Sunday, 18 December 2011

Audio Editing Hardware

Sound editing applications are powerful tools, but even though you can get away with performing
all of your audio edits using software alone, you might want special hardware to augment
the process.

1, Mixing Boards. If you’re more comfortable with sliders and knobs than with a mouse,
then you might want a mixing board for mixing and balancing your tracks. Although you
might have used a simple mic mixer or four-track mixing board during your shoot, you’ll
probably want a beefier mixing board for your postproduction editing. FireWire-based
mixing boards are the easiest to hook up because they don’t require additional hardware.

2, Microphones. Obviously, if you end up needing to re-record dialogue, or to record sound
effects on location, you’ll need microphones. For voice-overs and other dialogue recording,
your best option will be a good handheld mic. Whether you choose to record directly
into your computer or record into a tape deck, be sure you have the necessary cables
and connectors to hook up your mic.

3,Speakers. It almost goes without saying that all sound editing workstations need a good
pair of speakers. See the section on audio hardware in Chapter 11 for more on speakers
and other audio-related hardware.

4, Audio PCI Cards. Many dedicated sound editing apps can be paired with special PCI
cards designed to process audio in your computer. In addition, they add connectivity
to other audio hardware devices. Check your software manufacturer for details

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