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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 going to cover the perfect place for you to start and how you can expand your Dolby Atmos system over time so you can build a solid foundation and watch your immersive rig grow.

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 format, loads of new production work, and consumer hardware becoming cheaper and more accessible, Dolby Atmos music is an opportunity you might not want to pass up.

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 dynamic range.

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. 

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 pre’s, equalizers, and compressors.

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 your Mac, PC, iPad, or iPhone, and you’re ready to capture your inspiration. 

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 1176 of the modern era has maintained the reputation that its predecessors created over five decades ago.

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 video feeds for communication between the engineers and artists. This was the task at hand for the Westlake Pro Design Services Group when they set out to build Immersive Mixing. The client wanted Dolby Atmos to be a part of the entire production process, from recording to mastering.

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 32 Synergy Core has the power to handle your most complex sessions.

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 for recording studios.

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 both tracking and mixing.

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 it’s compression, equalization, or time-based effects, you always want to ensure you have the right tools.

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 more significant? How can Dante and Focusrite help you be creative on an even bigger scale?

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 look at the options you might already have when it comes to the ADAT capabilities of your interface. 

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 Studio for professional music creators/producers, and the Pro Tools Ultimate subscription bundle for audio post and music studios.

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 need to stay up to date with all things Pro Tools. Of course, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team using the form below.

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 stalwart of the console center section.

How Dante Can Make The Difference | Part 2: Making Dante Work For You

Today we’re taking a deeper dive into how some of the benefits of using a Dante-based system can be tailored to your specific needs by expansion. We’ll also show you some examples of what is possible with a Focusrite Dante setup that you might not have known about before.

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 A Series line. 

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 the job is done and we have worked all the problems out. The telecommunications industry had a similar challenge when cabling up huge switchboards and patch panels.

No-Compromise: Rupert Neve’s Legacy Lives on in Focusrite Pro’s ISA Range

It was 1985, and Sir George Martin (The Beatles, America, Jeff Beck) was looking for a no-compromise mic pre and EQ installed into the recording console at Air Studios Montserrat. Naturally, he put in his request with legendary recording console designer Rupert Neve – and thus, the ISA 110 was designed…

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 create your favorite songs and albums in a cost-effective easy to use platform.

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 to book a visit or pickup an order!

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 the New Year, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from 2021.

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 some of the highlights of 2021.

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 R1 can be used to manage remote-controllable mic preamps on your Focusrite Red interfaces, so that you can keep your interface in the rack and declutter your desktop.

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 like never before. 

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 for music deliverables.

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 high-fidelity API sound, but with some modern characteristics to add a whole new color palette to your tracks.

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.

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