Audiotool is a free (at least for now), modular audio production center inside a web browser. It’s surprisingly powerful and customizable, with features that rival those of some well-known commercial production programs.
The tools available include drum machines, sequencers, synths, mixers, a crossfader, a resampler, and many effects pedals (distortion, delay, reverb, phaser, flanger, parametric EQ, compressor, and others). They can be patched together in virtually unlimited combinations to give you the sound you’re looking for.
Audiotool also has a robust timeline tool that allows you to outline patterns, input individual notes, and automate effects.
To get started, go to audiotool.com/app and start poking around. There are some really helpful video tutorials available, as well as some (slightly less helpful) wiki entries on the various components.
Over the last couple months, we’ve been quietly scanning our public-domain historical sheet music, and adding it to an online collection system. The full, digitized versions of these songs are available for you (or anyone) to browse, print, save, or anything else you can think to do with them.
Check out the collection page HERE.
We currently have more than 100 items uploaded, but this is very much still a work-in-progress, so if you have any feedback, be sure to let us know either in person or in the comments section.
The New Media Center in the lower level of the main library is offering a variety of audio and sound design training sessions this month. These 20-30 minute sessions are free and open to all AU faculty, staff and students at all experience levels.
If you have any interest in film audio, these sessions are a great way to improve your skills.
Tuesday, 11/8/2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm “Advanced Audio for Film”
Wednesday, 11/9/2011 8:00pm – 9:00pm “Sound Design for Video”
Tuesday, 11/15/2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm “Sound Design for Video”
Tuesday, 11/22/2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm “Scoring & Soundtrack for Video”
Tuesday, 11/29/2011 12:00pm – 1:00pm “Mixing Audio for Film”
Hot on the heels of our last Finale upgrade, we’re pleased to announce that all lab computers in the Music Library have been updated to the brand new Finale 2012.
This edition has a number of new features and improvements, including their new ScoreManager.
Finale 2012 should be available in Media Services shortly.
- Chris Brown – Iconicities, William Winant (percussion) (CD 9487)
- Peter Garland – Waves Breaking on Rocks (CD 9488)
- Richard Carrick – The Flow Cycle for Strings (CD 9489)
- Donald Crockett – Night Scenes, Firebird Ensemble (CD 9490)
- Gary Smart – Blossoms, piano (CD 9491)
No longer is this in the trial stage – the Virtual Classical Concert Hall is now officially part the AU Library Databases. Read below to find out more about
Founded in 2008, has since broadcasted over 200 classical music events, boasts 12 million watched videos, with an average of 80,000 single visitors each month.
Some of the cool features include:
Live Broadcasting: You can watch classical music from the comfort of your own home! Some upcoming programs include:
- November 3rd at 2 PM – Hélène Grimaud and the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks perform Mozart
- November 5th at 2 PM – Hélène Grimaud and the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Bach, Silvestrov and Dvořák
- November 6th at 10:30 AM – Hélène Grimaud and Jan Vogler perform Schumann, Brahms and Shostakovich
- November 18th at 2:30 PM - Giovanni Sollima: Portrait of an Italian
Video on Demand: medici.tv has over 700 programs available for streaming including filmed concerts, archived movies (from such legends as Maria Callas and Leonard Berstein), documentaries on performers and composers and educational programs and master classes.
To access this resource: Go to the American University Library webpage –> select “Search Databases” –> and find medici.tv!!!