Wednesday, 15 August 2018 / Published in gear

This is great solution for zoom f8 using external battery.
With this Anker PowerCore 10000 mobile battery (10000mAh, full charged) and LANMU’s 5v to 12v usb to dc connector, Zoom f8 could run 8 hours ( 11.7~6v continuously ) with 8 tracks phantom on.
That means with internal battery I can go a day which is good enough for field recording as I just need to power up zoom f8 right before hit rec. If you are location sound guy, you can go for more powerful mobile battery.

Size of this mobile battery is 92 × 60 × 22(mm) and Weight 180g, so much smaller and lighter than carrying extra AA batteries and much nice to walk around with full of gears!

And importantly, usb mobile batteries are affordable and convenient, so I don’t think I need to invest on Np1 or sony’s batteries anymore!^^!

Thanx to Saturday Sound Guy for great introduction.

Friday, 22 June 2018 / Published in field recording

In June 2018,
Taiwan was great but steamy hot!!
Because it located in the south of Okinawa in Japan, more humid and hotter!!
I recommend early spring or autumn for the trip and rent a bicycle at least.
If you walk distant with gears under this kind of weather, you eventually gonna turn into Zombie in the end!!

Other than that,
delicious food which has a hybrid taste between Japanese and Chinese as not too delicate and expensive but not too spicy or salty. we really enjoyed it.
And I surprised that some elderlies can speak Japanese. As Japanese, It was a rare situation in a foreign country especially words from elderlies, but that is because of Taiwan history which they were under Japanese government for 50 years decades ago. Anyway, It was so nice to hear Japanese in another country!
One time while I was on recording scooters in the street, one man came to me with golf club and walk around me with kind a suspicious looking and spoke up some Chinese, so I said “Sorry I’m Japanese” anxiously in English but he seems not understanding a bit, so I said it in Japanese then he started talking Japanese almost fluently asking what am I doing, so I explained to him and he replied “Oh NOISE!!” in Japanese. YES, he was maybe right……..But that was the only word he did not use correctly from my perspective…

Yes, there was continuous scooters anthem in every rush hours!! Just never stop!
It was funny that just before lights turning green, they start to rev up the engine one by one to make a head start. I think that is addictive thing and became habit.

AND cicadas!
It was just continuous hiss noise! They don’t breath like Japanese cicadas.
They just go “ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZu”
At first, I was hearing a big electric hiss from elsewhere.
Maybe cicadas or maybe just an electric hiss sounds like cicadas….

conclusion
Scooters&Cicadas&Japanese spoken word from elderly when you least expected.

Monday, 28 May 2018 / Published in gear

Korg MS20 tips by gattobus

Friday, 11 May 2018 / Published in gear

Envy from The Cargo Cult

Envy is all about envelopes, stealing characteristics of one sound and applying them to another.

It’s kinda like a morph, but it’s really not that. It’s part dynamics tool and part vocoder, but you won’t use it for either of those things. It’s officially a modulation plugin, but that doesn’t even begin to explain what it actually does.

Envy is really a toolkit for generating unique new material, adding textures to real world recordings or mutilating sounds to create crazy sci-fi elements. It can fit a wind recording into a machine gun, add wood to foley feet, it can superimpose a drum pattern on a vacuum cleaner, or pitch dive a vocal 6 octaves just for kicks.

Friday, 20 April 2018 / Published in gear

Recently, I am using this Auria pro app and found really handy.
With standard AAF compatible feature and Video playback addon, I can bring and show tempmix to my clients easily and vice versa bringing back to protools.
In the situation like office meeting, I usually cut where I need to edit, and later dump AAF back to the session and place it just next to original files. This way, I know where editing points are. It is like markers.
And as a recording device, it can go up to 24bit96kHz via audio interface, so with SOUND DEVICE MIX PRE-D, it can be a really small 2ch recorder.
chao

http://www.wavemachinelabs.com/Products/auria

Full Auria Pro Feature List

Recording and Playback:

  • Sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz
  • 24-bit recording
  • Unlimited tracks
  • Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible audio interfaces
  • Full delay compensation on all tracks, subgroups, buses and aux sends
  • Auto-punch recording mode
  • Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak
  • AAF import and export allows transferring audio sessions between popular DAWs like Logic, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Samplitude and more

MIDI and audio editing:

  • Comprehensive MIDI sequencer
  • FabFilter One and Twin 2 synths included
  • WaveMachine Labs’ Lyra, a multi-format sample player, included
  • Real-time audio warping using élastique Pro v3
  • Piano roll editor
  • Tempo and time signature tracks
  • Audio quantizing with warp and slicing modes
  • Transient slicing
  • Audio transient-to-MIDI conversion
  • Real-time MIDI parameter control including quantize, velocity shift, velocity compression, length compression, random, delay, legato and transpose
  • MIDI processing functions including Crescendo, Delete Controllers/Notes, Fixed Length, Fixed Velocity, Humanize, Legato, Optimize Controller Data, Pedal to Length, Restrict Polyphony, Reverse, Transpose, Velocity Compress/Limit, Velocity Gain, Velocity Range, and Velocity Rescale
  • Groove template quantizing with built-in DNA grooves from Numerical Sound (additional grooves available for purchase)
  • MIDI Sync support with MIDI Time Code, MIDI Clock and MMC
  • MIDI Remote Control (Mackie MCU and HUI protocol)
  • Touch-based waveform editor with cut, copy, paste, split, join, crossfade, duplicate, separate, gain, normalize, DC offset, reverse, and more
  • Timeline ruler options include Minutes:Seconds, Bars:Beats, Samples and SMPTE time
  • Ripple-edit mode
  • Real-time audio scrubbing
  • Built-in metronome
  • Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats, fractional beats, markers, locators, transients and SMPTE frames

Mixing, processing and effects:

  • 64-bit double-precision floating point mixing engine
  • 8 assignable subgroups and 6 aux sends
  • Powerful internal bus routing with up to 32 buses and support for multiple destinations
  • Direct Outputs
  • Full automation support on all controls with graphical editing
  • Vintage-inspired ChannelStrip by PSPaudioware on every channel includes Gate, Expander, Multi-band EQ and Compressor
  • MasterStrip on all subgroup and master channels featuring PSPaudioware BussPressor, EQ and Mastering Limiter
  • Convolution reverb plug-in with bundled IR library included
  • ClassicVerb reverb plug-in included
  • PSPaudioware Stereo Delay plug-in included
  • PSPaudioware Stereo Chorus plug-in included
  • Third party effect plugin support available via in-app purchase by companies including FabFilter, FXpansion, Overloud, BIAS and more
  • Tempo sync and side chain support for plug-ins
  • Track freeze and bounce-in-place for minimizing CPU usage
  • True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode
  • Adjustable pan laws

And more:

  • External hard drive support
  • Project template support
  • Project snapshots
  • Automatic sample rate conversion
  • Audio Units, Inter-app Audio, and Audiobus support
  • DropBox, SoundCloud, AudioShare, and Audio Copy/Paste support
  • Optional video import feature allows sample accurate sync of video to an Auria project. Adjustable offset times and video export capability
  • WIST support for wireless syncing of other compatible music apps

 

Video Playback

Available as an optional add-on purchase in the Auria Store, Auria can load a video and play it back in sync with a project, and then export a new version of the video which includes the project audio. The video preview window will stay locked with Auria’s timeline, and the video preview will even “scrub” in-time with the timeline cursor. The video’s main stereo stream can even be imported to its own audio track for further manipulation.

Sunday, 08 April 2018 / Published in gear

English and Japanese description on this post.

アコースティックパネルを作ってみました。

必要な材料:

  • ホワイトキューオン
  • 2×4木材×4
  • 突っ張り用器具×2
  • プラ板
  • 両面テープ
  • タッカー

作り方:

    1. 木材を突っ張り器具で固定、横の木材は釘で固定、スピーカー後部に位置するよう木枠を作る。
    2. プラ板に遮音シートを両面テープで貼る。
    3. プラ板を木材にタッカーで取り付ける。
    4. ホワイトキューオンを木枠の中に入れる。
    5. 表から布でカバーして裏でタッカーで固定する。


When I was at a local DIY store to pick up stuff, I noticed things might be useful for making acoustic panels…and it is much affordable than those you can find at gear shops.

So my search began…

At first, I started to look for absorbing foam which usually Rockwool is the first choice, but sometimes a troublesome task because it contains tiny glass material so it needs to be completely sealed otherwise, you ganna be scratching your arms while mixing…
But this Qon foam,

It is made from recycled polyester so no glass no itches and earth-friendly: )
You can just hang it on the walls if you insist the easiest way.

But Instead, I chose 2X4 wooden poles to make a square box to put on.
With clever extend-parts, it can be extended to room heights and stayed there as if screwed on. Nice!!!

And cloth, there are lots to choose from. I mean lots!!

Things I used:

  • Qon absorbing foam 910mmX1800mm x 1
  • 2X4 wooden poles x 4
  • extend-parts for wooden poles x 2
  • plastic board to cover back
  • insulation sheets on the back of absorbing foam
  • cloth to cover a foam
  • double-faced tape
  • big stapler to stick plastic panels and cloth to wood

Now constructing part.

  1. First, You need to stand two wooden poles apart and screw other two horizontally to make a square box.
    In my case, a foam was 910mmX1800mm, so I made it to come just behind speakers.
  2. Stick insulation sheets to plastic board using double-faced tape
  3. Put the plastic board and wooden pole together using a big stapler
  4. Place Qon absorbing foam inside this square box
  5. And last, cover foam with a cloth using a stapler

DONE!!

Needless to mention I spent hours to choose parts.
There are just many parts that I can think of using, but nothing mention which is good for acoustic panels…
Thanks to local DIY store and my free time: )

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