CTD for November 6, 2005

Recorded on the M-Audio Microtrack…this week’s show discusses Web 2.0-like web services and more about the “dirty little secret” of performance with them.

I’m a user of several different web services (Flickr, Typepad, Gmail, Bigstep) and am growing increasingly anxious

In addition, some thoughts about Apple, iTunes, the iPod and what *could* be known about you and your listening habits is brought forth.

Link to the podcast

2 Comments

  1. David Newman on November 25, 2005 at 5:49 am

    Steve:

    I’ve really enjoyed your coverage of both Web 2.0 and the M-Audio Microtrack.

    For this Nov 6 podcast on the M-Audio Microtrack, did you use the included T-mic or an external mic?

    What do you think might be the best way to use the M-Audio Microtrack to record a 2- or 3- person interview format show? External mics? Do I need to get involved in a simple mixing board? [I’d rather not…]

    Any/all insights appreciated! By the way, seems this little M-Audio Microtrack unit sounds great… at least in your hands!!

    — David



  2. Steve Borsch on November 25, 2005 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the comment. For the Nov 6th show, I used the included T-mic (which is what I use most often).

    With respect to a 2-3 person interview, will everyone be in the same place? (vs. over the phone). If so, then the T-mic would work fine though you might want to bring the audio file in to a program like Audacity to tweak levels, “normalize” levels (so highs and lows are more even) so it sounds better.

    There are tons of variables. You could use the T-mic in an acoustically neutral place (not in a noisy bar or in a room with a lot of reflectivity so the sound bounces around) or use an omnidirectional microphone on a stand that could pick up everyone.

    I’ve begun experimenting with wired lavalier type microphones. Would do wireless…but you have to spend upwards of $500 to get a single mike which is nuts for podcasting. The wired types can be had for $100 or so. You could buy three and have one for each person.

    My recommendation? Head over to Guitar Center near you and find a smart person that can listen to what you want to accomplish and recommend products. Just know that — when I did that early on — the guy at Guitar Center wanted to sell me a “kit” sound booth for about $1,000 and a preamp and mike setup that was about $2,000. WAY overkill for podcasting though this is, like any other hobby, a slippery slope toward financial ruin if you let it! 😉



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