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As you’ve probably heard, I’m moving to a new house. I’ve decided that instead of writing about it here, or not writing about it at all, I should just make a Tumblr to share photos, stories and ideas.
If you’re interested in following the progress in fixing up an old house and over grown yard, head over to itsrustic.tumblr.com
You can follow the blog with your tumblr account or with the rss feed.
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The Pro Audio Files have released their first HD video training package Mixing Rap Vocals by Matthew Weiss.
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Yeah, I’m moving again. Staying in the Vancouver area though so the move should be way less stressful. Last time the move involved a 7 day drive across the continent and a 3 month wait for my studio gear to arrive.
When I’ve been telling people I’m moving again they seem surprised because it seems like I just moved to Vancouver. Actually, it’s been over 3 years and I have 2 kids since then! Our 1 bedroom apartment is getting very crowded. We’ve found a nice little old house in Burnaby with a big yard, garden and fruit trees. It needs a lot of work but it’s exciting times for us. Even though the house doesn’t belong to us, it will feel much more like a home than an apartment building or condo ever could.
In the new house I can dedicate the majority of the basement to a studio space and workshop, but it’s not ideal. Houses in BC tend to have ground level basements with low ceilings. I don’t do a lot of tracking and so much of my work comes from online. it might be ok, but I don’t really have a choice.
What this means for the blog – I’ve been wanting to transition AGZ into a more personal blog for a while. I’ve turned down a lot of guest posts recently for various reasons and I’ve cut back on advertising. As my audio hobby turned to a career and primary income I’ve become much less interested in researching and discussing it. I’ll still be doing the Home Recording Show whenever possible. I’ve taught myself to cook pretty well over the past year and I’m going to be getting into woodworking once I’m into the new house. All I’m saying is don’t be surprised or annoyed if I start posting about “domestic” topics more than audio.
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Randy Coppinger wrote to me a few days ago because he was working on a DeEssing Technique article. I have a few alternate techniques to share.
I have a pretty good ear for sibilance but I don’t tend to use DeEssing much in my mixes. Maybe I’ve just been lucky lately and my clients know how to pick a good mic for vocals. I DeEss reverbs more often than lead vocals actually. There are a ton of ways to tackle this problem, so here are my top 4 ways to DeEss without using a DeEsser.
For all the examples I’ve used the same source. My friend Jordan’s demo of the MXL V67G with RK47 capsule upgrade. The capsule upgrade was a remarkable improvement but still quite sibilant on his voice.
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Groove3 has just published a really excellent video on the history of delay effects as part of the Delay Explained tutorial hosted by Kenny Gioia.
This is just the introduction to the tutorial. Check out the full tutorial here: http://www.groove3.com/str/Delay-Explained.html
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Databending an image with an audio editor like Audacity achieves very different results than with Text or Hex editors. You can rearrange the waveform with cut and paste or use effects much like photoshop filters. This article will focus on using audio effects.
Here is the starting image.
Databending JPGs doesn’t work very well, they tend to break on export. This image was converted to .BMP then opened in Audacity as Raw Data.
I’ve found that the best import settings for .BMP files is Encoding: A-Law; Byte Order: Little-Endian; Channels: 1 Channel.
Raw import settings
The file opens and shows an audio interpretation of the data. It’s not a nice sound, I’ll speak more on that in another article.
Viewing the image as a waveform in Audacity
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Databending is taking a digital format and manipulating it with tools designed for other formats. For example, images hacked in a text editor, images edited with audio processors, etc. There are many ways to go about this and I’m just getting my feet wet with the concept. Today I played around with editing an image in a text editor.
The first step was to convert the .jpg to the uncompressed .bmp format (TIFF and RAW will also work). I did this with Skitch but any image editor can do it. You want to use an uncompressed format because there is more data to work with and they’re less fragile.
Here’s the original image (resized for the web)