Dynamics Explained: Instrument Context

The application of dynamics may well be the most misunderstood and therefore neglected aspect of a performance, especially here in the Maldives.

This article was inspired by a comment from Faya. Hence, this is the first part of a series of tutorials, in my attempt to explain dynamics in the contexts of:

  • Instrument Context (individual dynamics)
  • Band Context
  • Sound Context

And finally, how the three contexts are inter-related. Continue reading “Dynamics Explained: Instrument Context”

Audacity – Audio Editing Software (FOSS)

Audacity-Screenshot-150x150.pngAudacity is an audio editing software that is free, open-source and runs on Mac OS, Linux & Windows operating systems.  It is a great tool for audio enthusiasts, who wish to get into the basics of audio editing and processing, without spending a dime.

It offers Equalization, compression, fades, tempos, and other basic tools to get you started.  The GUI looks childish, however its performance is not.  Audacity also supports addition plugins and libraries.

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Q: Should I Record in Stereo or Mono?

Lately, this has been a recurring question that I get asked.  So, I thought I’ll blog it to clear up the misconception for audio enthusiasts.

In this case, Stereo and Mono refer to Stereo or Mono Tracks.  Recording a Mono source onto a Stereo Track does not automatically make it “stereo”, nor does it serve any useful purpose.  It will merely add to the file size and unnecessary processor loads.  This will be the same as duplicating a mono track.  Making program material stereo is a part of the Mixing Process in which, a stereo image is created and balanced.  It is easier and a better practice to create a stereo image using mono channels.

To the contrary, if the content is from multiple sources (such as a choir, audience or room reverberation), then recording them with two or more mic sources into respective channels, would be the norm.

Fix for iPhone Syncing to a Mac

Here’s a fix that worked for me for an error that I got, while trying to sync an iPhone 3G to a macbook.

It was syncing 100% when out of the blue one day (on an important and a busy day) I get this error on iTunes saying:

iTunes cannot sync information with the «iPhone Name» because syncing has been disabled on this computer. Do you want to enable syncing?

When I tried to enable sync, the error message was

Syncing cannot be enabled on this computer

Read to find out the fix…