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kristin fraser
Audio for bad computers
on Aug 24, 2010 at 3:44:05 pm

Help. I have an intranet project for a client and most of their computers lack external speakers. Any suggestions on audio optimization (beyond the obvious of telling them to get external speakers if they want to send video on their intranet)?


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John Fishback
Re: Audio for bad computers
on Aug 24, 2010 at 6:09:21 pm

How do they monitor audio on their computers? I'm not sure I understand your question.

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kristin fraser
Re: Audio for bad computers
on Aug 24, 2010 at 7:26:01 pm

They use the crappy internal computer speakers.


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John Pale
Re: Audio for bad computers
on Aug 24, 2010 at 7:21:10 pm

I take it they are using the internal speaker on the computer in most cases. Ugh.

After editing, send your mix to Soundtrack Pro and use the compression filter(s) to reduce the dynamic range of the audio. There are some presets to get started, but you will probably want to compress a bit further to get it to sound ok on shitty speakers. Check what it sounds like on your internal speaker to get an idea. When you have something you can live with, go with it.


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Michael Gissing
Re: Audio for bad computers
on Aug 24, 2010 at 9:44:28 pm

To make it sound a little better on a crap speaker, you will also make it sound crap on decent speakers. Don't go overboard with dynamics and EQ and check on better speakers to make sure you don't make it sound ordinary for those that bother to have better speakers.


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