Friday, October 31, 2014

Internet Radio Expansion: I'm In!

Ok, I have gotten involved with the programming of a few Internet radio stations for a friend of mine. My God, are we creating a conglomerate? Hey, if terrestrial radio can do it, why shouldn't we?

(You can click on the logos to visit the stations)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Are You Ready to Start an Internet Radio Station?

Has it really been so long since my last posting? Oh, how time flies. I have been, as always, keeping a number of projects going. My latest adventure, Internet radio. Like most these days, I tinkered around with Pandora and the others, but always felt there was something missing. Maybe it's the old radio guy in me, but I longed for more control and really wanted to dive back into programming. Well, after some intense research, I made my move.

There is a lot of information on the Internet, forums, YouTube and such, but I soon realized that most of the information is outdated. Many of the things people were using have gone up in one big giant Internet poof. That was a bit frustrating, but I finally settled on a clear path for my personal preferences. I found a company called Radionomy. Sure, there has been acquisitions involved, things on hold, and a few disgruntled users. But isn't that the case with everything these days? Before you start throwing spears at me, or suggesting different ideas, let me just say that Radionomy is the right choice for me at the moment.

You can follow the link to learn all about Radionomy, but here's the basics. They provide the platform, over 80,000 songs and they handle the music licensing. You handle the station creation, the music selection, the programming parameters, and the scheduling. The only equipment you need is a computer and some audio gear, such as microphones and audio recording software, if you choose to handle your own vocal imaging. If you want to broadcast live, then you'll need a program like Sam Broadcaster and a server connection.

So far, in terms of audio equipment, I am using a DBX 286 Compressor, an M-Audio Fast-Track Ultra, a Sure SM7B and an AKG Perception 220. For the audio recording, I use Adobe Audition. That's what fuels Shelton Broadcasting. I have actually been involved with a couple of Internet radio projects, which I will feature in a later post.

I'm curious, have you thought about Internet radio? Have any experience with anything outside of traditional "up and down the dial" radio? What's your favorite music outlet?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Time for Another Look At Microphones

It has been some time, since I scanned the web concerning microphones. In my own studio, I have my favorites. However, even surprising to me, one of my favorites can be found at a very low cost. As with every piece of equipment out there, opinions will always remain subjective.

In the world of voice-overs, there are a few choices that are less subjective than others. I think most would agree, if finances are no issue, two safe bets would be: (Click on links to learn more)

Sennheiser MKH 416

Neumann TLM 103

And of course, there's one of my personal favorites.

Sure SM7B

I recently moved into a new home studio setting, one that provides a little more working room. I found one of my first microphones, the AKG Perception 220, that had been tucked away in a closet. Maybe for sentimental reasons, I decided to give it another whirl. Still sounds good, still remains one of my favorite budget microphones and will now remain outside of the closet.  

AKG Perception 220

Monday, March 14, 2011

Aflac dumps duck voice actor for tasteless tweets

Columbus, Georgia

Aflac Inc. said Monday it has fired Gilbert Gottfried, the abrasive voice of the insurer's quacking duck in the U.S., after the comedian posted a string of mocking jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Twitter over the weekend.

The tasteless tweets are particularly problematic for Aflac because it does 75 percent of its business in Japan. One in four homes in Japan buys health insurance from Aflac. The insurer's CEO, Daniel Amos, flew to Japan on Sunday to show support for the company's employees and agents.

Aflac said in a statement Monday that Gottfried's jokes do not represent the feelings of the company, which previously announced it would donate 100 million yen ($1.2 million) to the International Red Cross to help with disaster assistance.

"There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times," Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said.

The tweets in question were removed from Gottfried's Twitter feed Monday after Aflac announced it would stop working with the comedian.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks : Mac Conversion

For as long as I can remember, I have been a PC fan. However, for the greater portion of that time, I only used a computer for typical, day-to-day applications.

Along the way, during my radio career, computers started to make their appearance. Usually, they were specially put together for the station's intended use.

Once I began setting-up my home voice-over studio, I not only noticed the debates over microphones, recording software and related items, but of the computer platform as well. Of course while getting started, I planned on using every PC I had on hand in some fashion to keep additional costs down. That was, until I purchased:

I love the M-Audio Fast Track Ultra, except for the driver conflicts in Windows. I uninstalled, re-installed and everything in between. However, I continued to experience the "blue screen of death" once in awhile. I cannot place sole blame on either the M-Audio or PC, but the two do not form the best union when it comes to drivers. Add a heavy Adobe Audition session in and get ready.

So, I made the switch to Mac. So far, so good! Have you experienced any issues with either PC or Mac? I am always interested in hearing your experiences.

Adobe Audition For Mac