The Importance of Sound in Film & Video [Video]

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Never underestimate the power of sound. One of the first days of taking video production class back in college, we learned about the importance of sound. It seemed silly as a naive college student learning the ropes of mass media. Why are we learning about sound in a video production class? Here's probably the most #EPIC example: ... Continue Reading

Amazing Audio Illusion [Video]

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I've always thought that optical illusions were cool, but I had no idea there was such a thing called an 'audio illusion!' Seriously. After watching this video, your mind will be blown... ... Continue Reading

8-Bit Matrix Overdub [Video]

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This video hits on so many levels of nostalgia, I was ready to enter the Konami code straight into YouTube to get myself an extra 30 lives. YouTube user Phillip Raupach uploaded his 2013 Best Sound Design winning video, whereby he's taken an edited scene from the Matrix and overdubbed iconic 8-bit sound effects and music. The result is pure magic: ... Continue Reading

Clean Vinyl Records with Wood Glue? [Video]

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I am such a sucker for vinyl records and I romantically and most pathetically miss my vinyl record collection and 1960's record player that I left behind in the United States (thankfully it's in excellent hands). So I was a little shocked to learn that you can clean your vinyl records with wood glue!?! While I have mixed feelings about less pops and crackles, I did have some records that could have used less even for my taste. Check this out: ... Continue Reading

Can You Hear the Difference Between These Guitars?

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Calling all audiophiles, sound designers and musicians! Can you hear the difference between the following three guitars? Guitar A — Baby Taylor that's less than $300. Guitar B — Martin D-28 from 1938, priced at $100,000. Guitar C — New custom made Martin, priced at about $5,000. Ready? GO: ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Philosophy: Mind the Sound Mix

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My church voted in a new lead pastor two years ago, and we've been transitioning several areas as we work out a new vision for advancing the Kingdom and impacting our community. Part of that has been a shift (partly conscious, partly incidental) in our services that makes me them more appealing to younger people. One of those shifts included a rearrangement of our stage and the introduction of a new sound guy, a professionally trained, twenty-something sound guy. He remixed our sound, boosted ... Continue Reading

7 Steps to Launch a Pastors Podcast

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I received a text from my friend Pastor Vincent Dehm saying, "I told my  church our podcast would be up by next week I need your help." I read the text with some hesitation but I realized that there were no easy guidelines online to create ministry podcasts (so I created one). I did find some good video tutorials on YouTube on how to edit ministry podcasts using the free software, Audacity. I came up with a nifty seven-step process for creating a ministry podcast.  It's not revolutionary by ... Continue Reading

Church Audio Training 101

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I love the church sound booth. That's where all the excitement is. All those buttons and knobs call to the inner 10-year old inside of me. MUST TOUCH THEM ALL! And yet, it can also be a very stressful place. Nothing exactly takes your breath away like an entire congregation turning around to look at you — as if you know exactly why the minister has feedback in his microphone and as if you did the entire thing on purpose. But I digress. Most churches could use some help in the sound booth. ... Continue Reading