Sound and Music Tue, 14 Aug 18 23:32:19 -0600 Sound and Music en-CA Magix (ex Sony) Sound Forge Pro topic Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:48:29 -0700 driftwood 6024@/talks/discussions Fantastic: Soundforge now available on Mac! I swear by this on the PC. This has been for years my audio editor of choice and its great to be able to have this on OSX - it requires 64 bit OS (Lion and ML compatible only) and its one of the best mastering packages around. Shame there's no CD architect built in but Im sure Sony will furnish us with an update soon.

Built on a clean slate for OS X, Sound Forge™ Pro Mac provides a contemporary application environment that’s perfect for recording, editing, processing, and rendering broadcast-quality audio master files. A fresh statement on audio editing software, Sound Forge Pro Mac includes a comprehensive suite of mastering, restoration, and repair tools for immediate results.

With the loss of Bias Peak, the competition was getting thinner on the ground with only Adobe and Steinberg Wavelab to master audio to. Now with this release we have a decent tried and tested editor via the PC. Excellent!

Tracktion T7 - Free DAW for Windows, Linux and Mac Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:51:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20237@/talks/discussions

This is no ‘Lite’ version, we do not impose track limits, plugin limitations or other such constraints commonly found in other low cost offerings.

Why? – we think you will enjoy using the app so much, you will discover the value in investing in our latest versions and the expanded features we are voraciously adding. Innovation and creativity is what drives us – join the ride today and download T7 for Mac, Windows, or Linux operating systems.

Yamaha Vocaloid 5 Sat, 28 Jul 2018 04:23:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20142@/talks/discussions


  • Over 2,000 preset phrases & audio to drag-and-drop into your song creation.
  • 11 audio effects to use within a single application.
  • Style function for an instant conversion to your favorite singing styles & voices.
  • Attack & Release effects and emotion tools to express your vocal phrases more realistically.
  • 3 new parameters to control vocal tension and breath amount.
  • 4 voicebanks (male & female, Japanese & English)
  • VST, AU, external MIDI input improved for external functionality.

Royalty free music for Indies Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:41:52 -0600 DrDave 6763@/talks/discussions We are revisiting the idea of creating royalty free music. This music can be used by anyone from high school teachers to indie film makers. What makes it royalty free? As you may know, copyrights are complicated. For example, you can give away the rights to a performance, but the actual music score may have rights attached to it. You can't record the song of another artist, and then claim you own it.

When we looked at this topic about eight years ago, we thought the Magnatune system was the way to go (disclaimer: we release our recordings on Magnatune). On Magnatune, you keep all the rights to your "CD" as we used to call an album, but they distribute it. You get half, they get half. Half is way more than I got from the big labels, and Magnatune is a great label. We still OWN all of our tracks. AS a filmmaker, you could (and still can) license the tracks for really dirt cheap, and, again, the creator got a dollar or so, depending. We figured, no one is going to balk at a few dollars for a sound track that would cost thousands to produce. We figured wrong. People did use the license feature, but not in the waves that we expected.

Well, as it turns out, people have this "must be free" attitude, which in a way is a driving force of the internet--no one wanted to pay the artists, even though they themselves are artists. So rather than rant about how ridiculous this is, we are starting a different model, and we can see that others are doing the same thing.

The new model is to just give it all away, free, and raise the money to produce it through Kickstarter or something similar. You can see our Kickstarter project here.

Once it is done, ppl can use the soundtrack. It may not be what you are looking for, but it will be free :) You'll notice that the music is old, like really old. That way, it is solidly in the public domain. Composers of course can create new scores and using for example Creative Commons we can record newer music as well. We have some new music projects in the works right now.

Studio Acoustic Treatment - Bobby Owsinski Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:17:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19946@/talks/discussions

What mic should I use for electronc pianist-vocalist? Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:22:17 -0600 brianl 19925@/talks/discussions I don't know if I have the right mics for this one, but I need to mic a pianist-singer in a concert hall. Piano is electric. The hall has no gear. Here's what I have Sennheiser k6 me66 AT 8022 stereo mic Oktava (mod'd) MK012 (3 heads) Rode nt3

FL Studio 20 comes to Mac Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:27:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19875@/talks/discussions

Loudness Wars Wed, 28 Dec 2011 03:47:49 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 1847@/talks/discussions (unfortunately full article is for subscribers only)

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Sound creation workstations Fri, 30 Dec 2011 02:35:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 1864@/talks/discussions
No analog synths modellers here!

Galaxy X

MIDI Polyphonic Expression Sat, 05 May 2018 20:19:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19650@/talks/discussions

Which RØDE microphone to get? Sat, 01 Mar 2014 22:00:18 -0700 IronFilm 9760@/talks/discussions The RØDE contest is making me consider splurging out & buying a better micophone (currently I just use the cheapie thirty buck ones off eBay direct from China), specifically a RØDE microphone.

I suppose one of these would be in my price range that I'd be considering, for use with my GH1 (and via a hacked iRig Pre):

Rode NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone, $269

Rode VideoMic Pro VMP Shotgun Microphone, $229

Rode Videomic Shotgun Microphone with Rycote Lyre Mount, $149

Rode VMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone Super-Cardio, $99

What would be the pros and cons of each of these options? Sound knowledge is a big big weakness of mine, so I'm open to all & any advice :-)

Cakewalk Platinum is now free and called Cakewalk by Bandlab Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:43:55 -0600 robertGL 19361@/talks/discussions For what it's worth, Bandlab, whatever that is, is relaunching it.


news here:

link here:

Seems to require registration of a bandlab account

Sony SpectraLayers, now Magix SpectraLayers Mon, 06 Aug 2012 08:55:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4160@/talks/discussions SpectraLayers introduces an innovative, unique workflow that redefines what can be accomplished in the professional audio editor's suite," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. "The level of editing precision and advanced capabilities SpectraLayers offers makes it an essential tool for industry professionals who demand the deepest audio analysis tools."

SpectraLayers Offers the Following Transformational Features:

Extreme Audio Editing

  • Divide audio files into discrete, user-defined layers that can be processed independently and reintegrated to achieve perfect master files.
  • Remove unwanted noises and artifacts with ease while leaving surrounding audio data completely intact.
  • Separate music and dialogue into individual component layers.
  • Perform pitch correction on user-selected components of an audio file.
  • Employ SpectraLayers in audio mastering, sound design, analysis, and forensics tasks.
  • All tools are modifiable using a wide range of user-definable sensitivities and tolerances.

Extraction Tools

Extract audio into independent layers using intelligent, programmable tools:

  • Area — select any audio for transfer from directly within the spectrum graph.
  • Frequency — track frequencies and transfer them directly to selected layers.
  • Harmonics — seek and select harmonics in user-defined amounts and orders.

Modification Tools

Operate directly on waveform spectra to perform precise, creative edits:

  • Amplify
  • Clone
  • Erase

Creation Tools

Create sound directly in the SpectraLayers interface

  • Frequency
  • Noise
  • Fidelity / Flexibility

  • 32-bit 96 kHz capable.

  • SpectraLayers provides seamless file transfer to Sound Forge Pro and other audio editing programs.

SpectraLayers is available for both Mac and Windows platforms.


More info:

iZotope Ozone, Mastering with Ozone Tue, 12 May 2015 12:51:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12973@/talks/discussions Free ebook


Improving Sound of Room Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:15:50 -0600 MikeLinn 19365@/talks/discussions

Adobe audition - ducking (side chain) with multiband compression and noise gate Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:08:56 -0600 zcream 19230@/talks/discussions I have noisy vocals. The meat of the voice is 1-5 kHz and that is pretty clean. I have music under it. I want to pass only the vocals from 1-5khz with a hard limiter acting as a noise gate. Now I can duplicate the vocal and make it a ghost track and then process it in this manner. And that would work.

Is there an alternative where I don't need to ghost it? Can I apply effects only to the internal side chain signal?

Deal : MAGIX Sound Editors, Samplitude X2, Sound Forge from $1 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:57:38 -0700 crustovsky 19136@/talks/discussions Similar to Vegas deal from couple of week back but this time it's audio software:

You get

For $1

  • MP3 Deluxe 19
  • Music Maker EDM Edition
  • Soundpool: Deeper Shades of House

For average of $16.60 you additionally get

  • MAGIX Video Sound Cleaning Lab
  • ACID Music Studio 10
  • SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 10

For $20 you additionally get

  • ACID Pro 7

And for $30 you additionally get

  • Samplitude Pro X2 Silver
  • SOUND FORGE Pro 11

I wonder if Sound Force this will be upgradable to soon to be released version 12 as external plugins are not included (iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite )

Descript - audio text editor and transcription tool Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:45:06 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18814@/talks/discussions

Sound mixing, and matching tracks recorded in different ways Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:46:46 -0700 Brian_Siano 18255@/talks/discussions I'm finalizing a video project, and there's a big issue with our sound recordings.

Here's the background. While shooting, we obviously got camera mike sound for all takes. But we'd rented and used a couple of shotgun mikes with a Tascam recorder for many scenes, and the sound we got from those is marvelous. Obviously, my question is about making the camera mike tracks sound a bit more like the fuller, shotgun-mike tracks. Or vice versa, if that's what's needed.

I'm not much of a sound person, so I'd have to understand the principles involved, and then learn to use the Premiere Pro or Audition tools to accomplish the job. Can anyone point me to some good tutorials that might help?

Samplitude Pro X Silver - Free DAW Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:47:20 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18368@/talks/discussions image

  • Max eight tracks
  • Support VST plugin supports
  • Good set of high quality native effects.
  • Two busses per project

  1. Download from
  2. After installation completed, start Magix Samplitude Pro X Silver . A “Welcome” splash dialog will open. Click on the 'Register now for unlimited use' program button to open personal trial extension code registration web page.
  3. You will be forwarded to registration page, after logging in or registering, activation code to unlock Magix Samplitude Pro X Silver will be sent to the registered email address.
  4. Enter the activation code into the text box that appear on the welcome box after clicking "Continue to use program" button. Then click on Continue.
MIDI HD - new and improved MIDI coming Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:35:31 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18366@/talks/discussions

SoundBridge Free DAW Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:00:23 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18369@/talks/discussions image

  • Windows and MacOS

Cakewalk Sonar X3 / X2 Sun, 06 Jan 2013 11:54:44 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5679@/talks/discussions

X2a includes the following:

  • Multi-touch support for Windows 8
  • General Windows 8 compatibility updates
  • Direct2D support
  • Accessibility enhancements
  • Playlist View Enhancements
  • Updated Piano Roll view and Staff view Track pane UI
  • Over 50 UI enhancements
  • Around 250 bug fixes


20 years of Open Source Audio: Success, Failure and The In-Between Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:17:44 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18367@/talks/discussions Good keynote by Paul Davis (since 2:23)

Audio Noise Reduction Software like iZotope RX6 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 05:18:15 -0600 sam_stickland 3786@/talks/discussions I've started this thread for the discussion of audio noise reduction/repair software and techniques.

I've only just started using iZotope's RX2, but compared the other noise reducers I've tried it's damn near magical (disclaimer: I'm far from an expert in these things). Using the Sound Forge noise reduction plugin I would have to stack multiple low dB reduction passes on top of each other to get a reasonable sound, and every stage could introduce musical noise artifacts, but RX pretty much always manages it in a single pass.

Any other good ones?

Yamaha Genos Digital Workstation Keyboard Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:11:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17883@/talks/discussions


New Sounds

  • Genos features nearly twice the amount of AWM2 sample ROM as the Tyros5 that chronologically preceded it, including new Yamaha CFX and C7 concert grand Voices. Brand new Revo! drum and special FX Voices use more dynamic sampling and round-robin triggering to create startlingly human rhythm parts.
  • Also new are Kino strings, developed with film and TV scoring in mind. Yamaha says that their sound quality is on par with the best software scoring libraries, and they use similar stereo techniques — such as panning different players in the string section to different channels.
  • New brass Voices are also on hand, as are new guitars (acoustic and electric), basses, synth leads and pads, accordions, and more. 256 notes of true stereo polyphony
  • Articulation Element Modeling (AEM) technology automatically chooses the correct instrument articulation (a way an instrument can sound depending on how it is played) in real time according to the player’s keyboard technique: key velocity, tempo, legato versus staccato, and so on.
  • The player can also select specific articulations (bowing techniques, guitar slides, brass fall-offs, and much more) using the three Articulation buttons or connected controllers such as pedals.

Audio Quality and Massive Effects Power

  • 32-bit DACs on the main outputs for smooth sound. Also included is a S/PDIF digital output for computer recording, providing better-than-CD-quality resolution at 24 bits.
  • Expanded DSP provides 28 insert effects, which may be stacked and distributed in any way players need — even all 28 on a single Voice. These use the same Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) technology as high-end Yamaha mixing consoles, emulating the sound and behavior of classic compressors, choruses, rotary speakers, reverbs, and much more.
  • Among the new VCM effects in Genos are Real Reverb, numerous classic guitar and bass amp models, stompboxes, and improved rotary speaker for organ and damper resonance for piano.

Control and Interface Features

  • Genos offers more real-time control than any songwriting or performance workstation ever made. The Live Control section provides nine assignable sliders and six assignable knobs. Above these is a crisp OLED strip showing the setting each knob or fader controls at any instant, so the player doesn’t need to delve into the main display in order to make changes on the fly
  • The main display is 9” color touchscreen. To its right, six large Gateway Buttons quickly navigate to Genos’ major modes of operation such as Style and Voice selection, Song mode, and more. Below these are six assignable buttons that let the player cue custom actions or changes.
  • Ten registration buttons (with multiple banks) save and recall virtually all Genos panel settings. Registrations can now be organized into Playlists for quick access at gigs that might cover diverse types of music.
  • Multi Pads trigger one-shot musical phrases and hits to spice up performances while the keyboard is busy playing the main instrument Voices. Via the *
  • Audio Link function, the Multi Pads can trigger user-created audio files for even more customization.

Styles and Recording

  • 550 Styles, across all musical genres from pop to jazz to classical to rock to hip-hop to EDM to regional and world flavors.
  • Each has many selectable variations, intros, fills, and endings, musicians who want utterly original accompaniment can craft their own Styles in the Style Creator — either by editing factory Styles or from scratch, thanks to the full-featured 16-track MIDI recorder that resides under the hood.
  • To develop an original idea, pick a Voice and Style, work out the arrangement, and then record it as a MIDI song. The MIDI Quick recording mode automatically assigns all the keyboard and accompaniment Style parts to the proper channels.
  • A MIDI Multi recording mode is also present for more advanced users who wish to build songs a track at a time. Then, overdub more Voices, add a vocal track right onboard (using the highly realistic and flexible Vocal Harmony features if desired), and record the result as a stereo WAV file.
  • Mix everything to audio — what the player’s fingers are doing, what the Styles are doing, mic input, and even the Multi Pads.

Additional Features and Specifications:

  • FSX semi-weighted premium keyboard action with aftertouch, enhanced touch response for very expressive playing, and high-precision, durable construction.
  • Dual Song Player lets the user crossfade smoothly between two audio Songs (or one audio and one MIDI Song).
  • Play back Songs continuously using Song List function.
  • Arpeggios add 216 motifs and riffs to performances using MegaVoices, going far beyond the abilities of traditional arpeggiators.
  • Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder: Apply realistic multi-part harmonies to a vocal coming through the mic input, or use the Synth Vocoder for classic “robot voice” effects.
  • Premium Packs to expand Genos’ capability by adding new Voices, Styles, and more, including even higher-quality content than the factory presets. * Yamaha Expansion manager for Mac and PC.
  • Personal Packs to manage Voice, Style, Song, and Registration content efficiently.
  • Huge 1.8 GB of internal, non-volatile Flash memory.
  • WAV, AIFF, SoundFont, and even REX support for creating original Voices and Drum Kits.
  • XLR-1/4” combo mic input with phantom power.
  • Four sub outputs allow routing of different aspects of the performance to different listening destinations, mixer channels, etc.
  • Downloadable Cloud Audio Recorder app (iOS) to record via WiFi and share via SoundCloud.
  • Downloadable SongBook+ app (iOS) for managing scores and lyrics from an iPad.
  • Pricing and Availability

Genos price is $6,799.

Ableton Live 10 and 9 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:07:07 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5815@/talks/discussions

Audition Raw data import - randomly saturating chunks of audio? Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:25:04 -0600 juanpablo_ayala 17944@/talks/discussions Hello, guys. So, the dreadful 0 bytes file thing happened to me. My Tascam lost power during the recording. I left the SD card untouched and made an image copy of the drive so I could import it in Audition (and Audacity) as raw data in order to find the corrupted take.

My input settings were 48khz, 24 bit PCM, Stereo (just as recorded) and Little Endian. I have tried values 0, 1 and 2 (even 3) in the "start byte offset" space.

What I get is an almost 4-hour long audio file with 85% ultra-saturated sound at 0db (or almost) and the other 15% are chunks of good audio with normal levels. Where levels are just a little below 0db I can tell those are takes that I recorded just fine--Apart from this one take I'm trying to recover, I can play all other takes on my computer as wav files and they all have normal levels.

When I change the value to 0, 1 or 2 the chunks that sound good are all different, but still, together they comprise about 15% of the entire file. When I changed the value to 3 I got a split second file.

Anyone know a solution? Thanks in advance.

PS: I have also tried the chkdsk solution to recover the 0 bytes file, but the .chk files are not showing up on my drive event though the "show hidden files" option is checked.

Stormhenge SuperThump Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:18:44 -0700 shian 12179@/talks/discussions So, as some of you know, aside from film and video production, I also produce and engineer music. In that endeavor, finding it hard to get the guitar tone I wanted, I decided to build my own amp. It's based on Eddie Van Halen's classic "Magic Marshall" the 1967 Marshall SLP "Plexi" with a couple of custom circuits added. I don't know yet if I'm going to accept commissions to build these in any commercial sense. - for now, just for myself and my friends. But since I know there are tons of musicians on this site as well, I figured I'd share.

Shot with an unhacked GH2, kit lens, and lit with a clip on 40watt desk lamp clamped to mic stand, and a couple of hanging lamps in the rafters of the garage. No Color Correction. Sound recorded with a Shure SM57, through an old Mackie 12 channel board into a Tascam DR07 mp3 recorder. (The hum is me pushing up the gain in post on the amp mic so we can hear Bryan talk.)

It's hard to see cuz it's hiding behind Bryan... but it's not much to look at for now. Still in a generic cabinet.

I had Bryan's mic turned off, and was starting to break everything down after wrapping up a pedal demo for Cusack Music. Without realizing it I left the camera and amp mic on while Bryan decided to jack into the SuperThump proto and fool around.

Les Paul Standard direct into the amp, reverb added in FCP X.

The "F...all this... and that" Bryan is referring to is his entire pedal board and the DSL behind him that he normally plays through.

The Physics Of The Theremin Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:38:28 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4900@/talks/discussions