Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Podcast That Almost Was Part 2: We're Getting Better.

Round 2 of the still-untitled movie podcast seemed like a huge success at first listen. The initial technical issues were resolved in mere moments, and the amount of beer consumed was good enough to give you a buzz, but not enough to completely embarrass you. Brad and I sat down and did some initial sound tests -- everything sounded great, and it appeared like everything was going to run smoothly.

There was just one problem: I couldn't figure out how to listen to the audio while we were recording. For some reason the software I was using, Sonar X1 LE, did not want to cooperate with me when it came to using headphones. I didn't have too much time to monkey with it because it was getting late, and all sound tests seemed just fine. Our levels were good -- so, it was time to roll.

Brad preparing for audio glory.
I was forced to use Sonar (which really is easy to use, I don't mean to knock it too much) because it is the only audio software that easily allowed the usage of two USB mics, at least for those of us without equipment or a budget. Remember that I am essentially recording all of this on a laptop, with the only other equipment being headphones and mics. 

I know it may seem completely silly to try and record anything without being able to listen in to the audio as it's happening, but it's hard for Brad and I to get together, and this really is all a trial-and-error project at this point.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

It May Be Time For South Park to Call it Quits...

Once one of the most socially relevant shows on television, South Park is in decline -- it may be time to put it to rest. 

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I love talking to people. If I could ever find a job that involved me talking all day, I'd probably actually be able to finally take some satisfaction from existing. I did a little bit of college radio in my day, and I would love to do some radio again. But most of my classwork experience was focused around video, photography, and writing -- I think at the time I just enjoyed those forms of media a little but more, so radio became more of an extracurricular activity.

That being said, I've had training using all sorts of audio equipment and, at one time, I considered myself to be a beast of knowledge when it came to the technical side of radio. I had produced some radio shows in the past. So, producing a podcast with a friend? That had to be easy! I just say a few words into a microphone, argue with a friend for a little bit, set up an RSS feed -- and bam! We've created some audio genius to spread to rest of the world.

Sadly, things did not exactly go as planned, which tends to be the case whenever taking on some new media venture. I've learned from making films in the past that something will absolutely always go wrong, and I left myself some extra time in my schedule to work out the kinks before recording.