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The computers with ease podcast talks about topics related to making audio/video and computers easier to use.

    Mic levels & gain

    Mic levels & gain

    Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related audio and video.
    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.
    I’d love to hear your comments and questions email me at info@computerswith ease.com If you like to be notified when I release a new podcast episode sign up for my email list. I look forward to hearing from you
     
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    • 7 min
    Learn & Do

    Learn & Do

    Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related audio and video.
    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?
    I would love to hear your comments or questions please feel free to email me at info@computers withease.com and if you like to stay up to date with this podcast., please feel free to subscribe to my email list. I look forward to speaking with you.
     
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    • 6 min
    Rodecaster Pro cover

    Rodecaster Pro cover

    Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related to audio and video.
    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.
    I’d love to hear your comments and questions, email me at info@computerswithease.com. If you’d like to be notified when I release a new podcast episode sign up for my email list. I look forward to hearing from you.
     
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    • 4 min
    Covid 19 – from a creators viewpoint

    Covid 19 – from a creators viewpoint

    Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast where we talk about all things related to audio and video.
    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.
    I’d love to hear your comments and questions, email me at info@computerswithease.com. If you’d like to be notified when I release a new podcast episode sign up for my email list. I look forward to hearing from you.
     
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    • 6 min
    Rodecaster pro noise gate

    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.
    I’d love to hear your comments and questions, email me at info@computerswithease.com. If you’d like to be notified when I release a new podcast episode sign up for my email list. I look forward to hearing from you.
     
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    • 4 min
    Rodecaster update 2.1 beta – my thoughts

    Rodecaster update 2.1 beta – my thoughts

    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.
    If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at info@computers withease.com and if you like to stay up to date with this podcast. please feel free to subscribe to my email list. I look forward to speaking with you.
     
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