Virtual Idol Excites Fans in Live MIKUPA Concert In many ways, Hatsune Miku is a typical teenaged pop star. She is a popular performer in Japan with her own signature style (think long turquoise pigtails) and she sings regularly to large, excited crowds. But unlike other pop stars, Hatsune Miku is actually a computer generated image. She is a vocaloid character created by Crypton Future Media. Vocaloid software allows a user to type in lyrics and melody which can then be sung by a voice synthesized from recordings of a voiceover actress. Since vocaloid's release, more than 100,000 songs have been created and published by its users. Users can also use Hatsune Miku's artwork if it is not for commercial use, so not only can they create songs, but also illustrations and CGI. ...Read More »
Sony Spectral Layers Pro 2 By Dr. David Smith Digital audio editing software has made amazing signal processing and manipulation possible with the click of a mouse, but until now it has been virtually impossible to take a fully mixed track and un-mix it. Sony's new Spectral Layers Pro allows you to do just that. ...Read More »
Arlene's Grocery and FirstLive Capture the Magic of Live Performance With ATEM Television Studio The ATEM Television Studio is a full broadcast quality production switcher with real time H.264 encoding, so users can capture live events directly to files for Internet distribution. ATEM Television Studio includes six video inputs with both broadcast SDI and consumer HDMI inputs for cameras and computers. With the ATEM Television Studio, users also get a software control panel, chroma keyer, two media player frame stores, downstream keyers, transitions and more useful features. ...Read More »
The RØDE Podcaster Microphone By David Hague An often overlooked aspect of video is the voice over dialogue. Of course this needs a good mic... While there are many, many 'broadcast' mics available to perform this, for many hobbyists and professionals not creating actual broadcast video, these are overkill and let's face it, probably too expensive. This is where the RØDE Podcaster Mic comes into its own. ...Read More »
Wacom's Bamboo Pocket Stylus By Ko Maruyama Today, Wacom introduced a brand new way to be creative on the go. The Bamboo Pocket Stylus is small enough to take with you everywhere, but has enough volume to feel like your professional stylus. The Bamboo Pocket Stylus fits your creativity wherever you are. ...Read More »
Adobe CS6 Release Delivers Major Innovations for Design, Web and Video Pros Powerful new releases of 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites - Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection - drive home Adobe's continued innovation across creative markets. A new subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud, will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application* announced. ...Read More »
PluralEyes - Sound Synching Software from Singular Software By David Hague Singular Software has a range of sound synching software available. PluralEyes is the flagship. It works specifically with particular nominated software so you must obtain the one that suits your software. PluralEyes will only play with Green Valley Edius, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Avid's Media composer. For each of these editing program, Singular Software provides a specific set in instructions which, at first to me at least, sounded a bit arcane, but in fact turned out to be easy to follow. The end result is an additional sequence inserted into to your project with the sounds all lined up. ...Read More »
The Azden WLX-Pro Radio Microphone By David Hague Viewers will put up with the occasional skippy frame, shaky image or even the odd out of focus, but lousy or stuttery or out of sync audio will never be tolerated and people will turn off. So to fix audio problems, the first thing to do is make sure you are using the right mic for the job, and for interviews, this generally means using a radio transmitter receiver and lapel (also called lavaliere) mic. ...Read More »
What Is Audio Mastering? By Last Drop Mastering Mastering is the all-important last step in the song/album creation process, and unfortunately one that can often be overlooked. Put plainly, your music will never be at a professional level if it is not mastered properly. This is the stage where dull, listless songs come to brilliant life as one polished, "larger than life" EP or album. They say you need an outside pair of ears on-board for this stage, and preferably one with hundreds (if not thousands) of projects behind them. Even the best mastering engineers in the world send their own material off to another mastering specialist for processing. ...Read More »
The RØDE NTG-3 External Microphone By David Hague It appears there is no set standard for microphone diameters so in the case of the Panasonic AG-HMC41E (the others are a Canon XA10 and Sony NFX5) for example, when the NTG-3 is placed in the external mic holder it rattles around - not enough to simply slide through, but enough to be a worry. ...Read More »
Boris Soundbite for Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro By Heath McKnight Soundbite from Boris FX is an excellent dialogue search tool developed in conjunction with Nexidia, a company focused on speech analytics. You can search for specific words and phrases easily with Soundbite, then import into Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro, making it easy and quick to edit hours of interviews for a project. Producers, writers, one-man bands and interns can rejoice while searching through hours of interviews. Say so long to logging video! ...Read More »
TV commercials drive me nuts! By David Hague TV commercials drive me nuts! Especially those shown in the country, where it is assumed every single person who is watching is a "down-on-the-farm-country-boy" (or lassie). As such, many ads have the poor farmer doing something stupid (using string to tie a gate as against the "new gate locker magico!", or is buying new boots every other day - "Step by step, brick by brick, you and your boots built this country". ...Read More »
Minimizing Wind Noise By Ben Longden Nothing annoys me more on a location shoot than wind noise. In fact I've had more than an earful of it, and decided to do something serious about it. The occasion was on location at a major horse stud, filming a tutorial for my client, a major veterinarian firm in northern Victoria. ...Read More »
Cakewalk Case Studies: Sean Murray and Tim Wynn By Dominic Milano for Digital Innovation Gazette DIG takes a look at how composers Sean Murray and Tim Wynn used Cakewalks new SONAR X1 suite of audio tools to refine their workflows and overcome production challenges on their latest projects.

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Audio for Games Reimagined: SONAR X1 By Dominic Milano for Digital Innovation Gazette Cakewalks new SONAR X1 suite of audio tools is giving game audio professionals a refined work flow, new layout and everything they need to make digital music sound better, faster.

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Mixopolis and Billy Ray Cyrus DRIVE4COPD The DRIVE4COPD project involved the complete sound design for a 30-second and a 60-second television spot. The two PSA's feature American country music singer, songwriter and actor Billy Ray Cyrus. Mitch had a music track, dialogue, and some voiceover from Billy Ray to work with. In order to bring everything together and create a powerful message, Mitch needed a mix of products that would perform the way he needed them to. ...Read More »
What you need to know about music licensing By Michael Romlochan If you've ever seen a film or show in which a character has a birthday, you may have noticed that much of the time, characters sing a different tune instead of the famous "Happy Birthday To You" song. I'm sure some of you know why - to avoid royalties for using the song. HOWEVER, What you probably didn't know is that in 2008, the royalties for "Happy Birthday To You" still amounted to about $2 million dollars. That's pretty good for a song that's nearly a century old! ...Read More »
The Business Benefits to Podcasting Podcasting can be an invaluable asset, increasing the visibility of your career or business. Here are the tools you need to make it work for you. ...Read More »
The Real Deal About Audio Mastering By Nathan Allen - Last Drop Mastering For any artist or label looking to make a career out of music, mastering is essential. In short, it's the final (and in many ways most crucial) step of music production...the stage where dull, lifeless tracks are transformed into polished masterpieces. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces SCRATCH Product Family on Mac OS X NAB 2011: ASSIMILATE (www.assimilateinc.com), the leading provider of powerful post-production tools for digital workflows, announced today that is bringing its next generation of SCRATCH high-performance, data-centric, dailies and DI products to Mac OS(r) X. ...Read More »
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