Friday, June 15, 2012

Episode 28


Welcome to another notoriously infrequent Call To Auction episode! This week, Euripides and Stede talk about how to deal with the transition between Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria. Thanks to SynthParadox, who volunteered to help edit and record these at the strangest hours we're both available. Hopefully, we will have as close to a weekly schedule as possible, and might start uploading these on youtube!

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The opening track is called Change

1 comment:

  1. First of all, welcome back!! Really missed the cast and I'm happy that you're producing again.

    I do, however, have a couple of suggestions regarding audio quality.

    A couple of things happen when you use a typical computer headset microphone to record podcasts. The mic being so close to your mouth does two problematic things:

    1) it picks up every tiny mouth noise, saliva clicks, your breathing, your nasal sounds, etc. This is disgusting and it makes it sounds like you are breathing into my ear. Makes me want to turn off your podcast and stop listening.

    2) It makes you speak quietly, and it makes you sound like you’re mumbling, like you’re bored, tired, uninterested, etc. Non-optimal for recording for an audience, obviously.

    Move your mic away from your mouth and speak up. Project your voice like you’re speaking to someone across a conference room table. Don’t mumble. Address your audience like you mean it.

    Preferably, don’t use a headset mic. Use a USB mic that you can set on the table in front of you or clip to your monitor. Ideally, get a good one like a Blue Yeti or Snowball, and put it 2-3 feet away so you have to project your voice to speak to it.

    Also, if you really want to take responsibility for your audio, don’t depend entirely on Skype for your recording. Skype sucks for recording. The variable compression quality and dropouts will drive your audience crazy. Take the extra step of each person recording a local file and merge them in editing software, adjusting levels, etc., to help it all work together. Takes a bit more time, of course, but sounds SO much better.

    Welcome back, keep it up. :)