Finding Order in Chaos

Oct 1, 2005, By Maureen Droney

It's a dominant theme of our times: The deluge of incoming data threatens to overwhelm. Going digital hasn't helped: A double-edged sword, it has just...

What's the Holdup?

Oct 1, 2005, By Jim Aikin

In the stone age of computer music (the 1970s), latency was measured in minutes, hours or days. Computer musicians entered their compositions on punch...

The Audio Pipeline

Oct 1, 2005, By Jason Scott Alexander

When it comes to audio technology, pros are often so consumed with learning what they need to know for practical purposes keeping a session moving smoothly...

Foley Recording

Sep 1, 2005, By Blair Jackson

One of the most critical, yet underappreciated links of the film sound chain is Foley recording. You probably know the basics. It was named after the...

When the Chips Are Down

Sep 1, 2005, By Eddie Ciletti

I have always been a hands-on technician, but two recent events provided a refresher course in the challenges facing large-scale operations. As an employer...

Power Tools: Digidesign ICON

Sep 1, 2005, By Brian Slack

As a longtime Pro Tools user and the owner of the first and still largest ICON console, I have discovered, created and stolen some great tricks. Many...

Hellacious Horns

Sep 1, 2005, By Kevin Becka

English conductor and obvious curmudgeon Sir Thomas Beecham said, Brass bands are all very well in their place outdoors and several miles away. But don't...

Surrounded and Ready

Aug 1, 2005, By Blair Jackson

It's about time surround recordings started getting a little respect i.e., awards recognition. The medium has developed into a very special art form,...

The Slide Rules

Aug 1, 2005, By Eddie Ciletti

This month, I correlate the technical with the artistic using two different show-and-tell examples: multi-miked drums and an ancient analog calculator....

Audio in Apple OS X

Aug 1, 2005, By Michael Cooper

On the surface, audio production in Mac OS X isn't all that different from working in OS 9 once you've set up your DAW to interface with its new environment....

Bikes, Harps and Yo-Yos

Aug 1, 2005, By Paul D. Lehrman

One of the hottest fields in the research world is Computer/Human Interfacing (CHI), which has several other names, such as Tangible Interfaces, Human...

Waves IR1 Version 2 Reverb Plug-In

Jul 1, 2005, By Michael Cooper

Like a magician, the Waves IR1 Version 2 escapes traditional boundaries required for parameter control of convolution reverbs. In this month's Power Tools,...

It's My Party and I'll Rant If I Want To

Jul 1, 2005, By Eddie Ciletti

This month kicks off and wraps up with two birthday celebrations both national and my own, the latter marking a half-century of heartbeats, breaths, strange...

Bombastic Bass

Jul 1, 2005, By Kevin Becka

Spinal Tap's double entendre to the basement of the audio mix is one of the few pieces of music written and performed by three basses and drum kits. The...

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Jun 1, 2005, By Paul D. Lehrman

There's a priceless moment on the Firesign Theatre's third album when an authority figure (a prosecutor who is somehow also an auctioneer) bellows, What...

Killer Keys

Jun 1, 2005, By Kevin Becka

Guitarist Andrs Segovia said, The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth. At the extreme, this is true, as anyone listening to pianist...

Taming the Acoustic Frontier

Jun 1, 2005, By Eddie Ciletti

BY EDDIE CILETTI No matter what amenities you associate with world-class facilities, space is the biggest luxury. Forgive the generalization, but facilities...

The Hybrid Production

May 1, 2005, By Heather Johnson

We've heard the gripes, even participated in many of them: the roster cuts, the shrinking budgets; the home studio's rise, the commercial studio's decline;...

Upgrades, Switches and Pots

May 1, 2005, By Eddie Ciletti

Audio gear has a metamorphic history of first being essential, then standard issue and later disposable, until it's ultimately reborn as a Some gear is...

360 Systems DigiCart

Apr 1, 2005, By Rom Rosenblum

The heir to the cart machine, 360 Systems' (www.360systems.com) DigiCart, is ubiquitous in the world of live radio and TV broadcasting and it's one of...

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