There's been a lot of talk about women in the news, the BBC announced the new Doctor Who would be a female actor and the publishing of BBC talent salaries showed a huge gender pay gap. Russ turns his attention to women working in audio.
Julian considers the value of standards and concludes that even when you can change things to suit your way of working, maybe you'd be better off changing the way you work to share a common experience with everyone else.
We need to hold companies to account when they get things wrong, but unless we dial down the overblown rhetoric of many discussions, then we are in danger of making it harder for those who have genuine concerns to express them freely and in an appropriate way.
There's a challenge that all creatives face at one time or another, make sure you are ready for it and have the right people around you when it comes.
In this video from BVE 2017 at London Excel, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey talks to Paul from Emerging about a new free software tool for the Audio Over IP world - ANEMAN.
So by now I'm sure you are all sick of hearing me witter on about my stunning new amazing (add more adjectives here) Audient ASP8024HE mixing console. So I promise, for now at least this will be the last you hear about it. As I am sure I have mentioned I have been looking for a proper console for quite some time now and after creating a shortlist the Audient won me over.
Having an understanding of phase and microphone placement is really important and the true masters of this craft such as engineers like Al Schmitt can get a drum kit recorded perfectly in phase. But what happens if you are mixing a project you didn't record and the drum tracks are weak and thin and out of phase? At that moment the amazing Auto-Align from SoundRadix is here to save the day.
Adobe recently demonstrated one of those software products which periodically appear and open up genuinely new possibilities. What Adobe VoCo demonstrates is genuinely breaking new ground. Instead of using editing to manipulate existing dialogue to change the meaning of spoken words, VoCo offers the possibility of synthesising new words and phrases simply by typing. However what happens to truth when we can control what people say?
Perhaps one of the iconic buildings in Europe has speakers installed in an amazing and imaginative way.
One of the most common comments about my review of the Presonus Eris 7.1 monitor system is one of surprise that Presonus make good loudspeakers. It's as if the brand isn't associated with good kit, or perhaps that they're not renowned for loudspeakers in particular.
We all want to have our respective cakes and eat them when it comes to the tools we use and the work we do. If so many of us who are old enough remember our Portastudios so fondly, why is that and what would those restrictions look like today?
In my last article I told my story of how I struggled with clinical depression and associated symptoms such as panic attacks. In this last part of the story I want to tell my story of recovery.
Russ shares his story of when in his mid twenties he struggled with depression and anxiety, he was left wondering if he would ever write another song or perform again... It's honest and attempts to help people understand what struggles people fighting this illness face.
We talk a lot about gear, technology and technique but spend little time on the subject of mental health, which for me seems to be a dereliction of duty in fully supporting a creative community - surely this is just as important for some of you, if not more so. Russ invites the community to start talking.
We have spoke often enough about how some of us on the Pro Tools Expert team use track colours to make the navigation of our session easier and in recent days I have had a chance to "play" on some of the new gear from Avid which is very much designed with ease of navigation as a primary design factor.
Can compressing your data files and folders change your audio, even worse can it ruin it?
There is an old saying... You always have to learn the hard way. Well about 2 years ago I did learn the hard lesson of back-up or rather the lack of it. In this article I describe how I put a system together to make sure it didn't happen again.
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?