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President's Message for March 2017

Larry Stimson 100x100“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should” – so says Tim Keenan regarding removing “breaths” from your audio recording. Those who attended learned this and a lot more at last month’s SoCal Media Pros meeting titled, “Audio Software Shootout.” Tim added that many people have the urge to “sanitize” their audio recordings and pull out every single breath. The problem with this is that it makes the recording “sound like a robot.”

I never cease to learn something at our SoCal Media Pros Monthly Meeting...

Brian Page, hosted the presentation which featured audio producers Tim Keenan and Joe McNeil. Tim prefers to use Soundtrack Pro and Twisted Wave to edit his recordings whereas Joe prefers Pro Tools and Peak. Each panelist talked about why they like their favorite software and what tools he used to remove unwanted sounds such as sibilance, clicks, pops and background noises. Brian warned us to use these features sparingly because over use could cause undesirable consequences.

Joe pointed out that most all software does a pretty good job of recording audio. Tim added that the best way to make good audio recordings is to get the cleanest possible sound at the source. The panelist then suggested various ways to sound proof recording environments.

Brian Page concluded the meeting by giving us a preview of our next meeting, “Make Your Script Come Alive!” – with Acting and Directing.

This was another great SoCal Media Pros meeting. I think everyone learned a lot about audio recording. I know I did. As a video editor, I learned several ways to improve the audio in my video productions.

Even if you are not deeply into the topic of a particular SoCal meeting, I suggest that you will come away with some useful information!  And of course, you'll have the chance to meet your fellow working professionals and do some networking! That alone can lead to good things! I look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.

Larry Stimson


SoCal Media Pros