Cell phones are great! We carry them everywhere, we text with them, we use the internet with them, hey, we even call with them. Computers, even laptops, are not so easy to carry around. They have a different purpose in our lives.
I got this note a couple of years ago from Celia Rosenberger, a fine violinist and violin teacher and the webmaster for Peterson Conservatory of Music and Arts in Mt. Vernon, WA:
“This weekend the Director of the Conservatory sent me a short video of the trumpet instructor playing in a concert, taken with her phone, that had great audio but the video was poor. They really wanted it on the website, so I played the .mov file with Quicktime and used RipEditBurn Plus to extract the audio and fade in & out and it made a very nice 30-second sound clip for his teaching bio page.”
Here’s the page with the clip that Celia put together.
Cell phones can record. However, they do not have the amount of memory or hard drive space, and they do not have a separate keyboard, the screen is much smaller, and they don’t have a mouse. Computers are big on memory and hard drive space, have keyboards, the screen is much larger, and they do have a mouse.
Two years ago Celia Rosenberger did not have the tools to separate audio from video. They are there now for iPhones but, unfortunately, they are a separate program.
How does that make a difference? In the realm of audio, cell phones can record, but editing the sound can be very difficult. Computers have much more ability to edit the sound.
RipEditBurn Plus can grab audio from the internet or videos. It has the ability to Rip and Burn, it has Amplify/Deamplify, Bass Boost, Center Channel Removal, Chorus, Compression And Limiting, Echo, Equalize, Fade In, Fade Out, Flange, Notch Filter, Mix, Mono To Stereo, Normalize, Note Scrubber, Pitch/Frequency Changer and Tempo Changer, Reverse (which reverses the sound), Scene FX (which puts the sound in various halls), Voice Changer (which really changes the voice, ya gotta hear it to believe it!), and Voice Warmer.
Here’s a screen shot:
Computers are different from cell phones!
by Tom Jeffries, Chief Blazing Officer at Blaze Audio
Tom is a former professional musician who has been running companies that develop audio software for 34 years. He studied with Charlie Schlueter as principal trumpet Minnesota Orchestra for four years. Charlie Schlueter went on to do 25 years as principal trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tom also played principal trumpet for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and principal trumpet for the San Jose Orchestra.