Category Archives: Audio

Blue Mic – Yeti Professional USB Microphone


Exciting day today! I went and picked up a new Microphone for video voiceovers, music production and general recording needs. I got the Blue Mic Yeti USB microphone. This Microphone is a beast. It weighs quite a bit which is what you want in a desktop mic, feels nice and sturdy. It looks great and sounds amazing.

With 4 separate polar patterns this is one very functional USB microphone with a lot of different uses. As I mentioned I’ll mainly be using it for voiceover work on screencasts, how-to video’s, etc and music production but if I catch the podcasting bug (it might happen) I’ll be well equipped to tackle the challenge.

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Here’s the specs:
Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)

Impedance:16 ohms
Power Output (RMS): 130 mW
THD: 0.009%
Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 22 kHz
Signal to Noise: 100dB

Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72″ (12cm) x 4.92″(12.5cm) x 11.61″(29.5cm)
Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)

Headphones: Blissful Listening


I’ve been saying for years that headphones can deliver superior sound quality compared to earphones or even conventional speaker systems. Why? Because headphones place you right in the middle of the sound so you don’t get audio degradation as it travels through the air.

Take a look at this extract from an article written by Rod Easdown in The Age newspaper this morning. He knows what he’s talking about – “Compare: Headphone Heaven”.

"HEADPHONES have been getting a bad rap lately and it’s all because of iPods. So let’s pause for a moment and recall why we were attracted to headphones in the first place: headphones sound fantastic.

The reason for this isn’t rocket science. When you listen to music through conventional speakers, you’re very seldom in the sweet spot, that hallowed position out in front, exactly equidistant from each speaker. So their stereo image is less than perfect.

But slap on a pair of headphones and you’re there, plumb in the middle of the orchestra, with instruments on the right and left and the conductor dead centre of your head. And you can hear all the fine detail of the high notes because these fragile, highly directional soundwaves aren’t breaking down before they reach your ears."

So go on then, if you even slightly consider yourself an audiophile go buy yourself some decent headphones you’ll be doing yourself a favour. I took the plunge about a year ago spending about $300 on a good pair of Sennheiser headphones. It was a bigger than usual investment for me for audio equipment but was definitely worth it.

Episode 7: Trials & Tribulations


A hell of a lot of stuff was covered in this week’s audio. Was kind of a ‘double’ episode this week as I unfortunately missed last week and pushed Episode 7 out a week later. By the way, I hope that won’t happen again, was just really busy with uni and stuff.

– Amazing Interactive Nightclub Tables
– Floating Meditating man…was funny as hell
– Audio Episode 7 on hold, trial of new blog look
– Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Edition Public Beta 2 discussed!
– Wndows Vista Shortcut Dilema

Hope you guys enjoy episode 7…I really hate hosting them on yahoo, maybe sometime soon if I get more serious about getting these out i’ll decide to make the switch!

Enjoy!

Audio Episode 7 on hold & trial of new look


I have been pretty busy with schoolwork for uni over the past week so unfortunately I haven't really had the time to sit down and finish Episode 7 which was slated to appear on here a few days ago (May 26th) but I should have it finished real soon and be ready and avaliable for download on Friday 2nd June. Again, i'm sorry for the delay, just been real busy thats all. Hope you all understand.

 I take a look at a few interesting posts over last week in this week's episode so just hang in there for it, it will be a good one i promise!

Also, I have been testing out a new look for the blog over the last few nights as you can see. Please tell me what you think of it and If you would like to see something differently or if you like the old one better, please let me know. I'm always trying to improve the look and usability and any feedback either via comments or email are always greately appreciated.

Thanks for your patience guys!

Episode 6: Visual Styles


Back for another week, was a bit busy friday night so it's out saturday (friday in most other timezones anyway lol). I go over just some of the things that have been happening both on my blog, and around the world:

Oh by the way, a big shout out to Heidi. Hope your having a great time in California seeing the sights and having fun i hope. You can tell me all about it when you get back i'm sure!

Episode 5: Check In!


I have just finished Episode 5: Check In! and is now avaliable for your listening pleasure. A bit of a quiet week, but just thought i'd check in and re-hash some stuff that made a post this week:

  • New Super Mario Bros – May 15th release date
  • Al Pacino new theater production  – Salome
  • Superman issue #1

I've been pretty busy lately with some stuff going on, but be sure to check out next week's episode, which will be #6 (wow 6 weeks already) how time fly's when your having fun! lol.

 Enjoy!

Episode 4: Nintendo Wii, What the hell?


Episode #4 hits the blog this week and boy is it a big one. I go over some of the best news of the week in the gaming industry, check out Tom Cruise's new MI:III mission, and waste time with spinning pencils and rhyming! 

Show Notes:

  • News of the week: Nintendo "revolution" Wii announced
  • You think your good – Try spinning a pencil around your thumb
  • Up for wasting time – 2 Cool sites: Rhymer.com & wordConstructor
  • Movies – Mission Impossible III hits theaters!
  • Nintendo DS fans – New Super Mario Bros May 15 release YAY!

Hope you like it.