I just got back from a video shoot in San Antonio Texas. I ran production audio for this shoot. Used the Tascam DR680, my custom 4 channel snake and a few AT wireless mics.
This DVD training series on truck driving regulations and safety was created by Avatar Management Systems. I scored the 60 second “A Fleet” theme.
I recently did the production and post audio for the Pegasus Equestrian Farm in Hartville, Ohio.
I did both production and post audio for this advert for the Canton Palace Theatre Capital Campaign 2013.
Make sure to watch for Jenn Thomas Pallotta on the Fox hit “Master Chef”! The show airs on May 22nd!
AES Rome 2013 Tutorials Schedule
Saturday, May 4, 11:00 — 12:30
Session T1 Microphone Technology
Saturday, May 4, 16:30 — 18:30
Session T2 Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Ultra-Portable Production/Recording Studio. From Idea to Final Master: How to Write, Sequence, Produce Your Music, and Control Your Studio Using only Your iPad
Saturday, May 4, 16:30 — 18:30
Session T3 Music Production for Film
Saturday, May 4, 17:00 — 18:30
Session T4 Understanding Microphone Specifications
Sunday, May 5
Sunday, May 5, 09:00 — 10:00
Session T5 3-D Audio—Produce the New Dimension
Sunday, May 5, 11:00 — 13:00
Session T6 Drum Programming
Sunday, May 5, 11:30 — 13:00
Session T7 Acoustic Enhancement Systems—The Basics
Sunday, May 5, 12:00 — 13:00
Session T8 Perceptual Testing of Speech in Modern Audio Products
Sunday, May 5, 14:45 — 16:15
Session T9 Electric Guitar—What a Recordist Ought to Know
Monday, May 6
Monday, May 6, 09:00 — 10:30
Session T10 Creative Distortion—You Are in the Over-Driver’s Seat
Monday, May 6, 11:30 — 13:00
Session T11 Optimizing and Measuring the Speech Intelligibility of Sound Systems
Monday, May 6, 12:15 — 14:15
Session T12 Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ
Monday, May 6, 12:30 — 13:30
Session T13 Designing for Ultra-Low THD+N in Analog Circuits
Monday, May 6, 14:15 — 16:15
Session T14 Rub & Buzz and Other Irregular Loudspeaker Distortion
Tuesday, May 7
Tuesday, May 7, 09:00 — 11:00
Session T15 Parallelization of Audio Signal Processing Algorithms on MultiCore DSPs
Tuesday, May 7, 11:45 — 13:15
Session T16 Microphones: The Physics, Metaphysics, and Philosophy
I was at the Central Indiana AES meeting at Ball State this week and listened to a very interesting presentation by Sean Olive, President-Elect at Audio Engineering Society, and the Director of Acoustic Research at Harman International. He talked about blind listening tests of speakers, critical listening ear tests for which they supply a free program, and perception and measurement of headphone specs. Sorry Dr. Dre!
How to Listen is a desktop software application developed by the Harman International R&D group for the purpose of training and selecting listeners used in audio product research, development, and testing. The software consists of a number of training exercises where different kinds of timbral, spatial and dynamic distortions commonly found within the recording and audio chains are simulated and added to music.
The listener’s task is to identify, classify or rate these distortions according to a number of well-defined perceptual attributes and scales. The software automatically adjusts the difficulty of each training task based on the listener’s performance.
We are happy to offer a free beta version of this software to audio enthusiasts in the hope that they will use it to improve their critical listening skills and appreciation for high quality sound reproduction. Enjoy!
Supports 2-channel stereo and multichannel wav files (up to 24 bit, 96 kHz)
includes Session and Practice Modes
Currently supports two training tasks (more will be added in the next release) that include the following:
Peaks, Dips, Peaks & Dips, Low and High pass filters
Left/Right Balance (stereo mode)
Front/Rear Balance (surround mode)
More information about How to Listen can be found here.
Download How to Listen
You can download public release versions of How to Listen for Mac OS X and Windows OS computers below. A copy of the user’s manual (PDF) can be downloaded separately here.
Main features/fixes in version 2.04
1. Windows – The noise and hum attribute tests are now working.
2. Mac – The noise and hum attribute tests are now working.
3. Known Issues – For Mac and Windows you may need to manually change the permissions to read/write in the Application Folder and Application Data and Support folders. (See the section “Manually Setting Folder Permissions” on page 6 of the user manual ) After updating to version 2.04 from 2.03, make sure you create a new username account when logging in the first time (see section “Update from an Older Version of How to Listen” on page 7 of the user manual.)
Here is a video on YouTube about their speaker research at Harman International.
I had the pleasure of working with this board this week while mixing the student Electro Acoustic ensemble performance for Thursday evenings show.
The Surface is simply a controller for the MixRack. It also has an audio rack built into it to conveniently provide local inputs and outputs at the mix position. It features a large analogue style, one control per function processing block, TouchScreen, name and colour virtual ‘write-on’ strip, banks of motorised faders with independent layers, SoftKeys, built-in headphones, local monitor and talkback. The modular iLive-112 allows a variety of audio I/O modules, network formats and redundant power supply options, and is shipped in a touring flight case.
Small footprint modular Surface
• 28 faders – 3 banks, 4 layers = 112 control strips
• Up to 32 audio sockets
• Wide range of I/O module options
• RAB2 module with Port A and Port B network options
• Choose network option for Port A MixRack link
• Port B can be loaded with M-MMO card option
• Built in 3 port Ethernet switch
• MIDI and PL-Anet ports
• Word clock interface
• Socket LED indicators for 48V, Mute and PAFL
• External iPS10 redundant power supply option
• Touring grade flight case
A little while back I was asked to transcribe Stravinsky’s “The Dove” for an audition by Dina Kuznetsova, of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Russian-American soprano Dina Kuznetsova has attracted the attention of the world’s major opera companies for her outstanding musicianship and compelling stage presence. Dina Kuznetsova has performed in many of the world’s greatest opera houses, from the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden, Wiener Staatsoper and Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper to the San Francisco and Chicago Lyric Operas.
This proved to be a challenge to type set correctly, but I think it came out pretty well. The key was lowered a major second for this particular audition.