Immersive Sound / Object-Based Audio – and Microphones

DPA have a lot of great information about microphones on their website, including details of various configurations in their Mic University. They recently published a post which has a good discussion of multi-channel microphone techniques which can be viewed at: https://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/immersiver-sound-objekt-basiertes-audio-und-mikrofone

Netflix and Dolby Atmos

Avid released Pro Tools 2019.10 the other day which includes the Dolby Audio Bridge which makes it even more capable for producing Dolby Atmos mixes. Along with this release Netflix have updated their recommendation for Dolby Atmos mixes, including that while there are minimum requirements for mixes, Dolby Certification is not required for Home Atmos […]

Proper Hand Placement on a Vocal Mic

It is obvious (to sound engineers at least) what the effect of cupping a handheld microphone does to the polar response of directional microphones in live performances, which is popular in a lot of the metal genres, but DPA have gone and published an article about the effects on frequency response too, including a resonant […]

Phonurgia Nova Awards Nomination

The Phonurgia Nova Awards is an international awards program for the sound arts that is held in France, and my work Beneath the Surface has been listed as a nominee in the Field Recording category. The event and judging will happen later this month, but you can read the list of nominees at: http://phonurgia.fr/2019/09/04/ears-without-borders/

Randy Thom on Being Creative

Randy Thom, one of the greats of sound design, has a blog post about being creative and embracing accidents and mistakes. One of my favourite quotes from it is: A Craftsman knows how to avoid accidents — an Artist knows how to use them Randy Thom Read the full blog post at Randy’s website:

Hydrophone Shoot-out

Last month I attended the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group’s Workshop which was held near Smiths Lake in NSW, Australia. It was a great week of sharing knowledge and experiences. A couple of the sessions that we did focused on hydrophones, and I was fortunate enough to be allowed to borrow a few different hydrophones […]

Oceans of Noise

The Guardian recently produced a fantastic short podcast series discussing the issues of noise in the ocean and the effects of anthropogenic noise on the wildlife in the ocean. The series is presented by Chris Watson and you can listen in at: Episode 1: https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2019/may/03/oceans-of-noise-episode-one-science-weekly-podcastEpisode 2: https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2019/may/03/oceans-of-noise-episode-two-science-weekly-podcastEpisode 3: https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2019/may/03/oceans-of-noise-episode-three-science-weekly-podcast

Some things I have learnt about Hydrophones

I have been making some field recordings using hydrophones (underwater microphones) for a number of years now, mostly for general field recording, but also for Foley for some TV and film projects. I’ve had the opportunity to test out a couple of affordable options over the past couple of years. In no way do I […]

Piezo Preamps and Transformers

I’ve been primarily using Triton Audio’s BigAmp Piezo preamps for piezo-based contact mic and hydrophone recording for years now. I previously used Hosa MIT-129 impedance matching transformers for the job, but I found that the BigAmp Piezos yielded me a better low frequency response thanks to the higher impedance. The Hosa MIT-129 hs a 50 […]

Radio Ad Specs

I’ve written before about loudness specs for television and content for the web, but not so much for radio as such. From what I can tell there are no real hard specifications for loudness of radio ads here in Australia, and some sample ads I have checked out have quite a range of loudness values. […]