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. […]

Ambisonics In Pro Tools Videos

A while back the Pro Tools Expert website posted up an article about setting up for mixing ambisonics for 360 video in Pro Tools which included four short tutorial videos. It is useful to help people get started with this sort of thing. Check out the article and videos at: https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2018/8/16/want-to-learn-how-to-get-started-ambisonics-in-pro-tools-ultimate-we-have-4-avid-tutorials-to-help-you-with-vr-immersive-mixing

Mixing TV to Loudness Specs Video

At NAB 2019 TV Re-recording Mixer Scott Weber delivered a session about his experiences mixing TV shows to loudness specifications for different networks. He has some interesting experience and discusses adjusting acts or sections to meet specs, and ultimately, that it is best to mix as close to the spec as possible to avoid downstream […]

Dangers of Noise Pollution

The New Yorker has put together a neat short video discussing some of the health issues for humans and animals from noise pollution. You can check out the video at the link below: Watch this video on The Scene.

Gain Structure for Sennheiser EW100 kit

I primarily use the Sennheiser EW100 G3 gear for my lavs and wireless links for shoots. As I sometimes switch between equipment or loan/hire gear to others I thought I might just note a few of my default starting points for gain structure. SK 100 Transmitter Sensitivity when using DPA 4060 or Sennheiser ME2 (both […]

Free Ambisonics Book

Years ago (way back in 2013) I wrote a blog post which compiled some links to ambisonics resources on the web (http://versed.com.au/some-ambisonic-resources), but there has been a huge increase in interest in ambisonics in the world due to the various applications of it for Virtual Reality and 360 video etc. There is now a free […]

Classic Music and Dynamic Range

In a New York Times article entitled “They Really Don’t Make Music Like They Used To”, the author Greg Milner discusses the dynamics of classic contemporary (not classical) music compared to current contemporary music. No real surprise that a lot of the most popular music around is from decades ago, and that that music has […]