Audio Professionals Tutorials : Creative COW Creative COW Library of Audio Professionals, tips, and strategies. en-us Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:00:00 GMT PHP Script Perfecting Audio: AES Dublin 2019 Top Products Join longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander for a closeup look at three of his favorite products featured at AES in Dublin 2019, including Nugen Loudness Bundle, PreSonus Studio 1 Free DAW, and the potential to build your own home studio with Smart Studio Inc. Thu, 23 May 2019 09:24:41 GMT Field Recording Accessories & Mounts: Perfecting Audio Field recording by its nature warrants good, practical kit, and longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander walks you through some of his favorite gear. Wed, 15 May 2019 09:23:45 GMT Perfecting Audio: DIY Leads Why buy leads when you can make your own? With some basic tools from vise grips to a soldering iron, longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander goes through step by step how to make a jack lead, a phono lead and XLR cables. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:51:38 GMT Dialogue Cleanup Plug-ins for Video Production Sometimes you really DO need to fix it in post. Longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander looks at some of the plug-ins available for video hosts including Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X, as well as leading audio applications such as Audition, Pro Tools, and Nuendo, that will make a huge Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:55:50 GMT Perfecting Audio: Professional Audio Add-ons For Your iPad You're going to be amazed how easy it is to turn your iPad into a professional audio powerhouse for a variety of applications: a field recorder, a front end for controlling your DAW, MIDI keyboards and turntables for musicians and DJs, and more. Whether you're a filmmaker, a podcaster, an audio engi Sun, 17 Feb 2019 07:46:20 GMT Perfecting Audio: Field Recorders Audio professional Keith Alexander offers a personal tour through the minefield that is field recorders. The goal is to cover as many situations that may arise with the least amount of gear, and to make sure the job gets done right the first time. Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:51:31 GMT Face Vocal Band: Giving Rock a Human Voice Great music transcends genre. The most memorable songs are able to cross over to different styles seamlessly. They’re timeless because the melodies and lyrics reach people no matter what kind of music they favor. That is the root of Face Vocal Band’s success. The Colorado band has been bringing Wed, 24 Oct 2018 21:07:48 GMT Video, Audio, VFX, & Finishing: The Hybrid Suite Revealed! Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media takes us into his newly built suite, which he refers to as the “hybrid suite”, combing editorial, color grading, and audio mixing in one harmonious environment. Installation affordability is this suite's undertone where today's industries are in tight financial cl Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:04:24 GMT 2018 MPSE Award Winner John Fasal on His Passion for Sound On February 18th, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present John Paul Fasal with its annual Career Achievement award at the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Fasal has worked in sound for more than 30 years as a sound designer and field recordist. His many credits span features, television and games Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:37:07 GMT Hearing The Handmaid's Tale: Jane Tattersall's Sound Career With Emmy, BAFTA, Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel, Canadian Screen, and Directors Guild of Canada Awards among many more, Jane Tattersall shares insights into a career in sound editing entering its fourth decade with two young women just beginning their own careers in the field. Their conve Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:47:27 GMT Indie Film Sound Editing: A This Guy Edits Tutorial ACE Award-nominated picture editor Sven Pape ("This Guy Edits") speaks with Sundance Award-winning sound editor Ugo Derouard on The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production: Sound Editing, Spotting, Dialog Editing, Sound Design, and Sound Mixing, paying special attention to the specific needs of, and t Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:17:48 GMT Prince: Musician One year after the sudden passing of Prince Rogers Nelson at age 57, we wanted to revisit a wonderful story too easily lost in all the tragic stories that have emerged since then: this was a man who was all about the music, 24 hours a day. Remarkable previously unseen footage of a playful Prince at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:41:59 GMT A Beginner's Guide to Building a Budget 5.1 Editing Suite As TV producer Jonathan Bird readied his first 6K feature for the fulldome-theater market, he needed to starting working with 5.1 sound. It turns out that it was trickier than just connecting his computer to a home theater receiver! Here's his trial-and-error progression to success. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT The Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of Noah To add new dimensions to the soundscapes of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Supervising Sound Editor Craig Henighan took advantage of the new Dolby Atmos mixing stage at Deluxe New York to place movie audiences in the middle of the storm. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0 Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz demonstrates using simple jQuery UI code to create sound effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0, using the new HTML5 audio capability in Edge Animate. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:04:40 GMT Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, received the Motion Picture Sound Editors Career Achievement Award at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Award ceremony on February 16th, 2014. Thom, a two-time Academy Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar nominee, has co Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:00:00 GMT Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor The Blackmagic Audio Monitor offers rack mount audio monitoring from an advanced 6G-SDI input, AES/EBU and analog audio sources in a compact and elegant package. Bob Zelin gives the 'eagle eye' look as he zooms in on its real-world application in XOS Digital's extensive broadcast media asset managem Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention Ray Dolby gave his talents and his name to the most significant advances in audio recording, for both the professional film/TV/music industries and consumer products. On the occasion of his death, at age 80, Creative COW tells the story of his life, his engineering achievements and the impact he has Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:00:00 GMT The Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSE John Roesch is one of the most accomplished Foley artists in the motion picture industry, with contributions to more than 400 films in a three decade-spanning career. He is the recipient of two MPSE Golden Reel Awards (The Dark Knight, The Matrix) alongside more than a dozen nominations. He has work Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Soundelux's Wilhoit Recreates Sonic World for End of Watch Michael D. Wilhoit, supervising sound editor at Soundelux, collaborated with director David Ayers on the sound track for End of Watch, a critically acclaimed police thriller that takes viewers into the lives of two policemen who become the targets of a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. The movie is sty Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Technicolor Opens Sound Facility on Paramount Lot These two companies structure a partnership to benefit clients and their own ecosystems by opening gleaming new mixing stages for Technicolor on the Paramount lot. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:00:44 GMT Drive garners Oscar Nom for Soundelux's Lon Bender and Victor Ennis Garner Oscar nominated Soundelux Supervising Sound Editors Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis & team take the audience of "Drive" on an aural trip. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:15:02 GMT A Look at Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording If you are one of the many people working in film and broadcast that has been wanting to sharpen your skills in audio production -- or just become more aware of its principles and dynamics -- Creative COW's Ronald Lindeboom points to a series that is near to guaranteed to expand your working knowled Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:22:45 GMT sE Electronics' USB2200a and Reflexion Filter Sam McGuire demonstrates the quality and effectiveness of two sE Electronics' products. The USB2200a is a USB/XLR hybrid microphone which is extremely low noise (I didn't believe it until I heard it.) The "Reflexion Filter" is an acoustics baffle used to create a studio environment in any Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:24:04 GMT Quicktracks: Low-Cost Scoring at the Speed of Sound The COW's man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, investigates SmartSound's Quicktracks while away from the studio, in Monsoon conditions, and finds it no longer necessary to have 100gb of music in tow. With Quicktracks, one can create scores and tailor tracks without leaving the comfort of the cloud. Tue, 31 May 2011 21:26:25 GMT Sound Design for the Web The creative minds behind the web's existential comedy series "Coma, Period." talk about their craft and the challenges of designing the sounds heard inside a character's subconscious. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT The Journey To A Nepali Recording Studio There aren't many straight lines leading to Nepal, and not many once you arrive, either. Here is an inside look at the challenges and triumphs of running an A/V studio in the Himalayas. Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5: Low-cost Scores at The Speed of Sound The COW's man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, has found a balance between easy, automated music production, and high-quality results with SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5. He has also been impressed with how easy it is to create variations of his custom scores, and has come up with some unexpected workflow innovat Tue, 14 Apr 2009 07:05:21 GMT ADR: Hollywood Dialogue Recording Secrets Correcting dialogue is one of the most important parts of the old saying, fix it in post. They're part of a process called ADR -- Additional Dialogue Recording, or Automated Dialogue Replacement -- that has been going on since movies had audio, and is still being done today, from the smallest indie Tue, 03 Mar 2009 23:51:15 GMT Real-world Mixing with the PSC DV ProMix 6 PSCs DV ProMix 6 has everything you need for multi-channel audio mixing, even on a DV-sized budget. Brandt Sleeper takes you through its ins and outs, and shows how it stands up to the rigors of real-world production. Sat, 19 Jan 2008 08:00:00 GMT Recording Multi-cam Audio Editing multi-cam audio is a hot NLE feature. Maybe youre ready to shoot the video -- but are you ready to capture multiple audio sources for your multi-cam shoot? Brandt Sleeper offers tips for multi-cam audio shoots, from ENG to the front row. Thu, 27 Dec 2007 08:00:00 GMT Audio Mixing for DV and HDV: PSC DV Promix 3 Brandt Sleeper shows how PSCs DV ProMix 3 will help your DV and HDV recordings sound better than ever -- bars and tone, calibration, for one or several cameras. Could this be the field mixer youve been waiting for? Sat, 15 Dec 2007 08:00:00 GMT Why Use a Mixer? Want to know why you should be using a mixer and an external mic instead of your cameras onboard mic? After years shooting for clients including National Geographic, NFL Film and Oprah, as well as production for his own company, hell give you the background you need to make your work sound its best. Thu, 13 Dec 2007 08:00:00 GMT Field Mixing with the PSC AlphaMix In this review from producer and professor Brandt Sleeper, he takes you on trip through this field mixers exceptional feature set, including support for multiple cameras and NP-1 power. He also puts it through its paces on a segment for Good Morning America. Sun, 09 Dec 2007 08:00:00 GMT Building a Recording Studio Here are some tips from a guy who has worked with Ringo Starr, Sting and many others. Sure, there's the easy way. Then there's Doug's way...obsessive, but still on a budget. Tue, 10 Jul 2007 13:54:09 GMT Avoiding Whirrs, Rattles and Hums In this Creative COW Magazine article Michael Hanish gives some great free tips, tricks and techniques on how to do professional audio and avoid all the headaches that can go along with it. Michael covers video shoots, music, performances and more real world environments where you can apply this hel Tue, 17 Apr 2007 16:44:53 GMT Cinescore 1 Review Sony releases a soundtrack creation tool and it's a winner - Cinescore just began shipping in the last few months and the program is a new kind of audio tool for Sony. It is not a loops program like Sony Acid, but is clearly targeted to compete against tools like Smartsound's Sonicfire Pro. Thu, 05 Oct 2006 20:02:57 GMT Audio Techniques for Video Editors Are you a video editor hoping to add more richness to your audio? In the world of video editing, its not uncommon for video editors to rely on others to perform audio post production on their projects. But in this article, well focus on ways that you can get better audio without having others do it Sat, 13 May 2006 18:01:01 GMT Steinberg Nuendo 2: A Report by Steve Crimmel Steve Crimmel looks at Nuendo 2 from Steinberg. Steve comes from a pro audio engineer background and his personal experience includes working as a staff engineer for a number of years at Hollywood's famed Ocean Way Studios, where Steve engineered many of the top-selling records of all time -- includ Mon, 26 Jul 2004 07:00:00 GMT Real Basic Audio Stuff: A Tutorial from Peter Perry This article by Peter Perry is intended for those new to the audio side of video production. As many discover when they go to post with their first project, achieving good sounding audio requires attention to details often overlooked by inexperienced shooters, and that many audio problems are diffic Mon, 22 Mar 2004 08:00:00 GMT Glenn DeLaune reviews: iZotope Ozone 3 Glenn DeLaune puts iZotope Ozone 3 through through its paces on a CD project for an R&B band down in New Orleans, Louisiana. Glenn concludes his review with, " iZotope Ozone 3 is really six very high quality sound effects processors in one complete package. For $199.00 you are getting all you w Tue, 02 Dec 2003 08:00:00 GMT SonicFire Pro: Great Audio Made Easy In this article, Ron Lindeboom shows why SmartSound's Sonicfire Pro is a video content creator's dream tool. If you have a studio filled with MIDI equipment, you write your own stuff, or you love to build loops layer upon layer upon layer for hours ... then SFP is probably not for you. But if you ne Sun, 15 Jun 2003 07:00:00 GMT John Hartney reviews: Producing Great Sound for Digital Video, Second edition John Hartney examines Producing Great Sound for Digital Video, Second edition by Jay Rose and published by CMP Books. John concludes with, ''Folks, this book is a treasure chest. Jay has written a delicious compilation of tips and tutorials that I can honestly recommend to anyone looking to produce Wed, 16 Apr 2003 07:00:00 GMT Jim Harvey reviews PC Audio Editing: Broadcast, Desktop & CD Audio Production Jim Harvey takes a look at PC Audio Editing: Broadcast, Desktop & CD Audio Production by Roger Derry. ~ This book is published by Focal Press. Read why Jim gives this book 4 1/2 COWs and says,''It really belongs on your shelf if you are starting out with audio editing, and if you are already fairly Sun, 13 Apr 2003 07:00:00 GMT Jim Harvey reviews An Introduction to Digital Audio Jim Harvey takes a look at An Introduction to Digital Audio by John Watkinson. ~ This book is published by Focal Press. Read why Jim says this book is a comprehensive book in every respect, but not for the faint of heart or those wishing to have guidance of a more practical nature in producing their Sat, 07 Dec 2002 08:00:00 GMT Audio Post Production for Digital Video by Jay Rose CreativeCOW leader Timothy Allen takes an in depth look at Jay Rose's Audio Postproduction for Digital Video and determines that every serious non-linear editor should have this book. Read why Timothy, who is a multiple Emmy award winner as well as an accomplished musician, gives this new book in th Fri, 29 Nov 2002 08:00:00 GMT Creative Cow meets a Flying Cow CreativeCOW leader, Marco Solorio reviews the Flying Cow. Whether you need digital audio conversion for your NLE video system, or your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), the Flying Cow will please even the most bovine shoppers. Sat, 03 Aug 2002 07:00:00 GMT