July 1, 2016

AI Weekly No. 001 - Purr Louder...

by Chris Randall

The first AI YouTube vlog is up! Subject matter includes cats, field recording, bribing Mexican cops.

Comments and criticisms (other than the frame rate mismatch jitters, which I'm aware of) are welcome. Type below. Also, if you haven't subscribed to the channel, please go do so, for the ulterior motives addressed in the previous post.



Jul.01.2016 @ 9:21 AM
entertaining, thanks

Jul.01.2016 @ 12:29 PM
I'm with boobs.

Now you're going to make me sign into Google. OK, but just this once.

Jul.01.2016 @ 12:37 PM
Chris Randall
@bongo_x I have six Google accounts (CR, AI, CR 4 Googs, AD, Octave, and Phoenix College.) If you want to confuse the hell out of both yourself and the Google app suite, try running multiple accounts.

It's a god-damned nightmare.


Jul.01.2016 @ 9:54 PM
I accidentally have two, I think. I try not to ever sign in, and just deleted all my info and history again. But just in case I occasionally run lots of searches for nursing bras, knitting supplies, jet skis etc. in various cities around the country.

I don't have any idea what I think they're going to do with my info, but I don't like it.

Jul.03.2016 @ 10:35 AM
Any particular reason for the tascam recorder? Or do you think you would be happy with a zoom recorder as well? I am actually in the market for a field recorder and I am having a tough time choosing. There are tons of great options.

Jul.03.2016 @ 10:30 PM
When telephone systems switched from analog to digital, people were unnerved by the complete silence of digital telephone lines when no one was talking. You couldn't tell that the line was still connected. Engineers solved this by adding "comfort noise" -- a faint background hiss that people were used to from analog telephones. It sounds like you are doing something similar with your noise beds.

link [en.wikipedia.or...]

Jul.04.2016 @ 3:39 PM
Chris Randall
@Electromorphic: The TASCAM one was a gift of sorts, and free gear is intrinsically better than gear you have to pay for. But that said, it does what it says on the tin. I think, in general, Zoom recorders boot faster, but TASCAM ones have more features. I can't speak for the Sony offerings.

@MikeF: It definitely started like that for me. But it has gotten out of hand. On my upcoming EP, the noise is a key part of the song, and I included it in stem packs for remixers.


Jul.05.2016 @ 11:11 AM
This is very cool, man. Esp. enjoy your use of edits for comic effect.

Here's my nerdy tech question. W/ yr handheld digital recorder, do you use a 24/44.1, 24/48, or higher? I think I have my Zoom set to 24/44.1. But I was doing some field recording up in NH this past weekend, & it occurred to me maybe I should do 48, which is what my Lynx is set to. (the chance of anyone need anything higher from me being highly unlikely).

I do not have golden ears; I do however tend to process the shit of my random noise beds and sounds.

Jul.06.2016 @ 3:30 PM
Chris Randall
I do everything at 48/24, and have since about '08 or so. The first thing I do when I get a new device or whatever is set it to 48/24 if that's possible.

Honestly, I can't personally tell the difference between 44.1/16 and 48/24. But I spent a decade and a half on stage in front of an industrial band. So my opinion in this regard is suspect. It's more that I like the symmetry of 48/24, and it makes the mathy bits easier to do in my head. 12K samples = 250ms, etc.

But the noise floor of a live microphone is _always_ above the noise floor of 16-bit recording, so the bit depth isn't _that_ important here. More that I don't have to do any on-the-fly conversion, and all my devices are sample-happy without having to wonder "wtf?"




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