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     Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 02:50 PM EDT


    Thanks, Darth. I have plenty of spare cabling, so I will tinker around with it when I can as well. I just hadn't had the time. Perhaps tonight though. I will check out the tests you sent to the Skype voice mail as well.

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     Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 06:23 PM EDT
    Louis,

    The more I've thought about this today, the more I think the central problem, whether using the wired solution or the unwired, is how to get your own voice un-monitored. Audio HIjack/Soundflower are, in one way of thinking, the software solution to the hardware routing available on the Alesis. In both cases, the only way to get multiple sounds pushed through on Skype is to "fool" it into believing there's a single audio-in. But when you do that, your outgoing voice is a part of that stream. So if you un-monitor your voice, you're un-monitoring the whole signal stream, including the responses of other people over Skype and the very audio clips you're trying to play. Getting the sounds to Skype was dead simple with AHP; keeping that little voice in your head from being a loud, booming voice was the tricky bit.

    Now, surely, the Alesis allows for this quite conveniently, per the wiring discussions we've had already. But going through the Multi-Mix doesn't give you per-channel recording, like Audio Hijack does. It blends it all into one single stream. (Well, technically, it does, but only if you really want to dive into Cubase. And, still, that's only helpful in recording, not necessarily pushing back those elements to Skype in real time so Ken and James can hear it live.) Using the Alesis alone would definitely be a faster way to podcast, but there's not really going to be an easy way to clean up the recording afterwards. Some mistakes would have to be endured. For instance, if you miscue a sound while a conversation is going on, there's no way to edit it out. With Audio Hijack, you can, in fact, record all your elements separately (and together), push it all to Skype and still retain the abilities to edit minor flaws out of the thing. (At least if James and Ken are using it too, and at a minimum recording their own voices live).

    Note that the tutorial I linked to earlier in no way considers the possibility of sending audio clips to the listener at the other end of Skype. It merely suggests a way that you can drop them in, live, so as to minimize post production time. Setting things up as suggested there would probably improve your overall record-to-publish time, but it wouldn't give you shared audio clips over Skype.

    Anyway, I eventually figured out a way to give you a way to cut out the monitor on your own voice. It's a little jury-rigged, but it seems to work. Check your e-mail for details and audio examples.

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     Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:58 AM EDT


    Last night I was sidetracked with repairing some minor problems on my hard disk - what a nice surprise. Then I discovered my optical drive was not recognizing my repair utility disc... Perhaps the super drive needs to be replaced? (I was getting a bunch of coasters last weekend when trying to burn a CD. I had blamed the blank media, but perhaps there is more to it). In the meantime I was able to boot off a backup external HD and make the necessary repairs.

    Anyway, the point is that I didn't get to do any fiddling with the mixer or any post production work last night.

    By the way, I do use Audio Hijack Pro. A great application. Well worth the cost of it.

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     Friday, April 27 2007 @ 03:47 PM EDT
    I have an Enhanced Podcast question for Louis. At my library we are trying to create our first Enhanced Podcast using Garage Band. For some reason, GB won't let us create an enhanced file longer than 1:06:36. I know you've made enhanced Podshock episodes of 1:33:43, 1:23:44, 1:38:33, etc. Is there something we're just missing? Or did you have to do some file merging or something to get the longer episodes?

    Thanks.
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     Friday, April 27 2007 @ 10:21 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Linquel] I have an Enhanced Podcast question for Louis. At my library we are trying to create our first Enhanced Podcast using Garage Band. For some reason, GB won't let us create an enhanced file longer than 1:06:36. I know you've made enhanced Podshock episodes of 1:33:43, 1:23:44, 1:38:33, etc. Is there something we're just missing? Or did you have to do some file merging or something to get the longer episodes?

    Thanks.
    -L


    Hey if you check our very early episodes of Doctor Who: Podshock you will notice that they also max out at 1:06:36 as well (I am sure some listeners wish they still did). The way around this is to simply change the default beats per minute (BPM) setting in GarageBand. It is set to 120 beats per minute by default, which has a limitation of one hour and six minutes (as you have discovered). You can double that time limitation by simply changing the BPM to 60 instead of 120. There is a couple ways to change the setting, but I find the simplest way is to just click on the "120" BPM number in the user interface (towards the bottom of the interface - mimics a LED readout) and you will be presented with a slider, you can then slide it down so the BPM is lower and thus will give you more time.

    Note: it is highly recommended that you do this before you begin recording and/or editing because doing it in the middle of project can have adverse effects such as either changing the pitch of recorded material or causing gaps between segments.

    Let me know how it goes.

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     Saturday, April 28 2007 @ 12:38 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    Hey if you check our very early episodes of Doctor Who: Podshock you will notice that they also max out at 1:06:36 as well (I am sure some listeners wish they still did). The way around this is to simply change the default beats per minute (BPM) setting in GarageBand. It is set to 120 beats per minute by default, which has a limitation of one hour and six minutes (as you have discovered). You can double that time limitation by simply changing the BPM to 60 instead of 120. There is a couple ways to change the setting, but I find the simplest way is to just click on the "120" BPM number in the user interface (towards the bottom of the interface - mimics a LED readout) and you will be presented with a slider, you can then slide it down so the BPM is lower and thus will give you more time.

    Note: it is highly recommended that you do this before you begin recording and/or editing because doing it in the middle of project can have adverse effects such as either changing the pitch of recorded material or causing gaps between segments.

    Let me know how it goes.

    Cheers,
    Louis


    That was it. We dropped the BPM down to around 40 I think and started over. That gave us plenty of time to work with.

    Thanks for the help.

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     Sunday, February 10 2008 @ 03:08 AM EST


    I just picked this up to facilitate recording on location at Gallifrey 2008 in Los Angeles later this week...

    A stereo / 4 track portable recorder:




    It's the Zoom H4 Handy Recorder. It has it's own built in stereo mic as well as two XLR inputs.

    Cheers,
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     Sunday, February 10 2008 @ 06:33 AM EST
    Louis, Father Roderick, of The Daily Breakfast podcast, uses the Z4 and the sound quality has been great. Let us know what you think of the recording (does it save the files in .wav or .mp3 and what bit rates?)

    Thanks!

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     Sunday, February 10 2008 @ 09:45 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  Louis]

    I just picked this up to facilitate recording on location at Gallifrey 2008 in Los Angeles later this week...
    A stereo / 4 track portable recorder:


    That looks great Louis - a cross between a Taser and something off Star Trek - BUT can it work as a Dalek voice changer! Laughing Out Loud

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     Sunday, February 10 2008 @ 12:34 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Mohan] Louis, Father Roderick, of The Daily Breakfast podcast, uses the Z4 and the sound quality has been great. Let us know what you think of the recording (does it save the files in .wav or .mp3 and what bit rates?)

    Thanks!


    It records in both formats. Wav files in 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz. MP3 in various bit rates from I believe 112 through 320 and variable bit rate as well.

    I've tested it out to a limited degree inside my home and the sound quality is very good.

    Though I haven't used it on location anywhere yet. Well, Gallifrey will be the initial test.

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     Sunday, February 10 2008 @ 12:39 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  daveac]

    That looks great Louis - a cross between a Taser and something off Star Trek - BUT can it work as a Dalek voice changer! Laughing Out Loud

    Cheers, daveac


    I thought the same thing looking at it. It looks like a handheld taser and it also looks like something from the original Trek. A device that Scotty would possibly use or something.

    Since I am flying to LA, it looking like a taser has me a little worried about bringing it on board the plane. I imagine I am going to have to explain this thing to security.

    Cheers,
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