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Vocal Recording Basics Part 3: Frequency Response and Microphones  In Vocal Recording Basics Part 2, I mentioned the use of specific techniques to make the most of audio recording a home or project studio. Those techniques go the furthest in creating a clean sounding recording, and using the right tools takes things just a step further. Few distinguishing characteristics of microphones matter aside from its frequency response. Frequency response describes...
Apple’s 3.5mm Lightning Audio Adapter costs only $8, and combined with a headphone/microphone splitter, creates an inexpensive way to record audio from an external source onto an Apple device. This comes in handy for mobile recording, and can be used to capture audio from a microphone, mixer, or a portable recorder, and can even be used to capture audio for video alongside the iPhone/iPad’s built-in camera.  Because these cables are...
In a recent post about saving disk space with lossless compressed audio, we discussed how Apple Lossless (ALAC) and Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) reduce file sizes by up to 60%, compared to AIFF and WAV. These formats offer major advantages for of data storage and file sharing without sacrificing audio quality. It should go without saying that FLAC and Apple Lossless are both lossless, and therefore possess identical audio...
Here’s a short post on how to create lossless audio recordings in iOS using the Voice Memos app. Changing one option in the settings menu allows for recording using the Apple Lossless (ALAC) codec that can capture audio data into a lossless format. This comes in handy for audio to accompany video, or for audio that requires heavy processing in postproduction. Best of all, the Voice Memos’ easy to use...
Waveform Audio File Format (WAV) and Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) are the two most common codecs for storing linear pulse-code modulation (LPCM) data. They are the standards for use in professional audio and video, and encode audio signals as lossless uncompressed data. Increases in processing power have allowed for audio playback from lossless compressed audio codecs that contain all of the original data in considerably less space. Apple Lossless (ALAC)...
More people and businesses are experimenting with audio recordings for communication instead of phone calls and email. Email and messaging services like WhatsApp and iMessage allow users to send large attachments to clients, coworkers, and friends. File sizes can swell for audio recordings over thirty minutes, making it a challenge to send and receive audio messages easily. In this post, we’ll specifically address how to optimize audio files intended for...
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