Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"For the record, the 416 *is* a condenser mic."
Mar 1, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"No one "needs" a particular style of mic. What you need is a mic that you sound great on, and one that you're happy with. If that's the mic you have, then so be it. I have never had a client ask me what mic I'm using. They only care that it sounds…"
Mar 1, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"There used to be a chain of music stores called Mars Music. God, I miss that place. They had a mic room where you could go in and compare literally hundreds of different mics. I remember when I was first shopping for my first condenser mic, I made…"
Mar 1, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Don't get just any shotgun. Studios use the Sennheiser MKH416 not just because it's a shotgun and for the noise cancelling characteristics that a shotgun affords. They choose this particular mic because of its sound. I used this Sennheiser for a few…"
Mar 1, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"I have my Neumann just a couple of feet from my iMac. Plus, I've got six external firewire drives daisy-chained in a rack only a couple more feet away. Frankly, the hard drives make more noise than the iMac. The iMac is pretty darn quiet. 18 dB of…"
Feb 14, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"I can definitely see how it would save you the extra time required to bounce to disc.

I've always felt like I could edit much faster on Twisted Wave (or Sound Forge or something like it). One thing I really like about TW is the preference you can…"
Feb 6, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"So let me get this straight:

You use as an input into the Aux strip whatever your input is on the back of the digi hardware. Then you instantiate whatever plug-ins you want to record through on the Aux channel. Then, you send the output of Aux…"
Feb 6, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Hmmm...not sure exactly what you're talking about. I do know you can export without bouncing. But that doesn't have the processing I've instantiated. You're saying you can record through the instantiated effects? I've never tried that, or even know…"
Jan 31, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"To get the chain of effects I use in Pro Tools, I would have to "Bounce to disc," which, as you know, means listening to the whole file again, in real time, as it "bounces." Since I just finished editing the thing, I don't really need to hear it…"
Jan 31, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Every waveform editor has its own unique quirks and peculiarities. For example, I like to zoom in to the play head of the waveform by using the roller ball on the Mac Mighty Mouse (or forward gesture on the new Magic Mouse). On some waveform…"
Jan 31, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"The difference, as far as I can tell, is in work flow. There's certain functionality built into TW that you don't get in Audacity. Not that Audacity WON'T perform certain functions that TW will. It's just that HOW it's performed in the two apps is…"
Jan 31, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Agreed. Pro Tools is fine for multi-track production. There's no better tool, frankly. (Although I'm certain fans of Apple's Logic would argue the point, and for certain MIDI tasks, I might agree.) But if recording, editing and adding effects to dry…"
Jan 19, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Thanks, George, for the kind remarks. Permission granted. Heck, it's free to the whole world on iTunes anyway. :-) I'd been meaning to launch this sort of thing as a podcast anyway. It's something that's intrigued me for a while (podcasting). Like…"
Jan 19, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Okay, this is mostly for Claudia, who was looking for some starter tips on the use of Pro Tools for voiceover. I've been meaning to start this for a while, and Claudia gave me reason to get off my butt and get it going. You'll need an iTunes…"
Jan 19, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Pro Tools' official courseware is fantastic. I recommend it to anyone wanting to get up to speed on Pro Tools. In the meantime, I have recorded a video screencast showing the basics of Pro Tools for voiceover. The video is encoding now, and I still…"
Jan 18, 2010
Randy Brown left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Gosh, a start-to-finish tutorial on how to record VO in Pro Tools probably goes a bit beyond what a forum like this is designed to offer. We'd be here a while. But I can tell you there are some fabulous DVD tutorials on Pro Tools out there,…"
Jan 14, 2010
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  • Hey Randy, thanx for the return info. Actually when I went external drive hunting, I considered Glyph, but price was an issue and the OWC drives are well received in the Mac community and they have the required Oxford chip set, 7200rpm and firewire 800. The issue(s) I experience always involve sound and never within a ProTools session. Today for example while building a short video in iMovie, I had 2x's the spinning beachball which always requires a power-off, never responding to "restart" and then again when I was up on YouTube, once. Also, I originally got the OWC to help the situation which I've experienced from the beginning.

    It's maddening and I'm adjusted to reaching for the power button, but my fear is that in the middle of some client projectthe whole shebang is gonna wind up in the toilet...but maybe not! Usually, if I'm working, I'll re-boot when commin off the web, as a matter of habit. Sad thing is I envisioned having a really good xperienc w/Apple, maybe a Macbook for the road, etc, but now I'm a little leery of that. Again, thanks loads ...I may contact Apple/Digi again.
    BEGINNING.IT
  • Hi Randy,
    Stunning comments today re: your experience w/ProTools. I'll bet I bought my (1st ever) iMac about the same time you did. Actually I bought ProTools 7.3 and put it on our XP machine so I could begin learning the program, knowing I'd get a free update to 7.4.2 when it was released...which I did, but on-line.

    You see, it's comments like yours that make me wonder why I have the conflicts I do as the only stuff on this iMac is Leopard, ProTools 7.4.2 and iWork...thats all of it. If i could figure that out I'd be a happy camper.

    You know, I accused Apple of selling me a faulty machine, even sent Steve Jobs a letter which they responded to, and then they carefully, painstakingly, examined the iMac and continued to hand-hold me by phone for about 6 weeks till I was sure it wasn't the issue.

    Then I dug down into the digi website and made several recommended adjustments to my file and purchased a OWC xternal firewire drive. Then re-loaded both Leopard and ProTools 2x's...actually it's called "archive & re-install" by Apple. But I did have to download the 7.4.2 update on-line and I was wondering if maybe that install is in some way incomplete...what do you think?

    I've thinking about asking Digi if I could get a hard disc copy of 7.4.2, thinking it might be more stable?? Opinions on that?? Failing that, what about an update to 8.0 which is over-over-kill but....?

    I've begun to work with iMovie & audio and I see that as a direction I want to pursue, so a simple audio editor may not fill the bill.

    I know these ??'s are a pain...but c'mon Randy, you're on a roll, don't give up on me now. thanx, tomjdolan@gmail.com
  • Randy...I would like to ask you a question regarding the sweetning of the audio right after you record it, meaning raw...I use Adobe 1.5 and I love it. I found some tutorials online and I am amazed with it. But...can you tell me the steps you go through right after recording the audio file? Like, 1. I normalize, 2. I compress, 3. I normalize, 4. put some EQ to it. 5. normalize again...Just curious how you recommend to do this. I am not going to ask you about compression or anything like that because I know that is a can of worms...just curious about the steps you take since I think you are familiar with Adobe Audition...Thx in advance. acevedo.luis@hotmail.com
  • Thanx for the response Randy. I'm liking ProTools and I'm getting a handle on it but the "de-breathing" is a time-consuming pain and I windup with hundreds of cuts producing as many regions in the Region Bin. Right now I'm practicing on 5-6 minute short audio files...I can't imagine what I'll do with 30-45 minutes or more.
  • Welcome to whatever this is, to one of my favorite talents, and oldest friends.....

    Beauregard
  • Hi RandB,

    Nice to meet you! Welcome to the site. Are you enjoying your time here?

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie from Voices.com
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