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Title: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Gaming Steve on May 05, 2005, 06:32:01 pm
Hey all, those of you looking for the latest podcast will have to wait a bit longer. Usually I record my podcasts on Thursday afternoon and post them by Thursday night. However, I have recently taken a consulting job which means that I'll have to re-arrange my recording schedule. With my new schedule I'll have to figure out the best time to record and post the show and right now I'm leaning towards recording on Friday or sometime over the weekend.

But don't worry, the show isn't going anywhere, and I have the next show all mapped out and ready to go (I just need to record it!). I am sorry for this little inconvenience but I would rather try to follow a standard weekly schedule rather than just "fitting it in" whenever during the week.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to post me, but look for the show in a few days.
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: bwl2 on May 05, 2005, 07:01:41 pm
Ok, Ill be waiting  ;)
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: DevilMachine on May 05, 2005, 07:05:12 pm
*twiddling thumbs*
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Sensei Jinx on May 05, 2005, 08:20:21 pm
Sweet, good luck with the new job!
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Gaming Steve on May 05, 2005, 10:17:47 pm
Heh, it's just a consulting job, so it's not "full time", but it will last a few months. It shouldn't affect this site too much, but I just have to rearrange my recording schedule this week and get into a new routine...
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Cool AN on May 06, 2005, 02:54:45 am
Of course I will wait.
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Zealousy on May 06, 2005, 01:27:35 pm
It's good to hear you're dedicating some time to the podcast during your weekly schedule, as opposed to just doing it 'whenever.' Occasional delays are to be expected. ;)

So Steve... are you consulting for any big names, eh? You can tell us. ::)
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Gaming Steve on May 11, 2005, 08:39:29 pm
Okay here is an update on the podcast...

First just to give you an idea of what it takes to do an hour-long podcast, it takes me around one hour to prepare, an hour or so to record it, and then a little more than an hour to do post-production work. So in reality it takes me a good three-plus hours to get a podcast done per week. Before this wasn't so bad since I would do it in the afternoon, but now with my new schedule it's a bit more difficult.

The other problem is that the place I was recording my podcasts is occupied during most evenings during the week, which has lead to more complexities. Hence my solution seemed like a simple one, I was going to setup my laptop so that I can record my podcasts in a different room (as well as for E3 next week). Of course, what seems simple is actually a million times more complex. And so begins the tale of woe...

I won't go into all the details but here is the quick-and-dirty. The hardware seemed to working fine but after I recorded an ENTIRE show it turns out that something went wonky during the recording and messed up the sound quality (basically there was a tone of "nothing" throughout half of the show). So I tried to record it again, and yet again this problem happened. And again, and again, and so on. What made it so madding is that the problem was seemingly totally random. Sometimes I could record for almost half an hour and everything would be okay, while other times I wouldn't go more than two minutes before the sound became corrupted.

Of course tech support was no help, as were other places I tried. After basically reinstalling Windows and doing a million other tricks (turning off all extra services, trying different recording programs, and so many other things) I figured I would try something different. For my setup I use a pre-amp which is plugged into my computer using a Firewire cable. On a hunch I bought a Firewire card and instead of using the Firewire built into the computer I tried using the Firewire card ... and so far it seems to be working. Of course, this just happened today and I'm not 100% sure but I want to test it out before I waste several more hours recording nothing but tone. But it seems that the Firewire hardware built into the laptop (Sony by the way) is somehow faulty. We will see but if everything goes well I will try to get the show done this weekend.

Again, I never expected to have so much difficulty setting up my laptop to do what my desktop does no problem week after week, but that is what makes working with computer so much fun! Of course the good news is that this happened this week before I went to E3 and not during E3 (which would have been a total nightmare). So very long story short, hopefully the laptop will be ready to go and now I can concentrate on recording the show and not trying to get my hardware working.

Thanks for bearing with me during this ordeal. I know some people have written me wondering where the show is, but it will be back and soon. Again, write me if you have any other questions but I'll keep you informed...
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Jonny5 on May 12, 2005, 02:26:16 am
this may sound kinda stupid, but i thought all you needed to record a podcst is a PC with a decent microphone and windows sound recorder  :-\ 
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Legodragonxp on May 12, 2005, 06:07:51 am
Steve's sound quality is better than most. Using basic PC sound equipment can make for some low-quality crap. I burn my podcaster to CD and listen to them in the car, if I had to deal with popping and buzzing I'd turn it off.
-Lego
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Gaming Steve on May 12, 2005, 06:34:58 am
this may sound kinda stupid, but i thought all you needed to record a podcst is a PC with a decent microphone and windows sound recorder  :-\ 

You are actually correct. However a "decent microphone" is not your standard computer mic. You can use one of those if you want, and I did at first, but they sound just horrible. Trust me, you wouldn't listen to an hour of anyone talking into a computer mic. Also plugging a mic into a computer you will get tons of background noise and interference.

Instead I use a condenser microphone, which is a professional quality mic (the same radio RJs use), but any condenser mic is too powerful to supply it's own power. So you need a power source to power the mic, and that is where the pre-amp comes in. The pre-amp supplies power to the mic and it also delivers a very clean signal to the PC either using USB or Firewire. USB is obviously much slower and not as high quality, while Firewire is faster and higher quality.

Yeah, is seems so simple to just do a podcast, and you can use a regular mic if you want, but it will sound like a regular mic. I have around $1000 in equipment right now, which might sound like a lot, but it really isn't as what I am using is basically the exact same setup that a radio station would use (my mixing board is a lot smaller since I don't need to process as many signals as well). The room I record in isn't quite the same since it's not soundproof and it has a bit of an echo, but it's pretty good. However, once I get the laptop working I can probably move into a better room (or any room really).

Again, it seems to working okay right now. I am basically having the computer record an hour or two of room noise which I then listen to to make sure the signal is clean. Very very close...
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: syphonbyte on May 12, 2005, 10:32:16 am
If you get tons of that weird foam stuff from inside beds you could line the walls with it to soundproof the room. It works pretty well on my room, but it's really ugly.
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: bwl2 on May 12, 2005, 05:14:18 pm
continuing to stay tuned ;D
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: mikeha on May 14, 2005, 03:01:24 pm
Steve you need to get a Mac, you wouldn't have so many problems then.
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Sensei Jinx on May 14, 2005, 03:10:51 pm
Sounds like he was having troubles with his recording hardware, not with his operating system, so a Mac might not make much of a difference. But yeah, for the most part Macs are awesome. (Which is why I use one!)
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: s0lidmetal on May 14, 2005, 03:24:17 pm
Steve you need to get a Mac, you wouldn't have so many problems then.

Ouch...

Take your time with the podcasts though, you don't have an obligation to us, and it's a free service you're doing here.  (Everyone, click the ads on the main page at least once per day!)
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Gaming Steve on May 14, 2005, 04:05:04 pm
Well, I'm about to record this/last week's podcast! It seems that all systems are go so expect to see a new podcast in a few hours!
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: Sensei Jinx on May 14, 2005, 05:04:23 pm
Very nice, can't wait.
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: DevilMachine on May 14, 2005, 05:14:12 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Please Stay Tuned...
Post by: UndeadScottsman on May 14, 2005, 06:09:27 pm
Well, I'm about to record this/last week's podcast! It seems that all systems are go so expect to see a new podcast in a few hours!

Excellent.  I was hoping you'd get a podcast up before E3. :D  Especially with the torrent of confirmed information about the Xbox 360 that just came out.