About This Audiobook
With a laptop and a USB microphone, you can now produce audio of a standard that once would have required expensive professional equipment. To do it well, you need to master software that will turn your computer into a powerful recording studio and editing suite.
One such application is HairerSoft’s Amadeus Pro, a powerful, affordable, accessible multitrack audio production app for OS X.
Excellent free resources exist that can teach you the basic Amadeus Pro commands when working with VoiceOver, the screen reader built into OS X. But “Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro” is the first comprehensive audiobook that takes you from the basics to advanced editing and post-production techniques.
Running at just under four hours, Jonathan Mosen demonstrates through a series of practical exercises how you might use Amadeus Pro for ring tone creation, digitising your vinyl or cassette collection, converting and reprocessing audio, recording interviews, podcasting and broadcasting.
Follow along, and no matter what audio-related task you need to complete, you’ll have mastered the techniques to do it efficiently.
Table of Contents
Here’s what you get when you purchase “Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro”.
- The Website versus the App Store Version. We discuss the places from which you can Purchase Amadeus Pro, and why we recommend you purchase directly from HairerSoft.
- Configuring some Essential Preferences. We’ll begin by opening Amadeus Pro, visiting the preferences, and optimising the app so it works best with VoiceOver.
- The Insertion Point and the Play Head. Amadeus Pro is an interesting mix of word processing and tape recording functions. We explain the difference between the insertion point and the play head, how they work together, and why there are times when this user interface has its advantages over a single-cursor approach.
- Creating a Ring Tone. It’s time to move on from all the preliminaries, and show you how easy sound editing with Amadeus can be. Say goodbye to paying for those pricy ring tones, we show you how to make as many of your own as you need with just a few keystrokes, then import the finished product right into iTunes.
- Setting up your Own Sound. For those new to digital sound recording, we explain the important concepts of sampling rate and bit depth. We then move on to setting defaults for each recording you make, and over-riding those defaults when you need to.
- Making our First Recording. We show you how easy it is to make a recording in Amadeus Pro, and to set markers at points you may need to access quickly later.
- Editing our First Recording. There was once a time when skilled production engineers would be splicing and joining little bits of tape, just to get the results you’ll achieve in this exercise, with a few simple commands. We’ll show you how easy and powerful digital editing can be, completely transforming the meaning of our first recording.
- Applying Effects. Want a bit of reverb or echo? Or are you after something more practical, such as making sure audio is as loud as it can be without distorting? Would you like to even out the audio, so the softs aren’t so soft and the louds aren’t so loud? In this section, we look at effects, including explaining the concepts of normalisation, and dynamic audio compression.
- Saving our First Recording. Amadeus Pro can save in an impressive range of file formats. We discuss a number of common formats, look at the difference between lossy and lossless audio, and offer some advice about which formats you may like to use for common scenarios.
- Adding Meta Data to a File. Long before intelligence agencies were collecting meta data, it was appearing in digital sound files. We discuss the importance of meta data, and show you how easy it is to add it at any time with Amadeus Pro.
- Sound-on-Sound with the “Paste Over” Function. We get down to a bit of old-fashioned over-dubbing in the digital realm. We’ll find a piece of music, make a voice recording, and paste the voice recording over the top of our music. We’ll discuss the limitations and ease-of-use of this technique.
- Our First Multitrack Recording. Did you know that the entire Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was recorded in four tracks? Now, on your computer, you have access to far more power than the Beatles had at Abbey Road. We perform a similar exercise to the one in our “paste Over” section, but this time, we do so in a multitrack environment. We show you how to navigate between tracks easily, label your tracks, and work with them individually and together.
- Inserting Intro and Outro Music for a Podcast. If you’ve recorded the next viral podcast, but want to spice it up with a bit of music at the beginning and end, it’s easy in a multitrack environment. This section shows you one way to do it.
- Working with a Skype Recording in a Multitrack Environment. We take a Skype recording made with Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack, open it in Amadeus Pro, and convert it to multitrack. We then show you how we can create a nicely panned stereo recording, and apply separate effects to the interviewer and interviewee.
- The Batch Processor. Amadeus Pro does far more than just record. It offers one of the most powerful conversion tools around. We show you how you can not only convert from one audio file format to another, but also how to add meta data and effects to a large number of files at once.
- Scheduling a Recording. Amadeus Pro can start itself at any time so it can record something for you. We’ll show you how it’s done, and how to make recurring recordings on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
- Digitising Vinyl and Tapes. Have you been meaning to digitise that old vinyl or cassette collection for ages? Amadeus Pro makes it fun. We talk about how to record vinyl or tapes, reduce noise, and even have Amadeus Pro create a separate audio file for each track automatically.
Available Formats and Pricing
Want to get started with Amadeus Pro right away? Cool! Buy now, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can download your purchase instantly.
“Become an Amadeus Pro Maestro” is available in either DAISY audio or MP3 format for $24.95 USD. . Or why not by both versions at a discount, just $35 USD.
The MP3 version has each of the sections in its own MP3 file. Files are all clearly tagged and numbered in sequential order, making it a snap to import the book into tools like Voice Dream Reader, or for burning onto CD for safekeeping. Indeed, importing the zip file of the MP3 version into Voice Dream Reader is all it takes to have an easily navigable book.
The DAISY audio version is also ideal for playing in Voice Dream Reader, and many hardware and software digital talking book players like the Victor Reader Stream or Plextalk Pocket. DAISY means it’s easy to set bookmarks in the book to come back to things you want to check out again.
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