Tuesday, 18 September 2018 / Published in gear

According to SONOSAX, it is a lightweight 2 channels high resolution dual-domain microphones preamplifier with integrated USB audio Class 2.
Looks good and simple Swiss design.

Details at SONOSAX

Inputs / Outputs
2x mic/line inputs on TA3, electronically balanced, with phase reversal, 48V phantom, LF cut and level control on the front panel
1x AES3/AES42 on TA3, transformer balanced input with phase reversal, 48V phantom, LF cut and level control on the front panel
1x line output on TA3, 2 channels analog unbalanced
1x AES3 output on TA3, 2 channels transformer balanced with ASRC (48/96/192k)
1x USB audio 2 channels input/output on micro USB type B connector
independent line/headphones stereo output on mini-jack

Performance
135 dB (A-weighted) overall dynamic range
THD < 0.001%
90 kHz overall frequency response @192kHz
24-bit 48/96/192kHz

Powering
external DC 9-18V on Hirose 4-pin
external DC 5V on micro USB
removable lithium-ion battery, charged with external DC input
intelligent energy management
User interface
128×64 monochrome OLED display
two rotary encoder for gain control
intuitive menu navigation

Mechanical
Machined aluminum housing
overall dimension: 74 x 28 x 130 mm (2.9’’ x 1.1’’ x 5.1’’)
weight 300g (0.44lbs) with battery
mounting holes on both sides
optional mounting bracket for still camera
Note: preliminary specifications, subject to change without notice

(C) SONOSAX

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 / Published in gear

Since Line Audio cm3 is so tiny, it was hard to find a windshield that fits. On top of that, ws10 might be too gorgeous…Plus I wanted to make a small set to fit in my bag along with mkh8040s in ws10.
So this BBG came better than what I expected! The actual dimension of oball’s smaller circle was just as size as rubber bushing which Inside dimension was the same size as cm3 (20mm). PERFECT!^^!

I just made quick comparison of DIY BBG and Rycote baseball
(nnn…baseball is not so good for outdoor use, but…)

Audio is just as raw from inside Rycote baseball.




Wave from BASEBALL

Audio is just as raw from inside Oball.




Wave from Oball

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.

https://youtu.be/HNFxgpBmZUQ

Friday, 23 March 2018 / Published in gear
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