Rodecaster pro noise gate

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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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Rodecaster update 2.1 beta – my thoughts

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

Hello everyone, I wanted to do another podcast since I hadn’t done for one for a while due to everything’s been going on and recently I found out about the beta release of the update the software for the Rode caster pro.

I wanted to talk about some of the changes that they made to it that those of us that use it may well be interested in as well as anyone who is considering purchasing it. One of the first things that I noticed was they had given us the ability to change the meters on the main display with numbers that are related to the decibel settings, that you’re used to seeing on other audio equipment.

It makes it much easier for us to get an actual reading on our levels and it’s not so much guesswork as it were, it’s much more accurate and reliable makes it easier for us when were working in post production.

One of the other big changes they have made that is going to be a game changer for people like myself is we now have access to the settings for the different items such as the compressor, the aphex, the reverb and all the other options that we have in terms the tools we can now adjust those within the road caster and within the app software as well.

So this makes the device much more like an actual mixer where you’ve got control over the settings and this means in my case certainly, I can adjust the settings based on my room where I do my podcast and it gives me much more flexibility, and I’m very grateful for this upgrade and change.

Now when it comes to the companion app, they have also made changes here. One of the changes that made is you can now go to what they’re calling a small size on the companion app. It shrinks the actual app in size so that if your screen is somewhat small and you have other things on your computer screen same time, you can now resize the companion up to a smaller size to give you more working space on your screen, so that’s a nice little change.

The other change that they’ve made is you’ve now got something called the effects editor, which is you can adjust all the items that I mentioned earlier, such as the aphex, noise gate and so on. You can actually adjust in the companion app as well as the Rode caster, and wherever you adjust them, they will be kept and passed over to the either the road caster if you adjust it from the app or vice versa. So you only have to make the changes in one place and not in both.

Another change that I find really helpful is now you have the option when you do a file transfer through the transfer mode from your Rodecaster on your computer, you can save the file, either as a WAV file or as an MP3 file which means that you don’t have to do a conversion, later on into a different format.

Since, for example I upload my files as MP3s, I can automatically save them as an MP3 from the Rodecaster and I don’t have to switch them over later before I uploaded so on. That saves me an extra step in postproduction.

Finally the other change that I want to mention is now on the sound pads you can do an overdub so that you can have two items mixed together on one sound pad. So for example, you can have a sound and then you could overdub some speech if you wanted. For example, like an introduction to your podcast or whatever you wanted and trigger it with one sound pad. These changes should make the road caster much more flexible and easier for us to use.

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Mid January already

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

Today I thought I would talk about something a little different. It’s the middle of January now it’s back to work for all of us, and no doubt you have a whole bunch of work waiting for you.

One of the other things that I know that I did over the holidays was look at some of my goals for 2020 and now that were already halfway through the first month of the year. I’m finding myself going, how am I doing in achieving the goals that I’ve set and my meeting the timelines that I had initially thought the work would get done by?

Already at this point I’m realizing that some of my timelines were somewhat unrealistic. I had so many ideas about putting out a podcast every week and being more regular with that and at this point, it hasn’t happened yet. So my progress has not been as consistent and as fast as I would like it.

How is your progress going on your goals? Have you had to make any changes or adjustments to not only your goals, but the timelines that you set for achieving your goals are you on track?

Certainly, I’m not on track with where I would like to be. I’ve definitely had to make some adjustments and altering the scheduling and order of some of the things that I’m working on again to do with the podcasts and my website and so on. And I certainly don’t think I’m the only one who is feeling the time crunch and anxiety of I’m not meeting my projections at this point and were early on in 2020.

As I sit here today doing this podcast, I remember that no matter what when you look at this type of thing, there’s two things that I remember and that hopefully everyone else will find useful as well. The first is be kind to yourself as you evaluate where you are with the work that you’re doing. The second thing is stay focused on your goals and what’s important to you.

The most important part of this is achieving your goals. You may not get there in the timeframe that you had initially planned, or get there the way you thought you would. But the important thing is that you achieve your goals or that you’re well on your way to achieving them, and can see how you are going to achieve them. I hope this is been helpful for you and the thank you very much for listening.

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2020 is here

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

Happy new year everyone. Welcome to 2020, that seems unusual to say and what that means is another year has come and gone and I must say 2019 had both good things and bad for myself and my family. Some of it. I’m happy about and other things make me very sad. But that’s the way some years go.

Some of the good things that I wanted to mention were the fact that I got some new equipment this year, I got a Rodecaster Pro and I got a new computer so both of those things are going to help me in my business to help all of you do better as well.

Now that the new year has started it’s a good time to reflect on 2019. If you haven’t already done so, depending on how and when you do your planning for the new year.

One of the questions that I would like to ask everyone is what did you like about 2019? What goals did you reach? and what things did you not like about 2019?

Now looking ahead to this year that has just started what are your goals what things do you want to achieve during this year? Think with an open mind, and with no limits as to what you can do.

One of the things that I want to try and do this year is launch an audio training program. When you think about your goals that you would like to achieve for 2020 what do you need to help you reach your goals? Is it classes, is it training of some type. Is it connecting with more potential clients.

What sort of things do you need and what are the things that you need to do to reach your goals for this year?

I’m going through the thought process of answering all of these questions myself at this time. So let me know in the comments what your answers to those questions are, and I hope that 2020 is an exceptional year for everyone.

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Christmas 2019

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Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related audio and video. It’s that time of year again where the holiday season is almost upon us, and I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best in the holiday season, whatever that means for you.

Whether it is spending time with friends and family doing things that you enjoy, whether it means just having some quiet time alone in the peaceful and gathering your thoughts. Whatever that is for you I hope you take the time during this holiday season to enjoy it as well as reflect on the year that we’ve had. I know things have been a little crazy around here and I’m looking forward to taking several days off over the holiday season and just relaxing spending time with friends and my lovely wife Glenda.

I want to just recharge my batteries and take time to relax and not think about work as much as I have been lately. I know there’s things that I want to do and I’m going to put those off until the new year and as much as possible, try not to worry about all the things that didn’t get done.

But most of all I’m going to just relax and enjoy some time off and I certainly wish all of you the very best in the holiday season. May it be joyous and special for all of you as I know it’s going to be special and memorable for me. Thank you very much for listening.

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Rodecaster Pro firmware version 2 – My thoughts

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My first thoughts on version 2 firmware for the Rodecaster Pro.

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Rode PodMic – I have mine

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

Hello everyone, today I got the final piece to my new podcasting set up. I’ve now got the rodecaster Pro, PSA1 boom arm and today I got the Rode PodMic which I’ve been waiting for ever since it was announced with the rodecaster Pro and today I finally got one.

Am now using this is the first time that I’ve actually done a podcast with it and I look forward to seeing how it performs and that comparing to the generic dynamic mic that I had, which work just fine.

But one of the things that I found was I have a lot of plosives in my speech as well as a lot of breath sounds depending on where the mic is placed, so I want to see how the new podmic is because it’s supposed to have a pop filter built in.

And like many other reviewers I have found the pomic be very well built. It’s extremely heavy for a microphone, which in this case is a good thing, and I’m not anticipating anything other than extremely good results with it.

Hopefully now with all these tools in place y podcasts will sound better and be easier for me to edit with less time in postproduction, which means I will be able to get more podcasts done and put out there for everyone to enjoy.

I will keep you posted on the performance of this new microphone as well as the rodecaster Pro itself.

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What is your workflow?

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Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related audio and video. My name is Darrell Hyatt, Today I wanted to talk about changes in your work flow, I know since I have been doing podcast for a while now my workflow has changed.

When I first started doing my podcast and I thought how my work was change and I wanted to ask you a couple of questions a flows I start what is your current work as you do your podcast and your video?

How many steps are in your workflow from beginning to end and secondly, what is the hardest step in your workflow? Now one of the things that comes up when you talk about workflow is, why would you change your workflow at all. What would make you even consider changing it?

Once you been doing podcast for a while one of the things that comes up is the efficiency of the workflow itself, and this is why I asked in the beginning, what was your current workflow. How many steps there where and so on.

The more efficient your workflow the more work you get done in less time. One of the other reasons your workflow may change is you have new tools that you’re working with that now require change or adjustment in your work flow and in my case, I got a new piece of equipment I got the Rodecaster Pro.

To help me make my podcast better and more efficient and easier for me to produce on an ongoing basis. One of the things that I’ve since learned is that the rodecaster Pro is Windows 10 only, so this necessitates me using my Windows 10 machine as opposed to my Windows 7 machine which has all my audio editing software on it

So first of all I had to transfer my files from rodecaster Pro onto my Windows 10 machine and then onto my Windows 7 machine for editing and that makes things a little more complicated, it and add some extra couple of steps to my workflow so that I can continue to edit the podcast.

Once I have the files on my Windows 7 machine, the editing process is much shorter. So the question I have for you now that you have an overview of my workflow and my processes have you mapped or evaluated your workflow and your processes as you create your podcast?

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Goals review – win some lose some

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Welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related to audio and video hello everyone, it’s now seven months into the year, and I realized that I hadn’t achieved all my goals for the first six months of the year and I thought I wonder how other creators are doing with their projects that they set out to do at the beginning of the year.

I know one of the goals that I had was to create a podcast every week and I certainly haven’t been able to complete that goal this year, so far and it’s one of those things that I would very much like to improve upon.

Another goal that I have is to get some better equipment for creating my podcasts to streamline my workflow, and allow me new options for communicating with other people who I want to include in my podcast and to do interviews with etc.

Fortunately, recently I was able to get the piece of equipment that I wanted and have had the chance to start working with it an experiment and learn how to use it.

And this is the first podcast that I’m doing with the new equipment and set up that I have so hopefully yeah the quality of my podcasts will be improved and I look forward to hearing your comments.

Another goal that I have that I have not finalized as yet is to find a way to generate accurate stats on who’s listening to my podcast. How many people are downloading it etc. and I have not completed that goal either.

I’ve also recently found that I have an interest in photography as more than a hobby and I have been pursuing that quite a bit lately. so hopefully that will work out for me.

Now one of the questions that I have for you who are listening to this is what are your goals for the first half of the year, and how have they worked out for you?

I’d love to hear both the goals that you been able to achieve as well as the ones that you have not. Please let me know in the comments or via email.. Thank you very much for listening.

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Video editing programs – many choices

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Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things audio and video. Today I want to talk about video editing software. This is one of the most complex issues when you want to get into video editing, simply because there are so many choices when it comes to the software itself and how do you know which one to choose.

The first thing I think of when I think about video editing software is start with something simple have an idea of what you want to do with your video. Whether it’s I simply want to remove the unnecessary part at the beginning and end of the video or whatever it may be have an idea of what you want to do when it comes to editing your video project.

This will make it easier to evaluate the software choices that you may be looking at. now the next tip that I have is start with the free video editing software packages. There are several you can find them by doing a simple Google search as I did in preparation for this podcast and I found several free programs that may be useful for you and give you a starting point. The first one was from a company called NCH software. They make an editor called videopad. There’s another one called filmmora 9

The other option you’ve got is to look at some of the 15 and 30 day free trials of software. I know Adobe has several video editing programs like Adobe Premier Pro and you can get trials from the Adobe website. Another one that I use is called Camtasia, and again they have 15 or 30 day trial for that.

These will get you started and let you learn what features you like and give you a chance to play with several different pieces of software and see which is most comfortable for your workflow.

One thing to remember here is that no one program is going to be perfect for all your editing needs. I myself have two different editing packages because I like how one program does a specific task easier and simpler than another one, so no program is going to be perfect for everything. Make sure that whatever video editing program you’re using can both import and export your video in several popular formats. It will make your production a lot easier if you’re not having to convert the finished product from one format to another.

Another important factor to consider is how good is the documentation. How informative is it and how helpful is it for you when you’re in the middle of the project and need to know how to do something? so good documentation and tutorials are going to be important, particularly while your learning and evaluating each of these software packages as you go. Be sure to experiment and have fun. During this process and enjoy your video editing adventures.

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