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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...

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...

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...

Getting Started With Dolby Atmos: Choosing Your Rig

In the first part of our guide to Dolby Atmos, we covered what you need to get started and some ways you can adapt new technology to your current workflow. But all of this begs the question, “where do I go from here?”. Well, fear not! In this article, we’re...

Getting Started With Dolby Atmos: Understanding Fundamentals

Is it worth investing in Atmos for music? For years Dolby Atmos has built up hype in the Post Production world and is starting to take significant strides into the music industry. But are consumers and engineers really ready to embrace this new format? With major streaming services supporting the...

Expand Your System with the Avid Carbon Pre

Expand your Pro Tools | Carbon-powered studio up to 24 channels of mic/line inputs and more. Sonically exceptional, each Pro Tools | Carbon Pre delivers the same world-class audio performance as Carbon, providing eight premium mic/line preamps with variable input impedance for greater tonal flexibility, and stacked ADCs for maximum...

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...

API Adds Two 500 Series Modules To Their Select Series

Automated Processes Inc. (API) announces the SV-12 Compressor and SV-14 4-band EQ 500 Series modules as the latest additions to the API Select range of products. Designed, built, and tested at the API factory in Jessup, Maryland, API Select products are specifically engineered to complement API’s classic line of mic...

What’s New in Pro Tools 2022.9

Pro Tools 2022.9 has been released and with its arrival brings some major new features and enhancements, instantly available to all current Pro Tools customers on an active subscription or perpetual Software Updates + Support Plan. Let's take a look.

Universal Audio Unveils New Volt Interfaces & Plugin Bundle

From the creators of the game-changing Apollo interface, Universal Audio will be releasing two new Volt interfaces to bring professional fidelity to your at-home or mobile recording sessions. The UA Volt is the perfect interface for creative collaborators who want to easily record their projects with studio-quality sound. Plug right into...

Long-Awaited Melodyne Integration Coming To Pro Tools

For those of us who have been waiting, the wait is finally over. Avid recently announced that ARA 2 support is coming to the next release of Pro Tools. This will allow seamless integration between Pro Tools and Melodyne, one of the most requested features by end users. 

UA’s 1176: A Complete Guide

The Universal Audio 1176 Compressor/Limiter is one of the most revered time-tested pieces of recording gear in history. Introduced in 1968 by Bill Putnam Sr. of United Recording fame, it has become a mainstay in nearly every studio today. Known for its smooth character and, at times, inaudible compression, the...

Building A Studio For Immersive Mixing | Part Three

Building a Dolby Atmos-certified mixing room is no easy feat. There are major obstacles to overcome, but this was unique. With a separate live room, keyboard room, and vocal booth, the goal was to make the switch between recording and monitoring in Atmos fast and intuitive, along with installing dedicated...

Immersive Audio Comes To Antelope’s Galaxy 32 Synergy Core

Antelope Audio has just released full immersive audio support for their Galaxy 32 Synergy Core interface. The Galaxy 32 has always been the perfect interface for all of your production needs. Now updated with up to 23 different monitoring formats including full Dolby Atmos and immersive sound support, the Galaxy...

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.

Building A Studio For Immersive Mixing | Part Two

Building an Atmos tracking & mixing room is no easy feat, but it’s one the Westlake Pro Design Group has perfected over their decades of experience. The biggest challenge in this build was giving the engineers the ability to track directly in Atmos 7.1.2, a feature ahead of its time...

Building A Studio For Immersive Mixing | Part One

Just outside of Nashville Tennessee, tucked away in a pleasant suburban neighborhood, lies one of the most technologically advanced Atmos studios ever built. Housed in an unsuspecting brick home surrounded by a variety of shrubbery is Immersive Mixing, the only studio in Tennessee designed with the latest Atmos capabilities for...

The 7 Best UAD Plugins For Vocals

When it comes to recording and mixing vocals, there’s no room for error. Messing up your lead vocal is the fastest way to turn off a listener. We all instinctively know what the human voice should sound like, so it’s that much easier to know when something is amiss. Whether...

The 15 Best Plugins From Universal Audio

If you’re looking for the most realistic and detailed analog emulations, UAD plug-ins are the best in the business. For over 20 years Universal Audio has been painstakingly recreating your favorite analog hardware in the digital realm.

Ditch The Amp With Universal Audio’s New Amp Pedals

New from Universal Audio, built on powerful dual-engine processing and world-class UAD modeling come three new instrument amplifier pedals to grant your every wish. From sweet, rich cleans to growling, grinding distortion, these new pedal offerings will take your tone on a journey far from home.

How Dante Can Make The Difference | Part 3: Dante & Focusrite

From the basics of Audio over IP networks to solutions for your home studio, Dante has shown us new and exciting ways that technology is changing our craft, in addition to things that we may have been doing the old way for a bit too long. But what about something...

Simple ADAT Solutions with Focusrite Clarett +

Have you ever noticed the optical ports on the back of your unit labeled ADAT?  These inputs and outputs are the keys to unlocking more of the I/O that’s at your fingertips and expanding your setup without the need to spend loads more cash.  Today we’re going to take a...

Introducing Pro Tools Artist, Studio & Ultimate

Pro Tools is the world’s most used and awarded audio production software for making music, movies, and TV shows, providing everything you need to create, record, edit, and mix in the moment. Pro Tools software is now available in three new options — Pro Tools Artist for aspiring music creators,...

Pro Tools | Artist, Studio & Ultimate FAQs

With Avid's launch of three new Pro Tools tiers, there's a lot of info to unpack. You may have a few questions about what you should do next. As the #1 Avid dealer around the world, we compiled the most important info below to ensure you get the answers you...

SSL Unleashes THE BUS+

If there is a single piece of analog processing equipment that is synonymous with SSL, it must be the SSL Bus Compressor. From the very first commercially released SSL 4000 B console in 1976 and through many generations of SSL consoles that have followed, the Bus Compressor has always been...

The A Series from Adam Audio

Always on the cutting edge of monitor design, ADAM Audio is releasing an updated version of their coveted AX series studio monitors.  With the advent of immersive audio, ADAM has made its long-loved AX series monitors more than capable of handling anything you can throw at them with their new...

How Dante Can Make The Difference | Part 1: Getting Started

If you're like the rest of us, you've probably set up at least one studio in your life. From cabling to hanging sound treatment, we've done it all. For years this has meant running cables to each piece of gear (maybe even more than once), one after the other until...

Deep Dive: Pro Tools | Studio

Looking for a way to take your productions to the next level?  With Pro Tools Studio you’ll get the tools you need to take on even bigger projects and harness your inner creativity to help turn your musical dreams into a reality.

Deep Dive: Pro Tools | Ultimate

Take on the biggest and most complex productions with this top-tier offering for audio post-production and music. With an advanced toolset, and Dolby Atmos support, you can be sure that no matter what project comes through your door you’ll be ready for it all with Pro Tools Ultimate.

Deep Dive: Pro Tools | Artist

Pro Tools Artist is here to help you take your music from inception to completion so that it’s ready for the world’s most popular streaming platforms including Spotify, Youtube, and Apple Music. Pro Tools Artist makes music creation fast, fluid, and fun, providing the same tools the pros use to...

UA Drops New Microphones

Universal Audio unveiled that they'll be adding microphones to their line of professional audio equipment. Two of these offers are rebranded classic microphones that UA has acquired, the legendary Bock Audio and Townsend Labs. Additionally, Universal Audio has two proprietary microphones designed for the home studio market. 

Our LA Showroom has Moved!

We just moved our Los Angeles Showroom to our new location in Burbank. As we get our new studios wired up, we will be operating by appointment only. We look forward to welcoming you to our new space, so stay tuned for more info and call or email us today...

2021: The Year In Gear

2021 put everyone through their paces, but the audio industry has grown to adapt and overcome any challenges that might come between the audio community and the high quality sounds we crave. These obstacles brought new solutions that would change the way audio works for now and for the future.

Westlake Pro 2021: Memorable Events

While we met in person only a few times this past year, we made up for it by having several livestreams talking about the one thing we all love: gear. Plus, we had a lot of very special guests show us some of their trade secrets! As we move into...

Westlake Pro 2021: Top Featured Content

2021 brought a lot of exciting new content to us throughout the year. Studio features, profiles, brand spotlights and more proved that the world was busy creating and truly expressing themselves amidst the hardships we all encountered. As we move into the New Year, let's take a look back at...

Solid State Logic’s BiG SiX Desktop Console

Based on Solid State Logic's highly acclaimed SiX desktop mixer, SSL incorporated the feedback from artists, producers, and engineers to create the next step in hybrid production, the BiG SiX.

Focusrite Pro’s RedNet R1

RedNet R1 is a versatile studio-grade desktop remote controller for Focusrite Red audio interfaces that helps you perfect your workflow. When combined with a Red interface, RedNet R1 gives you complete control of your monitor selection, source selection, and offers Dante, Pro Tools | HD and Thunderbolt connectivity. The RedNet...

Pro Tools 2021.10 Has Arrived.

Avid has just released the latest iteration of Pro Tools, version 2021.10, giving users flexibility in their workflows and more control over their Pro Tools system. Whether you're a seasoned Pro Tools professional or are just starting out, version 2021.10 will tighten up your productivity and expand your rigs capabilities...

Let Your Audio Shine with iZotope’s RX 9

Without a doubt iZotope's RX is the industry standard for audio repair. It's an award-winning audio restoration suite trusted by the top post production engineers to quickly and reliably deliver fantastic sound. 

Introducing Volt: Universal Audio’s New Recording Interfaces

Universal Audio has released an all new line of recording interfaces - introducing Volt, with classic analog tone shaping. UA's Volt line includes 5 new recording interfaces featuring UA's best-in-class audio quality to create professional-sounding music productions, livestreams and podcasts.

Is Your Room Ready for Dolby Atmos Music?

For those who thought that Dolby Atmos for Music would never catch on, well, it might be time to reconsider that opinion. Apple’s recent announcement that Apple Music will now support Dolby Atmos, it’s clear that Dolby’s Immersive Audio format is here to stay and will soon be a must...

API Builds On Their Classic Sound with API Select

Today, API unveiled their latest range of pro audio gear they've called API Select. API Select kicks off with six new products that are unique to API's classic products while still complimenting their classic mix of pre's, equalizers and compressors. This new range of outboard gear give users the same...

Pro Tools 2021.6 is Here.

Avid has just released the latest iteration of Pro Tools, version 2021.6, boasting several improvements instantly making user's Pro Tools rigs that much more powerful.

Avid brings Hybrid Engine to HDX

The Hybrid Engine maximizes the performance of Pro Tools by using your native CPU and HDX DSP processing at the same time. When you put a track in DSP Mode, the HDX Engine accelerates real-time AAX DSP plugins while your CPU plays back the rest of your mix. And because...

Solid State Logic’s New UC1 Plug-In Controller

Solid State Logic's new UC1 Plug-In Controller combines classic console ergonomics with the power of SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins, for virtual console 'in-the-box' audio production experience.

527A: API Enhances a Classic Compressor

Since its debut over 12 years ago, the API 527 has continued to gain popularity with mixing engineers across the world. Designed with maximum user flexibility in mind, the 527 has always offered fast compression and a characteristically punchy tone coupled with the unmistakable sound of API’s analog warmth.

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