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Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 | 1 comment

Linear Vs. Minimum Phase EQ

There’s a great little article over on The Pro Audio Files exploring the difference between Linear and Minimum Phase EQ’s. I’ve been lucky enough to talk about it with some people far smarter than I am at AES conventions, and the article provides a concise but pointed introduction to the subject.

One of the most popular searches relating to linear-phase EQ on Google is “linear-phase explained,” which still holds very poor results. After the search, I was still grasping at straws. I said “to hell with it,” and held my own experimentation.

I created a new Pro Tools session with an oscillator at 1 kHz and line level running separately through a minimum-phase EQ plug-in and a linear-phase EQ plug-in. I recorded the results and was astounded by the differences when I boosted or cut frequencies at any bandwidth or frequency.

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 | 3 comments

Sound Doodle, New Sound Manipulator by Andrew Spitz

Andrew Spitz, know as  founder of Social Sound Design and blogger at { sound+design }, where he showcases a lot of cool projects, such as his latest creation, called Sound Doodle, a very cool app for experimenting with sounds in many ways.

Sound Doodle is a free desktop application for Mac that takes the act of doodling, and brings it to the world of sound. The interface elements are designed so that you can mold your sound by doodling.

You have very basic editing features to crop, change playback direction and speed, loop, etc.

The routing allows you to draw the order that your sound travels through the effects modules.

To mix, each of your effects is visualized by a node.  As you move your mouse over the nodes, you hear more or less of that effect.

There are four effects, where you change the parameters by drawing. The four are: stereo multitap [tapz], reverb [verbz], granular synthesizer [grainz], and a 5 bank comb filter/resonator [rez].

Here’s a walk-through video of the app:

You can download it for free at { sound+design }

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Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 | 4 comments

Inside the Waves Sound Design Suite [Pt 1] – Frequency and Dynamics Control

Welcome to the first of a series of posts dedicated to explore the whole Sound Design Suite of Waves. Apart of my own review, I’ll also include anecdotes, opinions, tips and tricks from professional sound designers that use these plugins everyday.

Today I’m going to talk about several tools designed for dynamics and frequency control, including the following:

  • L1, L2, L3 and L3-LL
  • C4
  • H-Comp
  • Linear Phase Multiband and Linear Phase EQ
  • Q10

I know there are other special tools included in the suite that also work with dynamics and frequency processing, such as the Renaissance plugins, V-Series, and tools like Trans-X and DeEsser. Those will be discussed in future articles.

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 | 4 comments

Waves Releases Sound Design Suite, Plus New Interviews with Charles Deenen and Scott Martin Gershin

Waves Audio has released the Sound Design Suite, a new bundle packed with 30 plugins oriented to sound design tasks. It was developed in collaboration with Charles Deenen and Scott Martin Gershin.

With over 30 plugins hand-picked especially for sound designers and post production facilities, the Waves
Sound Design Suite is a comprehensive and cost-effective collection of audio plugins that provides all the essentials—without breaking the bank. And to be sure we included the perfect plugins for sound design, Waves worked closely with two of the hardest-working pros in the business: movie maven Scott Martin Gershin (Star Trek, Hellboy 2, Chronicles of Riddick, American Beauty) and game guru Charles Deenen (Need for Speed, Fast & Furious 1and2).

From conventional effects to creative sonic textures, Sound Design Suite covers all your bases. With compression, EQ, pitch shifting, level maximization, and more, you get everything need to mold, modulate, and mangle your sound. If you’ve been looking for an all-in-one, off-the-shelf audio processing solution, Sound Design Suite is it—no more mixing and matching plugins from different bundles.

Whether you work in TV, movies, or games, the Waves Sound Design Suite gives you essential sound-shaping tools, for endless sound design possibilities.

Sound Design Suite is available from Waves at $1380 (Native) and $1920 (TDM).

Waves also added two great interviews:

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