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FREE TRANCE LOOPS 06/13 - Israel based trance loops outfit Functionloops are giving away their up to date trance collection - "Summer Trance." More free stuff on same page.   read more

BEAT THE LOOP 05/11 - It's the No. 1 Ableton problem: being stuck in the loop. Dutch producer Patrice Baumel is going to help you out with a set of templates to finish your tracks quicker.   read more

IPAD MASTERING APP: FINAL… 03/31 - Final Touch is a complete mastering system for iPad that combines a maximizer, equalizer, dynamics processor, stereo imager and reverb into one integrated app. Dithering is also included for proper sample rate…   read more

THOR FOR IPAD 02/05 - Reason's flagship synth Thor was made to deliver a thunderous sound combined with groundbreaking sound sculpting capabilities. The iPad version features an innovative keyboard especially designed for iPad. Thor…   read more

Why you should learn Protools?

I'm a laptoprocker. So I'm working inside the box. I'm an Ableton Live addict since version 2 and I hate all other DAWs. So why should I learn Protools? The answer is as simple as practical: because it is the defacto recording standard in recording studios. And if you take your music seriously you will end up in such studio sooner or later. Admitted, you can come a long way in your home studio - but to capture that perfect vocal or record that totally snappy drum riff you will need some pro grear. And most of us cannot afford that. Did I mention the sound of your room yet? Professional studios do have rooms that sound great - you don't.

So let's assume you'll find yourself in a third-party studio sooner or later. You can bet on it the engineer is using Protools. Now of course you can ask him to compile the perfect performance from the takes you've recorded together, let him export it - and take that file home to your favorite DAW. Works fine! Everybody happy! But then couple of days (or weeks or months) later you realize the audio you took with you doesn't sit in your mix as nicely as you expected. Then you start thinking back of another take that might solve the issue. And that's where the trouble begins. You'll have to go back to the engineer, ask him to go trough the…

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