Music & Audio
Music & Audio Services, Tools and Education
Welcome to our Music & Audio section, one of our favorite topics. In this section, you will learn about Narrating & Voiceover, Audio Production, Audio Mixing, Audio Mastering, and last but not least Sound FX. We’ve found music learning books to be very useful in learning how to mix & master and highly recommend them.
What is a VoiceOver?
A VoiceOver is a narrating technique used in videos and film to tell stories and/or narrate. The narrator records his/her voice via the microphone and professional recording software and then synchronizes it with the video footage. Whether the narrator is telling a story, or explaining something, the voiceover can be used in many different ways in order to help the viewer understand what it is that they are watching and/or introduce them to an idea or picture that they are viewing in the video/film.
Once you decide to create a video for your business, a voiceover will be required in order to introduce your product(s) and/or services(s) to the viewers. Our team at KOSMOS Digital Solutions can help organize this task for you so that you can focus on doing what you do best and leave this for our team of professionals.
- Voice-Over Voice Actor: The Extended Edition
Interested in pursuing a career in VO? Curious what goes on behind the scenes in a business where people talk funny for money? This updated edition of the award-winning audiobook offers a fun and comprehensive look at what it takes, what goes on, and what it’s like behind the mic from two (still) working pros who started from scratch.In this audiobook you will discover: The ins and outs of auditioning. Vocal warm-ups and exercises. Tips for reading copy to maximum effect. Hints to help you stand out. Advice for setting up your own home studio. Keys to marketing yourself. Demo to agent to job. What to expect when you book the job. A bonus workbook to hone your skills that is included in the audio. Performance capture, podcasting, and more!. Voice-Over Voice Actor: The Extended Edition is narrated by authors Lowenthal and. Platt and features bonus warm-up tracks.
- The Art of Voice Acting: The Craft and Business of Performing for Voiceover
The Art of Voice Acting covers all aspects of the craft and business of performing voiceover. This sixth edition is reorganized and completely updated to include the latest information on how to get started in voiceover, performing techniques, setting up a personal recording space, voiceover demos, the basics of running a voiceover business, working with agents, unions, and much more. Dozens of URL’s are included with additional resources and several chapters include all new scripts written specifically for this edition. Two new chapters include contributions from some of the voiceover world’s top professionals. Additional content can be found on the Voice Acting Academy website at AOVA.VoiceActing.com. This is the perfect tool for aspiring voice performers, radio announcers, and stage and screen actors.
- There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is (Fourth Edition)
A Complete Insider’s Guide to Earning Income and Building a Career in Voice-Overs. Voices are increasingly in demand for commercials, video games, audio books, cartoon characters, announcements, and other spots. This outstanding handbook explains how to launch a career and work in the field of professional voice-overs. Along with sample commercials and script copy, the author gives advice on vocal exercises, self-promotion, and business matters. Chapters cover everything from breaking into the industry, getting an agent, and marketing your talent to exercises in voice aerobics, melody and tempo, and delivering believable narration. Copy basics, layering techniques, and commercial and stylized characters are also discussed. This expanded edition features: New tips on making a demo. Vocal modulation and breath techniques. Advanced copy-reading strategies. In addition to all of this useful information, there is a section on how copywriters see the job of the voice artists for whom they write, giving voice-over actors an inside scoop. If you’ve ever been interested in voice-over acting, you need this book!
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What is Audio Production?
Audio Production is an audio creation process using musical instruments, audio software, plugins, and/or audio samples. It can be any music genre or just narrating. Any form of audio that is created is considered an Audio Production process.
Why Audio Production?
Whether you’re a singer looking for a soundtrack, a video game creator looking for a background soundtrack, or a filmmaker who needs music to fill certain parts of the movie, an audio producer can help with that process. The founding father of KOSMOS Digital Solutions is an audio engineer and audio producer and knows exactly how to deliver the right audio to you. Be sure to reach out to us should you have needs for Audio Production services.
- Modern Recording Techniques (Audio Engineering Society Presents)
Modern Recording Techniques is the bestselling, authoritative guide to sound and music recording. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking for a step-up in the industry, Modern Recording Techniques provides an in-depth read on the art and technologies of music production. It’s a must-have reference for all audio bookshelves. Using its familiar and accessible writing style, this ninth edition has been fully updated, presenting the latest production technologies and includes an in-depth coverage of the DAW, networked audio, MIDI, signal processing and much more. A robust companion website features video tutorials, web-links, an online glossary, flashcards, and a link to the author’s blog. Instructor resources include a test bank and an instructor’s manual. The ninth edition includes: Updated tips, tricks and insights for getting the best out of your studio. An introduction to the Apple iOS in music production. Introductions to new technologies and important retro studio techniques. The latest advancements in DAW systems, signal processing, mixing and mastering.
- Audio Production and Postproduction (Digital Filmmaker)
This introductory, comprehensive text of audio practices is for both production and post-production sound. It emphasizes the importance of recording the sound properly on the set and also explains the post-production audio process as a creative collaboration that enhances the story and is not merely a “fix” for various audio problems. This book guides readers through a series of exercises to better understand the relationships between the gear and practices required for optimal recordings and mixes. Rather than merely explain the concepts of sound wave propagation, the electronics of how sound is recorded, or the acoustics of sound reverberation in spaces, these exercises are designed to demonstrate and reinforce these crucial ideas. This systematic approach from simple recording through sound editing and mixing gives aspiring sound technicians valuable hands/ears-on experience so they can achieve the same professional quality as those working in the industry!
- Modern Radio and Audio Production: Programming and Performance
Integrating cutting-edge technologies with explanations of traditional equipment and practices, MODERN RADIO AND AUDIO PRODUCTION, 10e, offers current, comprehensive coverage of radio production and programming. A clear writing style, excellent descriptions and explanations, and attention to detail make this book easy to read and understand. An all-new chapter on writing walks you step by step through the entire process, while a new chapter on ethics helps you think through possible ethical dilemmas before you encounter them in the workplace. In addition, an all-new chapter on mobile radio explores the next frontier.
- Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Music Production
Practical, concise and approachable, Audio Engineering 101, Second Edition covers everything aspiring audio engineers need to know to make it in the recording industry, from the characteristics of sound to microphones, analog versus digital recording, EQ/compression, mixing, mastering and career skills. Filled with hands-on, step-by-step technique breakdowns and all-new interviews with active professionals, this updated edition includes instruction in using digital consoles, iPads for mixing, audio apps, plug-ins, home studios and audio for podcasts.
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What is Audio Mixing?
Audio mixing is a process that is performed by a Music Producer / Mixing Engineer. It is a process where multiple sounds (such as guitars, basses, drums, synths, etc..) are combined into one or more channels. In this process, a source’s volume level, frequency content, dynamics and panoramic position are manipulated or enhanced. A good Audio Mixing Engineer knows how to make music sound good to the human ear, also known as the human hearing perception – the Munson curve.
Why Audio Mixing?
Whether you are a musician recording your music, or a business professional wanting to achieve great sound to your video and/or film, the Audio Mixing process is crucial for you. Without the Audio Mixing process, your final product will most likely introduce an unpleasant final sound that will irritate the human ear – which is the opposite of what you want to accomplish with any of your musical work and/or videos. The founder of KOSMOS Digital Solutions is an expert audio mixer, and is available to fill your audio mixing needs!
- Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Sound On Sound Presents…)
Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques from the world’s most successful producers.Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio is the best-selling primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. Drawing on the back-room strategies of more than 160 famous names, this entertaining and down-to-earth guide leads you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and “fairy dust” effects. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries and assignments are perfect for school and college use.
▪ Learn the subtle editing, arrangement, and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge, and master the psychological tricks which protect you from all the biggest rookie mistakes.
▪ Find out where you don’t need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.
▪ Pick up tricks and tips from leading-edge engineers working on today’s multi-platinum hits, including Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, Michael Brauer, Dylan “3D” Dresdow, Tom Elmhirst, Serban Ghenea, Jacquire King, the Lord-Alge brothers, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Noah “50” Shebib, Mark “Spike” Stent, DJ Swivel, Phil Tan, Andy Wallace, Young Guru, and many, many more…
Now extensively expanded and updated, including new sections on mix-buss processing, mastering, and the latest advances in plug-in technology.
- The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook 4th Edition
Mixing music—the process of combining and shaping the component parts of a song into a polished, completed recording—was once considered an unteachable art. The first edition of Bobby Owsinski’s The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook destroyed that myth forever, breaking the craft of mixing down into discrete, understandable steps and showing musicians, audio engineers, and producers exactly how to get great results in the studio.The book has since become the go-to text on mixing for recording programs in colleges and universities around the world. Now available in a completely revised fourth edition, The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook remains the best, most up-to-date source for mastering the art and science of creating pro-quality mixes
Topics covered include:
* The six elements of a mix, from achieving balance to creating interest
* The secrets of equalization and “magic frequencies”
* Advanced techniques expected of today’s mixer, like track cleanup, adjusting track timing, pitch correction, sound replacement, and automation tricks
* Easy-to-grasp methods for adding effects, sonic layering, calculating delay, and much more
The book also features 25 interviews with some of the music industry’s most successful and celebrated audio engineers/producers/mixers, who share their expertise, insights, and philosophies about mixing.
Learn the art of mixing from start to finish, and pick up tips and techniques from the pros, with The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Fourth Edition.
- Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices, and Tools
Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices, and Tools, Third Edition is a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of mixing. This book covers the entire mixing process – from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques. Packed full of photos, graphs, diagrams, and audio samples, it teaches the importance of a mixing vision, how to craft and evaluate your mix, and then take it a step further. The book describes the theory, the tools used, and how these are put into practice while creating mixes.The companion website, featuring over 2,000 audio samples as well as Pro Tools/ Multitrack Audio Sessions, is a perfect complement to the third edition.
The new edition includes:
A new ‘Mixing and The Brain’ chapter that provides a cognitive/psychological overview of many aspects related to and affecting mixing engineers (and, to a narrow extent, listeners).
Updated figures and text reflecting recent software updates and trends.
- Mixing and Mastering in the Box: The Guide to Making Great Mixes and Final Masters on Your Computer
Mixing and mastering are the final challenges in creating great recordings. Great mixes require both creativity and a practical understanding of process, while final masters require both a clear sense for purpose and specialized ears for achieving artistic goals. Mixing and Mastering in the Box gives readers the practical tools for accomplishing both of these tasks while highlighting the artistry of the creative process. While much of the information presented in Mixing and Mastering in the Box is applicable to those using analog mixing gear, or a hybrid of digital and analog tools, the book focuses directly on working completely within the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Author Steve Savage lets readers in on such topics as the secrets of collaboration and using EQ, compression, delay, reverb, and brickwall limiting to improve the sound of records, each topic illustrated with a myriad of concrete examples.Mixing and Mastering in the Box is the ultimate reference manual for the home recordist and the perfect basic to intermediate text for any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) training class in mixing or mastering. The book is also ideal for readers who handle their own mixing and mastering or who wish – or are professionally required – to be better informed when collaborating on mixes and masters.
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What is Audio Mastering?
Audio Mastering is a final process for finalizing audio and preparing it for commercial use, such as for radio stations or movie productions. The mastering engineer is responsible for balancing the audio in order to achieve industry-standard loudness levels, as well as testing the audio to ensure that it will sound good on all speaker systems and that there won’t be any clipping.
Why Audio Mastering?
If you’re a music artist or have a video that includes audio and want to achieve the best sound possible, hiring a mastering engineer is a must. Any professional music artist or a film producer will always use a mastering engineer to ensure the utmost quality sound. At KOSMOS Digital Solutions we have some amazing mastering engineers who will bring your sound to the next level!
- Audio Mastering Secrets
The Pros Don’t Want You To Know! (Home Recording Studio, Audio Engineering, Music Production Secrets Series: Book 1). The #1 Best Selling Audio Mastering Book for 2020 and 2019! Audio Mastering Secrets is the first audio mastering books that focuses entirely on how to master audio to radio quality standards, all from the comfort of your home recording studio. No expensive gear required to get amazing results! Note: This is a full 184 page book, not a 40 page mini.
- Mastering Audio, Third Edition: The Art and the Science
Become a master of audio.This bestselling book has shown thousands of mixing and mastering engineers, musicians, A&R producers how to create great sound. It fully integrates technical with artistic and is idea for students and working professional/ Mastering Audio is you complete reference: don’t leave the studio without it!What is mastering? Mastering it the last creative step when producing a record album or single for disc, home music server, iPod, broadcast or internet delivery. Mastering Audio unravels the technical mysteries that challenge audio engineers daily-in an easy to grasp, holistic manner. Learn new and powerful artictic techniques for sterio and surround sound.
To master audio you must become the master of audio
* Written by a well respected engineer who has engineered albums which have won the Grammy * Provides you with information on the latest techniques and processes used in mastering * Covers equipment, training and the business of mastering and answers all the frequently asked questions.
- Audio Mastering – Essential Practices
(Berklee Guide). Improve the sound of your recordings. Mastering is the art of optimizing recorded sound, finding the ideal volume levels and tonal quality, and insuring data integrity necessary to produce a professional-quality duplication and distribution-ready master. This book introduces the techniques and tools of audio mastering, suitable for commercial and home/project studio environments. Technical discussions address gear, studio setup, methodologies, goals, and other considerations for making tracks sound their best, individually and in relationship to other tracks. The accompanying recording has audio examples that support two detailed case studies where readers can follow a mastering engineer’s manipulations step by step.
- Major Label Mastering: Professional Mastering Process
Major Label Mastering: Professional Mastering Process distills 25 years of mastering experience at Capitol Records into practical understandings and reliable systems. Containing unparalleled insights, this book reveals the mastering tricks and techniques used by Evren Göknar at one of the world’s most notable record labels.Beginning with the requisite competencies every Mastering Engineer must develop, Major Label Mastering delves into the particulars of the mastering studio, as well as fundamental mastering tools. Included among these tools is The Five Step Mastering Process, a rigorously tested system that equips the practitioner to successfully and confidently master a project to exacting standards of audio fidelity. Covering all bases, the book discusses both macro and micro considerations: from mindset approach and connecting with clients down to detailed guidelines for processing audio, advanced methods, and audio restoration. Each chapter ends with exercises intended to deepen understanding and skill, or to supplement course study.
Suitable for all levels, this is a unique resource for students, artists, and recording and Mastering Engineers alike. Major Label Mastering is supplemented by digital resources including audio examples and video tutorials.
- The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook 4th Edition
Audio mastering is the final step in the audio production process, polishing the recording’s final mix and prepping it for release and distribution. This fourth edition of Bobby Owsinski’s classic The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook is a thoroughly updated and comprehensive manual on the art and science of creating well-mastered recordings.Today’s musicians and engineers have many high quality and low cost software-based mastering tools available to them, but the challenge is to understand those tools and learn to use them wisely.
Redesigned and updated to reflect both the latest in technology and recent changes in the marketplace, this new edition shows you both the fundamentals, and the advanced aspects of both self-mastering, and prepping your mix for mastering by a pro.
Topics covered include:
Techniques for making a hot-level master
A comprehensive look at mastering for vinyl including the format’s latest technology improvements
Mastering techniques for the best sounding online streams
An overview of the tools required for successful self-mastering
The book also features interviews with a number of legendary mastering engineers discussing their techniques and tips that will help you master your own music with style and technical know-how. Give your music the benefit of the expertise you’ll find with The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, Fourth Edition.
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What is a Sound Effect?
A Sound Effect is a sound other than speech or music created by a music producer to be used in a play, movie, or other broadcast production.
Why Sound FX?
There are many ways sound effects can benefit your business. For example, if you had someone create an animation video for your business, you would probably include some narrating which is great, but now you want to take it a step higher, so how do you do it? You hire a music producer or a pro video editor and request that he or she ads sound effects to your video to bring out that final touch to capture your audience! Imagine if for every action in your video, there was a corresponding sound effect to go along with it, really capturing the audience’s attention! At KOSMOS Digital Solutions, we can assist you with all of your sound effect needs.
- Sound FX: Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects (Audio Engineering Society Presents)
Every session, every gig, every day, recording engineers strive to make the most of their audio signal processing devices. EQ, Compression, Delay, Distortion, Reverb and all those other FX are the well-worn tools of the audio trade. Recording and mixing, live and in the studio, engineers must thoroughly master these devices to stay competitive sonically. Its not enough to just know what each effect is supposed to do. Sound FX explains the basic and advanced signal processing techniques used in professional music production, describing real world techniques used by experienced engineers, and referencing popular music examples released internationally. The reader learns not just how to, but also what if, so they can better achieve what they already hear in the productions they admire and chase what they only hear in their imaginative minds ear. Sound FX will immediately help you make more thorough, more musical use of your sound FX.The accompanying website www.soundfx-companion.com includes audio exaples of FX featured in the book.
A chapter dedicated to each key effect:
Compression & Limiting
Expansion & Gating
More than 100 line drawings and illustrations.
Accompanying website featuring examples of all FX covered in the book.
Discography of FX at the end of each relevant chapter.
From the Sound FX Intro:
The most important music of our time is recorded music. The recording studio is its principle musical instrument. The recording engineers and music producers who create the music we love know how to use signal processing equipment to capture the work of artists, preserving realism or altering things wildly, as appropriate. While the talented, persistent, self-taught engineer can create sound recordings of artistic merit, more productive use of the studio is achieved through study, experience and collaboration. This book defines the technical basis of the most important signal processing effects used in the modern recording studio, highlights the key drivers of sound quality associated with each, shares common production techniques used by recording engineers with significant experience in the field, references many of the touchstone recordings of our time, and equips the reader with the knowledge needed to comfortably use effects devices correctly, and, more importantly, to apply these tools creatively.
* Mixing and Recording, studio and live — for everyone who uses signal processing in audio.
* Defines the technical basis of the most important signal processing effects used in the modern recording studio
* Highlights the key drivers of sound quality associated with each
* Equips the reader with the knowledge needed to comfortably use effects devices correctly, and, more importantly, to apply these tools creatively.
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Music & Audio Services
With more than 20 years’ experience delivering compelling audio services on behalf of our clients, KOSMOS Digital Solutions provides customised solutions to fulfil the audio needs of immersive interactive and linear content creators.
Using a unique mix of artistic and technical skills, together with a global network of cutting-edge audio facilities and experienced talent, we fully support both original and international productions.
We provide professional Audio Production services – Audio Mixing & Mastering, Narrating & Voiceover, Sound Effects, Beats and Instrumentals.
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