Re: [podcasters] HotRecorder-PowerGramo-Pamela/Skype (long)
- I just downloaded Pamela 3 days ago. So far I am very happy with it. I have
more testing to do, but so far so good.
On 4/27/06, Dennis Hays <dhays@...> wrote:
> A few words on Skype recording (Windows)...
> I currently produce two shows. The Secrets of Digital
> Imaging is usually just me barking into a live mic, but
> from time to time, I interview people influential in
> photography. Not really too difficult, a 30 minute chat
> session that floats gently into Adobe Audition. I may have
> to adjust the Skype connection for levels, but really not
> too labor intensive (see below for more detail).
> I also produce a Blues and Jazz show, where most of my shows
> are interviews with artists and I play 5 or 6 tracks. This
> show has a higher degree of difficulty, as I record about
> 10 minutes of dialog and then drop in a track, speak for
> another 10 minutes, another track, and so forth.
> The blues show has required additional attention due to the
> shifting back and forth between tracks and dialog and
> making certain the levels are cool. I want the dialog to be
> mono so the listener hears the conversation in both ears,
> but the musical tracks I want to be stereo.
> Originally, I tried HotRecorder. IMPO, as close to junk as a
> product of this type can be. Here's where a software
> publisher created a proprietary format for recording and
> then requires you (only available if you've purchased a
> license) to use a separate utility to convert the
> proprietary format to a WAV format--and that to a
> non-standard sample rate! However, they do offer, in the
> purchased version, recording the mic and Skype in two
> channels, making it easier for editing. But, and here's my
> main gripe, this poorly written (and that's a compliment)
> software tends to drop the recording. More than once, I'd
> completed a call and clicked HotRecorder to save the file
> and it hung. At the end, no file, no interview, and now, no
> HotRecorder. So, if you're contemplating purchasing
> HotRecorder, don't! That's my professional recommendation.
> After being thwarted by HotRecorder's inability to do one
> fundamental operation--save the file--I tried, and
> subsequently purchased PowerGramo
> (http://www.powergramo.com - USD$19.95). Since using it,
> I've never dropped a call, lost a recording or had to worry
> about converting a proprietary file format into something
> usable. Well done, PowerGramo people.
> At this top of this long-winded missive, I mentioned
> recording segments for my Blues and Jazz show as well as
> the usual need to balance levels between the mic and Skype.
> Based on this need, I've tried Pamela
> (http://www.pamela-systems.com/ - Standard USD$7.50,
> Professional USD$21.50). A breath of fresh air. I do like
> the two sliders enabling me to make real-time level
> adjustments and Pamela allows saving in either WAV or MP3
> format. But, for me, it's the ease of starting and stopping
> recording to create separate files for separate segments
> that I can just drop into Audition. Now, it's just a matter
> of assembling the files to make a complete show.
> I still have more I want to do with Pamela, but with its
> extensive features, including a robust Skype voice mail
> module, it will take me some time to wade through them. As
> of now, I'll have to rate Pamela as my primary and
> PowerGramo as the backup (just in case).
> BTW, I have no affiliation with any of these products--I'm
> just trying to do what most of you are doing--produce a
> great sounding podcast with as little effort as possible.
> Thanks for indulging me, but I thought my experiences may be
> worthwhile for some on this list.
> Dennis Hays
> Secrets of Digital Imaging Audio Magazine
> +1 518.479.4220
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