I’m preparing for my next podcast. I ordered two new mic stands which arrived today. No more boomy, thumpy, scratchy noises should I or the guests touch the talk table. That was quite a surprise to me with my first podcast. Decades ago when I was an audio engineer we often used mics on table stands – nice heavy base stands that stand five inches tall much like the stands that I used during the podcast. However, the portable folding tables most common back then had solid chipboard tops. These days a portable table usually has a molded, hollow plastic top. The darn things are like giant drums. When you put a mic stand on that type of table if anyone touches the table top every vibration is transmitted up into the mic. Well, that problem is now solved.
It was such a shame that Solo Staley’s fight fell through. That was a wonderful podcast. I am so fortunate to have been able to get that together just prior to Caged Chaos and to have gotten Mr. Staley to agree to do it. And then just two days prior to fight night his opponent pulled out due to a medical issue. That has got to be really rough, spending months getting yourself ready to battle, tweaking and preparing your tools and cutting weight, and then plop. I really feel for Mr. Staley.
I’m psyching myself up for my next podcast. The process itself is interesting. Whom do you interview? How do you interview a person? How do you get them to just talk? The goal is not to talk about a specific topic but to get the guest to open up and allow a free-flow chat take place. After all, the spontaneous result has more power than the patterned response. Mic check, 1, 2, 3.