Be First on Avid Pro Tools | First [FREE]

Be First on Avid Pro Tools | First [FREE]

Now Available For Download! Want to make great sounding music? Start off right using many of the same tools the pros use absolutely free. Pro Tools | First is a completely free version of the industry-standard audio production powerhouse. Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated for experienced musicians, enabling you to quickly compose, record, edit, and mix music. Play And Practice Your Heart Out New to making music? Pro Tools | First is a great place to hang out, play, and practice your favorite instrument or improve your vocal abilities. Just connect your mic, keyboard, guitar, or other instrument to your computer—either directly or using a USB audio interface or cable adapter. Choose from a selection of session templates, which provide preloaded instrument tracks, and start creating a song in a variety of music genres, including EDM, rock, pop, jazz, and hip-hop. Record Yourself With Ease Whether you sing, play an instrument, or simply want to make some noise, Pro Tools | First makes it easy to quickly turn the ideas in your head into fully realized songs. Record up to 16 audio tracks, either one at a time through your computer’s audio input, or up to four inputs simultaneously using a USB audio interface, making it easy to capture your vocal and guitar, multiple vocalists, or quick-n-dirty band jam session. Use loop recording to capture multiple takes of a performance, so you can nail that perfect guitar solo or let your spontaneity rule. Compose Your Own Music No instrument? No problem. Create musical parts with virtual instruments (VIs), plug-in software that generates instrument...
Pro Tools 12 Live Q&A Webinar

Pro Tools 12 Live Q&A Webinar

Get your questions answered by the Avid team. September 2, 2015 at 1:00pm EST. Pro Tools 12 sets a new course for delivering the most advanced tools to take your projects from creation to the final mix and beyond. What does it mean for you? Find out everything you wanted to know in this exclusive webinar and live Q&A session with the product and marketing team behind Pro Tools. See how the Pro Tools | Control iOS app will improve your mixes and speed up navigation Discover how an annual upgrade plan will keep you on the cutting-edge Learn about new features and stability improvements added with Pro Tools 12.1 Ask Avid specialists your Pro Tools 12 questions in a live Q&A session. Don’t miss out on this exclusive webinar! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! What is Pro Tools? Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio. Create without bounds and work at the speed of your creativity, so you can take on the most demanding sessions and deliver the best sounding mixes possible. With Pro Tools 12, you get access to more frequent feature releases—including upcoming Avid Cloud Collaboration and the Avid Marketplace—plus flexible licensing options, so you can access the industry standard in more affordable ways than ever. Create with a low-cost subscription. Own the software or a complete system outright. Or get started with Pro Tools | First, a free version of Pro Tools. The choice is...
Take the 2015 Avid Brand Perceptions Survey

Take the 2015 Avid Brand Perceptions Survey

Today we’d like to ask you to help us by taking our 2015 Avid brand perceptions survey. The goal of this anonymous survey is to capture your views about Avid today and better understand where you’d like to see us take the company in the future. This is not a traditional product survey, and we’re not really looking for specific feedback about product features here (if you’d like to provide specific feedback about our products, visit the customer forums on Avid.com/Communities). Instead, we will use the results of this survey to create an accurate snapshot of your current perceptions about Avid and the products you use (and yes, we want to hear the good AND the bad). We’ll use this data to learn more about how you think, to understand what matters to you most, and to give us a clearer sense for where you think we should focus in the future. TAKE THE SURVEY Thanks in advance for participating—we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and stories. So then here you go folks! Your chance to let it all hang out and direct the very future course of Pro Tools and your Avid experience! We’ve filled out the survey over 800 times so far....
Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Learn Ableton Live’s most powerful tools and how to use them to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. Click Here To Sign Up Free About the Course In the past, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) were programs used only by audio engineers with a highly specific knowledge base, on machines inaccessible to most people. But over the past 10-15 years, DAWs and the act of recording music have evolved from being a luxury of the few to being available to the masses. Ableton Live is one such application. Used by an extremely broad range of music creators, Ableton Live not only facilitates the work of engineers, producers, and writers in professional, home, and mobile studio settings, but it is also a powerful platform for musicians on stage, in the DJ booth, and elsewhere. In this course, you will explore some of Live’s most powerful and useful functionality: MIDI programming, audio recording, warping and processing, looping editing, mixing, performing, file management, and troubleshooting. Meant to be a springboard for those who are new to Ableton Live and/or DAWs in general, this three-week course will provide you with a strong knowledge base for using Live to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. The course breaks down the many barriers of entry into music technology and encourages all those who wish, to create fearlessly. Note: If you do not own Ableton Live 9, you can download the free, fully featured Ableton Live Trial. The trial version will allow you to save and export your work for 30 days. If you use the trial version, do not download...
Avid Introduces Pro Tools 12 with Cloud Collaboration

Avid Introduces Pro Tools 12 with Cloud Collaboration

Competition in the music and audio industry has never been more fierce—or opportunistic. What can you do to make your work stand apart from the crowd? Aside from considerable talent and determination, you need the right tools, workflows, and connections. Gain access to all three with Avid Cloud Collaboration coming soon to Pro Tools 12–and get ready to create, collaborate, and be heard in ways that were never before possible. Pro Tools 12 with Cloud Collaboration With the upcoming Cloud Collaboration features, you’ll be able to: Create great sounding music and audio using your choice of Pro Tools software, from the free-to-use Pro Tools|First to the advanced capabilities of Pro Tools|HD Connect and collaborate with other musicians, producers, engineers, and mixers anywhere in the world as if you’re all working together in the same studio Be heard above the noise in the Avid Marketplace and Artist Community, which connect you with the largest network of media professionals to help you share, promote, and sell your work Get ready to create, collaborate, and be heard in ways that were never before possible. Sign up for an opportunity to start using Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools before it’s available to the public. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR PRE-RELEASE AVAILABILITY Collaborate in the cloud Imagine being able to work on a session with friends, bandmates, and colleagues—no matter where they are, anywhere in the world. Or having access to an online community where you can make new connections to work with top artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and other media professionals. That’s what’s coming with Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, a...
Steinberg Releases Cubase Pro 8 & Cubase Artist 8

Steinberg Releases Cubase Pro 8 & Cubase Artist 8

Steinberg has introduced Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8, the latest iterations of Steinberg’s music production systems, which combine best audio quality and smooth operation with a sheer endless number of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing. For the past quarter of a century Cubase has been the go-to DAW for many professionals around the world. Today, Cubase delivers a considerably higher performance, puts users more firmly in control, and incorporates more serious tools and innovative technologies than ever before. Adding “Pro” to the biggest version of the latest range represents the evolution of Steinberg’s award-winning music production system. The new line-up of Cubase witnesses a performance boost owing to its entire audio engine rebuild, extending the buffering ASIO-Guard to improve the audio processing performance for multi-timbral and disk-streaming featured instrument tracks. Exclusive features of Cubase Pro 8 are VCA faders and virgin territories. The all-new VCA faders emulate the control of channel gain with DC voltage, moving an entire fader group through a single master fader. Taking it a step further is the Combine VCA fader automation feature, which combines the VCA fader automation curve with that of a controlled fader or fader groups. Another addition to automation tools is virgin territories, omitting redundant automation data between automated events. Both Pro and Artist versions now offer render in-place capability, allowing users to bounce MIDI and audio parts for a more flexible and efficient workflow, offering a wide range of bounce settings. Click Screenshots to Zoom Cubase Pro 8 features State-of-the-art music production system used by thousands of professionals around the world. Award-winning...
Using MIDI in Ableton Live

Using MIDI in Ableton Live

We’ve collected a few videos from Ableton about using MIDI in Live. From its 1980’s origins as a technical standard allowing electronic instruments to communicate with one another, MIDI has also become a versatile technology for sequencing and manipulating virtual instruments. We’re going to look at some killer tips and tricks for mastering MIDI in Live. MIDI – Established in 1984, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a musical device communication standard that describes a protocol, digital interface, and connectors which allow a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device. Devices are connected to each other via a 5-pin DIN MIDI cable or more common now with standard USB cables. Devices can connect to each other using 3 port types: MIDI In, MIDI Out, and MIDI Thru where MIDI In receives note and control data, MIDI Out sends it, and MIDI Thru replicates incoming data to downstream devices. MIDI can send an incredible variety of data from note on/off, velocity, and volume to patch changes and note data from keyboards and other MIDI devices to DAW’s such as Ableton Live. Note data, once captured, can be edited even so far as changing the original sounds (patches) to other sounds from other MIDI devices and computers. Although MIDI is an incredibly complex technical topic, in its simplest form one can plug a cable from MIDI Out to MIDI In and fire notes from both the played and...
Ira Glass – Podcasts & ProTools, Speeches & Ableton Live?

Ira Glass – Podcasts & ProTools, Speeches & Ableton Live?

Here are a couple of relevant snippets from a LifeHacker interview with Ira Glass, most notably his use of Ableton Live to sequence sound bytes during speeches and presentations. “Wonky” as he refers to it. He also Podcasts and uses ProTools, and of course “The Cloud” which is working its way into the recording engineering and music composition field slowly but steadily through such things as Gobbler (really Avid? Gobbler?) DropBox, Kompoz, SongSilo, OhmStudio and many more. He also gives a nod to his Genelec 8020B studio monitors and Dorrough 12-AES digital audio meters. Hey this guy is getting cooler by the sentence isn’t he? Ira Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice. His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of nonfiction radio shows, and has influenced and inspired countless others to grab a mic and give podcasting a try. Okay warning: this is going to get a little wonky. I give a lot of speeches, easily one every two weeks, and in those speeches, I like to recreate the sound of our radio show. I narrate live, and roll in quotes and mix music, all live. For years, I needed a mixing console and CD players to do this. But now I can do it with an iPad mini. The tech isn’t complicated. I run Ableton Live software on my MacBook Air. The Air plugs into the house sound system out of the regular headphone jack. (You need to go through a direct box to push the sound up to proper levels for a professional P.A. system but direct boxes are...
TouchAble App – Ableton Live Controller for iOS Devices

TouchAble App – Ableton Live Controller for iOS Devices

TouchAble is “THE” controller app for Ableton Live. Countless artists around the globe – from bedroom producers to award winning artists – use it on stage, in their studio or while on the road. TouchAble 2 has been completely redesigned from the ground up, with stability and performance in mind – as well as an array of new and improved features. Control Ableton Live with your iOS Devices The New standard of Controller apps for iPad. ~ DE:BUG Magazine TouchAble offers no-compromise control of Ableton Live from your iPad. Its modular interface allows you to split the screen to show two modules at the same time – or to maximize the surface area of a single module. And if the size of one iPad is not enough, you can use TouchAble with as many iPads as you want! Each module offers full feedback from Live, making sure you always know what you are tweaking. The Modules Include Clips – The Clips Module is a TouchAble representation of your Session View. Launch Clips and Scenes, Solo and arm tracks, or open up the loop controls to quickly loop a running Clip. TouchAble 2 introduces an overview that allows quick access to any position in the set. Live 9 Users can use this module to manage their Live Set – Create or delete Tracks, Scenes, Clips and even stop buttons – without ever touching your Computer. Edit MIDI Clips with the new MIDI Editor – Drum Mode makes it easy to lay down a drum loop. Chord Mode allows for precise note placements and lengths – in any scale you want....
Free 30 Day All Access Pass to Groove3.com Audio Training until July 31st

Free 30 Day All Access Pass to Groove3.com Audio Training until July 31st

Want to brush up on Reason and learn some new production tricks? Now’s the perfect chance. Until July 31st you can get a free 30-day all-access pass to Groove3.com, the leading pro audio education site. You only have to sign up by the deadline and you will get a full 30 days of access. The access does not end on July 31st. Just visit the link below to get your access code so have at it! CLICK HERE FOR YOUR GROOVE3 TRAINING 30 DAY ALL ACCESS PASS Groove3 provides informative and effective online training videos that are in-depth, yet easy to follow. They offer a wide range of Reason videos that will help you learn both basic and advanced software features and functions, cool production tips and tricks, and much more. Plus, with your free 30-day pass, you’ll be able to access their entire catalog of content covering tons of pro audio products and topics. CLICK HERE FOR YOUR GROOVE3 TRAINING 30 DAY ALL ACCESS PASS What’s Groove3 All About? At Groove3 it is our intent and goal to be constantly innovative, inventive and progressive with the training we offer you, our customer. For over 10 years our focus has been on providing informative and effective training and content that is easy to follow, yet still in-depth. Our products are currently in use by thousands of musicians, engineers, producers, project studio owners, colleges, universities, trade schools, working professionals and users just like you. We were the first to offer training videos specifically targeted to the pro audio community via online access and the first to offer regular video content...