Pro Tools 11 Kills RTAS Support, But Arturia’s Got Your AAX Covered

Arturia_aax_updaterArturia has announced the availability of their AAX Updater, which supports Avid’s advanced AAX plug-in format favored by Pro Tools 11.

In Pro Tools 10, Arturia instrument users could  run RTAS versions of their plug-ins. With Pro Tools 11, Avid has dropped RTAS support in favor of AAX. Users now have to update their plug-ins to include the new AAX format.

That’s where the AAX Updater comes in – in will update installed Arturia software instruments to run as 64-bit AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools 11. Continue reading

Avid Pro Tools 11 Now Available – Here’s What’s New

Avid today announced the availability of the long-awaited Avid Pro Tools 11.

The update is a major upgrade of its digital audio workstation, with new, “high-powered” audio and video engines, 64-bit architecture, expanded metering, and direct HD video workflows.

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Neyrinck V-Mon Plug-in To Work With Pro Tools 11

Neyrinck-ProTools11-v-monAudio software company Neyrinck has announced that they will deliver two compatible 64-bit AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) DSP and AAX Native plug-ins in time for the Avid Pro Tools 11 release, including SoundCode LtRt Tools and monitoring plug-in V-Mon.

SoundCode LtRt Tools is a suite of Pro Tools plug-ins designed for post-production studios TV mixers, video game mixers and broadcasters that monitor or deliver stereo down-mixed and LtRt encoded audio.

Of probably greater interest to Synthtopia readers, V-Mon is an AAX DSP 64 surround monitoring plug-in system for Pro Tools HDX and HD Accel systems. It can handle multiple inputs and speaker feeds up to 7.1 and is compatible with the TAC Systems VMC-101 remote controller. Continue reading

XILS-lab Launches Oxium 1.5

XILS-OxiumMusic software company XILS-lab has announced the availability Oxium 1.5, an Avid Pro Tools 11 AAX format-ready major update to its popular performance soft synth plug-in.

The Oxium 1.5 update includes a GUI makeover, with ergonomic enhancements like a redesigned Double Filter Block (that is easier to locate and identify), relocated KEYB/FX/INFO toggle buttons (to the right of the keyboard), and a third skin. Continue reading

Musikmesse 2013 Is Coming April 10th – What Gear Do You Want To See Introduced?

musikmesseMusikmesse 2013 – the ‘international fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and music business connections’ – is happening this week, April 10-13, in Frankfurt.

There have already been a lot of announcements for electronic music gear being introduced at Musikmesse, including:

And the show hasn’t even started yet – so expect a flurry of gear announcements this week.

With that in mind, what gear would you like to see companies introduce at Musikmesse?

Apogee Intros Quartet for Mac

This week, audio recording equipment manufacturer Apogee Electronics unveiled a new desktop audio interface and control center for the Mac, called Quartet.

The first USB MIDI interface from Apogee, the Quartet features a signature single controller knob, four inputs, eight outputs, MIDI, and top panel display and control.

Quartet connects to any Mac via USB 2.0 high-speed for extremely low-latency and stellar performance. Quartet connects at high-speeds no matter the machine or sample rate; 44.1-192kHz.

Quartet’s four combination inputs offer microphone, instrument and line input with a gain range of up to 75 dB, leaving headroom for microphones and sound sources. For additional channels, Quartet’s eight digital inputs create the option of connecting an external interface, like the Apogee Ensemble.

The Quartet’s six balanced outputs deliver options for the video producer to mix in surround, for the live performer to send multiple mixes to monitors and front-of-house and for the mixer to send a mix to outboard compressors and EQs. Using Apogee’s Maestro software, the outputs will also split into three stereo pairs for connecting three speaker sets for auditioning mixes across various types of studio monitors.

The Quartet’s USB MIDI connection consolidates all gear connections away from the Mac, making Quartet the control center for any studio.

Quartet works with any Core Audio-compatible application including Logic, Pro Tools 9 and 10, Final Cut, and Ableton Live.

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The 10 Best DAWs In The World (2012 Synthtopia DAW Reader Poll)

What’s the best DAW in the world?

We asked and readers weighed in, with 10,152 votes and more than 190 comments.

Readers made clear that they are passionate about their digital audio workstation, debating the merits of polls like this as passionately as they defended their DAW of choice.

There is no ‘perfect DAW’ – because different people have different needs. And there’s no perfect way to compare them.

But the outpouring of votes and the quality of discussion suggest that, not only are today’s DAWs more powerful than ever, but that they are worth getting excited about.

Here’s how the votes stacked up……

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New Avid Pro Tools HD Series Interfaces

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Avid has introduced a series of hardware and software solutions designed to enhance the quality and performance of Pro Tools|HD:

  • The new HD Series interfaces, HD I/O, HD OMNI and HD MADI, support a variety of analog and open digital formats for audio recording, mixing and playback.
  • Additionally, Avid’s new HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology) software allows customers to add the realism of vintage analog sound to the Pro Tools mixer via a single global control—eliminating the time consuming and complex task of managing plug-in changes across multiple tracks and allowing customers to remain focused on the craft of mixing.

The official intro video, above, offers an overview of the new interfaces.

HD OMNI, HD MADI and HD I/O converters and HEAT software are available today worldwide. Pricing begins at $3995 USMSRP for HD I/O; HD OMNI is available for $2995 USMSRP; HD MADI is available for $4995; and HEAT software is available for $495 USMSRP in the box or via download on the Avid eStore. For more information on pricing and features visit: www.avid.com

Details on the Pro Tools HD series below. Continue reading