All of the New Apps that Do Things OLD-SKOOL

There are fascinating new finds in the digital realm of everything at your fingertips. If you miss the old way of doing things like hearing the sound of each key being typed on a typewriter and the sound of the carriage return “ding” and the FFFT sound of the spacebar, then you’ll find your old world sounds invading your aural sense in the new Hanx Writer app! For a few dollars to the iTunes store, us geek writers over 50 who remember the treasure of earning a Smith Corona self-correcting typewriter (with the white-out ribbon) will delight in the sound of typing on your iPad and the look of the thick QWERTY keyboard in 3 colors modeled after the real deal. And here’s the total nerd catch: you actually have to capitalize and punctuate with focus and attention. And no spell check either! This lil’ app will not add a period for you just because you hit the return key twice! And your I does not auto cap! OK McDonald’s, I’m stealing your inappropriate marketing motto back: “I’m Lovin’ It!” Did I mention that this is the brainchild of Tom Hanks?

About 8 years ago, I marveled at the gall of audio plugin creators to make one that actually ADDS the sound of hiss, noise, scratches, and such to one’s pristinely recorded digital audio! The aptly named “Vinyl” is a “lo-fi plugin that adds a touch of vintage flair to your audio recordings”. (verbiage lifted from the Izotope web page)

Isn’t it amazing to advance to this place where everything we miss about analog hardware can now be re-produced in a digital way to make it more portable and quick to use? I mean, I thought my Smith Corona was pretty darn portable with the nifty carry-case and handle that housed it. But, it’s not as light as an iPad Air with which I can type, record audio AND edit it, shoot video AND edit it, play games, watch TV shows and movies, and plan my future. The only thing it doesn’t do is make me a cup of coffee though I’m sure Apple has planned a future i-something that will do just that and third party developers will come up with “in-app purchase upgrades” that you can buy to make it: a French press cup of java or a percolator, drip, Moka pot, espresso, or vacuum-style designs of coffee creation.

Hey! I think I’m on to something here! I better go find an algorithmagician and an app designer!

Isn’t there an app for that?

1950's era computing...

1950’s era computing…

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About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I was a part-time faculty member until 2009 when I became full-time. My career as an audio engineer spans 27 years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassetter 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991. The club and its staff are like family. I have maintained a live sound production company since 1989 called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST145). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. A few CCSF Projects: - Produced a promotional video for the Math department Bridge Program titled "Quadratic Rap". - Produced a new employee orientation video for the Human Resources department at CCSF - Coordinated audio for camera - SF Mayoral Debate, Fall 2011 - Coordinator of Audio Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Fall 2011 - Co-Coordinator of Video Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Spring 2012 Outside Affiliations: - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - current member of Audio Engineering Society - current Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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