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Do you need a mixer?

Reasons for YES

Skype Recording and you do not want to worry if Microsoft is going to pull the API again and you want to be able to do Skype recordings without having to spend anymore money. A mixer comes in very handy for this. you can do what is called  a mix minus and that allows for you to be able to record the audio on a separate platform or just to have a backup of the conversation. Mix Minus is…

In audio, a mix-minus is a particular setup of a mixing console or matrix mixer, such that the output to a certain device contains everything except the input from that device. This prevents echoes or feedback from reverberating or howling and squealing through the broadcast or sound reinforcement system.

… Thanks Wikipedia

this is a technique used in not just podcasting but radio too that allows for people  calling or skyping in to be mixed into the audio stream but not have to try to talk with their echo coming back at them

Co-hosts you want to have more than one person on, while they are in the studio. It is cumbersome to try to talk to a co-host or guest on your podcast with only one microphone. With some mixer boards you can actually record your podcast episode with each person in their own track so it is easier to edit separate tracks than trying to separate two people talking over each other on one track.

Incorporating a sound board

If you want transitions or background music and you do not want to do the post production insertion of the sounds or transition music. A mixer allows you to control the volume and allows you have a separate channel for the sounds

You want more granular control of your sound. So you don’t sound so flat and you want a little more bass in your voice or a little more treble, the mid range sounds need to be brought out. A mixer can adjust and fine tune your sound.

You can mute a mic if needed. If someone is having a coughing fit you can mute that microphone till your guest or co-host regains their composure.

Should you use a Mixer in your audio podcast?

If you are needing to connect your microphone to your computer. If you have an XLR microphone it can be a little tricky connecting your microphone to  your computer if you do not have a digital recorder. A mixer can be a good link to get your audio into your computer by using either USB, if your mixer supports a connection, or by using the audio out into mic port.

Reasons for NOT having  a mixer

It is just you. Unless you are wanting to have the control of your sound and push your audio to the sound you want.

If its only you and you only have the one mic that is either USB or you have a TS end then you can plug into either into your Recorder or your computer.

Keep it simple There are fewer points of failure so you don’t have as many chances of strange buzz on the line

News

Update to BluBrry PowerPress

5.0.4

  • Released on 1/30/2014
  • Fixed bug with MEjs player not working for m4a files (Thanks JT for the code patch!)
  • Added logic to PowerPress edit iTunes Subscription URL settings, precaution to make sure the field is saved correctly.
  • Made a few CSS changes for WordPress 3.8+
  • Noted in the HTML5 audio player option that Firefox 26.0+ now supports mp3 playback. We are aware that Firefox 21.0 supported mp3 playback but it was limited to particular Windows versions.
  • Fixed bug where player and links may not appear for custom post type podcasting episodes. (Thanks Seth and Segovia for discovering and helping me debug the problem!)
  • Fixed bug where Blubrry hosting customers may not have been able to publish media for custom post type podcasting.
  • Renamed post type podcasting setting field in database to avoid possible field setting conflicts.
  • Added logic to allow for the premium podcast feeds feature to work with custom post type podcasting.
  • Added the HTML5 download attribute, when then download link is clicked the file will be downloaded, rather than streamed to default media player. Only Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers currently support this HTML5 attribute.

The Patent troll update

Electronics Frontier Foundation (EFF) was able to raise over $76,000 but the patent troll Personal Audio LLC is now wanting to know who the donors are. Personal Audio is asking a judge to force the EFF to give up the 1300 names on the donor list.

“If Personal Audio succeeds, we fear it will send a message that this new process can be made invasive, cumbersome, and expensive after all, which will in turn discourage others from using it to challenge low quality patents,” – Daniel Nazer lawyer for EFF

Now ArsTechnica was able to get a hold of the CEO of Personal Audio LLC to explain their action and Brad Liddle replied with…

“EFF insinuates the information we are seeking is not relevant to the Texas litigation, but to the extent that other third parties have donated or assisted to the PTO proceeding—to the extent they’ve been working on the inter partes review—they should be bound by the result.”

EFF is fighting and fighting hard to keep the donor list private as it should be.

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