an interview with Jorge Santiago Jr. pt2

Artist Jorge Santiago Jr. agreed to visit us in The Exile and talk about his work on one of the latest releases from Action Lab, Spencer & Locke. We also talked about his creator owned work Rare Drops, Requiem Sonata and The Cavern as well as upcoming projects.
But it would not be an Asteroids In Exile episode if we didn’t go off topic and follow the rails our train of thoughts ride on; even if it takes us to a weird movie where Vin Diesel invades comic-con. And of course there is a jab at Dawn Of Justice.

For your listening pleasures we split the episode up into two roughly 90 minute episodes. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we did recording them.

You can find Jorge Santaigo Jr. on the net at these locations:

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an interview with Jorge Santiago Jr. pt1

Artist Jorge Santiago Jr. agreed to visit us in The Exile and talk about his work on one of the latest releases from Action Lab, Spencer & Locke. We also talked about his creator owned work Rare Drops, Requiem Sonata and The Cavern as well as upcoming projects.
But it would not be an Asteroids In Exile episode if we didn’t go off topic and follow the rails our train of thoughts ride on; even if it takes us to a weird movie where Vin Diesel invades comic-con. And of course there is a jab at Dawn Of Justice.

For your listening pleasures we split the episode up into two roughly 90 minute episodes. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we did recording them.

You can find Jorge Santaigo Jr. on the net at these locations:

Read More

2 – Underoo Banzai technicalities

Recorded on the 12th of March 2016

the circumstances
This time Niv got an ample supply of coffee to help him through the recording, he was awake for only an hour before we started. Martin has the advantage of the time zone difference since Niv’s move to chicago from asia.

technicalities

  • Niv and Martin both use Blue’s Yeti microphone in the USB only version. (Niv has the advantage of the all-black colour variant).
  • To connect to each other they use a time tested tool: Skype. This time with the video feature on because it is a nice way to make sure that the other person has finished talking.
  • The call is recorded via Zencastr. You open an account on the page and from there send a link to your partner. Once he joined the session, Zencastr will record all sides of the conversation as a seperate soundfile (.mp3 and .wav if you like) and sends them to a Dropbox account after stopping the recording.
    Zencastr also offers the option to optimize the quality of the files, but so far i have not tried out that feature.
  • The .wav files are then processed with Levelator. It’s a neat tool that applies a lot of bells and whistles, or in this case, noise gates, frequency blockades and normalization and whatever wacky terms that are actually audio enhancing features.
    Support has stopped in 2012, but that does not make it any less usable. There are alternatives that i will keep out an eye for in the future.
  • Streamlining the finished product is done using Audacity.
  • Some sound enhancing equalizer tricks were utilized in the first episode but weren’t in this one because an actual sound technician and listener pointed out they made the show sound fake.
  • Currently we’re hosting the show on Libsyn, which is great because we got a free period with a coupon but next month it will cost us money.
    We looked into Jellycast as an alternative. They offer an account that only costs an initial price of ten GBP plus taxes as long as your bandwith stays below 25GB a month. But libsyn offers a lot of insight about your files and its presentation has a more robust feel to it. Which isn’t fair to say because Jellycast hosts shows by Ricky Gervais, which surely demand a lot of traffic and reliability.

notes
When combining the two sides of our conversation, i realized that there is an echo due to not checking that both parties used headphones during recording. Those Yetis are a sensitive bunch. Even when the speaker volume is low.
I must admit that this was freaking me out at first, but due to the higher intelligence my Wife possesses, i was made aware that this could be treated like a chance to level-up on my audio-fu. So i started to cut around the echo as creatively as possible. The good thing is, that i have a sense for identifying the waveform of our “uhms” and “ahms” which made the first episode a task. This time we both were more sure of ourselves, so the aforementioned sounds weren’t as prominently featured.
The final cut of the episode took about four hours to produce.

Thanks for reading/listening!