Get Control of Your Pro Tools Surround Tracks with Spill
The Spill AAX plug-in can be inserted on any multi-channel Pro Tools track, aux or master, from stereo to 7.1 format. Finally there is now a way to control the individual channels in a multi-channel track that are spilled onto the plug-in’s faders so that channel levels can be adjusted – for 7.1 the plug-in has 8 faders, meters and gain values.
Spill channels faders can be relative grouped for easy and fast adjustment of surround channels, for example, just tap the channel name above the fader to add or remove that channel from the group. Fader levels and Bypass can be automated in Pro Tools for managing different Spill settings for short sections of the mix.
Check out Pro Tools Expert Spill Review Video
Mike Thornton of Pro Tools Expert shows how to use Spill in a Pro Tools session and how it integrates with the Pro Tools Dock, and with the V-PlugIn app for iPad and iPhones.
Group Channels for Fast and Accurate Adjustments
Channels in the Spill plug-in can be grouped together for fast and easy control, very useful for pairing L/R or the surround channels. Simply click the channel designation above the fader to add or remove that channel from the group.
The grouping is relative, with the relative levels of the faders locked when they are added to the group making it easy to set an offset and then group multiple faders together. Moving any fader in the group adjusts the levels of all faders in the group.
Hold down Command key on Mac, or Alt on a PC, for fine fader adjustment mode for precise control.
Perfect for Final Mix, Pre-dubs and Sound Design
Re-recording mixer and sound supervisor, Tom Marks, persuaded Paul Neyrinck of the importance of designing the plug-in, “Spill is applicable to both re-recording and editorial but is mainly geared towards final mixing, that’s where this plugin is huge”
“In very busy sound effects sequences, you can quickly adjust a specific channel(s) of a pre-dub such as L and R to clear space for music or to get the sound effects to poke through. When given multi-channel stems for the score, you can bring up the surrounds or lower the center channel.”
Controlling the Surround Channels
Tom Marks also likes Spill for its ability to control surround channels, “There are also applications on a global level. For example, if you start a mix in a smaller room and move to a large dub stage, you may need to make global adjustments on the surround or LFE levels. Also when doing near-field home video versions, you’ll have to make adjustments to your stems which Spill is perfect for.”
The AudioSuite version is very useful for editorial where individual clip surround channels may need adjustment throughout the clip. For larger sessions and final mix, the AAX DSP version is perfect for reducing latency and providing powerful control of all groups.
Control Spill from Avid S6 and S3
Although the S6 control surface can spill out VCA groups it cannot spill and control individual channels of a multi-channel track or bus.
The Spill plug-in now allows engineers to access this feature from the S6, either from the channelstrip knobs or across 8 channelstrips with Expand Mode. The ‘Sel’ button allows channels to be added or removed from the group. The first knob ‘In’ button acts as bypass.
The S3 can also control Spill from the knobs, plus you can flip the knobs to the faders making it even easier to control your spilled channels.
Control Spill from iPads and iPhones with V-PlugIn
Spill is the first plug-in to support the powerful new V-PlugIn App for super-fast access to tracks and their plug-ins from iPads and iPhones. V-PlugIn app is part of the V-Control Pro Bundle.
The V-PlugIn App shows a list of tracks using Spill so a user can just tap the track name and have instant access to channel levels without needing to open a plug-in window on the computer. Channels can be grouped/un-grouped simply by touching the channel designation above the faders.