We recently reached out to sound engineer/head of production Cory Choy, who helps run Silver Sound Studios (www.silversound.us) in NYC, and asked him about gear he uses as part of his day-to-day workflow. He was happy to share his experience with a lesser-known tool by an Australian-based company, called AATranslator.
IS THERE A PARTICULAR TOOL THAT YOU’VE DISCOVERED RECENTLY?
Yes. The AATranslator (http://www.aatranslator.com.au)
WHAT DOES IT DO?
It translates projects from one DAW or NLE to another: So you can convert sessions to/from Pro Tools, Audition, Vegas, Cubase, Nuendo, Samplitude/Sequoia, Reaper, Tracktion, Ardour, Studio One, Studio Live, Wavelab, Pyramix, Audiofile, Fairlight, Waveframe, DAR, N-Track, Sadie, TASCAM, Logic, Logic Pro, Media Composer/Adrenaline, Paris, Soundscape, Sonar, Digital Performer, Grass Valley, Lightworks, Cool Edit Pro, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, SAW Studio, TripleDat and Ableton Live.
HOW DO YOU USE IT IN YOUR STUDIO’S WORKFLOW?
I use it to take .rpp sessions from Reaper and make Pro Tools sessions. I also use AATranslator to open OMFs in Reaper.
WHAT PROJECTS HAVE YOU USED IT ON?
Every single project that delivers an OMF. Most recently I did sound editing on the latest film by Academy Award-winning director Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny.
HOW ARE THEY WITH SERVICE AND FEEDBACK?
Really, really good. Michael Rooney, the lead programmer, corresponded with me one-on-one and updated based on my feedback within three days.