Audio Post-production Craftsman's Toolbox
Start with a superior recording
Every job has an appropriate tool. A skilled craftsman with a well-organized shop and tool-box is always preferable to the guy who only has a hammer and for whom, "...every problem looks like a nail."
Of course, a craftsman can have all the specialty tools in the world but discover that he has been given inferior materials. As they say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” and, “You can drag your man to church, but you can’t make him sing on key.”
The same with producing sound recordings and audio post-production. A talented performance with a quality micropone in a good acoustic space should be as much a given as sound wood free of knot holes and grub bores. It’s a poor recordist who persistently offers that, “they’ll fix it in post.”
Nonetheless, a talented post-production engineer with a strong tool kit can “do magic on demand and miracles by grace.”
Here are some ot the advanced pro tools in my kit
I own and use the following programs and run them on two HP workstation-class computers. Multiple monitors allow me to spread things out and avoid a lot of window swapping.
For tricky sound repair and enhancement, nothing beats iZotope RX 7 Audio Editor Advanced. This is the "Swiss Army Knife" of sound repair. iZotope maintains a crew of signal transformation theorists and computer algorithm scientists. There truly be magic here.
Removal tools can work on a selection (including the entire file) to: De-clip, De-click, De-hum, De-noise, De-plosive and De-reverb. Some modules simply apply standard transformations. Others allow you to select areas to use as the model of the desired target.
Transformation tools can use trained neural networks to intelligently "Deconstruct" noise from signal, apply a uniform ambiance or equalization match, produce a leveling control line, change timing and/or pitch, or apply broadcast industry loudness standards.
Spectral repair is primarily used for hand-editing and has its own sub-tools for selecting time/frequency areas and changing that selection. Think about surgically removing a ringing phone or passing truck. An "Instant Process" mode increases productivity by automatically performing an operation immediately upon selection.
My go-to DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is Presonus Studio One 4 Pro with FaderPort 8 and ATOM Production Controllers. [I used to maintain a subscription to Avid Pro-Tools but, well, I have my reasons.]
A DAW is an editing, mixing, and mastering platform for combining tracks and applying filters, processors and other software functions along with generous collections of electronic instruments, samples and loops.
Additional DAW plugins include:
Celemony Melodyne Editor 4 Studio Edition, a multi-timbral analyzer/editor that gives a graphical display, and editing platform for notes and syllables, even when they may occur simultaneously. I can correct or change the timing and tone of a singing or played performance and even convert the events into MIDI notes.
SynchroArts’ Revoice Pro 4 for Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR), track synchronization, and adjustment.
NOTE: I am now offering hybrid voice substitution services. This combines the clarity and precision of modern AI synthesized voices with the trained expressiveness of human voice actors. Substitute a speaker of the opposite sex or a different age. Apply your talent’s emphesis to generated speech in a hard-to-find accent.
iZotope Nectar 3 processor train including Breath Control and Pitch Editor
iZotope Iris 2, VocalSynth 2, Stutter Edit, BreakTweaker, Mobius Filter, and DDLY for generating highly-complex, modified or dynamically-developing sounds.
Zynaptiq Unveil, Unfilter, Unchirp, PitchMap, Morph 2, AdaptiVerb modules
The Antares AVOX4 suite of 11 voice processors including, Throat, Punch, and Harmony Engine.
A large suite of additional functional plugins.
Many additional electronic instruments and sample collections.
I also have available:
Pinnacle Studio 22 Ultimate, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum, and Reallusion character creation and animation programs.
I don't bill myself as a video editor, but I can get around in a video file. Mostly, I use Pinnacle for my own YouTube projects and to extract and replace audio tracks in videos.
Green screen wall with room for 2-person interviews, 3 monitors for prompter text and 3-camera video capture.
Band in a Box Ultimate 2019
Do you need royalty-free instrumental songs or intros/outros in your choice of styles? Do you need a background accompaniment for your solo?
Sony Acid Pro 7
Sony Sound Forge Studio 10
Audacity, because, why not?
Alesis QS8 88-key MIDI keyboard controller