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Video thumbnail for youtube video Sound Devices Powers Doctor Who - nofilmschoolLet’s be honest here. All of us are guilty of a little bit of healthy gear fetishism — it’s an undeniably exciting time for the tools of the trade. For whatever reason, audio gear doesn’t get nearly the same level of love, and that’s kind of sad — there’s plenty of sexiness to go around in that realm, too. Sound Devices is one manufacturer that takes digital dual system technology very, very seriously. As such I was quite interested to find out Sound Devices make up the sound recordist’s arsenal on one of my favorite TV shows: the BBC’s Doctor Who. More »

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daily freebie luke neumann royalty free musicIt might not be the first thing on your mind when producing content, but a quality music track can make a huge difference, and greatly improve the quality of the final piece. And who doesn’t love free stuff? That’s why we’re excited that Luke Neumann has brought back the Daily Freebie (not to be confused with his Weekly Freebie). Throughout the month of July, he’s giving away a Royalty Free music track every day, and they’ll be live only for the day they are released. Check out the first track below, as well as some other samples from Luke. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Audio101 - What is a Submix - nofilmschoolJust as digital imagery can be manipulated in post with a number of approaches — combinations of which may be used to achieve pretty much the same effect — working with audio is a malleable exercise. It’s become even more malleable recently thanks to innovative sound manipulation interfaces which provide a powerful palette for painting, re-painting, and un-painting sound. That said, some tenets of the basic audio interface design haven’t changed much in decades. One such basic is the submix. Check out a great demonstration of the undiminished usefulness — and power — of ‘subs’ below. More »

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melodyne celemony music audio sound production studio suite software daw digital workstationAnyone who’s ever learned the basics of sound manipulation in a waveform editor, such as Audacity, knows how difficult it is to separate sounds from a mixed-down recording. I grew up with Sound Forge back when it was still owned by Sonic Foundry, and quickly came to understand how impractical it can be to isolate a clean vocal track from, say, a CD rip. A company called Celemony and their audio editing platform Melodyne is now making it incredibly fast, easy, and intuitive to do just that — and much more, like autotuning those isolated vocals for remixing. Meanwhile, Sony is likewise doing the “impossible” with its impressive frequency editor/clean-up tool SpectraLayers. More »

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If you’ve been enjoying Luke Neumann’s weekly music freebies and the daily free music he released this past July, here’s a chance to add even more free tunes to your collection. This time the sonic goodness is coming from Josh Molen of The Tune Peddler. Each week in December he will be giving away his entire library of 130 pieces of royalty free music to a lucky winner. All it takes to enter is the click of a tweet button. Here are the details on entering, as well as streaming samples of some additional free Christmas music Molen is releasing: More »

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Sound can surely soothe, but so can it unsettle — I’m sure we can all think of examples of movie movements that were made (or perhaps broken, in some cases) by accompanying sound effects. It may be the heightened styling of places or situations whose soundscapes are familiar to us, or it may be the understatement of realism to highlight the weight of a dramatic moment. Whatever the case, sound design lends a texture of palpability to the world going on beyond that living screen you’ve been staring at — and in certain instances, to the elicitation of a cringe. One such circumstance lies in wait for you should you find yourself seeing the newly released crime drama Killing Them Softly. More »

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Luke and the team at Neumann Films are trying to do us a favor. We in the production world aren’t used to getting much for free, and that’s because we don’t — but that doesn’t mean the things we do get for free have to be lacking in quality. If you missed Luke’s tremendous month of free music in July, don’t worry, there’s more professional-grade royalty-free totally costless music where that came from — available for download every single week. More »

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Do you sometimes find the dialogue in your script isn’t popping? Is it difficult to find the right cadence for your characters? Screenwriters always need to remember that film is a visual medium, but great dialogue is what audiences will remember from a movie that they can directly link back to a script. Let’s face it: great dialogue is what readers remember about a screenplay, too. If you want to focus your attention specifically on a film’s dialogue to help your own writing, why not just listen to a movie instead of watching it? More »

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Looking to add some new music to your filmmaking arsenal? Neumann Films is giving away a free music or sound element track every day for the month of July. All of the tracks being released in the Daily Freebie project are “100% Royalty Free and ready to use in any commercial/non commercial work as long as credit is given as follows (Luke Neumann – “Track Name Here”).” Here are a couple of samples of the music that has been released thus far: More »

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On Feb 1, 2008 Mark Cuban posted to his blog about a far-fetched, impossible-to-execute marketing concept that he desperately wanted film studios to adopt, in order to leverage the value of free giveaways to combat the crumbling theatrical marketplace. Digital was exploding, distribution was becoming a fractured nightmare, and studios were scrambling to adapt.

The idea was staggeringly simple: give away the film’s soundtrack for free. More »

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Whether it’s for your short film, feature film, or funny YouTube video, finding and properly licensing music can be a pain.  You can either try licensing that classic track, which can be exorbitantly expensive, or if you have a musician willing to license their music, you may have to go through the rigamarole of drawing up legal documents and agreeable terms.  Enter rightclearing.com.  It’s a new service launched by restorm.com that aims to make it easier for musicians to monetize their music — and easier for content creators to find and license that music.  Just how easy?  Find out in the following video: More »

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As the SXSW music/interactive/film superfest kicks off in Austin this weekend, I was reminded of a comment made by this week’s interviewee Barry Jenkins. His film Medicine for Melancholy originally premiered at SXSW ’08, and later kicked off Independent Film Week (where I saw it). During the Q&A, Barry was asked where he’d found all the wonderful independent music in the film. His answer (I’m paraphrasing here): “I keep a playlist of songs in iTunes by unsigned bands that I think might work in a film.”

In this vein, SXSW offers a great opportunity even for those filmmakers who aren’t attending the conference. Bands playing at the festival typically release a free MP3 in advance of the show for promotional purposes; every year for the past five years, these MP3s have been collected and released as an unofficial torrent. This is a great opportunity to listen to a lot of music, from bands signed and unsigned. Of course, there’s no guarantee that an unsigned band will agree to let you use their music in your film, but the chances are certainly better in the situation where you can ask them directly, rather than deal with a label.

It’s my understanding that, because all of these songs have been publicly released gratis, this torrent is legal. I may be wrong, but either way no one’s going to get mad at your for downloading this compilation of over 1,000 free and current MP3s. If you need a bittorrent client, for the PC try uTorrent and for the Mac try Transmission.

Start that iTunes playlist in preparation for your next project, or just enjoy the tunes!

Link: SXSW Torrents