BSP-136: The Apple Watch Was the Best Announcement!

On episode 136 of the BSP, I talk about Google Project Dragonfly which ties individuals searches to their phone numbers (in China), The announcements from the September 2018 Apple Event and why the Apple Watch Series 4 was the best announcement, The EU Passing a new copyright directive which seems detrimental to content creators, and a lot more!

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00:00 - Intro
01:00 - Creator Case Study Plug
02:00 - Google Project Dragonfly (Censorship & Spying)

07:23 - Apple September 2018 Event Announcement 
21:50 - Dr. Disrespect Shot At!
23:05 - The EU Passes a New Copyright Directive

27:49 - New Dynamic XLR/USB Microphone from RODE!!!!
29:30 - Theory About Long Form Content Hurting Your YouTube Channel
32:42 - There’s No Reason to Buy a Mic That’s More Than $400
36:11 - You Should Be Using Cheap Microphones!
39:40 - Ask Bandrew
39:56 - Email 1
41:26 - Have you Read Jasper Fforde or Matthew Reilly?
41:55 - Do I Prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
42:38 - What’s on my Current Audio Book Playlist?
45:18 - Email 2
45:53 - Will You Give Me Feedback on My Podcast?
46:23 - What’s Your Favorite Movie Genre?
47:37 -  Email 3
48:31 - How do I Become a YouTube Partner?
50:50 - Outro

BSP-135: Apple Bans Info Wars App

On episode 135 of the BSP, I talk about Apple banning the Info Wars app from the iOS App Store, Twitter launching Audio Only live broadcasting for podcasters on Periscope, the new Amazon Fire HD8 Tablet, Getting 2 free audio books from audible, and much more.

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00:00 - Intro
00:57 - Apple Bans Info Wars App
06:06 - Twitter Launches Live Audio Only Broadcasts
09:16 - New Amazon Fire HD8 Tablet
11:22 - 2 Free Audio Books per Month from Amazon

13:08 - Tales From The Crypt

14:58 - WYHTS: Microphones Do Not Matter & Reviews are Worthless
21:53 - WYHTS: The Law of Diminishing Returns for Dynamic Mics
24:09 - WYHTS: Ad Block on YouTube
24:39 - Ask Bandrew
24:52 - Email 1
25:08 - Blue Yeti Nano is a Bad Sign for Blue

27:04 - Email 2
27:43 - Can You Explain Auditory Descriptive Terms?

29:10 - Email 3
29:25 - Is the C01u Pro Brighter than the NT1?
29:58 - Outro

BSP-134: Twitter Suggesting You Unfollow People!?

On episode 134 of the BSP, I talk about YouTube launching new tools to help raise money for charity, JacksFilms launching his series “YIAY” on twitch, the iPhone Event having a date, why I don’t talk about gear rumors much anymore, Twitter suggesting people to unfollow, Twitter launching threaded conversations & status indicators, and Google launching two factor authentication tokens. 

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00:00 - Intro
00:40 - PSA: Assume every piece of content will be someone’s first impression of you
02:36 - YouTube making charitable giving easier

06:10 - JacksFilms transitioning to Twitch
08:50 - iPhone Event Announced & why I don’t talk about rumors anymore
10:00 - Twitter recommending people to unfollow
13:24 - Twitter threading conversations & status indicators
15:31 - Blue Yeti Nano

16:33 - Google launches security key

19:10 - Will unstoppable ads remove extremely long advertisements on youtube?
20:19 - Non-skippable ads will lead to more Adblock on youtube
21:41 - Items of overkill distract form the content
24:46 - The MD441U is a waste of $850 
25:55 - Ask Bandrew
26:13 - Email 1
27:05 - Do I trust planes that are computer controlled or pilot controlled?
30:00 - Email 2
31:24 - Do I need a separate youtube channel for each podcast & can I create SubChannels
37:03 - Email 3
37:23 - Suggest a podcast mic setup for under $180
39:21 - Outro

BSP-133: Make More Money on YouTube, Facebook "Social Trust" Score, and More

On episode 133 of the BSP, I talk about YouTube rolling out non-skippable advertisements to all youtubers who are in the partner program, Twitch changing the benefits you get with Twitch Prime, Facebook launching a social trust score, and Facebook tracking app usage on your phone with their VPN service.

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00:00 - Intro
00:59 - All Creators Getting Unskippable Ad Option
* YouTube Ad Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH4twWUw2OI
07:40 - Twitch Changing Prime Benefits
* Changes to Twitch Prime: https://blog.twitch.tv/changes-to-twitch-prime-a986f0d8c9a9
* Twitch Turbo: https://help.twitch.tv/customer/en/portal/articles/973896-twitch-turbo
11:32 - Facebook Launches Social Trust Score
* Meow Meow Beenz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI4kiPaKfAE
* Community Season 5, Episode 8: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/app-development-and-condiments/id766894690?i=835928745&mt=4&at=1001l4W2 (Affiliate Link)
13:57 - Facebook’s VPN Taken Out of the iOS App Store
15:23 - Movie of the Week: Hereditary (2018)
18:40 - What I Have Been Testing: Sennheiser MD441U
20:42 - WYHTS: Being Held Responsible for Misinterpretations
21:44 - WYHTS: Law Enforcement Stopping Gangs
25:36 - WYHTS: Fighting People Who Like Mushrooms
26:19 - Ask Bandrew
26:36 - Email 1
27:13 - Do you notice foam windscreens muffling a microphone’s sound?
28:16 - Email 2
29:24 - How do I stop the bleed between microphones?
31:34 - Should I use the AT2005 as USB or XLR?
32:11 - What video editing software do you use?
32:29 - What are your thoughts on children using YouTube?
35:31 - Outro  

BSP-132: Twitter Timeout, Facebook Forced to Decrypt Messages, and More

On episode 132 of the BSP I talk about YouTube paying creators tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to post content to their platform first as well as promote their monetization tools, Twitter putting Alex Jones in time out for a week based on a periscope livestream, and Facebook being pressured by the courts to decrypt end to end encrypted messages to assist in a probe into MS-13 activities. 

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00:00 - Intro
00:40 - YouTube Paying Creators Money to Promote Monetization Features
05:11 - Facebook Being Pressured to Break Messenger’s Encryption
08:10 - Twitter Puts Alex Jones in Timeout
* https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/08/14/pericope-alex-jones-tells-supporters-get-their-battle-rifles-ready-against-antifa-mainstream-media/220995
11:50 - The End of the Rode Broadcaster
12:42 - What do you think the TSA can do to improve Air Travel Security?
* https://abcnews.go.com/US/exclusive-undercover-dhs-tests-find-widespread-security-failures/story?id=31434881
* https://www.vox.com/2016/5/17/11687014/tsa-against-airport-security
* https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/gao-says-there-is-no-evidence-that-a-tsa-program-to-spot-terrorists-is-effective/2013/11/13/fca999a0-4c93-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ed1dad1d88ac
15:01 - Twitter sucks for Healthy Conversations
16:45 - 2 Pieces of Feedback on Audio Interfaces
18:18 - Ask Bandrew
18:34 - Email 1
19:14 - How do I address topics clearly on my podcast?
21:34 - How long should my podcast be?
23:17 - Email 2
23:44 - Thoughts on Samson Technology Gear
24:48 Email 3
25:00 - C01u Pro vs BM800 & UMC202HD?
27:00 - Outro

BSP-131: YouTube Recommends Phones, Alex Jones De-Platformed, and More

On episode 131 of the BSP, I talk about Discord selling video games, Youtube adding a subscription shelf back to the homepage, YouTube certifying and recommending phones, Youtube deleting Alex Jones’ channel, and the FCC lying about the DDoS attack in 2017. 

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00:00 - Intro
00:41 - Sunshine Summit 2018
* www.sunshineandpowercuts.com
01:18 - This Experiment is Over
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* creatorcasestudy.com
04:18 - Discord Selling Games
05:51 - YouTube Adding Subscription Shelf on Homepage
07:38 - YouTube Certifying & Recommending Phones
10:11 - YouTube Deleted Alex Jones Channel
* FB Statement: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/enforcing-our-community-standards/
* Hank’s Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3pkkSNRug4
* JRE Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxwmcg7H5DU
23:31 - FCC Lied About the DDOS Attack in 2017
* Office of Inspector Generatl Letter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uPl5NsbXowzbXrYf9KHBp-GVilTLQqyW/view
26:11 - Movie of the Week: Dracula (1931)
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29:40 - WYHTS: What triggers Air Marshalls to follow you on planes?
31:04 - WYHTS: Finding a balance between security & invasion of privacy?
33:26 - WYHTS: Logitech showing off Blue Snowball and Yeti & Ignoring Nice Microphones!!!
35:15 - Ask Bandrew
35:32 - How do I stop saying Uhhh and Umm in my podcast?
41:07 - Should I buy the Zoom H5 Portable Recorder or a USB Audio Interface?

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BSP-130: Logitech Acquires Blue Microphones, TSA Tracking US Citizens, and More

On episode 130 of the BSP, I talk about launching a new youtube channel and the reasoning behind it, I talk at length about Logitech Acquiring Blue and what that means for Blue. I also cover YouTube launching international youtube premium shows, Apple killing a portion of their affiliate program, TSA Tracking U.S. Citizens, Rode announcing a new dual lav recording kit, and Sennheiser announcing a bluetooth microphone.

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00:00 - Intro
00:40 - Launched a New YouTube Channel
* http://youtube.bandrewsays.com
01:48 - Logitech Acquires Blue Microphones
07:54 - YouTube Launches International YouTube Red Show
08:47 - Apple Kills a Portion of Their Affiliate Program
11:27 - TSA Tracking U.S. Citizen
13:34 - Rode SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit
15:59 - Sennheiser Memory Mic
17:27 - WYHTS
17:45 - Why we should be okay with YouTube Experiments
18:45 - YouTube selectively enforcing policies
19:59 - You shouldn’t be mad about being demonetization
22:25 - PewDiePie is popularizing the analysis of Art
23:25 - I am not becoming less annoying
23:49 - Ask Bandrew
24:03 - Email 1
24:33 - Do you check out fans' creations?
24:57 - Do you participate in fans’ projects?
26:09 - Email 2
26:52 - How do I remove background noise from my recording?
29:21 - Outro

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TPR-147: Series in Review Mission Impossible 3

Series in Review continues with the Mission Impossible films. Malcolm and Zach host this episode and dive into  Mission Impossible 3!

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BSP-129: YouTube Killing the Trending Tab, YouTube Strikes Alex Jones' Channel, & More

On episode 129 of the BSP, I explain why Patreon acquired Kit.com, as well as cover Anchor launching a podcast studio, YouTube killing the Trending Tab, YouTube blocking Dislike button spam, The YT web player dynamically adjusting to fit a videos native resolution, YouTube striking Alex Jones’ channel, Twitch launching the Creator Camp, Apple fixing the Core i9 Thermal Throttling, Verizon launching a VPN, a new Stream deck from El Gato, and much more. 

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00:00 - Intro
00:51 - Practicing What I Preach!
01:49 - I Do Enjoy Making Videos
03:32 - Why did Patreon Acquire Kit.com?
04:52 - Anchor Launches Podcasting Studio
06:28 - YT News Flash: https://youtu.be/UkUdsH7xWOc
06:44 - YouTube Explore Tab Experiment
07:58 - Despamming Dislikes Button
08:28 - YouTube Web Player Adapting to Vertical Video
09:45 - YouTube Strikes Alex Jones
12:12 - Twitch Launches Creator Camp
* https://www.twitch.tv/creatorcamp/en/
13:20 - Apple Fixed Core i9 Thermal Throttling
* https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/24/apple-addresses-macbook-pro-throttling/
16:10 - Verizon Launches a VPN
18:32 - Stream Deck Mini
19:24 - New Shure Gear?
20:41 - Suggested Film of the Week - Castle Freak
23:25 - Thoughts on a $300 Microphone Boom Arm
25:25 - Initial Thoughts on Rode Broadcaster
26:17 - What You Had to Say
26:44 - Apple Should Admit Fault to Regain Good Faith from Consumers
28:58 - Well Produced Videos are Essential Now
30:06 - Screen Recording & Digital Audio Routing
31:56 - Ask Bandrew
32:23 - Email 1
33:38 - SunshineAndPowercuts.com
33:55 - Thoughts on Online Media Affecting Attention Spans
40:20 - Outro

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TPR-146: Series in Review Mission Impossible 2

Series in Review with the Mission Impossible spy/action film series starring Tom Cruise and starting in 1996, we discuss and breakdown our favorite parts of the movies and what we think could be done better.

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BSP-128: Google Fined $5 Billion, Apple Keyboard Gate / Throttle Gate, & More

On episode 128 of the BSP, I think you for 70,000 subscribers, and apologize for the issues with last weeks episode. In the news, I cover Google being fined $5 billion for breaking EU anti trust laws, FouseyTube’s concert, Family of Five getting banned from YouTube, Apple keyboard failure and Apple’s response, Apple storing iCloud data on Chinese state owned servers, Core i9 Macbook Pros being throttled, and Amazon Prime Day being an absolute disaster. 

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00:00 - Intro
00:40 - Thanks for 70k Subs
01:26 - Sorry for Episode 127 Video Issues
02:30 - Google Fined $5 Billion for Breaking Anti Trust Laws
08:30 - FouseyTube Concert
09:59 - Family of Five / Daddy of Five Banned
10:56 - Apple Keyboard Gate
13:55 - Apple Storing iCloud Data on Chinese State Run Servers
15:48 - Core i9 Macbook Pro Throttle Gate
* Dave 2D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8J125s4cg
* Jonathan Morrison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-p9-QZSdPM
18:34 - Amazon Prime Day Disaster
21:35 - WYHTS: Buying a PC for 1/4 the Price of a Mac
23:12 - WYHTS: Thoughts on the Blue Yeti?
24:32 - WYHTS: Smart Phones Tracking You
25:33 - WYHTS: Democratization of the Internet is OVER
27:07 - WYHTS: Paying Money to Avoid Windows 10
27:50 - Ask Bandrew
28:20 - Email 1
29:04 - Will you be on the Sunshine Summit 2018?
29::45 - Email 2
30:16 - Do you present your podcast as though it was live, or record segments?
30:57 - How long do you spend on the podcast?
31:58 - Why do I start the podcast recording multiple times?
35:13 - Email 3
35:58 - What is your new desk?
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37:03 - What’s your favorite X-Files episode?
39:25 - Outro

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TPR-145: Series In Review Mission Impossible

Series in Review starts again with the Mission Impossible films. Action film series starring Tom Cruise and starting in 1996, we discuss and breakdown our favorite parts of the movies and what we think could be done better.

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AmazonBasics Desktop Mini Condenser Microphone Review / Test

Today we're looking at a microphone from Amazon...let that sink in. Amazon is making microphones now. The mic we're looking at is the efficiently titled AmazonBasics Desktop Mini Condenser Microphone

For the majority of this review, I have the mic connected directly to my mac with the gain set at approximately 40%, with a boost of +4dB in post to make the audio more listenable. 

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $43.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone (Preinstalled mount: 5/8" threading)
  2. Desktop Tripod
  3. 1.5m USB Cable
  4. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 50Hz - 18kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: -35dB
  4. Bit Depth: 16-Bit
  5. Sample Rate: 48kHz

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic feels bad man. The body is made out of a very cheap feeling plastic that feels very weak. The grill is metal and feels sturdy enough to withstand a few drops, but the mic is all around very light and feels cheaply made. On the top of the mic there is a Blue LED indicator light to indicate that you are connected, and this light will turn red if you mute the microphone with the large microphone mute button. The light unfortunately does not offer any sort of metering to inform you of a clipping signal. On the back you have a single USB port, and on the bottom you have the mount. 

The frequency response is listed as 50Hz - 18kHz. No graph was provided, so we're unable to analyze that. Listening to the audio samples it sounds as though there is somewhat of a boost in the low mids section with at times leads to a boxy sound, or almost muddy sound on the electric. There also seems to be a boost that slightly accentuates more nasally tones. 

The overall performance here was surprising. On the electric guitar the tone was a little bit muddy, but definitely usable for demos. The acoustic guitar sounded pretty nice with the low mids adding a good amount of body, while the highs remained clear without being overpowering. For singing this had a warmer tone to it, and all around it was fairly smooth sounding. For spoken word, it also sounded surprisingly good for the price. As previously mentioned, it can sound a little bit nasally, or a little bit boxy, but all around for skype meetings, chatting with friends, or recording demos at home, I think it was really nice.

Pros

  • Overall nice sound for the price
  • Clean preamp up to about 80%
  • Plenty of gain, without being too hot

Cons

  • Terrible performance with plosives
  • On the verge of being boomy at times
  • No 0 latency monitoring
  • Really bad feeling build quality

Conclusion

To summarize my thoughts of this microphone in a single word: Surprised. This microphone exceeded all my expectations. A lot of budget usb microphones fail significantly in at least one of these tests, but this mic provided usable audio in every scenario. Is it the best microphone on the market, no. Did they sacrifice a lot on the build quality, yes. But it does seem like they sacrificed the build quality to allow more money to be placed into the audio quality which turned out great.

If you're looking for a budget usb condenser microphone, and you're considering this mic, I would suggest it, but make sure to pick up a pop filter, make sure to take care of it, and if you have a few bucks left over, I'd suggest picking up a boom arm.

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TPR-144: Creating Compelling Characters

What makes a character compelling? On the episode a host-ful of creators discuss what they like about the characters they read or watch as well as what makes a compelling character in their own works. Logan (writer) is joined by Nicholas Cordell Orr (artist), Jess Herron (artist) and Cynthia Gerriets (toy designer)!

char·ac·ter

ˈkerəktər/

noun

  1. 1.

    the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.

    "running away was not in keeping with her character"

    synonyms:personality, nature, disposition, temperament, temper, mentality, makeup; More

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BSP-127: Tags on YouTube Don't Matter, YouTube Copyright Takedowns, Macbook Pros, and more

On episode 127 of the BSP, I talk about how tags on youtube impact your search and discover, new copyright identification and take down tools, youtube funding news organizations, youtube incognito mode coming to android, New Macbook Pros & Apple eGPU, the FBI arresting a former Apple Engineer, Apple passcode still able to be brute forced, and License plate tracking at malls.

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00:00 - Intro
00:36 - Tags on YouTube No Longer Matter for Search & Discovery
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0N6nC7heqc
04:45 - New Copyright Takedown Tools
* https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/2018/07/helping-creators-protect-their-content.html
09:17 - YouTube Funding News Organizations
* https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/07/building-better-news-experience-on.html
14:30 - YouTube Incognito Mode Coming to Android
15:30 - New Macbook Pros & eGPU
* https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/01/04/apple-t2-chip-in-imac-pro-takes-control-of-boot-security-facetime-camera-functions-previously-managed-by-cpu
* https://www.macworld.com/article/3245764/macs/the-t2-chip-makes-the-imac-pro-the-start-of-a-mac-revolution.html
20:27 - FBI Arrests Ex Apple Engineer
23:51 - Apple Fixes Password Cracking Tool & It’s Bypassed Immediately
24:43 - License Plate Tracking at the Mall
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26:15 - Commenter Calling me Out & Keeping me Honest
28:18 - Chicago Transit, Disney Land, & Disney World using Facial Recognition
29:10 - Ask Bandrew
29:40 - Email 1
30:11 - What do you do with all the mics?
30:38 - Do you consider selling your microphones?
32:04 - Do you have a closet full of microphones?
33:18 - How much have you spent on microphones?
32:45 - Email 2
33:25 - How should I process my audio in OBS?
36:08 - Email 3
36:23 - If you got the RE20 first, would you like it more than the SM7b?
Outro

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TPR-143: Writer Bryan Edward Hill

Writer Bryan Edward Hill comics back to the podcast to discuss his comic career and more Batman! 

Currently writing DETECTIVE COMICS for DC, his works also include:Writer: POSTAL, ROMULUS, Top Cow. MICHAEL CRAY, D.C Comics. TV: ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD, TITANS

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Behringer B-2 Pro Review / Test

Today we're looking at a "higher end" microphone from the budget company Behringer; the Behringer B-2 Pro

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at 10:30. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $150.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Hardshell Storage Box

  2. Microphone

  3. Shockmount (Includes: 5/8" & 3/8" adapter)

  4. Foam Windscreen

  5. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz

  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional

  3. Sensitivity: -37dB to -34dB

  4. Max SPL: 137 / 149dB

  5. Equivalent Noise: 16-18dBA

  6. Impedance: <100-ohms

  7. Power Requirement: +48v

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic feels fairly average for mics in the $100 price range. It has an all metal body as well as a somewhat flimsy feeling metal mesh grill. On the front you will find a 3-way polar pattern selection switch to move between the cardioid, omnidirectional, and bi-directional polar patterns. On the rear you'll find the high-pass switch that rolls off at 6dB/octave at 150Hz, as well as a -10dB pad if you're recording loud sound sources. 

The frequency response is listed as 20Hz - 20kHz. We're only going to focus on the cardioid polar pattern response here as it's the most used pattern. It has a surprisingly flat response from 1kHz and below with a slight roll off beginning at 150Hz, which reaches -2dB by 50Hz. From 1kHz and up there's a gradual boost that hits +2dB at 7kHz, and then there's a large boost which reaches +5dB at 10kHz and gradually rolls off until it hits 0dB at 20kHz.

The overall performance here was decent. On the electric guitar, the low end felt a little loose, but did not get muddy, and then the treble air boost provided a nice amount of liveliness to the recording. The acoustic guitar sounded too focused in the high end, and left the strings resonance sounding dominating and a bit of a grating tone all around. For singing, the mic added a breathy quality to the voice as well as a bit of extra grit. For spoken word, I think the high end is a detriment to the microphone as it accentuates mouth noises, breathe, and sibilance a bit too much.

Pros

  • Relatively flat low mids and lows

  • All polar patterns are pretty usable (Rare in this price range)

  • Nice build quality

  • Plenty of nice accessories

Cons

  • Shrill in the higher end

  • Susceptible to plosives

  • Relatively high noise floor at 16-18dBA

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Conclusion

Although this microphone would not be my first choice in any use case, for the price I think it's a pretty good deal. Therefore, if you're looking for your first mic to record music in your home studio, I think this would be a fine option given the plethora of accessories that are provided with the microphone, and the clean and clear tone you can get out of the microphone. Just make sure to pick up a pop filter along with the microphone.  

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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BSP-126: Companies Reading Your Gmail, Samsung Leaking Your Photos, & MORE!

On episode 126 of the BSP, I talk about Google Duplex potentially being implemented into Data Centers, 3rd party app developers having access & reading through your gmail accounts, Samsung randomly texting photos from your gallery to people in your contact book, and the Australian airports implementing biometric scanning as a proof of concept to roll out countrywide biometric scanning. 

Later, I share 4 audio books I’ve loved this year, get corrected about loud sound sources destroying condensers, talk more about the companies fighting California’s new privacy laws, and the possibility of paying for privacy. In the ask bandrew segment I cover what XLR cables I use, then cover the Space Force and if I believe this is leading up to disclosure, and end the podcast by showing an awesome Blue Yeti microphone fail on television.

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00:00 - Intro
00:43 - Thank You!
01:48 - The Biased SM7B Shill Returns
02:34 - Google Duplex Launching in Call Centers
04:58 - Google Gives 3rd Party App Developer Access to Your Gmail
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10:43 - Samsung Texting App Randomly Sending Photos from Gallery!
13:49 - Australian Airports Replacing Passports with Biometric Scanning
18:09 - Products I Wanted
19:08 - 4 Audio Books I’ve Loved this Year
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23:07 - Correcting Condensers Destroyed by Loud Sounds
24:42 - Opposition to California Law to Sell and BUY our information
27:01 - You ARE The Product! Paying for Privacy.
29:59 - Ask Bandrew
30:13 - Email 1
31:02 - What XLR Cables do you Use?
32:02 - Are Provided Cables Any Good?
33:02 - My Understanding of XLR Cables.
34:48 - Email 2
35:54 - Is Alien Disclosure on the Way?
40:53 - What Would The Public Reaction Be?
43:52 - What’s the Purpose of the Space Force?
46:18 - Email 3
46:40 - Serious Blue Yeti Microphone Fail
47:41 - Outro

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Electro Voice RE27 N/D Broadcast Dynamic Mic Review

Today I have finally completed the Electro Voice expansion of Pokemon: Mic Edition. We're looking at the last mic in their RE-series of mics, which just so happens to be the most expensive of the three; the RE27 N/D.

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at 12:30. I have done no post processing on the audio, it is all raw, but the audio was slightly boosted in final cut pro X to simply make the audio easier to listen to.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $150.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Hardshell Storage Box

  2. Microphone

  3. Microphone Mount (Includes: 5/8" & 3/8" adapter)

  4. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 45Hz - 20kHz

  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid

  3. Sensitivity: ~-52dB

  4. Impedance: 150-ohms

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic is on par with all of EV's other mics that I've tested; excellent. It has a steel body and a nice metal mesh grill. Along the side there are vents that allow for the Variable D technology that helps keep the proximity effect in check. It weighs in at 1 pound 9 oz, so it is a pretty heavy microphone as well. Near the bottom of the mic it has 3 switches that cut portions of the frequency response. 1st is a 6dB cut at 250Hz, 2nd is a 12dB cut at 1000Hz, and 3rd is a 3dB cut of the presence and treble boost. Lastly there is an XLR port on the back of the microphone.

The frequency response is listed as 45Hz - 20kHz. In the neutral mode this microphone has a relatively flat frequency response from 1khz and below, but above that there is a drastic boost that peaks at +7dB above the mids. There are two peaks at 4kHz and 6kHz and then it rolls off the remainder of the treble and air after that. I found the only really usable setting for spoken word was to enable the high cut, and leave the other switches alone. 

The overall performance of this mic was a bit of a shock initially. When I pulled it out of the box a month ago and plugged it in, I almost sent it right back. With the neutral settings it is very harsh, shrill, and forward in the higher frequency range. Once I enabled the high cut though the tone become MUCH better and actually enjoyable to listen to. It also does a great job at off axis rejection and rear rejection, but it should be noted that the off axis coloration is very honky, and terrible sounding.

Pros

  • Slightly higher output than other dynamics due to Neodymium magnet

  • Handles processing well

  • Great job at off axis and rear rejection

  • Great build quality

Cons

  • In neutral mode, the mic sounds bad

  • The low cuts are a bit too drastic

  • Off axis coloration is bad

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Conclusion

For electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and singing I did not enjoy this microphone much at all. It simply is not a tone that I would look to use in those applications. For spoke word however, I found it rather enjoyable when you have the high cut enabled and get relatively close to the microphone. If you're looking for a bright & smooth microphone for podcasting and radio broadcasting, I think this will be a great option, but just make sure to cut those highs and use proper microphone technique.

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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