Joseph Vella: Passionate Podcasting
by Dustin Driver for Apple Pro
“All hardcore fans dream of meeting their musical heroes. “What is more beautiful than being able to listen to the behind-the-scenes workings of your favorite artist?” asks Joseph Vella. “Or listening to your favorite artist talking about what they do, learning about another side of that artist?” For Vella, not much.”
Issues in Modern Mastering
by Blair Jackson for MIX (Dec. 1, 2006)
“Despite the much-publicized malaise afflicting the record industry in general, these are pretty good times for most mastering engineers. After all, even though major-label rosters have been trimmed, many recording studios are struggling and album sales are down, the sheer number of audio and DVD projects flooding the marketplace — an increasing number of them as independent releases — is still enormous, and competent mastering continues to be viewed as an essential and affordable step in the recording process.”
Add Your Music To A DVD Studio Pro Menu
“DVD Studio Pro lets you add custom audio to your DVD menus. You can use this technique to create the same kind of engaging DVD menus that Hollywood studios use for their blockbuster releases. The music you add can come from any of Apple’s music and audio programs.”
The folks at Adobe are constantly coming up with new applications for the consumer’s ease of use. Here’s one I’ve found that might be of interest to you, a free download of their new application, Adobe Soundbooth, at Adobe Labs. It still is in its beta status, meaning work-in-progress, and here’s what Adobe Labs describes the application is intended for:
‘Soundbooth is a brand new application built in the spirit of Sound Edit 16 and Cool Edit that provides the tools video editors, designers, and others who do not specialize in audio need to accomplish their everyday work such as:
- Editing audio quickly.
- Cleaning up noisy audio.
- Visually identifying and removing unwanted sounds.
- Recording and polishing voiceovers.
- Adding effects and filters.
- Easily creating customized music—without musical expertise.’
The application will not work with your PowerPC based Mac, which I have, but is available for your Intel based Mac and PC. Due to licensing constraints, Soundbooth has yet to support MP3, MPEG-2, H.264, and FLV. At least the free download will give you the chance to test drive the application and join their discussion forum, and consider buying the full version. Soundbooth is planned for a mid-2007 release, although it’s not been decided.
by Joe Gore and Elise Malmberg for Apple Pro Techniques
“If you want to make recordings on your Mac, you need a microphone. But microphone choices can be bewildering. Options range from the tiny mic already inside your Mac to high-end models costing thousands of dollars. This article surveys the various types of mics and audio interfaces to give you a sense of what to expect in terms of price/performance.”
Read full entry here.