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My mother bought me my first tape recorder when I was nine. I spent 17 in major market radio, handling the writing, voicing and production of hundreds if not thousands of commercials and promo announcements. I also began producing local bands.In 1986... [more]
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Good quality audio for Video...how?
by Gary Angle 1 week ago
I will be creating in the video essay format and cannot find my way through the maze of recorders and methods to acquire good audio. I use a DSLR, Lumix GH5. I've looked at the Zoom H4N to mount on my
Re: Good quality audio for Video...how?
by Ty Ford 2 days ago
Hi Brandon, Thanks so much for dropping in with some great info and a lovely clip. Do you find that your setup has enough gain to make even dynamic lavs sound good Regards, Ty Ford Cow Audio Forum Lea
Is there a way to seperate the most quiet sounds in a recording??
by Brandon Lanski 2 weeks ago
So I got this lady talking in near a water fountain. Her voice is much louder than the stream but when I go to throw a compressor into the mix, I have trouble getting it to work the way I want. Should
Re: Is there a way to seperate the most quiet sounds in a recording??
by Ty Ford 2 days ago
Brandon, Excellent! I'm glad you're up to the curve. I used it earlier this year to clean up 114 hours of stereo audio from lectures given in the 1970s. The clients were impressed. BTW, the mouth de-c
I need someone to explain this recording
by Adam Greenberg 1 week ago
Can someone with audio software experience please take just a few minutes to review the audio in this short recording from about the 4:30 mark 13799_20190930164951normal.m4a.zip Please tell me what i
Re: I need someone to explain this recording
by Ty Ford 6 days ago
Hello Adam and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum. Sounds like a butt call recording on a cell phone. Regards, Ty Ford Cow Audio Forum Leader Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootcamp Field
File: phone recording
by Adam Greenberg 1 week ago
m4a file Recorded with LG V30 audio recorder https: f1.creativecow.net 13799 phone-recording
Re: phone recording
by Ty Ford 6 days ago
Sounds like a butt call recording on a cell phone. Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootcamp Field Guide Ty Ford Blog: Ty Ford 's Blog
Good wireless headphones for Video Editing
by Josh Williams 9 months ago
looking for some good wireless headphones I can use for my everyday video editing needs. I bought a pair of Sennheiser Urbanite XL wireless headphones recently, they had good reviews (for music and su
Re: Good wireless headphones for Video Editing
by Ty Ford 3 weeks ago
Hello Greg and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum. Audio-Technica now has Blue Tooth versions of their ATH-m series. This would be a good choice: https: www.audio-technica.com m50xbt index.html As far as
What's a good choral mic model in the sub-thousand-dollar range?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Capturing about a dozen people singing together on one mic, generally, in a space about the size of a one-car garage. The budget is under a grand. What makes models would you suggest Do they always ha
Re: What's a good choral mic model in the sub-thousand-dollar range?
by Ty Ford 4 weeks ago
Hello Mark and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum. Bruce and Richard have given you chapter and verse on how to get the best audio. I will only add that I would get them up there singing during rehearsal
Tools to fix highly compressed audio quality
by Xavier Paredes 1 month ago
I have about 150 videos in FCP X that are very old and sound bad. They seem to have been highly compressed (or compressed multiple times). It might be close to impossible to improve the audio but I fi
Re: Tools to fix highly compressed audio quality
by Ty Ford 1 month ago
"And as we all know, the optimum placement for a microphone is hardly ever the optimum placement for a camera. Yet people persist in placing mics on top of cameras, and end up with sound like this." B
Should I take the role? Audio Trainee
by Nicolette Hurnen 2 months ago
I'm currently 1.5 years through a 3 year degree in film production and I have been offered a 6 week position as an Audio Trainee on a feature film. But unfortunately, taking the position would mean th
Re: Should I take the role? Audio Trainee
by Robert Withers 2 months ago
Ty has a great perspective on all of this and I'm only going to add something short and glib because it's late: It's great to be any kind of trainee or intern on a feature if you work closely with som
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Audio panning to match camera angle
by Peter Robertson 2 months ago
Hi I have filmed a chamber music concert. I used 12 cameras. Of those 2 were backstage looking towards the audience with the performers foreground. They were used only to about 10% extent. My client h
Re: Audio panning to match camera angle
by Bruce Watson 2 months ago
This kind of thing has been researched. You can search around and find the peer reviewed papers in journals. What researchers have found is that viewers don't like for the sound stage to move. Some ev
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Zoom amateur
by Aaron Lloyd 3 months ago
Hey Guys, I I am not an audio pro, and I am in the process of hiring one going forward. But my question is I have the H4N, a Sennheiser lav, and a Rode NTG 3. Can I record using both mics to have 2 se
Re: Zoom amateur
by Richard Crowley 3 months ago
It is not clear why you think you need "two separate tracks" What we call "Stereo" is just two separate tracks that happen to be recorded together. If you plug one microphone into the #1 Left input an
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Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Ty Ford 5 months ago
Hi, I have an audio studio in which I ve installed a charcoal muslin back drop and very simple 5-point lighting. Here s an example of what that looks like. Pretty simple. https: www.youtube.com watch
Re: Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Ty Ford 3 months ago
Thanks Mr. Bill, Here's where I'm headed with a mini leko as an extra piece. https: bhpho.to 2XHDEKy Regards, Ty Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootcamp Field Guide Ty Ford Blog: Ty F
Multi-person outdoor recording with one lav mic
by Joe Homs 5 months ago
I run a training company that helps people have better conversations. We need to record both a person who is wearing the microphone as well as a person they are in conversation with for training purpo
Re: Multi-person outdoor recording with one lav mic
by Bruce Watson 5 months ago
Joe Homs "We need to record both a person who is wearing the microphone as well as a person they are in conversation with for training purposes. The other person will just be standing near them witho
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Ty Ford 7 months ago
thank you, Richard. He has exhausted me .... at least temporarily.
News: Steinberg Launches Nuendo 10 Audio Post-Production Workstation
by Cow News Droid 7 months ago
Nuendo 10 combines premium audio quality with a sheer endless number of advanced editing tools, intelligent workflow enhancements and exciting new features (Amburg, Germany--March 21, 2019) Steinberg
Re: News: Steinberg Launches Nuendo 10 Audio Post-Production Workstation
by Ty Ford 7 months ago
Prolly. At the very least, if you don't already have it, you'll have to learn it. This is an audio + video software. I think for PC only. They used to be PC only. I don't see any comment concerning cr
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by Ty Ford 7 months ago
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Test Posting Code Here Forum
by Creative COW 3 years ago
https: forums.creativecow.net cowtestpostforum
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synchs and stems
by mark thompson 8 months ago
Hi, I went to a panel on the Bohemian Rhapsody sound department. They mentioned a few times "synchs" and "stems". What are synchs and stems I looked up stems but I'm still not clear what they are or w
Re: synchs and stems
by Richard Crowley 8 months ago
By "sync" they are probably referring to sound clips that are synchronized to the video film. If the scene is an actual live performance, then the "sync" track will be what was actually recorded while
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How to remove background music from recorded audio news
by Saurabh Sharma 8 months ago
Hi, I am trying to remove music from recorded audio. I used Audacity to remove audio from beginning and at the end. I would like to know how to remove background music. Basically I only want person vo
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Re: How to remove background music from recorded audio news
by Saurabh Sharma 8 months ago
Thanks Bruce for help :-)
Color/Saturation/Contrast
by Ty Ford 9 months ago
OK, saving a preset is easy, but why is accessing a saved preset like going to the proctologist Or, am I missing something Regards, Ty Ford Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootcamp Fie
Re: Color/Saturation/Contrast
by Ty Ford 9 months ago
Thanks, Warren. BIG help. Regards, Ty Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootcamp Field Guide Ty Ford Blog: Ty Ford 's Blog
Green screen question
by Ty Ford 10 months ago
Hi, I have just bought a package from Virtual Set Labs that I like. In some of their backgrounds, a "TV Screen" swings in. If I want to put video on the screen, do I have to program in the changes to
Re: Green screen question
by Mark Suszko 10 months ago
Build it once in Motion (pretty simple, the tracker does all the work) and you can export it into FCPX and save it to re-use any time with new material to fill the screen.
Plural Eyes vs FCP X sync
by Ty Ford 11 months ago
Hi, Does anyone have an opinion as to how better or worse the FCP X ability to sync clips is to Plural Eyes Thanks, Ty Ford Cow Audio Forum Leader Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootc
Re: Plural Eyes vs FCP X sync
by Ty Ford 11 months ago
Hi Mark, Before Singular http: www.sulainebrodsky.com pluraleyes3_case_study Regards, Ty Ford Cow Audio Forum Leader Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootcamp Field Guide Ty Ford Blog:
Question about a field recorder works.
by ryan elder 11 months ago
I have the Fostex FR2-LE recorder, and I read online that when it comes to using the 'mic trim', that you should start with the fader turned half way up, and then turn the trim up as far as it can go
Re: Question about a field recorder works.
by Richard Crowley 11 months ago
Beware of generic advice like "turn the trim half way up, and then from there, turn the gain up to until it reaches -12 db on a normal voice volume." There are too many variations in different combina
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Audio path question
by James Dow 1 year ago
If I wanted to add a Compressor Limiter and a Behringer Feedback Eliminator in between the mixer output and powered speakers, what should the correct signal path be Thanks, James JPD
Re: Audio path question
by Richard Crowley 1 year ago
I would take the output from the mixer and put it through the compressor limiter first, and then through the feedback eliminator and out to the powered speakers. Reason: The feedback-eliminator needs
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Ty Ford liked this 12 months ago
Question to shooters: earbuds etc.
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Hi, Just curious as to what you might be using for headphones when shoulder mount shooting. I normally use Sony MD7506 while on location, but shooters say the earpiece clunks into the side of the came
Re: Question to shooters: earbuds etc.
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Thanks, Nick. My point is that I'm guessing that there ARE buds out there that will do the job. They might be more expensive, but so far, I'm hearing from sound guys about options. I thought it would
News: Zaxcom enables Audition and Re-record to Nomad compact recorder
by Cow News Droid 1 year ago
(Pompton Plains, NJ--October 5, 2018) Zaxcom today announces that software v8.0 for the Nomad mixer recorder is now available for download free of charge from the company s website. Nomad s eighth maj
Re: News: Zaxcom enables Audition and Re-record to Nomad compact recorder
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Hmm, so the uninterrupted audio recorded by the transmitter can be accessed and remixed to the HD with no breaks to make life easier in post. Cool. Regards, Ty Ford Cow Audio Forum Leader Want better
Having trouble using blankets for audio.
by ryan elder 1 year ago
I had to get an emergency location replacement for my next scene shoot, and the new location looks not bad overall for the camera, but the sound has a lot of reverb in it. With sound blankets, I am on
Re: Having trouble using blankets for audio.
by Bruce Watson 1 year ago
ryan elder "And yes I am also the boom operator as well as the director. When I say that the reverb is worse in the wider shots, what I mean is, is that in the wider shots, the boom mic is further aw
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Lavalier sound issues
by Derek Churchyard 1 year ago
I'm having some sound issues that I can't seem to resolve with my setup. Here is what I have: *Comica Audio CVM-WM100 *Polsen ULW-16 *Azden EX-503 Lavalier Microphone. The original mics went bad so I
Re: Lavalier sound issues
by Richard Crowley 1 year ago
My favorite best-bang-for-the-buck is Oscar Sound Tech. They make the two basic types of lav mics, and a nice headset mic. And they will custom terminate the mic of your choice with whatever connector
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where to find special adapter for lav? For mixing Sony & Sennheiser
by Kevin Carlson 1 year ago
Hey guys, I'm looking for a 3.5mm barrel adapter that I can use to use a Sony head with Sennheiser transmitter and vice versa since they are wired on different pins. Then I could just use a run of the
Re: where to find special adapter for lav? For mixing Sony & Sennheiser
by Eric Toline 1 year ago
I make those up all the time. Contact me and we can discuss your requirements. Eric 954-255-7628 "I push the RECORD button and hope for the best "
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Plastic bags as Blimp Wind Protection
by Brian Reynolds 1 year ago
This might be of interest to people in this group. I do a lot of sporting OB's and wind noise is a common problem on Fx mics.... I thought I would try this....The results are amazing. Most days I was
Re: Plastic bags as Blimp Wind Protection
by Eric Toline 1 year ago
While I don't doubt your results for eliminating wind noise as part of the ambience, I wonder how that setup would work on dialog in the same conditions. "I push the RECORD button and hope for the bes
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Star Wars Credit Roll
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Hey Apple, how about a speed controller for this text feature. Thanks, Ty Ford Want better production audio : Ty Ford 's Audio Bootcamp Field Guide Ty Ford Blog: Ty Ford 's Blog
Re: Star Wars Credit Roll
by Jeremy Garchow 1 year ago
There is speed control Hit the "T" generate button in the inspector and change the speed control to automatic and it will adjust the speed to the length of the generator (and text).
little assistance with files and folders
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Hi, I did an update about a year ago to 10.1.4 and was doing a relatively clueless job. I think I have somehow duplicated the projects and events as I seem to have them as folders and as a bundle as w
Re: little assistance with files and folders
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Thanks, Brett, I'm just looking to get rid of clutter. In looking more deeply into the issue so I could explain it better and reading your response, it seems like I'll just have to dig into the mud an
Will a wireless mic I can use in the UK also work in America?
by Noam Osband 1 year ago
I am performing in the UK this summer, and I want a wireless mic. I know there are technical specs I need to meet for what I use (https: www.ofcom.org.uk manage-your-licence radiocommunication-licence
Re: Will a wireless mic I can use in the UK also work in America?
by Noam Osband 1 year ago
Body mic with lav so I can play guitar and walk around on stage...
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Ty Ford 1 year ago
Aw shucks.
Audio Recommendations for Short Documentaries
by Lauren Brinkman 2 years ago
Hi everyone, I am shooting several short documentaries this year and am looking to invest in a few audio pieces for my kit. Currently I own a canon C100 Mark 1 (with two XLR inputs on handle) and have
Re: Audio Recommendations for Short Documentaries
by Bruce Watson 2 years ago
Lauren Brinkman "I'm looking for a professional semi professional kit so that my end products can be submitted to reputable film festivals. Here's the kit I'm considering investing in. - 2x Sennheise
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Wireless + Wired sources becoming desynchronized in Zoom H4N
by Dan Sudkamp 2 years ago
Recently our company picked up a Sennheiser AVX system to up our in-house sound production capabilities (we were previously all-wired). I am by no means an expert when it comes to capturing sound, but
Re: Wireless + Wired sources becoming desynchronized in Zoom H4N
by Bruce Watson 2 years ago
Dan Sudkamp "Previously when we had both mics wired we experienced no issues, but since introducing the AVX system with the included lav I have found that the lav is consistently a fraction of a seco
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Mic stand with boom arm?
by Brian Car 2 years ago
I am working on a series of audio podcast conversations with 2 or 3 cardioid microphones. My locations vary (usually the guest's office, a nearby conference room, or whatever we can find). I am lookin
Re: Mic stand with boom arm?
by Eric Toline 2 years ago
That's a very good choice. The price is right and it will do the job very well. Place a piece of rubber mat under the stand to dampen any table noise. "I push the RECORD button and hope for the best "
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JVC HM 650 through Black Magic Design Ultra Studio Minirecorder to FCPX
by Ty Ford 2 years ago
Hi, I was looking for ways to stream video from my HM 650 camera's HDMI port to FCP X or Adobe Premiere CC. I have streamed successfully before with the mini recorder and a laptop's thunderbolt connec
Re: JVC HM 650 through Black Magic Design Ultra Studio Minirecorder to FCPX
by Ty Ford 2 years ago
Au Contraire Shane, I can see and capture audio and video from a VHS deck plugged into my 1394 enabled mini DV source JVC box quite well in FCP X. My question had to do with my camera, Regards, Ty For
Just the Messinger...Vincent LaForets Blog today - FWIW.
by Bill Davis 2 years ago
http: blog.vincentlaforet.com Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shortest path to FCP X mastery.
Re: Just the Messinger...Vincent LaForets Blog today - FWIW.
by Jeremy Garchow 2 years ago
Tim Wilson "This isn't to denigrate the efforts of Apple's third-party outreach and support efforts. Those people do care. But I think it's important in a debate to make the value-neutral observation
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pooping sound sennheiser ew 100 g3
by Barry Rubin 2 years ago
I was filming an interview a week ago and I kept hearing a popping sound. What do you think caused this and how would I fix it Here is a link to part of the interview. https: www.youtube.com watch v=n
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Re: pooping sound sennheiser ew 100 g3
by Eric Toline 2 years ago
Your lav mic is picking up breath blasts from the speakers mouth and nose because it's placed too high on the shirt. Move the lav down about 4-5" and turn it upside down so that any breath noises are
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Streaming capture in FCP X 10?
by Ty Ford 2 years ago
Hi, I have an old JVC deck with inputs and a 1394 bi-directional I O that allows me to capture VHS tapes that I play through the JVC device. It works on FCP 7. If I get a FW to thunderbolt or USB 3 ad
Re: Streaming capture in FCP X 10?
by Ty Ford 2 years ago
Hey, Thanks all. Here's what happened. Looking closely at the adapters. There's a TB 2 to TB 3 adapter and a FW to TB adapter. BUT, that TB is TB 1 and the people at the local Apple store said it woul
Intensity Shuttle
by Ty Ford 2 years ago
Hi, A friend has just told me that he has success in importing footage into his laptop using the intensity shuttle. He's using premiere on a PC and among other sources us using an old M2 video deck be
Re: Intensity Shuttle
by andy patterson 2 years ago
An ADVC Fire Wire system might work best for capturing VHS tapes. The Intensity Shuttle might need a TBC (time base corrector) if the video quality and VHS deck are not up to par.
Hey!! Where are my kudos and bright ideas clicks????
by Ty Ford 3 years ago
In the old Cow system, I could choose from two icons for each person's post. One was solution and the other was bright idea. When you looked at the thread, these icons appeared next to the entry to in
Ty Ford 3 years ago
Hello Robert, I wanted to reach out off board to answer your question. Thanks for accepting my request.

Other shotguns: I quite like the Schoeps CMIT. Not the Super CMIT. I think that's a bit overblown.

I frequently use a Schoeps CMC641 hyper outside on a boom with wind protection. I like it because it doesn't hear the lows and low miss that get into interference tubes which are more omnidirectional to those frequencies. I've never compared it for reach, but never found it wanting when I used it that way.

I'm still wonder if "reach" wasn't a term created by the marketing departments of mic makers to sell more mics.

Also, the DPA shotguns and hypers are very impressive. Here's a piece I did on them not too long ago.

http://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2015/09/dpa-boom-mics-4017-and-4018-wi...

The Rode NTG-3 and NTG-8 use the RF circuitry that Sennheiser employs on its 416 and 816. The pattern of the NTG-3 is a little wider than the 416. More about it here: http://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2012/04/rode-ntg-3-shotgun-mic-ready-f...

And, here's a piece I did comparing the MKH 816 and NTG-8. http://tyfordaudiovideo.blogspot.com/2013/11/rode-ntg8-big-shot-gun.html

Hope you find them useful.

My regular email address is tyford@tyford.com.

Please feel free to use it.

Regards,

Ty

Robert Withers 3 years ago
Hello, Ty, Thanks so much for your note and apologies again for my gratuitous griefing. You are such a strong and supportive presence on that list. I look forward to reading your posts here and there. [more]
Importing HM650 OK clips into FCP X
by Ty Ford 3 years ago
I have an HM650 that allows me to mark cuts as OK in the camera. How to I find these cuts when preparing to or actually importing them into FCP X Thanks, Ty Ford Want better production audio : Ty Ford
Ty Ford 3 years ago
Thanks for your great help to Gami!
best file formats and compression for webbed
by Ty Ford 3 years ago
Hi, I have a client who makes power point presentations and we have tried to use his slides to make a video in FCP X that will be narrated and run as a webinar. even outputting an ,mp4 at 1280 results
Re: best file formats and compression for webbed
by Ivan Myles 3 years ago
If there isn't much animation or video try increasing key frame distance to 90-120 frames (or longer), increase maximum bit rate, and use multi-pass encoding. If the slides are all static (text and im
The ever-changing Voiceover biz
by Todd Terry 4 years ago
We all know how the internet has changed the landscape of the voiceover world.... and a biz that used to be dominated by a dozen guys now has thousands in the marketplace all out for the same jobs. I
Re: The ever-changing Voiceover biz
by Ty Ford 4 years ago
The rest of the story....... Clear Channel was ground zero for creating the present VO market situation. I used to make a "nice" living doing VO full-time from my studio and traveling to others. When
the ever changing angry reader of Creative Cow
by Bob Zelin 4 years ago
Hi - as we approach NAB 2016, I have found it increasing "amusing" that I seem to offend readers with my replies when I try to explain to them that their old antiquated equipment is obsolete and they
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Re: the ever changing angry reader of Creative Cow
by Ty Ford 4 years ago
Bob you ignorant slut....(SNL reference) There is still some life left in some "legacy" gear. At some point, every piece of gear hits the wall. Try the old "slap and tickle" approach. See how ingeniou
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Does Pluraleyes fix drift?
by Ty Ford 4 years ago
HI, Asking for a friend. Digital clocks can be different in different devices. I have seen and heard audio recorded on two devices walk away from each other in post because of this. Does Pluraleyes ha
Re: Does Pluraleyes fix drift?
by Ty Ford 4 years ago
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