Recording mishaps

March 22, 2023

It was bound to happen eventually. Really, it is a wonder that it has not happened before, or even multiple times.

Last night, I started recording Björeman // Melin // Åhs about twenty minutes after we started talking 🤦. (Then Zencastr seems to have had its own screwup recording my audio, but at that point I was properly recording myself again, so it will not bother anyone.) We decided to start over, basically going through the first half of our notes document again.

This second run was surprisingly different than the first one. We had all half assumed that it would end up being a somewhat less natural re-run, summarizing what we had already said without the energy. Instead, we ended up on quite different tangents, and the energy was just the same as always. Perhaps the first attempt was more of a dress rehersal? No, I am not thinking that we should rehearse before we podcast, but perhaps it is not such a bad thing if we happen to discuss topics a little bit beforehand. That is, perhaps we should ignore the classic thought of "save it for the show".

I am writing this while giving RX 10 a chance to process the audio we recorded. Room noise and reverb is definitely not just for on-site recordings. With the time it takes, I need to somehow work it into my day as a background activity, because when I get the time to sit down and edit I definitely do not want to spend ten minutes looking at progress bars before I can begin.

So much to learn, and still so many plugins to try and read up on. One nice thing about RX 10 is that their help pages are quite extensive, and linked directly from the interface. They also often include tips on which settings you may want to use for various situations, rather than just list them all and what they do technically. So far, I seem to find dialogue de-reverb and dialogue isolate to provide the highest amount of the results I want for the lowest amount of effort (aside from patient waiting), and I imagine that is because they are very large hammers which are the easiest to start smashing things with before you have deeper knowledge.

Aaah, look at how nice and quiet I can make those quiet sections! Too bad I overdid it and silenced some actual talk as well … Too bad re-trying takes another couple of minutes of waiting because I still lack the eye to find suitable small sections of track to try before I go wild and process the whole track. This grasshopper needs to work on his patience.


Wait, I have new coffee to try as well! What a lovely day!