Overview of Myriad: The Ultimate Audio Batch Processor

Hey, guys. Eric Tarr here for theproaudiofiles.com.

I’ve got a video for you to demonstrate some really cool software created by the company called Audiofile Engineering. This is their standalone application called Myriad.

It’s meant to be the ultimate audiophile batch processor, so if you’re someone that’s a songwriter; producer; DJ; someone as part of your creative process you’ve got to work with, and deal with, and manage hundreds or maybe even thousands of sound files on your computer.

This software is meant to help you out, speed up your creative process, let you get back to making music, and worry less about being a librarian.

What I’m going to do is demonstrate how I like to use this software, even just to do a very simple set of processes on sound files that I’m working with as part of a sample pack, just so that I can put them in a format that works best with my workflow.

So here’s the software. The basic idea is you’re going to load in and analyze your sound files over here. I’ll display some of the details over here that you can check and analyze, and you can switch between these different tabs.

Over here is where you can see a list of all of the different processes — individual processes built into this software. The idea is you can run each of these things individually, or you can build up a list and batch process all of these things at one time.

So whether you need to change the amplitude of all of the sound files, analyze some stereo information, do things like convert it from different formats — one to the other — all sorts of different options for you. Really just depends on what you need to use the software for, but you can use it for just about anything.

So what I’m going to do is work with a set of loops that are part of a sample pack, put them in a format that I want to work with.

So as an example, over here I’m going to bring up a sample pack created by the company, “I Want That Sound.” They’ve got some great drum samples.

Here, I’m going to pull up some of their loops that they’ve got. I just drill down in here and maybe grab a bunch of these things altogether.

All you’ve got to do, if you want to analyze things in Myriad, just drag and drop them over here into the list. You’ll see that it will take a second, but they’re going to very quickly analyze all of these different sound files that you’ve brought in. 25 different sound files.

Now, if I want to just look at an individual one, I can click on it and I can see different kinds of information that’s in there.

So as an example, one of the things that I’ve noticed is that with these sound files as part of this sample pack, many of them are normalized, and you can see here that they’ve been peak normalized close to almost 0dBFS.

Now, when I’m working with all of these different loops inside of a Digital Audio Workstation, right now, usually all of the first thing I’ve got to do is I’ve got to import them in, and then turn the amplitude of them down.

Why? Because I like to layer a bunch of loops and samples on top of each other, so if all of these things are normalized to 0dBFS, as soon as I start to layer them, it screws up the gain staging inside of my session.

So what I want to do is actually change the peak normalization of all of these sound files together in a very quick, fast way, rather than having to do it all manually each time I pull them up inside of my Digital Audio Workstation.

Another thing here with all of these sound files is that they’ve been — have the sampling rate of 44.1kHz. Now, that’s great. There’s no problem with that, except as a songwriter, as a producer myself, I almost always work at 48kHz. 48,000 samples per second. That’s usually the session format that I use.

So what happens if I wanted to bring these sound files into my session, my Digital Audio Workstation – Pro Tools will convert the sound files automatically because it detects that there’s a mismatch, and converts them up to 48kHz. There’s really no problem with that, except one of the really cool things about this software is it has really, really high quality sample rate converters built in.

This is one by the company called, “Good Hertz.” If you’re not really familiar with this process of converting between sampling rates, definitely check out Good Hertz and the documentation and information they’ve got about their really, really nice sample rate converter.

So I’d much rather actually use this software and their converter to do that process, rather than just relying on my Digital Audio Workstation.

So here’s what I’m going to do. There’s two things that I want to do at the same time. I want to take all of these sound files, and I’m just going to process all of them together.

One of the things I want to do is normalize all of the files, and instead of normalizing them to be peak of 0dBFS, I want to normalize them to be peak of -6. So actually half the level.

This will help me gain stage them as soon as I start to layer them on top of each other.

The other thing that I want to do is I want to come down here and make use of this sample rate converter. Now, I can do all of this at one time. It’s an entire workflow now. Multiple processes together.

I’m going to make sure I’ve got selected all of the files and I’m going to run the workflow, and you’ll see this is the folder in which all of the sound files are going to be deposited after they’re done.

So I’ll run this workflow, switch over to activity, and just after a few seconds in this case, all of the files are processed with zero errors. So now, I’ve got a folder that contains all of these sound files from the sample pack that are put into a format that I want to use as part of my process of making music.

Saves me a lot of time then. So that’s all I wanted to demonstrate for you. Definitely check out audiofile-engineering.com.

That’s audiophile, with phile being f-i-l-e, and it’s hyphen engineering dot com, and check out Myriad.

Really, I think there’s a lot of stuff in here for a lot of people. So I’ll catch you guys next time.

Eric Tarr

Eric Tarr

Eric Tarr is a musician, audio engineer, and producer based in Columbus, Ohio. Currently a Professor of Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
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