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Review: iRig Pro preamp/A>D from IK Multimedia

Review: iRig Pro preamp/A>D from IK Multimedia

Use the iRig Pro confidently as a mic preamp, an A>D converter, or both simultaneously.

By Allan Tépper | July 16, 2014

Although I have reviewed many audio preamps and A>D (analog-to-digital) converters, the iRig Pro I am covering here is truly unique for several reasons, two of which are why I purposefully excluded it from my recent roundup of five other preamp + A>D devices for iOS. Ahead you’ll learn everything I love about the iRig Pro for both audio and video, yet why I still can’t recommended the iRig Recorder app for video producers.

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Q and A about the new post-production health resource Fitness In Post

We all know that editors and post-pros probably aren't the most active and fit bunch

By Scott Simmons | June 24, 2014

If you’re an editor, motion graphics artist, colorist or most any other post-production professional you’ll probably be interested in Fitness In Post. It’s a new online community with the lofty goal of getting post-pros off their rears and moving around; be it with a standing desk, exercise or some sort of subjecting yourself to unspeakable horrors that is a Spartan Race. That’s probably a bit extreme for some. You’ll hear a lot of talk about standing desks.

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New Adobe Creative Cloud video applications now available

2014 release of Adobe Premiere Pro and other production tools launched today

By Eric Philpott | June 18, 2014

At a special event in New York City, Adobe today announced the launch of the new 2014 versions of the Creative Cloud desktop apps, new mobile apps and tools, and expanded integration. Included in these are new versions of Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC,... Read More

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3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

If you produce audio or video with an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, you’ll likely have found some of these limitations.

By Allan Tépper | May 31, 2014

Whether you have been using one of the audio/video production apps I have been covering (including Bossjock Studio, FiLMiC Pro, and RØDE Rec) or some others I have yet to cover, you’ll likely have encountered software limitations. This article covers three workarounds to use in the meantime, while app developers add direct support for essential features like SFTP, Gmail app, and until Apple fixes AirDrop between iOS and Mac OS.

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Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

With the AT-MX351a from Audio Technica, you can sound as good with multi-mics as with a single one.

By Allan Tépper | May 10, 2014

If you have ever been disappointed when your audio quality drops exponentially as you add more microphones with a talk show, interview or reality, due to a phenomenon called spill, bleed or “crosstalk”, and you can’t afford the time to mulitrack and fix it in post, you’ll be happy to know that there is a hardware device to solve it in real time, either live, “live on tape” or —more commonly nowadays— "live to flash memory”. Enter the AT-MX351a automatic mixer from Audio Technica. Here are my introduction and initial tests.

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NAB 2014: My Experience

What's it like for someone to work AND play at NAB 2014? Here's my experience!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | April 28, 2014

I have to admit.  This year’s NAB was like my Oscars.  Normal people (like you and me) would go to the Academy Awards to do some “Stargazing”, as the expression goes.  That’s what I feel that I spent almost a week doing.  Star gazing.  Yes, I was there for work, and work I did, but as we all know, NAB is much more than that. 

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Bossjock Studio creates a “live” radio studio in your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Bossjock Studio creates a “live” radio studio in your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Bossjock Studio replaces a recorder, carts, and in many cases, an audio mixer for podcasting and more.

By Allan Tépper | April 20, 2014

With its inboard virtual carts (to play intros, bumpers, commercial spots, PSAs, sound effects, and stingers), ducking and easy sharing, the under US$10 Bossjock Studio app in your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch lets you produce your podcast or radio show in real time “live to flash memory”, encode it, and publish it online. This is my “first look” article.

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Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Read about the production details, and listen to the two high-end, 30-second spots.

By Allan Tépper | March 26, 2014

I just produced two 30-second audio spots for playback on over-the-air radio, as well as podcasts. Although I wrote and produced them, my voice and studio were not used at all in this production. Instead, one female and three male local voice talent were used, as well as the highest grade audio production equipment I’ve ever seen. Listen to the spots, and learn the who, the how and the why, ahead…

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VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

Miami-based voiceover studio has just upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, with video upgrades from Blackmagic and Sony.

By Allan Tépper | March 25, 2014

VoiceOverMart is a Miami (Coral Gables), Florida based professional voiceover studio, equipped with ISDN & standard phone patch, and is owned and directed by Víctor Martorella, a renowned voice talent for the Hispanic market. VoiceOverMart recently upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, together with video upgrades. These upgrades facilitate their audio spot production and ADR (audio dialogue replacement). Ahead are details of the upgrade via an interview.

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Hey Adobe, how about that video focused Production Premium CC bundle?

Even if it only saved us $60 a year, that's something

By Scott Simmons | February 22, 2014

When Adobe ditched the “boxed software” model of pay one price get the product forever and moved to a monthly subscription model the outcry was loud. Some loved it. Many hated it. There were more level headed critiques. Most of use were more like: whatever … how much and is this software good? From the video production perspective it is good, even great, software tools that Adobe is creating these days. But while installing CC on a new laptop the other day I couldn’t help but wish we still had some type of video focused Production Premium CC option. Like our cable subscriptions, many of us are paying for things we’ll never, ever use.

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The Post Podcast Episode 11 - Imagineer Systems

We talk to Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Office at Imagineer Systems about all things tracking!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 21, 2014

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending February 21st, 2014.  We're talking motion tracking with Ross Shain, Chief Marketing Officer at Imagineer Systems, and we're giving away a copy of Mocha Pro!

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Media Composer - You Ask, I Answer! - Lesson 1

Have you ever moved media from one drive to another, only to have it go offline? Let's "fix" that pesky problem!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 11, 2014

In this tutorial, exclusive to PVC, I'm going to answer a question about AMA Re-linking to.  Once you see how easy it is to move your media around, and keep organized in MC, the next time you need to move media, you won't hesitate!

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Tips for Maintaining Gainful Employment

Common Sense Workplace Etiquette

By Woody Woodhall | January 26, 2014

In the spirit of the New Year and of making the most out of the potential of another circle around the sun, I wanted to take a closer look at the ethics and attitudes of those people in our business who work and seem to work all the time. Some employees just have a sense about not only doing... Read More

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HP Z1 G2 offers Thunderbolt2 and matte display! (First look article)

HP Z1 G2 offers Thunderbolt2 and matte display! (First look article)

HP has fortunately addressed what I considered to be the two key weaknesses of the first generation Z1 all-in-one Workstation.

By Allan Tépper | January 12, 2014

I am so glad that HP has addressed what I considered to be the two biggest weaknesses of the first generation of the Z1, the company's first all-in-one workstation, which forced the user to use a very glossy display and had absolutely no connection for an external disk array (RAID). HP just announced the second generation of the Z1, and both issues have been addressed, together with performance improvements and other user choices. Let’s take a first look in this very short article and video.

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Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Mission: Connect two balanced XLR mics to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, bypassing the iDevice’s inferior preamp and A>D converter

By Allan Tépper | January 11, 2014

In prior articles, we have established that the best audio quality on iOS devices is achieved when connecting digitally, thus bypassing their inferior preamp and internal A>D converters. We have also discovered that starting with iOS 7, iPhones and iPod Touches can now join the digital party, together with iPads. It’s easy to connect a single (compatible) USB mic to your iDevice, but what about connecting two mics digitally? In this article, I’ll compare devices from ART, Avid, Roland, SoundDevices, and Tascam, between US$79 and US$899, from specs/features to actual recording samples.

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RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

Many improvements have been added to the RØDE Rec audio app since the last time we saw it with a different name.

By Allan Tépper | January 08, 2014

RØDE Rec is the new name of an extremely powerful —yet inexpensive— audio app for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch I have covered previously, in several articles and ebooks back in 2012, by its original name. The renowned Australian microphone manufacturer (RØDE) actually took the core of the original app and invested a year of custom development to improve it. Ahead we’ll cover the improvements, and point out the only missing details that I’d really like them to add.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 4

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson - Effects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 06, 2014

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part four of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Rumbling Under the Radar

Rumbling Under the Radar

Our audio chain has been compromised because we took a common switch for granted.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 05, 2014

Last year we revamped our voiceover recording chain, replacing a microphone and “voice channel” (a microphone preamp with additional signal processing) that were both dying. Both replacements - a KEL Song Sparrow large-diaphragm condenser microphone and Presonus VXP voice channel - are excellent tools in isolation. However, we overlooked something in their combination that has come back to bite us. Please learn from our mistakes...

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 3

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, Editing, Audio Mixing and Title Creation.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 27, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part three of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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NLE Review: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

How do you begin to thoroughly review an NLE as deep and feature rich as something like PPro?

By Scott Simmons | December 10, 2013

If you follow what has been going on in the world of non-linear editing tools for the past few years you know that Adobe has been working very hard to make Premiere Pro a viable option for every aspect of editorial and post-production. The Adobe Premiere Pro team has been asking questions, listening to editors and improving their product with release after release pretty much ever since CS4 came along. I’m happy to report that with Adobe Premiere Pro CC the tool really has arrived.

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