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!


June 1, 2008

Sine Language – episode 089

Filed under: !Podcasts,AEA,Figure 8,R84,Ribbon,Sine Language,Speaker,TRP — Bruce Williams @ 11:12
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Whoops.
I had a whole bunch of e-mail I was supposed to address this week, and I completely forgot it.
And why?
Because I currently have a new toy to play with.
And in my excitement, I totally lost the plot.
So, what is it?
Well, you really should HEAR it, but if you must see it, then here ya go.
The AEA R84 ribbon mic.
OMG people!! This thing is gorgeous!
Once you’ve heard the podcast, you’ll understand why I’m telling you that I ended up adding a high shelf (about 3dB at around 3kHz) to my voice track.
I was also using the AEA TRP ribbon mic preamp.
And thank God I was!
My Focusrite VoiceMasterPro had nowhere near enough grunt to drive the R84.
The TRP offers up to 83dB of gain! That’s awesome.
And my speaking voice needed about 70dB of that gain.
But what a sound!
Anyway, enough of my raving… go listen to it for yourself.
Oh, and before you reach for the credit card… the R84 plus the TRP will set you back around US$1800!
And believe it or not, I DID actually get on to covering Noel’s question from last week about nearfield monitoring vs headphone monitoring.

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