One Happy Podcast, Aruba

Recently, Curtis from One Happy Podcast contacted me for an interview. His podcast centers on all things Aruba, so I was thrilled for the opportunity to share my experiences of the island. Here’s the link to the interview:

Curtis asked some great questions and has the patience to let me ramble on about writing, Aruba, and various other things. His podcast is a great way to get first-hand info about the island, so check in frequently.

Bon dia.

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Gathering Sound EFX

A few years ago, I purchased the ZOOM H4n digital recorder. What a fantastic device! I’ve used it on countless video projects, everything from music videos to vlog studio work, the whole range. Lately, I’ve been out gathering sound EFX, building a library of original sounds for use in current and future endeavors. Here you see me atop the water tank hill in Savaneta, Aruba, DWI:

Recording sound in Savaneta, Aruba, DWI with the Zoom H4n.

Recording sound in Savaneta, Aruba, DWI with the Zoom H4n.

For such a small, lightweight device, the H4n works like a dream. Multiple inputs, recording modes, and a pair of built in stereo mics. Really, this is a requirement for any production. Get one. Use it. Enjoy the beauty of sound.

Allen & Heath ZED10FX (review)

A video review of the Allen & Heath ZED 10FX mixer follows this paragraph of blather. Please allow me to introduce a new category to The Bent Page, and that category is BLOG CASTING. Soon I’ll be posting video blogs here on WordPress and YouTube. A separate streaming channel is also in the works but not finalized. Let’s look at that video review first. Another paragraph of explanation follows.

Over the past several months, I’ve been doing my homework in preparation for putting together a video blog casting studio. (The first order of business was to clean out my old office, which was chock full of nothing useful.) Naturally, the computers were updated. Next comes the audio component. To mix and feed audio into the digital recorder in my computer, I chose the Allen & Heath ZED 10FX mixer. At first glance it may seem like a bit of overkill, but my requirements and consultation with friends in the music world led me to this unit. I needed at least 3 microphone inputs with power supplies. The ZED 10FX has 4. I also wanted the ability to plug in some musical instruments because a few of those friends from the music world will (at least they said they would) participate in some of the productions coming out of here. Instead of having them lug all their gear, they can plug into this unit. There is also the ability to have studio monitors (speakers) connected through the ZED, a separate headphone output with the ability to isolate the feed to the phones. The onboard effects were less important but for the price, why not? Without going crazy on the technical side, each channel has the ability to be sent to the “RECORD” bus separately, so if those pals are playing away and I want to record each channel independently, this can be done. In other words lots of flexibility.

Now that the audio is piped into the system, I’ll be tweaking the video in a few different ways. Most import are the lights, which are on the way. More on this issue soon.

John Gambling Interview

Here is a direct link to my interview with John Gambling of WWOR Radio.

He and I were discussing my latest novel, Universal Coverage. It was a pleasure speaking with a broadcaster like Mr. Gambling, someone who takes his time, allows the guest to speak, and yet keeps the show moving. I look forward to being on his show and others again soon.