Author Archives: Jeff Towne

Bio:

Jeff started in radio in the late 1970s at his high school's 10-watt FM station, and continued in college at the University of Pennsylvania's WXPN. For over 20 years, Jeff has been producing interviews for radio, at first with a Marantz cassette recorder and a four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder, and now on digital recorders and computer editing systems. In his more than ten years with Echoes (the nightly music program distributed on over 160 PRI affiliates where Jeff is co-producer, engineer and webmaster) he has done extensive remote recording of interviews and musical performances, produced short-form documentary-style features, and prepared shows for uplink on the public radio satellite system and web distribution.

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Pro Tools: 3 Mixing Basics

January 21 2014

This is the third and final part of our Pro Tools Tutorial. Transom Tools Meister, Jeff Towne, covers basic mixing techniques, including track displays, volume automation, and grouped tracks.

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Pro Tools: 2 Editing Basics

January 2014

Transom Tools Pro, Jeff Towne, tackles the task of sound editing, in this second (of three) of our Pro Tool Tutorial series. Get ready to zoom, shift, and shuffle while learning the fundamentals of cutting digital audio.

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Pro Tools: 1 Overview

January 2014

Jeff Towne's new and improved guide to Pro Tools provides a full breakdown of this much-used (and loved and hated) audio application, focusing on all the stuff you need for radio storytelling. Jeff breaks down his primer into three parts: Overview, Editing, and Mixing.

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Tascam DR-60D

December 2013

Although the Tascam DR-60D is designed primarily as a digital audio recorder for video shoots, our Tools Editor, Jeff Towne, says it's a contender whether you're planning to do radio or video or both.

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Lost and Found Files

August 2013

You finished the interview; it was great. You're ready to transcribe. But... the audio files are missing on your memory card. Or they won't open. Or they seem to have no data. PANIC! Relax, it may be okay. Jeff Towne tells you what to do.

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Voice Recording in the Home Studio

May 2013

Everything you'd want to know about how to record professional-sounding narration when you don't have access to a studio. From independent producer Yowei Shaw and Transom's Tool Guy, Jeff Towne.

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Tascam DR-100mkII

December 2012

Jeff Towne reviews two recent digital audio recorders we’ve been eyeing: the Tascam DR-100mkII and the Olympus LS-100. For the needs of radio producers, one recorder gets a very positive review. The other doesn’t. Jeff will give you the whole story, with photos, sound files, etc.

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Olympus LS-100

December 2012

Jeff Towne reviews two recent digital audio recorders we’ve been eyeing: the Olympus LS-100 and the Tascam DR-100mkII. For the needs of radio producers, one recorder gets a very positive review. The other doesn’t. Jeff will give you the whole story, with photos, sound files, etc.

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Field Gear: Good, Better, Best

October 2012

What you really want to know is: WHAT GEAR SHOULD I BUY… right? We have finally compiled our assessments into dollar-determined good, better, best-ness. There are links to our in-depth reviews and to actually buy the stuff, or at least put it in your Cart and dream. Check it out.

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What Gear Should I Get?

August 2012 | by Jeff Towne

Transom's TOOLS editor Jeff Towne takes a crack at answering the persistent question, what gear should I get?

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