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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...
In blind tests, AAC demonstrates better sound quality than MP3, and has the advantage of being an international standard with playback on virtually every modern device. The first MPEG layer-III mp3 encoder, l3enc, was released in July, 1994 – over a quarter century ago. While it seemed advanced by early 90’s standards, better encoding algorithms exist today. More recently engineered codecs account for the psychological limitations of human hearing, and...
One of our favorite tools for vocal postproduction is the Waves Vocal Rider plug-in. We typically don’t recommend third-party plug-ins, but this particular plug-in is a workhorse and performs excellently for spoken and sung vocals. Its simple interface makes it easy to use and fits in with our ethos for creating great audio in the shortest amount of time.  Overview The Waves Vocal Rider plug-in mimics someone moving fader moving...
This is a simple tutorial on how to add the perfect amount of compression for speech, dialogue and spoken vocals in Logic Pro X. It only takes a few clicks to get excellent results, thanks to Logic’s Compressor plug-in that comes standard with the program.  The Logic Pro X Compressor has several emulation algorithms, our favorite of which is the optical compressor (referred to as “Opto” in the software). It’s...
In 2020, the idea of outsourcing audio production might seem like a ludicrous idea for all but those with high production volumes and large budgets. At Finewav, we predict that media production will see major growth in the coming decade as more people and companies from around the world enter the content creation marketplace.  Everyone from eBay sellers to real estate agents will likely make use of audio in the...
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