Tag Archives: Audio

Funny Story: My new Blue Yeti Microphone (which is blue)

I had some audio issues with my 5 year old Blue Yeti recently. It started as occasional small crackles when listening via the headphone output, some of which ended up on recordings as well. It was so occasional that I could edit it out, so I never thought much of it. For the last couple of weeks though, the crackles are now audible during my daily Stardew streams. Again they’re subtle, but I thought perhaps replacing the USB cable might do the trick.

Sadly it did not. Something else must be amiss, so much so that I lost audio completely during the stream today. I replaced the cable again, and it held up for the remainder of the stream, but it looks like I’m in the market for a new Blue Yeti microphone.

And this is where the story begins.

Continue reading Funny Story: My new Blue Yeti Microphone (which is blue)

My Audiobook Narration Setup for Audible, Amazon and iTunes

When I decided to narrate my book BROKEN BOWELS for publication through ACX, I had several ideas for the workflow.

In essence, and after many tests as to what would yield the best quality, I did the following:

  • record to my Mac using Quicktime
  • transcode the resulting native AIFC files into Apple Lossless M4A using Finder
  • edit in Adobe Premiere
  • bulk-transcode to MP3 files with ACX specifications using Adobe Media Encoder

I’ve tried various other workflows, but the above seems to work great for me.

Let me share my reasoning and experiment with you here. Continue reading My Audiobook Narration Setup for Audible, Amazon and iTunes

New Idea: Bringing back the Answer Phone

My friend sent me an audio message the other day using Quick Voice. Don’t we all miss the old “coming home to check the answer phone” days? One thing that has always fascinated me was the excitement that you didn’t know if there was a message or not.

Since retro is the new black, I thought maybe we could build an application around that old feeling. Check out Quick Voice and Audio Postcard here : iPhone Voice Recorder and Voice Recording Software for Windows and Mac OS X

Then let’s think of a plugin that makes the sound quality “bad” (like analogue hiss with the odd crackle and pop), and use a flash video of a spinning reel-to-reel tape machine.

We could have a site that stores all messages on a server – so log in and hear what people have left you. Make it mobile phone compatibel, and give people the option to attach a phone number and skype-in.

Cool for longer stuff like teleclasses!