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 – Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone
- Microphone 1 Preamp/Processor – DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor
- Microphone 1 Windscreen – Heil Sound Windscreen for PR30 & PR40 Microphones
- Microphone 1 Stand – Broadcasting Studio Microphone Boom Scissor Arm Suspension Stand Desk Table Universal Mic Mount DJ Radio Griffin
- Microphone 2 – Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
- Microphone 2 Preamp – ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp
- Microphone 2 Processor – Behringer MDX1600 2-Channel Expander/Gate/Compressor/ Peak Limiter
- Microphone 2 Windscreen – Shure A2WS-BLK Black Locking Foam Windscreen for 545 Series, SM57
- Microphone 2 Stand – On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand, Black
- Soundboard – CustomSoundboard running on a Nexus 7
- Mixer – Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX
- Recorder – Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder
- Headphone Amp – BEHRINGER MICROAMP HA400
- Headphones – Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
- Computer interface – Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface
- 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
- Cables – GLS Audio 6ft Patch Cable Cords – XLR Male To XLR Female Black Cables – 6′ Balanced Snake Cord – 6 PACK | GLS Audio 3ft Patch Cable Cords – XLR Male To XLR Female Black Cables – 3′ Balanced Snake Cord – 6 PACK | Hosa Cable CSS110 TRS to TRS Interconnect Cables – 10 Foot | Hosa CMP153 Y Cable 1/8 Inch TRS to Dual 1/4 Inch TS Cable – 3 Foot | Hosa Cable HOS CPR201 Dual 1/4 Inch To RCA Cable – 3.25 Foot | Cable Wholesale 2 RCA Male / 2 RCA Male High Quality Audio Cable 3 ft
There is a third microphone with an identical setup as microphone 2.
Channel one runs from the PR40 to the Preamp/Processor and into the mixer.
Channel two/three run from the SM57 to the Art TubeMP to the processor to the mixer.
When the sound board is used, it is channels 5/6.
The sound from the computer is output from the USB interface to channels 7/8.
The local audio is sent to the computer via the aux send.
All audio is sent to the recorder via the main out.
Wesley has a home and away setup. While lounging on his reclining couch to record, he uses a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone on a <Peavey Tripod Microphone Stand w/ Boom Arm
connected to a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface (no longer available, the equivalent would be a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface using a SEISMIC AUDIO 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 Cardioid Vocal Microphone without Cable attached to a TASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder.
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.