Audio is definitely a big part of any video production. Whether its TV, film, commercial or corporate presentations you are currently working on, you’ll always need high quality music in order to get those moving images tell a story. Most often, a lot of editors I know tend to settle with just about any free stock library they can find on the web. While some are not bad, most of these stock music arepretty cheesy for my taste. Although it might work for say, a barely audible background scene.
There are plenty of library companies out there like Killer Tracks that has been around the block or company like Pump Audio which most of their contents are sourced from independent artist. I usually refer any video producer or colleagues that comes my way to a company called Audio Network. I met these guys last year at NAB and I’ve been referring them ever since.
Audio Network site is pretty easy to navigate and the quality of available tracks are pretty impressive. The search process is pretty granular as it can be broken down per music style, composer, moods, genre, album listings or instrument types. This makes the job of a music supervisor easier when trying to find that perfect soundtrack.
Another really excellent tool is their advance search criteria which can pinpoint tempo speeds, duration, keywords and lyric fields. There’s no cost per second and the tracks are not limited per region or per platform which makes it very easy as far as licensing is concern. It’s a simple one time fee with no strings attached which is awesome!
So next time you’re in the hunt for that specific music that goes with your opening scene, try them out and you won’t be disappointed. Visit them at www.audionetwork.com to view their growing catalog. Licensing music shouldn’t be that complicated.
Every software eventually needs a facelift. During NAB 2013, we caught up with Paul Neyrinck to talk about the additional feature of the V-Control app for iPad or iPad mini.
I use the V-Control app on my iPad to control my Pro Tools system. It allows me to rest my hand from mousing around all day. It is more affordable solution instead of a hardware controller which can also take up some desktop space.
Of course, the main purpose of the V-Control to change volumes on my session. Thanks to the multi finger grab functionality which enables me to control more than one fader at a time. Definitely not possible when using the mouse.
I also love using the programmable softkeys which definitely speed things up recalling all my favorite functionality. Having a touch screen is definitely an advantage as it allows me to focus more on playing instead of fiddling around with key commands.
So with the addition of new software support like the Adobe Premiere, the V-Control Pro is a very powerful tool to have specially for users who has a dual role as an audio and video editor.
The V-Control Pro has interchangeable skins so familiarity with the environment should be a breeze. There is also not too much learning curve involved since you’re already familiar with your favorite application.
For lists of all available applications supported, visit www.neyrinck.com.
Everyday, there are tons of USB mic being released out in the market with podcasters in mind. Audio-Technica just released AT2020 USB+that will appease some of the bedroom broadcasters out there.
The AT2020 USB+ Microphone is base on their critically acclaimed condenser mic, the AT2020. It is also an updated version from the previous AT2020 USB Mic. So what’s new in the plus model? The direct monitoring within the mic results in no latency which is ideal for musicians who needs to be in sync with their performance.
The AT2020 USB+ has a built-in headphone jack with volume control. It also has a Mix control that blends the mic signal and pre-recorded audio. Basically, the mic itself serves as a digital interface for your DAW. Really beneficial specially when recording music.
Another interesting feature is the fixed charge back plate which allows the capsule to be detached from the power source. This makes the AT2020 USB+ become superior for transient response. In addition, this mic also features extended frequency response & low self noise.
The AT2020 USB+ is literally a plug & play unit. This side-addressed microphone with USB output is compatible both on Windows & Mac using the native class compliant drivers.
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Bit Depth: 16
Sample Rate: 44.1/48 kHZ
Headphone Jack: 3.5mm or 1/8″ TRS (Stereo)
The Tascam TH-02 Studio Headphones are seriously inexpensive cans that can be had for around $30. Perfect for bedroom musicians or music junkies who’s in a tight budget.
It surely doesn’t sound like its price tag. The frequency response are pretty even across the spectrum listening to different genre of music. The highs are pretty clear and the bass is full but not accentuated like some other brands.
The ear muffs and padded headbands are made of vinyl type material but they don’t look cheap and it feels durable. It is pretty comfortable wearing it as it can be resized for different head shapes. It comes with a non interlocking 3.5mm to 1/4″ adapter and is available in two different color (black or white).
The packaging is plain and simple so it doesn’t have any carrying pouch and other goodies but its understandable due to its price point. Lacking some of these extra stuff in lieu of the sonic quality is something most users would rather have. I would! No frills, just a good sounding headphone.
Driver Diameter: 50mm
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 98 dB ± 3dB
Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 22 kHz
Max Input Power: 600 mW
Cable Length: 9.8ft (3m) when fully extended
Find prices here for the Tascam HT-02 Studio Headphone
At the recent NAB 2013 event, we caught up with Adam Cameron of MXL to show us their new condenser MXL Genesis FET Microphone.
The MXL Genesis FET Condenser Microphone is designed to replicate the previous series of MXL Genesis Tube Condenser line but with the solid state electronics instead. The idea behind it is to benefit from the low noise of the FET circuitry while harnessing the warm sound character of a tube microphone.
The MXL Genesis FET is ideal for vocal application or any source that has a very fast transient. Sporting a metal finish red body and a gold grill, it comes with a shockmount, a metal mesh pop filter, microfiber cleaning cloth & a wooden box case.
Slated to ship later this year, the MXL Genesis FET is definitely something I need to get my hands on to see what the fuzz is all about. Stay tune for some audio samples.
Type: Pressure gradient 32mm capsule
Diaphragm: Gold-sputtered, 6 micron diaphragm
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Polar pattern: Cardioid
Impedance: 150 ohms
Max SPL:140 dB
S/N Ratio: 81 dB (Ref. 1 Pa A weighted)
Dynamic Range: 127 dB
Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V +/- 4V
Size: 47mm x 225mm / 1.85 inches x 8.86 inches
Searching for a pair of quality cans with exceptional isolation and want something stylish at the same time, check out the Session MH510 Headphones by CAD Audio. With its sonic quality & accessories, it rivals other headphones that are in much higher price range.
The MH510 headphones comes with two sets of cables (straight & coiled), extra pair of ear pads in addition to the default leather set, a leather carrying pouch and a 3.5mm to 1/4 inch stereo gold-plated adapter. There are 4 color choices: black, white/red, black/orange & black/chrome.