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 16, 2009

Building the pod – episode 136

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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.


November 16, 2008

Sine Language – episode 101

Filed under: !Podcasts,Compression,Expansion,Filters,Gating,Peak and RMS,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 10:52

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

Sine Language – episode 100

Yes folks.
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:
sl100.mp4 280MB

From YouSendIt here:
sl100.mp4 280MB

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

Sine Language – episode 097

Filed under: !Podcasts,AEA,DC offset,Filters,Neumann,Peak,Psychoacoustics,R84,Sine Language,U87 — Bruce Williams @ 15:53

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.


August 31, 2008

Sine Language – episode 096

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.


August 17, 2008

Sine Language – episode 095

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)?


September 1, 2007

Building the pod – episode 106

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Echo,Equalization,Parametric,Peak,Shelf — Bruce Williams @ 22:00

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.

KBSCOTW 0:33
Alt+A (add audio track)
Alt+B (add bus)
Alt+M (add midi track)

WITE 2:40
delay/echo chamber

Echo chamber

INTERFACE 8:46
Track EQ

View EQ The EQ window

October 22, 2006

Building the pod – episode 068

In ep 68, Bruce discusses making monster voices (and voices for other evil-doing no-good type creatures).
Adobe Audition 2.0 Essential Training Guide at Lynda.com


July 23, 2006

Building the pod – episode 054

In episode 54, Bruce talks about how to de-pop a vocal track. Also, the keyboard shortcut of the week, and is it the end of an era?