The Growing Popularity Of Audio Books, an art-form adaptable to new technology

audio booksWith the arrival of the Internet, broadband technologies, new compressed audio formats and portable media players, the popularity of audio books has increased significantly.

Due to the growing acceptance, people involved in this business are becoming more powerful. There is a huge demand for them, especially now that people use portable audio equipment on a regular basis. People can find audio books online,  download from  iTunes Audiobooks, libraries who offers audiobooks for free, and some other who like to buy audiobooks CD format.

Over the time, figures show released that downloads have greatly increased this market, a format that first achieved popularity with the invention of the cassette and extended beyond childhood the experience of being read to.

cc recProducing audio books consist of a narrator sitting in a recording booth reading the text, while a studio engineer and a director record and direct the performance. Audiobooks are distributed on  CDs, MP3 CDs, and downloadable digital formats.

The advent of the Internet has introduced powerful means of delivery, many titles are now available on-line for download on to computers, tablets, and phones, or one may listen to website audio streams without having to download anything.

They are considered a valuable learning tool because of their format. Unlike traditional ones or a video program, people can learn from an audiobook while doing other tasks, although it should be noted that this can detract from the primary task, assuming the learning is not the main activity. The most popular general use by adults is when driving an automobile or traveling with public transport, as an alternative to radio. Many people listen as well just to relax or as they drift off into sleep.

If your  production required to record audio books, at Elite Music Studios, we have the greatest voices in English, Spanish, Italian, German, among other languages to give live to your creativity.

 Reference: Wikipedia

ADR -Automated Dialogue Replacement

Is the process of re-recording the original dialogue after the filming process for the purpose of obtaining a cleaner, and more intelligible dialogue track.

What’s an ADR?

Automated Dialogue Replacement is recorded during an Automated Dialogue Replacement session, which takes place in a specialized sound studio. The actor, usually the original actor from the set, is shown the scene in question along with the original sound, following which he or she will attempt to recreate the performance as closely as possible.
There are variations of the Automated Dialogue Replacement process. It does not have to take place in a post-production studio, but can be recorded on location, with mobile equipment.
Our today’s ADR was a remote session with the Actor Kevin James for his upcoming comedy movie Here Comes The Boom. 

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Definition of Dubbing

The Art of Foley

A Foley artist recreates sound effects for film, TV and radio productions using different kinds of shoes and lots of props (plates, glasses, chairs). They work under the direction of a Sound Editor and often use their own extensive collection of small props. They are the unseen actors who reproduce sounds, required when the original track is either unusable or completely replaced as in the case of foreign versions.
Foley generally consists of three elements:
Clothing Moves: The Moves Track is a layer of sound that recreates the clothing rustle of actors as they walk, run and move. It sounds like a smooth but distinct white noise that allows the mixer a base coat of sound. It allows the artist to create a “sound design” for the characters and sets the overall tone of the Foley Track.
Footsteps: A Foley artist is sometimes called a ‘Foley Walker’ because one of the most important elements we provide is the sound of the footsteps. Feet are very difficult to perform. It takes a lot of practice to get the exact feeling and timing while standing stationary – you can’ t walk across the room because the microphone needs to be fixed and besides.
 
Specifics: These are the real fun in Foley. They allow you to paint with sound, recreating the actual movements in an enhanced way.
·       Corn Starch in a leather pouch makes the sound of snow crunch.
·       A pair of gloves sounds like bird wing flaps.
·       A heavy staple gun and or other metal parts make can make a good gun sound.
·       Cellophane can make the sound of crackling fire (the effects editor should do the fire but in a pinch it does work).
·       A heavy rolled and taped up telephone book makes a good ‘body punching’ surface
Without these crucial background noises, movies, TV series, radio productions, etc. feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable.
… If your big productions required a very specific sound effect, at Elite Music Studios, we have one of the greatest Foley artist and sound engineer to give live to your creativity.