AES Los Angeles 2014: Introducing Avid Pro Multiband Dynamics and Avid Pro Subharmonic Audio Plug-ins for AAX Native and AAX DSP

By in Music Creation, Pro Mixing

The Pro Series plug-in collection from Avid, that were launched at NAMM in 2013, have proved very popular with engineers, musicians and producers. They are designed for both audio post and music applications and targeted at professionals who rely on high quality plug-ins, with powerful features, that are easy to use, for day to day basic processing tasks. Pro CompressorPro Limiter and Pro Expander are perfectly suited to low latency music recording work and high track count post sessions with Pro Tools | HDX systems. Check out how Academy Award-winning re-recording mixer Myron Nettinga uses the Pro Series for his film mixing work.

Two powerful new plug-ins

Avid Pro Multiband Dynamics and Pro Subharmonic are two new professional plug-in options from Avid, available in AAX Native 64, AAX DSP 64 and AudioSuite 64 formats for Pro Tools 11. Media Composer 8.1 and VENUE | S3L-X compatibility will be announced at a later date. These two plug-ins are the latest addition to the Pro Series of audio processor plug-ins designed for professional users who demand the highest quality plug-in processors for music and audio post production on both native and HDX systems and capable of working with up to 7.1 formats.

Design goals for the Pro Series

  • To go beyond the Avid Channel Strip plug-in, which is modeled on the System 5 channel processing, by adding extra control features and new algorithms to enhance the sound
  • Support up to 7.1 formats for serious film mixing applications
  • No-compromise, high-quality set of plug-ins designed for Pro Tools | HDX systems for ultra low latency and large track counts
  • Provide a common feel and user experience between all the plug-ins with simple to use interface and comprehensive visual feedback
  • Offer a wide selection of processors to handle the most common tasks found in music and audio post mixing
  • Refine the sound of the plug-ins to match the high expectations of our most demanding customers
  • Enable you to produce great sounding tracks quickly that help your mixes stand out from the crowd

Pro Multiband Dynamics

Pro Multiband Dynamics offers several unique features to control and shape sound with precision, including downward and upward compression/expansion and 4-way signal splitting, enabling individual frequency band processing and output.

The package also includes Pro Multiband Splitter plug-in to route each frequency band from the original source signal, without any dynamics processing, to Auxiliary Input tracks for unique band-by-band signal processing.

This is the only multiband dynamics processor available for up to 7.1 and also on AAX DSP 64. Being able to visually see the waveform and graphically move the crossover points and the degree of compression/expansion makes this one of the easiest multiband processors to use on the market. If you’ve tried working with multiple band dynamics processors before and have had difficulty controlling the effect, check out Pro Multiband Dynamics – there is nothing like this out there.

It’s built from the Pro Compressor which has received great reviews, it’s one the best sounding compressors on the market, again you need to hear it for yourself.

Pro Subharmonic

Whether you need a high-quality plug-in that offers ultra-low latency recording and mixing with Pro Tools | HDX, or want an easy way to amp up low frequencies in Pro Tools and more, Pro Subharmonic will help you boost your bottom end with ease. Again, like the Pro Multiband Dynamics, this is the only sub generator that supports up to 7.1 surround and AAX DSP.

It gives you a lot of control, you can basically select from four frequency bands; 120-180, 80-120, 60-90 and 40-60 Hz. Once the band is selected band a sub one octave below will be generated, so 40 to 60 range will generate a 20-30Hz sub, perfect for explosions. The upper band 120-180 Hz is more suited to adding lower mid to a bass guitar signal for example, so this works perfectly for music and post applications. Plus there is a drive control for adding various levels of crunch and distortion for fat saturated drum sounds in electronic tracks, for example. There are controls for sending the sub to various speakers in surround projects and wet/dry mix to give you ultimate control of the amount of the effect. There is nothing like this anywhere.

Try them on your own projects

Both the Pro Multiband Dynamics and the Pro Subharmonic include a free trial, you just need Pro Tools 11 and an iLok 2 – have fun.

Marketing Manager for Avid Pro Tools, AAX, Education and music notation. In my past life, I have worked for the BBC, Virgin Townhouse Studios, SSL and Euphonix.