Free imaging template sessions from ASX!
AudioSweets announced that it’s giving free DAW session templates to radio imaging producers.
Brand new and available from AudioSweets ASX, 3 ‘template’ imaging sessions were created by the team at AudioSweets for use in Logic, Pro Tools and Adobe Audition.
Open up, tweak and play around!
Rob Wills, Creative Director wrote a full blog to coincide with the release of the templates.
“The great thing about the creative art of imaging, is that there is no right or wrong way of doing it. It’s what sounds right for you and the brand/station/show you are working on.
We know everyone uses different DAWs which is why we have created template sessions in Adobe Audition, Pro Tools and Logic.
So, the idea is this! Open it up. Have a play around. Tweak settings. Add bits. Remove bits. It might just help you better your sound, make you think about your session or start the journey to a new session! Plus, it’s free and nothing is free anymore!”
The templates are free to download to all existing AudioSweets subscribers.
How to get free DAW templates?
Contact the team to learn how to avail of the services and the session downloads here https://www.audiosweets.com/asx/page-contact
Read the whole blog at https://www.audiosweets.com/asx/news/template-sessions-are-here/
Video to watch:
EQ Setup by Dave Foxx
The Imaging Days 2016 FaceTime with Dave Foxx
Oh hey wait well we’re going to teach people how to put a tattoo on everything they do so that within seconds of tuning in any listener will know exactly what station listening to 10 simple things you can do to make your station stand out from everyone else.
Well aside from hearing some of my brilliance the best reason to go to any of these conferences is to met work any phone numbers email addresses you want to meet the movers and shakers you want to meet the people who will be movers and shakers your peers down the road you’re gonna need an outside opinion you can pick up the phone and say can you listen to this is it too much that is it too much this.
And I don’t know anyone in a major market who got their job and imaging without somebody of their network opening a door for so there are a lot of reasons to go to one of these conferences for believe me networking is number one so get your butt over to theimagingdays.com sign up i’ll see you in October.
The Imaging Days 2016 presented by Ignite Jingles, TRIL The Radio Imaging Library, Helios Audio Solutions, Spine Jingles.
The Leveler in RX 5 Advanced allows you to smooth out dialogue levels more effectively than ever before.
With all new processing under the hood, the Leveler achieves this without boosting esses, breathes, or the sound of ambience and room tone between words and phrases.
With quick and effective processing, you’re able to get through what used to be hours of manual work in a matter of minutes.
Learn more about RX 4 Advanced at https://www.izotope.com/rx
Have you ever thought, 10 years ago, that you would be able to listen to your favorite Radio Station/Music through a small device in your hands…? Yes I am talking about Smartphones, your smartphone, the device through which you get online most time of the day and you listen to your favorite Radio through its Radio App!
– Radio App???
So let’s come to the point!!!
Radio Applications, one button click in the phone and you have your radio’s streaming directly to your listeners’ ears, wherever they are! Providing also all your Radio’s Information (Program Info, Now On Air, News, Contact) and content every listener would like to interact with.
Taking the above into consideration a lot of questions may appear to anyone interested in creating an app for their Radio Station, like the actual cost, the content management, the device compatibility, the updates in newest OS versions and finally the actual need in creating apps for a Radio Station. However let’s see some actual numbers from international surveys, talking about the Internet Radio and listeners’ behavior, which I believe have the answer in everyone’s main question “Why should I create Radio Apps for my Radio Station?”.
Let’s begin with the benefits of broadcasting radio through the Internet. Internet Radio has become an important distribution channel for the music industry and is poised to become an important advertising channel for marketers, estimated that the “only Internet Radio’s“ listeners will reach around 183 million till 2018 just in USA. Also time spent listening on Internet Radios is growing and has already displaced the traditional ways of listening radios, which means that Internet Radio has become a large advertising market & a critical element of overall radio ad market.
The other major Internet Radio trend, important to advertisers, is mobile usage. 45% of Internet Usage nowadays is from mobile devices. 90% of mobile users have installed more than 1 music app in their devices and Internet Radio has rapidly become a “unique” mobile experience for customers. In fact, only 5% of streaming radio time is now spent via computer, which means that 95% of Internet Radio Listening is on Mobile.
All the above show that the Radio will become an exclusively mobile thing! This comes also from some countries’ plans and announcements. In fact, Norway has announced that they will turn off its FM transmitters in 2017. They will be the first country in the world to switch off its FM radio signal. UK had also announced that they were planning to turn off their FM service by 2018 but those plans did not go through because of objections from commercial radio stations.
In conclusion, we see that the next big thing in Radio will be the Radio Mobile Apps.
Professional solutions can be found easily via a search over the internet.
A perfect solution is http://looksomething.com, where you can find dynamic native developed Radio Apps for Android and iOS devices, with prices starting from €50 for only Android or only iOS apps and solutions based on any need, either amateur or professional radio businesses.
Visit the site now at http://looksomething.com and an expert team is on standby to assist you via a live chat.
Your next step to a great radio app is just a click away.
Even the best mic checks can’t anticipate a performance that gets stronger than expected or a performer who moves too close to the mic and overwhelms the preamp.
If you catch clipping in the moment, you can adjust and do another take, or capture multiple takes and cut together the non-distorted moments later. But rarely will the final pass match the feeling of that first raw take.
The De-clip plug-in, available in RX Plug-in Pack, rescues those perfect takes by redrawing the waveform as it would have been without clipping.
These days you have Facebook to get your daily fix of imaging and production “wisdom”.
Chances you are, you’re a member of a Facebook group about radio stuff.
It used to be forum sites but now it’s on the social media platform and there’s a lot of reasons why radio people, prod guys and talents, are hooked, because the industry experts are in there too.
But here’s a tricky part about these niche discussion groups, no they are not THE problem, it can be a problem for you, the production guy, the voice talent, the copy writer.
It will suck the energy and creativity out from you, especially if you focus more on the technicalities.
To be MORE creative and BE effective, you have to tune out from them and be in the mind of the people that you serve.
If you’re an imaging producer for a station that caters to teenagers, be with the same target demographic of your station.
Know their language, their likes, the movies that are hot now, technology and trends, etc.
In other words, BE in them.
That way, you’ll be able to speak like them when you write your next batch of sweepers or copy for a promo.
Don’t get this wrong, these discussion groups on Facebook are one of the ways to be motivated, informed.
But they are not sources of inspiration for creativity.
Dave Foxx in one of the earliest episodes of the Ryan Drean Podcast, talked about this.
Your expertise in producing, your knowledge of the most state of the art tools, your possession of the best and most expensive plugins, won’t win you a “heart” or “thumbs up” from listeners who listen to your promos. It’s the thought, how you connect to them in their language and lifestyle.
Listen to the podcast back in 2008 with Ryan Drean here (visit http://www.ryanontheradio.com/2008/08/episode-1-dave-foxx/)
Imaging Question: What Do You Call The 2000s and the 2010s? Like 70s, 80s, 90s …
So you’re updating your station’s format and this calls for a brand new slogan. You should highlight that you now play songs from 1990 to 1999, 2000 to 2009 and 2010 to now.
If this was a decade ago, it would simply be “80s, 90s and now” or “80s, 90s and today” or 3 decades ago, “the 70s, 80s, and 90s.”
– 90s, 2ks and now (read ‘two kays’)
– 90s, 2ks and today
– nineties, naughties and now (awesome!)
– 90s, zeroes and now (“zeroes” sounds awkward, but yes, they have been used in some stations)
– 90s, naughties and teenies
– 90s, hundreds and tens (very weird)
– 90s, 00s and now (00s read ‘double-ows’)
– or the 1990s, 2000s and the 2010s (INSANE!)
So what do you think?
You were 13 and you looked up to Dave Foxx as a radio production god. Now, you have the job you’ve been dreaming of.
You are now producing for top stations in the market.
Then reality bites.
You’re dumped with tons of production works, you only sleep 3 hours a day if lucky. Production is now sucking the best out of you.
Then you question? Do I still love what I am doing? It is my passion but why am I complaining now?
Answer is, radio production is not for you. This job is not for those who want to be cool, who want to be in, who want to be praised by friends. Or want to prove to a former station manager that one is better than him.
Production is not all about having the best FX libraries, getting friends with people at ReelWorld or TM Studios, or having met Dave Foxx in person.
It is about the daily realities of radio business and relationships.
Every day in radio, things always have to be done now, if not yesterday not just in production. There are always deadlines, pressure, here and there.
If you are not up to the task, someone is going to replace you right away. Production these days is far better than those done in the 90s, things should be easier. Think about it, more work means you are capable of doing it than others. Feel like giving up? Remember, someone is waiting in line.
Then think about those who you work with, your senior producer, station manager, never mind those who sit in the corporate desks. Remember the saying “people will forget what you told them or did to them, but they sure remember how you made them feel.”
Nothing is more rewarding than receiving a “thank you” from a co-worker. If you’ve finished those load of production works now, consider the sigh of relief your superior will get.
If you feel bad about delivering late, don’t beat yourself up. Everybody screws up.
If you have reached what others call a plateau, a burnt out stage in your career, take a breather. This 2015, you deserve a recharge.
Not just a physical rest, or some soul-searching, but a sudden shock!
Now that you’ve reached this stage, it is no longer all about proving to those who bullied you before that you’re no good. It is certainly not all about the money.
Count those nods, awards if any, pats on the shoulder you received as well as remember those times you failed, what does not kill you makes your stronger. Then get your feet back up and say this year, I am better.
Radio production is not a glorious job. So if you are making a living out of it, sorry!
But if you get up everyday and sit on your production desk and consider this another day of playing, radio production should not be your job, but your true passion.
Dave Foxx said he is just so fortunate to be in the industry where is rewarded to play everyday.
When Ken Andrews isn’t producing or mixing platinum records for bands like Paramore, he’s playing guitar and singing in the critically acclaimed band Failure—now reunited, recording a new record, and touring.
Join for an exclusive new webinar to see the musical renaissance man record one of his songs across several studios using the powerful new Pro Tools® | S3 console.
Also hear from and chat with S3 Product Designer Kyle Splitgerber.
- Get a full overview of S3 and see why it’s the perfect fit for any studio environment
- See how to navigate big sessions with speed and efficiency
- Get an in-depth look at Ken’s workflow tracking a song with the S3 AVB audio interface
Plus, get your questions answered in a live Q&A—register for the webinar today.
For Beginners. So how do you solve the problem of introducing new music to your listeners without the risk of tune outs? Enter, new music IDs. A radio promotional material that, you guessed it right, promotes new songs in your playlist.
The idea is to present audio clips showcasing usually three new songs, with voice over reading the song title and artist. The song clip is about 5 seconds of the hook, chorus or the catchy part of the music.
New music is exciting … that is for the music programmer, the DJ, or the music enthusiast in your listeners. But for the average or casual listener, having him introduced an unfamiliar song runs the risk of tune out, he’d rather listen to popular or songs he can hum along with.
So instead of playing the entire new track, new music IDs get the job done.
1. Should be quick or about 30 seconds, anything longer will sound like a commercial for the listener.
2. Don’t use too much FX, listeners do not like the sound of overproduced “BANG BANG BOOM” production. Use FX where appropriate.
3. Of course, promote fresh tracks. You don’t want to introduce new songs your audience already know.
Watch video below for beginner level tutorial.
Special thanks for StickyFX.com
Download the work file below.
This multifunction audio app includes an spectrum analyzer,audio signal generator,speaker polarity checker,and more. Note that the i0S version is called iAudioTool . US$6.99-US$7.49(Audroid,
Adjust the sound (and pictures) on your home theater,and then play THX trailer to show off your tuned system. Requires Apple TV or an AV adapter on your device. US$1.99 (iPhone,iPad).bit.ly/188sTOH
Sound Meter Pro
This sound pressure level meter app uses your phone mic to measure noise volume in decibels and shows a reference. It has been calibrated for many specific device models. US$0.99 (Android). bit.ly/159Ym44
Awareness uses your device’s mic to sample ambient sound as you listen to music,and then feeds important noises (such as car horns) to your headphones for safety. US$6.99 (iPhone,iPad).essency.co.uk
Here’s a quick video of Rick Allen using a Sonovox during a recording session. The Sonovox was used to create an electronic yet musical singing voice for radio station jingles many years before the vocoder or Auto-Tune ever came into vogue.
About Rick Allen
Owner | Sound Designer at RICK ALLEN CREATIVE SERVICES, INC.
Rick Allen Creative Services produces and markets original audio collections to Sound Designers working in film, radio, TV, video, advertising, web development and gaming.
He is the sound designer on interactive projects for Disney, Subway, Albertson’s and others. His sounds were utilized in the launch of Ryan Seacrest’s national radio show and Clear Channel’s launch of the iHeart Radio Festival. Rick’s audio has branded radio stations worldwide including – Hot 92.3, Kiss FM, Power 106 in LA – Hot 97, WKTU, WPLJ in New York, RTL in Germany, FM Tokyo in Japan and hundreds more.
Rick Allen has received gold and platinum records from major labels for editing and remixing – and earned Addy Awards, Clio certificates and honors in various state, national and worldwide competitions.
He’s also written articles about recording and audio production for trade magazines, lectured at professional music and recording conferences and even taught audio production and recording at the college level.
In Australia, there is a list of what is traditional, public domain and copyright in Australia.
Common Holiday tunes that people tend to base their ads on that are copyright include:
– Santa Claus is coming to town
– Jingle Bell Rock
– Little Drummer Boy
– All I want for Christmas (is my two front teeth)
– Here comes Santa Claus & more.
To save a breech, don’t use these songs or lyrics from them in your Christmas spots.
Other songs with copyright are A King is Born, Aflie The Christmas Tree, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, All I Want For Christmas Is You, At Christmas Time, Blue Christmas, Carol Of The Bels, Carold Of The Drum, etc.
See complete List of Copyright And Public Domain Christmas Songs (Australia) below.
Production companies like Abe’s Audio can help you with your imaging needs if you’re stuck for ideas: they have a range Christmas music cleared for use.
Abe’s Audio have also announced the addition of new child voice talent “Tye”. Visit Abe’s Audio now for more info http://www.abesaudio.com.au/
Listen to the demo below.
This post refers to a shareable tutorial from our friends at Designing Sound.
I can’t remember a single day that the use of whoosh sound effect is not made.
It’s great for transition, highlight, and punctuation.
If you agree, elements that are most often used tend to burn out fast.
But you can create your own whoosh just by using SFX that are already in your library.
Check out the 100 Whooshes in 2 Minutes here.
All producers have their own favorite library of imaging FX.
Impacts, swooshes, combos.
You know how they sound, but you always want the perfect sounding element.
But here is where the challenge lies, digging through those files of FX takes time and auditioning makes the process even longer.
Softwares like Adobe Audition do have built-in “Auto-Play” on the Import dialog box or auto-“preview” feature that automatically auditions a track upon clicking.
But the audition process is audio-based. And wouldn’t it be great if there is a way to also preview the waveform.
There are sound management soft wares out there you can use alongside your existing DAW, if it doesn’t come with any.
Updated (Nov 16 2012) Gavan Bruderer, Imaging Producer at KKOB FM Utah recommended the Reaper DAW which comes with a new media browser capable of waveform preview and a functionality that lets you drag and drop only the exact waveform section into the session.
Below are some of these programs.
Reaper Media Browser
This month on Production 212 by Dave Foxx on RAPMAG.
“Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!”
When most folks turn on the radio the first time each day, chances are very good that they’re looking for either entertainment or information.
That’s really all radio is good for, but that is quite a lot. In recent years, the ‘suits’ in radio have been running in fear of alternative media.
Satellite radio, MP3 players, the Internet, cell phones and tablets all offer the same music radio does, but with no commercials. “Lions and tigers and bears… Oh my!” Like Dorothy and her friends in the Wizard Of Oz, the bean counters are afraid of something that should not be feared at all.
In fact, alternative media should be embraced and made a part of what we do. You my friends… are the reason why.
WWE13 Voice by Dave Foxx
This week, Dave Foxx released a new video tutorial that touches on ‘creativity’.
According to Dave, creativity can be developed and enhanced.
View the video below. Subscribe to Dave’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/foxxboy
Visit his blog at http://www.davefoxx.com
How To Keep Radio Imaging Fresh, Click Here
By Ryan Drean. Here is a tutorial in Pro Tools on a mac, but the info should translate well on any DAW or OS.
You are the New “Imaging” person which means you are the PD of 4 stations and also have to make sure you get the imaging done and on the air.
You don’t have time to tweak levels between the VO and the Shell audio over and over for EVERY SINGLE THING!
In fact you never really did production before! That is where compression can really be your friend. This video shows you a simple 2-track session for the shell and the voice.
It shows how to make the voice blend in and stand out, but not too much, from the shell thus ready for air.
This session will be saved for future use to do all of your imaging in – you just want to do this work once then save the settings forever.
About 360 Country TM Studios
360 Country, from TM Studios, is an all-encompassing branding service that provides your station with EVERYTHING needed to create a compelling and cohesive Station Image. Visit www.360.TMStudios.com
About Ryan Drean
Dial-Global, Director of Creative – Country · Dallas, TexasTM Studios – Creative Director – Country
If you’re like me, and any other producer out there, I rely so much on the keyboard when I’m on my digital audio workstation.
Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, Vegas or Audition, you know that keyboard shortcuts help make the process faster.
But you know the problem, even if you have been using shortcuts for a while you still miss to hit the right key.
For instance, I assign the letter W as my mixdown shortcut and S as my split audio track shortcut command.
But I occasionally hit my S when I want W and vice versa.
That’s why I went around Amazon to see if there are solutions I can find for this dilemma. Luckily, there are keyboard shortcut stickers that can help you with that.
It’s great because they are icon and color coded, so it helps you visually.
Also a great thing especially when you’re just beginning to use short cuts. Most of these stickers are fade and scratch resistant. Check out these products and let me know of other production dilemmas you encounter, that you wish to find solution for.
|4Keyboard Sony Vegas Keyboard Stickers
|NEW STEINBERG CUBASE / NUENDO KEYBOARD STICKER FOR DESKTOP, LAPTOP AND NOTEBOOK
|NEW ARDOUR DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION KEYBOARD STICKERS
|NEW AUDIO EDITOR GOLD KEYBOARD STICKERS
Creating great sounding tracks all starts before you hit Record for the first downbeat.
Does your DAW rise above latency distractions and deliver the best sound quality possible?
Avid’s Tom Graham, Brian Carter, and Gil Gowing share their tips and insight into tracking and mixing a full rock trio—during the actual recording session—using a host-based Pro Tools|HD Native system and ICON D-Control.
Register and view more pro mixing webinars hosted by Avid. Click here.
Get Your 30-Day Free Pro Tools Trial
Compose, record, edit, and mix with Pro Tools — the award-winning professional’s choice for music and audio post production. And now you can try the entire creative toolset free.
Just fill out the form, choose the software you wish to try (Pro Tools 10 or Pro Tools HD 10*), submit your info, and download your software.
You must have an iLok USB Smart Key and an iLok.com account to authorize your Pro Tools 10 trial, plus meet the minimum system requirements for the software you request:
* Only one trial download allowed per iLok account.
This month on RapMag.com, Dave Foxx talks about the 10 things every radio producer should now about music.
Here’s Dave’s primer on his column Production 212 on RapMag June 2012.
(This is starting to sound like a broken record!) Finally, we wrap up “the list” – Ten Things You Need To Know About Music. We’ve done the first 6 items over the last few columns, leaving seven through ten.
Last time I said these last four should be self-evident, but I realized later that they’re not. In fact, they’re pretty subtle points, which I need to explain. OK… for the last time, here is the list (to save you from digging for past issues):
- Music is made up of parts, which can be disassembled and reassembled.
- Tempo is ALWAYS flexible.
- Rhythm is NEVER flexible.
- Key is relative.
- Musical phrasing is similar to spoken phrasing.
- Placing voice-over over singing is very much like having two people talk at once.
- Ending the music is like putting a period at the end of a sentence.
- Sung vocals need to HELP the message if at all possible.
- Effects need to support the musical phrasing.
- Tracking your voice over to the music can double its effectiveness.
Read the entire article by getting your copy of the RapMag Radio And Production Magazine June 2012.
Click here to subscribe http://rapmag.com/highlights.aspx
Dave Foxx: Automating Plugins on Pro Tools Tutorial
Follow Dave Foxx on DaveFoxx.com
Dave Foxx posted his recent web tutorial, this covering on inverse masking.
In this tut, Dave shows us how to do the infamous inverse masking technique or what others call reverse reverb. In a promo he did showcasing Enrique Iglesias, the Z100 Creative Services Director simplified the procedure.
Here’s his blog:
You probably should not use this too often, but it really sounds cool. It’s a handy little trick to add to your toolbox that will make your production really jump out of the speakers.
I’ve already gotten a few requests for specific topics to cover in these web tutorials: EQ, Compression, Beatmixing and one that struck me as a bit odd, Time Management. (It came couched in an email full of “How do you find the time to do all this stuff,” so I guess it’s not too odd.) I promise you, I will address all of these topics in future tutorials.
In the meantime, here is this week’s video: Inverse Masking
Posted by Dave Foxx on www.davefoxx.com
This month, RAP Mag (Radio and Production Magazine) comes again with more informative articles about radio production.
Highlights for the May edition include a tribute/feature by John Pellegrini for Peter Bergman. While, The Q It Up column tackles on the topic “Employment Vs. Freelancing Full Time”.
Steve Cunningham on Test Drive, focuses on Presonus Studio One Version 2.
Jeffrey Hedquist asks, “Which Are Better Commercial Motivators, Needs or Wants?”
The Monday Morning Memo on the other hand says “Left Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook”
Dave Foxx continues the series Turnstables and a Microphone on Production 212. Here’s a preview.
“I recently got back from the Radio Days conference in Barcelona, Spain where I spoke at length about branding. I used Coca-Cola® as a prime example of branding done right and how music, handled well, is a primary key to their success over the last hundred plus years. In spite of constant hammering by Pepsi-Cola® the Coke brand has always maintained top-dog status in the soda wars. If you analyze what they’re selling, you realize pretty quickly that it’s not a sugary-sweet, brown beverage full of fizz you can clean truck tires with that they’re pushing out to the masses. It’s a lifestyle. It’s the Real Thing. Santa drinks Coke for goodness’ sake! Even polar bears moon over the moon with Coca-Cola. From the earliest days of radio and television, Coca-Cola has always used music to help deliver that lifestyle message.”
Get your copy of the May RAPMag now, go to http://rapmag.com/subscribe.html
Dave Foxx Video Tutorials:
“Each week, I’m hoping to improve overall quality of these web tutorials. I think this is the best looking one so far…but I’ll let you be the judge.
This week’s tutorial is about bussing. Not the kind the courts used to order, the kind you want to use to make your production life easier.
I sincerely hope you find it useful! =)”
Subscribe to Dave Foxx Radio Production Video Tutorials on his website / blog.
This content is an original material created by Dave Foxx on his blog.
About Dave Foxx
Dave has been at Z100/New York for more than 20 years now, his voice a familiar aural landmark in the New York Radio skyline. In that time, he’s seen several owners, quite a few General Managers and three Program Directors. A few dozen on-air personalities and a few thousand hit songs later, Dave still sits in his little dark room, making magic. How does one explain his longevity? Dave is an extremely rare kind of person, one who can conceptualize, write, voice and produce imaging that works.
While subscribing to industry-related publications keep me abreast of what’s up in the industry, Sound Cloud is the latest add to my inspire me list of web apps.
The idea is to follow producers, voice talents and production houses from across the globe, follow their account and
copy get inspired by their work.
Sound Cloud though is a social media platform too, so be ready being stalked by people you don’t know.
Seriously, the app is my favorite thing to look forward to everyday, I get to hear these amazing production and voice works from such wonderful talents from anywhere in the planet.
If you have not started your own Sound Cloud profile, you should. It’s also great as a marketing tool for you. Upload your best stuff and the not so glorious takes.
Like this one from Freak ID. He just shared his out takes for a spot. I love listening to out takes.
Brandy Jingles posted this tipsy on their Facebook Page. It’s about how to take advantage of iGoogle by turning into a personalized dashboard with all the tools you need as an audio producer.
So the idea is to add widgets to your iGoogle page like WeTransfer (for transferring files), sound design tools like virtual piano and BPM calculator, and feeds from industry sources like Radio Today, RadioJinglesPRO.com, and more.
So get tips and tricks about production, visit and like Brandy’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BRANDYjingles
Below is the article.
iGOOGLE OPTIMISED FOR AN AUDIO PRODUCER
The better your workflow, the more room for creativity. Shortcuts, batch processing, blazingly fast file search… all those little tricks can save any audio producer a considerable amount of time. And have you ever thought about iGoogle, Google’s customisable homepage?
If you have a Google account, you can modify your own Google homepage (iGoogle) completely to your liking with so called Gadgets. Those are little internet applications (usually with 1 specific feature) that you can put together on a single overview page. You could compare it with apps on a smartphone. You can even group them by subject and order them in different tabs
(like tabs in a web browser).
Rss-feeds & search tools
The most obvious Gadgets are RSS-feeds (like news headlines) from useful internet sources.
For audio producers there are many interesting feeds available, for instance
- KVR Audio, a site with news about audio software
- NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone for news about the music industry
- Radio Today, info about jingles and radio imaging
Of course there are many more. If you come across other or better options, do let us know!
Here’s a screenshot of the iGoogle homepage of Floris Laga, one of our imaging wizards. On his homepage he’s collected many general web tools like the Gadget-version of Wikipedia search, Youtube, Google Translate…
But it gets really interesting when you start to integrate pieces from another website into that single page. So you are no longer tied to pre-programmed Gadgets, but you can easily create your own.
Online music and audio-tools
Now as you know, there are many tools available on the internet that make life just a little easier. Like an online virtual piano for quickly checking the key of a song. Or tools for determining BPM’s or the frequency of musical notes. iGoogle lets you put all those cool little things together on a single overview page thanks to Gadgets and Web Frame.
Web Frame is a Gadget from Anar Software LLC. It allows you to take a piece from a web page and integrate that into your iGoogle homepage. The technology is based on iframe, an element from the HTML coding language, that allows you to display pieces from a website on another website.
As you can see here Floris has filled an iGoogle tab with online music tools.
5 different tools for audio and music production selected via Web Frame: a tool for determining keys and key changes, frequencies and harmonics, calculating tempos and delay times…
A few Tips
- Web Frame by Anar Software LLC is only one of the several gadgets available that allow you to use the iframe technique, but it seems like this is the only one that really works for now.
- The part of a website you want to ‘frame’ has to be in the left upper corner of the page. Sites with an extensive header or advertising on top are not usable.
- Not all sites can be framed. It doesn’t work with Youtube, Facebook…but luckily there are specific Gadgets for those sites.
If you want to integrate a flash tool (SWF file) from another website into your iGoogle homepage, you can enter the address of the SWF file directly in the settings of your iframe Gadget. In that case you needn’t worry about the header of the original site. Only the Flash element is shared, without any other ballast.
For example here you can see how this works with a Flash tool to determine the hex code of colors. (which is used to specify color in HTML code)
Intrigued by all this? Start to explore and share your experiences. How about optimising iGoogle together? Let’s use the hashtag #igframe in tweets about this subject. We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
Dave Foxx announced his first video tutorial on radio production on his blog DaveFoxx.com
On the video, Dave shows his microphone settings on Pro Tools.
The Creative Serviced Director of Z100 New York hopes to post 1 video each highlighting some of the aspects of radio production.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long, long time, and now I have the tools to do it. With a new piece of software calledScreenflow, I can capture video/audio from my desktop and then edit it into something resembling a good VLOG. (OK, maybe just decent.) While Screenflow isn’t as versatile as Final Cut Pro, it also doesn’t cost a thousand bucks!
So, here is my first of what I hope to be many online tutorials on radio production. I hope you like it and find it helpful.”
Watch the tutorial on Dave Foxx blog here
The video is uploaded to YouTube for user convenience. The material is produced and owned by the author.
There are so many reasons why producers experience burnout? No matter how much you squeeze your brain for audio creativity, nothing just comes out. So how do you deal with it?
First, let’s identify why suddenly you don’t want get in front of your workstation. You have all the tools you want and even bragged to your friends that you got the coolest job in the world.
Burnout may be caused by any or all of the following:
1. Stress – trying to catch deadlines, you’re overworked, and you just had a heated conversation with a client (if you’re a freelancer) or your PD
2. Motivation-less – nobody is patting you on your shoulder; you seemed to be alone (a tendency for most freelancers)
3. Boredom – your brain simply just resists working and you feel like you’re doing the same thing, over and over again, nothing is new.
So what to do?
Get up early tomorrow, get some fresh air, sweat yourself out (exercise, I mean), and have a breakfast without newspaper, or TV or radio. Eat breakfast with your hand, tasting and feeling every bite of your morning meal. Study shows that you feel satisfied when you feel the texture of the food you’re taking in.
If you don’t feel like opening a session on Pro Tools, don’t force yourself. Don’t let deadlines, or screaming bosses or clients be “the” motivation to produce. Reflect; go back to why you ended up in this work. Think about the perks of being a radio producer.
Listening to other producers’ works is a good motivation. Subscription to industry related publications keeps you abreast of what’s up and you get to hear what others are also doing.
This takes away the thought that “you’re stuck” and re-establishes your appreciation of your job.
Call or email someone you have not kept in touch with for a while.
Say “thank you” or “please” to a colleague.
Clean your desk; in fact, make it a habit to keep your workplace tidy after your workday ends so that when you start your day on the following, everything looks fresh and orderly, and you get an impression that there’s no deadline to catch.
We all have routines and schedules, but there are times when we get sick of following them. Do something random today. 😉
If a task too large to accomplish on one day, work on them by chunks, especially if it’s not really urgent.
If you’re bored with the way you’re producing a promo, but your boss says to stick with the usual, just let it be, but still come up with a different version. You may just keep it to yourself or let others to hear it; who knows, your PD might like it.
If you hear bad comments about your work, take it. Revise your piece and always exceed your critic’s expectation.
Review all the good things said about your productions.
Blog! Or be active on social media. Twitter and Facebook are where you’ll find a community of radio producers. Come up with a free account on Sound Cloud and upload all your great stuff in there.
Everyone experiences burnout, but this is not a decease that needs to be cured. It is a symptom of another underlying “disorder” or need like lack of motivation and rest. Just remember, your brain’s creativity and capability has no limit, but your body has.
Join Beau Weaver, Rick Allen, and Kelly Doherty on Facebook Radio Producers Group, Log on to Facebook to Join
How do you deal with production burnout? Post your comment below.
In this video, learn how to use RX 2 for removing and reducing unwanted mouth noises, plosives and other artifacts common in dialog recording. In this example, we reduce the sound of some wet clicking and several plosives.
Download the free RX 2 trial here
Zotope RX™ 2 is the most complete audio repair toolkit on the market, enabling you to remove noise, hiss, buzz and hum, eliminate clicks and crackle, restore clipped audio, visually select and suppress unwanted sounds, resynthesize missing audio and much more. Learn More
RX 2 Advanced extends the standard version of RX 2 with new, specialized tools designed for audio professionals.
RX includes all of the tools you need to repair both common and uncommon problems:
- Denoise, Declip, Spectral Repair, Declick & Decrackle, Remove Hum.
- RX 2 Advanced adds an Adaptive Denoise mode, Deconstruct and Azimuth Alignment.
- Channel and Phase Operations, Spectrum Analyzer, EQ, gain fades and more.
- RX 2 Advanced also features iZotope 64-bit SRC™ for sample rate conversion, MBIT+™ for dithering, and iZotope Radius® for changing time and pitch.