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Grading BBC Sounds
Simone Grattarola

The BBC has launched its new personalised music, radio and podcast app with a campaign that follows one listener’s journey from meeting Kylie Minogue in a lift to Idris Elba on a bus. 

BBC Sounds offers a single home for the BBC’s thousands of hours of audio content, including live and on-demand shows and special music mixes curated by artists.

BBC Creative, the broadcaster’s in-house creative division, took the brief to agency Riff Raff Films and Megaforce directing duo of Charles Brisgand and Raphaël Rodriguez who in turn brought on board regular collaborators Time Based Arts.

Tags: iss135 | bbc | grading | bbc sounds | davinici | resolve | blackmagic | editing | Simone Grattarola
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Scopes, a creative trilogy
Paul Issacs The purpose of color correction is to fix any problems with exposure and color, ensuring the final image looks right. Color grading is used to set the mood by adjusting the colors of the video imagery to achieve a certain look or feel.
Tags: iss119 | sound devices | video devices | scopes | monitoring | Paul Issacs
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Sound Devices: My Choice For Everything Audio
Darren Brisker Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion and curiosity for sound and sound recording. For the past thirty years, I have had the good fortune of turning that desire into a career as a production sound mixer working on incredible projects, including three of The Twilight Saga films. During my three decades in the industry, I have always prided myself on using the best equipment available, in order to capture the best sound possible. Equipment selection is critical to success, and the game was forever changed when Sound Devices entered the mix.
Tags: iss113 | Sound Devices | Audio | 744T Recorder | SL-6 | 688 | 664 | Comtek BST 216-75 | Sennheiser | Sanken | MixAssist | Darren Brisker
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Monitoring Q & A
KitPlus Some of the industry's best answer some burning Monitoring questions
Tags: iss107 | monitoring | sound engineer | supervisor | head of audio | sky | freelance | industry | questions | q&a | KitPlus
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5 must haves for sound recordists
Paul Zanders Every location has a different set of challenges and you have to deal with whatever sound your environment throws at you as best you can whilst looking after your gear and yourself. Here are 5 non-technical things that make my life on location easier.
Tags: iss101 | sound recordist | dedleg | tips | audio | equipment | must have | Paul Zanders
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CALM - A crucial act to follow
Martin Moore Sudden jumps in sound level between television programmes and commercials first came to the notice of legislators after a loud commercial interrupted a family dinner at the home of US House of Representatives member Anna Eshoo. The technical parameters adopted in the draft were based on an existing recommended practice document issued in November 2009 by the US Advanced Television Systems Committee.
Tags: iss101 | audio | sound level | technical parameter | perceptual loudness | Martin Moore
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Why video codecs matter
Larry Jordan# Video codecs confuse a lot of people. But understanding codecs is critical to just about every element of video production, editing and distribution.
Tags: iss099 | codec | file size | video | image | sound quality | prores | Larry Jordan#
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Walking into manufacturing with a Dedleg
Paul Zanders I've been a freelance recordist since 1999. I've been lucky enough to be busy, working with many crews on some major shows like The Apprentice, Masterchef, X Factor, Top Gear, and many documentaries and corporate videos. I've worked with some great cameramen and some fantastic sound recordists. I enjoy what I do very much but for me and fellow recordists there has always been one big problem in that we have to wear the equipment we use.
Tags: iss098 | dedleg designs | sound recordist | support | production design | product manufacturing | Paul Zanders
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Manipulate and Edit
Will Strauss# News Analysis with Will Strauss
Tags: iss094 | Manipulate | Edit | Sound Devices | Fairlight | Goldcrest Films | Autodesk | Film Light | Decimator | Forbidden | Wohler | Canon | Will Strauss#
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Manipulate and Edit
Will Strauss# News analysis from Will Strauss
Tags: iss093 | post production | Quantel | Forbidden | Editors Keys | Blackmagic | FilmLight | Forscene | music | Audio Network | Broadcast Funiture | MW Video | audio | Calrec | DiGiCo | Junger Audio | audio post | Prismsound | Wire Broadcast | Will Strauss#
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When the going gets tough
Will Strauss# Will Strauss looks at kit for when the going gets tough
Tags: iss088 | Panasonic AP-HPX250 | P2 cards | Panasonic Toughbooks | CES | Toughpad 4k UT-MA6 | Intel Core i7 vPro | NVIDIA Quadro GPU | NAB | DuraPAC | ACME Protable Machines | Intel Core i7-4770k Haswell 3.5GHz Quad-Core | GeForce GTX 760 | G-RAID | RAID 0 | RAID 1 | Sony SSD | Sony HDD | PSZ-SA25 SSD | PSZ-HA50 | PSZ-HA1T HDD | USB 3.0 | Pretrol Digibag PD221 | Petrol DSLR Sling Bag | PD333 | Portabrace | Peli U160 | Peli 1510 | K-Tek Sound Devises 633 | Zaxcom MAXX | Zoom ZH-6 | Transvideo | StarliteHD | £G-SDI HD OLED | Will Strauss#
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Demystifying the black art of digital audio
Alan Wheable At the pure analogue end of the audio world (which these days is very narrow with much of the audio content being captured digitally) it is quite straight forward to check that an audio channel is present, that it sounds right and has the right levels. Likewise if the audio channel has hum or a buzz on it is relatively easy to identify the problem and fix it.
Tags: iss079 | phabrix | dolby | formats | common media distribution | guide | sound | 5.1 | digital plus | Alan Wheable
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Product spotlight: Sonifex Redbox RG-TGHDB
KitPlus The Sonifex Redbox RB-TGHD is an 8 channel audio tone generator that provides line identification for multi-channel audio systems, including BLITS 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound typically used in high definition television broadcasts.
Tags: iss079 | sonifex | redbox | product | spotlight | review | first look | tone generator | 8 channel | surround sound | KitPlus
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Will Strauss captures some decent sound gear
Will Strauss# Capturing decent location sound requires skill, experience and, as Will Strauss discovered when compiling a list of recent audio acquisition innovations, piles of expensive kit.
Tags: iss077 | location sound | review | guide | Shure VP83F LensHopper | DR-60D | Tascam | Zoom H6 Handy Recorder | Zaxcom MAXX | Quickpole QS | Denecke and Timecode Buddy TS4 | Will Strauss#
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How to choose the right broadcast microphone
Ralph Dunlop Traditionally the most popular microphone used in broadcast and film sound recording was the Boom mounted mic. The problem with older boom microphones was getting the mic close enough to the artist without it appearing in shot or casting a shadow over the performer.
Tags: iss077 | boom mic | broadcast microphone | guide | review | how to | choosing | for broadcast | ralph dunlop | sound network | dpa microphones | lavalier | dynamic | Ralph Dunlop
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The intricacies of capturing phase-coherent surround sound
Pieter Schillebeeckx Since its acquisition of SoundField, TSL Professional Products Ltd, a leading manufacturer of surround microphones, audio monitoring, tally and power management solutions for the broadcast industry, routinely field a growing number of questions from the industry regarding the successful capture and final dissemination of 5.1 audio.
Tags: iss077 | tsl | soundfield | 5.1 | surround mix | B-format | multiple microphone placements | SPS200 | capsules | Pieter Schillebeeckx
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Sony UWP series microphone review
Jon Pratchett Its all well and good having a beautifully lit and well framed and focused shot, but if the sound is rubbish then you might as well throw the footage in the bin. Sound is as important as the quality of the video image. This is especially true when interviewing someone or recording a corporate presentation.
Tags: iss077 | jon pratchett | sony UWP | microphones | sound | review | features | pilot tone | talkback | Jon Pratchett
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Capturing awesome audio
[author] If you look at the industry as a whole, the rapid evolution of camera technology is drifting away from audio, despite the importance of compatibility between the two. Meaning its becoming harder to plug straight into camera.
Tags: iss077 | procam | audio | broadcast industry | DWX | sony | radios | made in chelsea | sound recording | [author]
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Issues in surround audio and new technologies to address them
N/A Surround audio and the encoding technologies, such as Dolbys AC-3 used to transmit it, have introduced new issues in maintaining audio quality. At a time when skilled audio personnel are getting scarce and budgets are shrinking new technologies hold the key to delivering top quality audio to viewers.
Tags: iss071 | surround sound | hamlet | dolby ac-3 | itu-1770 | ebu r128 | N/A
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The evolution from audio to PIX
N/A Sound Devices has built a strong reputation throughout the world as a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio field recorders and mixers renowned for rugged reliability, operational flexibility and pristine audio quality. While our users are quite familiar with our folks in sales, marketing and technical support areas, they may not be aware of the experience and talent behind our design, engineering, testing and production teams, who played an enormous part in our expansion into video. This article provides a behind-the-scenes look at how we listened to our clients needs and transformed Sound Devices into an important equipment provider for both field-production audio products and high-performance, portable external video recorders, through the development of PIX.
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How location audio changed with the birth of reality TV
N/A In the twenty-plus years that Ive been a sound mixer/recordist Ive witnessed countless changes in our industry from the introduction of digital multi-track recording to the arrival of 5.1 surround sound. But the biggest, most dramatic paradigm shift Ive seen is much simpler than that and its a social thing.
Tags: iss065 | sound mixer | recordist | hotcam | N/A
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3D audio - a dimension worth adding
Will Strauss# Will Strauss looks at three technical innovations that could one day add even more realism to a TV or film soundscape
Tags: iss065 | doby atmos | Ambisonics | Transaural processing | binaural sound | roland CS-10EM | Will Strauss#
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Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth
N/A More manufacturers these days are sending us kit to try out and for this audio issue of tv-bay we managed to get our hands on the 2nd Edition Portable Vocal Booth Pro 2 which comes complete with floor and desk stands options.
Tags: iss065 | editors keys | sound booth | N/A
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The New ITU-R BS1770-2 Loudness Standard
N/A The authors, experts in audio measurements, explain the BS1770 loudness measurement standard, its recent revisions, and how to verify that a loudness meter conforms to its requirements. (pictured Richard Cabot). For images and figure reference please click to read the original version on the tv-bay digital magazine
Tags: iss054 | itu-r | bs1170 | ebu | calm | loudness | prism sound | dscope | N/A
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tv-bay questions
N/A TV Bay Q&A With Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Mixing Professional Division, HARMAN Professional
Tags: iss053 | harman | workflow | studer | vista 5 m2 | vista 9 | nab | soundcraft vi series | vistonics | N/A
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An Introduction To Microphone Types, Uses, and Techniques
N/A Almost everyone knows what a microphone is, but far fewer people know how they actually work and how to get the best out of the various types available. Pieter Schillebeeckx, Chief Designer at UK microphone manufacturer SoundField, fills in some basics.
Tags: back to basics | iss053 | soundfield | microphone | dynamic microphone | condenser microphone | electret microphone | pickup patterns | supercardioid | hypercardioid | cardioid | N/A
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The #BVEXPO Great Experiment
N/A NAB, IBC and Broadcast Video Expo share one thing - they play to a global audience for TV and film production, post-production and distribution. Its not practical to get along to all the shows so there is an increasing trend to report for that global audience. BV Expo is currently the only show without a dedicated multimedia channel.
Tags: iss051 | bve2011 | social media | #bveexpo | twitter | hashtag | facebook | vericorder | rotolight | youtube | soundcloud | ravensbourne | wifi | N/A
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NFTS, the future of digital visionaries
N/A The Confession, a film from The National Film and Television School (NFTS), has recently been nominated for an Academy Award, in the Live Action Short Film category - the second nomination for an NFTS graduation film in this category in the last five years.
Tags: nfts | iss050 | national film and tv school | digital vision | Cinematography | composing for Film and Television | Digital Post Production | Directing Animation | Directing Documentary | Directing Fiction | editing | Games | Design and Development | Producing | Producing and Directing Television Entertainment | Production Design | Screenwriting ¢ SFX/VFX ¢ Sound Design for Film and Television | N/A
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Safekeeping for the Future
N/A A CIRENCESTER audio archival engineering company has just finished working on a set of African recordings that are more than a century old.
Tags: archive | iss045 | audio archive | Sirensound Digital | BWAV | Pyramix platform | N/A
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Modern Test Techniques for Digital Audio Broadcast Systems
N/A The move to digital systems in broadcast audio means that engineers and systems integrators have had to evolve new means of testing equipment. Simon Woollard, Applications Engineer for audio test and measurement manufacturer Prism Sound, discusses some of the issues faced by todays broadcast engineers.
Tags: audio | iss039 | test equipment | aes | prismsound | multi-tone testing | jitter | bit activity | N/A
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Location Sound Recording And Post-production with Chris Watson
N/A Ask The Experts Sound is often regarded as playing a subordinate role to visuals in film, TV and video production, but the finest directors and producers have insisted on taking as much care over the sonics of a production as the visuals. Of course, on smaller-scale productions, it's still often the case that the soundtrack is whatever you capture while youre busy recording the visuals, plus any incidental music you can afford to put over the top.
Tags: location sound | iss037 | experts | audio | post production | sound devices | sennheiser | microphone | mkh30 | mkh40 | mkh50 | sqn | omnidirectional | rycote | surround sound | N/A
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Junger Audio Helps Broadcasters Get To Grips With 5.1 Upmixing
N/A Television viewers who have invested in home cinema systems will already know how dreadful mono and stereo audio can sound when played through 5.1 surround sound speakers. Instead of being enveloped by carefully mixed 5.1 surround sound, viewers are, instead, subjected to unbalanced audio coming at them from unpredictable directions
Tags: iss036 | upmixing | 5.1 | audio | surround sound | unbalanced | stereo sound | dolby | c800 | level magic | N/A
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Musical matches for your production
N/A The best production you've ever created is in the can. It's time to match your masterpiece with an equally impressive musical soundtrack. But where to start? It's time to dispel the myth that music licensing is complex or expensive and to understand what options are available to you.
Tags: prs | music | iss036 | production | soundtrack | music licensing | commercial music | royalty free | copyright free | production music | prs music | N/A
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Broadcasting Audio in 5.1 Format
N/A One of the positive consequences of digital television transmission is the ability to include fully embedded multi channel audio with suitable metadata to control both channel displacement and even sound levels within the domestic environment.
Tags: audio | 5.1 audio | iss036 | surround sound | N/A
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Pushing Air- the art of acoustic design
N/A Acoustics is usually regarded (or often disregarded) as a black art that is practiced with no discernable science involved, with a great reliance on ears for measurement and blind faith as a method statement. Nothing could be further from the truth in the professional study of sound, with many practitioners furnished with several degrees and a wealth of experience.
Tags: acoustic | iss036 | audio design | audio | sound proofing | insulation | bass | near filed monitors | midfields | 5.1 monitor | sub woofer placement | x curve | N/A
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The Prism Sound Effect
N/A When Prism Sound took over the SADiE brand last year, it embarked on a fact-finding mission to discover why the brand had such a huge and extremely dedicated international user base. This process has been extremely enlightening and has enabled Prism Sound to respond with SADiE 6 - a new product for professional sound editors that is sure to enhance the brands already strong reputation.
Tags: iss036 | prism | sadie | sound | audio | post suite | radio producer | mastering suite | workflow | editing | mixing | N/A
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Surround technologies
N/A Throughout the world, in a wide range of broadcasts, surround sound has become a vital tool for easily and effectively capturing real-life recordings. Playing an equally important role in developing advanced surround sound microphones is Holophone®, with its patented audio recording devices designed specifically to address the challenges audio professionals face in capturing, recording and broadcasting multichannel surround sound.
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Eye to Eye File-based content distribution 2009
N/A The rapidly divergent pattern of broadcast market development resembles the branches of a fast-growing tree. But there is one crucial aspect in which the industry is quite obviously converging: the transition from video and audio to file-based content distribution and delivery.
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Edirol R-09HR records Obama inauguration
N/A When sound recordist Alan ODuffy was contracted to travel to the USA to record interviews and atmospheres for a feature documentary about Barack Obama becoming the 44th President of the USA, one of the first pieces of kit he packed was Edirols R-09HR digital recorder.
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How The SADiE LRX2 Is Making Location Multitrack Recording A Doddle
N/A Nearly twenty years ago I saw one of the first SADiE Digital Audio Workstations, which were just starting to make their mark as the first cost effective computer sound editor. I was so impressed with the concept that I immediately wanted one, even though I had no professional use for it whatsoever
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Audio Technology Spotlight
N/A In the ever changing world of TV technology, formats, standards and delivery, its always been reassuring to think that audio equipment for sound gathering on location hasnt changed too much.
Tags: iss025 | audio | wifi audio link | ricsonix camlynx | sonosax | digital audio recorder | sound devices | N/A
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The future of Audio
N/A The future is NOT: Tape based - standard DEF - analogue-analogue radio mics - Film - chilli kebabs.
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Surround Sound For HD Broadcast
N/A There's a lot of talk about how to produce, edit and broadcast high-definition video, but what about the surround sound that should accompany it? And just what is 'six-channel surround' anyway?
Tags: SoundField | 5.1 | broadcast audio | iss025 | recording techniques | six channel surround sound | michael gerzon | N/A
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