May 3, 2009

Sine Language – episode 111

This week, an apology to Jay for incorrectly identifying him as the author of the e-mail I read out in ep 110,
Jim Weishorn wants to discuss dynamics some more (that’ll have to wait),
a query from Steve Riekeberg at Geek Cred on the voice track processing I use in post-production (see notes at the end of this post),
Mike Wills pointed out the holophone 5.1 microphone,
a couple of people suggested the ‘limited dynamic range’ modes in home AV receivers to combat the wildly varying volume in movies,
Jim Weishorn mentioned this article on using multiple reverbs,
MMIH chimed in with some further input on movie soundtrack mixes, DVD audio, centre speakers etc, including a link to this article from Dolby on setting up home theatre,
Justin confirmed that sound travels FASTER in WARMER air,
plus I discuss the different types of reverbs (plate, spring, digital, convolution).
Oh, and the Speakerphone plugin that MMIH mentioned is made by Audioease.

And finally, those voice settings I supplied to Steve:

Reverb.

Reverb time: 800-1000ms
Initial delay: ~30ms
Diffusion: ~75%
Mix: 95% dry, 5% wet (this is the critical one… most people go overboard on the wet signal!)

Chorus.

Voices: 2
Spread: Wide
Initial delay: 15ms
Pitch: pretty close to neutral (ie don’t shift the voices up or down)


April 19, 2009

Sine Language – episode 110

In episode 110, Tim Cumings is happy with his USB mic pre-amp from Centrance,
Geoff Hankerson was concerned about the proximity of the drinks fridge to my studio, as well as being slightly miffed about the dynamic range in DVD audio when watching movies,
Justin wrote to ask about the different types of reverb and how to find the right one (something which I need to speak further on, perhaps next week),
Here’s a few links to check out:
Wiki article on the speed of sound
Wiki article on reverberation
Wiki article on acoustic absorption
and Jay wrote back about his perceptions/opinions on home theatre speakers.


April 5, 2009

Sine Language – episode 109

Filed under: !Podcasts,Delay,Ear,Microphone,Panning,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 12:15

In ep 109, a quick plug for iStockPhoto who are now selling user-generated audio clips.
For those of you with a love of recording outdoor sounds, this could be a nice way to turn your hobby into some extra cash.
Worth checking out at the very least.
Then, a lengthy e-mail from Jim Addie answering Scott’s earlier query about panning and delay,
some feedback from Slau about ribbon mics,
plus another shoutout for Stav’s book, Mixing with your mind… specifically in relation to Stav’s theory of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ microphones and sound sources.


February 22, 2009

Sine Language – episode 106

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This week, Jay asked about the audio processing used in movie soundtracks, and why the music in movies sounds so much better than the official soundtrack CD.
Scott Hess asked about using small amounts of delay to simulate spatial shifts, rather than using straight out panning.
And Greg Anderson wanted some feedback (from YOU as well as me) about creating a short list of technical ‘goals’ for personnel recording live lectures and conferences.
By the way, there probably WON’T be an episode of Sine Language next week, as I really want to get an ep of Building The Pod done. Just letting you know now, ok?


December 21, 2008

Building the pod – episode 128

Filed under: !Podcasts,Analog delay,Building the Pod,Delay,Dynamic delay,Effects rack — Bruce Williams @ 13:52

In episode 128, we explore the first half of the “Delay and echo” submenu items in the effects menu.
Also, my plans to move my home studio in the new year, and this week saw the release of the Audition 3.0.1 patch. See the previous post for details.


October 7, 2007

Building the pod – episode 109

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Delay,Pitch correction — Bruce Williams @ 18:40

This week,

Q+A 0:26
Some follow up from Patrique Osborne on pitch shifting.

KBSCOTW 4:14
ctrl+shft+v – mix paste

Mix paste options

WITE 12:01
Delay/multitap delay

Multitap delay

INTERFACE 16:54
File info palette

Text info Loop info Sampler info Miscellaneous info
Broadcast Wave File info Cart info Detailed source file info

August 12, 2007

Building the pod – episode 103

Filed under: !Podcasts,Automation,Building the Pod,Delay — Bruce Williams @ 21:45

This week, again, no Q+A.

KBSCOTW 0:40
ctrl+L – Select left channel only (of a stereo waveform in Edit view)
ctrl+R – Select right channel only (of a stereo waveform in Edit view)
ctrl+B – Select both channels (of a stereo waveform in Edit view)
You can also use the up/down arrow keys to toggle.

WITE 2:19
delay effects/delay


Delay

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INTERFACE 7:50
Automation – pt 2 (modes)


Multitrack preferences

Select an automation lane to view

Select automation mode

September 3, 2006

Building the pod – episode 061

In episode 61, Bruce talks further on inserting silence (with the aid of some listener feedback), plus, how to create your own whooshes, zaps, stings and so forth.