Mic Shootout Nady RSM4, Rode NT1A, MXL Silicon Valve, Zoom H2

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Michael W. Dean of the Freedom Feens does a Microphone Shootout Nady RSM4, Rode NT1A, MXL Silicon Valve, Zoom H2, comparing ribbon microphones in a side-by-side test with condenser microphones and a Zoom H2, using male and female voices.

Note: there is a VERY very slight “ringing” sound in a few spots, it’s not in the original audio, it’s an artifact of YouTube’s compression.

With the Nady, in this test I didn’t add any EQ. Check out this podcast where I added a tiny bit of treble on the mixer. It’s literally the best-sounding podcast episode I’ve ever heard:

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2012/02/26/michael-deans-search-engine-optimization-guide-part-8/

FREEDOM FEENS Podcast – Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi’s fun ‘n’ feisty weekly chat about Constitutional, libertarian, voluntaryist, minarchist and anarchist issues, abuse of authority by police, the War on Drugs, self-defense, States’ Rights, Natural Rights, Austrian Economics, DIY art, low-budget filmmaking, digital recording, activism, punk rock, hip-hop and more.
http://www.freedomfeens.com/

Now with streaming audio for mobile:
http://www.freedomfeens.com/streaming-audio/

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Watch all of “Guns and Weed” for free on Daily Motion

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Guns And Weed: The Road To Freedom Director’s Cut by Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi

 

“Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom”
A film by Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi.

A stunning and entertaining examination of Constitutional and voluntaryist issues. Covers abuse of authority by police, the War on Drugs, self-defense, States’ Rights, Natural Rights, Austrian Economics, the problems of a two-party system and taxation.

PLEASE CLICK “SHARE.”

See the trailer and buy the DVD

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“Not on Board” Freedom Feens t-shirts, mugs, etc.

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Freedom Fan Rowan Dow has produced a great design. It’s the classic “Baby On Board” diamond shape, but it says “Not On Board” (as in “not on board with statism and collectivism…”) Features the FreedomFeens.com URL in the top left side of the diamond. Printed on demand by CafePress. Get them HERE.

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Pin-Ups for Ron Paul Calendar

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Some cool friends of mine made this, and it’s awesome. Calender for Ron Paul with the lovely ladies of liberty. Get it HERE.

(As seen on the Colbert Report and the Huffington Post!)

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FLAC helps editing across the miles

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FLAC is a freeware audio codec that allows you to make the file size of a WAV much smaller with NO loss of quality. This makes it easier to send huge files over the Internet to collaborate, outsource, or Feensource editing.

When Neema Vedadi and I edit our Freedom Feens podcast, it presents unique challenges. We live in different states, but we produce a podcast that sounds excellent, and sounds like we’re in the same room. We record as a double-ender podcast, each recording our end only, then sewing them together and editing more. I used to do all the editing, but Neema has started helping.

The problem is, we send each other WAV files, not MP3 files, to preserve quality as we edit, and WAV files are huge. See, every time you make an MP3 of an MP3, or edit and save an MP3, it sounds worse and worse each time. So we do all the editing as uncompressed WAV files, and only output to MP3 once, when we’re done. That helps preserve the stunning and stellar Feens quality that is part of what sets us apart from other, lesser casts. (The other thing that sets us apart is our brilliance and humor.)

More on how we record Freedom Feens is here.

WAV files are about ten megs per minute (ten times the size of an MP3). So they can take a long time to send back and forth for editing a 90-minute cast. We record the podcast in four 25-minute chunks, send each other files to mix and pre-edit, then edit. We do it in sections, and using FLAC makes it quicker and easier to send the files across the miles via FTP.

USING FLAC:

Grab the small FLAC utility:

For Windows. For other operating systems.

It converts WAVs to FLAC, and FLAC to WAV. Works quickly, with absolutely no audio loss, and the FLACs are about half the file size of the WAVs.

Install it, then use “FLAC Frontend” to do your encoding/decoding.

I converted a 16-bit 44.1 Hz stereo WAV of a full 51-minute Freedom Feens episode to a FLAC. It was one of the older ones, before we went to 90 minutes. The WAV file was 519 megs. The resulting FLAC file size was 293 megs. Conversion took two minutes.

I converted that FLAC back to a 16-bit 44.1 Hz stereo WAV, file size returned to 519 megs, audio quality was EXACTLY the same as the original. No loss whatsoever. Converting back took about 30 seconds.

The settings I use are in the image below. Set your FLAC Front end settings like this, and set the folder you’re using. Drag your WAV file in and drop.

To convert from WAV to FLAC, click “Encode.” (Bottom right button.)

To convert FLAC to WAV, click “Decode.” (Above the “Encode” button.)

Simple as that.

If you want to test a FLAC file for audio quality, they will play in VLC video player.

–Michael W. Dean

More info on FLAC.

p.s. If any audio editors want to volunteer to help feensource our editing, let us know in a comment below.

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