Monthly Archives: December 2008

Evangelists Dancing On AIR…

Hello, my friends! How’s that for an intriguing Blog Title?? Naturally, it’s probably *not* what you think; but in fact, it’s even better (thanks to the crazy-genius mind of my fellow evangelist colleague, Paul Burnett)
First off, I do hope that everyone has been enjoying the holidays. As a little treat, Paul decided to upload source material and project files for this very cool AIR application that he created for MAX San Francisco, known as “Dancing Dudes”.
Essentially, he’s taking advantage Flash’s Pixel Bender Filter to make (Rufus and me) dance like it’s 1999…LOL…but really, it’s actually very cool, and it leverages audio amplitude for controlling one value and the mouse to control another. It’s Flash, it’s interactive, it’s AIR..and you can read about it (and download it) HERE.
Other than that, I’ll be back shortly with some more tips on producing and editing multi-channel surround audio files…in Soundbooth CS4! Yes, ’tis true. Didn’t know it was possible? Well, stay tuned.
Until next time,
Blog on.

A Pre-Holiday Evangelist Treat

Hello, my friends! Well, here we are, a mere 24 hours or so before the ‘holiday shutdowns’ begin all over the world. I for one will be embracing a few ‘free’ days; but that being said, there’s much work to be done! What am I referring to specifically? Well, check this out…

Evangelist Western Theme from Jason Levine on Vimeo
Now, I don’t mind telling you that this is really *all* about the musical score…at least for now! The Evangelist Team is working on a whole new series of ‘goodies’ that we’ll be showcasing in seminars around the world in 2009, and the first ‘completed’ portion is our new musical theme, scored, engineered and performed by yours truly. 😉 Oh yes…the creative juices have been flowing rapidly, and it feels great. I haven’t really scored anything like this in quite some time, so it felt great to be back in that mode, even for a little while.
And yes…that’s REAL whistling, and yes, that’s ME doing it. All in all, the session (recorded in Aud 3, of course) is comprised of multiple instruments, many doubling one another. But one of the highlights? the GRUNTS and CHANTS (provided by each Evangelist, in his own unique voice). If you’ve ever watched any of the classic ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ from the early/mid 60s starring Clint Eastwood, the ‘feel’ of this track should be very familiar (and heavily inspired by one of my composition idols, Ennio Morricone). I hope you like it.
Oh, and the video that is currently accompanying this music? Yeah…it’s totally temporary. Not to sneak too much…but we WILL be creating a new ‘Movie Trailer’ (Mr. Soule is working on it right now!); but what you’re seeing here is just some ‘temp’ video, presented in full-stereo sound, courtesy of Vimeo.
And with that, my friends, I’m going off to continue working on some other ‘elements’ of this project..that is, until the holiday cookies are finished baking. And then, well, it’s Holly Jolly time for me..
Happy Holidays, everyone. Peace and Love.
Until next time…
Blog on.

Photoshop Dream Girl hits AdobeTV

Hey friends! As mentioned earlier, we’re now down to the final two Short&Suite episodes of the season, based around the making of Johnny Encore’s Photoshop Dream Girl.
In this Part 1 of 2, follow Karl as he talks about mapping video to a 3D object in Photoshop CS4 Extended. I’ll be taking you on a journey involving the original recording of the track, and how I used some original ‘pieces’ of the performance to create looped takes, as well as leveraging content from Audition’s LOOPOLOGY library (which contains over 5,000 pieces of royalty-free material, in more than 20 styles, played on dozens of instruments…largely, by yours truly:))
If you’ve ever wanted to understand looping in Audition 3 or *any* program, this episode (I’m featured in the second half) will give you the fundamentals of how it works, and why it can totally change a so-so performance take into a master…truly.
Short & Suite on AdobeTV – The Making of Photoshop Dream Girl, Part 1
As mentioned, my ‘favorite ALL-TIME’ episode, however, is due next. It’s Part 2 of 2, and you’ll see why soon enough. In fact, if I can, I’ll post a couple of bits form the epi, as it’s got some great moments, and lots of fun, real-world stuff. Other than that, stay tuned for a posting of some NEW content that I created, specifically for (and with) my fellow Adobe Creative Suite Evangelists…very cool stuff for your eyes and ears (mostly ears, at this point!)
Until next time,
Blog on.

Flash CS4 & ASND – Audio Workflow and Tips

Hello, my friends. With the introduction of ASND in CS4, I’ve been getting lots of questions as to ‘best practices’ for working with this round-trip audio format.
If you’re not familiar with ASND, it’s stands for ‘Adobe Sound Document’. Essentially, an ASND file is a stereo audio file that you can use in Premiere Pro CS4, After Effects CS4 or Flash CS4, and using the standard Adobe Edit Original, you can launch Soundbooth CS4 from the ASND file, and make changes to not only the stereo audio, but an entire ‘multitrack environment’ (assuming you’ve got multitrack audio in there from the start) as well as the ability to recall snapshots of your work, recall dynamically-linked AE or Premiere comps/sequences, and even reference video/animation exports from Flash.
Flash CS4 & Soundbooth CS4, side-by-side. Let’s make some audio here…
Flash CS4 & Soundbooth CS4
The following is a tutorial on working with ASND in Flash. Though simple in it’s implementation, there are indeed a few ‘tricks’ that you need to know to make it work most effectively. Here we go…

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