Audio Engineer is a useful array of studio calculators and reference material for on site use in the audio recording environment. It can be used by seasoned acousticians, amateur music enthusiasts and audio engineering students. Below are detailed outlines of the features in Audio Engineer.
Technical consultation provided by Michael Stavrou (author of the bestselling audio engineering book “Mixing With Your Mind” – www.mixingwithyourmind.com) and James Englund (music producer at Crash Symphony Productions based in Sydney).
*** Reference ***
The reference section contains a series of photos of different miking techniques. It contains examples for the following:
– Fundamentals (A-B, Blumlein, M-S and X-Y)
– Acoustic Guitar
– Amplifiers (Guitar and Bass)
– Drums & Percussion
– Strings (Violin, Cello, Mandolin and Ukalele)
The photos demonstrate different methods of recording the above instruments with brief descriptions of each technique. This is perfect for students who have just entered the field of audio engineering and even useful to experienced engineers.
*** Calculators ***
** BPM – Time
This gives the relative delay times in milliseconds for a specified tempo. It is useful for non-grid recorded music that requires time based delay. It also can be used to set accurate release times for compression units.
** Note – Frequency
Find the frequency of any specified midi note. One example of usage would be to cut out a particular prominent note by EQing based on the frequency correlating to the offending note.
** Sample Rate
This calculator provides tempo and pitch shift for a change from one sample rate to another.
** Scale Frequency Chart
Provides a listing of frequencies for any given major or minor scale. Useful for harmonic mixing and cutting/boosting consonant and dissonant frequencies.
** Distance – Time
Deals with the related variables of distance, time and temperature. Helpful for live situations as well as studio applications where wavelength and phase concerns are prominent.
An educational tool for understanding the concepts of compression and expansion. It gives a graphical output based on the variables of the compression unit.
** Room Modes
Provides a graphical and tabular output showing the standing waveforms in a room of any given three dimensions. Helpful for treating an acoustic space and understanding the acoustic properties of any given mixing space.