September 6, 2009
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.
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August 16, 2009
This week, Karl Cooper wrote to say how much he enjoyed the episode on parametric eq, and to ask about whether I could knock up a special ‘voice processing’ episode.
Also, the all new audio2u.com forum is up and running.
Go register now!
And then, it’s on to a thorough investigation of the Scientific Filters.
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June 21, 2009
This week, we look at the parametric equalizer.
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May 10, 2009
This week, Michael Rooney has finished his new program, AATranslator, which will the allow the import of various other DAW session formats into Audition.
Then, we look at the next item in the ‘Filters and EQ’ section… the graphic EQ.
The graphic EQ in 10 band mode. Each filter covers an octave.
The graphic EQ in 20 band mode. Each filter covers half an octave.
The graphic EQ in 30 band mode. Each filter covers one third of an octave.
The waveform display, after a cut at 8kHz, in 10 band mode. Notice how far the dip extends to the left and right of the centre frequency (it covers a full octave).
The spectral display, after a cut at 8kHz, in 10 band mode. Notice the area of the display which is NOT yellow, but rather orange (signalling a drop in amplitude).
The waveform display, after a cut at 8kHz, in 30 band mode. Notice how far the dip extends to the left and right of the centre frequency (it now only covers a third of an octave).
The spectral display, after a cut at 8kHz, in 30 band mode. Notice how the orange section of the display is shorter, because the amplitude drop is narrower than in 10 band mode.
|Grab the swept sine wave here.
March 29, 2009
This week, we move on to the ‘filter and eq’ section of the effects menu.
First cab off the rank… dynamic eq.
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March 15, 2009
This week, I discuss a couple of e-mails traded back and forth between myself and Karl Cooper, who asked about all the usual suspects…. tracking levels, compression, signal chains etc.
Which of course led me to talking (again) about this thread at prosoundweb.com
Next up, in an effort to get further through the backlog of Christmas/New Year e-mails, I cover another message from My Man in Hollywood, this time responding to some of Jim Addie’s comments from a previous episode (is this getting convoluted, or what?) on theatre speaker systems.
MMiH provided this link to show us all what serious theatre speaker systems look like! Thanks mate.
Then, something a little off the usual beaten path… Tommie Kelly wrote to tell me about his daily web-based comic strip Road Crew.
Well worth a look!
And to wrap it all up, a couple of e-mails from Jim Weishorn enquiring about dither, an oft-neglected piece of audio-nija trickery.
November 23, 2008
This week, Greg Anderson sent in a voice comment of his own “radio war story”,
Jim Weishorn wrote to ask for more info on subtractive eq,
Alexander Williams* (no relation) wrote to ask about processing audio for live streaming (as opposed to pre-producing content),
…which led me to again remark about having VU meters rather than just peak program meters (PPM’s), and a great free VST plugin VU meter is the Modern Meter,
and then Jim wrote again asking about home theatre… setting up speakers and subwoofers and so on.
After I finished mixing this episode, I realised I didn’t really finish answering Jim’s questions, so consider this ‘part 1 of 2’.
And talk about freaky… in the very week I talk about my Energy 10.2 subwoofer, the damn thing decided to die on me! About an hour after I recorded this ep, I realised that the sub wasn’t working. After some investigating, I came to the conclusion that it had died. I took it to 2 different stores to be checked, and they both deemed that it was dead, too. So, I’m taking it to a friend’s place today for him to have a look at it (he MIGHT be able to fix it). But if he has no luck, looks like I’ll be buying a new sub in the next week or so.
* BTW, I love Alexander’s tag line for his streaming show:
“Like a morning show. Only interesting. And at night.”
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November 16, 2008
This week, “Big C” asked about combatting air conditioner hum,
Tim Cumings sent in an audio sample of a Skype interview he conducted (pre and post eq),
Greg Anderson wrote to say that he’s launched his Atomic Time Keeping podcast on the world (Onya, Greg!)
He also wondered about mp3 encoding… mono vs stereo.
Then, I heard from Jeremy James, author of the podcast novel “The Veingel”.
Jeremy explained some of his workflow, and I offered some ideas on same… namely, downward expansion vs gating, broadband compression vs multiband compression, and so on.
A large part of what I had to say came back to getting as much done as possible NON-destructively in the multitrack environment.
Also, for those who are looking for a good, low-cost alternative multitrack recorder/editor, try out Reaper. It’s free for non commercial use, although they would like you to pay a small donation! Check it out, nonetheless.
Plus, Bruce’s new toy (which should arrive in the next day or so)… the Safe Sound Audio Dynamics Toolbox.
Can not wait for this little puppy to get here!
November 9, 2008
Believe it or not, we’re finally here!
The building of this video has been an absolute labour of love…. I’d estimate that it’s taken me about 20 hours of work to complete!
Maybe, that’s partly my inexperience at producing video podcasts, but hopefully, when you watch it, you’ll see where those hours went.
In an effort to ease the load on my hosting company’s servers, I will be setting up a torrent feed later tonight.
Check back here later for a link to the torrent file.
There’s also a copy of the file at YouSendIt, plus the copy here at audio2u.com.
To download manually from audio2u:
From YouSendIt here:
If you want to download a copy of the final mix of the song (featuring a couple of extra tweaks I did later), grab that here:
Fear of Holding On – 320 kbit joint stereo (13MB)
Towards the end of the podcast (or is that vidcast?), I mentioned that I would make the individual instrument tracks available to anyone who wanted to have a crack at mixing the song for themselves.
Drop me an e-mail and I’ll send you the link to download the files.
Just be warned… that’s an even bigger download than the mp4!!
The tracks are 32bit mono and total about 1.1GB!
The download will be in .rar format, so you’ll need an archive utility like WinRAR (or similar) which is capable of unzipping a .rar file.
September 14, 2008
In ep 97, a quick look back at the definition of ‘bandwidth’ (in relation to peak filters, as mentioned in ep 96),
the Pro Audio Reference library at Rane is definitely worth bookmarking,
the Rane article on Constant Q Equalizers is worth reading too,
not quite a ‘war story’, but an interesting observation I made regarding mics in the studio,
not sure what a Neumann U87 looks like? Try this,
Jim Weishorn asked for further clarification on DC offset,
and Ross Bennett chimed in with a story about incorrect useage of technical terms in the IT industry,
plus a discussion on EQ and psychoacoustics.
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August 31, 2008
This week, a further discussion on filters.
Something I should have covered last episode (but sadly neglected) was to distinguish between shelf filters and peak filters.
I also received an e-mail from Ike Tamigian, who is interested in hearing a discussion on the ins and outs of Izotope’s Ozone plugin.
I’ve put it on the list, Ike.
Then, Rob Scalise chimed in with a suggestion that I check out a podcast called the HT Guys (for Home Theatre).
Next up was Mike Wills, whose Dad has given him a cassette to convert to digital files of one description or another.
Mike wanted some tips on transferring the audio.
And finally, Greg Anderson asked why the mixes he does on the crappy little speakers in his laptop translate better to other playback systems than the mixes he does on ‘decent’ speakers.
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August 17, 2008
This week, so many e-mails to answer, I couldn’t get to them all!
Jim Addie chimed in with some follow up on DC offset (thanks, Jim!),
Steve Mayfield wondered if I’d got my HDMI issues sorted (Yes! Thanks, Steve).
He offered a link to another site that reviewed some hand held field recorders, registered his ‘vote of confidence’ for a video podcast for SL100, and expressed his appreciation of the new audio2u.com podcast imaging.
Then, we heard from Ike Tamigian who owns the Tascam 122L audio interface and reckons that “for the money you can’t go wrong”. Thanks Ike!
Then, Noel Payne asked about what eq filters (high pass, low pass, notch, band pass etc) to use under what circumstances. And after I finished editing the podcast, I realised there’s more I need to add to this topic, next week. Stay tuned, Noel!
And finally, Ron Eastwood wrote in with a photography analogy regarding sample rate and bit resolution, and asked what is the most important factor (with regards audio quality)?
October 28, 2007
This week, the final episode in the series on “constructing your own promo”… the mixing stage.
September 1, 2007
I’m publishing a day early this week.
Got a recording session tomorrow night which means I wouldn’t be able to publish then.
This week, no Q+A.
Alt+A (add audio track)
Alt+B (add bus)
Alt+M (add midi track)
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July 29, 2007
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In ep 101,
This week, a quick follow up on btp100.
I received some really nice e-mails and comments (on the blog)… thanks one and all.
Winners in the btp100 prize giveaway will be announced next week.
F11 – convert sample type
(don’t confuse with adjust sample rate)
effects/amplitude/stereo field rotate
(similar to “centre channel pan” of the stereo expander
effects/amplitude/stereo field rotate (process)
Track properties area
4 views – inputs,fx,sends,eq
BTW, if you click on those images, you’ll (hopefully) get this really funky darkening of your screen, and the images will load in a slidehow over the top of the website.
If it works, you can use your left and right arrow keys to navigate back and forth through the slideshow, and you can use the ‘x’ key to close the slideshow.
Pretty neat, huh?