Friday, 16 January 2015

Work Complete

I posted on Monday that I had gotten a freelance job to just do a small amount of work, which is what I'm sticking to moving forward. I can't work a writing job and write fiction at the same time so I had to make a tough choice. As proof of that I've not written any fiction this week because I was busy writing articles.
But the good news is that the work has been completed and I'll be paid on Sunday. The sort of bad news is that rather than contribute to my living fund covering my expenses for the next few months, most of the money will probably be going towards a new headset microphone for my computer. The USB connection on the one I already use is kind of messing up. I can continue to hold out on getting a new one but I don't know when I'll be earning money again. It might be best to get the expense out of the way.
Why are accurate things always sad?
Because I take part in not one, but two, podcasts I really need a headset microphone. If that wasn't the case I'd just live with my headphones for a while. I might see if I can get a better quality one to perhaps aid my move in to voice work but to be honest I really need a better recording environment too. It's not as easy as just sitting down and recording yourself. The cupboard under my stairs would probably do, and a lot of amateurs do use the cupboard under their stairs, but mine is in such bad condition cleaning it isn't possible. Only a controlled fire could clean that up. Plus the door is off it's hinges making it a pretty ineffective recording environment.


7 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing the job!

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  2. In case you haven't heard of it yet, the Snowball mic is a frequent recommendation for its phenomenal price-quality ratio.
    (Also, make sure it isn't actually the USB port on your computer messing things up!)

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    1. I plugged it in to a different slot so let's see what happens. I have heard of the Snowball microphones recently; one of my favourite podcasters uses them and swears by the quality. Unfortunately they're just a little out of my price range right now. Plus I need more of a headset for personal reasons. If I can sort out a recording space though I'd probably be more inclined to invest in two microphones given how the Snowball would probably be better than any headset mic I can find.

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  3. Sounds like you'll spend your earnings wisely!

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    1. What little earnings I have at least.

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  4. Damn, you should've been looking when the November-December sales were going on. The Snowball mic popped into my head immediately as well when you said you needed a new mic. I don't have one, I use a headset (Sennheiser PC 350 SE), but I hear the Snowball is a mainstay for podcasters.

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    1. I was looking at a Sennheiser as the replacement headset. I'll look up the 350 SE. As far as Snowballs go; they're pretty good mics but I also take a lot of personal calls on Skype so I really need a headset. When the time comes I can afford two microphones though it will be a Snowball I get.

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