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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Audio File Processing By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland continues looking at editing audio in Logic Pro and audio file editing in the Sample Editor. He shows how to get to the sample editor by double clicking on a region and using the W key on the keyboard to get to the Sample Editor. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Flex Tips By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen details some quick tips using the Flex feature, including time stretching an entire audio region, aligning a flex marker in your current track using transient markers from another track, and more. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Quantize Audio By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen details how to Quantize audio with the Flex technology in Logic Pro 9, which enables you to perform the same process with digital audio. He shows how to enable the flex mode to use the Quantize feature in Logic Pro 9. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Creating a Flex Marker By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen details how to create a custom Flex Marker. He discusses how a clip has a second vocal trill after a first trill but Logic detected no transients in that area on the timeline. He then moves the playhead to the half beat to act as a guide for the alignment. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Flex View By Damian Allen The Flex View is where you will do most of your audio tweaks. In this clip, host Damian Allen details the features of the Flex view, how to activate it, how to activate and deactivate tracks, how to access the Flex menu. He also covers the tempophone and Speed modes. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: The Flex Tool By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen takes a look at Flex Editing in Logic Pro 9, a featur similar in functionality to elastic audio in other applications. He details two ways of working the Flex System, using the Flex tool, or the Flex View. He starts this lesson by looking at the Flex Tool. ...Read More »
Ci Design's iStorage Pro iT8MIS 8 bay Mini SAS JBOD System By Kevin McAuliffe As a tech writer, I am lucky to have companies approach me to look at their products, and after looking at a competitor's product, I was approached by Ci Design to look at their iStorage Pro Mini SAS JBOD hard drive array. Since I'm always on the lookout for the best product for what I need to get done, I jumped at the chance. Here's how it turned out. ...Read More »
Reaper DAW By Mike Jones Much like video editing systems, the tools for crafting, mixing, and multi-tracking digital audio projects - be they music, audio or sound for video endeavours - have reached a very mature stage in their development and evolution as technologies. The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) market has grounded itself in all-digital workflows and common production practices whilst, at the same time, diversified into an array of major players. ...Read More »
Apple's Soundtrack Pro 3 By Kevin McAuliffe Soundtrack Pro 2 was a great application. You could harness its power for not only Final Cut Pro timelines, but for any editing application that could export an OMF file. What Apple had essentially given us was a professional, production-ready application to take any audio project to the next level. But, I had one concern. Where would it go from there? ...Read More »
Apple updates Final Cut Studio Apple has updated its Final Cut Studio suite of professional creative applications with more than 100 new features, as well as new versions of its Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor applications. ...Read More »
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