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NAMM 2013: Avid announces Pro Series AAX plug-ins

Adam Savage
NAMM 2013: Avid announces Pro Series AAX plug-ins

Avid has introduced the Pro Series line of AAX Native and AAX DSP plug-ins.

Pro Compressor and Pro Expander – available now – along with Pro Limiter – coming soon – are the first plug-ins in the series, joining an expanding line-up for the AAX platform.

Avid’s Pro Series plug-ins work with AAX DSP and AAX Native systems, including Pro Tools HDX, Pro Tools HD Native, and any system using Pro Tools 10 and higher software. All three plug-ins offer high sound quality and metering, low latency and efficient DSP usage.  

Pro Limiter enables the user to maximise the loudness of any mix without distortion or harshness. It offers a variety of features that control how it reacts. These include clean and transparent sound; a unique character knob adds soft saturation to signals, enabling an increase in loudness and a higher amount of gain reduction; and EBU R128 loudness metering lets users normalise broadcast audio to EBU specifications quickly.

The Pro Compressor is a high-quality compressor based on the Avid System 5 console and Channel Strip plug-in. It is equipped with four advanced detectors, plus a SMART mode, which change how the compressor sounds and reacts. A Solo function isolates the gain reduction part of the audio material, while the Parallel Compression feature allows users to blend the compressor signal path with the unprocessed input material.

Next up is the Pro Expander, which is also based on the Avid Channel Strip plug-in, and was designed to give mixes more energy, gate noise, and duck signals. It offers a handful of easy-to-use features and improvements, including some unique elements not found in Pro Compressor.
Look Ahead mode provides up to 15 milliseconds of 'look ahead' for better results when setting a hard gate, even on low frequency signals; Upward mode increases the dynamics in the material, allowing for more creativity – especially when used with a steep Q side-channel filter setting; and Ducker mode, with its own optimised algorithm and detector, emulates the sound and natural feel of radio programming fader moves.

“Avid continues to set the standard for professional audio production gear, and we’re excited to be adding a new crop of our own professional-level plug-ins to complement the rich selection of processors currently offered by third-party AAX developers,” said Dana Ruzicka, vice president of segment and product marketing, Avid.

“The Pro Series plug-ins are the answer to our audio professional customers’ requests for low-latency dynamics processors that can be used with Pro Tools 10 systems and DSP-based Pro Tools HDX systems.”

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