Our Sicilian family had taken us sightseeing this day and we were wandering around the small town of Pedara, Sicily, on Etna’s eastern flank. As usual, we were viewing a lot of church’s along the way and — being it was late July — there were weddings in nearly every one. As I entered the church — Basilica S. Caterina Alessandrini — the Ave Maria began, but this was unlike the typical organ or piano accompaniment. A full brass band was providing the music for this service and both there — and the singer — sounded amazing in the wonderful acoustics of the church.
This great video showed up in my YouTube subscriptions and I wanted to pass it along for any New Media producers who might be looking for ways to improve their on-location audio. Tom Antos gives a great demo and run down the Rode NTG 4+ Shotgun Mic and accessories.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.2nd Floor – Room 2A,
Van Nuys, CA [Map]
On this free meetup/workshop you will learn the basic steps of how to start your own podcast. Douglas E. Welch will be explaining both the technical and content creation aspects of how to run a successful podcast.
To learn more about Douglas visit his website: http://douglasewelch.com/
Hackerspace Los Angeles weekly meet up. Come by and mingle with like-minded people and see what others are working on. Find out what planned activities do we have and how you can participate.
If you are interested in helping us establish a permanent location in the San Fernando Valley you need to be here to help us plan this and make it happen.
We’ll still be holding classes/workshops of various interests once a month.
A walk through my neighborhood and to the local electronics shop.
Testing out my new GoPro Clamp attachment clipped to my the strap of my bag.
Worked pretty well for this time-lapse.
Music: “Shiny Tech” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License
The lastest verison of the WordPress Blogging Engine, called “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Colman Hawkins, is now available for download and installation from the WordPress site. You can also easily existing installations in a few clicks, following the links in your dashboard.
This new version brings a host of updates and improvements including in-line link editing, formatting shortcuts, smart image sizing and more.
Watch this short introduction to “Coleman”
You can find a detailed listing of all the updates in the blog post, WordPress 4.5 “Coleman”, on WordPress.org.
Review: Neat’s $99 Widget is a crazy-looking no-frills microphone, but it sounds awesome
With every passing generation, computers get better displays, processors, speakers, and more.
Microphones though? Not so much.
That means that if you have any interest in documenting anything involving sound – podcasting, vlogging, singing – you’ll need a serious upgrade. And while podcast mics exist aplenty, few are as immediately eye-catching as Neat Microphone’s Widget series, a set of vibrant condenser microphones.
I consulted on the technical side of this podcast and it is great to see it up and launched with 3 shows all ready for your listening enjoyment
“How I Wrote That is a podcast presented by The Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screenwriting, and hosted by Khanisha Foster. In each episode, we sit down with the top women in writing. They invite us into their homes and studios so we may ask how they got there. We discuss how they write, what they write, and the advice they would give to those listening. Stephens is dedicated to increasing the number of women working in television and film. How I Wrote That cultivates the relationship between those who have already made it and those who are dreaming up. “
Take a listen to learn about all sorts of screenwriters and “how I wrote that!”
In the first podcast with Carol Barbee, Showrunner for Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, gives us an inside look at what it means to lead a writers’ room. “It’s not my job to have all the answers, but it is my job to recognize the answers.”
Last Sunday we attended the latest performance of of Word Now! at the Fremont Centre Theater in South Pasadena.
The show is co-produced by a close friend and his wife was also presenting a story that evening, so we HAD to go, of course.
It was a great night out and the stories were absolutely amazing. We certainly plan on attending again!
Each show works around a general theme and this month’s theme was “COLD.”
The stories approached it in a variety of ways. Cold weather. Cold People. Cold World and more!
You can listen to the entire show here and I also greatly encourage you to see the live presentation in South Pasadena.
I discovered this microphone through, of all things, an advertisement on Instagram?!? What?!?! A useful social media advertisement. If all ads could be as targeted to me as this one, I might not complain about them so much. That said, the ad immediately made me want to check our the Shure MV88. I am always on the lookout for useful New Media Gear and this looks to be another device you might want to add to your arsenal. As I don’t have one in-hand, I have included some links below to give you an overview of how people are responding to this mic and some real world usage examples.
One dislike that crops up for me is the inability to use it with a cover. I know, making a device that works with any of the thousands of covered out there would be nearly impossible, but I hate having to pull my phone out of its cover to use it and I miss the protection it provides when working. I also worry about external devices plugged into the Lightning port, as I am always afraid I am going to break the port accidentally.
Beyond those fairly small quibbles though, the audio samples from the mic sound good and it can help to keep your recording kit a bit smaller. You’ll want an iPhone with a larger storage capacity in order to insure you aren’t constantly filling it up with audio. My 16 GB iPhone 6 already complains about being full much too often and I am sure I would run into even larger issues if I were recording audio to it regularly.
Check out the Shure MV88 and tell me what you think!
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Previously on New Media Gear:
- New Media Gear 23: KumbaCam 3 Axis SmartPhone Stabilizer
- Zoom iQ5B Condenser Microphone
- Blue Microphones Spark Digital Studio-Grade Condenser Microphone for Apple iPad and USB 2.0
- Fancierstudio 3000 Watt Digital Video Continuous Softbox Lighting Kit
- Headphone Recommendations
- Premium microphone power supply with 9v power
- Canon VIXIA HF R400 HD 53x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom Camcorder and 3.0 Touch LCD
- Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
- Peter Lythgoe of Zzipp and Co. Podcast from Weymouth, UK (Part 3 of 3)
- Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
- Peter Lythgoe of Zzipp and Co. Podcast from Weymouth, UK (Part 2 of 3)
- Charles McFall, Co-host “Success Freaks”
- Peter Lythgoe of Zzipp and Co. Podcast from Weymouth, UK (Part 1 of 3)
- Daniel J. Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast and more
- Brian Herbert of the Indy Autographs Podcast and Hoosier State Sports Show
- Dan Hughes of In The Treasure Corner and others
- Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder
- Charley Hays
- Chuck Tomasi of Technorama
- Jack “Boom Goes The Dynamite” Heikle
- Mike Phillips from MikePhillips.me and Computers 2K Now podcast
- Clay Dugger of The Righteous Dude’s Dudecast
- Richard Cleveland of Naked Ape Productions
- Douglas E. Welch – Career Opportunities Podcast