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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...
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 excellent compressor plug-in that comes standard with the program.  The Logic Pro X default compressor has several emulation...
In our last post, we discussed the best practices for using reverb in audio production. This time, we’ll outline how to create auxiliary (“aux”) sends and returns in Apple Logic Pro X. This tool not only works for reverb, but other effects like chorusing, flanging, pitch shifting, and parallel compression. Even though we’ll be using...
Optimizing Sound for Reverb The terms “wet” and “dry” are used in audio to denote a sound with a reverberant (“wet”) sound or a sound relatively free of reverberation (“dry”). The use of effects like reverb are powerful tools for storytelling and conveying a sense of time and place through audio. In literal terms, reverb...
The Advantages of Recording with Proximity One of the most underutilized tools for clean recordings is the simple use of proximity, or bringing the microphone closer to the desired sound source. It’s common to see content online and broadcast television with people addressing microphones at a distance of several feet or more, which is less...
High-pass and low-pass filters are common tools used to remove unwanted sounds from audio recordings. They have a long history in use for audio postproduction due to their simplicity and ease of use. In this post, we’ll discuss what high-pass and low-pass filters are, as well as how and when to use them.  High and...
How Better Audio May Improve Audience Engagement A growing body of research suggests that hearing clearly improves learning, especially for students in a classroom setting. Classroom amplification systems were initially used to help students with hearing impairment, but research shows that it may help all children learn more effectively. A 2009 study by Pamela Millett...
Scaling Up Audio Production At Finewav, we believe that creating content isn’t about having the best content, but about putting out quality content on a consistent basis. Doing so depends on creating a scalable workflow that doesn’t take a lot of time to manage, yet and provides excellent repeatable results. Even better if the equipment...
Preventing Audio Problems: 5 Tips for Eliminating Errors It’s hard to get excited about testing audio equipment, but let’s face it – there’s nothing worse than a catastrophic failure that interrupts a show or recording. Early on, I never cared much for sound checks or testing equipment until I made a few embarrassing catastrophic errors...
Monitoring in Noisy Environments You’ve probably never given a thought about how to monitor in a noisy environment until you’ve recorded something at a concert or on a street, then listened back to the results in utter shock. Working in film and television, I’ve encountered instances where an important interview was smothered in noise, heavily...
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