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Prince: Musician

Prince: Musician

There are almost too many stories to tell about Prince Rogers Nelson and his sudden passing at age 57. Stories of the dazzling star selling 100 million records, the explosive entertainer, the incendiary guitarist, the prolific composer, and more. Instead, we focus on a story too easily lost in all this: a man who was all about the music, 24 hours a day. Remarkable previously unseen footage of a playful Prince at an Osaka soundcheck in 1990 by Chainsaw Post GM Steve Purcell, who worked with Prince for 6 years, sheds entirely new light on an artist you only thought you knew.

Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Art of the Edit
A Beginner's Guide to Building a Budget 5.1 Editing Suite

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Jonathan Bird
Audio Professionals
The Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of Noah

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe Creative Cloud
Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0

Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Audio Professionals
Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement

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 contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. Star Wars creator George Lucas presented the annual MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Blackmagic Design
Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

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 management system.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Audio Professionals
Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

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 had on the creative people in our industry.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
The Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSE

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 worked on 16 films that have won Academy Awards for Best Sound or Best Sound Editing. John Roesch spoke to Creative COW about the art of Foley and his extensive experience in creating sound effects.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Roesch
Audio Professionals
Soundelux's Wilhoit Recreates Sonic World for End of Watch

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 stylistically "found footage," and Wilhoit's challenge was to create a soundtrack that matched the movie's gritty immediacy and realism.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
Technicolor Opens Sound Facility on Paramount Lot

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.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
Drive garners Oscar Nom for Soundelux's Lon Bender and Victor Ennis Garner

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.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
A Look at Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording

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 knowledge of audio.

Review
Ronald Lindeboom
Audio Professionals
sE Electronics' USB2200a and Reflexion Filter

sE Electronics' USB2200a and Reflexion Filter
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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 room. For a combined price of under $600 this is a relatively affordable, portable, and high quality solution for all of your VO needs.

Review, Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Sam McGuire
Audio Professionals
Quicktracks: Low-Cost Scoring at the Speed of Sound

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.

Review
Jiggy Gaton
Audio Professionals
Sound Design for the Web

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Rick Castaneda
Audio Professionals
The Journey To A Nepali Recording Studio

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.

Feature, People / Interview
Jiggy Gaton
Indie Film & Documentary
SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5: Low-cost Scores at The Speed of Sound

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 innovations.

Review
Jiggy Gaton
Audio Professionals
ADR: Hollywood Dialogue Recording Secrets

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 films to the biggest blockbusters. Here's an overview of the world of ADR, some of the Cows who are working in this field, and where to go when you are ready to ADR to your own productions.

Feature
Cowdog
Audio Professionals
Real-world Mixing with the PSC DV ProMix 6

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.

Review
Brandt Sleeper
Audio Professionals
Recording Multi-cam AudioRecording 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.

Tutorial
Brandt Sleeper
Audio Professionals
Audio Mixing for DV and HDV: PSC DV Promix 3Audio 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?

Review
Brandt Sleeper
Audio Professionals
Why Use a Mixer?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.

Feature
Brandt Sleeper
Audio Professionals
Field Mixing with the PSC AlphaMixField 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.

Review
Brandt Sleeper
Audio Professionals
Building a Recording StudioBuilding 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.

Tutorial
Doug Hansel
Audio Professionals
Avoiding Whirrs, Rattles and HumsAvoiding 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 helpful training.

Tutorial, Feature
Michael Hanish
Series


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