It’s been some time since I’ve taken this blog seriously. I know part of it has to do with my reluctance to write anymore and my increase in media consumption, as was pointed out in my most recent post from a few months back. I think the other reason might be the changes that have undergone with WordPress as well.
Maybe it’s just me but lately I’ve felt lost navigating around my WordPress account in recent months/years. I felt it was much easier to get around and to get right to writing. I feel like it’s more distracting and more about discovering what else is going on around the WordPressverse and less with pushing me to publish my stuff.
I can understand somewhat why WP is taking this direction. They’ve probably lost some current and future customers to social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and sure a small (really small) amount to Google+. I’m sure Tumblr is going through some bumps in the road (another WP rival) .
But what I loved about WP in the past was it’s no compromise approach to blogging and website publishing. Yeah Tumblr was a new upstart not too long ago and they were already taking the social network approach just as Facebook was ending MySpace’s reign and Twitter was just developing and reducing their fail whale outages. It seems now that WP has finally given and tried to meld social networking and website publishing together.
Granted maybe a lot of people like this new interface and I’m and old fuddy duddy reminiscing about days of yore. I just don’t quite enjoy myself on WordPress as I have in the past. I just started podcasting again. In the past I would’ve immediately made a new site for my show on WordPress. This time however I’m going to give Blogger a chance (something I never would have said when I was a huge WordPress fan).
Blogger doesn’t seem to have changed much since Google bought them way back when. And yes their websites don’t look as spiffy as WordPress sites. But they kept the user interface the same and I feel I can navigate it much better than the new WP version. I go right to my blog and publish my podcast. I may even import this blog over there as well if I still feel like blogging as well. I use a lot of Google services as it is. What’s one more.
I usually record my podcast episodes on Monday afternoon and have them up and running that same evening. Of course that leaves the editing with much to be desired when it comes to omitting a lot of background noises that you would like to clean out of a track. Then again, when recording through Skype and all audio feeds are in one track there is so much you can really do.
This time around I had the great fortune of doing an episode with my wife Claudia and we even got to record it on Sunday (a day earlier than usual). With this in-studio opportunity I decided to get a little ambitious. By using a mixer and recording in studio I was able to feed my sound on the left-stereo side while feeding Claudia’s on the right-stereo side. This little trick allows me to split the stereo-track into two mono tracks. Which gives me better access to all the annoying background noise that each respective mic picked up so I can clean it out.
The great thing about this trick is that I can do a more professional editing job. The bad thing is, like a professional job, this trick requires more time, focus and patience. So even though I recorded the show earlier than usual, it ended up getting posted today (three days later than usual). It wasn’t just a regular 3 days of editing. It was endless-up-to-the-wee-hours-of-the-night long.
Regardless of this frustration, I’m pleased with the result. It is the cleanest recording that I’ve posted to date. If I plan on going to the Institute of Audio Research this was definitely a good simulation of what I can expect to do professionally or at least a close proximity. My podcast is definitely a labor of love. It’s a fun hobby that I really enjoy doing and hope to continue it for some time. I do wonder though, if I plan on doing this level of editing on the next episode. I guess time will tell.
Since I started podcasting, I’ve been a fan of Blue products. My very first mic was the Blue USB Snowball. It was a nice little mic that had a good recording quality. To make thing easier to record with Claudia we got a mixer and a couple of Blue 8-ball mics. Life with Blue has been fun.
So it was to my utter delight, when Claudia surprised me with my newest addition to my collection, the Yeti Pro. It is very versatile (it can be used as a USB or analog mic) and the sound quality is by far the best I have yet. I redid the opening and closing credits with my new mic and recorded the latest episode with the Yeti Pro as well. Needless to say, I’m impressed by how much better I sound with this mic. I’m looking forward to using this new mic some more.