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Wednesday April 25, 2007
07:25 AM

Recording news again

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I just finished recording the as-yet longest "news" segment. I'm sure Josh will have it up on the site within a day or two (update, at

Josh does a great job getting me a list of things to read. The fun part is that I can do it as time permits, which usually means "late". :) This time, I happened to be finishing up a 11-day stay in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, so I pulled out the laptop and the plantronics folding headset, and got to it.

Before my Macbook Pro, I had to record the audio pieces using Quicktime Player, then bring them in to Garageband to edit. Now I can record directly in Garageband (without getting the dreaded "we ran out of CPU power"), saving me some time.

Once I get the raw audio recorded, I go back and drop in the "stingers" between the segments. One listener wrote in and said they sounded "kitchsy", to which I responded that this means I succeeded, because that was the sound I was going for. In dropping in the stingers, I sometimes have to stretch or shrink the gap, but I usually hit the gap dead-on while I'm recording the news in one take, so the work is minimal.

For this 10-minute news result, I think I spent about an hour on it, but it's an hour I'm happy to spend if it helps the Perl community keep more in touch.

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  • I like it, it works well. Sometimes I learn stuff I had not read on useperl (usually not because it wasn't there, but because I just never read it :-).

    Ask Pudge is usually about 10 minutes in length, and I can do the whole thing in less than a half hour, which is nice. Although I still haven't done many lately.