This week, we had a breaking music story that required a little thought, and some reflection. We were joined for interviews by Ian Doubt, and our old friend Lee Seltman.
Check out Ian’s website for more information about his event performance and audio visual services:
Ian played us two great original songs, and Lee? Well, Lee and I got a bit distracted. But that’s okay.
Hey, Ian mentions the Ladies Night at Inspire Studios…I cannot say enough good things about what Jason Rhodes and his staff are doing, out there. Punk nights, comedy nights, ladies nights…and a TON of musical instruction for special needs folks in our area! Get out there and support Inspire!
*BORING TECHNICAL INFORMATION!*
Two things to mention:
- I get quite a few comments regarding the sound of the show. There’s quite a difference in sound quality between what I get out my home studio, and what you might expect from a broadcast radio station. My goal is NOT to sound ‘radio sterile’…I actually LIKE a bit of whir and clunk in the show. That way you know I am not a chat bot, but a real live person, making radio shows in his house. Occasionally, you get to hear birds chirping, or even the gurgle of the fish tank in the studio.
One of the places I work to make the show sound quality better is in sample rate, file type, and bit depth. I would LOVE to host these shows as full on CD quality wav files, but they’d be ENORMOUS, and cost quite a bit to host. Right now, my compromise line is a 192MHz MP3 files…A pretty good sound, and the files stay at a fairly manageable size.
NOTE: One of the most important aspects of having a web hosting pro like Chip Pepitone from Network and Web Solutions in your corner is that he knows WHY hosting packages for podcasters need special care…DAILY bandwidth and traffic matter, when it comes to web hosts!
Now that the music cast and other shows are running to an hour in length, with several separate audio ‘elements’ making up each show, the studio PC has begun to creak, a little…Sometimes taking an hour to render an audio file for publication (and last night, for the second time, failing to complete the render, even after many hours of waiting).
Today, I received my recently purchased RAM for the computer, so that should fix it.
2) Because I am an old radio hound, I like the feel of making the show ‘live’. That does not mean broadcasting it live…It means making it all in one go, and ‘punching off’ the commercials and sound elements. In broadcast radio, we used a ‘cart machine’ system…Basically, a stack of 8 track tape players, in each one a tape ‘cartridge’, or CART holding a commercial…”Cart stacks” were multiple machines of this type, which were programmed to kick off one into the next, in sequence.
I am working toward creating a more spontaneous show, and the possibility of actual LIVE shows, using virtual cart machines, or broadcast automation software. Here is a shot of my work studio, showing three monitors:
Left, where the audio editing program lives…Middle, where the script and notes for each show live…and RIGHT, the newly added ‘virtual cart machine’ which will allow me to make the show in a single take, from “You’re Listening to”...to “From Anclote to Aripeka”.