Here are the answers to questions you may wish to ask about VPre. If you've got a question that's not answered here, please let us know so that we can answer it for you and for our other users.
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VPre Features and Usage
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Yes, we are. For a lengthy recording such as an unabridged audio book, a realtime bounce at the mastering stage can be expensive. For voice only projects that don't involve any music or sound effects a bounce may also be considered un-necessary. If you're working on this type of project you can safely avoid a lengthy bounce by applying VPre at the time of recording.
If you set VPre up correctly during your normal level checks (the factory presets provide some pretty good starting points) you can be confident that VPre won't introduce any audible processing artefacts into your recording. The LDPM input meter makes it easy to set a good input level and avoid any clipping. You'll get a perfectly clean recording that still sounds natural.
You can even record the unprocessed audio separately as a backup in case you decide you want to change your VPre settings after the recording (see the VPre manual for details of how to set this up in Pro Tools).
VPre isn't just a compressor/expander. It also has an intelligent breath reduction processor and a great sounding de-esser. But even if you're not interested in these aspects of the plug-in, there are still compelling reasons to give VPre a try.
VPre is designed from the ground up to make speech sound great. Compressed speech won't suffer from harsh transients at the beginnings of words, or from any un-natural blasting or pumping. The expander doesn't attack the ends of words and won't leave your audio sounding 'gated'. The user interface gives you only the controls you need. It's easy to set up and easy to use.
In short, with VPre's compressor/expander you get great control over your levels and noise floor without sacrificing any of the natural sound you're looking for.
The VPre license allows you to install and use VPre on a single machine only. If you want to install VPre in multiple studios or on multiple computers in the same studio, you'll need to purchase a license for each computer. Discounted rates for purchasing multiple licenses at once can be found on our store page.
VPre requires Pro Tools 7.0 or higher.
VPre Features and Usage
The normal answer to this question is: because no-one has asked us for that meter yet. If a meter we don't currently offer is in sufficient demand, we will add it to our next release. If you have a request, please let us know.
The breath reduction section of VPre needs to look ahead in order to detect breaths. The dynamics sections also look ahead. VPre's total latency is fixed at 23ms. Tests in a variety of different situations have shown that this level of latency doesn't present any problems in a normal spoken word recording setup, even when recording through VPre directly in realtime.
VPre's breath reduction section has two threshold controls, low threshold and high threshold. Breaths below the low threshold will always be left in for a more natural sound. If you want even the very quietest breaths taken out, back the low threshold off to -96dB.
The high threshold is there to give VPre some extra information about the breaths it's trying to remove. No audio that's louder than the high threshold is treated for breaths, so try and set this so that most of the breaths to be removed are under the threshold but most of the speech is above the threshold.
VPre's breath reduction section has two threshold controls, low threshold and high threshold. The high threshold is there to prevent VPre from misdiagnosing parts of words as breaths. No audio that's louder than the high threshold is treated for breaths, so try and set this so that most of the breaths to be removed are under the threshold but most of the speech is above the threshold. Correct setting of the high threshold will prevent speech from being clipped by the breath processer.
Firstly, if your trial period has expired, you'll need to close and re-open VPre after you've dropped the key file on to the editor window to get it started again. The simplest way of doing this is to save and close the session in your host program (e.g. Pro Tools) and then re-open it. If this doesn't work it may mean you've entered your machine ID incorrectly on our registration page, so please read on...
A key file will only authorise VPre for use on the machine it was intended for. If you accidently enter the wrong machine ID on our registration page your key file may appear to be accepted but VPre will still be in trial mode when you next open it. If you think this might have happened to you please contact us so that we can send you a new key file.
This probably means the machine ID of the computer you have VPre installed on has changed since it was authorised. Your machine ID is based on various internal features of the computer you're using. If any of these features change, so will your machine ID. In particular, if you change the configuration of your internal hard drives or need to replace your motherboard or network card, your machine ID may change.
If this happens VPre will revert to a 14 day trial period and you'll need a new key file to authorise VPre for use with the new machine ID. If you think this has happened to you, please let us know so that we can send you a new key file.