Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Free One-stop Audio Processing

Here's a cool and useful cloud based resource that does an excellent job of optimizing raw recorded audio from (for example) a cellphone or other portable recording device which you may have recorded in less than optimal conditions, and wish to do some quick and easy audio processing to make it more suitable for broadcast on your station.. 

Automatic audio post production web service
for broadcasters, podcasts, radio shows,
screencasts and more

"We develop new algorithms in the area of music information retrieval and audio signal processing to create an automatic audio post production web service for broadcasters, podcasts, radio shows, audio books, lecture recordings, screencasts and more. Users just upload their recorded audio and Auphonic will do the rest: neither complicated parameter settings nor audio expert knowledge is necessary."

 It's a completely free service where you simply upload your audio file using any web browser using their handy online form..

The application instantly goes to work applying Adaptive Leveling, Global Loudness Normalization, True Peak Limiting, Noise and Hiss Reduction, and Hum Reduction.. You can also apply presets or integrate external services.
The difference is impressive! You then save the newly processed audio file to your computer ready to use and/or automate into your stations programming.

Try it yourself, or listen to the example audio files on the site. 
In their examples they used recordings utilizing the internal microphone of mobile phones - and then run it through processing to demonstrate the dramatic improvement.

Perhaps it's not something most of us here would commonly use, as we generally utilize other software and/or hardware in our studios to accomplish the same thing, but certainly there can be many situations where this easy access resource would come in handy on the fly.

It's free (I like free ). It's simple (I like simple). It's fast (instant gratification is nice).
You do have to sign up as member to use the service, but it's instant and requires only a valid email address.
I think it's pretty cool, and at least worthy of a bookmark! 

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