ADAT ports! Nearly all of the new breed of USB3 or Thunderbolt equipped audio interfaces have them, a lot of older interfaces have them too. But how many of us actually use them?
Undertone Sound Library Release A Prairie Wind Companion
Undertone have just released a collection of Grassland Prairie wind sounds which they have entitled A Prairie Wind Companion. They wanted to capture the prairie before the grasshoppers, crickets and cicadas were out, but what they found instead were 2 very blustery days with 20-40 MPH winds.
Lots of tall grass blowing, open fields, some pine tree, some deciduous, but mostly open. Many files of intense winds. There is only the occasional bird song. But at one point, two hawks were tussling and diving in the winds and flew over the microphones making one of the coolest sounds they have ever recorded and it's included on the end of the Soundcloud demo. So now they have a Companion Pack to their Grassland Prairies.
- All sounds captured in 24/96 double-ORTF QUAD!
- All files are optimized for Soundminer integration, with comprehensive metadata embedded
- Price $40
SoundBits Release Just Impacts - Extension II
Just Impacts – Extension II features 500 sound effects of mainly metal and wood impacts, metal junk hits, crashes, heavy door slams, metal drops, metal wall and oil tank hits…
All sounds were recorded with a RODE NTG-3, a RODE NT-4 and a Beyerdynamic MC950 microphone on a Sound Devices 744T (+ SD MixPre-D). Each sound was heavily edited and cleaned. So there is no noise or other unwanted sounds. The sounds were layered, EQed and compressed for that extra punch. So they can be instantly to treat your medieval and sci fi battles, fighting and walking robots and anything else that needs some heavy metal treatment.
There are 500 Files recorded at 96kHz / 24bit / Stereo with a total size of 650 MB and the normal price is €40.80 inc VAT but until June 11th SoundBits are offering a 20% discount so you can get Just Impacts - Extension II for €33.60 inc VAT.
SoundBits Release Electro-Mechanics Toolkit
Not satisfied with releasing one library SoundBits have also released Electro-Mechanics Toolkit.
The Electro-Mechanics ToolKit Sound Effects Collection features a wide range of versatile electric and some mechanic motors, engines, tools and toys. Many different grinders, drills, screwdrivers, buzz saws, sanders, kitchen tools, electric and mechanic toys, CD-drives, doors, and much more. All waiting to be cut up, layered, edited and mangled with FX to become spaceship engines, robot movements, sci fi doors, weapon mechanics and anything that moves by electricity.
This library is not meant to be a comprehensive tools library but rather a composite toolkit to bring futuristic electro-mechanic machines, devices, weapons, vehicles, … sonically to life.
All sounds in this pack were recorded with up to 4 mics and mixed to give a full and rich sound and cleaned and edited for direct use in your productions.
There are 700 Files recorded at 96kHz and 192 kHz / 24bit / Stereo and mono with a total size of 5.1 GB and the normal price is €48.00 inc VAT but until June 11th SoundBits are offering a 20% discount so you can get Just Impacts - Extension II for €38.40 inc VAT.
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Q is a tricky letter, as anyone who has ever played Scrabble will know it doesn't turn up in as many words as other letters so forgive the twisting of the rules when I say Q is for EQ. Actually it's not stretching it that far as the engineering terms for bandwidth is Q so I'm going with it!
My find of the week on Podcast 219 was the 3D in-ear monitoring technologies offered by Klang. The Klang:fabrik is a hardware product which can process up to 8 headphone mixes and uses on board DSP to extend the listening experience beyond stereo using techniques which sound similar to binaural.
Following on from Jigsaw24's three very successful Mix With The Pros Events at their Soho base in London, they are putting on their fourth Mix With The Pros Event on June 15th at 3pm and 7pm. This time the guest speakers will be music producer/mixer Tim Bran (London Grammar, La Roux and The Verve, film composer Walter Mair (Blood Orange, Glue and Ronaldo) as well as our own James Ivey, demoing his beloved Focusrite Red 4 Pre.
We have been noticing that since we had to make some changes to the Pro Tools Expert Deals Store that there has been a very high proportion of deals transactions started but not completed. So we have down some investigations and we believe it maybe because of the windows that come up as part of the process to to buy a deal putting you off so we wanted to take this opportunity to explain what is happening and why.
In my research on networked audio and Audio over IP I have found the annual survey conducted by RH Consulting extremely useful and to that end we have collaborated with RH Consulting in the hope that the Pro Tools Expert community will participate. Everyone is encouraged to take this survey, even if you have never used a networked audio product and have no interest in doing so, your perspective is as valuable as someone who is working in this area daily.
Whilst his long career started with engineering and programming for some of the UK's most successful artists, Andy is perhaps best known for his work as a film and TV composer. In this video you can find out how using Sonnox plugins has helped in the scoring of an upcoming SyFy Channel series.
Dante Via is a software-only audio networking tool which has uses for consumers and professionals alike, it allows the creation of software-only Dante networks, flexible local application routing and much more.
How easy is it to use Pro Tools on a laptop when working away from the studio, Russ shares his experience.
We have been discussing the issue of loudness and intelligibility recently, first with my article asking BBC Sound Problems Continue - Why? and then with Russ' observations in his article So BBC How Come We Can Hear The Dialogue On Peaky Blinders? Well not unsurprisingly this issue continues to be discussed here and elsewhere. I came across an excellent article from UK based Royal Television Society entitled Sounding off: Inaudible dialogue is rife among dramas written by Maggie Brown in their May 2016 magazine and with their permission forms a significant part of this article as I believe it opens up the key issues with experienced people in their fields.
Last week we brought you the announcement of the new VocalSynth from iZotope and so sooner than it was out than our friends at Groove3 have released VocalSynth Explained - a video tutorial series on how to use VocalSynth. Even better, until May 31st anyone can watch it free. You don't need to subscribe to Groove3 or pay to download this tutorial series.
With London based post house Evolutions outsourcing up to 40 rooms to meet demand they felt is was time to build a third London facility, boasting 24 Avid Media Composer suites, two audio post production Pro Tools studios, three Symphony suites and grading facilities. Evolutions Operations Director Owen Tyler tells us how Avid dealer Jigsaw24 helped them make it happen and met their tough deadlines.