Introducing Verve Analog Machines From Universal Audio

Universal Audio’s newest software, Verve Analog Machines, offers 10 tone machines to instantly add color and character to your recordings. This month, we’re giving away Verve Analog Machines Essentials for free.

What’s New In Pro Tools 2024.3

The newest Pro Tools update delivers an array of creative tools to enhance the workflow of composers, writers, and producers. The latest improvements offer powerful new ways to work with MIDI, seamless MIDI copy and paste functionality between Pro Tools and Sibelius, macOS Sonoma 14.3 support, and more.

More Ways To Save With Universal Audio

Universal Audio is kicking off 2024 with a bang by running some exciting new promotions. With massive savings across Universal Audio’s products, there’s no better time to save than now!

Let’s take a look at these current offerings.

Immersive Spotlight | Audio-Technica

Audio-Technica stands as a global leader in crafting immersive audio products that redefine the auditory experience. Renowned for their innovation and precision, Audio-Technica’s ATH line of headphones caters to a diverse spectrum of enthusiasts, ranging from casual listeners to professional engineers and dedicated audiophiles.

proFILES | Ehren Ebbage

With several years of experience collaborating with Westlake Pro, Ehren Ebbage has earned recognition as an award-winning songwriter, producer, and composer. Formerly a member of Justin King and the Apologies on Epic Records, Ehren has curated a diverse portfolio that extends into television, film, and music. We interviewed Ehren Ebbage to delve into his creative process and uncover how he managed to produce a successful record in the midst of an unpredictable environment.

What’s New In Pro Tools 2023.12

Pro Tools 2023.12 is available for download, introducing several significant enhancements to the already powerful DAW. One of the most anticipated Pro Tools updates would be the inclusion of Dolby Atmos Renderer, and that time is finally here. Along with it come updates to Pro Tools | Sketch, the next phase of Track Marker updates, I/O Setup and Routing Color and much more. Let’s take a look at what Pro Tools 2023.12 has to offer.

Set Up A Demo At Westlake Pro | Burbank

Are you in the market for a microphone, studio monitors, headphones, or isolation booth that you’d like to try in person first? We’ve just set up Vicoustic’s VicBooth at Westlake Pro | Burbank, making an ideal audition room for the gear that you’re looking for. 

Studio Spotlight | Green Room 180

Studio Spotlight | Green Room 180

Nestled in the creative hub of Santa Monica, Green Room 180 is a cutting-edge green screen facility designed to meet the dynamic needs of the media industry. Located within arm’s reach of leading advertising agencies and film and television studios, Green Room 180 is a testament to Longacre’s vision of creating a space that bridges the gap between high-quality audio and visual production.

System T: The Immersive Console From SSL

Solid State Logic are regarded as pioneers in surround sound production technology, continually innovating and designing mixing consoles which empower engineers to push the boundaries of what’s considered possible. System T continues this, combining SSL’s legacy with the next generation of production tools required to make immersive music production fast, efficient and sound stunning.

Trade In & Trade Up With Dangerous Music

If you’re the owner of a Dangerous Music silverface D-BOX or their first edition 2-BUS-LT, we have an incredible opportunity for you. Until January 1st, 2024, Dangerous Music is offering $500 off their D-BOX+ studio monitor controller when you trade in an old silverface D-BOX, or $500 off either the 2-BUS-XT or 2-BUS+ analog summing mixers.

Demo An API Recording Console

Are you in the market for a new recording console but don’t have time to make it into one of our storefronts? API offers virtual demonstrations on their highly coveted 1608-II and 2448 recording and mixing consoles. Designed with the sonic excellence that users expect from API, the 1608-II and 2448 will enhance your studio’s workflow and provide that legendary API sound heard on thousands of records and counting. Are you feeling serious about making the jump to an API console? Schedule a virtual demo with one of our professionals below, and we’ll get you the best price possible.

Visit Westlake Pro | Nashville With Joe Carrell In Produce Like A Pro

For fans of Warren Huart and the Produce Like A Pro YouTube channel, comes an intimate look at Westlake Pro | Nashville with engineer Joe Carrell and Westlake Pro Account Manager Matt Knobel. Take a tour of our Dolby Atmos-certified studio with a massive array of studio monitors, outboard gear, microphones, and more.

From beginners to pros and everything in between, the Westlake Pro | Nashville store is open to anyone with the pro audio itch; no appointment is necessary. As Joe Carrell mentions in the video, some gear needs to be experienced in person to be truly understood, and that’s the barrier we try to remove for our clients with our storefront. 

Watch the video below and contact us today!

What’s New In Pro Tools 2023.9

Today, Avid released the latest edition of their flagship digital audio workstation, Pro Tools, bringing an entirely new workflow to all Pro Tools users. Pro Tools | Sketch, is a non-linear clip-based creation tool coming to all versions of Pro Tools and has iPad support as well. 

Along with this newly added feature, Avid has brought back Pro Tools perpetual licenses, allowing users to purchase a Pro Tools license once without paying for a subscription.

Let’s take a closer look at what Pro Tools 2023.9 offers.

Studio Spotlight | Keywords Studios LA

Located in Burbank, CA, Keywords Studios LA specializes in full-service audio post production and content localization for film and television. Among their many audio services are ADR & Voiceover Recording, Sound Design & Implementation, and Audio Mixing.

Trade-In For An Apogee Symphony I/O MK II

Apogee’s Symphony series has always been at the forefront of digital audio conversion technology, delivering best-in-class sound quality for recording, mixing and mastering. From now until December 31st, 2023, Apogee is giving owners of the Symphony IO 1st Generation a golden opportunity to upgrade!

Product Spotlight | Aston Microphones Spirit

Designed by a panel of thirty-three top engineers, producers, and artists known as the Aston 33, Aston Microphones Spirit large diaphragm condenser mic accurately captures performance so well that many users reach for it over more expensive microphones in their arsenal.

Configure Your Avid Pro Tools | MTRX II

If you’re looking for the ultimate interface to be the centerpiece of your studio, look no further than the Avid Pro Tools | MTRX II. Offering exceptional sound quality, I/O customizability, and extensive routing and monitor control, the MTRX II gives any sized studio the capability of handling the largest music and audio productions. 

proFILES | Fall On Your Sword

Fall On Your Sword is a boutique music and post-production house in Los Angeles. Home to Composer and founder Will Bates and Executive Producer Lucy Alper, their work encompasses film, TV, and immersive art installations.

Trade Up With $500 Off An Apollo X!

With Westlake Pro’s exclusive Trade-Up promotion, you can transform your old gear into a discount of up to $500 on a brand new Apollo X Heritage Edition recording interface.

Simply bring in your old recording interface to Westlake Pro, and you’re immediately eligible for a significant discount on your purchase of a new Apollo interface. It’s the perfect way to level up your music production without breaking the bank!

What’s New In Pro Tools 2023.6

Avid has just released the latest update Pro Tools 2023.6, bringing new Track Markers, Atmos and Ambisonic support with added Track Widths, a new and improved Event Operations window for Easier MIDI, improvements to Device Setup, and more to all Pro Tools users.

Universal Audio Welcomes New Plugins To The Native Family

Universal Audio released two brand-new UAD plugins available natively from day one! Enjoy the sounds of the Capitol Mastering Compressor and the Electra 88 Vintage Keyboard Studio without requiring any UA hardware. Whether you’re an artist, engineer, or producer, these plugins will make excellent additions to your musical toolkit.

Mojave Audio’s MA-301fet: A Desert Island Microphone

From acoustic instruments like violin, stand-up bass, and guitar, to every range of vocalist, the MA-301fet produces a sonic clarity that rivals other microphones both within and outside the MA-301fet’s price range. Put the MA-301fet in front of amp cabs, horn sections, or overheads and accurately capture the power and rhythm of some of the most difficult sources to record.

Studio Spotlight | Malonic Records

Studio Spotlight | Malonic Records

Located in the industrial city of Monterrey, MX, Malonic Records is a new Dolby Atmos integrated studio that specializes in recording, mixing, and mastering. Capable of mixing in Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, Malonic Records is also outfitted with large studio monitors from Ocean Way Audio. 

Recording Guitars With Troy Van Leeuwen And The Avid MBOX Studio

The Avid MBOX Studio is packed with features that put everything you need to record huge guitars at your fingertips. We visited world-renowned guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) and engineer Matt Cerritos at Secret Hand Studios to put the MBOX Studio through its paces. 

Introducing Pro Tools | MTRX II

Pro Tools | MTRX II is a powerful studio centerpiece that offers exceptional sound quality, I/O customizability, and extensive routing and monitoring control all in one interface.

Pro Tools | MTRX Family Comparison

Avid has just released Pro Tools | MTRX II as well as a Thunderbolt Module that works with both the new MTRX II and Pro Tools | MTRX Studio. Let’s compare these new advancements to the previous set up!

What’s New In Pro Tools 2023.3

What's New In Pro Tools 2023.3

Avid has just released the latest update Pro Tools 2023.3, bringing qualified native Apple silicon support, their new Pro Tools | Sonic Drop content program, their all-new Pro Tools | PlayCell virtual instrument, and more to all Pro Tools users. Let’s take a look at what’s new in Pro Tools 2023.3.

Recording Drums At Secret Hand Studios

When you’re recording a drum kit it helps to have the right gear for the job. With each part of a drum kit living in vastly different frequency ranges, it benefits to have enough I/O to accurately grab the performance.

Getting Started With Dolby Atmos: Complex And Commercial Applications

In part two of Getting Started With Dolby Atmos, we covered the different ways in which you can invest in your immersive rig and how you can expand upon each one. Having a flexible, scalable, and modular system has proven to be the strength of working with an Avid-based Dolby Atmos rig. Today we’re going to take a look at what’s possible when you push the limits of a production system to accommodate the most complex sessions imaginable.

Get The Ultimate Mic Locker With UA’s Sphere

Universal Audio has just released two exciting new additions to its microphone line, making it so that capturing breathtaking performances are achievable at any price point. Whether you’re a hobbyist, a musician, or a seasoned studio professional – UA’s Sphere LX Modeling Microphone and Sphere DLX Modeling Microphone will give you authentically analog emulations of dozens of legendary microphones, at a fraction of the cost.

Let’s take a look at what these new microphones have to offer.

Looking Back At 2022

A lot has happened in the last year, and we have you – our readers – to thank for it. We’ve sat down with professionals in pro audio, received insightful wisdom from the best in the biz, discovered new workflows, built studios made from dreams, and explored cutting-edge tools from top brands.

Let’s take a look back at some exceptional highlights of 2022.

Avid MBOX Studio – First Look

 Bring professional recording power to your personal studio with the most comprehensive desktop interface ever made. Powered by Pro Tools Studio, MBOX Studio provides everything you need to create, record, edit, and mix music and audio with exceptional clarity. Low-latency tracking, real-time effects, and 21 x 22 simultaneous I/O—including four Variable Z mic/line inputs—enable you to quickly turn your ideas into the next big hit with ease. Go further with loopback mixing, guitar reamplification, and multi-monitor control. And sound your best with a massive collection of instruments, plugins, and loops, including MBOX Ignition Pack. 

RedNet R1 Workflows with the Mix Messiah

In Focusrite’s latest video series, they’re joined by sound editor and re-recording mixer Leslie Gaston-Bird, who explains how she uses RedNet R1 to streamline her Dolby Atmos workflow and details some of RedNet R1’s many useful features.

Spotlight: Atmos Mixing Engineer Jonathan Wales

For more than two decades, veteran re-recording mixer Jonathan Wales has had an incredible career in both film and television. Recent highlights include Get Out (2017) and What About Love (2020), as well as critically acclaimed shows like The Mist (2018).

Making an Atmos Empire

Taking even a single-room Immersive Studio concept from a simple idea all the way to those first deliverables is a scientific undertaking that requires an experienced team. So when a major post production company asked us to come up with a plan for more than twenty Atmos mixing rooms, editing bays, viewing rooms, and server rooms in a single facility, we knew it would be more important than ever to think outside the box and come up with unique, hand-tailored integration plans. Starting today, we’re going to walk you through the process.

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