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The Music bedIf you’ve ever made a movie before, you most likely understand how frustrating it can be finding the right music for your project that is not only affordable, but good. That’s what makes The Music Bed so promising. It’s a platform designed to be mutually beneficial for indie filmmakers and indie musicians, where the licenses are reasonably priced, the music is good, and navigating through it all is surprisingly uncomplicated. Now, The Music Bed is making finding the right song a whole lot easier by releasing their free mobile iOS app that makes their entire music library accessible right on your iPhone or iPad. More »

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Adobe Audition CCFor the past month, we’ve been covering the latest release of Adobe’s CC video applications extensively — from the exciting new titling features in Premiere, to the two new keying effects inside of After Effects, to the full gamut of new features in SpeedGrade. Those aren’t the only apps that received a few new welcome additions to their feature-sets, however. Audition, Adobe’s audio post-production program, also got a few new usability and interface updates that make multi-track mixing sessions easier to navigate. In an excerpt from one of his many post production courses, Larry Jordan breaks down these new features in Audition and provides a few helpful tips and tricks. More »

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ixy_largeOver a year ago, RØDE introduced the iXY Microphone for the iPhone 4, the first device for iOS capable of 24-bit/96k audio recordings, which meant studio quality audio could be collected with a device that could fit inside your pocket. However, iPhone 5 users were pretty much out of luck until today. RØDE announced the highly anticipated update that allows you to use the award-winning mic with your iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s. Now fitted with a Lighting connector, the iXY microphone will provide the same quality audio found in the previous version, but on the latest Apple smart phone devices. More »

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Izotope RX3A few weeks ago, we shared a post about using Adobe Audition’s built-in noise reduction tools to rescue bad production audio. While I personally have been satisfied by the results that I get from the suite of tools in Audition, many of the comments on our Facebook post and the article itself mentioned a popular noise-reduction plugin called Izotope RX3. After some cursory research, I’m now convinced that RX3 is the most magical thing that I have ever laid eyes upon. So with that in mind, here’s a quick overview of the Izotope RX3 as well as a few tutorials on how to incorporate the plugin into your audio post-production workflow. More »

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Comparing a One Dollar Lav to Professional MicsWhen it comes to sound gear (like many things), you tend to get what you pay for. Quality microphones and recorders tend to be a little more costly, though there is certainly a price/cost ratio the higher you go. It’s usually a pretty good decision to pick something that the pros use, but how much quality can you get away with on the low-end? DJ Clark with the World Press Photo Academy compared a number of microphone solutions, including lavs, and even compared a $1 mic from China to the professional equipment. More »

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SoundWorks Collection Transformers Age of ExtinctionIt might be the fourth film in a franchise based off a toy, but Transformers: Age of Extinction has now brought in over $300 million at the box office after just a few days in theaters. Though the film has been getting miserable reviews, audiences have still turned up in huge numbers to see it. The one aspect of these films that is always impressive, however, is the sound design. In his newest video, Michael Coleman of SoundWorks Collection goes behind the scenes with the sound design team from the film. More »

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Adobe AuditionFew things in filmmaking are as difficult or headache-inducing as getting clean production audio while you’re on set. Hence the reason that ADR is such a widespread practice throughout the narrative filmmaking industry. In almost all cases, even with the most talented boom operators and on-set mixers, there will be imperfections in the production sound. However, before scrapping the original sound for ADR (which is an incredibly time-consuming process), there are some nifty post production tricks in Adobe’s lineup of programs that could save you hours upon hours of time with just a few clicks. More »

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Raging BullThe visual components of a movie are obviously integral to filmmaking; the images that are the hallmark of our medium allow us to see the narrative unfold. However, cinema is also a medium of sound, and how we use the audible elements can drastically change how our audiences respond to our stories. In this eye-opening video essay from Tony Zhou, the concept of using silence is investigated in-depth, primarily through Martin Scorsese’s use of it in his films, like Raging Bull, to demonstrate how silence can actually speak louder to your viewers than a cacophony of sound effects, dialog, and music ever could. More »

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MaleficentSound design is a multi-layered, rich, and complex art form that isn’t as self-explanatory as we might like. Which is why SoundWorks Collection can be your best friend if you’re trying to wrap your head around aesthetic concepts of sound design. In this new video, Michael Coleman brings us a profile of Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Tim Nielsen of Skywalker Sound, who worked on Disney’s live-action fairy tale Maleficent. More »

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mixingboardThe art of manipulating sound is an occult practice, mysterious and daunting to outsiders, though in reality, like almost everything, a little education goes a long way and the information is out there if you look for it; since many filmmakers, though, are taught from the beginning (at least I was), to shoot MOS and concentrate solely on the visual, with sound a distant second, it can be a blind spot in their skill set, but a vital skill. And with the concomitant proliferation of audio technology (specifically DAWs, or Digital Audio Workstations), there’s no excuse for an indie filmmaker not to educate themselves in the art of noise. Click through for five tips on EQing sound, for filmmakers! More »

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New RØDE Blimp System 2If you’ve done any sort of sound work, a microphone blimp attached to your boom pole is an absolutely essential piece of kit. One of the more affordable/solid options out there is the RØDE blimp, and they’ve just announced a new version that has been made 25% lighter, and has a number of useful new features designed to minimize the noise from boom pole vibrations. Check out their introduction video below: More »

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TribecaEver since the creation of the talkie, music and sound have been among the most vital elements in filmmaking (and even silent films frequently had live musical accompaniment). As a storytelling device, sound can work magic; just try to think of the shower scene in Psycho without Bernard Hermann’s icy string stabs. In a conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival, moderated by Dolby Institute Director Glenn Kiser, Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) and Academy Award winning Sound Editor Skip Lievsay (No Country for Old Men, Gravitysat down to discuss the business of sound, and its effect on the moviegoing experience. Click through for more! More »

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SoundWorks Collection TranscendenceMichael Coleman is back with another SoundWorks Collection video, and this time it’s the sound team from Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence. The sound team talks a lot about the dynamic range in their audio mix, where they utilize very quiet sounds all the way up to very loud sounds in order to maximize the effectiveness of both. Check out the video below and learn why silence at the right moments can actually improve your sound mix. More »

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Robert Rozak shows No Film School the new Little Darling at NAB 2014Robert Rozak is an audio hero, always sharing great information about audio production as well as creating quality products with which to execute that knowledge. This year he’s revealing the Little DARling (Distributed Audio Recorder), a convenient pocket-sized recorder designed for wired lavs, enabling quality audio capture for live events and guerrilla filmmaking. Hit the jump to watch the interview from the NAB floor. More »

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Film Riot SoundIf you’re just starting out as a filmmaker, or more specifically, a sound designer, you might be looking for a little guidance on how to create foley. In this video from Film Riot, sound designer Rob Krekel, who helped create the sound for The Last of Us, walks us through the basics of capturing (cheap) foley, like setting up your recording devices, arranging your mics, and choosing the materials that will give you some great sounds. More »

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juicedLink Little DARling DAR Mini Audio RecorderIf you’ve been looking for a tiny audio recorder with good pre-amps that you just want to give to your talent and walk away from, juicedLink may have just the thing for you. A new product from the audio company, the “Little DARling,’ or Distributed Audio Recorder, is going to be introduced at NAB, and it aims to give you simple recording with two different channels (one for main and one in case the main gets blown out). Here is Robert to introduce it: More »

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TMB-Launch_Full-WidthMusic can make or break any video or movie, but finding the right piece is the hardest part. If you don’t have an orchestra or band to record the perfect song every time you need it, there are many services now that offer music with different licensing options depending on your needs and budget. The Music Bed is one such service, and they have been used for all sorts of videos you’ve probably seen on the web. The company just introduced a brand new version of their site with a number of helpful new features. Continue on to check out the launch video. More »

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boom poleFew jobs on set are as under-appreciated as the person (or people) operating the boom mic. Not only can it be physically strenuous over the course of a 14+ hour day, but operating a boom also takes a whole lot of technique and skill in order for production sound to be its very best. Luckily, the fine folks over at Videomaker have put together a video that demystifies the subtle art of operating a boom like a pro. Check it out. More »

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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder Front CroppedThe Zoom H6 audio recorder was unveiled earlier in 2013, and along with it came some much-needed upgrades to the brand that has become extremely popular among lower-budget productions. Now the company has unveiled a smaller version called the H5, which removes some of the fancy features of the H6. Click through to check out more about the recorder. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Sound of The Hobbit - No Film SchoolMichael Coleman is back with another terrific SoundWorks Collection video. This time we’ve got the sound team from Peter Jackson’s second film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. With such a large and expensive project, there is a lot that has to go into making the movie feel as large as it should, and the sound designers, mixers, and composer play a huge part in that. Check out that video below, as well as some more involving the sound from both films. More »