Not all music players are good enough for audiophiles. iTunes is a disaster when you’re a serious listener of classical music. Amarra is better, just like Fidelia. But in a league of its own is Audirvana Plus, a program that started life as an open source project. Audirvana Plus has some features not found in other apps that result in an unsurpassed listening experience.
Audioquest’s DragonFly is based on a 24-bit ESS Sabre DAC chip. DragonFly accepts audio and music files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit/44kHz to native 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, regardless of music file format. It is a ridiculously small but heavy USB stick, but the sound it can produce competes with audiophile devices.
Propellerhead calls their DAW “music production software”. And indeed, Reason is not a full-scale DAW. One thing it lacks is built-in synchronisation for the creation of music and sound for movies. That is not to say Reason isn’t one heck of a powerful application.
Low light conditions equal noise in video recordings made with anything but the most expensive camcorders. I took a GoPro recording and tested Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Denoiser II running inside After Effects CS6.
Firetask is a task management program built around the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. It’s easy to use and simple, and has a gorgeous interface. It’s a great tool to keep open all the time. Firetask leaves me hungry for more integration, though.
The Aputure Trigmaster Plus is a non-TTL transceiver system built into a unit the size and model of the much more expensive PocketWizard Plus III. The Auto-Sensing technology analyses the status of the Trigmaster Plus’ connection to determine which mode to utilise (transmitter or receiver).
GoPro footage shot with Protune looks washed out and dull. That is because you need to apply the Protune colour LUT (LookUp Table) to the footage. Only then does it become a high quality clip. You can do this with the free Cineform Studio, but Crumplepop thought you might want to do it right in Final Cut Pro X.
Our appetite for digital doesn’t stop at magazines, newspapers, and books. We want to be able to digitise paper receipts, invoices, articles and everything else that’s produced in paper format as well. Getting paper into a computer can be tedious or easy, depending on the scanner being used. The ScanSnap S1300 makes it easy, fast and a lot of fun.
With the proliferation of Indie moviemakers, documentary shooters and others who create video on a shoestring budget, come a whole range of products that accommodate the needs of these people at a low or at least a decent price. The Fotodiox Articulated Magic Arm is such a contraption. It is meant to support a field monitor or recorder such as the Atomos Ninja and the Samurai.
Spectre is Audiofile Engineering’s real-time studio multi-analyzer. In other words: it enables you to measure sound/audio in real-time. Spectre has beautiful meters and analysis tools are fully customisable. Spectre works with your audio-in equipment out-of-the-box. But with a bit of configuration, it also works with whatever audio program you want to throw at it.