In this episode the HPR Audiobook Club discusses the audiobook Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell
- This may be Pokey's all time favorite audiobook.
- This book takes the 'fish out of water" trope and turns it on it head to a certain extent.
- Is Klaatu really Bilbo Baggins?
- Ishmael Wang is kinda our hero.
- So Traveller is a huge influence on these books.
- You know you want to deep dive on the lore of this universe. Go ahead.
- Buy more Nathan Lowell books.
- WWID, What Would Ishmael Do
- Excellent recording, despite equipment of dubious quality.
- Solar Clipper Universe vs. StarDrifter Universe, and how we are fantastically lucky to have both.
As usual, the HPR AudioBook Club took some time to review the beverages that each of us were drinking during the episode
- Thaj: Grapefruit Juice, simple, delicious.
- x1101: Shipyards Signature Series IPA
- pokey: I like Roma Sambuka in my coffee. It's muggy here today, so I'm happy to discover that it's just as good in ice coffee. Roma Sambuka does not seem to have a website. The trick, imho, is to make your coffee as you normally would, then add the booze. Don't adjust for the booze, other than using a bigger glass.
- FiftyOneFifty: Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine
Things We talked about
- We definitely can't keep these books straight. Just read them all. You'll thank us.
- Pokey found a plot bullet, maybe. Thaj may disagree.
- All the characters are there for a reason.
- Nathan's reading voice is perfect for this series.
- Wormholes, wormholes, wormholes.
- We discuss the details of how to use the technology from this series to fly into a system.
- Pokey wishes promotions in the real world worked they way they work on the ship.
- Find the Podiobook Easter eggs.
Our Next Audiobook
The Next Audiobook Club Recording
Right now we are working through a backlog of older episode that have already been recorded. Once that ends we fully anticipate recording new episodes with listener participation.
- The DCEU
- We talk about a picture I can no longer find a link for.
- Pokey gets a new motorcycle.
- FiftyOneFifty talks about actual computer stuff.
- Windows probs...
- Web Browsers editorializing the Internet.
- Is Flash dead yet?
Thank you very much for listening to this episode of the HPR AudioBookClub. We had a great time recording this show, and we hope you enjoyed it as well. We also hope you'll consider joining us next time we record a new episode. Please leave a few words in the episode's comment section.
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P.S. Some people really like finding mistakes. For their enjoyment, we always include a few.
This episode was processed using Audacity. We've been making small adjustments to our audio mix each month in order to get the best possible sound. Its been especially challenging getting all of our voices relatively level, because everyone has their own unique setup. Mumble is great for bringing us all together, and for recording, but it's not good at making everyone's voice the same volume. We're pretty happy with the way this month's show turned out, so we'd like to share our editing process and settings with you and our future selves (who, of course, will have forgotten all this by then).
We use the "Truncate Silence" effect with it's default settings to minimize the silence between people speaking. When used with it's default (or at least reasonable) settings, Truncate Silence is extremely effective and satisfying. It makes everyone sound smarter, it makes the file shorter without destroying actual content, and it makes a conversations sound as easy and fluid during playback as it was while it was recorded. It can be even more effective if you can train yourself to remain silent instead of saying "uuuuummmm." Just remember to ONLY pass the file through Truncate Silence ONCE. If you pass it through a second time, or if you set it too aggressively your audio may sound sped up and choppy.
Next we use the "Compressor" effect with the following settings:
Threshold: -30db Noise Floor: -50db Ratio: 3:1 Attack Time: 0.2sec Decay Time: 1.0 sec
"Make-up Gain for 0db after compressing" and "compress based on peaks" were both left un-checked.
After compressing the audio we cut any pre-show and post-show chatter from the file and save them in a separate file for possible use as outtakes after the closing music.
We adjust the Gain so that the VU meter in Audacity hovers around -12db while people are speaking, and we try to keep the peaks under -6db, and we adjust the Gain on each of the new tracks so that all volumes are similar, and more importantly comfortable. Once this is done we can "Mix and Render" all of our tracks into a single track for export to the .FLAC file which is uploaded to the HPR server.
At this point we listen back to the whole file and we work on the shownotes. This is when we can cut out anything that needs to be cut, and we can also make sure that we put any links in the shownotes that were talked about during the recording of the show. We finish the shownotes before exporting the .aup file to .FLAC so that we can paste a copy of the shownotes into the audio file's metadata.
At this point we add new, empty audio tracks into which we paste the intro, outro and possibly outtakes, and we rename each track accordingly.
Remember to save often when using Audacity. We like to save after each of these steps. Audacity has a reputation for being "crashy" but if you remember save after every major transform, you will wonder how it ever got that reputation.