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What Is Audio Mastering? By Last Drop Mastering Mastering is the all-important last step in the song/album creation process, and unfortunately one that can often be overlooked. Put plainly, your music will never be at a professional level if it is not mastered properly. This is the stage where dull, listless songs come to brilliant life as one polished, "larger than life" EP or album. They say you need an outside pair of ears on-board for this stage, and preferably one with hundreds (if not thousands) of projects behind them. Even the best mastering engineers in the world send their own material off to another mastering specialist for processing. ...Read More »
Minimizing Wind Noise By Ben Longden Nothing annoys me more on a location shoot than wind noise. In fact I've had more than an earful of it, and decided to do something serious about it. The occasion was on location at a major horse stud, filming a tutorial for my client, a major veterinarian firm in northern Victoria. ...Read More »
10 Audio Editing Tips To Help You Work Faster In Sound Forge Pro By Gary Rebholz Ten audio editing techniques that will not only help speed up your editing sessions, but also help you get more out of the application and accomplish more with it. Although I focus on Sound Forge Pro in this article, most of these techniques also work in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10, so you can take advantage of them regardless of the version you use. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Audio File Processing By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland continues looking at editing audio in Logic Pro and audio file editing in the Sample Editor. He shows how to get to the sample editor by double clicking on a region and using the W key on the keyboard to get to the Sample Editor. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Flex Tips By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen details some quick tips using the Flex feature, including time stretching an entire audio region, aligning a flex marker in your current track using transient markers from another track, and more. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Quantize Audio By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen details how to Quantize audio with the Flex technology in Logic Pro 9, which enables you to perform the same process with digital audio. He shows how to enable the flex mode to use the Quantize feature in Logic Pro 9. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Creating a Flex Marker By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen details how to create a custom Flex Marker. He discusses how a clip has a second vocal trill after a first trill but Logic detected no transients in that area on the timeline. He then moves the playhead to the half beat to act as a guide for the alignment. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: Flex View By Damian Allen The Flex View is where you will do most of your audio tweaks. In this clip, host Damian Allen details the features of the Flex view, how to activate it, how to activate and deactivate tracks, how to access the Flex menu. He also covers the tempophone and Speed modes. ...Read More »
Logic Pro 9 New Features: The Flex Tool By Damian Allen In this clip, host Damian Allen takes a look at Flex Editing in Logic Pro 9, a featur similar in functionality to elastic audio in other applications. He details two ways of working the Flex System, using the Flex tool, or the Flex View. He starts this lesson by looking at the Flex Tool. ...Read More »
Editing Music with Sound Forge By Jeffrey P. Fisher Rare is the project that doesn't require conforming music in some way to match the visuals, enhance the drama, or support the message. Library production music often comes with alternate timings, but these tend to be of the :29 and :59 variety. That's great for some spot work, but not useful all the time. Instead of selecting a music track that almost works, make any music track do what you want by editing it to fit your precise needs. ...Read More »
Multitrack Editing in Sony Sound Forge 10 By Jeffrey P. Fisher Sound Forge has always excelled at being a solid and dependable mono and two-track recorder and editor. Version 9 of the software brought multichannel support which many people misinterpreted to mean multitrack functionality. Multichannel really means the program can handle files beyond stereo such as 5.1 surround sound files. ...Read More »
Adding Audio Hardware Meters to Sony Vegas Pro By Jeffrey P. Fisher There's no doubt that watching volume levels with your audio- and video-centric projects is important. The digital audio world has a top limit --- 0 dBFS --- that you can't exceed. But screen real estate is often at a premium when working in the Vegas NLE. Sure you can pop the Audio Mixer and/or Mixing Console over to a secondary monitor, but that's often filled up with audio/video effects, waveform/vectorscope monitor, and even full-screen previews. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Keyboard shortcuts By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm discusses Soundbooth's customizability, and specifically Soundbooth's keyboard shortcuts. He shows how to save your own personal keyboard shortcuts, enhancing your productivity. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Markers By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm discusses markers, which enable you to demarcate trouble spots, and find specific areas more easily. They are also an essential element when integrating audio in your Flash projeccts. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Metadata and Properties panel By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm covers metadata and how it provides a customizable way of cataloging, sorting and searching your files, making metadata files an integral part of your project management. ...Read More »
Sony Sound Forge Non-destructive Editing Techniques, Part II (Playlist) By Jeffrey P. Fisher In the previous article, we looked at using Sound Forge's project file format for non-destructive audio editing. Here we'll look at the Playlist feature which also lends itself to editing your work without affecting the file and therefore protecting your valuable original data. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: History Panel and Snapshots By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm covers the history panel, which enables you to go to any point in time in your audio editing process and selectively undo any tweak that you've made to the project. He also covers the Snapshots tool as well. ...Read More »
Sony Sound Forge Non-destructive Editing Techniques, Part I (Project Files) By Jeffrey P. Fisher When using Sound Forge for audio editing, clean-up, and mastering, you typically work directly on the original file. While you do have undo commands, once you save a file you make a permanent, destructive change to it. Most people get around this limitation (and potentially dangerous situation) by working on a copy of the original. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Task Panel and effects By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm covers the task panel and the tools that enable you to change the pitch and timing, clean up audio, create loops, remove a sound, and volume correction. He also covers the effects rack and the various effects available in Soundbooth. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Soundbooth files and tools By Sven-Erik Seaholm The first step in editing a file in Soundbooth is to open it in Soundbooth, and in this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm discusses how to open a file in Soundbooth as well discussess the Files Panel, the Open file icon, and also shows how to work with multiple files that are open at one time. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Preferences By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm takes a look under the hood of SOundbooth's feature set to see what can be customized for advanced users. He covers the preferences field, and covers the custom time format, the display (hours mintues, seconds, frames), scores folder, the Preferences radio buttons, and more. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Panels Palette By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm covers the panels and dockable palettes in Soundbooth CS4. He shows how they work, how to hide panels in the workspace, how to move the panels, how to arrange panels for easier access, and how to create a custom workspace with your panels and saving that workspace. He also shows how to go back to the default workspace. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Scoring video By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm talks about Scores, which enable you to add music to projects that can be edited and customized for your job. he talks about the Video Panel and how add scores to your video. He also shows how to edit the scores to fit your video. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: Resource Central By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm covers the Resource Central panel, which provides registered users with a wealth of additional files for use in your Soundbooth projects as well as news and other resources related to Soundbooth. Sven gives a tour of Resource Central and how to search for such things as free sound effects and more. ...Read More »
Doing Professional Quality Voice Overs In The Comfort Of Your Own Home By Kevin McAuliffe Being an editor who works out of a home office, I have a few major advantages over large and small post production facilities. First, I can beat the price (even a discounted price) that any post facility can offer. Second, my rates include both SD and HD editing, motion graphics, sound mixes and DVD creation, and finally, I am there for my clients not only during the day, but evenings and weekends as well. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4's Heal Tool By Kevin McAuliffe As an editor, I run into many problems in my day to day work. One that always creeps up from time to time is when a DOP has gone out and shot a talent stand-up, and has come back, and the extro throw has a huge hit of distortion in it and, of course, they only did one take. ...Read More »
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 Essential Training: What is Digital Audio By Sven-Erik Seaholm In this video, Lynda.com host Sven-Erik Seaholm talks about what digital audio is and how it looks and sounds in Adobe's Soundbooth CS4. He covers how various instruments such as drums and the electric guitar sound, and look via Soundbooth's spectral frequency display. He discusses what frequencies are and how they look, as well as how the spectral frequency display works as opposed to the waveform display. He also talks about bit depth and sample rates. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Track Automation By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland continues on with Track Automation in Logic Pro and covers more features, including Automation groups, Insert Bypassing, Output Automation, Convert MIDI to Automation, and Quick Access. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Grouping and Master Output By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland discusses grouping and master output in Logic. He also covers Group Settings, Group Clutch, and Mastering Effects. He shows how to use groups in the mixer window in order to control multiple channels at once. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Bussing and Panning By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland takes a look at Logic's Bussing and Panning tools, and covers such aspects as imaging your mix, bussing options, and auxiliary channels. Patrick creates a Logic project, with aq drum recording, a bass recording and an acoustic guitar recording, no effects, and center panned, to demonstrate how to use bussing and panning to create more depth and width in the actual recording. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Inserts and Effects By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland takes a look at Logic's mixing capabilities, including Logic's Inserts and Effects, effects presets that come with Logic, copying plug-ins, and the pre-sets library. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Mixing Audio By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland discusses mixing audio. He discusses the Audio Mixer, Environment Mixer, Creating Channels, and Managing Busses. He covers the two different types of mixers in Logic, that basically do the same thing but have slightly different interfaces. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: The Score Editor By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland takes a look at the Score Editor, gives you an overview and shows where everything is to get started with Score Editing. He details how to get to the Score Editor via Preferences. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training: Editing MIDI Tracks By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland shows some of the basic editing functions and where everything is in Logic. There will be some level of your own ability to work through the editing functions in Logic because it is so vast. ...Read More »
HowAudio's Apple Logic Training : Take Folders By Patrick Copeland In this clip, host Patrick Copeland takes a look at how Logic creates Take Folders when you are cycle recording or loop recording. He also shows how to create locator sections and uses the compiler function to locate the best takes. And finally, he covers editing Take Folders and Comp Regions. ...Read More »
HowAudio Motu Digital Performer: Using Plug-ins By Les Brockmann In this clip, HowAudio host Les Brockmann discusses using plugins while mixing audio. He also covers plug-in effects that are best for individual channels, plug-ins that are best for many channels at once, and using Aux Tracks for Plug-in effects-busing and signal flow. ...Read More »
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