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Ten Myths About Pro Tools for Voiceover: Why They’re Myths.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

It’s my belief that a lot of voice actors actually fear Digidesign’s Pro Tools for recording and editing voiceovers. Often, VO artists have taken one look over some engineer’s shoulder and muttered “Nope, that’s not for me, it’s too (fill in the blank).” No wonder — the engineer is probably focused on how many whizzy-cool […]

Manage your Mac OSX system software updates

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The following is considered reckless heresy in some circles, but I believe this to be one of the absolute truths about using computers whether they be Macs or PeeCees: If you use your computer to make money, and particularly if that involves recording audio or video, turn off all automatic software updates. Make sure YOU […]

PT 7.4.2 for Leopard Released

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

In case you missed it, Digidesign last week released fully-approved Leopard versions of Pro Tools in all three flavors: TDM, LE, and M-Powered. This is not the pre-release version mentioned a few weeks ago, but a full-on, no-excuses update. Please note that this update requires that the recent Mac OS 10.5.3 (or 10.5.4) update be […]

The Option key in iTunes

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Many of you already know how to convert audio files from one format to another using Apple’s free iTunes software. What you may not know is how the Option key can free you from the tyranny of the iTunes Library folder. For example, to convert a .WAV audition file for email, you have to copy […]

From the DUC: Access violation. What is it and why do i get it?

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

More than once since I upgraded to Pro Tools LE version 7.4, I find I am unable to save and quit due to something called an Access Violation. The only remedy is to perform a Save As, saving the session file with a different name. Occasionally even that doesn’t work, and I have to quit […]

No Leopard either, please.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Do I need to remind you that upgrading to Mac OSX 10.5, aka Leopard, is a Bad Idea right now. It has not been certified by Digidesign, Waves, MOTU, or anyone else really. So unless you’re using plain-vanillla Logic Studio 8, just wait awhile. Okay? Having said that, reports from the Digidesign User Conference claim […]

OSX 10.4.9 Approved by Waves, Digidesign

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

The aforementioned troubles with Mac OSX version 10.4.9 appear to be solved for the most part. Plug-in vendors including Waves and Ohm Force have released updated versions of their plugs (in the case of Waves, updated Waveshells) that allow them to be validated properly by the auval application in 10.4.9. I’m still experiencing some minor […]

Controlling Input Levels Using Auxes in Pro Tools

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Did you know that when recording a track in Pro Tools LE, the only volume control available between your mic’s signal and the hard disk is the Input level knob on your interface? That’s right… the only control you have to avoid clipping during record is the level knob on your Mbox or 002 (or […]

Mac OSX 10.4.9 makes trouble with some Audio Units

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Some plug-in developers, notably Waves and Ohm Boyz, have issued warnings against installing Mac OSX version 10.4.9.