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6 Useful Tips to Be A Better Audio Engineer

6 Useful Tips to Be A Better Audio Engineer

With the pace of technology, you are too moving ahead with the help of the Internet. Today technology has provided almost all the lavish facilities for mankind that not only dispel the workload but also save time. Music is considered as one of the most appreciable inventions of mankind. The era of music started with a gramophone and now has been replaced with Bluetooth stereo systems. In all, the importance of an audio engineer is considerably high.

Technically speaking, “the audio engineer is someone who executes recordings, manipulation with the help of different sound effects, mixing and reinforcement of sound.” To be a proficient engineer in this field, you need a die-hard practice. Also, there are many other useful tips that you should adopt to rule the field.

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1. Attend an Audio Engineering Program

A trainer can help you to sharpen your skills and become an expert in it. Most of you will start learning from the scratch, so the tutor will help you to learn to operate each and every device and how to use them in the perfect style. If you are a quick learner, you can try to work without a trainer, but even then you will need some extra time as compared to learning with guidance.

You can visit the internet and surf the best available audio engineering programs that suits you and start attending one. You can either gain a diploma or a license in this field.

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2. Learn To Coordinate

To rock the music, it’s really important to make coordination with directors, editors, video operators and other sound engineers. There are many other engineers that will usually work with you on the same music. So, it is your hard-core responsibility to maintain a proper coordination with all the other technicians/ engineers. If you find it possible, you can even help others in the team to handle the equipment.

3. Build a Good Setup

During your course, you will already learn about how sound travels, how it is developed and all other technical concepts, it’s time to build a setup according to your knowledge. You setup should enable you to get the best sound out of the microphone. You should also be capable of working with the reflections, echo and other disturbing elements in your process of developing good music.

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4. Be Adaptable & Flexible

An audio engineer is usually commanded to travel to different places. So, you must be flexible and always ready to move from one spot to another (as per requirement). Along with that, your adaptability will also be appreciated as your capability to work under different situations shows your die-hard passion for the work.

5. Never Loose Your Focus

Perseverance is the key in this field. To show your perfection while working at an event, it’s your focus that can help you in delivering the best. It’s really important to pay attention to the music you are working on. Different music needs to be worked on with different strategies that can bring the best output without compromising the quality.

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6. Upgrade Yourself with the Pace of Technology

Today you are working on one technology and another day a new concept is launched in the market. So, to be the best, make it a habit of upgrading to the ever changing technology. Your expertise on the old technology and keen interest in learning the new one will always help you to make appealing music.

“This industry is still very young and, as such, is constantly changing. Just remember that if you want to make a career out of it, you must be professional, responsible, and courteous at all times.” – Dave Swallow

Mixing is not as easy as the word seems to be. Until you don’t have the mastery on manipulating and mixing the audio with the help of different sound effects, you can’t be considered as a proficient audio engineer. Your expertise will be your identity and make you stand out from the crowd.

Featured photo credit: Sound Reason via soundreason.org

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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