Unwanted noise in recording

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related audio and video.Good afternoon everyone, I just wanted to do a short podcast episode on something that happened to me recently.

I use a Rodecaster Pro for recording my podcasts and I did a recent episode and there was a almost like a electronic buzz or clicking in the podcast, and this was something new. I never had this before I went ahead and recorded the podcast, but wondered the whole time what was going on.

Upon further investigation, when I started disconnecting and reconnecting some of my audio cables from my microphone and the my fethead into the Rodecaster Pro again, I found that once I disconnected all the cables and reconnected them again the strange sound had gone away.

So basically what that told me was something had become slightly loose, not to the point that you would notice that it was loose if you touched the cable but it was loose enough that it was causing a noise in the recording.

So one of the first things to check if you get unusual or different sound in your audio recordings then you used to is check all your cables and actually disconnect them and reconnect them and see if that helps.

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Start small

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Good afternoon, welcome to this podcast today I’m going to be talking about the effect of small changes in your work, your business are the things that are a nagging pain for you? They may be little things they may be big things.

Think about that for a moment, and then I’m going to ask you a question. These nagging pain items for you do they happen often or not that often? Create a list of those things just so you have them, what would it feel like for you if those things were fixed. What would change for you in your work process, If those nagging pains were fixed.

The next question I have is what would it take to fix those items, what’s needed? How much time will it take to fix those? What other things you need to put in place to fix those nagging problems?

The first thought I have in dealing with those nagging items is start small, start with the things that you can do quickly and easily, and I got an example for you. In recording this podcast over the years, one of the things that’s been a nagging pain for me is the background noise in the podcast itself that I have to edit out later.

I’ve always wanted to find a solution, I’ve upgraded my equipment several times I have tried different pieces of software. Some work better than others, and recently I made two small changes that made a big difference.

One was I got a windscreen cover for my microphone, and the other change was a simple change in the settings of my recording device that eliminated a significant amount of the noise.

So the key take away here is decide what your pain points are and make small deliberate changes until you find the right combination.

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Think big go big

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related audio and video. Hello everyone, now that were midway through February of 2021 I’ve been having a recurring thought.

Based on 2020, and thus far into 2021 and that thought is given everything that we’ve been through with the pandemic and how our work life and life in general has changed. What are we really capable of if we put our minds to it.

That question for me keeps coming up and I’m not sure that I have an answer per se, but some of my thoughts include, as we all know how things have massively changed on numerous fronts, how were all staying in as much as possible and minimizing our contact with others to keep everyone safe.

I’m wondering with all of this, shall we say quiet time because were not able to do the things that we normally would do what could we be doing with all this extra time and when I think about that. I first look at some of the things that I’ve done so far in 2021, I’ve developed my branding for my photography business.

I’m working as a Zoom tech host for nonprofits who are new to using Zoom for their meetings and so on. And as wonderful as this is I’m thinking I can do more. Is it more photography virtual exhibits, is it starting a project that I never thought that I would ever do such as writing a book?

At this moment I don’t exactly know what that other project is yet, but I know it’s there, and I have to be willing to not only embrace the thought that there is more but I also have to be willing and adaptable to dive in and start that project whatever it may be.

So my question to you is what’s the next big project for you that you never thought you would do that you’re considering at this moment in time? If I could leave you with one thought it would be this think big and go big. Thank you very much for listening.

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Happy 2021

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Happy new year. Welcome to 2021, which means we can say goodbye to 2020. I’m so glad we are now in a new year 2020 was a very interesting year. And honestly, I’m glad it’s over and I look forward to 2021.

I think this new year is a new start for everyone and we should all take a deep breath and just relax for a moment and reflect on how far we’ve come since last year. One of the things that I think about now that were in a new year is what did we learn from 2020?

One of the things that I learned was that I more adaptable than I thought I was, I was able to change the way I did some business things & I was able to learn to be more content with the situation and I just was able to move from day to day and deal with things as they came. So the word that comes to mind again for me is adaptable. What things did you learn in 2020?

Another thing I think about at the beginning of this new year is what’s my plan for 2021, at this point I know it’s early in the year and I don’t have a total plan in place, but I’m going to move ahead with something that I started last year and that was to go paperless.

Initially that was going to be an experiment and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turnout or whether I be able to stick with it and I found that for me it’s work out very well.

I’m able to use my iPad to take notes and put my ideas somewhere and this makes moving ideas from concept to completion and through whatever processes are necessary is much easier.

I’m able to find the information I need quickly and I’m able to dive right in to move my projects along so that’s something that I’m going to continue with and I’m going to expand other parts of my business. I want to be doing more podcasts this year than I did last year.

This whole pandemic had sort of thrown a curve in my workflow and the I’m sure it had an effect on many of you as well. I plan to do more podcasts and hope to do a lot of interesting projects that she but one of the things that I really hope for everyone that 2021 is a productive year for you and your able to do the things that are most important for you as a person and a business.

I look forward to hearing your comments and questions. Thank you very much for listening.

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Xmas 2020

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related audio and video. hello everyone the Christmas season is here again, and I for one, am very happy about it.

2020 has been a very unique and different year and I’m happy for the holiday season being here so that I can take a break from all the unusual and the stressful things that’s been going on this year.

There has certainly been a lot of personal change for everyone, in terms of the inability to move around and that see people that we would normally see that interact with both on a personal and work level. So that’s changed and one of the things that I’m looking forward to over the holiday season is having family time.

Now, this year being what it is that means visiting with family on platforms like Zoom or over the phone, or any one of the other number of audio/video platforms available. We will be using Zoom and it will be very nice to see friends and family, even though it won’t be in the traditional sense.

I would much rather see them using the new platforms that not at all, well still allowing us to remain safe and keep Covid numbers lower.

One of the other things that I’m looking forward to is the time to recharge and enjoy the Christmas season in general, having Christmas trees lit up around the house and just not having to be in a large number of Zoom meetings every week and trying to juggle a hectic schedule.

It will be nice to have some quiet time with my lovely wife and recharge as well as take some time for myself, and that’s one of things that I wish for each of you is to enjoy the holiday season as much as you can indulge in whatever traditions this season holds for you and enjoy it as much as possible.

So I would like to wish everyone a happy holidays, whatever that means for you do whatever makes you happy during the holiday season and remember that we will all get through this and I want to wish you a safe and happy 2021. Thank you very much for listening.

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Mic levels & gain

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Hello everyone in today’s podcast I want to talk about mic levels and gain. This is been one of the issues that I’ve struggled with ever since I’ve been doing a podcast and am still struggling with. Even though I’ve changed my equipment over time, as I’m sure many of you have.

The first thing I’m gonna briefly talk about is the equipment that I’m currently using. I’ve got a Rodecaster Pro, I’m using a Podmic also from Rode. What I use, as far as editing software is a program called Wave pad and I’ll put a link to that software in the notes.

One of the problems that I’m finding at the moment is that my gain settings on the Rodecaster Pro for the mic is at 35 to 40, so I’m driving the preamps significantly hard. This is leading to a high noise floor in my recordings, meaning that there’s a lot of background noise in the recording, which I have to try and edit out later in this is not necessarily always easy thing to do.

Now next let me give you some statistics as to my set up in terms of the settings before I tell you how I managed to fix this series were of problems. As I said before, the mic levels on the Rodecaster were between 35 and 40 and the maximum for the Rodecaster is 55.

My noise floor on a recording within my wave pad software was – 39 DB and that’s after trying various adjustments in the settings within the Rodecaster itself to try and eliminate or cut down the noise floor that I started with.

Upon doing some research I found that I basically had two choices, either go with a Cloudlifter or a Fethead. Both of these devices are designed to give you more gain or boost into your microphone while not increasing the noise that is generated significantly.

Upon deciding to go with the Fethead simply because it was one device you plug-in and there’s no additional cables, no additional set up required. Just plug it in, turn on phantom power and let it do its thing.

Upon doing that I found a significant change in the noise floor the Fethead website said that the Fethead would give you approximately 27 DB of gain. Now once I plugged this in I was able to turn my levels down on my Rodecaster from between 35 and 40, down to 15.

So that means that on working the preamps, much less that I was before, and upon doing a test recording my noise floor went down to approximately -45 to -48 DB from, -39, so this has made it significantly easier to edit. There’s a lot less noise that I have to try and eliminate and overall the recording is much cleaner.

The other thing that I’ve done is gotten a better XLR cable in case that was part of the problem as well. I’m very pleased with the results and would love to hear what other people have done to make their recordings with the Rodecaster cleaner, or any specific settings that you’ve been able to adjust that have made a difference for your podcasts and your recordings.

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Learn & Do

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Hello everyone today I wanted to talk about something a little bit different. Our work environment over the last several months has changed and until recently we haven’t been able to go back to work in the traditional office sense that we had been use to up until the whole the Covid 19 pandemic started.

It recently got me thinking about how things have changed even for someone like me who is used to working from home. One of the things that I notice is that we spend much more time alone with the social distancing, and so on I work in my own small office for example. And my wife has her office in another part of the house, so even though were close by we are technically in different areas of the house.

One of the other things that I notice is that our Internet usage has gone up because you’re looking at more stuff on the Internet, whether it’s watching YouTube videos, Netflix, Prime video, whatever it happens to be. I notice our Internet use has gone up.

Another thing is how do you keep busy because being at home? Many people find that there’s more and more distractions and so it’s how do you develop the discipline to continue working.

Now one of the things that I did during this at home time was I took the time to start doing a lot of research on going paperless. I have begun to be more and more disheartened with writing on paper, and then trying to file the pieces of paper and then it’s a matter of remembering where did I file that when I needed it.

So I started looking into not only going paperless, but using my iPad as an option for doing the things that I would normally do using paper, and so in doing that research I learned what software programs were available to me and I did a test of each one and that led me to the need for new skills, in that I had to learn how to use each of these programs to be able to evaluate which one would work best for me.

So that was a learning process which I found at times somewhat frustrating, but I have now started to move completely away from using paper for the majority of my notetaking , thought process, idea generation material. It’s a matter of not only finding a solution but working with the solution long enough to make sure that it fits your needs.

It also means that your workflow and your processes may have to change to accommodate the new tools that you’re now using instead of the ones that you’ve been used to for however long.

Having said all this, I have a question or two for you that I would very much like to hear your answers to.

Number 1 How has your workflow changed, and what have you changed in your workflow itself ?

The second question I have for you is in this switch with your workflow and your tools, what new insights have you gained through this process?

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Rodecaster Pro cover

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Hello and welcome to the computers with these pumpkins, where we talk about all things related to audio and video hello everyone, I want to do just a short podcast here on an item that I had purchased to use in conjunction with my Rodecaster Pro that I’m finding very useful that I thought other individuals with the same piece of equipment would like to know about.

I’ve had my Rodecaster for almost a year now and one of the things that I have wanted to find was some sort of cover to put over that piece of equipment to protect it from things such as dust, dirt, and so on, falling in to the fader controls, etc.

Recently I found a place called digital deck covers and they make covers for the Rodecaster Pro in a variety of materials and colours and so on, and I went ahead and purchased one, and I got it several days ago and it’s very well-made, very simple but very effective and I found it exceptionally useful because I can cover up the Rodecaster when I’m not using it.

I don’t have to worry about things such as dust and dirt. We also have several cats in the house and they like to walk all over my desk and sometimes they end up walking over the Rodecaster, so having a cover on top means that I won’t get things like cat hair on it and will make the product last longer and hopefully work better over the long term. If you would be interested in something like this, go ahead and check out digitaldeckcovers.com. I will put a link to it in the show notes and the thank you very much for listening.

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Covid 19 – from a creators viewpoint

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Good afternoon everyone, today I wanted to do something a little different. I want to talk about what’s going on with the Covid 19 situation and I want to talk about it from the perspective of a creator. Since I do a podcast and there’s many of us that do as well as others that create in many different ways.

Speaking for me, I found that I thought initially that oh boy. This would be nice to have some quiet time without all the distractions and be able to get some things done. One of which was work on my website and several other things.

And I also thought I would be able to put out more podcasts in a short period of time because their wouldn’t be as many distractions and etc. etc. etc. but that has certainly not been the case for me anyway. I found the exact opposite.

There’s been more distractions, instead of less with all the important news and so on That has been part of this Covid 19 situation, It’s just been a total mind draining experience, both mentally and physically. And I don’t say that to insinuate that myself and others are not interested in what’s going on. It’s just that is so much coming at us all so fast that our minds and our bodies just can’t keep up.

I don’t have the energy to do both, listen to what’s going on about the situation and create content at the same time. One of my biggest difficulties is trying to remain calm and positive. You know, it’s just a matter of I can’t keep up, and by the end of the day I’m so mentally burned out that I have to say to myself, I’ll try and do better tomorrow.

So one of the things I wanted to say to everyone else out there who’s the creator and as well for those who are not necessarily, but are busy with all the other things that are part of life at this time. Be kind to yourself, don’t be too hard on yourself, give yourself and everyone else around you and those close to you. You care about. Give them a break. Take time to do the small things that will energize yourself and keep you going for the next day and the day after that, because when I think about everything’s going on one day at a time is the only way that I can handle all of this major stuff, and there’s no point being hard on our self and trying to think a week, a month ahead because it just going to overwhelm us all.

So once again be kind to yourself. Do something nice for you, and your families and your friends as often as you can, and we will all get through it and be better for it. When we are through it. Thank you very much for listening.

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Rodecaster pro noise gate

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related to audio and video.

I’ve been using the Rodecaster Pro for a while now, and recently they brought out a firmware update version 2.1 beta. I’ve been using it and one of the features that I really like, now that I’ve had more time to work with it is the noise gate.

Before this update we were unable to make adjustments to any of the settings, and even though they were reasonable and worked well, having the ability to make adjustments has made a big difference for me, particularly with the noise gate.

Because I always found that once I was done recording and transferred it to my computer there was always a noise in the background that I had to eliminate in post production and sometimes that took several attempts to get that cleaned up without distorting the rest of my podcast.

Now I’m finding with the ability to make the adjustments to the noise gate I’m more able to tailor the noise gate and what it eliminates for me and I can tailor to my individual room here where I record my podcasts so I really have found it beneficial. It does take some experimentation and some tweaking to the settings to get it to work properly.

But I recommend just adjusting your settings and then doing a plain recording with a little bit of empty room tone at the beginning and then doing say five or ten seconds of speech and then having more empty room tone at the end. Having the empty room tone at the beginning and the end will help to show you what sort of noise there is in your room, and then you’ll be able to make better adjustments as you go on the noise gate. Then each time you make an adjustment to the noise gate go ahead and do another short sample recording and then that way you can compare and decide what which is the best noise gate setting for your particular situation. I hope this tip has been helpful and thank you very much for listening.

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