Wow, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Thankfully, Katie’s been picking up my slack with some really great, detailed blog entries. I’ve been busying myself with our podcast, mostly, so that’s what I’m writing this blog entry about. Like the rest of this project, Podcasting is something we’ve charged into pretty much blindly. Sure, we’ve listened to our fair share, but that didn’t mean we knew how to make one. That said, nothing would ever get done if inexperience was a valid reason not to try.
So I suppose this blog post is also about learning new things.
Right now we’re recording and editing our podcast with Audacity. We’ve got, what I am told, is a pretty decent microphone, one of those fancy spit screens, and not much else. We probably need to find a better place to record because there’s a back to the desk that makes a noticeable echo. Our finished products are not going to be super polished – but you know what? We made it. I watched videos and read articles about sound editing during most of my free time last week. I tried out all of the little tips and tricks to see what worked for our situation, and at some point along the way I started having fun.
Normally I’m not one to self-aggrandize, but I’m giving myself a pat on the back for this one. There’s a particular kind of satisfaction that comes from teaching yourself a new skill, especially if it’s actually applicable to life. Sure, I know the rules to Magic: The Gathering, but I don’t have any intention of trying to go Pro, so what’s it matter? It’s cool that I got really good at dodging in Witcher 3, but once I finish that DLC, it doesn’t have any real bearing on my life. Learning to use Audacity, though? Not only does it allow for Something Brewing Press to make our first publication(!), but audio editing is a skill that may have other applications down the road. That feels good.
So right now Lulach Beryl, Magical Intern episode 1 is almost done – I’m rerecording a few lines and editing a few others, plus figuring out how to modify a voice without making it sound horrid – we’ll see what comes of it. I’m not expecting a studio quality product and it would be foolish to do so. Perfectionism and learning new skills don’t go together. What matters is that you make something you can be happy with, and believe that each successive attempt will get that much better.
What have you guys tried to teach yourself? Were you successful? Any struggles that you decided just weren’t worth it?
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll listen to Lulach Beryl, which should be coming in the next few days.