Real Australian Slang with Audio

Introducing “Real Australian Slang + Audio” for Android!

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Real Aussie Slang

After many requests for an Android version of my Aussie Lingo app for iPhone and iPad I decided it was time to knuckle down, learn the Android SDK and put an app together. The “Real Australian Slang” android app contains over 440 audio examples of Australian phrases and sayings and the ability to search for the right phrase or word for the situation.

You for more info check out the page on google play here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sandymilne.realaussieslang

Any feedback or suggestions let me know?

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Fighting Chance Sound Design

Just before I finished up working at Risk Sound I had the pleasure of working on the sound design for a fun short film called “Fighting Chance” with director Matt Mirams

Sound wise it was great fun to work on and I used a lot of low frequencies, thunder and lightning to create the sonic character of death. I spent a lot of time cleaning up the audio and fixing the dialog which was a little patchy but RX2 made a pretty good job of saving most of it. I also had a lot of fun working on the punch sounds and used a foley plug-in that I wrote along with some of guys from soundfirm to do all the footsteps. Enjoy

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Afternoon Sunny MultiWii Flight

So things have been a little quiet on the website front as of late as I’ve not only got a bunch of projects on the boil but have started a new job working full time as a mobile developer for Yellowfin BI. It’s a bit of a change from splitting my time between sound production and I.T geekyness to full time geekyness but I’m really enjoying having the time to get my head fully into development and it’s great to be part of such an awesome company and team.
I’m not dropping my sound skills by any means and have been enjoying working on a bunch of sound projects for myself again.
Now that I’m a bit more settled I’m going to start posting my random mix of sound, code and now quadcopter randomness.
Starting with this FPV flight around a local park with my MultiWii Scarab armour.

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Batch Convert WAV to a-law or u-law on a Mac

So I’ve been having to do a few conversions of WAV files for old phone systems that require either u-law or a-law encoded audio a bit lately. I’ve been using sox in terminal but decided I need to speed things up a little so decided to create a shell script to process the audio.

On a Mac with this simple script all you need to do is to dowload SoX and put the sox folder at the base level of your filesystem (on your mac HD) at /sox. You can change this in the script by altering the soxloc=”/sox/sox”; line

Then all you need to do is open the Terminal and first drag the script on to the window. Then just drag the folder that contains all the audio files and hit enter.

The script will start looping through the files and converting each one.

You can change any of the parameters like sample rate or encoding just by altering the “-r 8000 -c 1 -e u-law” part

#! /bin/sh

soxloc="/sox/sox";
tempfile="";
echo "WAV to u-law converter script by Sandy Milne V1" 

shopt -s nullglob
for f in "$1"/*.wav
do
	echo "Processing - $f"
	
	
	"$soxloc" "$f" -r 8000 -c 1 -e u-law "${f%.*}"-ulaw.wav
	
        
done

You can download the script here: convert-to-u-law.sh.zip

Hope it’s useful.

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MultiWiiCopter Flights at the beach

I been getting down to the beach a bit to escape from the city and have been taking my Scarab quadcopter for a fly in a paddock I found that backs on to the beach.

I’m still sorting out a couple of vibration wobbles, which I now have a solution for, but finally feeling like I am getting the hang of flying with the on board camera and video transmitter.

Here are the results of a quick video edit with music by one of my favorite artists at the moment Pretty Lights.

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Some Objective-C Handy Additions in iOS6

Here are a few small objective-c language additions that were added in iOS6 that I have found myself using a lot recently  and thought I would share them.

You can create a NSNumber easily now with the below line:

NSNumber *number = @3;

You can create a populated array using the below code.

NSArray *fruit = @[@"Apple",@"Banana",@"Orange"];

You can create a populated dictionary easily using this line:

NSDictionary *cats = @{ @”Fred” : @”Large”, @”Dave” : @”Small”};

 

 

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R to the adio production and RSPCA Big Beg

The Big Beg is a fund raising initiative for RSPCA that asks people to record a video of their pet begging to raise awareness and donations for the RSPCA.

Myself and some of the other engineers at Risk Sound helped to create and mix the soundtracks for the web and television commercials.

Here is the end result.

I also thought I would add some more radio ads which add to my radio ad ads…

Foxtel Business radio radio

Deakin International Students Radio

Foxtel Footy Radio

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Venturing into the land of multirotors

So things have been pretty nuts again over the last couple of months which has been great although I feel that I’ve been neglecting this site a bit, so I’m going to aim to step it up and put a bit more effort into maintaining and updating over the coming weeks. There’s been a couple of interesting sound projects and I’m still chipping away on and a couple of iOS apps that are taking a lot longer than expected.
Now that I’m not studying anymore I’ve discovered a new hobby/addiction and built a radio controlled quadcopter with an open source arduino flight controller that runs the multiWii 2.2 software.
It’s been quite a learning experience but it’s a great combination electronics, programming and just building cool stuff.

The kit I bought was the MulitiWiicopter Scarab Metal armor from MultiWiiCopter.com who are an Australian based company that develop and sell kits and other multirotor related stuffs.
In learning to fly I’ve crashed it a lot but only had to replace one of the engine mounts so it’s proved it’s toughness over and over. It’s taken me a bit longer to learn to fly in ACRO mode which is just using the gyros, not self leveling with the accelerometer, but you have so much more control in this mode and I recommend putting in the time to learn to fly in this mode.

I’m still learning to fly but now am spending more time in the air then crashing into the grass, here is a video of my local park flight

I’ll be aiming to add more info and flights here once I get better at flying.

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Victoria, George, Edward and Thatcher Sound Design

It’s been another couple of busy months of work and play. I’ve just finished working on a bunch of TVC and Radio sport as well as some really good short films that required some pretty in depth sound design. One of these was Fighting Chance by Matt Mirams who I worked on the short film Kevin Is… with. Fight scenes are always a lot of fun to work on and I love layering different sounds and creating the perfect painful punch sound.
I’ve also got a couple of iOS projects in development for sound engineers that I should be releasing later this year.

A couple of years ago I worked on a project with my friend Callum Cooper which was shown at Toronto International Film Festivalin 2010. He has now decided to release it and it has already been picked by Vimeo as a staff favoriate.

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Radio Radio and More Radio

So it’s been an amazingly busy couple of months and I feel like I am only just coming up for air now in March. I’ve been putting my head down and working on some great sound and programming projects over the last couple of months and will post more about these when they come into fruition.
For now I thought I would post a couple of radio spots I’ve created over the last couple of months

I recently heard someone describe TV as “radio with pictures”, as a sound designer I totally agree with this mentality. Yes I am biased but more and more sound is treated as the second class citizen on shoots and in general. I like being able to create something from scratch and not have to deal with any bad location sound at all…
Anyway that’s my short rant for the moment, here are the pre-rant mentioned ads haha

Plan Melbourne 45 Second Radio

Spirit Of Tasmania Radio

1 of a campaign for Ryobi

Movember from a couple of Movembers ago,

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