Tag Archives: audio

WMDS – Volume issues

There are at least 3 and maybe 4 different places to adjust the volume when viewing WMDS on the computer or ipad.

1. The speakers you are using.

2. The computer – on Windows, click the volume icon on the bottom right. Make sure things are not muted and the volume is all the way up.

3. There also may be some hardware buttons that mute/unmute the audio and adjust the volume.

4. ONSCREEN, there is yet ANOTHER volume control!

At the bottom of the video window, you should see this. Click it.wmds controls

Slide the volume slider to Max.

Wmds volume

Laptop settings: Screen sleeping, HDMI audio/sound

If your screen is going dark/blank too often – and if you are in Cuddy and having trouble getting your audio to go through the projector [and you are using the HDMI cables], here are the fixes:
The screen going dark is in Control Panel –> Power Options. Select “Balanced”, then “Change Plan Settings”.


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Change it, and then Click the Save Changes button. Feel free to tweak, and even check the advanced power settings – the worst that can happen is you pick something that you don’t like and can change.

As far as the sound – Plug in the HDMI [projector] cable. Open up Control Panels –> sound.
You should see two icons – one refers to the internal speakers [it might say “realtek”]. the other refers to the HDMI cable [I think it says “high definition”].
Click the HDMI one, then click the “Set Default” button, then the “Apply” button.
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Other things to check soundwise:
  • Volume on the wall plate
  • Audio mute on the wall plate
  • Laptop audio not muted
  • Laptop audio volume up

VRP 7 iPad app – record/edit/export audio

  1. SFX = “Sound Effects”
    1. LISTEN – REAL closely. Close your eyes to see if that’s a sound you can use.
    2. Close vs Far – Putting mic close to the sound results in a recording that is very different than when it is far away. A difference of a few inches can be huge.
    3. Levels – AVOID DISTORTION. -6 on the VU meter is a good target.
    4. Use highest quality gear you can get. Lower quality equipmnet does not reproduce everything – you might not be hearing everything that’s in the recording. iPad earbuds are NOT that good. 
    5. Multiple takes are a good idea. Don’t record ONE handclap – record 6 or 7, and pick the best one.
  2. PROCESS: Record –> Edit–> Export
    1. Settings – advanced
      1. Format – always a tradeoff!
        1. MP3 –> smaller file, but lossy compression = not as good audio [but is it good enough?]
        2. WAV –> better quality, bigger files
      2. Sample Rate –>bigger number  = better sound quality
      3. Bit Depth –> bigger number  = better sound quality
      4. Bit Rate [MP3 only] –> bigger number  = better sound quality
      5. CD quality = 16 bits @ 44100 sample rate WAV
      6. Channels = built-in mic is MONO
    2. I suggest after recording you change the filename AND change the title to something that makes sense.
      1. if recording several SFX, start with a number.
        1 snap
        2 crackle
        3 pop
        ………………Makes it easier to access in order on playback.
  4. EDIT
    1. Trim unneeded material at beginning and end – see picts below
    2. Change filename, title, add tags if needed.
    3. Can also duplicate a file
      [ALWAYS WORK ON A DUPLICATE in case something goes awry]
    4. Can also combine files
  5. EXPORT – where do you want it to go?
    1. email – not possible with very large files, though.
    2. photo album
    3. Google Drive
    4. WiFi Download – screen gives an IP address. On the other device you surf to that address, and can download the file.
    5. open w/ other apps
    6. Bluetooth – can send directly to another Bluetooth device if it’s appropriate
    7. Several other options as well


editing VRP7