Instant Digital Audio: VASST Instant Series

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The rapid drop in costs of digital audio recording and production tools has led to widespread adoption by "non-audio" people. Multimedia producers, including videographers and graphic designers producing for the Web and other media, need to learn the many details of producing digital audio. Hot topics include selecting and using recording hardware including microphones, headphones, and monitors; how to use postproduction-editing software; and ...

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Overview

The rapid drop in costs of digital audio recording and production tools has led to widespread adoption by "non-audio" people. Multimedia producers, including videographers and graphic designers producing for the Web and other media, need to learn the many details of producing digital audio. Hot topics include selecting and using recording hardware including microphones, headphones, and monitors; how to use postproduction-editing software; and how to deliver the finished audio in an array of media/formats.

Instant Digital Audio presents digital audio principals and techniques for the non-audio specialist. Videographers and multimedia producers who are new to audio learn how to select the hardware and software that they need and how to use it. Straightforward explanations supplemented with ample screenshots and technical data address recording and production topics including microphones and relevant applications, best practices in recording audio, and how to feed audio into the computer for editing. Postproduction topics include setting up a studio, acquisition and editing techniques, filtering, and restoration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578202768
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/9/2005
  • Series: Instant Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Spotted Eagle is a recognized world leader in the Vegas product knowledgebase. He has authored numerous articles for Vegas and its sister applications. He also hosts two web sites for users of Vegas and related products and contributes to Videography, Studio, Parachutist, and Worship Video among other publications.

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Table of Contents

Hardware setups 1
Surround Sound 2
Wiring 12
Mixers 16
Setting up the room for Great Audio 17
Microphone Types and Placement 31
Microphone Types 32
Omni-Directional mic pattern 38
Bi-directional (Sometimes called a "Figure of 8 mic") 39
Uni-directional 40
Uni-Directional mic pattern 42
Lavaliere mics 47
Handheld/Stick mics 49
Boundary mics 50
The Ribbon mic 54
Reading Frequency Response Charts 54
Microphone Placement 59
Shotgun Microphones 60
Stick (or Handheld) Mics 61
Lavaliere Microphones 62
Large Diaphragm Microphones 64
Boundary Microphones 65
Stereo Microphones 66
Placement is critical 66
Recording, Levels and All 77
Sampling Rates 83
Controlling Levels 84
Understanding Analog vs Digital Metering 89
Taking Measure: Metering 89
The Peak Meter 93
Why Do I Care? 95
Connecting Microphones to a Camcorder 99
Low Impedance vs. High Impedance 100
Wireless Systems 101
Alternative Connection Formats 102
Effective Mic Boom Techniques 105
Length of Boompole 106
Boom the Mic from Above 107
Boom the Mic from Below 107
Noise from Cables 108
Holding the Boom 110
Position of Mic 110
Monitoring Audio on a Production 111
Monitors 112
Positioning 114
Subwoofers 115
Headphones 119
There are several types of headphones to use in these situations 120
Mixing Techniques 123
Mixing in the Field 124
Mixing in the Post-Room 126
Using a Mixer 127
Using an NLE 128
Plug-In Tools for Nonlinear Editing Systems 131
What Do Plug-Ins Do? 132
Which Ones Do I Need? 134
Using Compressors, Reverbs, EQ, Gates, and Other Tools 134
Reverbs 136
Noise Gates 139
Getting Optimal Voiceovers with Plug-Ins 141
Other Plug-Ins 144
Getting Good Field Audio with Plug-Ins 144
Noise Reduction 145
Getting good sound before requiring noise reduction 146
What types of noise reduction are available 148
What Is Noise? 150
Scouting the Location for Audio Problems 161
Ambient Noise 162
Room Noise 163
Machinery Noise 164
Subject/Crew Noise 165
Gear Noise 166
Simple, Practical Solutions for Difficult Edits 169
Editing on Consonants 170
Alternative Editing Points 170
Noise Gates 172
Understanding wireless systems 173
Connecting Microphone and Camcorder 173
Cabled Microphones 174
Unbalanced Cabling 180
Connecting Balanced Cables to Unbalanced Inputs 181
Other Considerations When Working with Mic Cables 183
Phantom Power-Ghosts in the Machine? 185
Wireless Systems 186
How to Use a Wireless System 194
What About Handheld Wireless? 200
Multiple Wireless Transmitters 200
ACIDizing Digital Audio 203
ACIDized Audio 203
Sound Forge 206
Creating One-shots 210
ACID Pro 210
Creating One-shots 213
Tweaking Your Samples 213
Loop Tuner 214
Tips and Tricks for Looped Audio 219
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