as well though!)

So what can Vacuum achive? Well, funky leads, heavy basses, nice arp’s, cool and original effects and some funky weird stuff.

If you’re looking for some funk in your next Pop, House, Dubstep, R&B or Hiphop-track, look no further.

With this soundset you’ll get 110 new great sounding basses, leads, Arp’s and FX, made from the ground up! Mostly basses and leads though (Sorry FX-lovers!)

The inspirations for the sounds are mostly funk like Bootsy Collins, Funkadelic and Stevie Wonder. But also some modern dance and hiphop like Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Dr. Dre, Timbaland and so on. You get the picture.

To really get the most out of these patches, set up a couple of AUX:es and send the Vacuum signal to some Reverb, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Filter, Ensemble and/or any other of the A.I.R. effects (See picture!). Then you will really hear a beast come to life. Massive, Sylenth1 and Vanguard, watch out!

D’vine Sounds Vacuum Vol. 1 is available as donationware (minimum donation of $1 USD).

More information: D’vine Sounds Vacuum Vol. 1

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Avid updates Torq DJ software to v2.0.2

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Avid Torq

Avid has released version 2.0.2 of Torq, the DJ performance software for Windows and Mac.

Torq® 2.0 DJ software takes you beyond beat matching and into the future of DJ performance and real-time production. Don’t just spin tracks—reinvent them. Take advantage of all four decks to create unique, complex, and dynamic mixes.

Changes in Torq v2.0.2

  • Support for the Numark NS6, MixTrack, and MixTrack Pro controllers.
  • Compatibility with OGG and FLAC audio formats.
  • Mapping fix to enable use and create mappings for multiple instances of single deck controllers. (i.e. Kontrol X1).
  • Fixes in handling fields in database.
  • “Scanning VST” window on popup now disabled by setting both VST directories to “No”.
  • On/Off buttons now trigger on press and disengage upon release, to correctly emulate hardware characteristics.
  • Many more performance enhancements and fixes. Details in the changelog (PDF).

Torq is available to purchase for $249.99 USD.

More information: Avid / Torq

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Universal Audio releases UAD Software v5.9, Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in for UAD-2

Universal Audio Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb for UAD-2

Universal Audio has released version 5.9 of the UAD Software, including the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb for the UAD-2 platform.

From the moment it was unleashed on the audio industry in 1978, the original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — almost single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era, and remains one of the most popular and influential digital reverb units of all time.

The result of UA’s acclaimed modeling expertise, the Lexicon 224 plug-in for UAD-2 precisely captures all eight reverb programs available in original 224 firmware version 4.4, including every tunable parameter, with unique fader-style controls — inviting easy experimentation and sonic exploration. In UA’s exhaustive modeling tradition, the Lexicon 224 emulation also incorporates the original unit’s input transformers and early AD/DA converters — nailing the entire signal path right down to the last detail.

Additionally, the Lexicon 224 emulation for UAD-2 features direct input and presets from famous Lexicon 224 users, including Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Jeff Beck), Eli Janney (Jet, Ryan Adams), David Isaac (Eric Clapton, Luther Vandross), E.T. Thorngren (Talking Heads, Bob Marley), and Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel).

Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb features

  • Lexicon-endorsed model of legendary 1978 hardware, using the very same algorithms from the original hardware.
  • Models the entire analog circuit and digital path for total authenticity.
  • Eight reverb programs and one chorus program from final Lexicon v.4.4 firmware.
  • Features artist presets from famous Lexicon 224 users.

The Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in is available to purchase for $349 USD.

In addition to the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in, v5.9 features improvements for the UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerators, including support for Avid/Digidesign 002 and 003, support for connecting up to two UAD-2 Satellites on qualified Intel-based iMac®, MacBook Pro®, or Mac mini® computers, lowered latency specs, and other enhancements for optimized performance.

More information: Universal Audio / Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb

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Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums, now includes Geist kits + 25% off

Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums

Tonebuilder has announced an update to Driven Machine Drums, a collection of drum machine and modular percussion samples.

A library designed to keep you in the creative flow all the time, recorded directly from the source through some of the best equipment in the world.

Driven Machine Drums features

  • Added 41 kits for Geist, the next-generation sampling instrument by FXpansion.
  • Digidesign Structure support included for the complete collection within the Deluxe version.

Driven Machine Drums is available to purchase at 25% off through February, priced at $57 USD / $65 USD (Deluxe version).

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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