Audacity is Bugging Me

I don’t know why it is doing this, but my last few audioblogs have all been encoded at 22 kHz sampling rates. Each of the individual tracks are 44 kHz, the project is set to 44 kHz, and the bit rate is 64 kpbs. When I encode it to MP3 with Audacity, it shows up as 22 kHz. From everything I can see in the docs, the project setting is what controls this. If I have it set at 44, that’s what the MP3 is. I tried setting the project to 48, but it still encoded at 22 kHz. This is really really annoying, and I can’t figure out why it is happening. If I export to to WAV, it stays sampled correctly. I tried exporting to WAV and then using command line lame to encode to MP3 and it sounded really funny and flangy. Audacity is using lame anyway, so somehow it is using settings that are better but I don’t know what those are.

Does anyone know of a workaround for this pain in the ass problem?

Audioblog for Oct 24, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 24, 2004. I talk about how negative reviews can suck the life out of you, citing Poppy Z. Brite and Caitlin R. Kiernan; I play some feedback from Brendan Creecy; I play a clip from another Gnomedex show on IT Conversations and comment on it; same thing with last Friday’s Gillmor Gang; why I hope podcasting will eliminate the silly talk about “filling up an iPod”; and finally I play a song by DQE.

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Audioblog for Oct 20, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 20, 2004. I talk about the term “podcasting” and how I believe it is a large part of the recent explosion of interest despite some opposition to it; discuss several great podcasts that I have run across; give a description of my audio setup; and play a song from Paul Melancon.

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Audioblog for Oct 18, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 18, 2004. I play some audio feedback; I talk about the “but I was podcasting back when” stuff; discuss Brad Sucks and how I remixed his song “Dirtbag” for the Voices theme (playing that and the original).

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Audioblog for Oct 15, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 15, 2004. It’s a very special episode, recorded at gate L10 in O’Hare airport and edited on a plane. I talk about the music I used as a theme for Voices in Your Head; a little more about Jim Kelly; recording the disclaimer for the audioblog; I play a song (with permission) by the Siderunners.

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Audioblog for Oct 14, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 14, 2004. I play the snippet of the Web Talk Radio crew talking about me again but this time it is as percieved by me; I talk about the new show I’m doing for IT Conversations; I play some audio feedback and talk a little more about podcasting for niche interests; I describe in a goodly bit of detail what I do to create the Bittorrent version of the RSS feed; and I play a song from Phish.

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New Series

Now it can be told – the top secret “audioblogger made good” project is now live. I’m hosting an interview show for IT Conversations which is called Voices in Your Head. My first interview is live now, with author James Patrick Kelly. The exact focus of the show is TBD, but it will feature science fiction writers and maybe it will have interviews some musicians or filmmakers. Let me know what you think about this interview. An interview with Jim is money in the bank, which is part of the rationale for wanting him for the first one. I’m quite pleased with how this turned out.

Audioblog for Oct 10, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 10, 2004. I play the snippet of the Web Talk Radio crew talking about me; talk about Doc Searls and Ira Glass and Eric Rice; I wonder if I am in fact an asshole; discuss the market forces in podcasting; and I play a song from the Siderunners (with permission, natch.)

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Audioblog for Oct 7, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 7, 2004. I explain where the name “Evil Genius” comes from; discuss science fiction authors Ted Sturgeon and Damon Knight; play a clip from the Woz’ talk at IT Conversations; and I address once and for all why I am going to continue to talk about podcasting.

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Audioblog for Oct 5, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 5, 2004. I play some listenener feedback; point out the weird double standard that says podcasters shouldn’t talk about podcasting; talk about the Gillmor Gang and Wired News; discuss the beauty of doing audioblogs from a small town; and I discuss the risks of using Big Media Machine music in audioblogs.

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Audioblog for Oct 3, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 3, 2004. I talk a little about my late aunt Christine; I talk a little about SoundSource and LineIn from Rogue Amoeba; I discuss the need for explanatory texts on podcasting and how I’m no longer trying to correct misconceptions as much as make it easy to find the correct information.

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Audioblog for Sept 30, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 30, 2004. I talk about using LineIn from Rogue Amoeba and what I hope is the last audioblogging setup change; I play some listener feedback and talk about “thinking outside the audioblog box”; discuss some more about Doc Searls and try to come up with some answers for the podcasting FAQ.

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Bittorrent Feed

I need to permanently place this link somewhere prominent on the site here, but don’t forget that if you are using iPodderX or other Bittorrent aware podcast clients, you can aggregate the audioblogs from here via the Bittorrent RSS feed. If you can possibly use this feed rather than the standard, please do as it helps out with the bandwidth issues. All hail the mighty name of Bram Cohen!

Update: The misinformation wagon keeps rolling. I thought BT support was already working in iPodderX but maybe I’m confused. Didn’t it work in iSpider, off which this is based? Anyway, it might be premature to use this with iPodderX. Sorry for screwing y’all up.

Audioblog for Sept 28, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 28, 2004. I talk about the schedule change and how I’m not doing 7 shows a week anymore; I discuss WebTalkRadio, Mitch Ratcliffe and BoardGameGeek; I play some listener feedback and we talk about how one can follow conversations that span across multiple podcast fies; I talk a little about Hugo Schottman’s setup; I discuss Doc Searls and use of the term “podcasting”; and finally I betray my heritage as a country boy by playing a pure C&W song.

There are crackly things in this episode, and I’m almost certain that it is because of Garage Band hogging so much CPU that Audacity couldn’t keep up with the recording. I need to fix that and get it out of the loop.

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Audioblog for Sept 27, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 27, 2004. First episode with the new setup, so leave me feedback on how it sounds. I play feedback from Josh, Gordon and Ken; I discuss Adam’s advice to me and the comedy of errors in the weekend blogs; I play a song and pee my pants laughing.

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New Podcasting Setup

Today I switched my podcasting setup to more like what Adam describes here. I used the information from Hugo Schotman to get a setup where I could record my voice, all the MP3 feedbacks folk have sent me and a song in real time! Thank you Hugo for the detailed instructions. If you are on the Mac and interested in audioblogging, Hugo’s site is the motherlode! The only tricky bit was getting Garage Band set up. At first I was actually recording in it thinking I had to in order to get the play through. Then, I had the click track on and couldn’t figure out where that noise was coming from. What I’d like to do is find a substitute for Garage Band, since it is an awfully heavy and resource hoggy program to be using only to get the mike to play into Soundflower. Without Soundflower, this whole thing wouldn’t have worked. The only thing I did differently from Hugo’s diagram was to capture the final audio in Audacity rather than Soundtrack. How did it work? Y’all tell me after I post it later tonight.

Audioblog for Sept 26, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 26, 2004. I talk about Feedster and Scott Rafer and how writing someone’s name now summons them; A-list vs Z-list bloggers; I present my first ever audio feedback which is a question on tools to use for Window based audioblogging; talk a little more on the gender disparity in this medium; and I renew my appeal for pointers to Spanish language audioblogs.

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Audioblog for Sept 25, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 25, 2004. I talk about iPodderX, the most recent Gillmor Gang and their podcasting discussion, I invite listeners to send me audio feedback, I clarify my feelings on the P2P blanket fee and pool of money and play a song by the late great Warren Zevon.

Note that my comments here were recorded before the exchange in the comments section of this blog with Scott Rafer, so I talk a little of the same smack there, but it isn’t that serious. There is certainly something odd and Kibo-esque about the way mentioning someone’s name seems to summon them nowadays. This is life in the post-Feedster and post-Google world.

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Audioblog for Sept 24, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 24, 2004. I talk about a way in which the world of podcasting resembles that of Stephenson’s Diamond Age, the glamorous life of professional fiction writers, why excerpted RSS feeds still drive me nuts but NetNewsWire ameliorates that, and Doc Searls on self-forming markets.

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Audioblog for Sept 23, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 23, 2004. In this episode, I salute late blogger Aaron Hawkins, talk more about NetNewsWire and MarsEdit, give my thoughts on my first ever listen to WebTalkRadio, tell the story of how I ended up with the Mexican wrestler mask, and give quick bits on Andrew Grumet, Siderunners and BloggerCon.

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