Custom Microphone Sound Box

As I've mentioned before in one of my posts, it can get really loud in my house. Why? Because I have 8 siblings. I need not say more. What was annoying is that if I wanted to record something (I also practice reading a lot because I'm also interested in voice acting) and my mic would sometimes pick up that sometimes screaming, laughing, crying, you get the picture.

So, I decided there must be an end to all this background noise. What first came to mind was maybe burying myself and my mic in clothes so that there wouldn't be the echo and siblings. But that would be pretty hard! Then I thought that maybe I could get a Microphone sound box!...except they're pretty expensive, and I had just gotten new headphones, so I wasn't ready to spend more money on something I could make! The "secret ingredient" may be something you wouldn't expect; egg cartons! Yes, you heard me right. I've seen pictures of real sound boxes, and they have little bumps inside so that sound doesn't echo by bouncing off of a flat wall.

So, I got 4 egg cartons and taped them to a box, and now it works perfectly!

-PS, you'll have to look at the image sideways. Something went wrong with Posthaven, so that's why it's rotated differently.

New Headphones

A few days ago I ordered a pair of wireless Bluetooth MPOW headphones, and they just came in yesterday. They are excellent! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ five stars! You can connect them to your phone or computer by Bluetooth or just using an AUX cord. When it's connected to a phone, you can answer and decline calls by pressing a button on the headphones. It even has a mic, so when you're on a phone call, you can just talk through the mic, instead of having to be right next to your phone. But the best part about it (which was what I was looking for) is that it was very noise canceling. When I'm editing, there's always a lot of noise in our house (I have eight siblings, so you can imagine why it's always loud), and it's super distracting when I hear something that I think is coming from the podcast, but is actually my baby sister.  Oh! I forgot the very BEST part of it! It's...*drum roll*...COMFY! Yep, you know by how I emphasise it with CAPS, Bold, Italic, and Underscore that that is very important!

The Average Edits Per Podcast

Today I was podcast editing again, and when I was about to save the progress I had gotten so far, I noticed in the history rack (there's more about the history rack in one of my blog posts) it said that I had 225 edits! That's a lot, especially since I had only been editing for about an hour, and had edited around 20 minutes. So, that gave me the idea to talk about the average amount of edits it takes for a podcast episode. 

Through my calculations, the average amount of edits per podcast episode is about 700 edits. I work for someone who is better than the average amount, who's podcasts is normally around just 300 edits! That's what I call relaxing! But it's not always like that. One time I experienced a very tragic episode, scoring around 1200 edits! And that was a year ago, so I wasn't as experienced as I am now. But, after a LOT of hassle, my dad and I (if you didn't know, he helps out with the editing) were able to finish it. I must say, it opened my eyes to how bad the feature episodes could be. A few times we've experienced episodes almost as bad, but that's another story.

Adobe Audition Setup

This is a simple showcase of the basic things you need to know when editing in Adobe Audition:

  1. These are the tools for the spectral frequency display (see 2) to help you edit the little sounds annoying sounds.
  2. The spectral frequency display allows you to view the audio more detailed, so, for example, if you delete the bottom part, then it would make the audio sound higher pitched (if the red/yellow is at the top of the frequency display, then it's higher pitch, and if it's on the bottom, then it's lower pitch).
  3. This is the history rack, where it lists your previous edits. It comes in very handy when you make a mistake, and you want to go back and re-do it.
  4. These are the controls for listening to the audio. First of the buttons is the "stop" button, then "play", then "pause", then go to the beginning, then go back a little, then go forward a little, then go to the end, then record (I didn't say it was just an editor program!), then repeat the selected audio over and over, and last, skip the selected audio.
  5. This is the timeline, which shows you how many minutes/seconds/hours you are into the audio.
  6. This is what I like to call the "pitch bar", and if you play the audio, a green, yellow, and red bar will start moving, and if it's green, that means it's quiet. If it's yellow, that means it's not too loud, and it's not too quiet. But if it's red, that means its off the pitch, and way too loud.
  7. This is the marker rack, which shows you the list of markers (see 13) and options for them.
  8. this is the frequency analysis, and I don't quite know what it does, but it's basically the pitch bar (see 6), but it's more advanced.
  9. This is the adjustive amplitude panel, which can turn the audio higher and lower.
  10. This is the file rack, which is the most important of all. This is how you open the files, delete files, save files, etc. As you can see I already have 3 different files in the program, and I have one selected (which is the one displayed in the picture).
  11. These are two different settings. Right now I have it under waveform, where I can see the certain selected file. And then there's multitrack, where you can play multiple audio files at once, except it's not as advanced and detailed as waveform.
  12. This is what I like to call the "help panel", where you have the File panel, Edit panel, Multitrack panel, Clip panel, Effects panel, Favorites panel, view panel, Window panel, and the real "help panel". I don't want to get into details of what all of the panels do, but maybe another time.
  13. This is a marker, which is VERY useful, because if you hear something interesting in an episode, and you have to keep on editing, but you don't want to lose that spot, then you just leave a marker where it was, and you can even name it so you don't get confused if you have a whole bunch.
  14. Last of all, this is a separate adjustive amplitude panel, for the separate editor called the "Preview Editor".