Our new plugin – Viper!

by Adam

We have released our second paid plugin, and this one is for audio post production. To cue actors for voice recording and ADR, recordists traditionally use 3 beeps, then the actor speaks on the imaginary fourth beep. However, it is becoming more common now to use visual cues (‘wipes’ or ‘streamers’) on the screen, and the actors speaks when the two lines touch. Viper is a simple plugin that generates these wipes, triggered by a midi note.

If you are still using beeps to cue performers and you run your video on a second or third monitor (rather than a dedicated video device for your DAW), give Viper a try. Actors are getting used to having second or third cues to keep them in time during a long sentence with pauses, and it doesn’t have to be too expensive to make it easier and more comfortable for them.

If you are about to make an upgrade from an old Mavericks machine deep in the Foley cave that runs unsupported wipe software and you need something Catalina- or Big Sur-compatible, give Viper a try. Automatable choices of colors can make it easier for you to cue the Foley artist to the footstep or the cut.

If you are building a new studio and you are overwhelmed by the cost of hardware and software licenses, give Viper a try. It doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars to generate an onscreen wipe.

Viper sits in your template, ready to record when you are. Select and save your settings, automate your preferences and preview your wipe all from within your DAW.

See the demo here: https://youtu.be/ytcEt4OQLZc

Get the free trial here: https://www.vennaudio.com/product/Viper/

Allowing unsigned/un-notarized applications/plugins in Mac OS

by Adam

Apple’s official help page.

Mac OSX Gatekeeper protects its users from installing untrusted software. Since Venn Audio products are not verified by Apple at this time, here’s a short guide to getting them working.

Mojave/High Sierra

Depending on your settings, you may see a message, “the developer cannot be verified”. If you receive this message, try to follow these steps:

  • Go into System Preferences → Security and Privacy.
  • On the first tab, when an unsigned application is blocked from loading, there is an ‘Open anyway’ box which appears there.
  • Click it!

Catalina/Big Sur

Catalina ramped up the security requirements and not only requires the developers to be verified, but the software to be notarized (scanned for malware). It also has a more complicated process to allow unverified software.

The following are instructions adapted from the good people at LoudMax.

  • Open Terminal.
  • Disable Gatekeeper: type in sudo spctl --master-disable
  • Enter your password when prompted. (You must be an admin user on the computer.)
  • Go to System Preferences → Security and Privacy → General → Allow apps downloaded from.
  • Select ‘Anywhere’.
  • Install and run your Venn Audio plugin. (You may need to restart the computer before.)
  • Re-enable Gatekeeper:sudo spctl --master-enable
  • Again, enter your password if prompted.

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