The Next Track, Episode #20 – You Think You Know about the Blues? Eliah Wald on the History of the Blues

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk welcome musician, historian, and author Elijah Wald to discuss the history of the blues.

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The Next Track, Episode #19 – Live Recordings and Studio Recordings

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk discuss the pros and cons of live recordings vs. studio recordings. And, are live recordings really live?

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The Next Track, Episode #18 – New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross Discusses Listening to Classical Music

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxWe welcome New Yorker music critic Alex Ross for a long discussion about listening to classical music today. This episode runs a bit longer than usual, but we think you’ll enjoy the whole show.

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The Next Track, Episode #17 – Jacks, Pods, and Music

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk look at the audio-related elements of this week’s Apple product announcement. The headphone jack, AirPods, and Apple Music.

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The Next Track, Episode #16 — Managing and Storing Digital Media Files

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk discuss some news and some music and audio technology history, then examine the best ways to manage and store a digital media collection.

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The Next Track, Episode #15 – What is Mastering and Remastering?

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk welcome Sangwook “Sunny” Nam, two-time Grammy nominated mastering engineer. He explains what mastering and remastering are, and we learn a lot about the magic that mastering engineers perform.

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The Next Track, Episode #14 — Audiophile Utility Poles and Other News

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk take a look at recent news in the music and audio world. From audiophile utility poles to iTunes news, from record stores to car radios, this news and views episode keeps you up to date on what matters in music listening. And Kirk gives an update on his first Pearl Jam listening experience.

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Learn How to Create Podcasts with Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

Tc podcastingStart podcasting or take your podcast to the next level with start-to-finish guidance from Andy Affleck. You’ll learn tricks of the trade as you assemble your hardware and software, make recordings, and add polish by editing and mixing. Once your audio is in the can, you’ll find real-world advice and steps for encoding and publishing your episodes.

The book includes several dozen sound samples from various mics and mixers with and without filters, sleeves, and whatnot, so that you can hear the differences before you buy any special gear.
Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac provides the help anyone interested in podcasting on the Mac needs:

  • What do other podcasters do? Find out about the gear and techniques used by podcasters Chuck Joiner (MacVoices), Louis Trapani (Doctor Who: Podshock), Kelly Guimont (Ask TUAW), and Kirk McElhearn (The Committed).
  • Choose the right mic. Pick out audio gear while considering your budget and studio (or mobile!) needs. Plus, you’ll learn if you should buy additional audio hardware, like a breakout box or mixer, and find an explanation (with photos) of the main cable types that you’ll come across.
  • Pick audio software. Apps discussed at length include GarageBand for Mac and iOS, Audacity, Audio Hijack, Voice Record Pro, and Ecamm Call Recorder. Apps that are discussed briefly include Amadeus Pro, Fission, Sound Studio, Nectar Elements, SoundSoap, and The Levelator, and VocaLive Free.
  • Learn key recording tips. Find advice about how to prepare for and conduct a successful interview, plus get a few essential tips for using a mic well.
  • Record in the studio or the field. Get step-by-step recording directions for GarageBand for Mac and iOS, as well as Audacity, Voice Record Pro, and Audio Hijack.
  • Record online interviews. Follow the book’s steps for recording an interview online through services such as Skype and FaceTime.
  • Edit and mix your audio. Find directions for removing unwanted noises and pauses, adding professional polish, and generally editing and mixing a recording in GarageBand for Mac or Audacity.
  • Encode your podcast files. Before you send your podcast episode out on the Internet, you’ll want to save it in the right format, and add tags.
  • Get syndicated with RSS. Understand what should be in a podcast’s RSS feed — and how FeedBurner can help.
  • Be a publisher! Get ideas for blog services that can host your podcast and related blog posts, and find directions for publishing your podcast in Apple’s iTunes Store.

Get Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac.

The Next Track, Episode #13 – Which Streaming Service Is Right for You?

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk welcome back Chris Connaker to discuss music streaming services. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, or another; which is right for you? What are the pros and cons of the various streaming services?

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The Next Track, Episode #12 – iTunes & AppleScript

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk discuss iTunes and AppleScript. This was bound to come sooner or later, since Doug is the AppleScript ninja. We look at what AppleScript does, and discuss more than a dozen of the most useful AppleScripts to use to manage your iTunes library.

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