Meet Us at AES Berlin

It’s springtime which in pro audio world means it’s time to head to AES Europe.

This year’s convention will be held in Berlin 20-22.5. For the first time in Europe, you can check out the spanking new native Dolby Atmos integration with Pro Tools HD and Avid Pro Tools S6 on Avid stand. 

If you’re coming as well, drop us a mail or give us a ring. See you in Berlin!

SEC Crew Avid ACSR Certified

We’re happy to report that after days of pre-study and exams, SEC’s Jonathan Rüegg (mid) and Alexander Saacks (right) were approved to attend Avid ACSR training in London by the top training guy on the continent, Justin Fraser (left).

After few days with Justin at legendary Pinewood Studios, both Jonathan and Alex made the grades with flying colors and are now not only happy campers but also official Pro Tools 400-level Avid Certified Support Representatives. So when you need true pro Avid sales and support, drop us a line or give us a ring.

Dolby Atmos Integration in Pro Tools HD

Dolby Atmos is becoming the hottest thing in cinema and home theater, enabling filmmakers to deliver bigger, more immersive audio experiences to viewers worldwide.

After few years of hard work behind the scenes with top Hollywood studios and sound engineers, Avid will soon be delivering the deepest Dolby Atmos integration across the Pro Tools | HD ecosystem. Coming this Q, a new Pro Tools HD software with built-in Dolby Atmos integration will be available with most efficient immersive audio mixing workflows of any DAW in the industry.

– Work with a variety of Dolby Atmos speaker configurations, with support for 7.1.2 & 7.0.2 stem formats, as well as built-in fold-down logic
– Make mixing decisions on the fly from your Pro Tools mixer with 3D object routing and panning
– Dial-in mixes using synchronized audio and automation punches while re-recording
– Dolby Atmos workflow integration in Pro Tools | S6 delivers the most affordable console for mixing the most immersive audio format
– Monitor and route hundreds of audio inputs and outputs through Pro Tools | MTRX, essential for preserving bandwidth and sonic fidelity when mixing any large-scale immersive audio format
– Re-purpose content faster with support for ADM BWAV files with embedded print master metadata

Contact us for more details.

New Official Avid Pro Tools 12 Training in May

How to expand your Pro Tools knowledge big time in only few days? You have a perfect opportunity for that this May at our next Avid Pro Tools 12 courses. As the only authorized Avid Learning Partner in Switzerland, SEC brings you the official, professional Avid training which gets you to the next level and speeds up your workflow considerably.

These courses have already been visited by the staff of top studios, freelancers as well all major Swiss broadcasters and the echo has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic.

Our next courses run over two weekends in May:

– PT101 – Fundamentals I, 13-14.5., 2 days, Fr. 990.- incl. lunch

– PT110 – Fundamentals II, 19-21.5., 3 days, 1’485-. incl. lunch

Location: Ecole de Musique Farkas, Fribourg

Instructor: Alexander Saacks – Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert, Instructor and Support Representative.

The May ’17 courses are spoken in French and English. The course material and online certification exams (all included in price) are in English.

Due to the intensive course material, we keep the classes very small so book now to secure your seat.

Let’s Meet in Frankfurt

If you come to Frankfurt to see the latest and greatest in gear (and beer), give us a ring or drop us a line. We’d be happy to introduce you to the people who actually make the tools and toys you use every day. We’ll be around 5-6.4., Wednesday and Thursday – don’t hesitate to give us a call and demand a free beer.

Barefoot Footprint01 Arrived – And They Rock

We just got boxes full of sweet sound goodness from Portland. After quick listening it’s easy to understand what the hype is about – these babies are small but offer astonishingly balanced and deep sound with huge sweet spot. Especially considering the price and size, Footprint01 will change the game by making the non-compromising Barefoot sound available to anybody.

You should definitely have a listen to the Barefoot Footprint01s before you fork out your hard-earned money for new speakers. Contact us for a demo in our showroom or in your own studio.

Pro Tools Oscar Galore

Once again, Avid Pro Tools was the overwhelmingly preferred DAW for Oscar nominees this year. Best Sound Editing nominees Sylvain Bellemare for Arrival, Wylie Stateman for Deep Water Horizon, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright for Hacksaw Ridge and Tom Ozanich for Sully, and Best Sound Mixing nominees Kevin O’Connell for Hacksaw Ridge, and Stuart Wilson and Christopher Scarabosio for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story all used Avid Pro Tools, the industry’s foremost digital audio software to bring the sounds of their nominated films to life.

Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, who won the award for Best Sound Mixing for his work on Hacksaw Ridge, said, “Despite shrinking post-production schedules and budgets, the demand for an Oscar-worthy soundtrack has never been greater. My Avid S3 control surface and Pro Tools help make that possible.”

All five nominated songs for Best Original Song were created using Pro Tools, including winner City of Stars (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul), Audition (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake, Max Martin Karl, Johan Schuster), The Empty Chair (J. Ralph and Sting) and How Far I’ll Go (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

Avid MTRX Has Arrived

Avid’s long-awaited, new flaghship audio I/O, the MTRX finally arrived at SEC today. Based on the revolutionary DAD AX32, MTRX delivers incredible sound quality with unparalleled flexibility, making it the ultimate centerpiece of a modern recording or post production studio.

With one 2RU device you do more than with a rack full of traditional I/Os and cover DigiLink, Dante, MADI Coax, MADI Optical, AES/EBU, SDI, DSD, and last but not least up to 384kHz analog I/O with pristine remote controllable Mic Pres. MTRX can clock to AES11, Word Clock as well as Blackburst and sports dual PSUs for high-level redundancy. A perfect companion to Avid S6, MTRX also comes with Pro | Mon 2 software pre-installed, enabling complex multichannel monitoring, remote controllable directly from S6 touch screen. In addition to its 1’500 x 1’500 matrix, Pro | Mon also provides a 256 x 32, 32-bit floating point summing mixer, enabling you to sum stems and sources to feed monitor outputs.

The modular design of MTRX lets you roll your own dream machine and upgrade its capabilities in the future. Additionally to the 16ch AES/EBU and 64ch BNC coax MADI on board, you can add up to eight of the following cards. Up to six of them can be analog converters for max. 48ch analog in or out.

– 8 Line Pristine AD Card – eight channels of line-level analog inputs

– 2 Mic/Line Pristine AD Card – two channels of analog inputs and mic preamps with relay-based gain circuit, an ideal low-cost option for talkback and tracking

– 8 Mic/Line Pristine AD Card – 8 channels of analog inputs and mic preamps with relay-based gain circuit

– 8 Pristine DA Card – 8 channels of line-level analog outputs with an output level control

– 8 AES3 I/O Card – 8 line AES3 inputs and outputs (16 channels), with built-in sample rate conversion

– Dual SDI/HD/3G Card – 2 x 16 channels of SDI/HD/3G connections (embed/de-embed) with built-in sample rate conversion

– 64-Channel IP Audio Dante Module – up to 64 channels of low-latency digital audio using Dante (64 channels at 44.1 kHz or 16 channels at 192 kHz)

– Dual MADI I/O Card – 128 channels of MADI inputs and outputs through two optical SFP ports

– MADI Module for Base Unit – an additional one or two 64-channel I/O coaxial or optical MADI module to the chassis

If there ever was a Swiss army knife for highest end professional audio, MTRX is it. Contact us for a demo, this is the future of audio interfaces.

Technical Update 23.2.17

– Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD 12.7.1 are now available for Mac 10.12.2 (Sierra), 10.11.6 (El Capitan), 10.10.5 (Yosemite), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit, fixing long list of bugs. You’ll find the download on your Avid account as long as your upgrade and support plan is active. If your plan is expired or expiring soon, contact us for a special deal on renewal and reinstatement.

Pro Tools 12.7.1 release info

New Barefoot Footprint01 Coming Soon

The new, affordable Footprint01 is Barefoot Sound’s response to evolving modern workflows, making the company’s ultra-high performance technologies available to professionals working in home-based facilities, writing, editing or post production rooms. Considering that Footprint01 costs less than half of the “classic” Barefoot models, now independent composers, songwriters, musicians, beat-makers, post production specialists and others can benefit from the Barefoot sound, wherever they work.

The Footprint01 is an active 3-way speaker that shares the same Thomas Barefoot signature designs – Dual-Force technology opposing subwoofers, Dual Ring Radiator tweeter and Multi-Emphasis Monitor Emulation technology – as the MicroMain and MasterStack monitor lines. Footprint01 features dual opposing 8-inch subwoofers amped at 500W, and a 4-inch mid driver plus a 1-inch dual ring radiating tweeter, both sharing a 150W amp. All those components share a lineage with Barefoot’s other products providing extreme transient accuracy, wide sweet spot and flat frequency response. The impressive, 36Hz – 45kHz (±3dB) frequency response is even more astounding when you think that it’s coming from a tiny 35x26x34cm cabinet.

After introducing Footprint01 at NAMM, pre-orders went through the roof and manufacturing is struggling to fulfill the orders. We hope to get the first shipment in few weeks, stay tuned!

Contact us for a demo session