Wednesday, 30 March 2016

In The Studio: A Look At Mixing Listening Levels by Steve Aluko

One of the most critical and overlooked parameters when mixing is the monitor level.
Either mixing too loudly or too quietly can fool your ears to the point where you’ll end with a mix that will seem to be missing something later.
One of the greatest misconceptions about audio engineers (especially the great ones) is that they mix at high volume levels.  

Some do, and at excruciatingly loud levels as well, but most mixing engineers find that they get better balances that translate well to the real listening world by monitoring at conversation level (79dB SPL) or even lower.
High SPL levels for long periods of time are generally not recommended for the following reasons:

1) First the obvious one, exposure to high volume levels over long periods of time my cause long-term physical damage.
2) High volume levels for long periods of time will not only cause the onset of ear fatigue, but physical fatigue as well. This means that you might effectively only be able to work six hours instead of the normal eight (or ten or twelve) that’s possible if listening at lower levels.
3) The ear has different frequency response curves at high volume levels that overcompensate on both the high and low frequencies. This means that your high volume mix will generally sound pretty limp when it’s played at softer levels.
4) Balances tend to blur at higher levels. What sounds great at higher levels won’t necessarily sound that way when played softer. However, balances that are made at softer levels always work when played louder.
Now this isn’t to say that all mixing should be done at the same level and everything should be played quietly. 

In fact, music mixing (as opposed to film mixing, which always uses one constant level) tend to work at a variety of levels; up loud for a minute to check the low end, and moderate while checking the EQ and effects.
But the final balances usually will be done quietly.
Sometimes, the only way that you can check how much low-end is on a mix is to turn it up to a moderately loud level for a brief period, so don’t be afraid to do that if needed.

Just remember that keeping it up loud for long periods of time probably won’t help your mix translate to other systems too well.
Listening On Several Loudspeaker Systems 
If you don’t have an alternate monitor system yet, then what are you waiting for? Most veteran mixing engineers uses at least a couple of systems to get a feel for how everything sounds - the main system where the engineer does all of the major listening work, and an alternate system for a different perspective.

The alternate speaker is used simply as a balance check to make sure that one of the instruments isn’t either too loud or too soft in the mix.
Also, one of the arts of mix balance is getting the kick drum and bass guitar to speak well on a small system, which is why an alternative monitor system is so important.

The second set of monitors doesn’t have to be great. In fact, the crappier they are, the better. Even a set of N2000 computer speakers can do.
The idea is to have a second set that will give you an idea of what things sound like in that world, since unfortunately, there are a lot more people listening on crappy monitors than good ones these days.

Thanks Guys and always remember to keep the creativity perfected.

Oil And Gas Business Opportunity Now Opened To All

How a Medical doctor who earns #171,000 monthly started making #2.5million monthly from Oil and Gas biz despite the fall in crude oil price without owning a Fuel station.
By Dr Adeogun Emmanuel O.

Read on to see live proofs and evidences of how a 25year medical doctor has benefited massively from this; changing his financial story. Kindly note that this isn’t a scam. This is to help Nigerians looking for an extra source of Income. 
Evidences includes: Medical certificate(M.B.Ch. B Ife), Registration and Annual practicing license from Nigeria Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and finally, a live video recording of some income made from this New Oil and Gas Business Opportunity and testimonies about this business opportunity. 

Now, how has this been made possible? Click the link below as I explain to you. Note, this is going to take approximately 30mins of your time. 
What’s the No 1 Business done by Nigeria Top 20 Billionaires??
The answer is Oil and Gas Business. 

This Oil and Gas Business sector has several subsectors under it and to start it up requires huge capital- the No 1 reason must people tend to shy away from it. However, the good news is that an American Oil and Gas company duly registered in Nigeria has now made it possible for business minded individuals looking for a/extra source of income to benefit from this huge sector. 
The exposure to this comes up April 2nd in Lagos State at Zaaz Hotels, Opebi/Toyin Round About, Opebi-Ikeja, Lagos State. by 10am and 2pm respectively(whicheverone is convenient for you). 

Abuja; Reiz Continental Hotel, Near War College, after NNPC Towels, Opposite Unity Bank Headquarters. Sunday(April 3rd), 3pm prompt.

Gate Fee is just #5,000 ONLY(covers cost of Business and Writing Materials).Thanks. 

Click to know more and see proofs.

Dr Adeogun Emmanuel O.
+2347036611505( Mons to Fri, 10am to 4pm).

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

NLC Production has released the Official Trailer Of iIs Upcoming Movie "THE NOVELIST."

A best selling author's once seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when he leaves his wife in the bedroom with his tape recorder on. He is suddenly faced with secrets he would rather not know and truths he would rather remained buried.

The movie directed by Patience Oghre Imobho is set to premiere on April 29,
The Novelist stars Rykardo Agbor, Kehinde Olorunyomi, Bayray Mcnwizu, Ifeanyi Kalu, Labelle Vitien, and Frank Paladini.

Watch trailer below.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Video Alert: Air That I Breathe by QueenDee

Deborah Elomobor (popularly referred to as Queen Dee) has released her Debut Single titled “Air That I Breathe.” QueenDee has packaged this official music video in order clearly pass across the message of her song, as well as to enable listeners with a visual ensemble of creativity. In this fun mix and twist of soulful RnB fused with a hue of the Upbeat African Pop feel. 

Queen Dee is set to have listeners humming and bumping to the catchy and groovy song that speaks of God’s love, protection and faithfulness. Inspired from the Bible passage Acts 17 vs 28. 

Queen Dee remarks that God gave her this song on a beautiful breezy afternoon when she was pondering of how despite her challenges, God has always been faithful. Recognizing our human limitations, Queen Dee hopes to inspire listeners to trust more in this faithful God and recognize him as the core of our existence. In Him we should live and exist daily, and because we are His beloved, we have the assurance that he will keep us.

Watch The Video Here:

Friday, 25 March 2016

Shalom, Fragrance, OmoobaOrun, Melody To Heat Up The Biggest Gospel CELEBRATION program In Lagos

The most awaited celebration in Lagos is hear again, the excitement is on
Grace Family International Church is set to host its annual Celebration program tagged “Enlargement”.

The event is scheduled to hold from Thursday 19th of May till Sunday 22nd of May 2016.

Celebration 2016 promises to be an  exciting time in God’s presence with the Hosts Ministers and founders of Grace Family International Churches, Revs. Yinka and Deola Ojo, Pastor Wale Adefarasin, Rev. Lanre Adenekan and Rev. Gbeminiyi Eboda

Celebration services begin at 6pm each day from Thursday to Saturday at the Church Auditorium, Plot 4 Otunba Jobifele Way Alausa Ikeja and the grand finale service is at 9am on Sunday 22nd May 2016 at LTV 8 De Blue roof event Hall Agidingbi, Ikeja.

Ministering in Music will be Fragrance, Shalom, OmoobaOrun and Melody. More minister will be unveiled we will releases them as the information get to us.

There will be a Kingdom Partners’ session for all intending partners on Saturday 21st May 2016 9am at Plot 4 Otunba Jobifele Way Alausa Ikeja

For transportation and other enquires: Call 0808 884 7223

 For further information about Celebration 2016 and online registration, please visit our website

Brace Yourself for this year because it will be a spirit filled and mind blowing experience.

Steve Aluko In Studio Session Tips: 5 Dynamic Ways to Think About Masking

I want to discuss a very misunderstood concept in audio: masking. 

Masking, simply put, is when one sound obfuscates another. There is a specific type of masking, often called frequency masking, where one sound (or a single component of that sound) gets in the way of the tonality of another sound. It’s something that is addressed fairly regularly and it’s an important problem to listen for. 

Frequency masking, however, is a very specific issue and only a subset of a bigger problem. Masking is first and foremost an issue of arrangement, and secondly an issue of dynamics. Any time two things happen simultaneously they’ll interfere with each other. Often times that interference can be constructive. And often times that interference can be destructive. 

How many times have you solo’d the kick and thought it sounded HUGE only to bring in the lead synth and find your kick suddenly sounds not so big? Even if the lead synth contains no bass tone. Pretty often I’d presume. 

Which brings us to the real question: how do we make “space” for everything in a mix so it can be big and stand out? Ok! Let's go 

1. Acknowledge that not all elements are supposed to be separated 

If you are presented with a dense arrangement chances are some sounds are meant to overlap. The prime example is a record that has a string section. It’s unlikely that the producer expects each violin, viola, cello and bass to stand out uniquely. Chances are the whole section is meant to sound like one source. 

The same idea often applies to rhythm guitar dubs, drum layers, synth layers, varieties of talking drums and so on. If you try to make every element of a dense arrangement stand out you’ll find it to be counter productive. Certain things just sound better and work better when they run together. 

2. Assign value and roles to each element 

Let’s say you have a record that features guitars, bass, percussion, piano, drums, and vocals. It’s impossible to figure out the balancing frequency-wise if you don’t know what role each element is playing. 

Does the piano need to have a big booming low end? Or do you really only need just the percussive drive of the Talking drums? How important is it that you hear the finger noise from the acoustic guitar? What’s more important: the attack of the kick or the attack of the bass? 

Once you start answering these kinds of questions it becomes much easier to figure out where you can begin to separate things dynamically and frequency wise. 

3. Check your reverb timing and the element dynamics 

A great deal of masking can be eliminated simply by keeping your reverbs in check. 
Long reverb tails sound great in solo but often get lost in the mix and contribute nothing more than noise. That noise makes other elements harder to distinguish. 

Additionally, it’s important to listen for the release and sustain that’s present in different sources. You may want a healthy dose of sustain in the piano for a Pop Ballad, but maybe you don’t need it to sustain heavy for an Indie-Rock record. 

A big fat kick might be great for that Hip-Hop tune, but may overwhelm the low end in that Fuji or Juju Gospel vibe. 

It’s often easier to separate elements dynamically — giving one thing more attack while giving another more sustain — than to do it with equalization. 
By keeping the dynamics in check, you can avoid a great deal of masking issues. 
Don’t be afraid to gate the tail off a clap or tambourine — sometimes you don’t need that stuff and your mix will breathe better without it. 

4. Now check your frequency content 

So maybe you’ve found that by lowering the sustain in the piano, all of your vocals, guitars, and even drums stand out much more clearly. But it’s still not quite enough. 
Ok, reach for the EQ. That’s certainly part of the equation! Just be wary. One of the biggest mistakes the early engineer makes is using too much subtractive EQ. 
Pick and choose what really needs to go. 

5. Pan it out 

Lastly, you have the power of stereo at your command. 
By simply panning one element to the left and the other to the right, you can allow them to de-mask. I list this one last because those elements will still overlap when folded to mono, and because I generally prefer my panning choices to be primarily artistic ones (rather than a fix for a masking issue). 

But, it’s certainly effective and shouldn’t be discounted as a great tool for allowing elements to stand on their own. 

Anyway, the moral of the story is don’t just think of masking and separation as frequency concepts. Often times a gate or expander are better tools for unmasking sounds than an EQ.

Hear the sound as a whole and determine what it really needs! 

Thanks Guys and always remember to keep the creativity perfected.

WATCH Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joseph Benjamin, Yvonne Okoro, Raz Adoti In “Boxing Day” Teaser

Richard Mofe Damijo is joined by Yvonne Okoro, Joseph Benjamin, Tangi Miller, Razaq Adoti, Timon Durrett, Winstina Taylor in one of the most star studded movies "Boxing Day" 

'Boxing Day' is a Gifted Gift Studios Entertainment and Prime International Production

Michael Adeyemi was destined to be a billionaire by the age of 35 and with money comes access to the fine things of life. Find out how Michael’s desperate quest for fortune and success would cost him the number one thing money cannot buy – Family. Blinded by selfish ambitions, pride and appetite for greed leads him down a path of self-destruction, blinding him to the only thing that is worth saving. It all comes crashing down on “Boxing Day” where Michael is swept under a sea of adversities caused by none other than himself. Watch this downpour of self-inflicted wave of adversities with rippling effects that triggers thought provoking questions, of love, pain, pride and ultimate redemption – what if you never get that second chance?

Produced by Gift Joseph, Winstina Taylor and Tangi Miller.

Watch The Teaser Below:

Movie Alert: Desmond Elliot Is Set To Premiere His Movie “Reflections”

“Reflections” is the story of a woman who was accused of murdering her husband but claims to be innocent. In the bid to find out her husband’s true killers she is forced to confront her past, which has unpleasant circumstances.

Produced by Denzoit Productions and Directed by Desmond Elliot

The movie Stars Bobby Obodo, Lydia Forson, Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliot, Aisha Kamara among others, the premiere is set to hold on saturday 26th march at Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Watch Trailer Here.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Adblabla Launch: Get 1000+ Websites Talking About Your Business From Day One!

Since inception in December 2015 has grown into Nigeria’s first and biggest Free Online Advertising Network boasting over 1500 sites and delivering over 500,000 impressions of free ads everyday.

Historically, we have allowed website owners to advertise whatever they choose on our network for free.
Today we are going beyond website Owners!

we are proud to introduce our latest service Adblabla Launch
Imagine needing to promote your products, services and events and rather than putting your sponsored posts on 1 or 2 sites you are able to put it on up to a thousand sites at the same time.

Adblabla Launch is a service that allows you to place sponsored posts simultaneously across our large network of sites at a heavily discounted rate. Besides placing the sponsored posts, our very flexible setup options allows you to structure your marketing campaign according to specific markets, number of sites and price levels.

The first of its kind in Nigeria, this service is set to change the way in which we consider online digital advertising opportunities in Nigeria.

In addition to the expanded reach you will enjoy because of the huge web presence you start off with, some other benefits you enjoy by using Adblabla Launch includes

• Significant visibility on Google. This is almost guaranteed because of the huge number of sites that will talk about your project from day one!
• You enjoy a viral effect. Social media algorithms are designed to prioritize contents which are replicated several times. This means your brand will have a higher chance of appearing on as many news feeds as possible.
• Possibility to trend on twitter. Depending on what is trending for the day, yours may trend as well
• Cost. Our pricing is highly flexible. The more sites you choose, the cheaper it becomes. You could pay 
• Higher probability of success. Statistically, your chance of finding new customers is higher when you are all over the internet versus just on one site or two sites

In addition to enjoying the aforementioned benefits, by using Adblabla launch to get ahead of the game, you also get two weeks of Free Banner Advertisement on the entire Adblabla Network

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Join Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Rev. Sam Adeyemi, Pastor Paul Adefarasin As They Endorse " CROSS CAMPAIGN"

Its Easter and its all about #ILoveTheCross

Join Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Rev. Sam Adeyemi, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, Pastor Wale Adefarasin and Pastor Tunde Bakare and many others as they endorse the Cross Campaign. 

Want to be a part of this great campaign; just follow these simple steps;
1. Take a selfie of yourself with the #ILoveTheCross upload on any of your social media account and tag @crosscampiagn

2. Attend the Cross Concert at Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday 27th of March 2016 by 5pm

3. Wear a cross on the Tuesday 29th of March 2016 to work, school, market place etc.

Show the world you are proud of the Cross join the Cross Campaign today!
CROSS - Christ Reaching Out to Save Souls

Click the Link Below to watch the Video

Monday, 21 March 2016

Breakthrough Studios Has Released A Trailer For Its Upcoming Romantic Short Film "Her First Time”

"Her First Time" is a short film on relationships directed by Aka.
The movie tells the story of a young lady who is pressured to give into a man’s desire. She has to decide if she is ready to do it for the first time.

"Her First Time" stars Pascal Aka and Esi Yamoah 

Watch the Trailer Here:

Steve Aluko In Studio Session Tips: 10 Tips For Getting The Best Out Of A Vocalist In The Studio

10 tips for getting the best out of a vocalist in the studio

Great vocal performances captured well in the studio can be the making of a record. To do it you’ll need more than technical skills, because one of the easiest ways to influence a good recording performance does not only require a knob or fader manipulation. It requires you to be positive and supportive to the artist(s), as these tips reveal. Most of these tips can also be applied to instrumentalists as well.

1. Talk to them! 
Never leave your singer in the studio without getting on the talkback microphone and telling them what you’re doing. If you need five minutes to restart the computer then tell them. Your verbal feedback can be a big influence on their performance – encourage, support and guide them. Remember that a live room/vocal booth can be a lonely place for a singer.

2. Make sure their headphone mix is right for them. 
During recording, the mix in the control room is almost irrelevant, but the mix the singer hears is crucial to getting a good take. How much of their own vocal and reverb they hear in the headphones varies between singers – so ask them! Many engineers do the whole tracking session whilst monitoring the foldback mix, just to be sure. Also worth checking is that the headphones aren’t so loud that they spill into the microphone.

3. Get your levels right. 
As the singer warms up and begins to settle into the session, they’re likely to sing louder, so leave some headroom. If you don’t, then it’s possible that when they give that ‘once in a lifetime’ performance it will have clipped and distorted. If you’re recording at 24 bit then you’ll have plenty of headroom, so better safe than sorry. If you want to make the most of your input level, you could try some compression on the way in, though don’t compress too heavily as you can’t uncompress later on.

4. Get the studio atmosphere right. 
Make sure the recording room is at a suitable temperature – too cold and they won’t be able to sing, too warm and they’ll pass out! Would the mood be better with subdued lighting? Is the room too cluttered? Different singers prefer different settings – so again, ask them!

5. Keep them at a constant distance. 
If you’re tracking multiple takes or even punching in on certain sections, then make sure that your singer remains at a constant distance from the microphone. Otherwise both the level and tone will change each time, and will make editing takes difficult. A pop shield is a useful guide for them to get up to, as well as stopping pops.

6. Less people around the better. 
Most singers feel more comfortable singing when there are less people hanging around (though there’s no accounting for egos!). So send the band away, get rid of the hangers-on and let the singer relax without feeling like a goldfish in a bowl. Exceptions to this may be the songwriter, producer, close friends of the singer(if requested) or anyone else taking a production role. No strangers though!

7. Keep track of time. 
Singers take a certain amount of time to warm up, which is a good time to make sure you’re using the most suitable microphone for their voice, and that everything’s working. The singers’ performance will start to deteriorate if you push them for too long without a break, as their voice gets tired. Ideally you should catch ‘the perfect take’ when their ideas and voice are at their peak. Remember that just because you can work long marathon sessions, a singer’s voice can’t.

8. Give them a drink (Preferably Natural Water). 
Don’t put a singer in front of a microphone without making sure they’ve got a drink next to them. If you’ve worked with the singer before then you should remember what they like to drink whilst recording and make sure they have it in stock.

9. Keep the vibe right. 
The way you behave with the singer will greatly affect the results you get from them. If they get frustrated then you need to encourage them and keep their spirits up. If they’re unsure about their performance then you need to guide them. Build a rapport with the singer, whether it’s through humour or through discussions about music or other common ground. And most of all, pay attention during recording – there’s nothing more off putting to a singer than an engineer or producer who doesn’t even look bothered about their performance.

10. Listen carefully to each take. 
Make sure that you’re completely satisfied with what you’ve recorded before you let them go. What might seem like an acceptable performance at the time may well seem like a hideously out of tune recording after listening to it many times during the mixing stage. The trick is to spot any serious defects at the time and decide whether they are acceptable or can be edited into shape. Keep notes about each take to help you.

Thanks Guy and always remember to keep the creativity perfected.

Watch Trailer Of “Hell Or High Water” Starring Daniel K. Daniel and Ashionye Raccah

"Hell or High Water" tells the story of a young pastor loved and adored by the people around him. Things change for him when he has to confront a hidden truth about himself—a truth that could make or break him psychologically.

But, whatever decision he makes, he is still going to crash and burn, for life as he once knew it would never be the same again. The story explores the reality of sexuality amidst spirituality, exorcism, blackmail, and family life.

The movie stars Enyinna Nwigwe, Daniel K. Daniel, Ashionye Raccah, Tunbosun AiyedehinAdedayo Davies and Chika Okeke. Written by Habeeb Lawal

Powered by The Initiative for Equal Rights

Watch the trailer below:

Video Alert: " Miracle Worker " by Glowreeyah Braimah Ft. Nathaniel Bassey

Glowreeyah Braimah finally releases the video for the phenomenal single “Miracle Worker” featuring Nathaniel Bassey and produced by Wilson Joel.

The video follows a simple plot to relay a real life experience which anyone in similar circumstances can relate with and be reassured of the preeminence of the Miracle Worker.

Glowreeyah Braimah Testimony:
June 25th, 2014(Lagos, Nigeria): 'Miracle-Worker'(The Yahweh reprise) was given to me, as I prayed in my 'Jugsy-Nduks' room. I lay face-down on the floor because my knees could not bear the weight of my agony that day. This lasted for approximately 8 minutes and 3 seconds. At the very same moment, my 2 year-old niece was fighting for her life in an Intensive Care Unit in the USA. Doctors were trying to revive her through Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Soon after, she slipped into a coma and was in that state for a few weeks. In between the last full-stop and this next sentence, it is best left to the imagination what a harrowing time that my family had to endure during that period.

I sang this song every-day because I could not find the words to pray.
I promised heaven that I would record and release the song as soon as my niece left the hospital. Promise kept. Here you have it!

Interestingly, my fellow stake-holders in the process (Wilson Joel and Nathaniel Bassey) were also going through several near-similar encounters. For WJ, he also had a family member in hospital. For NB, anytime he turned on the TV etc., all he heard was a confirmation of the lyrics of this song.

Today, Fefe (pronounced Fay-fay) is the effervescent joy-ball as she has always been! Her laughter peals like bells ringing. It is almost surreal to believe the awesome transformation. From down and out, to up and about! A few weeks ago, I visited her and when I I sang her 'Miracle-working God' song to her, the smile she gave me was worth more than a million rainbows!

Who would have known that such a trial would birth such a triumph? YAHWEH!

Watch the video Here:

Movie Alert: Watch Trailer of “Champagne Room” by Olumide Fadeyibi

“Champagne Room”, a film by Olumide Fadeyibi, s a film that binds real life experiences of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, forced marriages, immigration and drug crimes in Glasgow.  

The Movie is produced by Gtown Media Productions and Turn Flicks 
Several stories are woven together in and around Glasgow involving interrelated individuals from various backgrounds. Amongst them, is a journalist/political activist known as Igwe who escaped from the jaws of the dictator head of state in his home country to seek political asylum in Glasgow. Unfortunately his case for asylum was refused and now has to face going back to his home country or join the men of the underworld in Glasgow for survival.

As an organization with the purpose of the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture of Africans through creation of video contents tailored for Africans in Diaspora and back at home in Africa, Turn Flicks believes ‘Champagne Room’has served to provide a platform that further advances the arts, heritage and culture of the African continent. 

Watch the trailer:

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Watch Trailer Of Upcoming Romantic Comedy "The Perfect Match"

A new trailer has been released for an upcoming romantic comedy  "The Perfect Match" 

Terrence J. stars as Charlie, a playboy who's convinced that relationships are dead. His two best friends, Donald Faison and Robert C. Riley, bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he's bound to get attached. Charlie denies this until he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva, played by singer/actress Cassie. They may agree to a casual affair, but eventually Charlie is questioning whether he may actually want more.

"The Perfect Match" which is set to made its debut in theatres on March 11, 2016 stars Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura, Donald Faison, Dascha Polanco, Robert Christopher Riley, Brandy, French Montana, Lauren London, Joe Pantoliano and Paula Patton.

 "The Perfect Match" is directed by Bille Woodruff 

Watch Trailer Below:

Watch Kike Omeli, Omoni Oboli, Kenneth Okolie, Kalu Ikeagwu in upcoming film "OF BAD FAITH"

"Of Bad Faith." is produced by Ike Nnaebue 

"Of Bad Faith" Synopsis 
Evelyn is happily married but gets entangled in an office romance. As she struggles to break the complicated hold of infidelity; the unimaginable happens...a sex video of her and her office lover leaks out in the office, should she tell her husband or hope and pray he doesn't find out?

The upcoming movie Stars Omoni Oboli, Kalu Ikeagwu, Kike Omeli, Kenneth Okolie and Nsikan Isaac

Watch the Trailer Below

Monday, 14 March 2016

FALZ & SIMI In A Short Movie For Hit Song "SOLDIER"

Falz The Bahd Guy has released the official video of his song Soldier in which he features female singer Simisola Ogunleye of Jamb Question hit. 

Soldier is one of the most widely accepted songs off Falz sophomore album, Stories That Touch. 

The video for Soldier drops on March 13 and it is 5th video for a song off his second album following videos for Ello Bae, Karishika, Celebrity Girlfriend and Clap which he dropped in January. 

The “Soldier” Movie is directed by Clarence Peters represents the story the song is telling, a love story.

 Watch the Video Here:

Steve Aluko In Audio Engineering Tip: 10 Common Audio Myths Debunked

For those who keep up with my articles, this will be a little bit of a divergence. This will be an op-ed style piece of common misconceptions and beliefs regarding audio. I do stress that anyone in this audio field give this a once over. There are lot’s of things people do and don’t do that can cause problems down the road. Most can be easily avoided.

So without any more stalling, here they are:
1. Room treatment is vital for sound quality.
This is true. While “sound quality” is not a linear concept, the most influential part of the sound, next to the source itself, is the space that it’s living in. Proper consideration must be given in this regard. Some rooms have “sweet spots” where the standing waves are neutral (or even flattering), but without proper attention, the best signal chain in the world can sound like utter garbage.

2. A good preamp is more important than a good mic.
The jury is out. The mic will have greater influence over the sound than the preamp. However, quality is again not linear – and often times, inexpensive dynamic mics react to sources better than expensive condensers. The preamp will ultimately bottle neck the fidelity of the sound, and will have some influence over the tone and shape. 
My experience has shown me that a great mic paired with even a decent pre, will yield the best results, a decent mic paired with a good pre will give good results, and a great mic through a crappy preamp will yield crappy results. But… it’s not really that simple.

3. Vocal booth or other small spaces are ideal for vocal recording.
This is usually false. Even when lined with absorbers, compact spaces rarely make for the best vocal rooms. The room modes of tight spaces occur right in the mid-range where the vocals live. This causes something called comb filtering, which essentially thins out the sound in a can’t-fix-in-the-mix kind of way.
The ideal space for a vocal performance, if you want something with little reflection, is a medium sized space that’s very well treated – primarily with absorption, possibly with some diffusion. Or, a small room with non-parallel walls and fiberglass insulation. The general rule of thumb: if you record in a medium sized space, the vocal sounds like it’s in a medium sized space; and, if you record in a closet – it will sound – like the vocalist was in a booth.

4. Sound occurring outside of the human hearing range can be “felt.”
The jury is still out. There hasn’t been enough research to determine the effects of sub-sonic or super-sonic frequencies on people (go-go gadget college kid research project idea?). However, a lot of the mythology regarding super-sonic frequencies stems from how the audible frequencies are being effected. 
A common example is sampling rates – higher sampling rates in DAWs prevent aliasing that occurs within the audible spectrum (although it is caused by higher frequencies). Another fairly common example is high frequency band equalizers. The knob may say 30khz, but that band will effect frequencies much farther down the audible spectrum.

5. Mastering gives a song that radio ready sound.
This is totally false. Mastering is very important – however, the quality of a track starts at the performance and the song. The sound quality starts at the tracking. A well tracked recording is easy to mix – you’d really have to go out of your way to make it sound bad. That being said, great mixing can take a great recording to amazing places, or at least take a decent recording and make it sound good. If you wait until the mastering phase to look for quality, the mastering engineer will be doing her/his best to make the record listenable at all.

6. High quality cables improve the sound.
I can’t conclusive say this is false, but I am highly inclined to believe it is false. It’s unfortunately very hard to create an accurate A/B/X blind test with this primarily because our perception of sound changes on it’s own. You can play a sound, and a moment later play the exact same sound through the exact same system and legitimately hear a difference because sound is the perception of patterned pressure variance through a medium (usually air). 
Perception has as much to do with psychology as it has to do with physics. Regardless, the differences in conductivity along different wiring of the same material is minimal.

7. When recording, you will get the best quality sound by getting your level as close to 0dbFS without clipping.
This is decidedly false. This came about when there was mild concern for signal level going to digital at 16 bits. At 24 bits, you have eons of perfectly clean headroom. Conversely, most preamps function best at a gaining level that is significantly less that 0dbFS. 
In other words, even if hitting -1dbFS was the best in terms of digital, it would probably jeapordize the quality of signal coming from your preamp. Then of course, the analog stage of a converter operates best within a certain level (which will vary from item to item) – but most converters function operatively between -20dbFS and -10dbFS.

8. It is possible to remove the vocal from a printed song.
Gonna go with false on this one. Some incredible techniques have been developed to remove specific sound from printed audio – however, nothing does the job completely. EQ, gating, compression, Mid-Side application can suppress a vocal – sometimes very well, but vocals are broadband. 
An odder technique is spectral analysis, where the complete track is graphed out according to frequency, amplitude, and time. Patterns within the sound can be traced and edited using something like photo shop and re-encoded back into sound. However, even this technique has limitations particularly when it comes to vocals.

9. Listening on ear-buds for long periods causes hearing damage.
Ear-buds can cause hearing damage, however, there is no evidence showing that they cause hearing damage any more readily than any other playback system. The caution is two fold. 
Ear-buds get very close to our inner ear, and our hearing is adaptive. This is a risky combination because the longer we listen to playback at a certain loudness, the less we perceive that volume level as being “loud.” There is the tendency to keep turning up the music the longer we listen.

10. You need better gear to make better recordings.

False. You need the correct gear for the recording at hand. You need better ears to make better recordings. Instead of just investing in gear, invest in knowledge, invest in listening, invest in new techniques, invest in improving your ears and understanding. You can also make great sounding recordings and mixes on a budget.
What other audio myths do you Guys hear about? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Thanks Guys and always remember to keep the creativity perfected.

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