audio

How can I get better audio in my videos?

Episode 1213

Robert from Pasadena, CA
Beachtek adapter

Robert is an aspiring filmmaker and he uses a DSLR to make his films. He's planning to upgrade to a better platform, but wants to know how he can improve his audio. Leo suggests Beachtek. They make devices that will allow him to run real XLR microphones into his camera's minijack and take advantage of better preamps as well. That's the best place to start.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1213

Scott Wilkinson

The question of the day is: what's more important, video or audio? Scott says that a movie without sound is called a silent movie. But on the other hand, a movie without an image is called radio. So Scott believes they are equally important, like the Yin and Yang of home theater. However, the bad audio can really make the home theater experience terrible, which is why surround sound and home theater really exists.

Will a MacBook Air work well for mobile DJing?

Episode 1188

Michael from Hollywood, CA
Apple MacBook Air

Michael has an older MacBook Pro and he's looking to get a new MacBook Air for DJing. Would it be sufficient? Leo says that MacBook Air with 4GB RAM should work just fine. But doubling up on the RAM certainly wouldn't hurt. Audio isn't that big of a power draw. The 13" MacBook Pro is a great option too, as it's thin, light, and has a gorgeous screen.

How do I fast forward through audio on my computer?

Episode 1139

Charmagne from Costa Mesa, CA
playback bar

Charmagne listens to a recorded radio show and she wants to move past the commercials. Leo says that every player usually has the ability to move forward. Scrubbing is one way, which she can do by grabbing the dot on the playback bar and dragging it forward. She could also go into the settings of the file and mark it as a podcast. That will enable her to bookmark it so she can pick up where she leaves off.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1113

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is back to talk about compression. Leo says that MP3 (or AAC for Mac) powered the music download revolution because it eliminated over 90% of the file size through compression. But now that we're in the broadband era, could we get back the lossless compression like FLAC? Scott says that the dirty secret about hi-res audio is that in many cases, music companies are taking the same CD files and just resamplling them. So you're not really getting a lossless file. Leo says that would be a rip off if it's true.

How can I record better audio for YouTube videos?

Episode 1106

Mark from Moorsville, NC
Beachtek adapter

Mark's son is doing YouTube recordings of his drumming. Leo says that kids using YouTube is all the rage now and a point and shoot camera does spectacular video. But the audio is another story. Leo says that a BeachTek adapter with a minJack out/XLR in will allow him to use a Sure SM57 mic. He'll want to sync the audio as well by making a loud clap at the beginning so he can align the audio and video tracks properly. He'll also want to think about lighting as well.

What speakers should I get to mix my audio?

Episode 1098

JR from Detroit, MI
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic

JR is building a gaming system and he wants to add some great audio. What about the JBL speakers? The one's he's looking at are made in china and he's concerned about the build quality. Scott says that just because they're made in China doesn't mean they're no good. There's good and bad speakers from anywhere. Scott would recommend going with larger 8" woofers to go deeper in the bass. He also needs a digital audio converter.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1087

Scott is going to be attending THE, The Home Entertainment show. It's down in Newport Beach this week, and Scott says there's going to be a huge resurgence of Hi Resolution audio. Leo says an example of this is Neil Young's Pono Player, and even though he bought one, he's not so sure it's going to make the music any better for the average listener.