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
* https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/california-shopping-centers-are-spying-ice-contractor
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.  

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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.

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TRP-142: Series in Review Pt. 3

"A Series in Review!" The breakdown of the Batman Trilogy continues as we look into the final chapter, Dark Knight Rises.

Malcolm and Zach are joined by Logan to discuss their final thoughts on Nolan's Batman Trilogy.

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BSP-125: YouTube Disables Custom Thumbnails, Video Creator Grant Money, and More!

On episode 125 of the BSP, I talk about YouTube launching the miniplayer on desktop, YouTube disabling custom thumbnails, VidCon launching a grant program where you can receive $2000, Twitch updating stream discovery, HaveIBeenPwned integrating with Firefox & 1 password, Twitter allowing for physical 2fa tokens, a Contractor trying to sell surveillance tools to track political dissidents, a man who threatened Ajit Pai being arrested, another data aggregator leaking 340 million personal data records, and California passing a new consumer privacy act.

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00:00 - Intro
00:38 - Uploading the Podcast to Podcastage
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01:23 - Subtly Improving Your Podcast
02:16 - A Bunch of New Videos
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* Must Love Karate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUubJoEPGBo
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04:03 - YouTube Mini Player on Desktop
05:10 - YouTube Disables Custom Thumbnail
* https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!category-topic/Youtube/-EpSdU2730A
07:01 - VidCon Video Creator Grant
* https://www.vidconcreatorgrant.com/apply/
10:08 - Twitch Updates Stream Discovery
* https://trello.com/b/qfZCai4F/discovery-updates
11:37 - HaveIBeenPwned Integrates with Firefox & 1Password
* https://blog.agilebits.com/2018/06/25/watchtower-we-shall-fight-on-the-breaches/
14:13 - Twitter Allows for Physical 2fa Tokens
15:00 - Contractor Tried Selling Surveillance Tools to Track Political Dissidents
16:40 - Man Who Threatened Ajit Pai Arrested by FBI
18:32 - Another Leak of 340 Million Personal Data Records
20:51 - California Passes New Consumer Privacy Act
22:25 - Blackberry Key 2 (I want it!!!)
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24:36 - What I’ve Been Testing
25:21 - What You Had to Say
31:17 - Ask Bandrew
31:35 - Email 1
31:58 - Would you prefer an RE20 Colored SM7b, or an SM7b Colored RE20?
32:58 - Email 2
33:42 - What Are Your Thoughts on Full Time YouTubers?
34:20 - Would You Want To Be a Full Time YouTube Creator?
36:50 - Email 3
37:11 - Thoughts on Android Phones?
38:19 - Can Loud Drums Ruin a Condenser Mic?
* http://blog.shure.com/fact-vs-fiction-tim-vear-explodes-audio-myths-2/
39:09 - Thoughts on Mechanical Keyboards?
40:03 - Would You Want to Earn Money from Podcasting?
41:35 - Outro

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TPR-141: Comic Creator Dan Schkade Returns !

Comic creator and friend, Dan Schkade (always say full name) returns to the podcast to catch up and talk about his most recent project, Lavender Jack and comic being release through WEBTOON. Dan strikes at the heart of story telling and "moments" that help shape and define a story by showing and not telling. He uses examples like: Mad Men, Better Call Saul and George of the Jungle!

WORKS: Dan Schkade is a freelance comic book writer and artist. current series through WEBTOON: Lavender Jack!

His credits include Will Eisner's The SpiritBattlestar Galactica: Gods and MonstersSan Hannibaland The Fowl.  Lastly he is a member of the comic creator collective Helioscope

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AKG P220 Condenser Microphone Review

Today we're looking at another microphone from AKG's 20 series microphones, the AKG P220.

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. Shockmount (Includes: 5/8" & 3/8" adapter)
  4. Extra shock mount eleastic bands

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-34dB
  4. Max SPL: 135 / 155dB
  5. Equivalent Noise: 16dBA
  6. Impedance: 200-ohms
  7. Power Requirement: +48v +/- 4v

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic feels awesome. It has an all metal body that feels very robust in your hand, coming in at over 1 pound. The grill also feels very sturdy and does not bend when squeezed with fingers. On the front you have two switches, a high pass filter, which rolls off frequencies at 300Hz at 12dB/octave, and a -20dB pad.

The frequency response is listed as 20Hz - 20kHz. Unlike most microphones, this does not have a natural roll off in the low frequencies. Instead it has a minor dip around 150 hz and a boost from 150 down to 500Hz peaking at +4dB, which is then rolled off at 50Hz and down.  The mids are very flat from 100Hz -  4.5kHz at which point a gradual boost begins which ends up peaking at +4dB at ~11kHz, and then rolls off up to 20kHz.

The overall performance of this mic left me a bit underwhelmed. I did really like this microphone on the acoustic guitar as it had a nice full body and then the treble and air boost added some nice percussiveness to the tone. However, on electric guitar, spoken word, and singing, I did not enjoy the mic, and the dislike all stems from the treble and air boost. The boost led to the treble frequencies sounding a bit overpower on the electric guitar, while it left the spoken word and singing sounding top heavy, a bit brittle, breathy, and sibilant. 

Pros

  • Nice flat mids
  • Awesome build quality
  • Nice shockmount & storage box provided

Cons

  • Relatively high noise floor at 16dBa
  • Fairly sibilant

Conclusion

I was not terribly impressed with this microphones performance. The treble & air boost on this thing added some very unfavorable characteristics on the vocals and electric guitar. Although I did personally like this mic on the acoustic guitar, i think the tone is very specific and not very versatile. With all this being said, I don't think I can really recommend 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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TPR-140: Series In Review: Nolan's Batman pt.2

"A Series in Review!" Starting with Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Back for part two, That's right this is The Dark Knight.

The breakdown of the Batman Trilogy continues as we look into part two. 

Special Guest: Bryan Hill; Writer: POSTAL, ROMULUS, Top Cow. MICHAEL CRAY & DETECTIVE COMICS, D.C Comics. TV: ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD, TITANS. Official Online Home of THE HILL ADMINISTRATION

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BSP-124: New Ways to Make Money on YouTube

On episode 124 of the BSP, I cover Google Podcasts going live, 3 new monetization tools on YouTube that were announced at VidCon 2018, Instagram TV, Apple Fined $6.6M USD in Australia, Apple repairing Macbook keyboards for free, and Verizon no longer selling your real-time location data. I also talk about the RE27 N/D briefly, all my waves plugins disappearing, 3 new Mac utility apps that I like, and much much more.

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00:00 - Intro
00:37 - I like the RE27 N/D
01:30 - All my Waves Plugins Disappeared!
02:26 - Google Podcasts Live
04:30 - New YouTube Monetization Tools
* Podcastage Merch: https://teespring.com/podcastagetee
* YouTube Blog: https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/06/vidcon-2018-helping-creators-earn-more.html
12:25 - Instagram TV
16:10 - Apple Fined $6.6M USD
18:08 - Apple Repairing Macbook Keyboards for Free
20:15 - Verizon No Longer Selling Real-Time Location Data
* Senator Wyden’s Letter: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4457320-Wyden-Securus-Location-Tracking-Letter-to-FCC.html
23:20 - What I’ve Been Testing (Bartender 3, Unclutter, Magnet)
25:29 - What You Had to Say (Your response's to last week's episode)
29:05 - Ask Bandrew
29:20 - Email 1
29:30 - Refurbishing & Repainting an Electro Voice RE20
31:46 - Email 2 (Social Media Privacy / Boundaries)
33:35 - Thoughts on digital oversharing?
36:34 - What can be done about it?
37:40 - 4 Rules for New Creators Using Social Media
42:23 - How do you set boundaries with digital connections?
44:00 - How do you stop someone from oversharing with you?
46:00 - Outro

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TPR-139: Comic Creator Terry Blas

Tune into this episode with comics creator Terry Blas where we discuss his journey into comics and what he has learned along the way.

Terry Blas is an illustrator and writer. Which works include webcomic Briar Hollow, Ghetto Swirl and You Say Latino (featured on Vox.com, NPR and the Huffington Post). Other credits include Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Rick and MortyTM, Adventure Time, and Mama Tits Saves the World. Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom is his first graphic novel. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a member of Helioscope Studio.

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  •  a fantasy graphic novel set in a hotel in which “every door can lead to a magical world.”

  • It seems that its more than that its representation in adventure comics 

  • NEWLY RELEASED- Dead Weight : Murder at Camp Bloom (murder mystery Oregon based camp)- Oni Press

  • You Say Latino Zine or short story

  • Gnerd Podcast

  • Writer and artist of ongoing series Briar Hollow

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Beyerdynamic M88TG Dynamic Mic Review

Today we're looking at another handheld dynamic microphone from Beyerdynamic, but this time it's a hypercardioid mic, and it is the M88TG.

For this review, I have the mic connected directly to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen, with the gain set at 2:30. 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 $350.00 - $400.00 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Carrying/Storage Pouch
  2. Microphone
  3. Microphone Mount (5/8" & 3/8" threading)
  4. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Hyper-Cardioid
  3. Sensitivity: ~-51dB
  4. Impedance: 200-ohms

Performance / Features

The build quality of this mic feels very beefy. It has an all metal body which has some substantial weight to it. Additionally, the metal grill is a tank. Most of the time when I squeeze the grill, there's some give to it, but this held firm. There are no features on this mic, but on the bottom you will find the XLR port. 

The frequency response is listed as 30Hz - 20kHz. This has a minor roll off beginning at 150Hz. The low-mids are flat until you hit 1kHz where it begins to boost, reaching a max of 4dB at 2.5kHz. There is a .5dB cut at 5kHz (+3.5dB) and a 1dB boost at 6.5kHz (+6dB) And then there is a gradual roll off until 20khz.

The overall performance of this mic is great for voice. Being that this has a broader and less dramatic boost in the top end, it yields a much smoother and even sound than many other handheld dynamic microphones. On electric and acoustic, I found the microphone underwhelming with a bit of a honky sound to it, and a little bit of mud in the low end. Additionally, the microphone did excellent at background noise rejection, but it was subpar at handling noise and plosive rejection.

Pros

  • Hyper-cardioid great for bg noise rejection, feedback rejection, or bleed.
  • Very smooth sound
  • Pretty healthy output for a dynamic
  • Hefty build quality

Cons

  • Not good at rejection plosives
  • Did a bad job at handling noise rejection
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Conclusion

It's not very surprising this mic was lackluster on guitars, as it is not marketed as a guitar microphone. Beyerdynamic markets this as a Kick Drum, Bass Drum, Vocal, and Woodwind microphone. Speaking of that, on vocals I think that tonally this microphone sounded excellent. The broader boost gave it a smoother sound which made it more pleasant to listen to than most handheld dynamics, and that's why I recommend it for that. If you do plan to pick this microphone up, I believe it is essential to pick up a pop filter, and leave it in a stand or have a very soft touch.

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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TPR-138: Series In Review: Nolan's Batman pt.1

New segment, "A Series in Review!" Starting with Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. That's right this Batman Begins.

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BSP-123: Resident Evil 2 Remake, Google Podcast App, and Apple Security

On episode 123 of the BSP, I cover Verizon having 3 unlimited data tiers, Sony announcing the Resident Evil 2 remake, Google launching a podcast app, Apple banning apps from selling user’s contact lists, China tracking citizen’s cars with RFID tags, and Apple blocking GreyKey iOS Hacking tool. I also talk about my signal chain and what I’m doing different this week.

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00:00 - Intro
00:35 - Verizon Launching 3rd Unlimited Data Tier
01:51 - Resident Evil 2 Remake
* https://youtu.be/a-lEnz5QKuM
04:10 - Google Launching Podcast App
06:28 - Apple Banning Apps from Selling User Contact Lists
08:45 - China track citizen’s cars with RFID tags
11:57 - Apple Blocking GreyKey iOS Hacking Tool
14:15 - What I’ve Been Testing (Processing)
* API Vision Strip
* FabFilter DS
* 1176
* LA-2A
* Pultec Legacy EQ
16:53 - What You Had to Say (Subs Feed / X-Files Game)
20:12 - Ask Bandrew
20:26 - Email 1
20:47 - Did you change your room setup?
21:27 - Are you single?
22:03 - How do you deal with stress?
23:51 - How do you connect the iPad to the UA Arrow?
24:58 - Email 2
25:22 - Do you know of The Odd Dad Out
25:51 - Do you know about the Guatemala Volcano Eruption
26:34 - Do you know about the Chernobyl Disaster?
27:23 - Email 3
27:45 - What are your thoughts on Google WiFi Devices
30:14 - Outro 

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TPR-137: Additional Content and Announcements

This Episode Logan announces the additional content coming to The Paper Robots Podcast as well as moving back to Arizona for his wedding with Cynthia Gerriets.

New Segments for the Podcast include the additional co-hosts Malcolm and Zach!

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