Just a link today, kids. You sibilant VO folk will appreciate the heck out of this. If you didn’t know what to do with a de-esser before, you darn well should know how you run one after watching. Just don’t go nuts cutting your esses, or you lose the nice air sound from the top end.
Needless to say, don’t use something unless you understand it, or your audio will suffer.
And as a pre-emptive strike against nay-sayers and snark-a-holics, I do indeed understand that singing and spoken-word de-essing are different animals entirely, but I also know that grasping the principles of de-sucking your audio makes your free custom demos suck much less. So there, miss or mister point-out-how-everything-is-flawed.
No hyphens were harmed during the writing or posting of this blog entry. Fnord.
Thank God I have Rocketboomand Al Yankovicto help explain the brief (and not brief enough) history of Auto-Tune.
Did you know that Auto-Tune was invented for the oil industry? Neither did I. Pretty much because I hate the effect so much that I avoided it and anything associated with it like the plague. Now, I care about it only insofar as to its eventual (dear God, please) death knell. Pfffffft.
If only the producers of Glee would learn to use it only on the cast members who need it (here’s a hint: not Lea Michele or Chris Colfer), then I know that I could watch it without gritting my teeth every three minutes, eight seconds. Even my wife hears it now.
So to summarize: Weird Al = Funny. Auto-Tune must go the way of the Dodo. Oh yeah…Auto-Tune was invented by the oil industry, not for Cher’s career renaissance and T-Pain to have one at all.
Auto-Tune, regardless of the origin of this saying, may you always live in interesting times.
He was once described as "holding down the XY...both generations...and chromosomes." Brad smiled at the appropriately geeky compliment.
Brad talks for a living. Incessantly.
You've probably heard Brad's voice at least twice in your life and never even knew it, because Brad's voice is heard on everything attached to a speaker.
One day, you may be lucky enough to be near Brad, and then you'll hear him even without a speaker.
Somewhere in the world, he's probably talking right now, and that's oddly comforting.
He could be talking somewhere, and yet could be sleeping at the same time.
*mimes 'mind blown'*
What Will Rogers said about liking the weather in Oklahoma could apply to someone who said they've never heard Brad's voice: "Just wait."
Computer tech, comic book collector, pop culture nerd, and avid gamer, Brad covers about every sub-culture cliché known to man, and can still sound like the don't-dare-call-him-coolest hipster to ever wear clothes ironically. Now that's irony for you.
Brad lives most of his life in a box, yet was not actually the inspiration for the Alice in Chains song. That was a point that needed clarifying.
Brad loves what he does, and does what he loves, with his beautiful wife Katie always by his side. Except when she's at work. Then she's not quite by his side.
Got a minute? Read what he has to say. Or give him a listen below.