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...
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...
DAW Remote HD – iPad Advanced Control Surface For Your DAW

DAW Remote HD – iPad Advanced Control Surface For Your DAW

DAW Remote HD is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) gives you an iPad-based software controller just like a hardware control surface. Instead of getting stuck in front of your computer to compose, record, and produce and mix music/audio, you can use your iPad with DAW Remote HD to control DAW functions anywhere in your studio wirelessly. Everywhere in your Studio – Taking full advantage of the iPad revolutionary features, DAW Remote brings you a portable control surface with full functions. Now you have full control to your DAW everywhere in your studio. Stay with your Inspiration – Just bring the portable iPad and stay with your instrument. You can now concentrate on your inspiration and record yourself smoothly. No need to move between instrument and computer to manage your recording. By using DAW Remote, you can Forget about messy complex-functioned studio controller, focusing on your inspiration. Easily control tracks Get creativity in an environment away from the computer Remotely control your DAW software from onstage in live performances without messy cable runs Customize your own layouts to do what exactly you want Use all functions just like hardware control surface DAW Remote HD Features Supports Logic Control Protocol, HUI protocol and Mackie Control protocol Optimized control surface layouts for most popular DAWs Customize layouts (only for Logic/Mackie Control Protocol) Cross Platform. Compatible with MAC and Windows Well designed Combination Keys Supports the new iPad Retina display Rich Instructions, Help and FAQ to help you setup connection much easier Use Wi-Fi or USB/MIDI cable to connect with host computer Supported DAWs: Apple Logic Pro/Express, AVID ProTools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase,...
32-bit & 64-bit Software & Audio Plugins

32-bit & 64-bit Software & Audio Plugins

Melda Production offers a fantastic explanation of the whole 32-bit vs 64-bit topic as ot relates to audio software, DAW’s, and audio plugins. What we like about this technical article is that it’s written in a way that mere mortals can actually understand it which is no small feat. They really dig in to build the foundation of bits, memory, and computer processor architecture so that the main question can be properly answered. Here’s an introductory teaser but be sure to head over using the link below for the whole story. Memory – Let’s start by explaining the fundamentals of memory. RAM (random access memory) is a very fast memory, which is used to store all currently running applications and the associated data needed. In our case this would relate to blocks of audio data, D.A.W. software & related programs, virtual instruments and samples etc. If there is not enough RAM memory available to store all of this data, the O/S (operating system) can ‘swap’ part of it onto the hard drive and load it back into memory when needed. However this swapping comes at a cost – speed. RAM is not the fastest memory in the computer, in fact it is relatively slow compared to the processor speed. First there is ‘cache’ memory, which is similar to RAM, but is in much closer proximity to the CPU. While RAM is connected to the CPU via wires many centimeters in length, called a ‘system bus’, cache memory is usually integrated inside the CPU itself. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive than RAM, so it is usually only supplied in...
Pro Tools 11 – Free 30 Day Trial from AVID

Pro Tools 11 – Free 30 Day Trial from AVID

Pro Tools 11 is the industry standard DAW – Digital Audio Workstation. You owe it to yourself to at least check it out for free for a month. Pro Tools is what you’ll find in major recording studios not to mention video, TV, and radio production facilities of all types and sizes. Here’s the link: Pro Tools 11 Free 30 Day Trial The word industry brings to mind the concept of industrial, or, business production. As a so-called industry standard Pro Tools is not your father’s DAW. It’s not (necessarily) for the casual home user or bedroom producer. It can be. It should be. But don’t confuse it with something you got out of a cereal box. It’s not that. It’s not Fruity Loops, either. Nothing against FL Studio, I love it. We taught the kids to write on it. What I am trying to say is when you use Pro Tools be ready to make a serious commitment to learn it properly. Not to mention the cash commitment as well. Many people “hate” on Pro Tools, not realizing the history of its development and its raw power. It’s complex. It’s dependable. And as such it has developed and evolved to respond to the needs of recording engineers and producers in professional studios world wide. Just keep that in mind. There’s a lot of power there, and with great power comes great responsibility. Er, that is, with great power comes a lot of studying and tech support and hanging out in forums to learn it! I hope you’ll give it a test drive. (You will need a piece of...