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Welcome to the first episode of Get Started Fast with Pro Tools, a 7 episode series demonstrating how to quickly get started with creating inspiring music and audio tracks in Pro Tools. If you are new to Pro Tools, or even if you’ve been using Pro Tools for some time I’m sure you will find lots of tips and tricks that will help you to craft great sounding songs that really stand out from the crowd.

We’ll start with practicing and working out the song in Pro Tools with the Duet interface using templates, then move through the process of recording guitar, bass and MIDI keyboards with Virtual Instruments. Then we’ll cover audio and MIDI editing all the way to the final mix and getting your song out the world.

Let’s get started with Episode 1 where we use the templates included with Pro Tools to start working on a song.

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Set in Motion Professional Relationships to Last a Lifetime at Avid Connect 2015 http://www.avidblogs.com/avid-connect-2015-where-professional-relationships-begin/ http://www.avidblogs.com/avid-connect-2015-where-professional-relationships-begin/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:44:34 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=36609 The article Set in Motion Professional Relationships to Last a Lifetime at Avid Connect 2015 by Timory Burleson appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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You know that feeling you get when you’re in a room full of new faces, yet you meet that one person who shares similar interests as you? It’s a feeling of relief and excitement—now the conversation can get started, you think, right?

Well just one of the cool things about Avid Connect, an event crafted by your colleagues, is that everyone attending shares similar interests as you; whether it be editing independent films or well-known features, mixing audio tracks or composing scores, or shooting and packaging breaking news to air—connecting with collaborators is one of the major takeaways of Avid Connect.

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Join us at Avid Connect, meet new storytellers who share your craft and passion for creativity, and set in motion professional relationships with peers worldwide.

Hundreds of Avid community members, industry leaders, visionaries, and technical professionals will come together for the annual gathering of the Avid Customers Association, April 10 – 12 in Las Vegas. If you join us, you’ll see plenty of the new faces and there will be new people to meet, but they’ll feel like old friends in no time.

From the Friday Welcome Reception to the Sunday Ask the Experts breakfast, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals, network, share ideas and talk workflows.

Take it from Mark Raudonis of Bunim – Murray, who is also the Chairman of the ACA Products & Solutions Advisory Council, connecting with other ACA members will help you build relationships and, in the long run, set the path for future developments in our industry.

“If you’re going to be part of a community, participation is key,” Mark said. “The ACA gives us a way to share our expertise, experience recent developments, and create a sustainable future for our industry by challenging the status quo and harnessing our collective strength.”

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Beyond networking with your peers, you’ll have several opportunities to connect with product experts and industry partners during the Solutions Showcase on Friday and Saturday. It’s your chance to have one-on-one face time with some of the developers behind the products you rely on to complete your workflow. Take a look at our exhibitors and sponsors to get an idea of who will be onsite to answer your questions.

Throughout the 36-hour event, you’ll also have ample time to collaborate with Avid experts. They’ll be present to answer questions and to gather your feedback on the Avid MediaCentral Platform and some of our most popular solutions, including Media Composer, Pro Tools, Sibelius, MediaCentral |UX and ISIS shared storage. Meet with the experts at the Tech Bar on Friday night or attend one of many Avid Everywhere broadcast, video and audio educational sessions on Saturday. Check out the full agenda

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Plus, on Saturday night you get the chance to let loose with new friends at Brooklyn Bowl. But if bowling is not your forte or interest, no problem; there will be plenty of over indulgent meals to enjoy and a musical act (we’re announcing soon) to check out. The venue also has quite alcoves where you can engage peers and talk shop.

So join us at Avid Connect, meet new storytellers who share your craft and passion for creativity, and set in motion professional relationships with peers worldwide. And while you’re there, learn about the next phase of Avid Everywhere and help us shape the future of our industry.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for real-time updates about Avid Connect. I’ll see you in a few weeks!

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Visualizer 2 Audio Analysis by NUGEN Audio Now Available for Pro Tools | HDX http://www.avidblogs.com/nugen-audio-visualizer-2-for-pro-tools-hdx/ http://www.avidblogs.com/nugen-audio-visualizer-2-for-pro-tools-hdx/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:06:39 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=28912 The article Visualizer 2 Audio Analysis by NUGEN Audio Now Available for Pro Tools | HDX by Jon Schorah appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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Designed for discerning audio producers, Visualizer 2 offers a range of new enhancements. In addition to full Pro Tools | HDX support, Visualizer now features a powerful new user interface with many highly requested features based on the latest techniques for comparative audio analysis and usability. Through more flexible use of display real estate and more robust diagnostic power, Visualizer is now the most powerful single audio analysis tool on the market.

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Ideal for music mixing and mastering as well as audio post-production, Visualizer provides comprehensive audio analysis for recording, mixing, and mastering in a single tool that will help you work faster, avoid mistakes, repeat past successes, and leverage the success of others. With Visualizer’s fully resizable interface, you can set up the exact screen configuration to suit your individual workflow – and you can access precisely the information you need, when you need it, and with no unnecessary clutter. A new multiview feature enables you to compare multiple sources using a single plug-in, and a new difference view shows the contrast of two input signals. Visual “solo” controls for all views enable rapid switching to full screen mode and highly efficient in-depth investigation of individual analysis views.

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In addition, Visualizer now includes a moveable vectorscope boundary to further enhance view configuration, and a new Correlation by Frequency view for analyzing how certain frequencies can affect correlation. Also, Visualizer now works with the NUGEN Audio “Send” plug-in to allow two sources to be overlaid or compared, for example, to reveal differences clearly before or after the mastering chain or for notching out.

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Find Your Bowling Mojo When Avid Connect 2015 Hits Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas http://www.avidblogs.com/avid-connect-2015-brooklyn-bowl-las-vegas/ http://www.avidblogs.com/avid-connect-2015-brooklyn-bowl-las-vegas/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:38:01 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=35069 The article Find Your Bowling Mojo When Avid Connect 2015 Hits Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas by Christine Newman appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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If you think bowling is a game that got left behind in the era of roller rinks, sock hops, and drive-ins, think again. The Brooklyn Bowl is the best thing to happen to bowling since Fred Flintstone rolled a stone sphere down a granite alley.

In just a few weeks, the Avid Customer Association will welcome its members to Avid Connect 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. We’re using the Saturday evening “social time” as an excuse to get out, stretch our legs, and take a short walk over to the Brooklyn Bowl. Located in the trendy Linq outdoor shopping district, the Brooklyn Bowl has hosted a number of venerable acts such as John Legend, Trombone Shorty, Smashing Pumpkins, and Steve Winwood, all within a bowler’s paradise. So if you’re headed to Avid Connect, now is the time to muster up your bowling mojo and cram it into your carry-on!

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I have to hand it to our event planners—they really outdid themselves this time. Billed as a concert venue, bowling alley, bar, and restaurant rolled into one, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is one hip hangout. The first thing you’ll want to do when you get there is grab a beverage and a bite to eat. And by “eat,” let’s face it, I mean fried chicken because that’s what they’re known for, along with a variety of other gourmet comfort food such as ribs, catfish, and burgers.

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Next, you can hit the lanes—32 in all—that can each host up to 8 bowlers at a time. With comfy lounge areas and big-screen TVs, you’ll experience bowling at its best. And our planners are busy cooking up ideas to make this a really fun event for you.

At last year’s Avid Connect event, Nile Rodgers got everyone up out of their seats with great tunes from his Chic days and beyond. We promise to have a musical act just as compelling to be announced soon—so follow along here and on Twitter for real-time updates.

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Finding Your Bowling Mojo

When summoning up your inner Earl Anthony, one of pro bowling’s all-time great leaders, there are several good resources online, including this tutorial and these videos—good luck!

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Berlinale 2015: Gesa Marten Delivers a Master Class on Editing Documentary Films http://www.avidblogs.com/berlinale-2015-gesa-marten-master-class-on-editing-documentary-films/ http://www.avidblogs.com/berlinale-2015-gesa-marten-master-class-on-editing-documentary-films/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:23:37 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=32686 The article Berlinale 2015: Gesa Marten Delivers a Master Class on Editing Documentary Films by Wim Van den Broeck appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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Every year in February, Berlinale Talents brings 300 selected talents (writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, editors, distributors, production designers, composers, sound designers and young film journalists) together with professionals from the international film industry. This creative platform has developed into one of the most exciting initiatives at the Berlinale Film Festival and this year Avid had the pleasure to host a networking lunch within the Editing Studio masterclass series and meet with the renowned Documentary Film Editor Gesa Marten.

As a freelance film editor, Gesa Marten has edited more than 60 films including “Hannah” (2006) or “LowLights” (2009) as well as documentaries including “perestroika – reCONSTRUCTION of a Flat” (2008), “Wo stehst du?” (2011) and “The Order of Things” (2013). She is very much committed to her work as a dramaturgic consultant specializing in feature-length documentary film and documentary series. Many of her works were nominated and awarded in the category of Best Edit (German Television Award, German Camera Award, Filmplus Editing Award). Gesa is professor for editing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

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“For me editing is not so much about cutting things out, but more about knowing when you have to cut things in.”

The room at the dffb (Deutsche Film- Und Fernseh Akademie Berlin) was filled with young, upcoming editors, eager to learn from Gesa’s extensive editing experience. As a case study, she brought one of her latest documentary films FEMMEfille, by director Kiki Allgeier, about Isabelle Caro, a French actress who became famous for being anorexic. After screening the film, Gesa discussed the various plotlines, the way of telling the film and the choices she had to make to tell this story.

According to Gesa, editing a documentary film is pure storytelling. “It is actually an interpretation of events and characters. You keep looking for the deeper connections of actions to built the story, in a very subjective way. Just keep asking yourself: According to reality what story do I want to tell?”

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“Be simple in the organization of your project, because keeping an overview of your documentary will be complicated enough.”

“A key to work efficiently on a documentary film is organization.” says Gesa Marten. “Be simple in the organization of your project, because composing the story and keeping an overview of your documentary will be complicated enough.” To illustrate this, Gesa showed us how well organized here bin and folder structures were on FEMMEfille.

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She also works with an ingenious Index Card System, where every card and its corresponding color stands for a scene. For her, this is a great way to keep track of the structure of the film, without losing the big picture. “With this system, I can discuss the scenes we have, and their order in the film. There is no need to go into fine details, just catch the overview and try and make it a better story by rearranging the scenes.”

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When Gesa started in 1991, the first digital NLE systems had just been introduced and she tried more than 10 different systems to finally end up with Avid Media Composer. Gesa sees the software she uses, as her tool, her ‘pencil’. “I am not a techie, and I am not interested in the latest features, though I am on the latest version of Media Composer | Software. Actually, what made me stay with Media Composer is the powerful Trim Tool. Avid really does the best job on this; trimming on the timeline with so much tracks and clips. I am a fan!”

“For documentary film editing there are no rules. Every new project is different and you create the style of the movie as you go along, mainly depending on the material you have.”

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Gesa only cuts about 2 projects a year, so she can focus almost exclusively on those films. She combines editing with teaching, which she has done since finishing her studies of dramatics and philosophy. “I like to support young editors and open my edit room for them. Also to do this internationally, to network and see how other editors work, is why I am here at the Berlinale Talents.”

Gesa Marten’s advice for young editors is ‘to step back from techniques and focus on the storytelling’. “As an editor you have to be able to step back and look to your project, without overanalyzing it. Watch your movie as if you would be watching someone else’s film. Feel… Don’t look at the cuts, watch the story. I think an editor should be on the one hand very emotional, and on the other hand quite analytical, and the secret lies in knowing how to combine both.”

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Our Favorite Filmmaking Advice from Recent Oscar® Nominees and Winners http://www.avidblogs.com/filmmaking-advice-from-oscar-nominees-and-winners/ http://www.avidblogs.com/filmmaking-advice-from-oscar-nominees-and-winners/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:52:28 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=33469 The article Our Favorite Filmmaking Advice from Recent Oscar® Nominees and Winners by Timory Burleson appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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When you see the list of Oscar® nominees for Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Documentary and so on, do you ever wonder about the career path those nominees followed to get on that exclusive list?

It’s a question many in the industry ask themselves as they strive to do what they love for a living — filmmaking. Well, let us shed some light on what it takes to have a career in filmmaking and maybe one day—be an Oscar nominee and winner.

We took a look back at recent episodes of The Rough Cut to gather filmmaking advice from our own Oscar-nominated and winning customers. Who better to get advice from than veteran pros who paved a path for you to follow? Hear what they had to say about working and succeeding in the film industry.

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2014 Oscar Winner for Film Editing, Gravity

We sat down with editor Mark Sanger at NAB last year to hear about his work on the highly acclaimed film, Gravity. Learn how the editing process evolved over the project’s three-year lifespan and how he got his start in the film industry.

 “I didn’t go to film school. The moment I left school I tried to get my foot in the door and I just worked in every single department that they would allow me into. I was pretty bad in pretty much every department I worked in … I was useless in the art department; in production, I would send out the wrong paperwork … but then one day a production supervisor, friend of mine, said, ‘You obviously shouldn’t be a location manager, come be an editorial trainee.’ She knew I wanted to do that and gave me that first break. I was lucky enough to get in on a James Bond movie doing that and road the waves of luck since then.”

Tim Squyres
2013 Oscar Nominee for Film Editing, Life of Pi

Editor Tim Squyres joined us at the 2012 Boston SuperMeetUp to talk about his work on the 3D film Life of Pi, editing narrative vs. documentary films, and the changing role of an assistant editor.

 “Now a days the assistant editor’s job on a film like this [Life o Pi] is enormously technical and is a huge job. … some people do that and stay there. The career assistant has become a real thing …. It’s a huge and completely indispensably technical; you have to be this technical powerhouse; you drive the whole ship. It’s a full-time job and hard to do creative stuff while you are doing that.”

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2005 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary, Super Size Me

Applying to film school five times and being rejected five times did not deter documentary film director Morgan Spurlock from chasing his dream of a career in filmmaking. We caught up with Morgan at NAB 2012 to talk about his Oscar-nominated documentary film Super Size Me, his current projects, and how a DIY approach can give you the career opportunities you’re after.

So how can you be successful working on documentary films, according to Morgan?

“Don’t stop working. It’s a tough business. We also never just have one project going. The minute we are going into post on one project, we’re usually in pre production on the next film. We’re constantly layering projects that way so we—one, don’t lose good people … they are a real commodity—and two, the thing I tell filmmakers all the time, you have to make sure it’s a story you love. If you are going to make a documentary, you have to make sure it’s something you are passionate about. Because on day one, you’ll be excited, but will you be as excited on day 731? Because documentaries will take you years to make sometimes.”

Our countdown to the Oscars continues all week. Visit The Oscars 2015 for an inside look into the stories behind these films; learn more about the nominated artists and their road to the world’s largest stage. We hope you are as inspired as we are!

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Avid Chairman to Give the Opening Keynote at the 57th Conference of the Audio Engineering Society http://www.avidblogs.com/avid-chairman-opening-keynote-at-57th-conference-of-the-audio-engineering-society/ http://www.avidblogs.com/avid-chairman-opening-keynote-at-57th-conference-of-the-audio-engineering-society/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=33427 The article Avid Chairman to Give the Opening Keynote at the 57th Conference of the Audio Engineering Society by Brian McCarty appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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The 57th Conference of the Audio Engineering Society gets underway Friday, March 6, at the renowned TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, California. This year’s theme is the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology. With input from our industry partner, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), we’ve mapped out a program to address the latest issues in cinema, television, and online content that audio professionals are confronted with today.

But first, let me offer a bit of history. When Edison invented sound recording and then motion pictures, it was inevitable (and to our enjoyment!) that the two technologies would merge. This combination drove explosive audience growth—first in motion pictures in the 1920s—then in television, and now with delivery to mobile devices.

On the “picture” side of things, Standards for production and distribution have been consolidated over the years. Unfortunately, audio Standards haven’t been so rigorous. Using optical sound on film (both analog and digital) slowed audio development for film for decades. The result is that audio distribution formats are more ad hoc, which has led to an explosion in distribution masters and added expense to support current and new formats.

Go to YouTube and click on a few videos. What do you find? The audio levels are seldom the same, because there are no Standards. Even two videos from the same producer have different levels. This is also true of compression codecs, frequency response targets, subbass levels, and more.

The AES 57th Conference will tackle these issues directly.

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With input from our industry partner, SMPTE, we’ve mapped out a program to address the latest issues in cinema, television, and online content that audio professionals are confronted with today.

Schedule of Events

Day 1: Avid Chairman, President, and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. opens the event with an inspiring view on what it takes for content creators to tell their stories, whether they work together in the same room, or collaborate from different corners of the world. Recently, Avid announced sweeping updates to its Avid Everywhere platform for audio, and we’ll hear more about that platform and how you can use it to create, collaborate, store, and share your work.

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The day features workshops on cinema and home acoustics, dialog intelligibility, headphone listening, and the challenges of low frequency reproduction. In his opening keynote, AES Gold Medal recipient Dr. Floyd Toole will explain the basics in acoustics. Later, Dr. Peter Mapp, one of the world’s leading experts on dialog intelligibility, will explain the scientific issues and then lead a workshop that includes multi-Oscar winning sound editor Lon Bender.

Day 2: Starts with an issue that we all need to be concerned about as audio professionals—program loudness and noise-induced hearing impairment. Dr. Robert T. Sataloff from Drexel University is at the top of this field, and will walk us through the subject. Then we’ll look at how to overcome the challenges of streaming audio and video over the internet in a workshop chaired by Roger Charlesworth of the DTV Audio Group. We’ll also have a workshop on headphones, one of the largest growth areas for personal audio and gaming led by the top expert in the field, Bob Schulein. You will wear wireless headphones to experience firsthand the different techniques and tools Bob will describe.

Then we move into the most exciting and demanding area of new audio—immersive sound. We start with one of the leading research centres on immersive sound and object-based broadcasting, with Dr. Frank Melchior and the BBC Research and Development labs. You’ll learn about the various production techniques for capturing and delivering immersive sound—including particle systems by Nuno Fonseca in Portugal, and object-based workflow and spatial audio sports broadcasting from our colleagues at Fraunhofer.

Day 3: On this final day of the Conference, leading spatial audio scientist Dr. Francis Rumsey will keynote the day. Workshops will be held on all aspects of immersive sound, including delivery standards and methods, integrating object–based and conventional audio for delivery to the home, and rendering immersive audio in the home.

All of the relevant parties will be represented in these workshops—Dolby Labs, DTS-MDA, Auro3D, Iosono, Fraunhofer, MPEG-H, and NHK 22.2. Far from marketing presentations, you’ll walk away from these technically driven discussions with a practical understanding of the various systems and how to implement them.

Other Conference “Goodies”

  • One of the goals of this conference will be to develop a “One Mix Master” to replace the dozens (and even hundreds) of distribution masters that are currently being made.
  • You’ll experience actual audio demonstrations during many of the workshop sessions, as the Conference is being held in one of the most highly respected cinemas in the world.
  • At the end of the third Conference day, delegates will be asked to develop a list of “action items” that will be addressed by the AES, and perhaps other Standards bodies.

The AES 57th Conference offers contributions from producers, film and TV studio engineers and technologists, new distribution providers, and others allied in the field. Most importantly, this is the first time that the key elements of creation, production, and distribution are convening to put our best work forward to the consumer, with the goal of a streamlined approach for the betterment of all.

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This first-ever Future of Audio Entertainment Technology Conference brings together the best in researchers and engineers to address the audio needs of the cinema, television, and internet.

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Harbor Picture Company Delivers the Soundtrack for the Netflix Original Series ‘Marco Polo’ with Pro Tools | S6 http://www.avidblogs.com/harbor-films-new-york-delivers-the-soundtrack-for-netflix-series-marco-polo/ http://www.avidblogs.com/harbor-films-new-york-delivers-the-soundtrack-for-netflix-series-marco-polo/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:58:47 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=32950 The article Harbor Picture Company Delivers the Soundtrack for the Netflix Original Series ‘Marco Polo’ with Pro Tools | S6 by Tom Graham appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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I recently sat down with mixers Roberto Fernandez and David Paterson from Harbor Sound in New York City. They are part of Harbor Picture Company in New York which handles full film and TV post. They currently have two mix stages that are dual operator Avid System 5 consoles with Pro Tools and a new mix stage that is a dual operator Pro Tools | S6, dual 16 Faders 5 knobs, and displays with Pro Tools | HDXDavid Paterson is a re-recording mixer and supervising sound editor (SFX, BG’s & foley mix side) and Rob Fernandez is re-recording mixer (dialog, music mixer). In December, they mixed their first epic series on the new S6 console—10 episodes of Marco Polo for Netflix.

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“With the S6 it’s a lot easier to forget about the computer monitor because you have everything right in front of you on the surface and you can stay focused on the mixing and the image on the big screen.”

— David Paterson, Re-Recording Mixer

Roberto Fernandez: “The S6 was the best solution we could find for our recent big project with a tight deadline: Marco Polo for Netflix with a December 2014 release. We had a limited time to get the room setup and 1 week to complete each episode. We had to find a solution that would let us hit the ground running. In my mind – this was the only way to go.

There really wasn’t a learning curve. It’s so intuitive and very well implemented. I found it to be the biggest strength of this machine. We never really stopped to say: “how do we do this?” there was very little of that.”

David Paterson: “When you work ‘In The Box’ on the ICON, people tend to spend quite a bit of time in front of and focused on the computer monitor to see the tracks and the waveforms. With the S6 it’s a lot easier to forget about the computer monitor because you have everything right in front of you on the surface and you can stay focused on the mixing and the image on the big screen. You can work a lot faster.

We had a lot of tracks to deal with. I found that the color-coding on the surface enabled me to look up at a glance, find tracks quickly and help me stay organized and really stay away from the computer monitor.”

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“The S6 is really a great combo of both the best of the ICON and the System 5. It goes beyond what they both can do – it’s really flexible and I can mix faster.”

— Roberto Fernandez, Re-Recording Mixer

Roberto Fernandez: “The scrolling waveforms on the meter/displays is just a killer feature on this console. It allows me to be really precise. Especially when I’m mixing dialog, I’m able to go straight to a line and work on it. It’s really useful and efficient. I had always said that the ICON D-Control had the best workflow of any console I had worked on, but it had very little visual information back to me. The System 5 has a ton of great visual feedback and metering but doesn’t have the same integration with Plug-ins and the software. And now the S6 is really a great combination of both the best of the ICON and the System 5. It goes beyond what they both can do – it’s really flexible and I can mix faster.”

David Paterson: “We both use each side of console in radically different ways – Rob mixing Dialog and Music and I’m mixing FX, BG’s and Foley. Having two separate (affordable) S6’s setup as two engines allows us to work completely separately in totally different ways, but still working together – each customizing it in our own way. I had a tremendous amount of tracks, but wanted to keep them all available to me and using VCA’s to spill and get to all my tracks in a small footprint of 16 faders and still be able to quickly dive down into the individual tracks when I needed to. I don’t think we could have completed the job in the timeframe without the ability to each customize and work the way we needed to.”

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Exploring the Sounds of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ with Re-Recording Mixer Will Files http://www.avidblogs.com/pro-mixing-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-with-will-files/ http://www.avidblogs.com/pro-mixing-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-with-will-files/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:09:29 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=27524 The article Exploring the Sounds of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ with Re-Recording Mixer Will Files by Tom Graham appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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I recently sat down with Will Files as a follow up to our short interview at NAB last April, where we discussed his use of Pro Tools | HDX, the new Pro Tools | S6 console and his approach on the summer theatrical release of Dawn of the Planet of The Apes (one of the top 10 grossing films of 2014 at $ 708M worldwide). Will is a very talented sound supervisor and re-recording mixer who is working on the biggest Hollywood films (including the new up coming and highly anticipated Star Wars episode) and he leverages modern mixing technologies to the max.

In this interview—we dive a bit deeper into his approach on the movie and dig into some of the technical aspects of pre-dubbing in Pro Tools, his use of plug-ins and how he approached mixing for Dolby Atmos.

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Behind the Scenes: Jasen Hattams http://www.avidblogs.com/behind-the-scenes-jasen-hattams/ http://www.avidblogs.com/behind-the-scenes-jasen-hattams/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:00:11 +0000 http://www.avidblogs.com/?p=32531 The article Behind the Scenes: Jasen Hattams by Jasen Hattams appeared first on Avid Blogs - The media industry is changing fast. Get the insight you need to succeed—read Avid Blogs..

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Over the last decade, dance music has dominated the global charts and only continues to break boundaries with new fusions, collaborations and sounds. With a back catalogue of UK Top 40 hits, British born rapper Example has continued his assault on the charts with his own unique sound and style, scoring two number one singles and four Top 20 albums. In this ‘Behind the Scenes’, industry renowned sound engineer Jasen Hattams talks about mixing on the VENUE | S3L-X System on Example’s eight month tour across the UK and Europe.

Go the Distance

I knew that we were on the Example tour for the long haul, so I needed kit that was going to go the distance and meet the demands of this backbreaking schedule. Some of my previous runs include stints with Madness, the Happy Mondays, Mark Ronson and Spandau Ballet, so there can’t be many venues left yet that I’ve not seen! As a loyal user of Avid’s systems, and previously going into battle on a trustworthy Avid S3L, once I made the switch to Avid VENUE | S3L-X system, I’ve never looked back.

The eight month schedule included stopovers on the party islands of Ibiza and Mallorca in the Mediterranean, and on the UK and European festival circuit, including sets at the V Festival, Sudoeste Festival in Portugal, Scotland’s T in The Park and an exclusive headline set at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend. Then, if that wasn’t quite enough for one summer, we returned to the UK to kick off a mammoth 27-date run of shows through the autumn up and down the entire country.

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“With such a gruelling itinerary, the VENUE | S3L-X System surpassed my expectations at every location.”

Virtual Soundcheck

As ‘the monitor guy’, having the desk talk to Pro Tools natively really helps me out, it means I can A/B stuff really easily and record everything onto Pro Tools via Cat5 cables. If during a rehearsal, say for example, the bass player wasn’t there, I was able to input his sections from Pro Tools. For me, Virtual Soundcheck is invaluable, and now I wouldn’t be without it. All I needed to do was adjust the board, flick to live inputs and that’s it, giving me the freedom of whether I wanted to keep what had just been played or revert back to another set up already in Pro Tools.

Good plug-ins are also worth their weight in gold. When I moved across to the S3L, the plug-ins sounded great, but now on VENUE | S3L-X, they sound even better. Once you’ve found a great reverb plug-in, hold onto it! It really makes a difference to both performers and engineers on in-ears as it opens everything up and you can hear everything a lot clearer. Sometimes the band might not have been able to hear the plug-in, but they know it’s all good – and that really is my job done. My favourite plug-ins have to be Sonnox and the Avid Channel Strip as they’re both high performance and easy-to-use plug-ins.

VENUE | S3L-X and Pro Tools

Avid VENUE | S3L-X gives you so many more choices as an engineer. For example, I’ve never been able to work on any show away from the console. But now, if we were on an airplane, I could open a Pro Tools file session on my laptop and I’d be able to run the same plug-ins as on the desk, adjust levels and mess about with new ideas for the upcoming show, and then transfer everything back to the desk, which would be ready to go instantly at the next stop. I also find the VENUE 4.5 software really easy to work with due to its simplicity. It works every day and is compatible with the whole range of VENUE products. It really is the best system for a touring engineer like myself. It’s also one of the only portable desks available, allowing me to take it from a live environment and then turn into a surface control in a Pro Tools environment. All of sudden, one desk does two jobs, therefore cutting on costs and making everything far more reasonable. In situations where I’d be looking at remixing an album, the S3L-X now gives me the option to do this on-the-go. I simply take the surface and plug-in into Pro Tools controls via Eucon – it’s such a great thing!

In this Sonnox video I got a chance to discuss using Sonnox plug-ins with VENUE | S3L-X.

On any tour, if the band are happy, then ultimately, my job is done. The Avid VENUE | S3L-X system gives me as a sound engineer a phenomenal choice of surface plug-ins and the addition of Pro Tools makes me better than what I am.

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