Roger Waters. Comfortably Numb 2022. A Very Different Take Using CGI

I am an unashamed Pink Floyd fan, and also love Roger Waters (who left the band bloody yonks ago).  I had an article a few weeks back about the Pulse video and especially the track Comfortably Numb, which I think I described as a masterpiece in video and visual production overall.

Well, Roger Waters has just released a solo version of it called Comfortably Numb 2022. It is described as a “Dark”: version. It is that, I have to say; and with no guitar solo which was the highlight of previous versions. But it is extremely haunting for other reasons, not the least being the brilliant use of simply almost monochrome CGI panning over a landscape.

You can read into this whatever conflict you will – or all conflicts for that matter – but it does use music and video to project intensly powerful emotions I think, and is a masterclass in video / music creation of simplicity not needing more than careful thought of what exactly you are trying to portray or say.

See for yourself.


Like to create your own music? PRESONUS Releases STUDIO ONE™ 6

PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. today announced the global launch of Studio One6, the latest version of the company’s award-winning music production software for macOS and Windows. Studio One 6 is the most recent chapter in the evolution of one of the bestselling digital audio workstations in the world, featuring industry-leading innovations, mixing improvements and the most advanced user interface customization options available. Version 6 makes audio content creation fast and easy, with everything you need to record, produce, mix, master and perform in a single intuitive application. Studio One 6 is available for purchase as a perpetual one-time license, or as an annual or monthly subscription to PreSonus Sphere via and participating dealers. In addition to the latest two versions of Studio One Professional, PreSonus Sphere™ members get access to expanded collaboration tools in Studio One and online, Community, exclusive educational content, all PreSonus software and add-ons giving the best value to creators and the ultimate Studio One experience. With additional landmark innovations in the works for future iterations, Studio One 6 is just the start of the rollout of a new and improved feature set to support recording professionals.

“In this latest iteration, the team stayed focused on listening to loyal users’ needs, creating innovative solutions to boost productivity in the professional audio production space,” said Arnd Kaiser, General Manager, Software at PreSonus. “We want engineers, producers, recording musicians and creators around the world to feel supported and inspired to build their best work yet. Studio One has evolved over the past 12 years and is now an established major player in the audio production space known for unique features and a fast, intuitive workflow. We continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in recording and are now the first digital audio workstation in the industry to feature end-to-end lyric support for both audio and MIDI, from songwriting to recording and live performance.”

“We are excited for the launch of Studio One 6 and are fully invested in supporting the continued expansion and adoption of Studio One as the total solution for professional and committed at-home creators,” said Evan Jones, CMO, FMIC. “The global adoption of digital creative and productivity tools continues to grow and expand across all forms of musical expression, in the hands of an even wider audience of creators, producers, mix engineers, and artists. Together with PreSonus hardware and Studio Onewe’re providing the total solution for professional and committed at-home creators, and we can’t wait to hear the music they’ll make.”

Studio One™ 6 offers major new features and enhancements to boost creativity for seasoned professionals; moreover, the redesigned and customizable user interface helps creators focus on the task at hand. Studio One 6 is available in both perpetual (priced at $399.95 USD for Professional) or as part of the PreSonus Sphere™ subscription, which gives members every upgrade for free. Going forward, PreSonus Sphere™ members ($14.95/month or $164.95 annual) will always have access to the current version of Studio One Professional as well as one version back, giving them the freedom to upgrade whenever it works best with their projects.

Studio One 6’s top new features include:

  1. Smart Templates: New Smart Templates combine preconfigured tracks and channels with a customized user interface and automatic download of required content to get started recording and producing right away. Smart Templates provide essential tool sets for the tasks at hand, including basic recording, beat making, mixing stems, mastering an album, setting up for a live show and more. Smart Templates include a convenient drop zone to easily import needed content like audio, video and MIDI files as well as interactive tutorials with instructions and links to related video content.
  2. Customization Editor: The new Customization Editor provides a convenient and easy way to show or hide nearly all tools and functions, customizing the user interface to create a streamlined, focused workflow for the task at hand.  First-time users, seasoned professionals and everyone in between can create a Studio One interface customized for their needs. Best of all, customizations can be saved to recall at will — a few for essential workflows are provided as jumping-off points.
  3. Industry-leading Lyrics Support: Studio One 6 now provides powerful, industry-leading lyric support. Lyrics can be added to scores, MIDI productions, audio sessions – even live performances! Use the all-new Lyrics Display as an editor, a teleprompter or a quick, innovative way to navigate a lyric-laden production. When working with Score or Piano view, lyrics can be attached to notes word by word or by syllable. Lyrics can also be transferred to the Show Page to use during rehearsals or performances.
  4. Global Video Track: Content creators and sound-to-picture professionals alike will appreciate the all-new Global Video Track and its intuitive workflow. Add video clips by simply dragging video files onto the timeline. The Video Track can hold an unlimited number of video clips, making it easy to work on multiple reels of a feature film in a single session. Video thumbnails are generated automatically to provide a preview for easy navigation. A dedicated sub-track is provided for embedded audio to use as reference, complete with mixer channel, full plug-in processing and output routing options.
  5. Advanced PreSonus Sphere Collaboration: Studio One 6 deepens the integration with the PreSonus Sphere™ fully loaded with powerful, cloud-based collaboration Workspaces, using convenient sharing options and built-in sync options right from the main menu. An all-new comprehensive installation window lets members quickly explore, download and install exclusive PreSonus Sphere™ content, with a variety of display, search and filter options.
  6. New Plugins: It wouldn’t be a Studio One upgrade without new and improved Native plug-ins and version 6 is no exception. The Studio One new De-Esser is an efficient and intuitive tool for taming vocal sibilance and other high-frequency sounds. The new Vocoder is a creative playground that lets users turn a voice or any audio source into a unique synth or effect. Finally, the ever-popular ProEQ, Autofilter, Mai Tai, Sample One XT and Presence XT have all been significantly enhanced and improved.

“From 2017 on, Studio One has been the official DAW here at Studio DMI, in every room, for every purpose,” said Luca Pretolesi, Grammy Nominated Mixing and Mastering Engineer at Studio DMI Las Vegas. “Every record I’ve worked on so far, from big album projects like Drake to dance records for Diplo, has been done in Studio One. PreSonus Studio One 6 is out and it’s great. There are so many improvements and I think everyone at PreSonus read my mind. They elevated certain functionality and features that are very important for my workflow, especially the Channel Overview. Staying on one channel and being able to access everything on the channel is a key element for me. I love the additional function on the sidechain; it was already crazy before. The ProEQ3 is even better. The dynamic functionality and the solo make it the ultimate EQ in a plugin format.”

Studio One 6 introduces a long list of additional new features and enhancements, including improvements to the Console, the Browser, the Start Page and much more. In addition, the Studio One 6 Console is also packed with new features developed at the request of the loyal Studio One community. Fader Flip lets users control FX/Bus sends, sidechains and Cue Mix sends all from the main faders. Stereo channels now feature a choice between balance, dual or binaural panning as well as a new panner pop-up editor. The new Channel Overview provides a single, consolidated view of all channel parameters, including input controls, inserts, sends and Cue Mix sends for the selected channel that can be pinned to keep a critical eye on individual channels. Finally, Studio One 6 takes workflow efficiency to a new level with Track Presets, storing every aspect of a given track or channel for instant recall, even for multiple selected tracks/channels.

There are various pricing options available and they can be seen here (in USD$)


Music Creation / Libraries. An overview of Smartsound Sonicfire 6

Just recently, the hoary old problem of music use in videos popped up again. It’s one of those things that surfaces from time to time, mainly by people asking about the legality of using commercial music in their videos for their own use.

So at the start, let’s get one thing very clear.

In every aspect, it is illegal to use someone else’s music in your productions without express permission from the publisher of that music. Note the word “publisher”. Just because your favourite track is a song by for example Sting, it doesn’t mean you can just add it as a music track.

I pick Sting here purposely (but I could have picked say Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder or various others) as while he performed the song, and maybe even wrote it, he is NOT the publisher as he and those others (at least) sold the rights to companies such as Sony Music.

So you would need the written permission from Sony Music to use the track.  And that is a “Good luck with that” thing, or less likely, it’ll cost you about 10 years’ salary…

Of course, in the real world, if you make a video with a soundtrack by Billie Eilish and only your family will ever see it, and it is not on the ‘net in the public domain in any shape or form, Ms Eilish will never find out and the Music Polis will never come banging on your door.

There is the slight hitch though that Ms Eilish (or whoever) will never see a financial benefit from what is rightfully hers, but that I guess is between you and your conscience.

The way I have got around this, and therefore never get the dreaded YouTube ‘strike’ is by using a program called Smartsound Sonicfire 6.

Unlike a simple library of songs and tunes, Sonicfire 6 allows you to actually dig into the music and play with it to create something absolutely unique. You can change the length and it automatically adjusts accordingly, play around with tempos and timing, fiddle around with the instruments used and most importantly in specific tracks, alter what is called “Mood Mapping”.

To quote the online help system, “Mood Mapping allows for quick adjustment of the instrument layers to best suite your needs. With Mood Mapping, you define your emotional and structural requirements for a scene along the Sonicfire Pro timeline and any SmartSound Multi-Layer Music track not only fits the length from beginning to end, but it adjusts instrument levels and musical arrangements to best match your defined Mood. This new level of flexibility and immediate results delivers the ultimate emotional impact for your production.

Moods are different present instrument levels designed to accommodate several different scenarios. When you select a Multilayer track from the Search window, you can choose from the different preset instrument mixes by using the Mood dropdown menu. You can also create a custom instrument mix from the Advanced section.”

You also have access to what are called “hit files” that can be dropped into a track at a pre-determined location. An example of a hit file is the sound of a window smashing, the drawing of a blade from a sheath, the deep sound of a tolling bell, and so on.

The music library (and effects and hit files) you can get from Smartsound is huge and grows almost daily. And once you have an album, it is of course yours and no further royalties or fees need to be paid.

And so you are aware, this is NOT a paid plug for the company! I have been using Sonicfire for about 10 years now and am very happy as a customer with it indeed!

You can get a 21 day trial of the package and some sample files to play with at Its available for Mac and Windows, and there are also plugins for popular NLEs such as Adobe Premiere and After Effects, Final Cut, Pinnacle and Vegas Pro.

I think you’ll be impressed!

So You Want to (Legally) Add Copyright Music to a Film. Here’s the Right Way to Do It.

Many people who are into filmaking in all its possible variances – short films, doccos, news, feature length movies or simply just for fun – want to at some point add copyrighted music. It might be from their favourite artist, a piece that just fits or a particular mode or lyrics.

The long and the short is you can’t, not without going through the correct approval process(es) anyway. I contacted APRA, the governing body in Australia for their advice, and here is what they sent me.

In order to create a video containing music, and then post it publicly online, there are three areas of copyright which must be cleared. The first two are for the actual creation of the video. The third step is to then make the video available online.

  1. Synchronisation

 Whenever music is included in any type of video (audio/visual production), this is referred to as a synchronisation. “Synch” rights must be obtained in order to create any video. This is usually through the publisher of the song. This includes background music, especially in a commercial context.

  1. Master Rights

If you are using any recording of a song you have not created yourself, you must obtain permission to use the recording (or “master rights”) from owner of the recording, usually a record company. If you are using your own recording (e.g. a cover version you have commissioned or a live recording you have filmed yourself) then you do not need to seek master rights.

If you require assistance in identifying the publishing rights holders of a particular work, you can use our search feature found on our website, by clicking the menu button and selecting search works.

You will then need to contact them directly to obtain a quote for the use of the song and sound recording.

  1. Communication rights

To then make this video available online, the communication right to broadcast (i.e. stream) the video from a website must be cleared through APRA AMCOS, as we administer these rights on behalf of composers and music publishers.  For more information on communication licences, please provide the website where the video will be hosted, whether or not the video will be generating any revenue. We may require more information depending on these answers. In regards to Facebook, YouTube & Instagram, currently APRA licences them directly for the streaming of videos which contain copyright music. This means no additional rights need to be cleared with APRA to upload a video directly to these sites. The Sync and Master rights still must still be cleared as described in points 1 and 2.

If you want some more information here are the contact details:

 Emma Hughes
Account Assistant, Recorded Licensing

Media Licensing

16 Mountain Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

P +61 02 9935 7626