Since I started the almost internet famous internet show, way back in the summer of 2013, your friendly neighborhood jman’s been having one kind of audio problem or another with the show.  Which is kinda “funny” considering how “clever” and “professional” I thought I was being by buying a microphone.  Not just any microphone, either.  But, a “clip on” mic (what we in the biz call a “lavalier mic”).  Yea, that’s right.  I was totally the real deal here.

I am the real deal, yo!
I am the real deal, yo!

Nothing could be further from the truth, though.

Nope.  Cause all along I’ve been dealing with audio issues.  The main culprit being a super annoying electronic hum, that’s being recorded while I film.  Super annoying.  I’ve been trying to deal with this hum one way or another in just about every episode.  To no great success, either.

Fuck the camel.  The straw that broke my back was last week.  When I filmed the next episode of the show, in it’s entirety.  Only to find out, when I was sitting down to edit the footage, that the annoying hum was in the background.  Again.  Through all the footage I filmed.  Two hours of work. Right down the proverbial drain.

Dude.  I was stupid wicked pissed.

I could’ve just said “eff it” and just worked with what I had.  Or I could’ve just said “eff it” and “fixed it in the mix”.  But, that would’ve left me with a crappy sounding, echoed recording.  Which I had already done once before, for a small portion of the show.  For a whole episode, though?!?!


I have enough of a perfectionist streak in me to not be able to live with either of those two options.  Which led to a “journey” 1 of trying to figure this problem out.  And more importantly, how to fix it.

I’m not a soundologist.  I didn’t go to school for sound engineering.  This is just a one man show, here.  I’m just a kid, in my garage, trying to make good.  Big Daddy didn’t have it completely right when he said pimpin ain’t easy.  Cause as it turns out, sound quality control isn’t very easy, either.

Big Daddy has some chocolate for ya.  As it were.
Big Daddy has some chocolate for ya. As it were.

The thing is, there are so many possibilities as to what could be wrong.  Mono jacks.  Stereo plugs.  Non-shielded cable.  Adapters.  It could be anything causing the hum.  And I went through just about everything the last week and a half trying to solve this problem quickly (and cheaply).

None of which worked.  I’ve still got that fucking hum.  So…I’m taking this to the next level.

my audio savior.
my audio savior.

Awww…shit!  If there’s one thing I love, besides my kids being asleep and the house is quiet and I can almost pretend I’m not a parent, it’s gadgets.  Gadgets.  Gadgets.  Gadgets.  Hopefully it’ll take me less than forever to learn how to use this thing and get the show up in running again, for god only knows why…

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