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  • LARRY WANGER
    Hi group: I ve been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10 months or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net Back in October I had a
    Message 1 of 12 , Apr 1, 2007
      Hi group:

      I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10 months or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net

      Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment to the show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7 minute segment.

      Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to have sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me MP3 files but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference. He got a nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his segments have a high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in general is just a mess. I must get this cleaned up as my show is starting on radio and thousands more people may potentially be hearing it and I'm really concerned about the quality.

      I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and, especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys sounds and see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return for a banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound card issue or something what recommendations would folks have. I've suggested to Dave that it might be his sound card but he's not decided that was it yet.

      Thoughts would be great.



      Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net


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    • andrew clarke
      ... I just skipped ahead to Dave s segment using Winamp and listened to a few seconds. The noise I heard was fairly faint, and I wasn t too worried about it.
      Message 2 of 12 , Apr 1, 2007
        On Sun, Apr 01, 2007 at 11:39:32AM -0700, LARRY WANGER wrote:

        > I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10
        > months or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net
        >
        > Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment to
        > the show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7
        > minute segment.
        >
        > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to have
        > sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me MP3
        > files but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference.
        > He got a nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his
        > segments have a high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in
        > general is just a mess. I must get this cleaned up as my show is
        > starting on radio and thousands more people may potentially be hearing
        > it and I'm really concerned about the quality.
        >
        > I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and,
        > especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys sounds
        > and see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return
        > for a banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound
        > card issue or something what recommendations would folks have. I've
        > suggested to Dave that it might be his sound card but he's not decided
        > that was it yet.

        I just skipped ahead to Dave's segment using Winamp and listened to a
        few seconds. The noise I heard was fairly faint, and I wasn't too
        worried about it. I suspect it's a sound card issue, like you say. The
        type of noise there is common to some laptops that have poorly-shielded
        internal audio.

        You can probably get rid of the high pitch by using a low-pass filter,
        eg. try a low-pass filter with a 10 KHz cutoff. It's possible the high
        pitch may be above the frequency response of FM radio. You can use a
        spectrum analyser (Adobe Audition has one, and so does Audacity, from
        memory) to find out its frequency.

        I can't recommend any particular current model sound card. My most
        recent sound card purchase was an original Creative Sound Blaster Live
        way back in 1998, which has served me well. My friends tell me
        Creative's gear has gone downhill a bit since then, but your mileage may
        vary. It may be worthwhile trying some sort of external USB audio
        device.

        For anyone else who wants to listen, the direct link to the podcast
        Larry is referring to is at http://www.disabilitynation.net/dn28/dn28.mp3

        Regards
        Andrew
      • LARRY WANGER
        Hi: The problem beyond the high pitch is that when I listen on an iPod the sound is really weird. You can really hear some garbage in the background and, when
        Message 3 of 12 , Apr 1, 2007
          Hi:

          The problem beyond the high pitch is that when I listen on an iPod the sound is really weird. You can really hear some garbage in the background and, when I adjust the volume of my iPod Dave's voice sort of bounces between left and right and its just bizarre. We probably need to do a new sound card though as I've tried everything including a filter and just can't get it to go away.


          Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net

          ----- Original Message -----
          From: andrew clarke
          To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 2:51 PM
          Subject: Re: [podcasters] Suggestions regarding sound quality


          On Sun, Apr 01, 2007 at 11:39:32AM -0700, LARRY WANGER wrote:

          > I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10
          > months or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net
          >
          > Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment to
          > the show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7
          > minute segment.
          >
          > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to have
          > sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me MP3
          > files but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference.
          > He got a nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his
          > segments have a high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in
          > general is just a mess. I must get this cleaned up as my show is
          > starting on radio and thousands more people may potentially be hearing
          > it and I'm really concerned about the quality.
          >
          > I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and,
          > especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys sounds
          > and see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return
          > for a banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound
          > card issue or something what recommendations would folks have. I've
          > suggested to Dave that it might be his sound card but he's not decided
          > that was it yet.

          I just skipped ahead to Dave's segment using Winamp and listened to a
          few seconds. The noise I heard was fairly faint, and I wasn't too
          worried about it. I suspect it's a sound card issue, like you say. The
          type of noise there is common to some laptops that have poorly-shielded
          internal audio.

          You can probably get rid of the high pitch by using a low-pass filter,
          eg. try a low-pass filter with a 10 KHz cutoff. It's possible the high
          pitch may be above the frequency response of FM radio. You can use a
          spectrum analyser (Adobe Audition has one, and so does Audacity, from
          memory) to find out its frequency.

          I can't recommend any particular current model sound card. My most
          recent sound card purchase was an original Creative Sound Blaster Live
          way back in 1998, which has served me well. My friends tell me
          Creative's gear has gone downhill a bit since then, but your mileage may
          vary. It may be worthwhile trying some sort of external USB audio
          device.

          For anyone else who wants to listen, the direct link to the podcast
          Larry is referring to is at http://www.disabilitynation.net/dn28/dn28.mp3

          Regards
          Andrew





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        • Brain! Douche!
          Hey Larry, I ve been listening to your show off and on for the past 2 months or so, and I can definitely say that Dave s sound has improved dramatically. This
          Message 4 of 12 , Apr 1, 2007
            Hey Larry,

            I've been listening to your show off and on for the past 2 months or so, and
            I can definitely say that Dave's sound has improved dramatically.

            This sounds like a soundcard hiss to me... also sounds like perhaps you ran
            some noise reduction on it too? That might cause the ipod weirdness. taking
            into account that I don't know much, he might be able to fix his hiss by
            getting an outboard USB sound device. I use a Tascam US-224, and I'm
            thrilled with it. If he's using a condenser mic (he is, isn't he?) he might
            do better to get a tascam us-122, whihc has integrated phantom power.
            they're basically the same thing, but they're shaped differently, and they
            run on the same software. you can pick up either on ebay for less than a
            hundred bucks, and all the software and drivers you need to run them on a
            winXP machine are on the tascam website. (i believe there are ways to
            integrate the hardware with other DAW programs, but i've only seen them work
            on Cubasis VST, the free software they give you with this hardware. Cubasis
            *does* have a bit of a learning curve. Just FYI.)

            Hope this helps,
            ~Mer
            [podcast to follow]



            On 4/1/07, LARRY WANGER <lsw999@...> wrote:
            >
            > Hi group:
            >
            > I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10 months
            > or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net
            >
            > Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment to the
            > show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7 minute
            > segment.
            >
            > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to have
            > sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me MP3 files
            > but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference. He got a
            > nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his segments have a
            > high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in general is just a mess. I
            > must get this cleaned up as my show is starting on radio and thousands more
            > people may potentially be hearing it and I'm really concerned about the
            > quality.
            >
            > I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and,
            > especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys sounds and
            > see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return for a
            > banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound card issue
            > or something what recommendations would folks have. I've suggested to Dave
            > that it might be his sound card but he's not decided that was it yet.
            >
            > Thoughts would be great.
            >
            > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
            >
            > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
            >
            >
            >


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          • kurt_armbruster
            ... have sound quality issues with Dave s segment. He first was sending me MP3 files but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference. He got a
            Message 5 of 12 , Apr 2, 2007
              --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "LARRY WANGER" <lsw999@...> wrote:
              >

              > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to
              have sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending
              me MP3 files but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no
              difference. He got a nicer microphone but again, no change. It
              seems that his segments have a high pitch that you can just hear and
              the sound in general is just a mess. I must get this cleaned up as
              my show is starting on radio and thousands more people may
              potentially be hearing it and I'm really concerned about the quality.
              >


              I haven't had a chance to listen yet. Sound card noise may be one
              cause.

              What's his set-up like?

              I'm wondering if his mic is picking up the hum from his computer's
              fan.

              It could just be a matter of separating the mic and computer a bit,
              and/or throwing a blanket (or pillow) over the 'puter while he's
              recording.
            • LARRY WANGER
              Hi: I ve stopped doing things to the audio he sends me period because I was just making it worse. he s using one of those $35 logitech headset microphones. I
              Message 6 of 12 , Apr 2, 2007
                Hi:

                I've stopped doing things to the audio he sends me period because I was just making it worse. he's using one of those $35 logitech headset microphones. I used one at first and know that this really isn't the issue. I think its the sound card and my leaning on him to get a new one hasn't wored. What to do???


                Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net

                ----- Original Message -----
                From: Brain! Douche!
                To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 8:56 PM
                Subject: Re: [podcasters] Suggestions regarding sound quality


                Hey Larry,

                I've been listening to your show off and on for the past 2 months or so, and
                I can definitely say that Dave's sound has improved dramatically.

                This sounds like a soundcard hiss to me... also sounds like perhaps you ran
                some noise reduction on it too? That might cause the ipod weirdness. taking
                into account that I don't know much, he might be able to fix his hiss by
                getting an outboard USB sound device. I use a Tascam US-224, and I'm
                thrilled with it. If he's using a condenser mic (he is, isn't he?) he might
                do better to get a tascam us-122, whihc has integrated phantom power.
                they're basically the same thing, but they're shaped differently, and they
                run on the same software. you can pick up either on ebay for less than a
                hundred bucks, and all the software and drivers you need to run them on a
                winXP machine are on the tascam website. (i believe there are ways to
                integrate the hardware with other DAW programs, but i've only seen them work
                on Cubasis VST, the free software they give you with this hardware. Cubasis
                *does* have a bit of a learning curve. Just FYI.)

                Hope this helps,
                ~Mer
                [podcast to follow]

                On 4/1/07, LARRY WANGER <lsw999@...> wrote:
                >
                > Hi group:
                >
                > I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10 months
                > or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net
                >
                > Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment to the
                > show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7 minute
                > segment.
                >
                > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to have
                > sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me MP3 files
                > but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference. He got a
                > nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his segments have a
                > high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in general is just a mess. I
                > must get this cleaned up as my show is starting on radio and thousands more
                > people may potentially be hearing it and I'm really concerned about the
                > quality.
                >
                > I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and,
                > especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys sounds and
                > see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return for a
                > banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound card issue
                > or something what recommendations would folks have. I've suggested to Dave
                > that it might be his sound card but he's not decided that was it yet.
                >
                > Thoughts would be great.
                >
                > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
                >
                > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                >
                >
                >

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              • Brain! Douche!
                Use violence. If you re unsure about that, Dollie Llama is on the board somewhere, right? She could give you some pointers, i m sure. ~Mer [podcast to
                Message 7 of 12 , Apr 2, 2007
                  Use violence. If you're unsure about that, Dollie Llama is on the board
                  somewhere, right? She could give you some pointers, i'm sure.

                  ~Mer
                  [podcast to follow... soon]



                  On 02 Apr 2007 19:16:55 -0700, LARRY WANGER <lsw999@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Hi:
                  >
                  > I've stopped doing things to the audio he sends me period because I was
                  > just making it worse. he's using one of those $35 logitech headset
                  > microphones. I used one at first and know that this really isn't the issue.
                  > I think its the sound card and my leaning on him to get a new one hasn't
                  > wored. What to do???
                  >
                  > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
                  >
                  > ----- Original Message -----
                  > From: Brain! Douche!
                  > To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com <podcasters%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 8:56 PM
                  > Subject: Re: [podcasters] Suggestions regarding sound quality
                  >
                  > Hey Larry,
                  >
                  > I've been listening to your show off and on for the past 2 months or so,
                  > and
                  > I can definitely say that Dave's sound has improved dramatically.
                  >
                  > This sounds like a soundcard hiss to me... also sounds like perhaps you
                  > ran
                  > some noise reduction on it too? That might cause the ipod weirdness.
                  > taking
                  > into account that I don't know much, he might be able to fix his hiss by
                  > getting an outboard USB sound device. I use a Tascam US-224, and I'm
                  > thrilled with it. If he's using a condenser mic (he is, isn't he?) he
                  > might
                  > do better to get a tascam us-122, whihc has integrated phantom power.
                  > they're basically the same thing, but they're shaped differently, and they
                  > run on the same software. you can pick up either on ebay for less than a
                  > hundred bucks, and all the software and drivers you need to run them on a
                  > winXP machine are on the tascam website. (i believe there are ways to
                  > integrate the hardware with other DAW programs, but i've only seen them
                  > work
                  > on Cubasis VST, the free software they give you with this hardware.
                  > Cubasis
                  > *does* have a bit of a learning curve. Just FYI.)
                  >
                  > Hope this helps,
                  > ~Mer
                  > [podcast to follow]
                  >
                  > On 4/1/07, LARRY WANGER <lsw999@... <lsw999%40cox.net>> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > Hi group:
                  > >
                  > > I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10
                  > months
                  > > or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net
                  > >
                  > > Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment to
                  > the
                  > > show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7
                  > minute
                  > > segment.
                  > >
                  > > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to have
                  > > sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me MP3
                  > files
                  > > but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference. He got a
                  > > nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his segments have a
                  > > high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in general is just a
                  > mess. I
                  > > must get this cleaned up as my show is starting on radio and thousands
                  > more
                  > > people may potentially be hearing it and I'm really concerned about the
                  > > quality.
                  > >
                  > > I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and,
                  > > especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys sounds
                  > and
                  > > see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return for
                  > a
                  > > banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound card
                  > issue
                  > > or something what recommendations would folks have. I've suggested to
                  > Dave
                  > > that it might be his sound card but he's not decided that was it yet.
                  > >
                  > > Thoughts would be great.
                  > >
                  > > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
                  > >
                  > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  >
                  > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  >
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                • Katronix Serf
                  Hi Larry, Have him get a USB one, this way it takes his sound card out of the equation. Thats how I do my audio. Chris ... --
                  Message 8 of 12 , Apr 2, 2007
                    Hi Larry,

                    Have him get a USB one, this way it takes his sound card out of the
                    equation. Thats how I do my audio.

                    Chris

                    LARRY WANGER wrote:
                    >
                    > Hi:
                    >
                    > I've stopped doing things to the audio he sends me period because I
                    > was just making it worse. he's using one of those $35 logitech headset
                    > microphones. I used one at first and know that this really isn't the
                    > issue. I think its the sound card and my leaning on him to get a new
                    > one hasn't wored. What to do???
                    >
                    > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
                    > <http://www.disabilitynation.net>
                    >
                    > ----- Original Message -----
                    > From: Brain! Douche!
                    > To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com <mailto:podcasters%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 8:56 PM
                    > Subject: Re: [podcasters] Suggestions regarding sound quality
                    >
                    > Hey Larry,
                    >
                    > I've been listening to your show off and on for the past 2 months or
                    > so, and
                    > I can definitely say that Dave's sound has improved dramatically.
                    >
                    > This sounds like a soundcard hiss to me... also sounds like perhaps
                    > you ran
                    > some noise reduction on it too? That might cause the ipod weirdness.
                    > taking
                    > into account that I don't know much, he might be able to fix his hiss by
                    > getting an outboard USB sound device. I use a Tascam US-224, and I'm
                    > thrilled with it. If he's using a condenser mic (he is, isn't he?) he
                    > might
                    > do better to get a tascam us-122, whihc has integrated phantom power.
                    > they're basically the same thing, but they're shaped differently, and they
                    > run on the same software. you can pick up either on ebay for less than a
                    > hundred bucks, and all the software and drivers you need to run them on a
                    > winXP machine are on the tascam website. (i believe there are ways to
                    > integrate the hardware with other DAW programs, but i've only seen
                    > them work
                    > on Cubasis VST, the free software they give you with this hardware.
                    > Cubasis
                    > *does* have a bit of a learning curve. Just FYI.)
                    >
                    > Hope this helps,
                    > ~Mer
                    > [podcast to follow]
                    >
                    > On 4/1/07, LARRY WANGER <lsw999@... <mailto:lsw999%40cox.net>> wrote:
                    > >
                    > > Hi group:
                    > >
                    > > I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10
                    > months
                    > > or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net
                    > >
                    > > Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment
                    > to the
                    > > show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7
                    > minute
                    > > segment.
                    > >
                    > > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to have
                    > > sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me
                    > MP3 files
                    > > but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference. He got a
                    > > nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his segments have a
                    > > high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in general is just a
                    > mess. I
                    > > must get this cleaned up as my show is starting on radio and
                    > thousands more
                    > > people may potentially be hearing it and I'm really concerned about the
                    > > quality.
                    > >
                    > > I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and,
                    > > especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys
                    > sounds and
                    > > see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return
                    > for a
                    > > banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound
                    > card issue
                    > > or something what recommendations would folks have. I've suggested
                    > to Dave
                    > > that it might be his sound card but he's not decided that was it yet.
                    > >
                    > > Thoughts would be great.
                    > >
                    > > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
                    > <http://www.disabilitynation.net>
                    > >
                    > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
                    > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                    >
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                  • caroosky
                    Interesting, I thought that I could eliminate the buzz I was getting from my laptop sound card, so I got a USB mic/headset (not for recording my podcast; I use
                    Message 9 of 12 , Apr 2, 2007
                      Interesting, I thought that I could eliminate the buzz I was getting
                      from my laptop sound card, so I got a USB mic/headset (not for
                      recording my podcast; I use a studio mic for that...but I leave a LOT
                      of audio/video comments on other podcasts). Anyway, turns out that I
                      get almost as much noise from the USB audio converter as I did from
                      using the onboard sound card. Any ideas? Anyone?

                      Best,
                      Carter

                      --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, Katronix Serf <kat@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Hi Larry,
                      >
                      > Have him get a USB one, this way it takes his sound card out of the
                      > equation. Thats how I do my audio.
                      >
                      > Chris
                      >
                      > LARRY WANGER wrote:
                      > >
                      > > Hi:
                      > >
                      > > I've stopped doing things to the audio he sends me period because I
                      > > was just making it worse. he's using one of those $35 logitech
                      headset
                      > > microphones. I used one at first and know that this really isn't the
                      > > issue. I think its the sound card and my leaning on him to get a new
                      > > one hasn't wored. What to do???
                      > >
                      > > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
                      > > <http://www.disabilitynation.net>
                      > >
                      > > ----- Original Message -----
                      > > From: Brain! Douche!
                      > > To: podcasters@yahoogroups.com <mailto:podcasters%40yahoogroups.com>
                      > > Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 8:56 PM
                      > > Subject: Re: [podcasters] Suggestions regarding sound quality
                      > >
                      > > Hey Larry,
                      > >
                      > > I've been listening to your show off and on for the past 2 months or
                      > > so, and
                      > > I can definitely say that Dave's sound has improved dramatically.
                      > >
                      > > This sounds like a soundcard hiss to me... also sounds like perhaps
                      > > you ran
                      > > some noise reduction on it too? That might cause the ipod weirdness.
                      > > taking
                      > > into account that I don't know much, he might be able to fix his
                      hiss by
                      > > getting an outboard USB sound device. I use a Tascam US-224, and I'm
                      > > thrilled with it. If he's using a condenser mic (he is, isn't he?) he
                      > > might
                      > > do better to get a tascam us-122, whihc has integrated phantom power.
                      > > they're basically the same thing, but they're shaped differently,
                      and they
                      > > run on the same software. you can pick up either on ebay for less
                      than a
                      > > hundred bucks, and all the software and drivers you need to run
                      them on a
                      > > winXP machine are on the tascam website. (i believe there are ways to
                      > > integrate the hardware with other DAW programs, but i've only seen
                      > > them work
                      > > on Cubasis VST, the free software they give you with this hardware.
                      > > Cubasis
                      > > *does* have a bit of a learning curve. Just FYI.)
                      > >
                      > > Hope this helps,
                      > > ~Mer
                      > > [podcast to follow]
                      > >
                      > > On 4/1/07, LARRY WANGER <lsw999@... <mailto:lsw999%40cox.net>> wrote:
                      > > >
                      > > > Hi group:
                      > > >
                      > > > I've been producing a show called DisabilityNation for the past 10
                      > > months
                      > > > or so. The web site is www.disabilitynation.net
                      > > >
                      > > > Back in October I had a guy named Dave begin contributing a segment
                      > > to the
                      > > > show consisting of news related to disability issues. Its a 5 to 7
                      > > minute
                      > > > segment.
                      > > >
                      > > > Since that time I've tried a number of solutions but continue to
                      have
                      > > > sound quality issues with Dave's segment. He first was sending me
                      > > MP3 files
                      > > > but then I had him start sending .WAV format but no difference.
                      He got a
                      > > > nicer microphone but again, no change. It seems that his
                      segments have a
                      > > > high pitch that you can just hear and the sound in general is
                      just a
                      > > mess. I
                      > > > must get this cleaned up as my show is starting on radio and
                      > > thousands more
                      > > > people may potentially be hearing it and I'm really concerned
                      about the
                      > > > quality.
                      > > >
                      > > > I wonder if someone could go to my site and preview the show and,
                      > > > especially skip up to 27:45 in time and listen to how the guys
                      > > sounds and
                      > > > see what you think it might be. He contributes to my show in return
                      > > for a
                      > > > banner spot on my site and promotion in the show. If its a sound
                      > > card issue
                      > > > or something what recommendations would folks have. I've suggested
                      > > to Dave
                      > > > that it might be his sound card but he's not decided that was it
                      yet.
                      > > >
                      > > > Thoughts would be great.
                      > > >
                      > > > Visit DisabilityNation at http://www.disabilitynation.net
                      > > <http://www.disabilitynation.net>
                      > > >
                      > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                      > >
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                      > >
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                      > > Version: 7.5.446 / Virus Database: 268.18.25/743 - Release Date:
                      > > 4/2/2007 4:24 PM
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                      > >
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                      >
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                      src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/katsplace.gif" style="border:0"
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                      >
                    • Jonathan Walz
                      Hello Carter, I have a similar problem with an IBM laptop. The only way I have found to get rid of it is to run off my battery while I m recording. Have you
                      Message 10 of 12 , Apr 3, 2007
                        Hello Carter,

                        I have a similar problem with an IBM laptop. The only way I have
                        found to get rid of it is to run off my battery while I'm recording.
                        Have you tried that already?

                        >
                        > Interesting, I thought that I could eliminate the buzz I was getting
                        > from my laptop sound card, so I got a USB mic/headset (not for
                        > recording my podcast; I use a studio mic for that...but I leave a
                        LOT
                        > of audio/video comments on other podcasts). Anyway, turns out that
                        I
                        > get almost as much noise from the USB audio converter as I did from
                        > using the onboard sound card. Any ideas? Anyone?
                        >
                        > Best,
                        > Carter

                        Regards,
                        Jonathan Walz
                        Podcast blog: http://powerscripting.net
                        Podcast feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/powerscripting
                        "A podcast for people learning Windows PowerShell"
                      • caroosky
                        Hmmm...trying now...YES! Much better, but still not great. It makes sense, though. Don t know why I never thought of that, but I guess that s what groups
                        Message 11 of 12 , Apr 3, 2007
                          Hmmm...trying now...YES! Much better, but still not great. It makes
                          sense, though. Don't know why I never thought of that, but I guess
                          that's what groups like this are all about. Thanks Jonathan!

                          Carter


                          --- In podcasters@yahoogroups.com, "Jonathan Walz"
                          <powerscripting@...> wrote:
                          >
                          > Hello Carter,
                          >
                          > I have a similar problem with an IBM laptop. The only way I have
                          > found to get rid of it is to run off my battery while I'm recording.
                          > Have you tried that already?
                          >
                          > >
                          > > Interesting, I thought that I could eliminate the buzz I was getting
                          > > from my laptop sound card, so I got a USB mic/headset (not for
                          > > recording my podcast; I use a studio mic for that...but I leave a
                          > LOT
                          > > of audio/video comments on other podcasts). Anyway, turns out that
                          > I
                          > > get almost as much noise from the USB audio converter as I did from
                          > > using the onboard sound card. Any ideas? Anyone?
                          > >
                          > > Best,
                          > > Carter
                          >
                          > Regards,
                          > Jonathan Walz
                          > Podcast blog: http://powerscripting.net
                          > Podcast feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/powerscripting
                          > "A podcast for people learning Windows PowerShell"
                          >
                        • David Smith
                          ... Has he tried recording at a higher bitrate? I m also wondering if poorly matched bitrates between his recording and your show might cause some sort of
                          Message 12 of 12 , Apr 3, 2007
                            It was 2 Apr 2007, when LARRY WANGER commented:

                            > Hi:
                            >
                            > I've stopped doing things to the audio he sends me period because I was
                            > just making it worse. he's using one of those $35 logitech headset
                            > microphones. I used one at first and know that this really isn't the
                            > issue. I think its the sound card and my l eaning on him to get a new one
                            > hasn't wored. What to do???

                            Has he tried recording at a higher bitrate? I'm also wondering if poorly
                            matched bitrates between his recording and your show might cause some sort
                            of "moire effect," like taking video of a TV screen.

                            That said, I have had squeeks and hissing from my Sound Blaster on my
                            desktop machine that were so bad I record my show on my laptop now.

                            Another thought would be to have him record to cassette tape and mail it
                            to you. Might even be better quality, if something of a PITA.

                            --
                            Grizzly <grizzly at grizzly.podzone.org>
                            Podcast: <http://grizzly.libsyn.com>
                            A minor local celebrity's fifteen minutes of
                            fame
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