6 episodes

Equipment Test! is a podcast about a 30-something year old writer who bought a microphone and started recording a podcast. Every week I mess around with audio gear, complain about package delivery issues, and talk about what stood out to me over the last week.

Equipment Test‪!‬ Eric Shay Howard

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Equipment Test! is a podcast about a 30-something year old writer who bought a microphone and started recording a podcast. Every week I mess around with audio gear, complain about package delivery issues, and talk about what stood out to me over the last week.

    Why I Love Short Stories

    Why I Love Short Stories

    This week on Equipment Test!, I talk about why I love short fiction/short stories! I wrote a blog post last week about it on my website and since I'm trying to make this podcast more useful and actually about really things, I thought I'd talk about it here! 

    I post short stories on my blog every Friday, so please check that out, if you're interested!

    Also, I mention some blogs and books I've been reading this week. Those are:
    - https://www.thebloggess.com - Blog
    - https://www.stuartdanker.com - Blog
    - Hashtag, Good Guy With A Gun by Jeff Chon - Literary Fiction

    Thanks for listening to my podcast, which is basically my blog in audio form. I post on my website Monday through Friday, and I'll talk to you next weekend back on the podcast!

    • 24 min
    I Fixed My Blog!

    I Fixed My Blog!

    This week I fixed my blog, wrote short stories, and dabbled in marketing for my blog! 

    I talk on today's episode about my plans with my creative stuff for this year. I've been working on my blog. Armed with my knowledge of the MBA program that I just completed, I experimented with marketing and Google ads. I also started tweeting more.

    It was also great to actually not have to stress out about school every day after work. I was able to blog all week. I also started posting short stories on my blog every Friday. I think if I keep building up my blog and blogging every week, I'll be able to build something cool after a while. Same with this podcast. I still don't know where it fits into what I'm doing with my creative stuff, but as long as I keep making this podcast every weekend, I think it will eventually be good and make sense.

    • 21 min
    I Have An MBA!

    I Have An MBA!

    This week, I finished my MBA, I had to go to the dentist, and I am still really messed about all of the stuff that happened with Allison Mack (from Smallville) and the NXIVM cult. Allison Mack's sentencing was in 2021. I grew up watching Smallville. I was a freshman when it aired and I didn't miss any episode of it. I know that there are people who will have to deal with a lot of real stuff for the rest of their lives because of what happened, but as a fan of Smallville, I still just have so much trouble wrapping my head around it all. I don't know if I'll ever be able to like a show as much as I liked Smallville.

    Anyways, let's have the best 2022 that we can!

    • 28 min
    Equipment Test! My Ring Doorbell 3 goes off every 10 minutes!

    Equipment Test! My Ring Doorbell 3 goes off every 10 minutes!

    This week on Equipment Test!, I practice with my Elgato Wave 3 microphone, talk about my Wyze security camera and my Ring Doorbell 3, and how I thought I broke Amazon Web Services. I took a break from recording the podcast live, because it was starting to get a little distracting and it was creating some pretty awful quality audio.

    On Equipment Test!, I talk about audio and video equipment, complain about package delivery issues, and try to catch people stealing my new stuff I buy. Just recording a podcast to practice using my microphone because microphones are cool.

    Next week, I will look back at my 2021 audio, video, and computer purchases.

    You can follow me on Twitter @ericshayhoward.

    • 27 min
    Getting My Apple AirPods Max and Amazon Delivery Issues

    Getting My Apple AirPods Max and Amazon Delivery Issues

    This week on Equipment Test!, I complain about package delivery issues, realize I live-stream too much, and I finally got a pair of Apple AirPods Max! I also jumped the gun and started posting Equipment Test! as an actual podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other services.

    After recording this episode and playing it back, I'm still hearing the audio drops every few minutes. I've been using my Elgato Wave 3 microphone for 2 weeks and love it, except for the audio issues I'm having. I think it's because I've been recording via my YouTube live-stream. I think I'll need to try a "bonus" episode in a few days where I only record locally on my computer and post the episode to the podcasting platforms.  I want to see if this helps with the audio issues. I'm SUPER new to podcasting, microphones, and live-streaming. Each week of this podcast, I'll get better and more comfortable, and more capable of figuring this stuff out.

    • 28 min
    The First Week of Going Live

    The First Week of Going Live

    Equipment Test! is the result of a random week of me deciding to buy a nice microphone for work. This started a chain of events in which I upgraded my home setup and ended up with enough equipment to mess around with live-streaming and podcasting.

    This first episode is a recap of my first week of live-streaming and setting up my space.

    Equipment Test! records on Fridays on my YouTube channel. Since I recorded it by pushing buttons in OBS that I don't understand, I figured I should also publish it on Apple Podcasts and some other places, which is something else that I don't completely understand. 

    This may take me years to figure out, but that's okay. I've got time.

    • 37 min

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