Technical Details

Our fellow geeks may be curious about some of the technical details behind how the show is produced.

When we record the show we generally talk via Skype, but for live episodes we use Google Hangout on Air. Wesley records his side directly in Audacity, while Dustin records the entire conversation on his solid state recorder (see below) and uses Skype Call Recorder as a backup. When it’s just the two of us or when a guest also records himself or herself, everything used for the show is a locally recorded copy, but typically when we have a guest, Dustin’s copy is what is used.

Dustin’s studio setup is:

The microphone(s) is(are) run through the preamp, then into the mixer as MIC 1 (and MIC 2). The soundboard is routed to Line In 5/6 and the audio from Skype or the Hangout is coming from the computer to the UCA202 to Line 7/8. Aux Pre is used to send channels 1, (2,) and 5/6 to the computer through the UCA202. The Main Out goes to the recorder.

Wesley has a home and away setup.  While lounging on his reclining couch to record, he uses a Shure SM58-LC on a Peavey Boom Microphone Stand connected to a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface using a Seismic XLR Patch Cable.  Wesley’s half of the audio is recorded in Audacity on an Acer S7-392 Ultrabook and exported in Ogg before getting kicked over to Dustin.

If Wes is doing a little recording away from the comforts of home, he uses a pair of Shure SM58-LC microphones attached to a TASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder.

Dustin edits the show using Audacity and then exports it to both the proprietary MP3 (Lame) and open source Ogg Vorbis formats. Tags are edited using EasyTag.

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The banner and “CD Cover” are using a picture Dustin took from the edge of a cliff near “The Monastery” above Petra in Jordan looking off to the west in the late afternoon of 23 June 2007. The text is using the TTF-Ubuntu Medium font and the image was edited using GIMP 2.8.

The tagline, “Not all those who wander are lost”, is borrowed from J.R.R. Tolken.

The theme music used in the podcast is courtesy of Sturdy Fred.

The Tagline

The tagline is taken from a poem from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Rings: All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from …

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