iPad as a Podcast Skype Source

I was doing some experimenting for a friend over the weekend. It is common to run skype on a second computer when podcast recording and take the in/out audio from the second computer, usually a laptop, into a channel on a mixing board. Then you use mix minus to ensure the person on skype can hear everything but themselves. What if you don’t have a second computer BUT you do have an iPad? This is still assuming you have a mixing board of course.


Just attach the USB Apple Camera Connector Kit adapter to your iPad.


Next attach a Griffin iMic to the USB Camera Connector Kit adapter.


Hook it into your mixing board via the in and out ports on the iMic to the appropriate jacks on your mixing board. Start Skype and it will send its audio to the iMic appropriately split to the in/out ports of the iMic.


Congrats you are using Skype running on your iPad mixed into your audio for your show.

Apple iDevices and Audio Recording – Pulling out what is left of my hair out.

Ever since I got my first iPhone, the 3GS, I have wanted to use it to record audio. ??I have been in podcasting since it started. ??Six years ago. ??Not the five Apple tried to claim in iTunes. ??Five is how long they have had it in iTunes.

I also had gotten an Owle Bubo (http://www.wantowle.com/) for Christmas last year. ??It is a great camera grip and comes with the Veracorder mic to better aim your audio when making video. ??The veracorder mic is below. ??It’s short and can be bent to angle toward your source. ??It works on the iPhone3GS but has been broken on the iPhone4. ??


Combined with the FiRE field recorder app (http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/) it makes a great hand recorder for questions, notes etc. ??Especially since the FiRe app supports the Izotope (http://www.izotope.com/) audio processing plugins like Noise Gate, Hiss Reducer. ??Sure you can only use one at a time but its cool for field use. ??Even better is you can turn on pass through audio. ??Where I am going is I wanted to be able to use my iPhone or now iPad as an inline noise gate for my sound board. ??Why not? ??I have it so why not use it?

To this end I needed a way to split audio in and out. ??So I originally picked up a splitter cable from??http://www.kvconnection.com/ ??This was made to work with the iPhone. ??But it never would override the internal mic. ??Now I find it works on the iPad. ??I tried it again with the iPhone4 with little joy.


Next I go for the Griffin iMic. ??The device itself works on the iPad and briefly FiRe recognized it fully and pass through audio worked. Then it quit. ??Recording then playback can be heard through the output. ??But the live pass through quit for a reason I cannot explain. ??I have emailed the developer of FiRe. ??I also find I cannot try it on iPhone 3GS or 4. ??Because those reject the camera connector kit plug. ??This is really irritating since I know that the iPhone4 changed the audio on the dock connector to be usb audio device. ??So if Apple would just let the camera kit usb plug work I am betting the griffin imic will work fine. ??All avoiding the inconsistent nightmare that is the headphone jack. ??


In a nutshell which is appropriate since the changes and inconsistency are driving me nuts, get your act together Apple. ??PLEASE!

Zenith Trans-Oceanic Radio

My dad bought this radio when I was a small kid. I remember it being the center piece of his big radio rig setup. It is still in pristine shape and works like a champ. It still has the original box and manuals. I think I might make a project to scan in the manuals. Maybe even try and get them into ePub for my iPad. Then I will likely post them to this blog for anyone else interested in them. Also below is a sample audio clip from the radio piped into my sound board.


Using Hazel on OSX for Podcast Audio Production Archival

I got into setting up some Hazel file maintenance today. Hazel is a powerful app you can find at http://www.noodlesoft.com/hazel.php

It was a good episode of http://macpowerusers.com/2010/04/mpu-025-geeking-out-with-hazel/ that got me going.


I have my audio work files on a firewire based raid mirror. As I am regularly doing the audio production for http://cyberspeak.libsyn.com/ disk space becomes a concern over time. Yet I want to keep all the files. So I whipped up a hazel rule set that compresses all audio related files to zip if they are older than the current month automatically.


I have included screenshots here. The key is the subfolders rule. It ensures all the files under the Cyberspeak show get handled. Yet I make sure to exclude my show template from soundtrackPro and some music etc files. I show the rule for AIF uncompressed audio which is just replicated for each of the large file types I am concerned about.


Lastly I also use Chronosync from http://www.econtechnologies.com/pages/cs/chrono_overview.html This lets my system automatically weekly sync over my entire audio production folder and file area to another hard drive across my network. This ensures I have copies of all my work on effectively three different hard drives. The two mirrored drives from the raid then a third drive across the house.


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.