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Whether one is producing music, podcasts, game sounds, or film sound effects, Digital Audio Principles provides the tips and techniques that will make the project a success. Author Dave Schroeder explains the basics of digital audio production techniques and covers the essential hardware and software. He also discusses sound theory, frequency response, the range of human hearing, and dynamic range.
The next thing I want to talk about is the toolbar, which you'll find in a lot of audio software, and really in a lot of software, it's pretty common thing. So I don't expect its existence to necessarily be disturbing or new to you, but there are a couple of tools in most audio software toolbars that are worth checking out and learning about. So I'm just going to go through a few, the more common ones that maybe you haven't see in another toolbars, like let's say in the Microsoft Word toolbar. You haven't seen the Scrubber, which you wish you had.
So this let's you click on the Scrubber icon and drag it across the audio, forward or backwards, and the speed you drag it basically scrubs that audio. I'm just dragging my mouse back and forth. You can do this for hours, doesn't really serve a purpose, but it's very cool. Now, that's great if you have a little clicks or points that you think you've heard, but you can't quite find, and you want it really zero in on something in a sound file, the scrubber comes in really handy. The most common tool probably is the selector or the pointer tool.
And this is what you use to highlight sections of audio to cut and paste these sections, things like that. It's a fairly common tool, and you'll see some sort of--they might call it an I-Beam or the Selector in different programs, but you'll use this quite a bit to navigate around the different audio files. Let's zoom back in to kind of our main thing here. Then there is the Trimmer, which works kind of similar to the selector except it's designed to work on the ends of files. So you can come here, and then if you move to another--the opposite end--you can just trim that end, which is real nice. You can get in and get close to extend things.
So that's the Trimmer tool. You'll usually see something like the Grabber tool, or the Hand tool, or something that's designed to help you grab stuff and move it around. Let's get that line back up, it could be in deep--no, because we can do this, a musical interlude for you. (music playing) Okay, one other tool worth knowing about is the Pencil tool, which I have up here, and with that you can go in really, really tight on a waveform.
Let's zoom way in and pick this tool and actually redraw your waveforms. This is cool if you need to fix little things or change big clips. Now, you can't really draw out digital distortion if you have really loud things, but you can use this kind of smooth certain things out. It's convenient if you want to try and make clean edits or just change little parts. So those are the main tools you're kind of going to come into contact with. It'll be different from other pieces of software, but again, you'll find these in a lot of pieces of audio software.
It might have different icons or different names, but that kind of functionality is fairly common. It's always great to learn the hot key commands to switch from tool to tool so that you can edit really efficiently. One other thing is that most the tools in the toolbars will have hot keys that you can click on the keyboard to select or move between different tools. Learning these hot key commands will really help you work faster when you're doing your audio production. Next, we'll take a look at the Edit/Arrange window.
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