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It’s #GivingTuesday!Don’t forget to make your amazon purchases…

It’s #GivingTuesday!Don’t forget to make your amazon purchases...

It’s #GivingTuesday!

Don’t forget to make your amazon purchases through out charitable link. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Same Amazon, same prices + knowing that you’re supporting the arts!

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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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A little bit of horror for All Hallows’ Eve from 11th Hour Audio…

A little bit of horror for All Hallows’ Eve from 11th Hour Audio...

A little bit of horror for All Hallows’ Eve from 11th Hour Audio Productions. Get your copy before they vanish!

All donations will be used to offset travel and production costs for next Halloween.

https://auralstage.bandcamp.com/album/vultures-over-low-doves

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Coming Today

Sometime back in September we decided we wanted to produce a quick horror audio drama, just for fun.

Coming Today

We asked some of the fellow audio drama producers living in the Northeast if they wanted to be a part of some #worldaudiodramaday mayhem. The response was a resounding “Hell Yes!”, And 11th Hour Audio Productions was born.

Coming Today

Twenty-three different people, representing eleven different audio drama and podcast production groups converged to celebrate what we love about modern audio drama…

Coming Today

Standing around and looking confused; I mean… telling stories.

Buffalo writer, Justin Mullane, volunteered a script idea he had been kicking around for a while and within a week, had written 30-minutes of strange, horrific fun. With the rough draft in hand Monique Boudreau began editing the script for audio, while Matthew Boudreau and Richard Wentworth began casting.

In a very short time they had almost all of the roles cast and Mr. Wentworth began location scouting, while Aural Stage Studios, Inc. began gathering equipment and props.

Coming Today

On October 23rd we traveled to historic Lowell, Massachusetts to meet up with some outstanding, creative and crazy people to create a little last minute mischief and horror.

Coming Today

On this special day for Audio Drama we would just like to take a moment to thank every person who volunteered their time, energy and enthusiasm for this project! This show was made entirely out of determination, schmeared with love (or was it insanity?) for nothing more than the opportunity to meet and greet some fantastic people in Audio Drama. 

Written by – Justin Mullane

Starring 

Michael McQuilkin as Gary
Seana Carmody as Shelly
Featuring
Rich Wentworth as Dr. Maidenthorp
Steve Schneider as Bill
Bryan Lincoln as Steve
Sarah Golding as Operator
Matthew McLean as Adam
Owen McCuen as Adam
Robert Cudmore as Paramedic
Sibby P Wieland as Television News Reporter
Matthew J Boudreau as Paul and Hank
Pete Lutz as Testimonial
Katey Falvey as Barbara
and
David Jarvis as Television News Reporter
Score by – John Carl Toth
Music by
Matthew and Javert Boudreau
VWT (Lucas Messier)
Ithaca Studios
Dialog Editing by Eli McIlveen  
Sound Design and editing by Matthew J Boudreau
Script Editing and Artwork by Monique Boudreau

Production Crew

Henry Wentworth, Matthew J Boudreau, Fred Greenhalgh’s Rode NT4, Rich Wentworth, Scott Hickey, Bryan Lincoln, Pete – Throat Warbler Mangrove Sweet Butts -Lutz, Audrey Wentworth, Javert Boudreau, Steve Schneider’s Shovel, The Watermelon, Rebekah White, Mr. Body and
Katey Falvey

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artwork provided by  Matt Leong.

artwork provided by 

 Matt Leong.

artwork provided by 

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!