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  1. Tomorrow's Times has a 32 minute selection of fascinating sfx bgs from around the world (like, rats singing harmonies on NYC streets). It talks over -- a lot -- but there are also some very well recorded stereo tracks where the reporter and experts shut up. If you click "I don't have print version", the piece is broken down to shorter clips with images. If you click "I have print" you get the same sounds and dialog, but as a long file with location slider.
  2. Back in the early days, we were showing a new production-centric DAW at NAB. Unlike the hard-disk versions then on the market, which required visual zooming and then shuttling, it kept current audio in RAM so you could turn a weighted scrubwheel and mark edits as smoothly as tape without zooming, and with precision down to a few samples. Much faster, and saved a lot of mousing and undoing. One visitor acknowledged how fast it was, but said "Sure... but by zooming in with my ProTools, I can edit things you can't even hear!" We asked why he'd ever want to.
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    iZotope RX 7 tease

    6 Advanced introduced neural network processing for dialog isolate and de-rustle, a big advance over even the best algorithmic processors. In fact, a lot of times I use dialog isolate instead of conventional noise reduction -- even izotope's -- because it actually eliminates some of the noise instead of just letting it hide under the spectrum of the desired sound. I suspect 7 will not only add more NN functions, but also tighten up the training on the two existing NN modules. [I'm sure most of us on this forum understand the terms I've been throwing around. If not, here's an article on NN I wrote for CAS Quarterly. There's plenty of info on multiband expansion for noise reduction, which is how almost all the conventional "lern the noise first" plugins work, in my books and other places. ]
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    Wich smartphone audio recorder APP?

    TwistedWave doesn't let you record a mono signal to two different channels at different levels. But in a phone environment, I don't think you want to do your "dynamic range extension" in software... because that's after the (usually 16-bit) ADC, which is where any noise or clipping would originate. If you're using a mono input (like on many phones), it wouldn't buy you anything at all: what comes out of the ADC is as good as it gets. Why just not just make an adapter that sends the mono signal to both tip and ring of an external digitizer's stereo input, with a simple voltage divider on one channel? If your mic has an XLR, you could put the resistors into the XLR-F connector. I even did that in a QKT adapter I had to throw together for recording phone interviews on a Tascam pocket recorder, so I wouldn't have to worry about sorting local and distant levels in post.
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    Wich smartphone audio recorder APP?

    I use the Motiv app and mic together. But for all my other mics -- through a Focusrite iTrack -- I use TwistedWave. TW IOS records up to 96 kHz, can be set for 32 bit internal files if you're doing any processing, will record from a Bluetooth source, has decent editing and internal effects, lets you edit metadata... (TW Mac became my go-to desktop editor when I'm not in the studio, after Bias Peak died. So when I needed an app for my phone, it was my first look. Worth investigating.)
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    Second degree encounters

    I've never had the visual skills to be a good pix editor. But boy, after a few years on CASS, I was fast and flexible on a 3400... it's just that someone else had to tell me -where- to cut ; )
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    Second degree encounters

    1988 I was cutting sound digitally... well, it was analog sound under digital control. In 1986, we became an early site for the CMX CASS system. We put it in one of the 24-track rooms, specifically to speed up cutting and mixing TV tracks. Remember, East Coast-style video TV productions didn't use dubbers, but built their shows up on a multitrack. (We had one dubber for FXR, which we'd sync our multitrack to when a client brought in multiple units.) CASS was an IBM XT computer controlling a bank of Adams-Smith synchronizers for the tape decks, a bunch of VCAs in the MCI console for mixing, and a Mac where I'd hacked the mouse button to a GPI for digital effects and sequencer start*. User interface was almost identical to a CMX 3400, with the addition of mix automation. [* - Sequencer spoke to a K250 for music and rackmount Akai sampler for selected effects. So we had some digital audio.] It was awesome for laying in effects or VO precisely, or doing 3-point edits where a hit point lined up with a frame of pix, and the in- and out- happened automatically. Usually its one-frame resolution was sufficient... but when we wanted to do fractional-frame bumps, we could advance the source a full frame and route through a DDL. More adjustable, and faster, than moving film one perf at a time. [When I wanted really tight VO editing, I'd cut on 1/4" first, then stripe the result to lay in via CMX.] A lot of what I'd learned on CASS got used when I was helping develop the AKG/Orban broadcast-specific DSE7000 and Audicy workstations.
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    Please Post SIlly Things

    FWIW, modern cellphones started adding extra functions like cameras because there was a lot of extra space inside! Even though the necessary chips had gotten a lot smaller, there was a practical limit to how small the whole device could be if people were going to enter numbers with their fingers. So manufacturers started adding the other stuff because the incremental cost was cheap and it provided differentiation.
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    You & #MeToo

    When I suggest couching a story in ways that make the medicine go down easier, I'm not saying water down or 'clean up' the story. The truth shouldn't change. It's more a question of presenting something horrible but without making the listener feel personally attacked, and instead can see how they (or their world) would benefit by acknowledging the problem and helping find a solution. Excellent article in last week's New Yorker about the fight for wage parity at the Beeb...
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    the malware myth

    Thanks for the excellent summary. Now... if only we could persuade Apple to update the pro tower hardware...
  11. You might want to give a shout to Trew Audio in Toronto. They're a knowledgable and helpful pro dealer for film sound equipment, and can give you the latest info on wireless.... what's available to try on rental... what they have in used inventory... and where to get cables made locally.
  12. Not a great analogy, unless the iMac/netbook also sometimes loses chunks of pages for no discernible reason, the type sometimes gets fuzzy (also for no discernible reason), and occasionally the text from two different sites gets mixed together. Wireless is one of the types of gear where more money almost always equals a better experience. You've obviously given this a lot of thought, so I'll assume you're asking on this forum just because you want our knowledge for additional background and tips. We've given you what we know. Go ahead and try... you might get lucky. (Whether you want to try by purchasing the equipment or by first renting it a few times is a different question. You know your finances, and what your local dealers are like.)
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    The "Best client/producer/agency quotes" thread

    There were. Many producers, DOPs, directors etc are visually oriented to the extent that they don't even hear sounds when they're distracted by images. They note the content -- all the words appear to be there -- but aren't listening to the sound. Their auditory brains don't turn on until they're listening to the track by itself. Then their political brains look for someone to blame.
  14. Wireless - particularly these days, in multiple ad hoc venues, with midprice analog equipment and no pro knowledge or tools like a scanner or souped up antenna or helpful rental house - is fraught with danger. Shifts and reassignments have made bands a whole lot more crowded than they were ten years ago. You can lose signal or have random noises, or even have somebody else's show breaking into yours. Having two wireless hops is twice as fraught. Wire is always better than wireless (until you get into $$$ digital systems). Distance, line of sight, elevated antennas, and building construction can also have an effect. If being a performer is important to you financially, don't try to do this yourself. Check your local pro film/tv sound dealer, see what they recommend, and try some loaner or rental systems before you decide.
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    Good price on 7506 headphones!

    As part of Prime Day, Amazon is selling Sony 7506's for $72 ($80 Prime price, with 10% off if you use their charge card). https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR7506-Professional-Diaphragm-Headphone/dp/B000AJIF4E/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1531840617&sr=1-1&refinements=p_6%3AATVPDKIKX0DER
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    Good price on 7506 headphones!

    Sorry my thread turned into a religious war. I just wanted to point out a bargain. I have heard, from Amazon (as an associate and author) and from news sources, that they're starting to tighten up on counterfeits and ban the sellers. Of course dodgy sellers can simply give themselves a new business name and try again... but that's a problem with most of today's modern services, from spam phone calls to FaceBook. In general, things sold by Amazon themselves (rather than shipping as a fulfillment house or just relaying the order to someone else) are legit... they probably don't want the liability.
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    The "Less Suck" Fader

    I suppose it's time to throw in this broadcast equipment manual, which I wrote for one of my client's April Fools a few years ago. Here's the cover. The rest follows the strict format of other 25-Seven manuals of the time... except the functions are somewhat impossible in this universe.
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    In ear monitors for production sound

    If the talent is sitting (or even standing still) there shouldn't be too much noise from the cable. And they're using these phones for cues and director notes, not to evaluate sound quality. I always thought they used them because at the time they came out, they were less obtrusive visually than a large driver in their ear.
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    You & #MeToo

    Indeed. Yet a few of them can be couched in ways that make the medicine go down easier. My older sister was a computer pioneer, in the days of mainframes. She had worked her way up from a "do you like puzzles" recruitment to being a senior programmer at AT&T, then a systems analyst for IBM, and then joined a consultancy where - among other things - she traveled around the country teaching programers how to understand their projects better. At one such trip, in the mid 1970s, she went to the hotel restaurant to get breakfast. Since there was a conference going on, the place was crowded. She eventually got a table, but nobody took her order. Meanwhile, other parties were seated, ate, and left. She asked to see the manager, who explained "these gentlemen had to get to a seminar, so we served them first." As my sister tells it, "I pulled myself up to my full 5'4", smiled at the manager, and sweetly asked, 'Did it ever occur to you that I'm running the seminar?' " ... a comment on a bad situation, but coated with enough sugar that someone could think about the message without feeling threatened. -- Similar situation drove an All In The Family episode in the early 70s, revolving around a riddle: "A young man comes into the Emergency Room and needs an operation. The surgeon called says 'I can't work on this person, he's my son. You'll have to get a different surgeon.' But the surgeon wasn't the boy's father." Nobody in the family can figure it out. The answer, of course, comes in the third act... with a lot of "aha!" reaction. If any readers aren't old enough to remember All In The Family, or didn't study it in media class, look it up.
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    Zaxcom Patent Discussion

    It's also impossible to patent, unless you can describe the steps for making the magic happen in a way that an engineer (and patent examiner) can understand and duplicate. Writing a proper patent is as specialized and demanding a craft as defending one in court. (My son, a former audio engineer who became a licensed PE, then a patent agent, and then a lawyer*, is now the go-to guy for electronics and tech in the Boston office of a major IP firm. He has lots of clients in our industry and has described the process to me. (* I've made only audio engineer money during my career. Fortunately, he got a lot of scholarships... 😉 )
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    Zynaptiq plug ins

    I had early experience with the Zynaptiq plugs when they were doing things that nobody else was coming near. I also had some long conversations with the developer. Yes, the UI was confusing... and a lot of the controls had no correspondence with what was on other plugs or hardware. (Everybody can understand Q on any brand of equalizer, or Threshold on any brand of compressor. But the Zynaptiq knobs were trying to do things that were brand new.) At least, they quickly added rollover hints to the knobs. I also didn't like the graphics of the UI, which made things worse. But I eventually had a working sense of what each knob did, and was able to use the plugs quickly and effectively. And now, of course, some of those functions are also in the Rx package, which gives us an alternative. But think back on how you had to learn to deal with the RX spectrogram interface, when it first appeared... By the way, please discount one of the things I wrote about Zynaptiq when it first appeared. The developer had told me they used AI principles, which I misinterpreted to mean the plugs used AI. They didn't, and were fully algorithmic. Proper AI wouldn't even be practical in most host-based DAWs ten years ago. Now that we're seeing true neural networks in some plug-ins, I understand the difference. (My article on how artificial intelligence actually works in the iZotope and Audionamix plugins, in last winter's CAS Quarterly.)
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    You & #MeToo

    It's sad that the strategies minorities have always had to use to survive, are also applicable to fully half the population. At least, we're finally seeing some changes over the fifty-odd years I've been doing this stuff. It's still rocky, and there are competing interests trying to push people down, but maybe we'll see some progress eventually. Meanwhile, you do what you can in your own life and those lives you have influence over, to make changes (or at least not make things worse by perpetuating the bad stuff).
  23. Fascinating NYTimes article on - the need for nanosecond sync precision between distant computers connected via internet; - why NASDAQ is spearheading the effort (and has it working); - how it's useful for things as widely afield as World Cup Soccer; - how this has been a goal since the 1960s! https://nyti.ms/2Izysff
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    You think WE'VE got sync problems?

    FWIW, the point of ns precision is so trades can be accurately time-stamped, and then executed in order no matter how much latency exists between the trader and the exchange. Will it work? Will sharks find a way to game the system? Yes and yes...
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    You think WE'VE got sync problems?

    Wouldn't the resonant frequency of the planet change with things like cyclic gravitational changes (i.e., lunar), density shifts from polar ice melting and subsequent evaporation, and even the burning of carbon extracted from under ground? Besides, we're talking a requirement for nanosecond precision among computers. 7.8 Hz seems precise only to a hundred ms.