More Brainnnzz

I admit it I love Zombie stuff. From video games to movies to books/audio books. Right now I am enjoying a couple of Zombie related podcast novels. And of course we can’t forget the awesome Zombie song by Jonathan Coulton: “re: Your Brains”

Escape: The Zombie Chronicles by James Melzer

Dead Mech by Jake Bible


Video – Podcasting Mix Minus Setup for Multi Track Recording and Skype

I walk through how I have mix minus setup to my Mackie 802-vlz3 board for multi track podcast recording. This goes along with my other video on using audio hijack pro for multitrack recording. I do realize you can pan one channel left and another right (such as the recording host and the music-fx) then record that coming out of the master mix. I don’t do this because it creates the extra work in post processing of having to break them apart into mono tracks. Plus doing individual hijacks in AHP lets me apply different audio processing stacks to the capture live as recorded. This setup works well when wanting to record all three tracks on one end when using skype. You might want to do this for interviews or when your cohost is traveling.




iChat and selected audio

I have an issue with iChat on the Mac. When I select my audio interface where my mic plugs in I get all audio going through that interface in both directions. Meaning if I play any sounds iChat hears them all. This is partly a side effect of my having a mix minus setup going to an external mixing board. What I need is an interface that ONLY lets iChat hear my microphone and any other applications I specifically select.


I found that if I use my Wiretap Anywhere ( and setup an input with the interface my mic goes into plus say my Soundboard ( program and select that as the input in iChat then it works perfectly. Now only my mic and selected audio is heard by iChat.


I suspect that using WTA ensures that only the input side of my Griffin iMic ( is being sent through the virtual audio interface to iChat. I use the outbound side to send system audio out to my mixing board. That is likely why iChat hears everything. It’s grabbing both in and out of the selected interface. Using WTA seems to clip that. Regardless if I am right it sure solves my problem.


Photo Comparison – Kodak Zi8 – Canon S2 IS

I did a quick comparison shot between what is supposed to be a 5MP still shot ability of the Kodak Zi8 HD video camera and my old Canon S2 IS. The Canon is a 3MP camera. But it shows you how soft the Kodak makes still shots. It makes great HD footage when well lit. But there is no substitute for the right tool for the job. My old still camera with optical zoom is still a way better still shot camera.


Video – Setting up a Podcast Multitrack Project Template in Soundtrack Pro

I cover how I create a base show template using a Soundtrack Pro multitrack project. We keep with our Double Ender strategy and setup a submix just for the vocal tracks. We apply limiters and a fat eq to clear up the voice tracks by default. From this template you can tweak and update it specifically for your show format and usual audio characteristics.