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Audio Repair 101 - Clipping and Leveling in Audio & Video Recordings

In the good old days of analog audio, you could push the volume of your amp past its limits and make it sound cool, a practice known as distortion. Early blues guitarists would boost the volume of their amplifiers until the internal circuitry was no longer able to recreate the sound. Instead, it would come out “fuzzy” or “dirty”.  In the digital world, a sound which exceeds the limits has run out of 1’s and 0’s to be reproduced. At that point, instead of a warm distortion, the listener is met by an abrupt popping noise,  known as “clipping”. 

Top 8 new MIDI controllers for 2019

Whether you are into beats and loops, whether you are an amateur or pro, a bedroom producer or you like to perform live, chances are you probably have a variety of MIDI controllers in your arsenal helping you create and produce great music. Surely, you don’t need a MIDI controller or a MIDI keyboard to make music but there’s no denying they can be a very useful and time-saving tool, essentially making your life easier and allowing more time for you to be creative and productive.

How To Podcast: An essential guide

Ready to start your first podcast? Here's all you need to know! This series will help you understand the podcasting trends, the audience's behavior & how to choose a killer topic. What makes a great guest? How to set up a perfect environment? Mic placement & tips and how to edit your audio faster & easier than ever.

Audio Repair 101: Plosives in Audio & Video Recordings

A normal, healthy sound being received by a microphone is like a gentle wave. It goes in and out, lapping at the shoreline. A plosive, on the other hand, is received like a tsunami. The power overwhelms the signal and produces an awful, mid-range thud right in the middle of your audio. It’s the type of problem that cannot be ignored, so it’s important to understand how to prevent and fix plosives in the recording process. 

Audio Repair 101: Sibilance in Audio & Video Recordings

If you’ve never heard of sibilance, try saying, “Sally sells seashells by the seashore” three times fast. Not only will your tongue become tied, you will also produce a large amount of sibilance. This is the overproduction of the high frequency hiss at the beginning of an “s” sound along with a few others. Overall, this is one of the more simple audio problems encountered, and it carries a simple set of solutions.

Audio Repair 101: Reverb in Audio & Video Recordings

Sound is not an easy thing to control. The second it's created, it travels in every direction, bouncing off everything it meets. This chaos is known as reverberation. In your recording, excess reverb can be distracting. Yes, there is an artistic element that can make it very appealing from a music standpoint.

Audio Repair 101: Noise in Audio & Video Recordings

Everyone in the world of audio will tell you the same thing. Removing noise from your location is always the first step in a great sounding recording. This is true for Podcasters all the way up to Sound Engineers. After removing background noise, choosing the best equipment is the next step. Then you can move to your last line of defense which is your post-production. Used well, this is where make your recording shine.  

Abusing Regroover: Importing a Vocal and Music Loops

Regroover is a tool that's optimised for beats. It analyzes your audio and identifies underlying layers with similar sonic and rhythmic characteristics. Being able to split your previously static loops into stems is pretty awesome, but what happens if you import non-beat material into Regroover? 

Remove noises, "S" Sounds and Plosives from Podcast Voice Recordings in Audacity | ERA Bundle

In the podcasting world, audio quality plays a major role on your listener’s first impression. What we call “listening comfort” is sometimes as important as your content itself. 

James Twomey on ERA Reverb Remover & ERA Noise Remover

James Twomey is a post production engineer and the co-founder of two of the most successful New York post production studios. He has won three Emmy awards as well as Clio and New York Radio awards.

Andrew Scheps on Regroover

Andrew Scheps is a Grammy Award winning mixing engineer as well as a renowned producer and record label owner. Having collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Justin Timberlake & many more, he is considered to be a true legend in the field.

Why removing room echo and excessive reverb is critical for your audio content

Imagine that you just moved into a brand new apartment. After all those years of hard work, your efforts are finally paying off. High-five! You’ve earned it! A spacious living room, a large bedroom and a huge kitchen where you can show off your culinary skills to your friends! You are enjoying everything about this well-deserved upgrade, but there’s one thing you have to make peace with until your new furniture arrives; the “loudness” of all that empty space around you that sometimes makes you miss your old cosy apartment.

Calling Audio Zombies! Are you ready for some audio horror stories?

Depending on your age and appetite for eating sugar, Halloween is either an amazing chance to express your secret costume designer or it’s that time of year you turn off the lights and hope no one rings your doorbell because you forgot to buy any candy. After all, this might happen...

Iconic drum machines - Can you recognize their sounds?

It's hard to imagine how the electronic music world would look like without drum machines. Some of them became iconic and left an imprint on the music history. Which one is your favourite?

Drum bleed in heavy metal: Isolation = Separation = Control

This article is written by Dr Mark Mynett, who has recently published the "Metal Music Manual. Producing, Engineering, Mixing and Mastering Contemporary Heavy Music". More details and special discount for accusonus customers below.

Infographic: Tempo in Electronic Music

Tempo literally means timing and it’s an intimate part of any musical piece. When comparing music with any other kind of art, tempo has to be taken into account as it’s a main factor of defining aesthetics and ultimately, genres. In essence, tempo tells us how fast or slow a music piece should be played. Especially in electronic music production, tempo is the only guide on how to build any rhythm structure, that being a groove or a harmony one.  

Drum bleed: Advanced Audio Analysis - the ultimate solution

Imagine yourself in the middle of a loud busy party. Your ears receive input from multiple sound sources: people around you chat, the DJ spins his grooves, glasses clink. All these signals reach your ears simultaneously, but you can easily isolate one that interests you and focus on it.

Drum bleed: how to reduce it with conventional methods

In the first part of our article series on drum leakage, we presented the issue of leakage in multichannel recordings, specifically drums. We discussed the nature of the problem and the practical reasons that make ‘drum spill’ undesirable in musical recordings.