Audacity 2.0 Now Available (Free Podcasting Software)

What three effects should you know?  Noise Removal, Change Pitch, Change Tempo are my choices.

Developers have released Audacity 2.0, the latest version of the free digital audio workstation application.

Some of the new features in Audacity 2.0 include:

  • Many effects significantly improved, especially Equalization, Noise Removal and Normalize. Vocal Remover now included plus GVerb on Windows and Mac. VAMP analysis plug-ins now supported.
  • Improved label tracks with Sync-Lock Tracks feature in the Tracks Menu. Multiple clips per track. Tracks and selections can be fully manipulated using the keyboard. Many more keyboard shortcuts.
  • New Device Toolbar to manage inputs and outputs. Timer Record feature. New Mixer Board view with per-track VU meters.
  • Automatic Crash Recovery in the event of abnormal program termination.
  • Fast “On-Demand” import of WAV/AIFF files if read directly from source. FLAC now fully supported. Added support for optional FFmpeg library for import/export of AC3/M4A/WMA and import of audio from video files.

Audacity is popular with podcasters, especially on Windows, because it offers solid basic recording and editing features, and is free and open source.

Audacity 2.0 is free and available now for Linux, Mac & Windows.

Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

Reblogged from RegHardware.

What was I searching for when I stopped to read this?  Oh, I was looking at StopMotion movies with Legos!

Lego has confirmed it will bring Frodo and co. to its block party this year, with a Lego Lord of the Rings collection set to launch this summer. A Lego The Hobbit range is also earmarked for late 2012 to coincide with the film’s cinema release.

Lego: The Lord of the Rings

Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Legolas, Boromir and Gimli will join Frodo, Pippin, Merry and Samwise Gamgee as minifigures, along with various accompanying Lego sets, which have yet to be officially revealed.

Tolkien fan site, The One Ring, has managed to uncover some of the details, though, leaking several shots of proposed Lego packages, from the inexpensive 83-piece ‘Gandalf Arrives’ to the full blown 1368-piece ‘Battle of Helm’s Deep’.

Lego: The Lord of the Rings

With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey pegged to hit cinemas in December, Lego is preparing its movie tie-in collection as well and has several Hobbit kits in the works.

Alternatively, if you can’t wait for the summer, get crafting your own LoTR-related constructions like the guy who used 50,000 blocks on a Barad-dûr replica.

Video Essay Explains The Speilberg Face

 

If there is one recurring image that defines the cinema of Steven Spielberg, it is The Spielberg Face. Eyes open, staring in wordless wonder in a moment where time stands still. But above all, a child-like surrender in the act of watching, both theirs and ours. It’s as if their total submission to what they are seeing mirrors our own.
The face tells us that a monumental event is happening; in doing so, it also tells us how we should feel. If Spielberg deserves to be called a master of audience manipulation, then this is his signature stroke. [Fandor]