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We think you going to like this one, it’s a plugin that gives you an hint if you have enough (or too much) low end in your mix. Evouyn has been developed by us and Saintpid Mastering.
The idea behind Evouyn was born when we came across a (not so well known) rule that the
energy below 50Hz in a well balanced mix/master should not exceed 1-2% of the total
spectrum. With a little insight in music and audio it’s not too hard to understand why this has
NOT become something that is implemented in common analysis tools, every track is unique
and the situations where the rule don’t apply is too common to make it a standard. For
example, Björk’s song – Hunter will give you a value of about 5% and the song ‘Royals’ by
Lorde will give you 2.4%, they both sound good. In both these cases, the production is
minimalistic and relies on bass heavy elements that built the esthetics of the whole song;
hence the 2% rule does not apply.
Nevertheless, it is a good starting point to get where you want and especially so if you lack a
monitor setup that faithfully can reproduce the very deep end, frequencies below 50Hz. And
if you produce something similar to these tracks you can still use Evouyn as a reference
even though you exceed 2%.
What does Evouyn do?
Evouyn measure the energy in the whole spectrum in both short term and an average about
20 seconds and calculate the percentage of the energy below 50Hz.
So why doesn’t it show a percentage? The first beta versions gave you a percentage in real
time but we realized that the number wasn’t much use and rarely matched the number for the
whole track. We abandoned the percentage and tried to find a better way of illustrating the
tracks spectral relation, we got the best result with the short term bar and the average
displayed just as colors. This might change in the future.
This is a tip for those of you who bought the Wifi version of the iPad and try to use that on stage with the Lemur app from Liine. I guess you at least once been in the middle of a gig when you realize you lost contact with your computer and whatever you try to do with your music it is just not happening. If you’re a loop based techno artist you probably sort it out but if everything that the audience hear comes from your touch on the iPad it will be a more or less embarrassing moment that you could do without. I wanted to be able to use the USB cable that came with the iPad to emulate a network card and use that to transfer both OSC and MIDI, I thought it would be possible straight out of the box but the rotten Apple thought different. But after some research I realized it was doable. So… Screw Apple, let’s jailbreak that sucker and do it anyways (and your warranty are now void).
It’s pretty easy but I can’t do a detailed walk through since the jailbreak process are different for every version of iOS and the setup needed between your iPad and your computer will differ depending what software you’re using. But Jailbreak tutorials are pretty easy to find and you just have to install one app via Cydia (Cydia is a control app that’ll be on your iPad after you done your jailbreak)
- Jailbreak you iPad (c’mon, it’s actually as easy as playing Angry Birds, you download a program on your computer, push a button and wait)
- Get the app MyWi in Cydia (I think it’s about $19 so this one is not free, but cheap and well worth it)
- Connect your iPad to your computer with the USB cable and activate USB Tethering in the MyWi app
- Your computer will start to install a new (virtual) network card
- When it’s done you can set your new emulated network card as you need and start playing. No more hassle with shaky AD-HOC WIFI thingies.
On my first attempt I had to restart the iPad on one or two occasions but on the second iPad everything worked right away.
If you have a iPad with both WIFI and cellular you should be able to use any USB tethering app from the APP store to achieve the same thing without jailbreak.
There are other alternatives to get a cable born network or MIDI but they all cost more and are bulky. This is the most elegant way I found and it’ll also charge your iPad while on stage. Big bonus.
Here’s a Swedish review about ‘Open Source Intelligence’. Enjoy!
Photo by Jujje Eriksson
Noisebud’s – ‘Open Source Intelligence’ is an interactive installation and performance commissioned by Audiorama and Luger, originally created for ‘Stockholm Music & Arts festival, 1-3 August 2014. For those of you who didn’t had the opportunity to be there we will exhibit the installation and do the performance again at Audiorama this Weekend.
we look at
trying to obtain an overview
on us and our existence
The boundary between spectator and actor is becoming blurred. The roles have merged into each other, change places and take turns. What I need is a digital medium to travel in and through. My life is not just one, my identity are many. We do not yet know how the constant monitoring and mapping affect us but what we do know is that it is one of the greatest revolutions in human history and old rules no longer apply. Knowledge has always been the strongest commodity, but today’s digital consumption has opened the gates for a perhaps less flattering market, where human values are negotiable by everyone, for everyone, at any time, and in public.
The installation will be opened between 19:00 – 22:00 Live performance 20:30 – 21:00
Notes from the production
Open Source Intelligence is our most ambitious project to date, it took the whole summer to realize and it has been a bumpy road. The project involves all of Audiorama’s 21 loudspeakers (which are mounted in a spherical array), 18 LCD screens, 7 cameras, 1 projector and 8 computers. As always with projects at this size you’d probably would’ve thought twice if you known what you got yourself into, we didn’t know. But… everything went according to plan except the production of the custom software that would control all the 18 screens. It was no easy task, we wanted face recognition, hundreds of hacked remote web-cameras, glitch effects, pre-recorded videos, recording abilities and most but not least, the all stand alone installation mode. The project could’ve been called ‘BSOD’. Thanks to our friend Patrik Ohlsson we got rid of the most nasty bugs just a couple of hours before opening but the software still would stop responding at any time. During ‘Stockholm music & Arts’ where we had 2 shows a day plus the installation running at all times, we solved the shaky software by installing PSTools so that we could restart the whole thing remotely since we were in another room while performing. At the third performance we only had two crashes, we considered that a success. Luckily the restart process where so quick that the audience never realized that the software stopped, but the constant worrying made it pretty tense to perform live. For the upcoming shows Patrik has rewritten the whole program from scratch and everything is stable, we can now put all our attention on the actual performance, the way its supposed to be. Open Source Intelligence 2.0…
We’re building our information Tesla cage…
The cage is ready and we’re about to mount the 18 monitors…
Sol in full action wiring cables for all the screens…
If you been helping out hanging paintings in a gallery you’ll understand why we took this photo
Software test, after a couple of hours hunting bugs we finally successfully connected to all cameras.
First rehearsal, we got a good feeling about the whole thing
Johannes in performance mode
Live and direct. In our performance area we have two analogue cameras and a video mixer to communicate what we’re doing with the audience.
What we got here is a failure to communicate…
Sol’s favourite instrument, the spider
Since there are no presets delivered with Burt at the moment you might like this. A library with 40 presets for Burt 1.01 have been created and uploaded to KVR by Alter Boy Sounds. You can get them at http://www.kvraudio.com/product/burt-by-noisebud/downloads
Information equals power, as long as we walked the earth we’ve used information as a tool to either gain power or hang on to it, nothing new. The difference today is the amount of information available, with our rampant technology development it’s hard to keep track of all the more or less intrusive ways companies, governments, police, friends and foes collect and use information about us on a daily basis. We even provide huge amounts of information about our self’s willingly to anyone who’s interested without as much as a sneeze. It’s strange times and Noisebud Surveillance Agency is here to observe.