BSP-040: Oct 2016 Apple Event Expectations

00:00 - Intro
01:05 - Samson Go Mic Connect
02:00 - Mufon Conference
03:29 - Nintendo Switch Console
05:10 - Carrying a Samsung Note 7 is a Federal Crime
08:15 - October 27th Apple Event
15:14 - Razer Acquired THX
16:35 - AT&T Acquiring Time Warner
18:30 - Amazon Echo Dog Gen 2
20:23 - Amazon Fire TV
22:05 - Windows 10 Experience
23:50 - Outro

Have you ever wondered what the 5th attempt at recording a podcast sounds like? Wonder no more. On this episode, I had to record it 5 times and I removed large chunks of what I was originally planning on talking about.

What’s left is a brief discussion of the Nintendo Switch Console, Samsung Note 7 Federal Crime, October 27th Apple Event, Razer’s THX Acquisition, and AT&T Acquiring Time Warner.

As far as what I have been testing, I talk about the 2nd gen Amazon Echo and how it works with the 1st gen echo, the Amazon Fire TV and my issues with streaming boxes, and lastly what I have had to do in order to get my Windows 10 machine running properly.

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Logitech C922 Pro Webcam Review/Test

When researching camera's for your youtube channel, it can be overwhelming. There are $1,000 DSLRs, $800 Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lens systems, 20+ megapixel sensors, and hundreds more features that you will never use. Well, Logitech has made the search for your first camera much easier with their new webcam, the Logitech C922.

This camera is nearly identical to their prior high end webcam, the C920, but there are some differences. The first thing you can tell is that there is a slightly improved microphone. Secondly, you will notice a very slight improvement in sharpness. The third and most drastic change is that this thing claims to do background replacement without a green screen 

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $100 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Webcam
  2. Desktop Tripod (if you order C922 ommitted with C922x)
  3. Three month X-Split license (Six-Month license with C922x)
  4. Documentation


  1. 1080p 30fps
  2. 720p 60fps
  3. Background Replacement
  4. Stereo Microphone

Performance / Features

The build quality of this webcam is nearly identical to the C920. It has a standard plastic build, but it feels fairly durable. It has a mounting system that allows you to mount it on top of your monitor or laptop screen as well as a tripod mount. The desktop tripod is nothing special, it has standard expandable legs, and a ball mount so you can adjust the angle of your camera. 

The image quality on this camera is great for a $100 webcam. It has slightly improved sharpness when compared to the prior C920 and can absolutely function as your primary youtube camera. When shooting at 1080p you can shoot up to 30fps which looks great. If you're doing a let's play and you plan on overlaying a facecam, you can shoot 720p up to 60fps and get really smooth video quality. But not everything on this camera is excellent.

The background replacement on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired. It struggled greatly when separating me from the background even though I was very well lit. The hair seemed to cause the most problems. It was constantly trying to differentiate my hair from the background, and it never succeeded. Ultimately, the background replacement does not function as well as I was hoping for, and if you do plan on using it, I highly suggest clearing your background completely, or investing in a green screen.


  • Great image quality
  • 1080p 30fps 
  • 720p 60fps


  • The microphone lacks in quality
  • The background replacement is not usable unless you have a clear background or green screen


Regardless of the fact that the background replacement does not perform as well as I had hoped, it is still an excellent camera. The video quality is superb at 1080p, and the fact that it can shoot 60fps at 720p will be a HUGE attractor for gamers. If you are in the market for a webcam and you have $100 to spend, I highly recommend this camera for your youtube channel/let's plays. If you are on a slightly tighter budget, I would 100% recommend the Logitech c920 which has video quality that is almost on par with the C922.

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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The Paper Robots Episode 77: Artist Zip Alegria

This episode features the artist Zip Alegria. This man has been in the scene for awhile and done a little of everything in the art world. Zip has worked on storyboards and animation as well as directed his own short films and created his own comic. 

We dive into the needs of a creator and how having time, space and the money for you work is so important.

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BSP-039: Why I Won’t Crowdfund Your Project

00:00 - Intro
01:27 - I need to improve
04:15 - Google vs. Apple
08:22 - I Won’t Crowd Fund Your Project
12:30 - New Tile Device
14:21 - Halt & Catch Fire
16:46 - Amazon Streaming Service
18:42 - Mirage Men
21:12 - Oathbreak - Rheia
23:42 - New Windows Computer
25:43 - The Dig Game
29:04 - Outro

Episode 39 is live! Once again, I illustrate how I practice what I preach. I pick apart a bad habit that occurs far too often, and struggle to correct it throughout the entire podcast. I then explain where I stand in my struggle between apple & google. And in the last personal piece of the podcast, I explain that due to my experiences with crowdfunding sites/services, I will no longer be utilizing any of these funding mediums.

In the news I talk about a new Tile device, the end of the best TV show on air, Halt & Catch Fire, and Amazon’s music streaming service.

To finish out the podcast, I discuss Mirage Men, a documentary focussing around the disinformation campaign waged against Paul Bennewitz and the entire UFOlogy community. I talk about a band I just discovered called Oathbreaker, and share my thoughts on their new album. And the I talk about why I bought a new windows computer, and what the first game I played on it was.

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The Shrieker Podcast 013: Looking Back At Year 1

This month we look back at the past year of Shrieking and forward into the unavoidable vortex of uncertainty that is the future.

  • Phil Louis talked about Wrath of the Autarch in episode 1. After a successful kickstarter, his game is now available on DriveThru.

  • Jeff Dee discussed Monkey House’s legal battle over Villains and Vigilantes in episode 2. The trial reached a settlement in April.

  • Mark Diaz Truman got buried in a landslide of money after the 7th Sea Kickstarter and hasn’t been able to give Cartel the attention he wanted after episode 3. Hopefully he will soon.

  • Marissa Kelly, who gave us the scoop on Bluebeard’s Bride in episode 4, has gotten her game to the point where it’s in copy editing. There should be Kickstarter popping up for it soon.

  • Taylor Frank enthusiastically told us about Dungeon Lord, his Dungeon Crawl Classic fan zine, in episode 6. He was the target of death threats and other harassment from the RPG community and has left the scene.

  • Jonathan Zimmerman shared his first game, Nighttime Guardians, with us in episode 7. Now he’s working on revising and improving it.

  • Josh Van Laningham has continued to work for Level 99 Games since episode 8. The kickstarter for their BattleCON: Trials of the Indines is wrapping up very soon.

  • Nicholas Hopkins has been quietly working on his Lovecraftian Powered by the Apocolypse game, Cyclopean Stars, since episode 9. He hopes to give it public playtesting at New Mexicon this spring.

  • Scott Rhymer has been pushing Black Campbell Entertainment since episode 11. Their first module, White Apes of the Congo, should be released any day now.

  • Lee Francis hasn’t had much time since episode 12 but Indigenous Comic Con is still gathering momentum and promises to be an exciting event next month.

  • I have done a lot in the past year. I ran my first convention game at New Mexicon 2015. I released my first 3 games, Anything Helps for the 2015 Golden Cobra Challenge and Mudsling and Rainbow World for the 2016 200 Word RPG Challenge. I helped form the Albuquerque Area RPG Meetup Thursday Game Night, which has played 30 different games since January, frequently has two tables playing at once, and is introducing short form campaign games. I started an RPG club at a local middle school, getting a dozen new kids playing games. I helped organize New Mexicon 2016. I started doing art direction for Magpie Games.

For a variety of reasons, the Shrieker will now be going into a hiatus. During this time I will be working to restructure the show so that it can return better than ever. There will be short monthly updates of my progress towards that goal and the social media communities will remain active.

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BSP-038: Stop Peeing On My Couch!

00:00 - Intro
00:50 - I’m an Adult & Why I Buy Expensive Things
03:12 - Best USB Mic Under $100/$50 Videos
07:10 - Booking 100 Panels for Comic Con
08:23 - New Podcast Idea?
11:00 - Hannibal Buress New Podcast
12:03 - Wireless VR Headset
13:26 - Amazon Prime Reading
16:10 - Google Event
24:21 - Show & Tell (New Webcam / Guitar Pedal)
26:10 - Westworld
28:05 - Jonathan Coulton
28:28 - Outro

On today's episode of the BSP, I first talk about how I finally feel adult enough to buy a new couch after a horrible mishap with my last couch, over 7 years ago. I then cover the mental turmoil caused by spending 8 hours making a single 10 minute youtube video, as well as the stress of booking 100 panels. 

I talk about a new podcast that I want to launch, a new hannibal buress podcast, a wireless VR headset, and the new Amazon Prime Reading service that is available to all Amazon Prime Members.

Then I dive into the google event and provide an overview of the Google Pixel, Google WiFi, Google DayDream VR, and Google Home. I end the podcast covering the tv of the week and the music of the week.

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Rode smartLav+ Smartphone Mic Review/Test

Today I am talking about a lavalier microphone that plugs directly into your smartphones 3.5mm jack; the Rode SmartLav+ Smartphone Lav Mic

My main concern with purchasing a 3.5mm TRRS microphone, like the smartLav+ is the potential for 3.5mm jacks disappearing from more smart phones in the future. If you are planning on upgrading to an iPhone 7 or any phone that has removed the 3.5mm jack, then this is not the microphone for you.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $80 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Lav Mic
  2. Windscreen
  3. Microphone Clip
  4. Carrying Pouch
  5. Quick Start Guide


  1. Frequency Response: 60Hz - 18kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Omnidirecitonal 
  3. Mic Sensitivity: -35dB

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic feels pretty nice. The majority is plastic, but it has a nice reinforced joint where the cable meets the microphone, so I wouldn't be too worried about the cable shorting out. The windscreen is sufficient, and the microphone clip feels really nice, and provides a really nice option to route your mic cable to avoid unnecessary strain. 

The microphone only sounded decent when it was attached to my lapel. When I placed the microphone on the center of my shirt, it sounded much clearer, but still a little dull. This could be easily remedied with a quick EQ. When comparing it to a similar lavalier microphone that is only $40, I heard almost no difference, but this could be attributed to the fact that both mics were being run through the Rode Rec app. 


  • Reinforced cable joint
  • Provides wireless functionality w/ relatively low price tag
  • Nice mic clip


  • A bit expensive for sound quality achieved


This is only a decent microphone. It has a decent build quality but the audio quality leaves a bit to be desired. I also plan on upgrading to a new phone that has done away with the 3.5mm TRRS jack, so this mic will be obsolete if this trend continues.

I would only really recommend this if you are a Rode mic purist, or if you want a mic that plugs directly into your smartphone with no adapters needed. Other than that, I don't think it performs at a level that justifies the $80 price tag. You can pick up a microphone for half the price along with a TRRS adapter and have the same quality audio.

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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The Paper Robots Episode 76: Bandrew Scott of Podcastage and Geeks Rising

What happens when I have Bandrew Scott return to the podcast?


-We talk about coffee!

We chat about the various projects that we both work on. For those listening that don't know Bandrew is the host of Podcastage and Brandrew Says Podcast as well as creator of Geeks Rising. He also does several other projects and is busy 24/7. But also an all around geek.

BSP-037: New GoPro Models

00:00 - Intro
01:20 - Shorter Ep
02:00 - Missed Last Week
04:35 - Best USB Mic Issue
08:00 - New Amazon Fire TV
09:28 - New Roku Boxes
10:40 - Logitech C922
12:08 - Panasonic Cameras
14:17 - GoPro Hero 5 Black & Session
17:34 - Twitter/Photos/Character Limit
18:22 - HorrorPack
20:50 - New Die Antwoord Album
22:49 - Hotone Heart Attack Mini Amp
26:25 - Outro

On episode 37 of The BSP, I briefly talk about why I missed last weeks episode, and why I drove 1000 miles in 3 days. I then discuss an issue I ran into with a new video I made and how contemplate how to improve on this issue on the next video.

Then I cover the new Amazon Fire TV and the exciting new features of the new Roku streaming box. Then we talk about the new Logitech webcam designed specifically for live streamers/gamers, the new Go Pro specifications and the new Panasonic camera news.

Lastly, I talk about the Horror Pack subscription box, the new Die Antwoord album, and finish it up discussing a new mini amp I picked up that emulates the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier.

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Superhero Sunday: Misty Knight!

Get out of the way men and get ready for a BA lady in this Superhero Sunday with Misty Knight!

The History

Art by Khari Evans

Art by Khari Evans

Originally created by Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones she first appeared in Marvel Premiere #21 (March, 1975).  History then reveals that she was actually an unnamed woman in Marvel Team-Up #64 (1972) and was save from muggers by Spider-Man

Since her creation she has always been attached to interesting titles like; Deadly Fists of Kung-Fu, Power Man and Iron Fist, Daughters of the Dragon and prominently in Heroes for Hire. 

She has remained in times since her creation and now in Marvel's MCU Luke Cage show.

The Character

Misty is a former highly skilled and highly decelerated, NYPD detective, who was injured in the line of duty and lost her arm preventing a bomb attack. She resigned from the force a rather than be a desk jockey. 

Tony Stark recognized her bravery and offers to provide her with a bionic arm. The arm provided her with superhuman strength. One of Misty's strongest traits is her loyalty to her friends. She saves her friend Collen Wing (also a hero) and they become a private detective team. It was known by two names "Knightwing Restoration" and daughters of the dragon (because both knew martial arts and often had to use those skills). From their Misty would team-up with Spider-Man and the X-Men then Iron Fist.

It was her private detective agency that lead her to meeting Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Misty and Colleen would end up helping Luke and Iron Fist on many cases and eventually she joined Heroes for Hire. This would go on for years and Misty even began a relationship with Iron Fist. Heroes for Hire took many street level cases but allowed to show the streets of Marvel's New York and they would stop many gangs and Hydra.

Civil War happened and shook up everything, Misty reformed and sided with registration after seeing all the heroes going unchecked on their abilities. This would put her at ends with Danny (Iron Fist) and break up Heroes for Hire. Though Iron Fist disagreed with the "Initiative" they stayed together and she even rushed to his aid with Luke Cage.

Post Civil War Misty creates her own  Heroes for Hire and provides a team of street level heroes in exchange for money and information. Then she joins a team of powerful women in the Fearless Defenders. (Things go silent for a little for Misty until All-New Marvel).

Her current Marvel status is with fighting along side Sam Wilson (Former Falcon/current Capt. America). She also appears to be in a relationship with Sam.

My hope is with the new Iron Fist show, Misty will return to Iron Fist in the comics as a bad ass Kung-Fu duo.

Why this hero?

I only knew by proxy of Iron Fist and the 2006 Civil War event story. I also read the brief run of Fearless Defenders and wanted to learn about all the super women in that title.  She sparked my interest but with on Netflix's current series Luke Cage, I had to check more of the awesome lady out. 

Recommended Reading:

  • Iron Fist Epic Collection: Fury of Iron Fist
  • Heroes for Hire (2006)
  • Fearless Defenders

SADES SA917 USB Stereo Gaming Headset Review / Test

Before I begin I need to mention that SADES sent me a review unit of this headset to test out for this review.

Today we are going to be looking at the updated 2016 version of the SADES SA917 USB Gaming Headset. As I'm sure you could guess from the name of this product, it is a USB gaming headset, meaning it has a single USB plug to power everything.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $33 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Gaming Headset (mic & cable attached)



  1. Drivers: 40mm
  2. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  3. Sensitivity: 115 +/- 3dB at 1kHz
  4. Impedance: 32 Ohms at 1kHz
  5. Max Input Power: 15mW


  1. Frequency Response: 50Hz - 10kHz
  2. Polar Pattern (Not Listed): Omnidirecitonal (based on test)
  3. Mic Sensitivity: -38dB +/- 3dB

Performance / Features

The build quality of this headset is decent. It is still an all plastic build, but it feels sturdier than other headsets in the same price range. The padding on the ear cups and the headband is pretty comfortable, however, it does not form a tight seal around your ears. The microphone's joint feels a little bit too loose for my liking, which makes me believe that after a decent amount of use it will not stay in the desired position.

The cable is a standard 1.5m rubber USB cable with an inline controller. The control panel has a headphone volume control, microphone mute button, and a button to switch between different EQ settings. There are 4 options: (1) Off, (2) Red, (3) Green, (4) Blue. I don't know what each of these settings is because they did not list each of them. Based on listening, Red boosts bass frequencies, Green boosts high frequencies, and Blue boosts mid frequencies.

The headphones are not the best sounding that you will find. They lack a little bit in the high end and the audio in the lower frequencies is a little loose. The sound is still better than other headsets I've tested at a similar price point. 

The microphone flat out does not sound good. It is very dull sounding, almost as if you were speaking through a sheet. It lacks a LOT of high end and once you get above 50% on the gain you start to hear digital artifacts. It is also an omnidirectional microphone which means it picks up quite a bit of keyboard noise while you're gaming. You also are unable to articulate the mic to move it closer or farther away from your mouth. 


  • Cheap
  • Decent headphone sound
  • USB Headset for easy setup
  • Inline Controls
  • Comfortable


  • Poor microphone quality
  • Omni directional mic is not ideal for gaming


If you are on a tight budget and are looking for a headset that has decent audio quality from the headphones, this is a great option and I absolutely recommend it. On the other hand, if you are looking for a gaming headset that has great audio quality from the microphone, this is not the headset for you. 

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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The Paper Robots Episode 75: Solo IX in Portland!

This solo episode is all about how the move to Portland has been.

It has been about a month of living up in the PNW. I have loved being up here and seeing some amazing people and nature. We arrived in Portland in time for Rose City Comic Con to see some wonderful creators gather and talk all about creating comics.

It has been a great move and I look forward to meeting and connecting with tons of talented people that live here and sharing their stories with you the listeners.

i will be participating in a Grant offer called "Creators for Creators" in order to attempt to get a comic project funded and I urge other creators to submit as well. 

Update I currently have my comics (Beard and Frog Issue 1) in 2 store in Portland:

Shure MV88 iOS Condenser Mic Review / Test

Today is the second installment of my Shure iOS microphone review series. Today, I reviewed the lightning adapter microphone, the Shure MV88

This microphone is exclusively an iOS microphone, as it can only connect directly through the lightning port.

Currently, you are able to have headphones connected to your iPhone while recording, but with the removal of the headphone jack, this may become an issue that Shure has to address in an updated MV88 that includes a 3.5mm Headphone port. 

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $150 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. Pop Filter / Wind Screen
  3. Carrying / Storage Case
  4. 3.5mm Extender for Headphones
  5. Documentation
  6. 2 Year Warranty


  1. Frequency Response: Not Listed
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid & Bi-Directional
  3. Recording Quality: 24 bit / 48kHz

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic is decent. It is still metal, but it does not have any substantial weight to it. This is most likely by design since it is a traveling microphone. Regardless, I personally prefer mics to have some nice weight to them. The mic also only offers 90-degrees of motion, so if you want to point the mic in the opposite direction, you will need to unplug and flip it over which will cause the mic to cover part of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

There are no controls on the microphone, everything is handled through the app. The app offers 5 DSP Presets:

  • Speech
  • Singing
  • Acoustic
  • Loud Performance
  • Flat

You are also able to switch between many polar patterns

  • XY - 60-75-90-105-120-135
  • Cardioid
  • Bi Directional
  • Raw Midside

There is also a control to add a limiter, compressor, or wind reducer. 

As far as performance, I think it's a big improvement over the iPhone's / iPad's internal microphone. It sounded great while recording guitar/singing simultaneously. It provided clear audio and a nice stereo sound. 


  • Provides great sound compared to internal microphone
  • Extremely portable
  • Lots of control options


  • Only 90-degrees of motion
  • Does not have built in 3.5mm headphone jack (may be issue on iPhone 7)


This may seem like it is an expensive device, but one you start to analyze what you're getting for the $150, you will find that it is a great deal. It is much like getting 3 different microphones and a mobile DAW. You have an XY mic, a Cardioid Mic, and a Mid Side microphone. You also get a DAW that allows you to add compression, limiters, and wind reduction as well as edit your audio. 

It's also important to note that if you are new to recording and don't have a full understanding of the process, they offer 5 presets to help get you started. 

If you are stuck using an iOS device to record your podcast, film your band's show or comedy show, or even vlog, I think this microphone is a great option to improve your audio so you can have a better quality video that you can critique or share.

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them in the comments on this site or on the youtube channel, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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Do You Even Comic: Blankets

Bundle up and ready for some heavy feels in this month’s Do You Even Comic with Blankets by Craig Thompson.


The History


This book is an autobiographical graphic novel published by Top Shelf (a company I would love to have my work published by) created by Craig Thompson. He actually began the graphic novel back in 1999 but wasn’t published until 2003. Over the past decade the graphic novel has gone on to receive 3 Harvey Awards and 2 Eisner's including best artist/writer in 2004.


The Story

As I mentioned, the book is autobiographical and follows a young Craig Thompson on his coming of age journey. The story blends family relationships and discovering love as a kid.


Craig begins his story by describing his relationship with his brother while growing up in Wisconsin. His childhood is rough as he describes bullies who harsh him at school and a babysitter who sexually abused both he and his brother. The story continues and follows Craig as he goes to meet a girl he had been exchanging letters with.  When they meet, he experiences feelings of both love and guilt and realizes that he is conflicted by all of his emotions.


The struggle is relatable to many people but it is the art that helps transfer you into those scenes with Craig. You feel Craig’s heart on the pages by the way the panel and ink work are done in this book.


Why this book?

Why? Simple. It’s a book about relationships, and as a writer that’s my main focus in my own work. Even more than that, the book has a very relatable subject. As someone raised very christian, growing up with conflicting ideas, I connected with this book in many ways. I am a younger brother and I consider myself a hopeless romantic and have dealt with my own beliefs and faith growing up in a strong christian family. I think it is a book many people can relate to because we all have a coming of age moment  when we begin to learn who we are, and it’s those small moments, intimate moments that shape us.


This is a must read.


  • Blankets

Samson G Track

Today I'm covering a unique item from one of my favorite microphone companies; The Samson G Track GMU1 USB Condenser Microphone.

The aspect of this microphone that sets it apart from other usb microphones lies in the fact that it functions as a USB microphone as well as a USB interface for your guitar/bass etc. 

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $85 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. Mic Mount
  3. 5/8" to 3/8" Mic Stand Adapter
  4. USB Cable
  5. 3.5mm to RCA Cable
  6. (2) RCA to 1/4" Adapters
  7. 3.5mm to 1/4" Cable
  8. 3.5mm to 1/4" headphone cable
  9. Documentation


  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 16kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Super Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: -40dB
  4. SPL: 132 dB
  5. Recording Quality: 16 bit / 48kHz

Performance / Features

The build quality of this microphone is pretty good. It is an all metal construction and it has some nice weight to it. After removing it from the microphone mount a few times, it does feel like the internals were a little bit loose, so I would be careful with this microphone.

On the bottom of the microphone you have three I/O ports. The first is a 3.5mm input, which is designed for guitar input, or rca input, which is why they provided cables in the box. The second is a 3.5mm headphone output. The last port is the USB port to connect the microphone to your computer.

On the front of the microphone there are two switches. The first switch is the Input selector which allows you to switch between "Mono instrument / mono mic" and "stereo instrument". If you're recording the microphone at all, you will need to utilize the mono instrument/mono mic setting. If you're recording using the stereo RCA cable, you'll need to utilize the "stereo instrument" setting.

Beneath these switches you have three dials. The first dial is the headphone volume control which is self explanatory. The second is the instrument volume, which will increase/decrease the 3.5mm instrument input gain. The last dial is the microphone gain control which will obviously increase/decrease the microphones gain.

As far as the performance of the microphone, it was nothing to write home about. The voice, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar all sounded like they lacked life. They simply sounded boring and flat. I'm sure that this could be partially remedied by some slight EQ & Compression, but it still won't sound amazing. 


  • Sounds decent
  • Functions as an interface/microphone
  • Relatively cheap for what you're getting


  • Audio sounds flat/dull
  • Excessively noisy preamp at 60% gain


This is a pretty cool device, however I don't think it will work for everyone. If you're looking to podcast or do voice overs, I don't think that this mic is designed well for you. There are too many options, it doesn't sound that great, and it picks up a bit of background noise from the keyboard.

If you're looking for studio quality audio, once again I don't recommend this mic. It simply does not provide good enough sound quality. The audio just sounded dull, and like you're not in the room with musician.

If you're looking to demo some music out or do some basic guitar covers/singing covers for youtube, I think that this is a perfect mic to test the waters and see how you like it. It's cheap and provides you all the necessary tools to connect your electric guitar while singing and will allow you the opportunity to see if you like making the videos. If you do, then you can consider upgrading to a higher quality interface and microphone.

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them in the comments on this site or on the youtube channel, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

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BSP-036: Why I Love The Big Bang Theory

00:00 - Intro
00:46 - New Guitar Gear!!!
06:38 - Behind Schedule / New Video Format!
08:20 - I DID NOTHING!!!
10:15 - New Amazon Echo Dot
12:29 - Kindle & Project Beta
14:33 - Why I Love The Big Bang Theory
18:33 - The Avett Brothers “Emotionalism"
21:05 - Raspberry Pi 2 & Ubutu
23:30 - SHURE MV88
25:30 - Outro

On episode 36 of the BSP, I talk about some near guitar gear I just recently got as well as some suggestions I have for guitar players. I then talk about how I have recently changed my video format for reviews and how it has added additional production time to each review. 

Then i briefly talk about a new amazon echo, a book I’m reading, and the reason I love The Big Bang Theory. To finish off the podcast, I talk about an album I really enjoy, my plans for my raspberry pi 2 and the MV88 that I tested out this week.

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RCCCC: From The Odyssey to ODY-C: Re-Making Myths with Fraction and Ward

Sunday, September 12:00-12:50 pm


Matt Fraction and Christian Ward have re-written one of the fundamental epic myths of Western culture in ODY-C- and in the process have produced a book that looks and reads like nothing else on the stands. Join the creators in this discussion on this book.


  • Matt Fraction, Christian Ward, Professor Ben Saunders 


Let us jump straight into this discussion by saying I think Matt Fraction is a powerhouse of a writer and a real inspiration for anyone looking to write in comics.

Ben Saunders the moderator of the panel starts by asking Matt why he wanted to work with Christian Ward (Note this quickly became a cute back and forth of compliments to each other). Matt basically concluded with saying he saw Christian Ward on all these projects just wanted to take his work and really let it out, he wanted Christian the "stallion" to let loose and be epic because this story was going to be epic. By epic I mean issue 1 came out with an 8 page foldout image.

Once the egos of each artist was stroked the rest of the panel was discussion the approach of adapting The Odyssey into a futuristic female lead version in ODY-C. For those of you who don't know First was Matt Fractions approach to writing the story, ODY-C is written in Matt's best attempt to write dactylic hexameter (closes to Homer's Odyssey) which basically no one uses anymore and add a level of creativity that ad to telling this epic tale. I can't explain how thorough Matt is when it comes to writing and on this book he wanted to go all out.

In Matt and Christian's version of the story Matt wanted to be able to tell a tale his daughter could read and believe in the heroes (not the male misogynistic tales from the past) so the world is gender  bent and even the gods are androgynous(turns out the story is violent and his daughter can't read it but that was the start for him).

Briefly, let's discuss Christian Wards epic art for the book. His goal was to top him self each issue and expand and create and reinvent the page every issue. The book feature huge sprawling scenes and panels that look like art that could hang on a wall. My favorite thing he did  is the gods; In this book the gods stand above the panels and outside the world of the book almost breaking the fourth wall( they also don't speak like the rest of the book) they act on their on and its such an ingenious was to tackle gods in this myth.

Full disclosure I read ODY-C and couldn't get into it because its hard to follow there is a learning curve but after this panel I want to read it and try because it was an amazing creation these guys have made.


RCCCC: The Convention

Rose City is a relatively smaller convention for being such a Comic based city.

The attendance for the convention has been growing for years with 32k attendees last year and around 50k this year. But with guests like Stan Lee and Jon Bernthal its easy to see why.

That all being said here are some photos of my experience at the convention (click through the pics):

RCCCC: Spotlight on Greg Rucka

Saturday, September 10th 1:30-2:20 pm 


Multiple award winning writer currently writing such blockbuster hits like Wonder Woman, Lazarus, Stumptown and Black Magick. Wonder what makes one of the best writers in comics tick? Come find out.


  • Greg Rucka


First things first, I felt so lucky to see a panel spot lighting this man, his work in comics has been huge and hearing how he tackles projects was like getting to see how a magic trick is done.

This panel featured Greg Rucka being interviewed by one of his closest friends (whose name escapes me). The panel starts by addressing that a few years back Greg has a public outing when he left DC comics, but since then he has come by to them and as mentioned currently writes Wonder Woman. This was brought up because admittedly Greg writes from anger or rather he can and often has written from anger and currently his Wonder Woman book is hopeful. Greg Rucka explains just cause I have and can write from anger doesn't mean I am angry all the time.

Greg then spend a majority of the panel explain his approach to working on the current run in Wonder Woman for DC.  The most important thing isn't being continuity driven but is simply on how you approach the character (this goes for any superhero story). The approach for Wonder Woman is to ask what is she and what make Dianna tick.  Greg says the "wonder" in her name isn't for wonderful but for the true meaning of wonderment and curiosity, with that being the prime factor it was easy to make Dianna decisions and make her level her paradise to save the world and wonder how everything else works. 

The panel continued but in that moment when Greg is on stage talking about the detail of Wonder Woman ( a fiction character) he revealed just the level of care and how serious he takes writing and that carries on into all of his amazing works.

This was a an amazing 50 minutes. I highly recommend picking up any and all  of his work. As a creator working his way up from self publishing my own comics to working in the industry I strive to understand and learn on how to create better stories. Greg Rucka looks at fiction and makes it real, he take principals of life and applies them to all stories he tells and like a good writer he studies and researches. The level of care he has is what I aim to do in my own writing.

RCCCC: Queer Comics Take Over the World

Saturday September 10th, 11:00-11:50 am


 Join LGBTQ comics editors and creators in a discussion about mainstream and indie queer comics and the importance of queer representation.


Taneka Stotts (Beyond), Ari Yarwood (Oni Press Managing Editor), Genue Revuelta (Love & Sprockets), Terry Blas (Briar Hollow), and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage).


This was one panel I did not want to miss ( and obviously I didn't) but it is important right now with the changes that are happening in the industry for more diversity that I got a chance to hear from some creators who are actively in the industry.

The panel we over a great many problems with the current climate of diversity in media let alone LGBTQ. I was able to get a few tips and messages from this panel that truly speak to what creators are looking for in the industry.

First Taneka Stotts mentions, what not to do when writing, "Don't think having ONE conversation with a trans, gay, black person means you're an expert on their experience." As someone who is a straight white male, I take this message to heart because when it comes to creating I don't want to come off wrong of that I know everything.

In my opinion the most important piece of information I got form these wonderful panelist about the current climate in the industry was Taneka saying, "Pay attention to indie creators who already make queer comics." I don't want these huge companies to just just of boxes of "diversity" to reach some status, instead use the amazing diverse creators already out there.

Last tips about creating stories from LGBTQ creators and editors:

  • make the stories about stuff you like and want to tell and inject it with your uniqueness
  • Some times its about being a BOLD LGBTQ book and others its a BOOK with LGBTQ content

I think its great to hear creators actually speak about their content and remind everyone that stories have diversity its that simple.