Tale of Two Microphones from Chris Breen at Macworld to record two USB mics on one Mac using GarageBand 10. Steven Goetz (@goatman and SkaGoat) reviews the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras and alternatives Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD Large Aperture Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital DSLR Camera, and Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EF Cameras. Donald Burr of Otaku no Podcast reviews the Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset and charger. Shelly Brisbin publishes iOS Access for All at iosaccessbook.com. Allister regales us with his tale of woe on a freezing iMac and uses gfxCardStatus to solve his problem. My Top 5 iPad Apps: iThoughts Mind Mapping from Toketaware, LastPass Password Manager from lastpass.com, Captio to Send Yourself Emails from Tupil and Downcast for Video Podcasts from DowncastApp.com. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Dr. Maryanne Garry, Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of Psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand joins us to talk about her research into real-life memory distortions. Dr. Garry can be found on Twitter at DrLambchop.
Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday June 1, 2014 and this is show number 473. I put out the call to the NosillaCastaways last week for some help so I could have some fun goofing off this week and they came through like champs. On Chit Chat Across the Pond I have a great guest – Dr. Maryanne Garry from the Victoria University of Wellington to talk to us her research into the myths of repressed memories. It’s a fascinating subject and not one we’ve talked about on the show before. I promise you’ll be questioning every memory you have by the time your’e done listening to this segment.
I’ve been recording for over nine years now, and I do interviews with people all over the world. There’s one thing I’ve never been able to do though, and that’s interview someone sitting in the same room with me. I know that sounds backwards, but since I don’t use a mixer, I don’t really have a way to combine two physical audio sources. I only know how to mix together sources coming through software. That is until Chris Breen posted a magical solution that is built into OSX and works with the new GarageBand.
Over at macworld.com he wrote an article he called “A tale of two microphones”. I’m not going to go through it step by step but rather give you the overview and if it’s something you need to use you can go read his excellent tutorial. In the OSX Utilities folder, inside Applications is a tool called Audio MIDI Setup. In this tool you can create an aggregate device. That is, you can aggregate two physical devices into one input and yet have them still exist on two different channels. You direct Audio MIDI Setup to aggregate the two USB mics into one, and then in the new GarageBand 10 you grab that aggregate device as the input. The real tricky bit, and the bit for which I couldn’t find the solution in GarageBand 6, is that you can grab just channel 1 or channel 2 of that aggregate device on the two tracks.
By the way, I’m not saying definitively that you cannot do this in the older GarageBand, just that I couldn’t find it. With this elegant and easy to set up solution, I can now not only record from two mics in one room, I can easily adjust the volumes between the two tracks, cut out coughs and chair noises if necessary on only one track. I’m thrilled that this worked, and worked so easily. I have to give Maryanne credit for urging me to figure this out. I don’t usually like to experiment when I’ve got a once in a lifetime opportunity to do an interview but she’s all touchy feely and stuff so thought it would be dumb to sit in another room while we did the interview. Guess that’s the difference between an engineer and a psychologist. Ok, probably the difference between an engineer and the rest of the human population.
Let’s get into the show now. Last week I put out the call to the NosillaCastaways to help me out with content because I had a user group presentation, a wedding, a wedding breakfast, and Honda Bob’s 35th anniversary picnic. Happy anniversary Honda Bob & hi to Lynn! Anyway the NosillaCastaways came through like champs. Let’s start with the first every audio review by Steven Goetz, aka @goatman on Twitter, and very frequent photography contributor in our Google+ Community.
Thanks for a great review, Steven. I love that you explained the problem to be solved first, and especially that you gave us some alternatives. I’m amazed that lens is so heavy – that’s what a lot of good glass causes I suppose. If anyone wants to see what he’s talking about in the crispness and speed of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens, I embedded a Flickr photo of his dog into his review here that’s amazing – the dog is running at the camera, and yet he’s got the eyes in focus with a fabulous bokeh for the background. Steven also included links to the other lenses he talked about over on Amazon. You can follow Steven on Flickr at SkaGoat and on Twitter at Goatman.
A few weeks back, listener (and friend) Ed Tobias asked how to have his Twitter posts tagged with his location. He had gone through every setting in his Twitter tool of choice, Tweetbot and couldn’t find it anywhere. Luckily I knew the answer to this one, the setting isn’t in the tool, it’s at twitter.com itself. I whipped open the beta version of Clarify, navigated to the right spot in the Twitter preferences, and took 3 screenshots using the built-in tool inside Clarify. I dropped in an arrow on the first shot, and on the third shot drew two boxes and put two sequence numbers in so he could tell what to click first. I typed in two entire sentences to clarify my points, and then hit publish to Clarify-it, which put the link to the quick tutorial in my clipboard. Flipped back over to Twitter and dropped the link in a tweet to Ed and he had his solution. This whole thing took me maybe 7 minutes longer to document than it took to figure out, and I made Ed’s day.
I love helping people, so if you’re like me, check out Clarify from clarify-it.com/download/beta and become a hero. Even if you don’t like other people, you can use it to make tutorials just for yourself so you can remember how to do stuff. It’s still in beta, so for now you can become a hero for free!
Chit Chat Across the Pond
Dr. Maryanne Garry, Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of Psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand joins us to talk about her research into real-life memory distortions. In this conversation she explained some of the fallacies that have been uncovered via experimentation in the way our memories work, especially as it relates to eyewitness testimony. She explains how repressed memories that wee all the rage in the 80s and 90s may not actually be real, and how through her experiments and those of others they have shown that completely false memories can be induced into the vast majority of people. If you’d like to follow Maryanne on Twitter, you can find her at DrLambchop. Here’s some links to the papers and books she mentioned in our conversation:
Steven Colbert in a segment entitled “Who’s Honoring Me Now” calls out her paper where she sites his term Truthiness:
Book referenced – Picking Cotton (on Amazon)
Doctored photo research with Kim Wade: http://m.bbc.com/news/science-environment-24286258
Wrongful Convictions: innocenceproject.org
Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories:
Other interesting reading – People with Easier to Pronounce Names Promote Truthiness of Claims: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0088671
That’s going to wind this up for this week, many thanks to our sponsor for helping to pay the bills, Blue Mango Learning at bluemangolearning.com makers of Clarify. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at [email protected], follow me on twitter and app.net @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community too – lots of fun over there! If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.