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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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Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film | SXSW 2015 Event Schedule

Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film

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For those of you attending SXSW in Austin:

Several of us have the rare privilege of speaking about audio drama at the SOuth by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX. We’ll be discussing how to tell riveting stories through the medium of sound with film makers and film enthusiasts from all over the world.

We haven’t even left yet, and I have already had the honor of making the acquaintance of Mr. Otavio de Moreas with 11:11, a company from Brazil that houses musicians, audio engineers and sound designers. You should check them out at www.1111ads.com.br. Don’t worry yourself with the non-privacy warning. The site is legit.

So tonight we ride. Monique and I will jump in the car – as we are wont to do – and drive our way to Texas, where we will meet with other talented Audio Dramatists: Fred Greenhalgh, Patience Wieland, Sonia James, Kc Wayland, and a slew of talents whom I have not had the pleasure to meet yet.

This is an incredible opportunity – for Aural Stage Studios (inc!) and for audio drama. I hope to represent us well.

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Sound FX Search tool launched | Designing Sound

Sound FX Search tool launched | Designing Sound:

I can always use more sounds, but I’m not a fan of scouring through the freesounds library of audio recorded with an individuals iphone. Here’s a resource to search through free and paid sound effects libraries to find exactly what you need to get the job done.

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Life Lessons and Audio Education | Designing Sound

Life Lessons and Audio Education | Designing Sound:

Why having an audio education is important, even when they tell you it’s not…

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10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law

10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law:

I find that copyright law is really only grey when people want it to be. Here’s a few things you might not be aware of regarding intellectual property.

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Storytelling: The Key to Everything

Storytelling: The Key to Everything:

If you’re focused too much on format, medium and recognition gimicks, you may be missing the most important element: telling the story. Storyfixer Larry Brook gives his insights on writing.

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Avoid using “thought” verbs | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August

Avoid using “thought” verbs | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August:

As a writer and editor, I see a ton of material, including my own, that can be seriously honed and more eloquently said by removing words and sentences that do nothing to further plot, character, action or theme. Here’s a little advice from Chuck Palahniuk and John August on the subject of thought verbs, which often coincide with abstracts rather than concrete material.

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This Comic Book Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Copyright

This Comic Book Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Copyright:

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Soundworks

Soundworks:

For composers and sound designers, you can’t beat this resource for studying the craft.

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Time And Psychoacoustics | Designing Sound

Time And Psychoacoustics | Designing Sound:

For those into sound, this article on Psychoacoustics and the Haas effect from Designing Sound is a must-read.