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Making-of Ornitologia 2010-04-18/25

The Red Trio interview was recorded in a restaurant using the Zoom H2 placed in the center of the table, recording with the four microphones in surround and 48 kHz/24 bit, medium (M) gain. The pair of stereo tracks were imported to Ableton Live and the front to back ratio was adjusted with Live’s mixer and crossfader. Some processing was used in the master track: BIAS GatEx gate/expander to reduce room noise, Voxengo Voxformer in the mid/side mode to reduce the stereo image, to compress the signal and to remove voice sibilances. Finally, some EQ and gain was added using the PSP RetroQ plugin and limiting was applied with Voxengo Elephant. The final mix was exported to stereo and the interview was then edited with BIAS Peak Express in the handy blending mode. (more…)


2010/05/03 at 08:26 Leave a comment

Making-of Ornitologia Jazz em Agosto 2009

The Jazz em Agosto 2009 interview with the festival head, Rui Neves, was recorded at the Gulbenkian Foundation open air auditorium in Lisbon. The Zoom H2 recorder was used with the supplied hand grip and wind shield. The sound was recorded at 24bit/44.1kHz WAV with the front mics (90º), medium (M) gain.

The sound was put through the auto-magical voice processor Levelator. The episodes were then assembled with Ableton Live with a three point EQ, and the mda D-esse and Loudness plugins in the voice channel. The master channel has the Live built-in Master Tape Boost plugin applied. The intros were recorded with the home rig.

2009/07/27 at 21:16 Leave a comment

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.


2009/07/27 at 21:02 1 comment

Making-of Ornitologia May 17th

This show was written and recorded in Florence with a mobile rig: a Zoom H2 recorder, a little mic tripod and a pop filter.

The sound was registered to Live Lite 7 with the Zoom H2 directly connected to the mac trough an USB cable. A de-esser, a compressor and some equalization was applied in Live. The sound clip was further edited with Fission, to remove breathing, long pauses, etc..  Unfortunately, you can hear some clicks from the sloppy editing. The production and mixing was done in Apple GarageBand.

Finally, I use my first bird field recording in this show! The program features  some florentine birds. The sound was captured with the Zoom H2 in 24 bit/44.1 kHz to the SD Card. There was a nearby air conditioner annoying around 400 Hz, so I filtered the birds in Live a little bit.

2009/05/17 at 12:23 1 comment

Making-of Ornitologia April 26th

Electric Birds by FreedToday’s Ornitologia was made using last week’s set-up. At Rádio Zero‘s studio I found out that the PC is not that noisy — the biggest problem comes from the air conditioning system.

The bird-like background sounds are from the Electronic Birds sets by Freesound user Freed.

2009/04/26 at 11:16 Leave a comment

Making-of Ornitologia April 19th

I went to Radio Zero’s studio for the first time to record this episode and also to re-record the last three. I found a pair of great vintage Sennheiser MD 441 dynamic microphones (a black version). I don’t really know much about the rest of the audio gear, besides a Behringer mixing table and a noisy generic PC.

The Sennheisers are good microphones, with much more detailed sound than the portable solutions I’ve been using. The guys at Zero made a good job in the booth, but the studio is in a really noisy environment with air conditioning and massive noise from a sports field and the building itself. Besides being a problem in itself, the noise level also makes the gate in the mikes’ signal path very harsh. I don’t know if this can be improved. There is a new studio in the works, let’s hope it comes fast!

Audacity is the tool of choice for recording, and mixing at Zero. So I fired it up to record my voice-over at 44.1 kHz, 16 bit, using a pop-filter. I made only some rough editing in Audacity. The next time, I’ll do more because it’s easier than in GarageBand, especially with the gate’s punch in an out. I also normalized the clips and applied some equalization in the 3-4 kHz region to improve voice presence — it really works! The birds are from HerbertBoland at

2009/04/19 at 13:00 2 comments

Making-of Ornitologia April 5th

Ornitologia 2009-04-05 was written in Berlin. Unfortunately, for technical and logistical reasons, my fault, it wasn’t broadcasted by Rádio Zero. For the podcast launch, I started from scratch, recording the voice-over in Zero‘s studio with a Sennheiser mike and a pop filter. The mixing and editing was done in GarageBand.

For the background sound, I used some clips recorded by myself before and after Beat Furrer’s piano concert in the Kammermusiksaal auf der Philharmonie. Also the Freesound clips used in the Easter episode.

2009/04/05 at 13:00 2 comments

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