Giants pass on high-profile free agent, move forward with in-house options

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Farhan Zaidi has a type.He showed it with his first free agent signing –switch-pitcher Pat Venditte– and he’s continued to show it with each subsequent addition to the Giants roster.“They were one of the first teams to reach out,” Venditte said of the Giants. “They were in the first wave, the first couple days of free agency.”As dozens of journeymen free agents wait for the phone to ring this February, a reliever with limited big league experience who happens to be the most …last_img

SA jazz legend’s albums reissued

first_img22 June 2007The long out-of-print recordings of South African vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin, a key link between the American and South African jazz traditions, will be re-issued digitally throughout the upcoming year, along with never-before-released material.Originally from Cape Town, Benjamin is one of South Africa’s musical treasures, having established herself as a master interpreter of American jazz standards.Currently living in New York, she recorded 11 albums throughout her career, earning a Grammy nomination and recording with legendary figures such as Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and her husband, Abdullah Ibrahim.Benjamin’s interpretations earned her a devoted audience and the highest praise of critics, with Jules Epstein of the Philadelphia Tribune writing: “There may be 10 great jazz singers alive today, and Sathima Bea Benjamin is unquestionably one.”In Jazztimes, Robin Kelley describes Benjamin as “South Africa’s greatest jazz singer and one of the best the world has ever known.”Her work in jazz and in support of the exiled African National Congress (ANC) during apartheid earned her the Order of Ikhamanga, South Africa’s highest civilian honour in the creative and performing arts, in 2004.This week, Benjamin digitally released Cape Town Love. The album, recorded during a return trip to her native South Africa, showcases Benjamin’s ability to infuse American jazz standards with Cape Town rhythms and scales.Cape Town Love features the pianistic talents of Henry February, a pioneer in the early Cape Jazz scene and mentor to major South African jazz figures, including Abdullah Ibrahim, Chris McGregor, and Benjamin herself.In October, Benjamin will celebrate her 71st birthday by digitally re-issuing A Morning in Paris, her long-lost 1963 recording with Duke Ellington, featuring Billy Strayhorn and Abdullah Ibrahim as pianists.The remainder of Benjamin’s catalogue, including the Grammy-nominated album Dedications, will be released by mid-2008.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Premiere Pro Tips: 3 Options for Separating Boom and Lav Audio Files

first_imgHere are a few ways you can properly balance two different audio sources so they sound like one using Adobe Premiere Pro.Cover image via Shutterstock.For many productions, working with both a boom mic and a wireless lavalier kit is often the best option for recording audio. It’s a great way to get directional audio on set with the boom, while the lav is a great way to make sure your subject’s voice is clear. It also covers any flaws or imperfections in the boom or lav by giving you options to fill (like too much room noise from the boom, or occasional noises from the lav brushing against clothing).However, if you’re recording audio in a setup that takes in each source as a separate channel (with, say, a Zoom H4 or a camera like a GH5 — as opposed to recording each to separate external recorders), you’ll find that once you pull your audio into your edit, it will be stereo split between the left and right channels (see below).You can fix this several different ways, but let’s look at these three simple options. Once you get your channels they way you want them, you can use any other audio editing tips or tricks at your disposal.1. Import as Mono ChannelsThe first trick is to tackle the problem from the get-go and change how you import your audio files into Premiere Pro. If you go to the Preferences tab in Premiere Pro CC, you’ll find options for Audio (third down). There, among other options, you’ll see a Default Audio Tracks box, which defaults to “Use File” as it comes in. To separate your stereo audio track into two different tracks, all you need to do is change the options to Mono. Voilà!2. Use Fill Left and Fill Right EffectsThe second trick is to use the the “Fill Left with Right” and “Fill Right with Left” effects in your default Audio Effects tab (see above). To start, you’ll need to duplicate your stereo audio track, then apply the Fill Left effect to one and the Fill Right effect to the other. This will give you two separate audio tracks — the left and right will both be the same. Be careful, though, as you’ll have to do this with every file every time, and they will not automatically stay connected, so you’ll have to manually move them around in your edit as needed.3. Reverse Audio ChannelsThe third trick, similar to the one above, is to (again) duplicate your audio track, then go into the audio channel properties of each one and manually change the “Media Source Channels” so they’re the same for both left and right (see above). Again, this is a quick solution, but it still requires you to work with two audio tracks for most of your edit.Once you have your channels separate, you can work with each audio track as you would with any, using all of your favorite tips and tricks. Here are some great resources to check out.Editing Audio with the Essential Sound Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro5 Essential Final Cut Pro Audio Editing TutorialsAudio Editing: Mixing Speech and Music in Premiere ProAdobe’s Project VoCo Could Change How We Edit AudioSound Editing vs. Sound Mixing: What’s the Difference?last_img read more

Heat go over .500, top Wizards

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “It seems like every time we play one another it comes down to a fourth-quarter game,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.TIP-INSWizards: Washington missed tip-ins to close each of the first two quarters. … Markieff Morris, who will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a neck issue, was on the court pregame getting in some very light non-contact work alongside Wizards assistant coach Kristi Toliver. … John Wall, who has made Miami an offseason base in recent years, was on the Wizards’ bench. He’ll have season-ending surgery on his left heel in the coming days.Heat: Dion Waiters, who made his season debut Wednesday in Cleveland, did not play. Waiters got minutes Wednesday in part because Wade was unavailable because of a 24-hour virus. … Miami finished with 62 points in the paint. … The Heat lost games when they were 3-3, 5-5, 16-16 and 17-17.ALL-STAR WADE?Wade is second among Eastern Conference guards in fan balloting for next month’s All-Star Game, which surprised him. “I just appreciate and am humbled by people taking the time out to want to see my old self in the All-Star Game,” Wade said. He’s gotten massive amounts of fan support everywhere the Heat have played in this, his 16th and final season, and is already a 12-time All-Star.PORTER WORKINGPorter played in his second game since coming back from a strained muscle in his leg, working his way up to 21 minutes. He was 7 for 14 from the field, but missed all five of his tries from 3-point range. “Otto’s feeling much better,” Brooks said. “We just want to keep his minutes at a manageable spot for the next game or two and go from there.”UP NEXTWizards: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday. Washington has lost all nine of its previous trips to Oklahoma City. Trevor Ariza scored 21, Otto Porter Jr. had 14 and Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant each added 10 for Washington.Washington cut the Miami lead to three on a driving layup by Beal with 1:27 remaining. Wade made one free throw on the next Miami possession, moments before Beal connected on a pullup 3 to get Washington within 110-109.Miami then had the game’s final five points.“If we have the same effort and intensity every night, we love our chances,” Beal said.Miami led 95-86 going into the fourth, the seventh time in the last nine games between the clubs that someone held a single-digit lead going into the final 12 minutes. The Heat led by 11 early, but eventually the Wizards settled in and the first three quarters featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Heat: Visit Atlanta on Sunday. Miami has averaged 115.5 points against the Hawks this season, but is 0-2 in the season series. Olympiakos deals Rick Pitino, Panathinaikos first loss in Euroleague PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks for an opening past Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, and forward Sam Dekker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — For the first time since October, the Miami Heat walked off the court with a winning record.Hassan Whiteside scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Josh Richardson added 18 points and the Heat scrambled in the final minutes to hold off the Washington Wizards 115-109 on Friday night and move to 19-18, getting over the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “It’s definitely a good mental note,” Richardson said. “A reason to be positive and excited going forward. We just have to keep rolling now.”James Johnson scored 17 points and Dwyane Wade had 14 for Miami, which has won 12 of its last 17 games. Justise Winslow had 13 points and 10 assists for Miami, which lost its last four chances to get over .500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I saw some growth in our team tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Bradley Beal led all scorers with 33 points for Washington, which had the NBA’s longest current road losing streak extended to eight games. Beal also had nine rebounds and seven assists.last_img read more