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Why I’m Giving Up on Pro Tools and Audition

Why I’m Giving Up on Pro Tools and Audition

I’ve been using Audition since it was Cool Edit 1.0.  It has always been my go-to software to getting things done.  And coupled with Pro Tools, I had a mighty editing suite indeed.  But last week I stepped up to a personal challenge that changed my workflow permanently.

I had one week to edit a half-hour audio piece for Halloween, Vultures over Low Doves

Why I’m Giving Up on Pro Tools and Audition

I typically design in Pro Tools and use Adobe Audition as my go-too tool for builds and destructive work. However, the dialog editor, Eli McIlveen works predominantly in Reaper, so I decided to give it a go to keep things consistent. To cover clean up and mastering, which I typically do in Audition, I opted to use iZotope RX4 Advanced.

Why I’m Giving Up on Pro Tools and Audition

The first day was slow, but eye opening:  I had before me a suite that made designing feel like designing again, an artistic process, rather than a technical one.  Despite the learning curve, I was still able to flow and work within Reaper, and it required almost none of the special tweaking I have to do to get Audition or Pro Tools running smoothly.

All total, it probably took me about 45 minutes to get my computer setup into a reasonably workable configuration and start designing.  That said, Reaper also incorporates a lot of new functionality that I will definitely be implementing.

Probably my favorite feature is the folders.  Both Pro Tools and Audition have grouping functions, but nothing like this.  Reaper allows me to configure groups of people, settings and grouped builds under a master folder that acts as a bus for all of it’s sub folders.   This is incredible useful, if like me, you tend to build your designs into a space.

Another super easily accessible feature of Reaper is the ability to render audio quickly on the fly.  This takes a lot of power off of the processor, which means I can use all the plugins I need to without burning out all my available processing.

As for RX4, the ambience matching alone makes the software indispensable. After all, with enough room tone, one could conceivably build the world.  More than that, though, is RX4′s Dereverb and EQ matching, which allows you to take otherwise unmatched material and make everything sound clean and usable. It’s no substitute for a clean track, but anyone who’s not listening for it, will hardly know the difference, making it perfect for tracks that are otherwise buried in the mix.

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artwork provided by  Matt Leong.

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 Matt Leong.

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Matt Leong.

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Aural Stage Studios, Inc. is honored to receive a little support…

Aural Stage Studios, Inc. is honored to receive a little support...

Aural Stage Studios, Inc. is honored to receive a little support from a big company.

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“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never…

“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never...

“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never have the confidence to convince.”
Amit Kalantri

Something wonderful happened for us today, it must be the magic of World Audio Drama Day (Oct 30th). 

Actually two wonderful things happened today. The first was a donation to Aural Stage Studios, Inc. to help us produce #Otherworldlies! But the second was even more important. For the first time since we became a 501©(3) nonprofit organization I learned the importance of asking for help.

I realize that I’ve spent quite a bit of time letting people know we are Merchants Insurance Group stepped up and lent their support.

“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never...

To say that everyone here at Aural Stage Studios, Inc. appreciates their donation doesn’t really convey what it represents. It is the first donation we’ve received from the Buffalo Business Community; a sign that we are on the right track.

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World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

October 30th is World Audio Drama Day and this year Buffalo, NY has something to say about it.

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

For five years Aural Stage Studios has been quietly producing and releasing award-winning audio dramas from their Buffalo, NY site. 

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

But this past February we decided to kick it up a notch and by May 2015 Aural Stage Studios, Inc. was formed.

As a 501©(3) nonprofit organization Aural Stage has set out to create a network of local talent to learn, create and distribute audio drama. 

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

Additionally we plan to offer community classes and workshops on:

  • voice acting
  • podcasting
  • improv
  • field recording
  • audio production

We are seeking funding for and developing programs such as: 

  • an audio arts immersion and residency program for local storytellers who are looking for another way to share their visions. 
  • a children’s literacy program that puts voice actors with books in front of Buffalo Public School children. 
  • a program to collect, archive and distribute the personal stories of Buffalo’s people, their experiences and history.

We are currently raising funds for our newest production, Otherworldlies

Otherworldlies is a 12 episode audio series that was written by Buffalo writers, cast Buffalo actors and is being recorded in Buffalo’s GCR Audio Studio. To find out how you can get involved visit: http://auralstage.com/support-us or contact us at info@auralstage.com

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!
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This was a great project to work on!

This was a great project to work on!

This was a great project to work on!

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A Character Graveyard

“I’ve been killing characters my entire career, maybe I’m just a bloody minded bastard, I don’t know, [but] when my characters are in danger, I want you to be afraid to turn the page (and to do that) you need to show right from the beginning that you’re playing for keeps.” 

George R.R. Martin 

A Character Graveyard

I strive to write complex and poignant characters that a reader identifies and bonds with. Characters that could not exist outside of their universe, uncomfortable characters who are too eccentric, dangerous or wonderful to survive. Characters that move on to do terrible, stupid things. Characters that get dirty and drag that part of the reader

into the light; exposed, warts and all. And then I will get to kill them (the character, not the reader). The reader and I will mourn and heal and be secretly relieved to be rid of that disturbing little shit for good. 

And then I will keep striving.

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My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes…

My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes...

My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes in it’s life, but it’s true age reveals itself every time I go down into the basement. This house rests on a foundation made of walls that are 2 feet thick, hand cut and mortared local stone. On top of these ancient glacial stones are beams of rough timber in true 2 x 8 sizes. And yet for such a solid foundation, it plays host to colonies of spiders.

I’m not afraid of spiders. On the contrary I think that they are miraculously complex and graceful creatures that serve a vital purpose. I let them build their webs in my garden, don’t bother them if they’re hanging out in the shed and if I find them inside the house, I peacefully escort them back outside. Except for the spiders in the basement.

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The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet -…

The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet -...

The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet – every time I took a step I tripped over the front of the sheet, pulled the eye holes down to my mouth and stumbled around blind.

What’s your costume “horror” story?