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  1. kjskillet

    Macworld Announcement Dreams - What is your dream?

    Oooo, the Cube returning as MacMini Pro. - KJ
  2. SED on a Mac I am such a dreamer sometimes. The thought of SED for a Mac Cinema/TV display is life changing if you understand what SED has to offer. What the heck am I talking about? SED is a technology that is supposed to be the best thing in image reproduction since the TV was invented. Actually it is the same technology as that old CRT that most of us still have in our homes. Only WAY BETTER & FLAT. So Toshiba keeps pushing back the release of their SED products. Why? Some people say that it will never work. I think that while they are trying to get this great new/old technology to work they are waiting. Waiting for the right timing, product, climate, and PARTNER to generate hype. In the past Toshiba has been to many trade shows to present the latest developments in SED. But not this year. Big Deal? Yep! In a Press release Toshiba provided the following explanation: " " Crap I can't find the actual press release. But this is what DigiTimes Displays reports: "The press release indicated that the reason for the cancellation was neither technical nor a business issue, but that Toshiba was not allowed to disclose details due to a confidentiality obligation." Hmmm!!!! For more information about SED technology check out one of Toshiba's websites: Enjoy, KJ
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    Here is my new Podcast!

    Your mic sounds much better! Great choice! I liked the show. The Tip of the Week was nice. You taught me something. I forgot about what you can access via the dock. Thanks. I like your idea of telling your listeners about the Widget of the Week. Sweet! You will save me some time. Nice work Jubilee. I'm a subscriber so keep the shows coming and I will listen.
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    Join my blog

    Dang! You have some really funny stuff on your blog. Nice!!
  5. Oh I forgot to tell you that I like your help desk idea. The sound really wasn't that bad. As far as the fan noise, that is not life or death either. We used to play ticker noise as a sound bed for the local news here in the SF Bay Area. So a little background noise is no big thing. Just as long as it is motivated and not competing with your voice. Anyway here is my dang mic comments I wrote earlier today.... I know this is TMI. I just got carried away again. Ok lets talk a bit about sound quality. Your sound quality wasn't really bad. It just depends on what your want. What kind of quality are you looking for? Do you want that Adam Curry sound. Or just want a clean full frequency representation of your voice. Do you care about room noise. Do you mind being confined to a single position or do you want to move about. Are you willing to invest at least $150. These are all important questions. to answer. In my opinion good full frequency sound starts at $150. If you don't want to spend that much than you may have to accept "poor quality sound". Listen to the Logitech review on the eMacCasst 01.12.2006. If your satisfied with the Logitech sound quality then GREAT buy that usb mic and your done. The next easiest step is to get the Samson CO1U that Matt mentioned. That mic is available on eBay for only $80 (I'm revising my $150 starting point). So listen to Matt's podcast and Adam's CES podcast to see if you like that sound. Now lets get to that $150 starting point I was talking about. The BlueMic Snowball is not bad. Check out this guys review and sample. Now I have not read the review I just listened to the samples. I will check out his review after I recover from this post. Anyway the Snowball is also a USB mic. This is great if you want an easy setup. Now I think the sample sounds pretty good. But who knows what kind of processing is at work behind the scene. Not to say there is anything wrong with processing. That's what makes the world go around. More about that later. Anyway I saw the Snowball on eBay for $149. Now if you want better quality and don't mind things getting a bit complicated then check out Adam's setup on his 11.22.05 show. Of course this kind of setup is going to cost you. My setup is a bit different. I use the Rode NTK and the Motu 828 firewire audio IO. The demo I am going to put up was done with my Audio Desk app. But all of the podcast that I have done do far were recoded and affected with the Amedeus app. Just so you know, my setup is cheap compared to real recording studio gear. In that world excellent mics start at $1000. And they are probably using at least $5000 worth of processing. But it's all in the processing. As long as you capture full frequency sound you can do almost anything with it. Kinda like Photoshoping a picture. Think if it this way. You wouldn't take a thumbnail image and try to get a good quality 8 x 10 photo print from that right. No you would try to use the highest resolution image available to start. Now the big secret. If your looking for that beefy sound. You know, that warm resonant "Joe Announcer" kinda sound. You need a good mic, close proximity (or an ultra good mic), and good processing know how. The Mic- The undisputed champion and best all purpose mic is the Shure SM58. If I didn't already have my beefy fat mic I would be using the SM58. Most real good mics have a 1" diaphragm. The SM58 has a 3/4" diaphragm. Economy mics have 1/2" diaphragm. Cheap mics not only have a small diaphragm but also are made of crappy material. Kinda like the difference between a nice copper pot (for cooking) or a cheap tin pot. The diaphragm is the element that picks up the sound vibrations. Its kinda like what the lens is to a camera. The lens on you cell phone is crap compared to a nice Nikon lens. Anyway if you want really good quality elements without spending too much money check out Rode Microphones. _______________ Just added 01.27.06 The Headset Mic If you want to be a bit mobile you should look into a good headset mic. Here is a great place to start. Check out the Shure WH30. You won't be disappointed. _______________ Proximity- Basically you will have more sonic detail when your mouth is closer to the mic (I mean a good mic). The further you work from the mic the more the mic picks up other vibrations. For instance you will hear a greater ratio of your direct voice and your voice bouncing off other surfaces (reverb). Also when you work farther from the mic the ratio of other sounds in the room will be fairly high. If you want that boomy, fat sound than work closer to the mic. Vocal resonance- Generally you can put your fingers on your vocal chords to find you power frequency. Now yawn using the Awhhh sound. Start high in pitch and smoothly work your way down to a low pitch. Where ever you feel the most vibration is your power resonance. This is where you should do most of your talking. EQ- Generally good mics basically have a flat frequency response. In other words the mic is able to pick up all the frequencies at the same level (when the frequencies are projected from a curtain distance). This is a really good starting point. Now you would adjust your EQ controls to reduce unflattering frequencies and boost the atractive frequencies. That is basically it. Dynamics- You will mostly need compression. There are three ways to use compression. 1. Use a device before the sound gets to your computer. This allows you to maximize the detail of your voice without overdriving or clipping (hitting RED). 2. Record at a lower level but use a compressor to kinda make the loud portions of the recording a similar level to the soft portions of the recording. 3. You can also use the compressor as an effect. Basically a higher (3 to 5 times) compression will give your that "Announcer" sound. Enhancement- There are two basic enhancers people use. 1. BBE Sonic Maximizer This is what I use. Generally this is suposed to align the sound so that your speakers can efficiently reproduce the sound. I have found that this will basically deliver your voice to the subwoofer and tweater better. 2. Aural Enhancer- I have never used it. But it is probably used on every high end recording artist. When it comes to enhancement or effects like reverb a tiny bit goes a long way. Now here are some examples. Think of it as facial make-up: The Silly Mic and Processing Demo Well thats it. Later, KJ
  6. Oh man! I just finished writing a super long post about microphones then I read in another post that you bought the Logitech mic over lunch. Sigh!!!! You will understand when you see what I wrote. Or I should say how much I wrote. Maybe someone will find it interesting and useful. If not I guess we can just laugh at it. What's really funny is that I am not even finished yet. I still want to record and upload samples and demos. Sigh!!!! Oh well. :? KJ
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    It's A Different World

    WOW! Thanks for the major feel goods. KJ
  8. I'm getting ready to drop a LOAD of info on you. But for now I just want you to know that I enjoyed hearing your voice. It' s so much fun seeing someone's picture than finally hearing their voice. Hey that was quick! Dang the iLife tools really seem to help getting a completed project up and running on the web. KJ
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    I want to do a podcast!!!

    This is fantastic news!! Let us know when your feed is up. If you need a host check out Libsyn.com. KJ
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    It's A Different World

    So I am kinda freaked out about totally trusting a 3rd party (Feedburner) with my feed. So the link that I gave you to my show, I'm not talking about the iTunes link, will be changed to Libsyn who actually hosts my feed. I apologize for the inconvenience. Please click here for my feed. Thanks, KJ
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    It's A Different World

    Yeaaaa!! Thanks, I hope you enjoy the show. KJ
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    I want to do a podcast!!!

    If your new to the Maccast and you want to do your own podcast but you don't know where to start. Adam has been very helpful by disclosing so much info about how he does the Maccast. Check out Maccast 11.22.2005. Remember that this info is pre Garage Band '06. So Jubilee, here is a show idea for you. "Getting the Most Out of Your Home Network." KJ
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    I want to do a podcast!!!

    Dang guys how can you deny the beautiful and talented JUBILEE with your distractions? To answer the podcast software question. I use Amadeus II for recording and editing a clip. Hypervision AV to assemble all the clips and to make a nice AIFF file. And Squeez 4 to encode with Fraunhofer. You can also use Audition (it's free) by Panic to encode. I know thats a lot of stuff to use but I have my reasons. Anyway, Jubilee are you still there? I need a female contributer for my show. Basically I need your perspective on the consumer electronics that appeal to you. What do you think? Are you interested? Ken Check out my podcast, It's A Different World.
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    I want to do a podcast!!!

    What are you passionate about? Or what are you totally interested in? A podcast can be about aaaaanything. Or about absolutely nothing. Just as long as you have a lot of fun. Actually your podcast doesn't even have to be fun or positive. It could be totally miserable and negative. I'm not really helping here am I. Ken
  15. Well I really wanted to wait to get more shows under my belt before I told you guys about this. But what the heck! My podcast, It's A Different World is all about introducing people to the new consumer electronic stuff that is just hitting the market. The show is relaxed and kinda easy going. You should know that I try not to get into all the geeky details that we all love. No, I try to keep everything simple for the folks who don't care about all the details. So if your interested in a different approach to consumer electronics then subscribe to my show. You can get it on iTunes or you can get it here. Thanks for listening! Ken