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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:49

Regardless of the OS, built in cards just won't cut it for recording.

There are several USB interface makers, they all praise their low noise hardware, so you'd have to hear yourself to judge, but even the crappiest one should fare a lot better than a built in card. Budget permitting, getting something that works at least at 96kHz/24bit should be worth the extra bucks, higher quality pays back when you do a lot of post processing.

What you can try right now is some noise removal by software. Audacity can do noise removal, but since you're mentioning Linux you can try Gnome Wave Cleaner; I've been provided very noisy vocals lately, and GWC did a good job on them.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 07:06

Big disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.

In short, "royalty-free" is usually a big green light for any creative use of the content marked as such; they mention commercial to mean *even* commercial usage won't require further payments from you.

What they point out is that whatever you do must not be a ripoff of the loop library, allowing others to access/extract the single loops.

A similar thread on Freesound about Logic Pro loops made me think of a new hypotetical CC license, Derivatives Only: the loop is mine, what you do with it (ripoffs excluded) is yours :D

On a side note, the linked explanation by Apple's support here is clearer and more human readable than the legalese regarding Logic Pro :)


Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 08:17

EDIT: late and no more needed reply O:-)

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 09:14

In Vega Strike a similar, all-Audacity approach was used to get that effect. It was initially meant as the translator voice for incoming alien communications, but it sounded good for general radio and we used it for almost all the factions.

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  • edit out unwanted noises like lip smacking, breathing, etc

  • apply noise removal and click removal effects
  • apply a low pass filter for 15K Hz, other values default
  • apply a high pass filter for 1000 Hz, others default
  • apply the leveller (heaviest setting)
  • if desired, adjust pitch
  • if desired, repeat the click removal, filters, and leveller again
  • make other edits as required
  • amplify to full volume

The suggested addition of static can of course be applied here too like the icing on the cake :)


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 21:15

Good idea, thanks for the suggestion! I've added the zipped LMMS project :)

I didn't include the soundfont but that one is freely available on the net, and it's also GM/GS compliant.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 20:54

OMG It's very similar indeed! I swear I had never heard that one :)

I made this jingle in LMMS, and all the sounds but one are from a soundfont, ChoriumRevA, the exception being a built-in Supernova organ-like sound.

Thanks for appreciating it :)