by Rosie Record · Posted 03/27/2020
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 is usually slower, deep-sounding instruments like the cello.
But what does nostalgia sound like? Most things in life are not binary, happy or sad,
by Rosie Record · Posted 03/09/2020
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 life of their own and breathe soul into a film, or they can distract the audience and detract from the film.
Close your eyes and think of the music
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 Equalizer
GUI stands for graphic user interface. This is what you will interact with while you equalize your signal in your NLE or DAW. The GUI can look
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 according to their unique needs. Whether you’re scoring soundtracks, producing chart-topping hits, or mixing on the dub stage for a feature film, the
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 irreplaceable pieces in your arsenal. Manufacturers such as Audioengine, dbx, Galaxy Audio, Little Labs, Phonic, Pyle Pro, Radial, Sonarworks, and Waves
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 B&H Photography Podcast, I’ve picked up some useful knowledge that’s helped me create better-
308 Views· Posted 09/26/2019
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!
958 Views· Posted 09/23/2019
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 Inconsistent Audio Levels
7:05 Sweetening Audio
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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 their video file “day 1 scene 1 take 1,” while some other noob goes with “sc1tk1-d1” on the audio recorder’s file. What kind of fresh hell does this make
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 dedicated audio engineer—and using anything more than your camera—you find audio-related responsibilities falling on you with increasing frequency, but
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 along with a real bass guitarist. But in practice, the unit didn’t sound much like a bass guitar, and didn’t do very well commercially. However,
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 us to understand that the one specification of a microphone that loosely corresponds to the concept of reach or distance is directionality or the
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 usually all I need to do to get inspired. I don’t care who you are, if you’re not exposing yourself to new music and new ideas, you’ll eventually hit a
Let’s talk about the Tape Sync. It’s a term you may not know if you work in music or film. However, the Tape Sync is a good gig in the radio and podcast work, because it can supplement your income, especially during relatively slow weeks.
“Tape Sync” is a technical term for a remote interview. If you listen to talk radio, often you’ll hear your favorite host interview a guest. They sound like they’re sitting in the same room—but frequently, they are not. Sure, the host was in the studio, but the guest was hundreds of miles away.
How does it
283 Views· Posted 08/16/2019
Are you just getting started in the world of audio recording? Today, we're going to help you translate some of the words and phrases you may come across when recording and editing. AB takes you through some of the most common lingo and gives you some tips for getting started in audio recording and editing. Are there other words or phrases you've come across that you need help with? Let us know in the Comments section, below.