Making-of the latest episodes
Finally, a report about the making-of the latest episodes. Starting with Ornitologia 17-05-2009, my novel set-up was used. It consists of a TASCAM FireOne sound interface and a Thomann SC.400 condenser mic. Here it is my quick impression on the gear, that cost 169€ plus shipping.
First, the FireOne. The jog wheel is OK for editing. The real plus of the interface is the Firewire connection that allows near latency-free monotoring of the voice-overs. It’s heavy (1.2 Kg) and the buttons are flimsy.
The Thoman t.bone SC.400 adds some extra brightness but seems a little sibilant. I need more time and experimentation with the interface/mic combo to get to an optimal point.
Another improvement of the last episodes, that I hope that will lead towards a real-time production of the show, is using exclusively Ableton Live Lite 7. I think I can now make the whole show in real-time but there are two major drawbacks. First, the M-audio version of Live Lite 7 only alows 4 clips in each track. (I have to try the version that came with the FireOne, it might not have the same limitations.) Second, it is difficult to talk, launch the clips, and change the levels with the mouse and keyboard, all at the same time. I’m considering some midi controller that could be used to fade in and out the bird sounds and launch the clips easier. I’m considering the faderfox LC2.
I’ve experienced with lighter EQ settings (except in the 17-05-2009 show, where you can hear the harsh EQ) and two Live effects: Vintage Vocal Warmer for the voice-over and Mastering Tape Loop for the master track.
I’ve also been using, almost exclusively, the fabulous nightingale sounds from Freesound’s user suonho.