Pro Tools 2018 announced at NAMM

Pro Tools 2018 announced at NAMM

Avid have announced Pro Tools 2018 at NAMM and, like their last release three months ago, Avid say Pro Tools 2018 “focuses on helping music creators stay in a creative mindset, and finish projects with speed and efficiency.”

Avid’s announcement includes major improvements and new features for Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD, and will be available to new customers, current subscribers, and users with an active upgrade plan (you can get in touch with us on the details below if you’re not sure where you fit in, or are worried your upgrade plan may have lapsed.)

Create at the speed of your imagination

The update contains numerous changes designed to make it easier for you to stay creative, including new MIDI editing enhancements and retrospective MIDI recording. It also adds the ability to save your favourite effects chains and instrument sounds as track presets.

Key additions include:

Retrospective MIDI record Capture MIDI performances and advance your musical ideas, even when Pro Tools is not recording. Quickly add your improvisations and practice runs into your session with a simple key command.

MIDI editing enhancements With numerous MIDI improvements and enhancements (including arrow key editing, transpose in-key, and extract chords), you can fix and finesse every note to perfection—from transposing and trimming notes with the arrow keys, to building chords and scores faster than ever before.

Track presets Browse presets with embedded media and build sessions on the fly. With track presets, you can quickly save, catalogue, and recall your favourite effects chains, vocal processing, session import criteria, and other track settings, and spend more time exploring the depths of your creativity.

Improved Import Session data Pro Tools 2018 will include a new ‘Track Data To Import’ dialogue with presets.

Playlist comping enhancements Build a Target Playlist of the best performances – from multiple playlists – right in Waveform view. It’s ideal when working with grouped tracks, making playlist management and viewing no longer a challenge. You can also now cycle through different takes within a clip using the arrow keys for faster review.

Mix window EQ curves show combined EQ effects inserted on a track With new EQ curve graphs on all Mix window channel strips, you can see how your settings and automation are impacting each track in realtime — even those with multiple EQs (supported plug-ins only). In addition, pre-fader sends and Automation lane view menu entries are now colour-coded, making them easier to distinguish.

“Start Collaboration” is now a file menu item Got a session that you’re dying to work on with others? Select File > Start Collaboration, and Pro Tools will automatically save your current session, close it, and reopen it as a project in the cloud, with all tracks converted and ready to be shared.

iLok Cloud support Pro Tools and all Avid audio plug-ins now support iLok Cloud. That means you now have the option to work iLok-free, and reclaim an extra USB port for a MIDI keyboard or audio interface. Or continue using your iLok as before.

Network Site Licensing – coming soon Need Pro Tools for your post facility, broadcast enterprise, or educational institution? You can now purchase a multi-seat Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD Network Site Licence, which offers many benefits for larger organisations.

Try Pro Tools for free

Many of these features (specifically retrospective recording, editing enhancements, track presets, new EQ curves and UI enhancements are also available in the latest version of Pro Tools | First, the free version of Pro Tools software. You can download Pro Tools | First here.

If you want to know more about this or any other NAMM releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Pro Tools 12.8.2 launched at AES

Pro Tools 12.8.2 launched at AES

At AES today, Avid announced Pro Tools 12.8.2, the latest version of their ubiquitous audio software. 12.8.2 includes major improvements and new features for Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | HD.

User requests

Some of these changes are based on user requests, including a slew of new MIDI enhancements to help speed and ease your workflow. Avid tell us you’ll be able to:

– Quickly change Grid and Nudge sizes, and Pencil tool commands, using keystrokes.

– Record-enable, solo, and mute MIDI tracks right in the MIDI Editor.

– View chord names and notes as you play them to ensure input accuracy.

– Store and recall MIDI Editor lanes in window configurations.

– Constrain MIDI clips to edit selections while using the Smart Tool.

Editing and mix for VR

Avid have been working to make immersive full-sphere surround sound content easier to create. 12.8.2 includes support for  first-, second-, and third-order Ambisonics formats across your Pro Tools tracks and busses. You can then output and deliver content to the required format for playback.

Speed up your Atmos workflow

With the new front/rear position knob link, you can easily control both parameters as one when writing panning automation from the Pro Tools interface or a control surface, with all subsequent automation being written following suit. You can also set up Pro Tools sessions in seconds based on the connected Dolby Atmos Renderer configuration, and repurpose existing pan automation data to instantly generate height automation.

Workflow efficiency

The introduction of Batch Rename means you can now give your countless tracks and tips more meaningful names, more easily. Your options for renaming tracks include find and replace, adding prefixes and/or suffixes, and applying various numbering conventions. You can also navigate through large sessions and menus faster with type-ahead search capabilities available in the Scroll to Track dialogue and menus for Plug-in, Input, Output, Send, and more.

Converting projects to Pro Tools | First

If you’re collaborating on projects, you can convert projects from Pro Tools or Pro Tools | HD to a project format in Pro Tools | First, so that you can carry on working with them. Simply open a session and use the Convert to Project dialogue that pops up to save the file as a project in your cloud space.

If you want to know more about the latest edition of Pro Tools, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2017: Avid leads the media industry forward with new cloud solutions

IBC 2017: Avid leads the media industry forward with new cloud solutions

New Avid cloud offerings and certified solutions for Azure deliver on Avid’s promise to help media professionals navigate the media cloud era with unprecedented workflow efficiency and flexibility.

Avid a leading global media technology provider for the creation, distribution, and monetisation of media assets for global media organisations, enterprise users, and individual creative professionals, today announced new cloud offerings and new solutions certified to run on Microsoft Azure that will enable media production organisations and professionals to work with greater efficiency and collaboration, and prepare them for the future of the media cloud era.

“At NAB 2017, we unveiled our vision for bringing Avid into the cloud along with a comprehensive partnership with Microsoft as our preferred cloud provider,” said Dana Ruzicka, Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Avid. “Since then, the reaction from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive. This really is the beginning of the cloud era for our industry. We’re excited to help our clients successfully navigate their own journey to the cloud, with the first of many new cloud offerings from Avid launching today at IBC. Whether customers choose to deploy in the data center or the public cloud, Avid’s unique platform approach delivers unparalleled workflow efficiency and flexibility across the entire spectrum of media production.”

Avid’s new cloud-based apps and service offerings announced at IBC 2017 include:

MediaCentral | Cloud UX For teams of two to teams of thousands, the completely redesigned MediaCentral | Cloud UX (user experience) is an easy-to-use and task-oriented graphical user interface that runs on virtually any operating system or mobile device, and is available to everyone connected to the platform. Team members can easily collaborate with each other from wherever they are—in the same building, across town, or even on a different continent.

MediaCentral | Panel for Media Composer Provides an integrated MediaCentral | Cloud UX panel within the Media Composer user interface, enabling users to drag and drop content from MediaCentral directly into any Media Composer project, bin, or sequence.

Media Composer | Cloud VM Enables anyone in a facility to access Media Composer software virtually using a lightweight workstation, laptop, or tablet with a high-speed network connection. Media Composer | Cloud VM provides the full Media Composer editing experience to multiple clients from a single server on premises.

Media Composer | Cloud Remote Enables users running Media Composer on their workstation or laptop to mix local and remote content in the same timeline—no matter where they are located. Media Composer | Cloud Remote provides users the best of both worlds—access to browse and stream any content from MediaCentral into Media Composer, as well as access to media that is stored locally. Local content can be automatically uploaded to MediaCentral in the background so publishing the finished program is virtually instantaneous.

Sibelius | Cloud Sharing A groundbreaking service that enables composers to share music scores to their own personal cloud space, embed scores in a webpage, and invite anyone to flip through pages and play compositions using any computer, laptop, or mobile device. Sibelius | Cloud Sharing is ideal for previewing and reviewing musical works in the studio, in the classroom, or on a stage.

Following on the historic partnership announcement earlier in 2017, Avid and Microsoft are showcasing a series of tangible, valuable results by making the industry’s most open, tightly integrated platform for media available in the cloud with flexible licensing and deployment options:

MediaCentral Archive for Azure Now certified to run on Microsoft Azure, the MediaCentral-based media asset management system can be configured to deliver cloud based archive for news and post-production teams, managing the entire content lifecycle, with easy asset browsing and retrieval across multiple tiers of storage for reuse or repurposing.

MediaCentral Newsroom for Azure Now certified to run on Microsoft Azure, the MediaCentral-based newsroom system can be configured to deliver complete story creation and rundown management in the cloud for news teams, providing improved workflow efficiency and speed to break news across multiple broadcast and digital outlets.

Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, Pro Tools | HD, and Pro Tools | First This innovative cloud-powered service enables artists to easily share tracks and work on projects with anyone, anywhere—and is now offered as an as-a-service offering hosted on Microsoft Azure.

Avid is demonstrating integrated Microsoft Cognitive Services at IBC 2017 (Hall 7, Booth #J20) that apply the latest machine-learning algorithms to content libraries, automatically indexing content to extract streams of time-based metadata. This integration allows for highly complex searches to be executed in seconds, enabling faster content discovery for any MediaCentral user.

Did you spot us at the Media Production Show?

Did you spot us at the Media Production Show?

Our team are back in the office after a whirlwind week at the second Media Production Show. Thanks to everyone who came to our stand, tried out our kit, and helped us eat our way through 50kg of pick ‘n’ mix over the course of three days. 

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The big change this year is that we’ve teamed up with root6 to become the UK’s biggest and best provider of editing, grading and audio solutions. The two of us were manning one stand this year, and had many of our favourite solutions on show, including the Cintel Film Scanner, DaVinci Resolve with advanced and mini panels, the Avid Pro Tools S3 with iPad Dock, Focusrite’s Red4Pre and workstations with Avid Media Composer.

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As well as showcasing the Cintel Film Scanner and Resolve, we played host to storage solutions from leaders Quantum, showcasing their StorNext shared storage solution, and LaCie. We were showing ROOT6 Technology’s ContentAgent, which provides a central hub from which to manage and automate all aspects of your file-based workflow.

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Highlights of the week include a string of great talks about the future of VR and workshops on cinematography, editing and grading, but our highlight of the week was probably getting to meet living YouTube legend Joe Sugg. We thought it went well but he hasn’t followed us back, so our ascent to social media stardom still seems unlikely.

Over the course of the week, we’ve been asking you to tweet us your best Jigsaw24 stand selfie in order to be in with the chance of winning a Sonos Play:1. We can now officially reveal that the winner is Twitter user @alexchopper1982, who won us over by promising to use his prize to play Jigsaw24 favourite Cotton Eye Joe at every opportunity.

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So, thanks again to everyone who came to the stand! Remember that you can always get in touch with us on the details below if you have any questions about the solutions you saw on the stand, or want to know more about any of our services. Until next year!

If you want to know more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Free premium plug-ins when you buy Pro Tools before the end of June

Free premium plug-ins when you buy Pro Tools before the end of June

Along with the upcoming release of Avid Pro Tools 12.8, we’re also excited to announce a new promotion. From now until 30th June, when you buy or subscribe to Pro Tools, you can claim a full licence of a Pro Series or other Tier 2 plug-in absolutely free!

So as well as the audio recording and precision editing tools to create your most professional-sounding mixes in Pro Tools, you can now take your mixes even further with Avid’s premium plug-ins, without having to fork out extra. Bring powerful mastering tools to your workflow with Pro Limiter or Pro Multi-band Dynamics, give your mix unmatched depth with Reverb One, and create beautifully detailed mixes with other premium Tier 2 plug-ins.

The full list of Tier 2 plug-ins available includes: Classic Compressors Bundle; Focusrite d2/d3; Impact; JOEMEEK Bundle; Moogerfooger Bundle; Pro Limiter; Pro Multiband Dynamics; Pro Subharmonic; Pultec Bundle; Reel Tape Suite; Reverb One; Smack!, and Sound Replacer.

Any new Pro Tools perpetual licence activations or new Pro Tools annual subscriptions are eligible for the offer, although educational and institution perpetual licences and subscriptions, and Pro Tools | HD perpeutial licences and subscriptions are not available for the offer. This promotion is automatically fulfilled electronically by Avid through your Avid Account.

You’ve only got till 30th June to take advantage of this great offer though, so act now and get a free perpetual licence of any Tier 2 plug-in of your choice when you buy or subscribe to Pro Tools.

Want to know more about Avid Pro Tools? Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Avid Connect 2017: Just the audio bits

Avid Connect 2017: Just the audio bits

Avid Pro Tools will now offer native support for Dolby Atmos mixing and expanded support for the NEXIS family, and cloud tools are on their way to Pro Tools | First.

Dolby Atmos integration

While sound mixers have been able to work on these large-scale and highly complex projects using the Dolby Atmos Panner plug-in for Pro Tools, in conjunction with the Dolby RMU hardware, the process hasn’t been as fluid as it could be. To change that, Avid has partnered with Dolby to create the deepest Dolby Atmos integration across the Pro Tools | HD ecosystem, delivering the most efficient immersive audio mixing workflows of any DAW in the industry.

The upcoming update for Pro Tools greatly streamlines multi-channel surround mixing for movies, television, music, and video games that employ the leading immersive audio format, enabling faster and easier project turnarounds. It supports Atmos 7.1.2 audio stems, native object panning, advanced automation, ADM BWAV support, and deep Avid Pro Mixing control surface integration.

You’ll now be able to work with a variety of Dolby Atmos speaker configurations for editorial and sound design, with support for 7.1.2 and 7.0.2 stem formats, as well as built-in fold-down logic. 3D object routing and panning, eliminating the need for the Dolby Atmos Panner plug-in and makes it easier to make decisions on the fly, and synchronised audio and automation punches while re-recording allow you to sial-in mixes with ultimate fluidity.

You can also monitor and route hundreds of audio inputs and outputs through Pro Tools | MTRX, which provides the bandwidth and sonic fidelity preservation required for mixing any large-scale immersive audio format, and repurpose content faster with support for ADM BWAV files, which contain embedded print master metadata.

The premium suite of Dolby Atmos mixing tools will be available in a forthcoming release of Pro Tools | HD in late Q2 2017 (although Avid advise this is subject to change).

Expanded NEXIS support

Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard digital audio workstation, is now qualified on Avid NEXIS, enabling audio creative teams to also leverage the industry’s most efficient and powerful media storage environment. With Pro Tools combined with Avid NEXIS, users can share projects on a centralized pool of media storage, turning work around faster by eliminating the time wasted moving files between different systems.

With these updates, NEXIS users gain new collaborative audio workflows using Pro Tools in small to mid-size audio post production and small broadcast environments, so you can  increase productivity and speed up turnaround by sharing projects on Avid NEXIS, eliminating the time wasted moving files between systems.

The new Avid NEXIS features are expected to be made available in June 2017, as part of a software update to customers with active maintenance and support contracts for Avid NEXIS | FS and Avid Pro Tools. Pro Tools streaming and sharing from Avid NEXIS storage will also be available at the end of June 2017.

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Avid is giving Pro Tools | First a major update, packing in many of the exciting new features found in the latest version of Pro Tools, so First users can always sound their best. The new features include Avid Cloud Collaboration for seamless online creative collaboration, and new music creation and editing features, including a 500 MB loop library. Users will also be able to play back and share VI and plug-in-heavy mixes more easily with Track Freeze, enabling you to freeze (render) and unfreeze all plug-ins on a track to free up processing power.

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our roundup post.

 

NAB 2017: Avid NEXIS now delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and Pro Tools support

NAB 2017: Avid NEXIS now delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and Pro Tools support

New software release, available to all new and current customers of Avid NEXIS, delivers greater system bandwidths, enables scalability to larger storage capacities, and now offers support for Pro Tools to optimise professional audio production workflows.

Avid announced the upcoming availability of the latest version of Avid NEXIS, the world’s first and only software-defined storage platform for media. Like all Avid applications and solutions, Avid NEXIS is powered by the MediaCentral Platform, the most open, tightly integrated, and efficient platform designed specifically for media.

With the latest software release, Avid NEXIS and Avid NEXIS | PRO systems will provide the fastest, most efficient and reliable workflows for real-time media production, including highly intensive professional post-production and broadcast environments. It also introduces new collaborative shared storage workflows for professional audio production with support for Avid Pro Tools. Avid will showcase the new version of Avid NEXIS at the Avid booth during NAB 2017 (Booth #SU902).

Unrivalled performance, scalability, and reliability for every production environment

For larger post and broadcast environments, Avid NEXIS enterprise-class storage systems (E5, E4, and E2) offer greater performance for finishing and specialised media workflows, providing up to 28 GB/s of bandwidth with new high-performance storage groups. For smaller environments, Avid NEXIS | PRO professional-class storage provides the industry’s most comprehensive collaborative capabilities while also delivering real-time 4K performance at up to 2.4GB/s, all at an even more cost-effective price point.

Avid NEXIS and Avid NEXIS | PRO also provide real-time creative team collaboration using not only Avid Media Composer, but other editorial and creative tools including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve and more, as well as allowing for easy integration with third-party asset management systems.

New collaborative workflows for audio production

Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard digital audio workstation, is now qualified on Avid NEXIS, enabling audio creative teams to also leverage the industry’s most efficient and powerful media storage environment. With Pro Tools combined with Avid NEXIS, users can share projects on a centralised pool of media storage, turning work around faster by eliminating the time wasted moving files between different systems.

“Media organizations of all sizes need to produce great content on extremely tight timeframes, and they have to contend with more media than ever before,” said Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer, Avid. “That’s why we’ve put so much work into making sure the new version of Avid NEXIS brings performance, scalability, collaboration, and production speed to a whole new level. And because Avid NEXIS is a software-defined storage platform, customers will continue to see a steady stream of innovation in the form of simple software updates.”

Major new features in the upcoming version of Avid NEXIS include:

– High-performance storage groups, with each media pack capable of data rates up to 50% faster at 600MB/s, providing the performance needed for high-volume 4K/UHD, HD, and bandwidth-intensive media workflows.

– Capacity to play back over 215 streams of DNxHR-encoded 4K media at high quality, or almost 1400 streams of DNxHR-encoded 4K media at standard quality.

– Scalability enhancements that double the capacity of Avid NEXIS | Enterprise systems to support up to 48 media packs across a single scale-out networked system. Customers can mix and match a combination of Avid NEXIS | E5, E4, and/or E2 engines, providing nearly 3PB of storage capacity and 28GB/s of high-performance bandwidth.

Availability

The Pro Tools software version, which adds optimised workflows for Avid NEXIS, will be available late Q2. The new version of Avid NEXIS is available in Q2. The latest software updates will also be available to all current Avid NEXIS owners who have an active annual support and software maintenance plan.

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A recap of our Evening with Neil Davidge event

A recap of our Evening with Neil Davidge event

We recently welcomed producer and composer Neil Davidge to our Soho service and customer experience centre for an exclusive talk about his long and varied career. Neil, best known for his work with Massive Attack, went into detail about the band’s classic album Mezzanine, his past film, TV and video game projects (including Clash of the Titans, Trouble the Water and Halo 4), his experiences using Pro Tools (since 1994!), and his current film and audio album project, Slo Light. We’ve included a brief recap of some of the topics below… 

Beginning with his musical background, Neil first talked about how he came from a musical family, his influences and his early studio equipment (going from 8 track to 16 track), and learning the gear. He also touched on working with lots of different artists around Bristol, doing remixes, editing and helping people produce.

“Initially I just wanted to be making music as much as I could, then you get to a point where you need to pay the bills,” Neil said. “Then you wake up one morning and your girlfriend says ‘I’m pregnant’, and you realise the responsibility’s on you. So for quite some time I got stuck into doing pop production, and would constantly be trying to find the emotional centre of this pop song, listening to the lyrics and talking to the singer. But they just want the song to be as catchy and loud as possible, so I was constantly disappointed at how deep I could actually go.”

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Producing Massive Attack – Mezzanine

That depth Neil was looking for may have come after meeting Massive Attack’s Robert “3D” Del Naja; Neil explained how he met 3D and started working with Massive Attack. “I got a phone call saying ‘Hey, do you fancy working on an album with us?’. Initially, they just needed someone to help them record and get some ideas down. I was thinking it was going to be three weeks’ work, three months’ work, and it ended up being three years’ work!”

But while working on Mezzanine, Neil wasn’t really thinking about just how special the album would become. “There were moments when I did something and thought, ‘Yeah, that’s great’, but it’s always very much in the moment when you feel that, and then the next day you listen to it and it doesn’t really have the same connection. But then you listen to it another three months later and realise that actually it was really good. That’s the bizarre thing about creativity, it all depends on your state of mind. It was very much the same with 3D – he’d come into the studio one day, we’d listen to the sketches we’d been working on and then think that everything was rubbish and we had to start again. At one point, we recorded ten hours of music over the course of two weeks, spent six months working on it, trying to make it into an album, then ended up throwing it all away and starting from scratch!”

Neil then touched on the technical side of producing Mezzanine, the different systems and platforms used, and the changes in his creative process. “I started on the Atari ST because that had been my setup, but I was plonked in Massive Attack’s new studio and they had this Mac with Cubase Audio sat there. I didn’t really want to touch it, but as it started to appear that it was going to take a lot longer than three months, I thought I’d dive in. I felt really unlocked by the ability to record stuff then cut it around and turn it into something completely different. It was quite a revolution as I’d always felt quite frustrated in the studio working straight to tape – having Cubase Audio was like ‘Oh my God, I can completely change this performance’.”

Working in TV, film and games

Following his work with Massive Attack, Neil then began scoring and composing, working in TV and film: “After Mezzanine was released, I couldn’t watch a film or TV show without hearing a track from the album – or something that sounded eerily like it! I always felt an affinity with film and TV anyway, I’m very visually-led anyway. Emotions and colours and smells are what music is to me, so the idea of doing film and TV scores seemed obvious.”

Neil also composed for Halo 4, one of the biggest selling games series of all time. “I did find [Halo] quite challenging, I don’t know how composers score for games and make it really connect with an audience,” Neil said. “You have to just have a really good team, and everyone on the same page. I’d be writing a piece of music to four lines and a few pictures that would make the audience know the person just from the piece of music. If I sit there and read a script for a TV series and think it’s quite humorous but really dark at the same time, I can start imagining this sound world, with these cavernous drums and crazy jazz and electronic driving stuff. Then I see the rushes and think it’s a different show!

“With games, it’s even more so, as everyone has their own impression and it’s not until the final moment when everything comes together that you really know what it is. For Halo, I was involved for a long time, but some of the guys were working for a big period before I came on, and a big period after I left and handed all the music over, by which point it had turned into something different. If I did it again, I think I would want to be involved right from the beginning and see it right to the very end, because I’m trying to communicate something for an audience so they get an experience and understanding of the characters when they play the game or watch the TV show.”

Neil then went on to talk about working in Avid Pro Tools, before a Q&A session with the attendees. “Just getting in [Pro Tools], editing audio around and tuning things is a massive thing for me. These days, I’m working a lot in TV, and I build what I call these ‘spotting sessions’, where I have the whole episode and I’ll be cutting together various sketches and overlaying them very much like a music editor would, building up a collage of a score. But I’ll also be writing in that same session, putting strings in and some extra beats, mixing and matching with various bounces, time stretching and pitching bounces around. Essentially I can spend maybe four days working on an episode, throwing in fresh ideas, and after that I can have written 40 minutes of music. It’s a really nice way of working, it’s been developing over a long period of time, and I feel like it keeps getting fresher, and I keep blurring the lines between writing and editing and mixing.”

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Enter the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX

Enter the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX

Jigsaw24 welcomes the launch of the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX, a new versatile audio interface for Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native. Developed by Digital Audio Denmark, the Pro Tools | MTRX features include modular interface options, Eucon-controlled monitor functionality, a massive integrated router and exceptionally high quality analogue input, output and Mic Pre card options.

The Pro Tools | MTRX offers Pro Tools | HD users the superior sonic quality of DAD’s legendary AD and DA converters – along with incredibly flexible monitoring, I/O, and routing capabilities – all in one powerful unit. Powered by the MediaCentral Platform, it integrates seamlessly with the Avid Pro Tools | S6 and Pro Tools | S3 control surfaces.

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Pro Tools | MTRX will enable users to:

– Gain extended monitor control and flexible routing with Pro Tools | S6, S3, and other EUCON surfaces.

– Use the converter as a high-performance 64-channel Pro Tools | HD interface.

– Connect and route their entire studio through AES3, MADI, Dante, and/or SDI I/O (MADI, Dante and SDI I/O option cards sold separately).

– Add high-quality mic preamps as an option and remotely control them from Pro Tools.

– Customise Pro Tools | MTRX to their needs through eight available 8-channel card slots.

– Keep everything in sync through Word Clock, AES11, Video, and all digital I/O.

– Get automatic sample rate conversion on AES inputs.

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The Avid Pro Tools | MTRX will be available in Q4 2016. For further information please contact our Pro Audio Product Specialists on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Avid reveal summer trade in deals for would-be Pro Tools S3 and S6 owners

Avid reveal summer trade in deals for would-be Pro Tools S3 and S6 owners

Avid have announced a string of summer deals that offer audio pros and higher education institutions the chance to trade in their current studio hardware for a discount on a brand new Pro Tools | S3 or Pro Tools | S6 control surface and more. 

If you’re looking to update your studio setup or are an educator wanting to get students working on industry-standard kit, you’ve got until September to trade in your existing hardware and get massive discounts on the latest Avid models. We’ve included a roundup of the offers below, but as many of the systems you’ll get a discount on are configured to order, you’ll need to get in touch with our team to trade in your kit. You can do that on 03332 409 306, at audio@Jigsaw24.com or by popping your details in the form at the bottom of the page.

Avid S6 Trade In 2016

If you’re using:

– A Pro Control

– A C24

– A D-Command

You can trade it in for: £2649 off any configuration of an S6 M10 system.

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If you own: 

– An Avid/Euphonix Artist Control or Artist Mix

– A Mackie Hui

– A Mackie Control Universal

You can trade it in for: an Avid S3 for just £2699 ex VAT

Avid Pro Tools HDX + Omni

If you own: 

– Any configuration of Pro Tools HD system

…and are trading it in for an HDX system, you can get an additional £1329 off your HDX system’s trade-in price.

Avid ICON to S6 Exchange 2016

HE institutions can now trade in:

– A 16 fader D-Control against the purchase of an S6 M40 16-5-D

– A 32 fader D-Control against the purchase of an S6 M40 32-5-D

Pro Tools HD Native ThunderboltThere’s an education-only fire sale on, with Avid offering all HE customers 10% off the cost of a new HD Native + Omni I/O system, and 10% off the purchase of a new Pro Tools S3 (meaning that if you’re an education customer, buying an S3 new is cheaper than the trade-in listed above).

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