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SonarWorks Reference 4 - free or reduced price upgrades

SOS and MusicTech awarded Sonarworks has just released their new fourth generation acoustic calibration software: Reference 4!

With this new version of calibration software you can get studio sound on your current speakers or headphones.

 

New features in Reference 4:

  • Zero latency DAW plug-in which many musicians have been dying for
  • Expanded average headphone profile library which covers now 101 models

Full list of new and updated headphones here

Check if you have the opportunity for free upgrade here

Future roadmap here

 

Differences between Sonarworks products:

Reference 4 Headphone edition Reference 4 Studio Edition
  Speaker measurement software
 DAW plugin (AU, VST, RTAS, AAX)  DAW plugin - reference sound combined with zero latency
Systemwide - apply calibration to all outgoing audio Systemwide - apply calibration to all outgoing audio


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Waves audio plugins - Get 10% EXTRA discount coupon

You only need to do is click this link please, and use the code CK901

That's it, now you get 10% discount at check out.

 

Happy working!

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Train Your Ears 2.0 - Get 20% extra discount

TrainYourEars 2.0

Train Your Ears 2.0 is a highly recommended tool for all audio engineers to improve their hearing.

The software is very easy to use and fun as well.

Get extra 20% discount!

We would like to introduce you TrainYourEars 2.0, a professional audio software for all audio engineers, recording engineers, producers, mastering engineers with the recommendation of Bob Katz audio mastering icon.

We at audio-cleaning-online.com use this handy software to get our hearing system in form, to warm up our ears before work and improve the understanding of equalization and the frequency spectrum.

What it does?

 

 The software adds different random equalizers to your music stored on your computer,

and you can guess which frequency changed by setting the frequency on a modeled EQ.

At the end of a quiz you can compare the right answer to yours, so that speeding up the

learning method.

 

Features:

 

- Noise player: you can learn different noise types (pink, white)

- Music player: drag and drop your favorite songs to play with

- Live player: connect external audio sources to the software through the sound card

- Training Guess mode: you have to guess the frequency of the EQ applied

- Training Correct mode: you have to find the exact opposite of the EQ applied

- Exercise packages: different exercises has been made qualified sound professionals

- You can set your own exercise, the software is very flexible

 

You can find the complete documentation here.

 

Where can you buy:

They just decided to reduce the price by 45% and you can get an EXTRA 20% discount that you can apply here at the very bottom of the page, BUT for the coupon code please write us an email first.

 

Happy learning!

 

Train Your Ears

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The Ether Review podcast - Edited, mixed, mastered by us

It's been honorific to help Arthur Falls again with the audio editing, mixing and podcast mastering of a few episodes of his The Ether Review podcasts.


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State Change podcast - Edited, mixed, mastered by us

We were more than happy to help the ConsenSys Media Team with the audio editing, mixing and podcast mastering of a few of their State Change podcasts.


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New service: Audio editing

We are proudly announce our new audio editing service.


From now we provide audio editing services, so if you are looking for professional audio editors, who able to enhance your audio, and/or able to eliminate problems of your audio voice recording, now you have found it.

We are here to help you.

We can help you with the following:

  • editing out mistakes, unwanted parts of your voice over or any voice recordings
  • removing noises (we deal with audio restoration as well)
  • enhance the quality of your podcast, audiobook, or any audio materials by using EQ's, compressors, etc.
  • adding music or intros/outros other parts to your radio shows
  • if you provide script, we can arrange your any audios such as webinars, presentations, e-learning multimedia
  • we can edit your audiobook to meet the highest ACX standards (Audible.com)
  • we can handle many more audio related problems, please contact us bravely
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We accept Bitcoin for our audio services

We are proud to announce that you can pay with Bitcoin for our audio related services, such as:

 

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Pono player beats the iPod (and MP3)

The new Pono player
The new Pono player

Giant things are happening in the world,

one of them is it seems like bad audio quality is undesirable finally.

 

Let us introduce you the PONO PLAYER high-resolution portable digital music player.

As an audio engineer I highly welcome this new audio pocket player.

 

The PONO Player able to play high-definition audio up to 192 kHz/24bit resolution, so now you can digitize your favourite vinyls and listen to them on public transport, or in your car.

 

I hope finally it can beat the iPod and MP3, so I don't have to fight against them anymore.

 

The Pono Player plays MP3 too, but trust me, you don't want to listen to MP3's anymore :)

 

Pono player music quality spectrum
Pono player music quality spectrum

I can't describe you how happy I am, and how I hate these compressed file formats.

Only little minus that I dont think this little player is ergonomic due to its triangular design.

It would not be comfortable when you sit down with a PONO Player in your hip-pocket.

 

Good news for professionals that they can use the 2 3.5mm jack outputs in balanced mode, so only thing they need is two small stereo jack-XLR adapter or cable.

Technical specifications:

 

Music formats

FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, AAC, MP3
Music resolution
 Lossless playback at up to 192kHz / 24bit
Storage 128GB total - 64GB flash memory plus SanDisk 64GB microSD card included
Expansion slot Supports microSD cards of up to 64GB
Digital-to-Analog convertor

ESS ES9018M DAC

 

 

Battery

Large 2900mAH Li-Ion rechargable for up to 8 hours of playback time

Charger

AC universal adapter (100-240 VAC)

USB cable

USB-to-MicroUSB cable

Screen

2.5 inch color touchscreen

Audio output

Two 3.5mm (1/8 inch) jacks, supports four listening modes

Weight

130 grams (4.6 ounces

Dimensions

13x5x2.5 cm (5x2x1 inches)

 


Anyway, the two 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) audio output jacks offer you four modes of operation:

 

1) personal listening mode via headphones or earbuds,
2) home stereo or in-car listening mode with fixed volume output,
3) PonoShare mode with two pairs of headphones/earbuds,
4) balanced mode provides ultra-performance for advanced users, separating left and right channel outputs across the two jacks. Great for use with high-impedance headphones, high-end home stereo systems, or professional equipment using balanced XLR input connectors.

Audio files can be loaded onto the Pono Player using the Pono Music Center desktop application (soon to be released on Windows and MacOS). The PonoPlayer can also be sideloaded as a USB storage device (Windows, MacOS, Linux).

 

Hurry up to pre-order! (ammm, yeah it's pricey)

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Beyond Bitcoin podcast - Mixed and mastered by us

There you are the latest episode of Beyond Bitcoin podcast. Arthur Falls is a very kind person who really a pleasure to work with.

Please enjoy his show as we did while it was under process.

Arthur Falls

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17 tips to get quality sounding podcast

Let's see 17 tips and tricks before you start to record your podcast. Please take my advice, everything on this list is very important to get a good sound quality podcast at last, that is ready for podcast mastering. Please, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

 

  1. If it's possible record everything by using professional microphones (avoid cheap and built-in mics)
  2. Use popfilters on mics
  3. Stay away from walls and corners (if you have acoustic  treatments, you can sit closer to them).
  4. Turn down the volume of your speakers to zero(!) while recording, and use headphones (including your guests)
  5. Forget MP3(!), if you have space on your hard drive, record in .wav (on Windows) or .aiff (if you are on Mac)
  6. Set the sample rate to 44kHz/16bit or if your soundcard is good enough, choose the 44kHz/24bit depth option, minimum
  7. If you don't have space on your hard drive, choose the FLAC format to compress your audio files or use the mono recording option (the human voice is a mono source anyway)
  8. If you already have a lot of MP3's, after the cutting/ trimming/ mixing processes don't save them back to MP3 again (avoid double compress), use lossless file formats (as I marked above: .wav, .aiff, .flac)

  9. Use quality microphone cables, such as Mogami's Quad cable or Mogami neglex 2549. If you have USB mike, nothing to do, use the USB cable bravely
  10. Take away the power supplies from the audio cables
  11. Keep your microphones away from your monitor display
  12. Don't use external hard drives to record to it directly (only if it has USB3 connection) it may causes glitches on your records
  13. Record the mics to separate channels in your recording software, it will help in mixing it separately

  14. Turn off the built-in sounds of softwares such as Skype (etc.) during the recording
  15. Turn off the system sounds of Windows (or OS X's)
  16. Turn off the screensavers
  17. Take out or switch off your mobile phones

Happy podcasting!

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Audio cable A/B test

If you spend money on quality audio equipments, like amps, speakers, headphones,

why would you cut corners on interconnect cables? Here's a test/ review of two audio cables, a common audio cable and the Mogami neglex 2549. Mogami is much used in audio studios, so it might be good for us as well to listen to music.

 

No, I am not sponsored by Mogami.

 

Usually in tests like this, a professional tells you the 'truth', and you believe him, because he is a professional. But now you can see and hear the difference, so you can believe your own eyes and ears.

 

Noise

As you can see on the pictures below, the Mogami cable is more senseless to low frequency hum than the common one. The hum itself and its harmonics, in this case 150Hz and 250Hz, are due to the frequency of electrical networks, which is 50Hz in Europe.


Common cable noise profile

Common cable noise profile on phono usage


Mogami neglex 2549 noise profile

Mogami neglex 2549 noise profile on phono usage



Sound quality

OK now, let's see closely how these cables sound. The vinyl was the Daft Punk - Random access memories album, because it's a masterpiece of sound engineering.

Sorry I can't upload the whole files, only samples because of the copyrights.

 

The original sample rate was 192kHz/32 bit, but I couldn't upload to sound sharing sites,

than resampled to 44,1kHz/16bit (normal CD quality).


Common cable sounds

Mogami neglex 2549 sounds


 

So here is the evidence, the Mogami sounds more detailed, precise, clean (try to concentrate to reverbs and snares), bright and its frequency response is as flatten as an ironed shirt, maybe it's worth the (not so much) money.

 

Don't worry if you didn't hear the difference, maybe your ears are tired now, or it will be come later in your life,

or you are in need of really good headphones or speakers.

 

 

 

Update: thanks to the Soundcloud audio compression... maybe I will change player widget...

 

Update no.2.: I've changed the audio player to Hearthis.at's, that is more flexible and cheaper than soundcloud. It can play .wav, .aiff, etc. You should try.

 

Used connections:

Neutrik gold plated RCA and Jack 6.3mm

 

Audio cleaning online

 

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Artworks from audio cassettes - Benoit Jammes

Just found our new favourite artist Benoit Jammes, you can see his works in the flickr widget below or/and like his page on Facebook. Have fun!

 

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