Avid Audio Plug-in Activation Card, Tier 1
Tier 1 high-value plug-ins ($99 each)
Avid Pro Tools Tier 1 high-value plug-in collection
As more engineers, producers, and mixers convert totally to working inside-the-box, quality plug-ins that can replace hardware are indispensable tools in the effort to produce ITB mixes that sound every bit as good as OTB mixers. With Avid’s three-tiered plug-in system, you can fill your audio toolbox with professional Avid plug-ins. Avid’s three lower-cost tiers are priced at $99, $299, or $499 (except virtual instruments).
Avid Audio Tier 1 plug-ins:
- Pro Compressor—compressor with five advanced compression modes, wet/dry mix, and attenuation listen mode to isolate and hear gain reduction
- Pro Expander—Functions as upward or downward expander; capable of adding excitement and frequency balance to a mix; noise reduction; emphasizing attack on instruments; reducing room sound on acoustic instruments; and more
- Tel-Ray Variable Delay—lush delay lets you dial in the amount of non-linear response like the revered vintage analog Tel-Ray units
- Voce Bundle—Voce Spin: the most accurate simulation of the rotating speaker effect: Voce Chorus/Vibrato recreates the B-3 organ’s mechanical scanner vibrato
Avid Pro Compressor
The Avid Pro Compressor is a high quality, AAX plug-in that delivers master-quality sound without over-taxing DSP resources—great for track-heavy productions. Not just another compressor plug-in, the Avid Pro Compressor gives music producers and post-production professionals a comprehensive tool for applying compression to the variety of moving targets found in complex musical settings. To accomplish these tasks, the Avid Pro Compressor employs four advanced detection modes, five if you count the unique Smart mode that chooses between each detection mode on the fly in response to changes in program material. The Pro Compressor also includes a sidechain with filters for targeting or passing specific frequencies, as well as external key input, so that a separate track or external source can trigger compression. The sidechain also has a “listen” function that lets you hear the signal going into the sidechain for tweaking. The Avid Pro Compressor can also respond to stereo and multi-channel (surround) sources and employs combined meters that show both sample peak metering and averaged metering. Pro Compressor also provides creative options; such as a wet/dry mix control for parallel processing without the need for setting up an aux channel. Based on the processing algorithms of the award-winning Euphonix System 5 channel strip effects, the Avid Pro Compressor is a plug-in of the highest pedigree.
Avid Pro Compressor in one take:
- Four advanced compression detectors plus a unique SMART mode that analyzes incoming signal and interpolates the proper detection mode as needed
- Attenuation Listen mode lets you isolate the gain reduction part of the processed audio signal
- Depth control sets maximum compression level
- Dry Mix sets balance between compressed (wet) and original (dry) signal
- Sidechain with filters and Q control
- Dynamics graph tracks compression curve and can be used to graphically edit threshold, ratio, knee, and depth settings
- Frequency graph for side-chain filtering
- Combined meters that show both sample peak, average, and peak hold value
- Front/rear linking mode
for work with surround sound
Avid Pro Compressor in-depth
Avid Pro Compressor has four detector options for determining how the compressor responds to input signal. The Average option, as its name implies, applies processing according to the average amplitude of the input signal. RMS applies processing according to the detected RMS (Root Mean Square) amplitude of the input signal. The RMS option is similar to the Average detection mode, but with a faster release time. The Peak option applies processing to the peak amplitude of the input signal, and the Fast detection mode, which is similar to Peak, has faster attack and release times. Select the Fast mode for tracks with high and short transient peaks.
Finally, the Smart option is for tracks with diverse input signals, or if you are simply unsure which detector works best with the given audio material. The Smart option analyzes the incoming signal and interpolates between the different detection modes as needed. This lets you apply a lot of compression without distortion or pumping.
Attenuation Listen Mode
Attenuation Listen mode lets you isolate and listen solely the gain reduction portion of the processed audio signal. This can help you hear what parts of the input signal are triggering compression, which, in turn, can help you better understand the characteristics of the compressor with the current settings.
The Depth control sets the maximum amount of gain reduction applied regardless of the input signal. For example, if the Ratio is set to 20.0:1 with the Depth control off, up to 20 dB of gain reduction is applied to the incoming signal (at0 dB). However, at the same compression ration, if you set Depth to -10dB, no more than 10dB of gain reduction is applied to the incoming signal.
The Dry Mix allows you to perform parallel compression within the plug-in itself, instead of setting up an aux channel. Dry Mix sets the balance between the compressed signal (wet) and the original signal (dry). The Dry Mix setting determines how much of the original signal is sent to the output in relation to the processed signal. For example, at 30%, the output will be 30% dry and 70% wet. The Dry Mix control can pass either 100% wet or 100% dry signal as well.
Pro Compressor provides selectable filters for side-chain processing and supports external key side-chain capabilities. Four sidechain filter types are available, including low pass, high pass, notch, and band pass. With band pass or notch filter selected, the Pro Compressor’s Q control becomes available. Q changes the bandwidth of the filter around the center frequency. The sidechain can be used with or without filters enabled.
With external key side-chain processing, you can trigger dynamics processing using an external signal (such as a separate reference track or audio source) instead of the input signal. This external source is known as the key input. The sidechain filters let you adjust the sensitivity of the sidechain detector to specific frequencies. For example, you could configure the sidechain so that low frequencies on a drum track trigger dynamics processing.
To enable more precise sidechain settings, Pro Compressor has a Listen mode that lets you hear the input signal for the sidechain to the compressor. This can be either the external key input or the internal side-chain (including the applied filter).
Side-Chain Processing Graph
The Side-Chain Processing Graph display shows the frequency curve for the selected Filter Type at the selected frequency.
The Dynamics Graph display shows a curve that represents the level of the input signal, amount of gain reduction applied, and a vertical line that represents the threshold setting. The display is both a visual guideline for the amount of compression applied to an audio signal, as well as a control interface for threshold, ration, knee, and depth settings.
Internal Front/Rear Linking
For LCRS or greater channel formats, when Internal Front/Rear is selected, dynamics processing is applied based on front channel inputs (LCR) and surround channel inputs independently. For .1 formats, the LFE channel is processed independently based on its own input signal.
Peak Program Metering
Avid Pro Compressor has highly accurate meters that show both sample peak and averaging metering with an integration time of approximately 400ms. For input and output signals, Pro Compressor uses sample peak over average metering, while attenuation metering uses sample peak only. To provide precise visual correlation between metering and audio signal, the Peak Hold indicator appears as a thin orange line in the meter, while Peak Hold value is displayed numerically at the top of the meter.
Avid Pro Expander
The Pro Expander is one of essential tools in the Avid Pro series of premium plug-ins. Capable of functioning as an upward or downward expander, the multi-functional Avid Pro Expander is capable of adding excitement and frequency balance to a mix; noise reduction; emphasizing attack on instruments; reducing room sound on acoustic instruments and more. Avid Pro Expander has musically focused processing features including a look-ahead mode to preserve transients, sidechain filters with Q controls and a listen function that lets you zoom in on the sidechain input, and a wet/dry mix control for parallel expansion. Like its sibling, the Pro Compressor, the Avid Pro Expander also features five advanced detection modes including Avid’s Smart technology that selects detector modes in response to changes in program material. Based on the dynamics characteristics of the renowned Avid System 5 console, Pro Expander goes even further, enabling you to expand, gate, and duck signals with the utmost precision.
Avid Pro Expander in one take:
- Look-ahead mode preserves transients
- Upward expansion mode
- Advanced ducker mode with dedicated detector and optimized algorithm for smooth audio level changes
- Sidechain control with adjustable Q
- Mix control blends direct and expanded sound
- Five detection modes including Smart auto-select
- PPM metering for precise read on highly transient audio material
- Listen mode isolates gain reduction portion of audio
- Front/rear channel linking mode for consistent level management of surround material
Avid Pro Expander in-depth
In addition to standard knob and fader controls, Pro Expander also provides a dynamics graph to track the gain transfer curve for dynamic expansion and gating, as well as a frequency graph for side-chain filtering. Additionally, the dynamics graph can be used to graphically edit the Threshold, Ratio, Knee, and Depth settings.
The look-ahead control lets you add up to 15ms of delay incoming audio processing. Adjusting the look-ahead time ensures that processing with an Attack setting of 0 (or at least very short) can be accurate to the true attack time of transients in the signal. When look-ahead is engaged, the full amount of delay time is added to the Pro Expander plug-in processing latency. When set to off, no additional latency occurs.
The Upward button enables Upward Expansion mode. When Upward Expansion is enabled, the Pro Expander amplifies signals above the Threshold, which makes it quite useful for increasing dynamic range. When it’s disabled, the signal is attenuated when the signal falls below threshold, which is classic downward expansion.
Emulate radio programming easily with this advanced ducker mode, which uses its own dedicated detector and optimized algorithm for smooth audio level changes. Select the Duck option to use Pro Expander as a ducker. In order to use Pro Limiter as a ducker, set up an external key input side-chain bussed from another track. When the Duck option is enabled, the incoming signal is attenuated when the side- chain input crosses the Threshold setting. For the most predictable results, set Ratio to GATE. Use the Depth control to adjust the amount of ducking applied to the input signal. Dialog or voice-over is most commonly used as an external key input to duck (attenuate) the program material (typically music) on the track where Pro Expander is inserted.
Sidechain control with Q and Listen mode
Pro Expander provides external key input and filters for sidechain processing. With external key side-chain processing, you can trigger dynamics processing using an external signal (such as a separate reference track or audio source) instead of the input signal. With Pro Expander’s sidechain filters, you can make dynamics processing more sensitive to certain frequencies. For example, you might configure the side-chain so that certain lower frequencies on a drum track trigger dynamics processing.
When combined with Pro Expander’s listen mode, you can target offending frequencies with ease to set up a de-esser, plosive remover, and more. Sidechain listen can be external key input or the internal side-chain (including the applied filter).
Avid Pro Expander has four detector options for determining how the compressor responds to input signal. The Average option, as its name implies, applies processing according to the average amplitude of the input signal. RMS applies processing according to the detected RMS (Root Mean Square) amplitude of the input signal. The RMS option is similar to the Average detection mode, but with a faster release time. The Peak option applies processing to the peak amplitude of the input signal, and the Fast detection mode, which is similar to Peak, has faster attack and release times. Select the Fast mode for tracks with high and short transient peaks.
Finally, the Smart option is for tracks with diverse input signals or if you’re not sure which detector works best with the given audio material. The Smart option analyzes the incoming signal and interpolates between the different detection modes as needed. This lets you apply a lot of compression without distortion or pumping.
The Dry Mix control sets the balance between the processed signal (wet) and the original signal (dry). The Dry Mix allows you to perform creative sound shaping and parallel expansion within the plug-in itself, instead of setting up an aux channel. Dry Mix sets the balance between the compressed signal (wet) and the original signal (dry). The Dry Mix setting determines how much of the original signal is sent to the output in relation to the processed signal. For example, at 30%, the output will be 30% dry and 70% wet. The Dry Mix control can pass either 100% wet or 100% dry signal as well
Pro Expander provides combined meters that show both sample peak and averaged metering. Pro Expander uses sample peak meters over average metering for input and output signals. Attenuation metering uses sample peak metering only. The Peak Hold value is displayed numerically at the top of the meter and the Peak Hold indicator appears as a thin orange line in the meter. This provides highly accurate visual metering correlation with the audio signal. Pro Expander also displays averaging metering with an integration time of approximately 400ms.
This mode lets you isolate and listen solely to the processed part of the audio signal. This can help you hear what parts of the input signal are triggering expansion or gating, which, in turn, can help you understand and fine-tune the characteristics of the current settings of the expander/gate.
Front/rear linking mode
Work with surround sound material more easily and link channels for more consistent level management. Available sources for sidechain processing include: Internal source-Stereo Pairs, External Source-All (w/LFE); Internal Source-All (no LFE); or Internal-Source Front/Rear.
When Internal-Source Stereo Pairs is selected, processing is triggered for both the Left and Right channel when the input signal reaches the threshold on either the Left or the Right channel. With multi-channel surround processing, the input signal for each stereo pair affects only those same channels, and likewise mono channels are affected only by their own input signal.
When External-All (w/LFE) is selected, the plug-in uses the amplitude of a separate reference track or external audio source to trigger dynamics processing. Dynamics processing is applied equally to all channels when the input signal reaches the thresh- old on any input channel. With multi-channel surround processing, the key signal triggers dynamics processing for all processed audio channels equally.
When Internal-All (no LFE) is selected, dynamics processing is applied equally to all channels when the input signal reaches the threshold on any input channel, except for the LFE channel (if present). The LFE channel is processed independently based on its own input signal.
For LCRS or greater channel formats, when Internal Source-Front/Rear is selected, dynamics processing is applied based on front channel inputs (LCR) and surround channel inputs (S) independently. For “.1” formats, the LFE channel is processed independently based on its own input signal.
Avid Pro Expander offers a wide range of features and advancements that go way beyond capabilities of the Avid Channel Strip plug-in, plus some unique features not found in the Pro Compressor. Additionally, Avid Pro Expander is AAX DSP optimized, to enable you to handle high track-count Pro Tools | HDX mixes with ease.
Tel-Ray Vintage Variable Delay
What makes vintage delays sound so good is their bad behavior, or non-linear response for those who speak audio nerd. The Tel-Ray Variable Delay plug-in delivers the lush delay, amazing echo, and incredible warmth that the original analog units were famous for, and brings a magical quality to any voice or instrument. In order to capture the erratic but wonderful sound of the original Tel-Ray, Avid engineers had to get clever. Each Tel-Ray Avid engineers tested varied drastically in pitch and variation effects, and the same unit could even sound different day to day. Since the original units are basically 30 year-old tuna cans bolted to plywood with springs and motors flopping around inside, Avid added a Variation knob that lets you can dial in whatever state of disrepair you desire.
Tel-Ray Variable Delay features:
- Variable Delay: Select the delay time from 0.06 to 0.3 seconds—full clockwise is slowest
- Variation: Adjust how much variation occurs in the delay—the more variation you use, the more warbled and wobbly the sound becomes
- Sustain: A feedback control similar to the one found on the Moogerfooger Analog Delay determines how long the delay takes to die out
- Echo/Doubler: Determines whether or not a second record head is engaged, resulting in a double echo
The original analog units were developed in the early 1960s by a small company that experimented with electronics and technology. When they came up with something great, they would gleefully run to tell the boss, who happened to be named, Ray—hence the name, Tel-Ray. One such invention involved a tuna can, a motor, and a few tablespoons of cancer-causing oil. The creation: an electronic memory unit aptly named the Tel-Ray.
Rotating speaker simulation
A staple of studio effects for six decades, Voce Bundle plug-ins bring the classic rotating speaker sound to your Pro Tools sessions.
Voce Bundle included plug-ins
- Voce Spin
- Voce Chorus/Vibrato
This is perhaps the most accurate simulation of the much-loved Leslie rotating speaker, which, by the way, was actually hated by Laurens Hammond, who was adamant that his Hammond B-3 was not meant to sound that way, and refused to repair any B-3 whose owner had the temerity to own a Leslie. Of course, the people spoke, Hammond retired, and the combination of Hammond B3 and Leslie speaker to this day remains the organ sound beloved by jazz, pop, and rock players, and not just for organ, but guitar as well. The plug-in features 15 classic recording setups with horn resonance, speaker crossover, varying microphone placement and even the “Memphis” sound with the lower drum’s slow motor unplugged.
Voce Chorus/Vibrato re-creates the B-3 organ’s mechanical scanner vibrato. You get three settings of chorus and three settings of vibrato on one cool knob.
Add professional compression and expansion from the award-winning Euphonix System 5, plus vintage-sounding delay and rotating speaker effects to your productions with Avid Tier 1 plug-ins.
|Dimensions||13 x 12 x 4 in|
AAX Native, AAX DSP
|Pro Tools HD||
|OS Requirements - Mac||
OS X 10.8.5 or later, iOS 8 or later
|Download / Boxed||
|OS Requirements - PC||
Windows 7 (SP1) or later