Technology

.mp3 Demystified

Most of your voice-acting pros will know about this, but it’s never too late to learn something new, or even brush-up on something “old”. We all use .mp3, but do we really know how this marvel of audio compression works,  It’s mostly credited... read more

The DAW: Triumph of Eye Over Ear?

PBS recently re-aired a special on the White House.  The staff, the history, the Oval Office, and more.  All manner of people who’ve had ANYTHING to do with the residence were interviewed.   You should try to see it.  No other one physical entity speaks of the... read more

Learning the Tools

Guilty.  ‘So guilty of my failure to take the time to read the manual, go to the FAQ, utilize the help files. I’m arrogant enough to expect every device, all software, and most online platforms to be so intuitive that I really don’t have to... read more

Giroptic iO 360°

For two years or more, I’ve been beating the drum about the use of pictures; still pictures, moving pictures, pictures on social media, and pictures in your marketing. It’s easy for us in the business of audio to overlook the important of video…but... read more

Newest Portable Audio Recorder from $ony

They just keep on coming down the pike, and I am intrigued by all of ’em.  How much can they pack into a hand-held digital recorder?Tascam and Zoom seem to dominate this field, but others players like Olympus and Roland have some entries.Now, Sony is back with... read more

How Latent Are You?

The fancy new audio chain I bought isn’t exactly working like I thought it should.  Oh, it makes an incredible recording, but the unit itself dangerously overheats, and playback is fraught with pops and crackles (Rice Krispies!) that are not in the... read more

Smartphone Voice Recorder Without the Phone

You know me.  I’m not one to let a new portable recording gizmo go unnoticed.The new smartphone-looking audio recording device from Philips Electronics is called the Speechair…which of course begs the question of whether it’s a Spee Chair, or a... read more

Mobile Computing Solution That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

Smaller and smaller. Some prognosticators say in the not-too-distant future, you will be a walking computer, with all the necessary components embedded in your body somewhere.The miniaturization of computing devices is part design advances, part cultural competition. ... read more

The Fake Fad

Artificial Intelligence.Gucci knock-offsBlood dopingPirated moviesWeird Al YankovicDopplegangersSteroid athletesIf you can’t get it legitimately, chances are there’s a wanna-be pretender-to-the-throne somewhere, be it legal or not.If an athlete can’t... read more

The World’s Largest Media Owner

Rupert Murdoch?  Nope.Sony?  Huh-uh.Comcast/AOL/TimeWarner? Not even close.Google.I know, I know… Apple has $194 Billion in cash, and is a media darling, but Google (which Steve Jobs hated) is moving ahead of all other also-rans.Google is 136% bigger than #2... read more

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