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 >

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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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The Levelator® from The Conversations Network

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

The Levelator® from The Conversations Network is freeware (donations accepted) to level out the sound in podcasts and audio recordings (such as interviews, etc.).

“Have you ever recorded an interview in which you and your guest ended up at different volumes? How about a panel discussion where some people were close to microphones and others were not? These are the problems the post-production engineers of Team ITC here at The Conversations Network solve every day, and it used to take them hours of painstaking work with expensive and complex tools like SoundTrack Pro, Audacity, Sound Forge or Audition to solve them. Now it takes mere seconds. Seriously. The Levelator® is unlike any other audio tool you’ve ever seen, heard or used. It’s magic. And it’s free.”

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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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Creaza

Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: Online Software, presentation, Sound, Techniques, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Creaza is a multi-functional creation site with a mind-mapping tool for sorting ideas and planning projects (Minodomo), a Cartoonist tool, a MovieEditor, and an AudioEditor.

Features:

  • Free video audio editor online.
  • User friendly interface.
  • Lets you create mind maps to better plan your project.
  • Lets you create cartoons to have fun or to enhance your presentations.
  • Lets you edit audio clips.
  • Lets you edit videos.
  • The media editors can be very helpful if you do not have editing programs installed on your computer.
  • Can be used as a storage for your media files.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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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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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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Simplify Media – Connect Your Music

Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, MP3, Music, networking, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , |

Simplify Media is freeware which lets you play your music in iTunes, Front Row, Windows Media Player, or Linux’s Rhythmbox.

It’s file streaming software for Windows/Mac/Linux systems as well as iPhone/iPod Touch.

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Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a post on how Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better.

Songbird is the younger sister application to Firefox and Thunderbird and other Mozilla freeware, and it handles the media playing.

These add-ons pump up the functionality of Songbird.

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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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Lifehacker’s Five Best Media Center Applications

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker’s poll on the Five Best Media Center Applications has the results in.

  • XBMC (Windows/Mac/Linux/Xbox/Apple TV)

  • Boxee (Mac OS X/Apple TV/Linux)

  • Windows Media Center (Windows/Xbox 360)

  • SageTV (Windows/Mac/Linux)

  • MythTV (Linux)

… along with some info on capabilities.  Some of these are freeware; others allow free trials.

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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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iSpeech: Convert Websites & Docs To MP3

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: MP3, Music, Online Software, Sound, Utilities, voice recognition | Tags: , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on iSpeech.

I blame Apple for all this “i” this and “i” that…. Now it’s iSpeech to convert text to audio files.

You can convert a file, a web site (just enter the URL), or type in text.

Once the conversion to an MP3 file is complete you can:

– playback and listen to it online,
– download and store the recording on your PC,
– podcast it,
– or embed it as an audio object on any site and let others play it as well

Features:

  • Convert websites, RSS feeds, blogs and documents to audio.
  • Do as many conversions as you like.
  • Convert DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, PDF, RTF and HTML docs to speech.
  • Play and listen to converted recordings online.
  • Download recording as an MP3 file.
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