Thursday, February 11, 2016

Eleven Rack #2 Communication Error - Why it Happens and How to Fix it

If you are getting the "Eleven Rack #2" error with Pro Tools 11 or Pro Tools 12+ on Windows, this video will show you why it happens and how to fix it.

If you have the "Eleven Rack #2" error, you will probably also have problems with Embedded Rig settings. So I suggest you go through all the steps and re-install the driver with the correct steps, don't just rely on unchecking the device in the MIDI menu.

Eleven Rack w/ Surface Pro 3 - A Quick Test

The Eleven Rack Editor is surprisingly easy to use with touch. You won't even need to use your Surface Pen. This would be a great setup for a gig or practice just to have access to the Eleven Rack Editor and the ability to Load and Save Rigs.

Pro Tools is another story for touch. Pro Tools is not built for touch, that is obvious, but it is usable. Adding in a Type Cover and Surface Pro Pen will be a must. The Eleven Rack works just fine with Pro Tools on our Surface Pro 3. Recording and playback works. Of course the issue would be the Surface has one USB port. We need a minimum of two USB ports for the iLok and Eleven Rack - so you will need a USB hub or the Surface Pro Dock to use Pro Tools and the Eleven Rack at the same time.

If I were going to do serious recording I would add in an external USB hard drive (or two), and attach a USB wireless full size Keyboard and Mouse. And if a full size monitor were available, I would utilize the Mini DisplayPort out on the Surface Pro 3 as well.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Load Embedded Rig Settings from the CLIPS LIST in Pro Tools

As most know, you can right click a track to load your embedded rig setting. However, you also have the option to load the Eleven Rack embedded rig settings from the CLIPS LIST in Pro Tools.

There were other ways to load embedded rigs in PTLE 8 and PT9-10, such as right from the Eleven Rack Editor. But since the Editor is now Standalone (since Pro Tools 11) we no longer have that option.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Eleven Rack Automated Rig Change w/MIDI in Pro Tools

Imagine you have a song that has a ton of rig/patch changes, like from clean and airy, to djent distorted, to something in-between, and maybe even something just used for effect (think Korn, Deftones, ect...)

You could of course use a pedal board, and if you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I like the Behringer FCB1010 with a EurekaProm installed.

Another option is to let Pro Tools send those program control messages for us, and it's pretty easy to setup. In the following video, I will show you exactly how to setup Pro Tools to send these program control messages to the Eleven Rack.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

253 Eleven MKII Eleven Rack Rigs

253 Eleven Rack Rigs

All of these presets have been matched to the presets of Eleven MKII Software/Plugin/AAX

Because MKII does not have any effects, I bypassed all effects on the Eleven Rack except the Volume Pedal, and that was for convenience.

Also, I kept the output after the Amp as Stereo so it would be more convenient when adding in effects, but you can easily switch to MONO output on the Eleven Rack.

Because the Eleven Rack is limited to 16 characters for names, I had to made changes where necessary.

The rigs are contained in folders that mimic the layout of Eleven MKII.

Each folder contains single rigs and an XML file so you can load all of the rigs from that category when using "Load All Rigs From Computer"

Going Deep with Eleven MKII Presets and Eleven Rack Effect Presets

A few weeks ago (Nov. 2015) Avid released an update to Eleven Software called Eleven MKII.
It was updated to include everything Eleven Rack users received in the ERXP (firmware 2.0.x) update.

In this video I dive deep into the compatibilities and incompatibilities of the Eleven MKII Presets and the Eleven Rack Effect Presets.

First, Eleven Rack Effect Presets are NOT Eleven Rack Rigs. Rigs denote a FULL rig setting, meaning amp, cab, mic, effects, true-z, volume, ect....

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Eleven MKII Overview and What it Should Have Been

THERE ARE NO AUDIO SAMPLES IN THIS VIDEO! This is an overview of Avid Eleven MKII and then a discussion about what would make it better, some tips on how to use it, and we look at some other guitar amp sim software to compare. We also talk about the similarities between MKII and the Eleven Rack.

Learn more about Avid Eleven MKII here, and hear audio examples

It is my position that Eleven MKII would be better if Avid would have included an integrated environment that allowed you to easily setup complete guitar tones in one environment. As it stands now, you have to use several inserts to setup a guitar tone with effects before/after the amp.