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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 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 12th

This podcast was written on-the-go and recorded to the Zoom H2 recorder connected directly to the MacBook via USB. The audio was captured in AudioHijack Pro with the the same audio effects used in the pilot episode. As in the latest experiences, the plosives and background noise made the voice-overs below par. Afterwards I re-recorded them in Zero‘s studio withe a Sennheiser MD 441 dynamic microphone and a pop filter. The mixing and editing was done in Apple GarageBand.

The background sounds are from the Freesound project: Easter morning birds & bells by fauxpress, bird sounds from Easter morning 2002, by HerbertBoland and Jerusalem bells by nofeedbak.

2009/04/12 at 13:00 1 comment

Making-of Ornitologia March 29th

This episode was written and recorded in Berlin. All audio was captured with the Zoom H2 recorder in 44.1 kHz, 16 bit. For the conference, the device was placed on the floor of the Berlin Philharmonia lobby, in the narrow microphone arrangement (90º), with one mike pointing roughly to a speaker. There is a lot of noise from the audience, but some comments are great. The conference audio was put trough The Levelator, the automagical voice compressor, normalizer and limiter, that levels all speakers in an audio file. The final editing and mixing was done in GarageBand.

The voice-overs were a disaster, with too much noise and extreme plosives. So I ditched them and rerecorded in Rádio Zero‘s studio with a pop filter for the podcast launch. They are still noisy and you can hear the studio’s gate punching in and out.

For the background bird sounds, I used three Nightingale recordings by suonho from the Freesound project.

2009/03/29 at 13:00 Leave a comment

Making-of Ornitologia March 22th

This podcast was made on-the-go in Berlin. The voice-overs were recorded directly to my new Zoom H2 portable recorder in 44.1kHz/16bit WAV. The sound is less noisy than the pilot podcast, but still not good enough. The mixing and editing was also done in GarageBand 3.

I used to too many tracks with volume automation in GarageBand causing Klemperer’s Wagner to cut abruptly at the end. It was unfortunately broadcasted by Rádio Zero in such a criminal form. After this, for the podcast launch, I remixed the show and applied a normalization to -0.3dB in the free Audacity sound editor.

The background sounds are the same used in the pilot. Structure-wise, besides the shorter texts, this program is a little rip-off from that first experience.

2009/03/21 at 13:30 Leave a comment


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