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6 months ago
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It has been said through the ages that necessity is the mother of invention and, based upon the surge in interest we’re seeing in remote podcasting during these strange and uncertain times, I’m realizing that it truly is. COVID-19 has upended life as we know it for much of the US. People are cooped up in their homes, and everyone is wondering if this is the new normal. Many jobs have been lost,...
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In the era of social distancing, it may seem hard for songwriters and producers to collaborate from their houses. But remote collaboration is not new: just last fall, Robbie Robertson re-recorded his band’s classic hit, “The Weight,” with a globe-trotting lineup of musicians; almost 20 years ago, The Postal Service got its band name from its method of collaboration: its prominent members traded...
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What is childhood? Now hum it. Most people wouldn’t know where to start, perhaps their mind would flicker to memories of nighttime lullabies or morning cartoons, but this is the kind of challenge film composers face daily. Logically, a good starting point would be a rudimentary happy or sad, then build from there. Happy is generally more upbeat, lighter instruments like guitar or piano, while sad...
by Rosie Record
7 months ago
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Imagine audience members nestled in their seats, popcorn in hand, the lights dim, and music fills the theater. Goosebumps cover their skin as they feel... excitement, dread, happiness? They’re feeling what was expertly crafted after months of planning, meetings, discussions, first, second, third attempts, notes, revisions, editing, tweaking, etc. Scores are true labors of love. They can take on a...
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Hey, you’re a video person. All you know is the video don’t sound good. Something’s off—but who knows what! Well, read this article, and you will. Or more accurately, you’ll have some tools for identifying what sounds off as you practice your craft. With some time and patience, you’ll get the hang of fixing the issue yourself. Here are eight tips to help you. 1. Get Familiar with the GUI of an...
10 months ago
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Everything about the new Mac Pro tower makes a commanding statement, sending a clear message that Apple is ready to dominate the professional market once again. Not only is it engineered for ultimate performance, but its modular design empowers the demanding engineer with the freedom to customize and expand the Mac Pro effortlessly...
11 months ago
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When considering a new gear purchase, it’s easy to get caught up in extravagant equipment and overlook things that would ease the pain of daily audio life. There are routine processes that can be simplified, common problems that can be more quickly solved, and significant sonic improvements that can be made if you have the right tools. I’d like to share six audio tools that can easily become...
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Over the past few years, podcasting has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. With renewed enthusiasm in the commercial and “do-it-yourself” segments of the medium, the art of the podcast is quickly evolving. As the content has gotten better and better, the standards for sound quality, sound design, and music have also taken a quantum leap. In my time co-producing and engineering the...
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Are you just starting out in music production or a seasoned music producer who needs help getting out of a creative rut? We put together 8 tips to help you improve your skills and take your production to the next level. What tips have helped you become a better music producer? Let us know in the comments below!
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Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you just aren't able to capture audio at the quality you would like. Whether it's background noise, unwanted dialogue sounds, inconsistent audio levels, or you just want to improve the overall quality of your video, this video will show you how to fix your audio in post.
  • 1:04 Background Noise
  • 3:15 Unwanted Dialogue Sounds
  • 4:05...
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Timecode is not a movie from 1994 starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and his right or left foot. No, that’s Timecop. But I bet you Timecop was shot with timecode. Why? Because timecode is the standard for keeping things organized on big film shoots—and also, little film shoots. See, three cameras and one audio recorder don’t automatically coordinate with each other. Let’s say some neophyte labels...
The Beginner's Guide to Wireless Audio for the Busy Filmmaker
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Look, I get it. You’re a busy filmmaker, a videographer who’s hustling, a visual visionary who needs to create; your talents should be applied to your art, not worrying about the tedious specifics of sound recording. Still, you’ve accepted the reality that without decent audio quality, people won’t take your productions seriously. Since budget constraints sometimes prevent you from hiring a...
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Using technology the “wrong” way is at the heart of modern music. Artists have proven time and time again that when it comes to creativity in music, there are no rules. For example, the Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer was originally marketed to solo guitar players as a way to simulate playing...
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One of the top microphone myths that many people believe is that all shotgun microphones have very tight pickup patterns and can capture audio over a long distance. This misconception is addressed by Shure microphones as follows: “The reality is that microphones do not reach out and grab the sound from a distance. They merely measure pressure variations right at the diaphragm itself.” This leads...
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Whether you’re into pop, rock, hip hop, EDM, jazz, or anything other style, every producer or composer finds themselves in a creative rut once in a while. If you’re like me, this may happen quite a lot. Here’s a list of things to try to break the spell that have worked for me, and maybe they’ll work for you, too. Check Out New Music This is my number one go-to when I’m in a creative rut and is...
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