Musicians creating music on their computers have more options at their fingertips than ever before. Thanks to virtual instruments, a computer can replicate sounds from just about any synthesizer and simulate the sounds of almost every instrument imaginable.
DJing has evolved considerably in the last 5 years, beginning with the transition in medium from analog to digital. As most every DJ will now tell you, digital media is far more portable than heavy crates of records and – perhaps most appealingly – is also notoriously more available and less expensive.
After long-admiring (and recommending) iZotope's dynamic, comprehensive and surprisingly affordable mastering plugin, Ozone, I was excited to investigate iZotope's restoration offering, iZotope RX. While no one should record inferior audio thinking they can fix it later, there are always times in which even the best practitioners have less control over their source material than they would like. Enter RX.
A quick recap for anyone who didn't get to read Part One. In the beginning of 2008, my friend, writer/director Tibor Spiegel shared with me the completed production footage of his independent film, "Overnite Shift". The thirty-plus minute movie tells the story of an older, immigrant New York City taxi driver who, on a particular evening, picks up a series of passengers. As he interacts with them, his past hauntingly resurfaces, and in the process changes his future irrevocably.
It feels like Adobe is fairly new to the audio editing game. While they're the kings of photo editing, they're not the first company you may think of when it comes to professional audio editing. However, they've been at it longer than you might think. With Audition 3, the latest version of their pro-level recording and editing software, Adobe puts themselves right at the front of the line for comprehensive features and ease of use.
In the age of the digital music download and the pervasive presence of tiny portable MP3 players and earphones as the listening method of choice, Howard Bardach enjoys a unique position as both a proponent and purveyor of the true audiophile tradition among music enthusiasts. The man loves his work, and his enthusiasm for the sound quality and musicality of classic analog gear and recordings borders on the evangelical.
Early in 2008, a friend sent me an email with a link to a YouTube video. The video was a preview of a movie he was producing/directing called "Overnite Shift". I was immediately intrigued by the excellent look of this no-budget movie, and something about the characters piqued my interest. I did however have reservations concerning the audio, which to my ears was problematic. On getting in touch with him, he informed me that most of the film had already been shot, but that he was having issues with the sound person delivering on his commitments. The director and I had previously worked together, so he asked me if I wanted to become involved in the project.
In my previous article about in-ear headphones, one model that wasn't explored was the SA6 from Sleek Audio, which is a unique offering from a relatively new contender in the headphone world. What's interesting about the SA6 is that it's a completely modular system, and it has customizable treble and bass response. To my knowledge, this is the only pair of in-ear headphones on the market to offer this feature, and it does so at a pretty reasonable price.
At the heart of the receiver is the surround-sound processor. The most basic surround processors use a Dolby Pro Logic II decoder. Pro Logic II is a "matrix" system that takes an encoded two-channel stereo signal and converts it to a five-channel full bandwidth (range) playback (Left/Center/Right/Left Surround/Right Surround),resulting in a surround experience. Most TV shows are encoded in Dolby Pro Logic II, as are the majority of VHS videos. You can also play DVDs through a Pro Logic II only-receiver because DVD players can synthesize a Pro Logic II signal that mimics a surround soundtrack. The newer Dolby Pro Logic IIx adds the ability of converting stereo or 5.1-channel surround sound for seamless 6.1 or 7.1 playback.
If you're from my generation and have ever explained the concept of the vinyl record to anyone under the age of 18, then you too have experienced the looks of bewildered amusement and the distinct realization that you're probably just getting old. Well before you put yourself out to pasture, or consider putting your beloved record collection up for auction on eBay, there are a few things you should know. A recent resurgence in vinyl records fueled by collectors, vinyl DJs and music enthusiasts who can't seem to find their favorite oldies on iTunes has paved the way for new products that merge one of the oldest audio achievements of the 20th century with the digital advancements of today – the turntable and the USB port.
Each year, millions of iPods and other MP3 players are sold around the globe. Most of them include a basic set of earbuds so you can listen to your favorite tunes right away. A lot of people keep those earbuds for years, but there are plenty of good reasons to ditch the bundled buds and step up to something better.
The EOS 5D Mark II, one of the latest offerings from Canon, is the world's first dSLR camera to offer Full HD video recording capability. But what if you want to capture great sounding audio to accompany your great looking video? The 5D MkII records stunning video clips at a 1080p resolution with a frame rate of 30fps, but the audio is recorded with a tiny built-in mono microphone. Thankfully the camera also includes a stereo 3.5mm microphone input that will enable you to capture much better audio than that offered by the built-in mic. Shooting video on the MkII is very easy.
So you've made the rounds holiday gift shopping for your loved ones and friends, and now it's time to treat yourself to some useful toys for your home recording studio. Whether you've got a small songwriter demo setup or an elaborate multi-track facility, you're still a studio owner, and by definition that means you're always looking for a good deal on recording gear. What we've done is scour our inventory for a selection of products available at B&H for our customers, and we've compiled an equipment list below representing that elusive combination of quality, value, and functionality that you'll be using on a daily basis for as long as you're using your studio.
Wondering about a gift for the musician in your life? We've compiled a list of items representing practicality, value, and the occasional bit of indulgence. These products are meant to be enjoyed -- not collect dust. The solutions we've included serve a variety of music performance, engineering, and production needs, guaranteeing much use and pleasure without blowing your bonus check.
Portable digital recorders are the hottest products in the pro audio world right now, and they make an ideal gift for anyone interested in location sound or live music recording. These handheld recorders are designed to capture professional-quality audio for applications such as music production, podcasting, and professional journalism. In the not-too-distant past these digital recorders were quite expensive (compared to today's prices) and one's choices were rather limited. Today, every major pro audio manufacturer has an affordable, feature-packed model to consider.
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