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:
- Microphone 1 – Shure SM57
- Microphone 1 Stand – Griffin Microphone Studio Scissor Suspension Boom Arm
- Microphone 1 Windscreen – SHURE SM57 Windscreen
- Microphone 2 – audio-technica AT-2020 (for guests in studio)
- Microphone 2 Stand – On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand
- Microphone 2 Windscreen – On Stage Foam Ball-Type Mic Windscreen, Black
- Preamp – Art Tube MP (one for each microphone)
- Soundboard – CustomSoundboard running on a Nexus 7
- Mixer – Alesis MULTIMIX8
- Cables – GLS 6′ XLR to XLR | GLS 3′ XLR to XLR | Hosa 10′ TRS to TRS | Hosa 3″ 1/8″ TRS to Dual 1/4″ TS | Hosa 3.25′ Dual 1/4″ to RCA | Cable Wholesale Dual RCA to Dual RCA
- Recorder – Tascam DR-07MkII
- Headphone Amp – Behringer MicroAmp HA400
- Headphones – audio-technica ATH-M30
- Computer interface – Behringer UCA202
- Computer – OS – Arch Linux | CPU – Intel Core i5-2400 | MB – ASUS P8P67 | Mem – 2 x Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600 | EVGA GeForce GT440 | SSD – OCZ Sold 3 60GB SATA 6Gb/s | HDD – WD Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA 6Gb/s, WD Caviar Blue 1 TB SATA 6Gb/s | Case – Antec Three Hundred Black Steel | Build Date – August 2011
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.
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.