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Resource Posts With Tag <em>Audio</em>

Resource Posts With Tag Audio

July 26th, 2011

Detailed examples of how to play audio from a web page

How to play sound from a web page - UCL. From a website devoted to speech, hearing & phonetics, this is an excellent rundown of the various ways webmasters can add an audio file to a web page. Great examples and clear code for each of the 10 methods.
December 2nd, 2006

Cycling ‘74: An Amazing Non-Company And Its Amazing Creative Toolsets

Cycling '74: Max/MXP and Jitter and More I've just spent an hour or so reading through the Cycling '74 website... led there by a new $10 software product I had downloaded, which was including the Cycling '74 Pluggo runtime. I wanted to know what Pluggo was... and learned more than I expected to! Cycling '74 is also the source of the free Soundflower extension, which iShowU utilizes to let you record system audio. It turns out that Cycling '74's main products are Max/MSP and Jitter, which together form an environment for visual, interactive programming of audio, visual, and multimedia instruments, music, and art. Yes... their products appear to enable those inclined to tinker with audio and visual arts a broad set of tools to unleash their creative urges. The tools aren't cheap... a bundle of Max/MSP and Jitter costs $850... but if you're a student, you can access the entire range of Cycling '74's amazing utilities for only $59 for 9 full months, and the regular student price is about half that for everyone else. I'm going to encourage my son to give that a try and see if he can figure out how all this works. If he does, $39 of that amount can be credited towards an eventual license purchase.

I've downloaded a range of these tools but a not going to attempt to "review" them. Each can be used freely for 30 days and comes with demos and documentation. Max was originally developed for the Mac, and Cycling '74's entire product line now runs on Mac and Windows. Besides Max/MSP and Jitter, I also downloaded the full Pluggo software as well as Hipno, another set of audio effects plugins.

One of the things that intrigues me most about these products is the company itself. When asked in their FAQ's what their mission statement is, here's what they say:

Our mission is never to have, or need, a mission statement. "The software is the mission statement," is the mission statement we might have, but since we don't have a mission statement, it isn't our mission statement.
Now, that's a company that's going to make great products... you just know it!
November 12th, 2006

All About LAME - History, Recommended Settings, Versions, and More

LAME - Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

LAME logoHere’a a great page from the Hydrogenaudio website wiki that has essential information for users of the LAME encoder, which by all accounts is superior to the one bundled in Apple’s iTunes software. LAME is used by the freeware Max software for Mac OS X, for example, and it’s also available from Blacktree as an AppleScript for use within iTunes. (See also this guide for updating Blacktree’s script to use the latest, best version on LAME, currently 3.97.)

March 27th, 2006

Creating a Compressor Droplet

Final Cut Pro Power Tip: Creating a Compressor Droplet >Tutorial on Making Droplets with Apple's Compressor Software Compressor comes with several of Apple's professional video and audio tools, since they use it to convert video and audio to various lossy formats for publishing on the web, CD's, etc. I didn't realize you could make droplets with Compressor and will look forward to learning how!
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