January 24, 2010

Building the pod – episode 139

This week, a very quick look at the Automatic Click Remover,
followed by a slightly more lengthy look at the Automatic Phase Correction tool,
plus a couple of listener e-mails answered regarding splittting a multi-song multitrack project into individual song projects, and how to capture the sound of scrubbing the CTI across a waveform.


December 16, 2009

Sine Language – episode 121

Yay! Got another ep out the door before the eyar escaped from me!
This week, just tidying up some loose ends.
A while back, JR sent us a link about the Schwartz Engineering Laser microphone. That link has now been revised.
Someone also sent in a link to the Waves Vocal Rider, which at the time I received the e-mail was still in development.
It is now a released product, and you can check it on the Waves site here. (Now that the podcast is edited and mixed, I discover that I covered this on the last episode! D’oh!)
Bomar wrote in asking about ID3 tags, artwork and metadata.
I use MP3 Tag Studio almost exclusively.
He also asked about the chipmunk effect and how to avoid it.
Plus he mentioned this article about shockwaves and how they can be photographed.
Also, if you are interested in picking up one of my Bruce Williams Photography 2010 calendars, please check ‘em out here!


October 18, 2009

Sine Language – episode 120

In episode 120, some thanks to those people who have made donations via the button on the front page of audio2u.com,
a couple of links to look at:
JR sent in this link to a laser microphone,
and somebody (apologies for not taking note of who sent this in) advised me of the forthcoming Waves Vocal Rider plugin.
Then, it’s on to a cotinuation of the discussion of vocal recording and processing methodoligies.


October 4, 2009

Building the pod – episode 138

Filed under: !Podcasts,Adaptive noise reduction,Building the Pod,forum — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, we take a look at the first entry in the ‘restoration’ sub-menu of the effects menu…
the Adaptive Noise Reduction tool.btp1381-adaptive


September 27, 2009

Next Adobe e-seminar

Filed under: Adobe Audition,Building the Pod,e-Seminar,Sine Language,Soundbooth — Bruce Williams @ 17:53

Ohhh yeah, baby! Am I looking forward to this one!
November 6th.
12 noon Australian Daylight Savings Time.
Mark it in your diary.
This e-seminar is called “Adobe Audio Tools : Audition 3 and Soundbooth CS4″.


September 6, 2009

Building The Pod – episode 137

This week, a quick follow up clarification on something I mentioned in ep#136 regarding the ‘order’ of filters. Thanks to Jim Weishorn for pointing out the ambiguity (or error) of my comments.
Then Ron Tostevin asked about purchasing a second-hand Mackie Control Universal off EBay now that the prices of same have come down so much.
Also, the ‘Donate’ button is now back on audio2u.com, so if you feel like making a donation toward paying for the bandwidth, that would be greatly appreciated!
And then, it’s on to the ‘modulation’ sub-menu of the effects menu, which includes Chorus, Flanger and the Sweeping phaser.

Effects/Modulation/Chorus

01chorus

Effects/Modulation/Flanger
02flanger

Effects/Modulation/Sweeping phaser
03phaser


August 2, 2009

Sine Language – episode 117

This week, Chris Bartlett asks about cloud computing and how that might affect the DAW market into the future,
My man in Hollywood replied with some more info on film track-lay procedures and definitions,
and then Chris Bartlett wrote in again, first to comment on how being a home recording enthusiast is a bit like being a heroin addict, and second to ask about home recording space acoustic treatment.

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July 12, 2009

Building the pod – episode 135

This week, a couple of listener e-mails answered.
For those wanting to hack into their registry for import/export of keyboard shortcuts, the address you’re looking for is:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Audition\3.0\Prefs\Keys\en_US\

For anyone wanting to learn more about Mastering, Brad Blackwood’s forum is here.

Then, a quick look at the Quick Filter.


May 31, 2009

Building the pod – episode 133

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Notch filter — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, we look at the notch filter.


The waveform view of our sample audio


The spectral view of our sample audio.

Note the pink line running horizontally across the display between 5kHz and 6kHz


The spectral view of our sample audio, zoomed on the vertical scale

Here we can see that the offending tone is actually around 5700Hz


Spectral view after a 25dB cut

Notice how the line of the offending tone is approximately the same colour (and therefore the same amplitude) as the surrounding audio


Spectral view after a 15dB cut


Spectral view after a 45dB cut

Here, we can see that we’ve scooped out too much, which has left a hole in the audio we wanted to keep around the 5700Hz region


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 26, 2009

Building the pod – episode 131

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,FFT filter — Bruce Williams @ 17:18

In episode 131, we look at the FFT filter.

From the help file:

“(Fast Fourier Transform) An algorithm based on Fourier Theory that Adobe Audition uses for filtering, Spectral View, and Frequency Analysis features. Fourier Theory states that any waveform consists of an infinite sum of sine and cosine functions, allowing frequency and amplitude to be quickly analyzed. Higher FFT sizes create more precise results but take longer to process.”

Fast Fourier Transform filter

Fast Fourier Transform filter


March 29, 2009

Building the pod – episode 130

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,dynamic eq,Equalization — Bruce Williams @ 9:44

This week, we move on to the ‘filter and eq’ section of the effects menu.
First cab off the rank… dynamic eq.


March 8, 2009

Building the pod – episode 129

Finally! BTP is back for 2009.
In this episode, we continue from where we left off with the last 3 entries in the “Delay and echo” sub-menu of the effects menu.
Also, Michael Rooney has been slaving away over a hot text editor, cranking out utilities for use with Audition.
Check out the Audition FX Management utility, and the SES Backup utility.
And if you find them useful, please make a donation (even if it’s only a couple of  bucks)!


February 15, 2009

Sine Language – episode 105

We’re back!
The new studio, whilst not complete, is certainly functional.
So, this ep begins with a bit of a chat regarding what the last 6-8 weeks has entailed.

Then into the meat of it:
An interview with Nick Dika (Product Manager and PR guru for Izotope) about the just released version 4 of their great mastering plugin, Ozone.
If you are interested, they have a fully-functonal 21 day trial version available for download.
Also, make sure you read the pdf on the mastering process.

Then, it’s on to some e-mail, including a lengthy one from Jim Addie about the nature of VU meters, and the benefits of having a fast-attack-fast-release compressor early in your mixdown chain….
This is rather timely, as I have recently read a piece by Mike Stavrou espousing a technique which is almost identical… and which challenges everything I have always believed (and subsequently advised my listeners) regarding dynamics.

Then another e-mail, this time from another Jim, asking about:
a. external plugin processing cards (like the TC Powercore, SSL Duende and UAD-2)
b. third octave pink noise mp3 files, and
c. audio over gigabit ethernet.

And finally, an e-mail from Ron Eastwood asking about USB turntables and cassette decks,
the legal mumbo-jumbo you hear at the end of radio commercials,
plus some tips for me on geography!


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.

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