Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Roots Radio 4: Down To The Sea In Ships Podcast


Pete said...

Hi JIm,
I really enjoy these shows, thank you! In the May 4th show, I was noticing some apparent distortion in the music. When I bring the MP3 up in Audacity, to the area I thought had a problem, it does appear as though the gain was too high, the signal was bumping the upper limit, possibly causing cut off?
An example is from 25:12.9 thru 25:14.5. When the chorus comes in it didn't sound right. Maybe the problem was the original recording?

Thank you,


mark said...

Great show, Jim. Have you ever heard Bill Bonyun's stuff? Check out this recording:
and this book:

mark said...

Or, considering the podcast title, how about that classic 1956 album of Burl Ives: Down to the Sea in Ships?
I actually bought the vinyl in '56 and still have it :))

Jim Moran said...

Hi Pete - Thanks for listening!. Right you are - gain and clarity were an especial problem May 4th. One reason was that about half of the tracks were originally analog recordings that I downloaded from Amazon, which has done a really poor job in general upconverting analog vinyl to digital. The problem is for me especially painful with the Robert Shaw track, which was all but inaudible from the download. Without serious increase in the gain, the solo parts were nearly impossible to hear. I didn't compensate enough and the forte sections hit the top. I think I have that problem corrected, or at least I have a better idea of how to do it. That and the muddy narrative parts resulted from a) I hadn't used my Tascam DR in several years b) both my ears and my headphones have aged poorly. As before, I believe that I have developed methods to fix/compensate for these. I have another podcast planned for about a week from now, so we'll see.
And of course, I have the .mp3 files for all of the tunes, so if you'd like any of the tracks I'd be happy to email them to you.


Jim Moran said...

Hi Mark - I have that old Ives album around somewhere, too - first place I heard songs that I later learned from other people's records, like "Eddystone Light" and "Golden Vanity." I will certainly take a look at Bonyun's efforts - the book especially looks fascinating. Glad you listened in. Now maybe I can finish some of the fifteen regular articles that are half-done.