NPR Training for sound production

Posted on February 13, 2017. Filed under: Sound, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

Ear training, the practice of learning how to recognize certain sounds, is a must for audio producers. We need to be able to spot problems and identify them to before they impact quality or snowball into larger technical problems. This post will help you identify problematic audio, prevent the most common problems and recognize when it’s time Continue Reading >

Source: NPR Training | NPR

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How to record audio with OneNote to supercharge your note-taking

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft OneNote | Tags: , , , , |

PCWorld has a post: OneNote’s audio recording feature links your notes to specific points in the recording. Here’s how it works.

Source: How to record audio with OneNote to supercharge your note-taking | PCWorld

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Free Audio Editor

Posted on October 11, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

Free Audio Editor is a Completely free audio editor for Windows.

Recommended by Infopackets.

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Wave Editor » Free Sound Editor

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wave Editor “a fast and easy digital audio editing software for Windows. It provides powerful and user-friendly editing environment which suits beginners especially and perform basic editing capabilities like: cut, copy, paste and delete parts of recording.

Unlike the other sound editors based on the same ActiveX engine, our editor developed from the ground up to be easy in use and fast. The user interface was designed with speed, accuracy and ease of use in mind.

Key feature of Wave Editor is a simple selection of audio blocks during playback. Non-destructive editing allows you to make simulated changes to an audio track without overwriting the original file.”
“Formats: MP3, WMA, WAV (PCM, ADPCM, GSM61, DSP, A-LAW, U-LAW and more…).”

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CCCP – Combined Community Codec Pack

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

CCCP – Combined Community Codec Pack is not a communist plot.  Really.  More of a musical plot.

” CCCP was created to replace the video playback packs provided by several anime fansub groups in favor of a single reliable pack capable of decoding practically any groups’ files – without breaking compatibility for other formats. Since then it has grown into a pack that can decode more or less anything that you will run into during your travels on the internet.”

“Using CCCP is simple. Uninstall all codec packs and codecs first. Then just download the installer and run it. Leave all options untouched unless you know what you’re doing….We include one player and that’s the one we recommend: Media Player Classic – HomeCinema (MPC-HC). It’s very well tested, reliable and actively maintained by another team of developers. Of course, if you want to keep using AwesomePlayer 12.3, feel free. Since we install filters that any DirectShow player can use, most other players will work fine with the CCCP.”

Freeware.

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DarkWave Studio

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

DarkWave Studio is “a free, open source, Digital Audio Workstation for Windows. Featuring a modular Virtual Studio, Pattern Editor, Sequence Editor and Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder. It has support for VST/VSTi instrument and effect plugins. The virtual studio has a modular design allowing machines to be connected in an ad-hoc fashion. The pattern editor enables the quick creation and modification of patterns by clicking to add or delete notes and dragging notes to move or resize them. The sequence editor allows you to queue patterns to play for each control track in any arrangement, enabling reuse of patterns and quickly remixing projects. The Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder allows you to record the output of any machine and record it to 16-bit Integer of 32-bit Floating Point PCM encoded .WAV files for full-quality post-production editing or for conversion to MP3/FLAC/etc.”

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vortexbox.org

Posted on April 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , |

vortexbox.org is a way to repurpose that old PC you replaced — instead of just recycling it out of the house!

vortexbox will erase everything on your computer and replace the software with a ” free, open source (GPL v3), quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network  media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn. The music files can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OSX system.”

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ALPlayer – Always Play Media Player

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , |

ALPlayer is a general purpose media player.

ALPlayer includes the basic codecs to play most of the movies. For those rare kinds of codecs that are not popularly used, ALPlayer will download the codec from ALPlayer Codec Center then install it for you. With ALPlayer, you do not have to wander around the internet to find the proper codec for your video. ALPlayer will do everything for you.”

“More than just a movie player, ALPlayer has the function to capture audio, video or screen shots to your hard drive.”

Bookmarking and looping available.

Freeware.

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Jokosher

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Jokosher is “a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment.”

For Linux and Windows.

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SoundBoard

Posted on March 21, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Music, podcasting, Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

SoundBoard lets you add wav audio files which can be played at the touch of a button.

This would be useful for things such as podcasts, or cueing interview clips, or even background music at the start/during/end of a program.

Freeware.  Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Top 10 Headphone Hacks

Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

Lifehacker offers their Top 10 Headphone Hacks.

Making headphones (specifically earplugs) work better, more easily, and wind up the cords into something other than a Gordian knot.

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Best Free Software to Cut, Split or Merge Audio Files

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , |

TechSupportAlert has their Best Free Software to Cut, Split or Merge Audio Files.

Last updated Jan. 2011.

  • mp3DirectCut
  • mp3Splt-gtk
  • MakeitOne MP3 Album Maker
  • Shuangs Audio Joiner
  • cutmp3.net
  • Audiko.net

and more.

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Modify MP3 Speed

Posted on November 15, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MP3 Speed lets you Modify MP3 Speed, Change or Preserve Pitch.

Recommended by Freeware Genius, this freeware lets you change the speed of your MP3 file while playing, while keeping it from sounding like the soundtrack to Alvin & the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel.

Especially handy for things like audiobooks and recorded lectures.

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AudioShell

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Freeware Genius recommends AudioShell which is freeware that “allows you to view and edit your audio file tag information directly within Windows Explorer.

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How Do I Speed Up Hundreds of Audio Files?

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Help, MP3, Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a post on How Do I Speed Up Hundreds of Audio Files?

This is a how-to post on using the freeware Audacity to speed up audio files, such as audio books, so they run faster without too much distortion.

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Apple’s iTunes U(niversity)

Posted on October 12, 2009. Filed under: Apple, MP3, networking, Online Software, podcasting, presentation, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Apple iTunes U “puts the power of the iTunes Store to work for colleges, universities, and other education organizations, so users can easily search, download, and play education content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows.”

This is Apple’s service for faculty to provide content for computers and portable devices.  Something to look into for podcasts and other online video/audio/PDF delivery services for classes.

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SoundJay: Free Collection Of Sound Effects

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on SoundJay which is a free Collection Of Sound Effects.

SoundJay is “a web resource that lists free collection of sound effects. Anyone can download and use them for personal non commercial purposes. All sounds are nicely organized in different categories like background sounds, button sounds, human sound effects, communication sounds and more.”

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Windows Essentials Codec Pack for media

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Windows Essentials Codec Pack is”one of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools that will enable you to play 99% of all the movies, music and flash files you download off the internet. WECP also includes a set of powerful filters that can enhance the video quality as well as audio quality and it comes complete with an automatic update service that will keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades as soon as they become available.

WECP is clean and compact, it has no spyware / adware / or viruses, it’s easy to use and even easier to install / uninstall and it’s published under the GNU GPL open source license so it’s 100% free. But more importantly, it was especially designed to fix the many errors and software conflicts caused by other codec packs which routinely install obsolete or overlapping codecs, and it’s guaranteed to keep your to keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades.”

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How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Posted on March 8, 2009. Filed under: blogging, File conversion, Files, Fonts, Google, Graphics, Help, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, MP3, Music, PDF, podcasting, presentation, RSS, sharing, spreadsheet, Techniques, Tutorials, Video, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website is a Digital Inspiration post with practical instructions on how to handle RSS feeds, videos, audio, photos and slideshows, web albums, events from Google Calendar, very large photos, charts and graphs, animated gifs and screencasts, chat functions, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheet data, PDF files, Flash (SWF or FLV files), LinkedIn profile, Google Maps, another webpage, Windows Media or QuickTime movies, other fonts, and FriendFeed lifestreams.

Whew!

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Lifehacker’s Five Best Media Converters

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video, YouTube | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a group of its Five Best Media Converters.

We’ve all been there: you’ve downloaded an episode of your favorite TV show to watch on your commute or stream to your living room, but the file you downloaded isn’t supported on the device you want to use it with. Once a significant obstacle to enjoying your media anywhere, this problem is easily solved by any number of free media converters. On Wednesday we asked you to share your favorite media converters, and today we’re back with the five most popular answers.”

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