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soundBlade “capture” steps

I had a few requests to list my soundBlade “capture” steps, so i made this long tedious list. I’ve done this many thousands of times, so i compiled this list from memory. Hopefully might be helpful

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Dual DAW setup, pitching from Pro Tools, thru Analog Hardware, & Capturing w soundBlade.
soundBlade Capture, step by step.

Preparation:
Boot up the Mac
Check the ADC Hardware Sample Rate
Open Lynx Audio Mixer, confirm Sync settings
Open Audio Midi Utility, confirm Sync settings
Open soundBlade on the Dock
Open a New Session, Command N
Arrange Modules on the Screen
Name the Session
Save to desired Location, Audio HD, Command S.
Check Audio Sync Setting in sB, Option A.
Load Limiter Plug-In on top slot of Master Section, check settings
Load Analyzer ditto....

Recording & Capturing:
Create a REC folder for the project, with the artist name, Audio HD.
Set parameters for new Captured audio file, name, type, bit-depth, & location
Check the Audio/Mixer Routing, usually remains correct.
Toggle the I/O to Input Monitor, Key Command
Check Record Status is armed, hold the xxx key and click the R button on channel 1.
Confirm Audio Monitoring & Level
Play the Mix from the Pitching DAW, adjust it’s settings,
Make Adjustments on Analog Mastering Hardware to taste.
Place the Cursor to desired location in sB ‘Montage’
Hit the Record Key in sB, Backslash, ‘Montage’ turns Red, Red Cursor too
Play the Mix, pitching from Pro Tools,
Listen to the Audio as it Captures, to confirm desired sound
Watch the Meters & Analyzer for proper level, etc...
Hit the Spacebar after the Song has finished
Save while working, Command S, soundBlade may crash sometimes🙂
Switch the Input Monitor Key to Output Monitor
bypass the Limiter in the Master Section, on the actual limiter plug-in, the sB bypass doesn't do it on some plug-ins.
Listen to the Captured Printed Master to confirm desired quality.
Trim the Top & Tail to desired length, just a Rough Edit
Add any desired Fades, also a Rough Edit.
Sonic Noise Reduction, Manual DeClicker can be applied at this point, if needed, is especially amazing.
Move the Mastered Track to the desired location in the sB ‘Montage’
Don’t Drop In Markers Until all Tracks are Mastered and Sequenced.
Place Cursor at approximate location for next Capture in sB ‘Montage’ to the right of the previous track.
Activate Limiter, Switch to Input Monitor & Arm Recording
Play the next track from pitching DAW.
Make adjustments ITB Pro Tools & OTB Analog Hardware to taste, while listening
Hit the Record Key, backslash, listen to audio & observe meters.
Hit the Spacebar to stop recording, switch to Output Monitor
Bypass Limiter in Master section
Compare to previous Mastered Track for consistent Level & overall desired sound.
Repeat the process until all Tracks/Songs are Mastered.
Save & Save often while working, Command S, soundBlade may crash sometimes🙂
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Assemble & Sequence the Masters:
Line up all the Mastered Tracks in the correct Sequence in the sB ‘montage’
Do any Required Inner-Track Editing if needed.
Adjust Tops, Tails, Fades, & Gaps
Set the Start of the 1st Track to 2 seconds on the ‘montage’ Timeline.
Check the Transitions from Track to Track, make any needed adjustments to fades and gaps
After you’re satisfied with the flow, Select All Audio in the sB ‘Montage’
Go to Markers Drop Down Top Menu select “Markers to Edited Regions”
Save, I even save a session copy often to an alternate HD as a working backup, should there be a fatal sB crash.
Double check Start Marker placement in Zoomed mode for accuracy. remove any superfluous Marks.

Playlist & Metadata:
After you’re satisfied with everything on the sB ‘montage’
Go to the Playlist Window in sB, with the Marked Tracks listed in Sequence, Command M.
Enter the Name of the Album & Artist in the Top Fields
Check Spelling on all the listed Tracks for accuracy, fix any typos.
Copy the Artist name and paste into each Track Artist field.
Enter the ISRC into the appropriate field on the 1st Track in the Playlist,
check the Auto Increment ISRC box in Playlist, enter and use Down Arrow on the Playlist to populate the ISRC in the remaining tracks.
Populate the UPC field in the Playlist if needed.
Save & Save Often. Do a working Session Doc backup here, because whynot?
Close the Playlist, Save, then reopen it to confirm all the metadata is entered & correct.

Delivery:
DDP ‘Render’ to 16-bit 44.1kHz DDP Image folder
In the main sB Window above the ‘montage’ set Dither to On, and Resolution to 16-bit. right clicks?
Open the Playlist, select the DDP(?) button, Create & Name a New folder on the Audio HD for the DDP.
Hit the ‘Render’ button to begin the process, watch cursor move through the edited tracks on the montage!
After the Render/Bounce completes, close the sB Master Session, but don’t Quit sB
Open the Session’s DDP file, by pressing Command-Option(?) O, navigate to the DDP folder, select & open.
Check to make sure everything Bounced correctly, Audio, Marks & Metadata
Then if you want, you can Burn a CD at that point, from the CD burn window.
Export a PQ Log sheet.

Exporting:
Chances are you’ll want to Export various Wave files for your Clients.
Return to the Master Audio Session if you want to Export 24-bit files.
Reurtutn the audio settings at the top of the montage to 24-bit, No Dither.
Select the Audio you want to export in the Montage.
Command E brings up the Export window with various options of file types, bit depth, dither & resolution.
Alternately there is a menu command ‘Export Tracks’ that will export each Track from one Start Mark to the next at 8x real time.
If there are overlapping edits and crossfades, you’ll need to bounce the entire montage audio as one big file,
Lock the Marks, Save a Copy of the Session, I usually add the ‘EXP’ to the name.
Then Delete all the edited “Clips” Regions etc, making sure the Marks are Locked and still in place.
Then Drop the contiguous exported audio .wav file in the new empty montage, and place it at the 1st Start Mark at 2 seconds.
Save & Save often!
Then go to the dropdown Menu and select Export Tracks, watch the export progress of the cursor highlighting each track in lovely yellow gold against a deep blue background!
Then go to the Export folder, and a numbers 01,02, 03, etc if desired.

Another Export method is to Select any desired audio in the ‘montage’ at any point in the session, press Command E, which brings up the export dialogue, configure parameters and location, and Export.
I always like do double check my Exported files & verify they are good, before uploading to Clients!

At the end of the process, i like to open the DDP file in Sonoris DDP Creator to check & update the DDP, create an MD5 Checksum, Export Standard Waves, with metadata, and a PQ Log sheet pdf. It will also export MP3s.

Sonic soundBlade, a truly Great sounding DAW, an amazing editing environment, grew from Sonic Solutions DAW which originated in the later 1980s. For many years Sonic was part of of almost any major label CD release. Dr. James Moorer wrote the original code, much of which is still intact today in soundBlade. That said, soundBlade is 32-bit code and has reached End-of-Life for development, and will Not run on OS X Catalina, or OS 11 Big Sur.
Many of us “Old School” Mastering Engineers will continue to use soundBlade on Legacy Mac systems, because it’s so easy to use and sounds great. I just configured a 2012 Mac mini running OS X 10.12.6 Sierra to specifically run soundBlade, and resurrect session archives.

But technology has moved on, Computers are 64-bit now, as well as DAWs & plug-ins feature 64-bit processing. delivering a variety of file formats quickly and efficiently is also required. So I’m switching to WaveLab 10 which embraces all the new features required for mastering, with many file formats, CPU power, and will continue to be developed over the coming years.

Other DAWs also are continuing, DSP Quattro, Reaper, Hofa... onward and upward!!!

JT 8-1-2021
Old 5 days ago
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Probably should have posted this 10 years ago

when soundBlade was at the top of it’s game!

maybe I can get Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos to buy the company,

and rewrite it for OS 11, with all new 64-bit code, plug-in compatibility,

and retain the same Great sound & editing model !

So Easy and Logical…

Cheers, JT
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