September 9, 2014 at 8:43PM
A quest to improve audio knowledge and quality!!
I have recently been looking into the world of sound in much more depth... I have found that looking into the world of the studio recording of music has reaped HUGE benefits, and there are many tips that I can transition over to my video work... Those sound guys know their stuff guys!
I have found that my knowledge has greatly broadened and there is no doubt that my audio in the future will be MUCH improved, not only in terms of capturing audio, but also in terms of the post-production process...
So without further a-do... I would love if we could share with each other some resources to help each other not only capture better audio, but to treat it in post-production in a way that replicates high-quality production seen in movies and the music world.
Fire away Audiophiles!! Heres some I have found helpful:
COMPRESSION: Understand compression PROPERLY!! I believe it is single-handedly the most important post-production process for achieving that film-quality audio:
For those 'Visual' Learners, heres a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1U2hZHHFY0
For those who prefer reading articles, heres a great one: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1996_articles/apr96/compression.html
EQ: Use of EQ can drastically change the feel of your audio, can remove annoying or distracting sounds, can allow you to layer various sounds and can allow you to make a source more prevalent.... so it is imperative that we understand how to use it properly. Again I look to the world of music for tips:
A Fantastic NFS article about EQ for Filmmakers: http://nofilmschool.com/2014/06/eq-tips-tricks-tackle-audio-issues-film
EQing Vocals in a song Context (More helpful that you may think): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdDDVortvRU
MICROPHONES 101: Get to know the difference between different microphones!!! There are more options out there than just your Shotgun! Get to know microphones as well as you understand your camera :)
Shure microphones guides you through a basic explanation of microphone specifications (3 Part Series) :
And my final link is about Recording levels, what level should I be recording my sounds at?? This is a question I always had, and never really got an answer for. Now, this article is indepth, but if you scroll to the bottom, it has a summary that is very easy to understand:
Feel free to add your own links and/or to comment on the links that I have provided, I am wanting this to be a place where we can give each other advice and share knowledge! Fire away! :)