Dec 12

Not strictly Macintosh but a mixture of very old and very new technologies. My 4 favourite gadgets this year have been…

1. Cold-Press Coffee in the Aeropress.

I’ve rigged up two Aeropress to give a consistently smooth rich cold drip coffee.

2. Nissan Leaf Electric Car

We bought a 5 year old second hand Nissan Leaf this year to try out. It’s been amazing. Very soon we will all look back and wonder why we drove petrol cars for so long. Last week I filled up our other car with fuel at the petrol station and pumping flammable liquid into a car felt so stupid. It felt like I was going back to the steam age and putting coal into a steam engine – it really did!.

3. Rode wireless Go mic

A very simple portable mic solution when recording on an iPhone or Google phone. Not perfect audio quality – a little too much compression for my liking, but unless your after a very professional result, this is fantastic. (The Leaf video above was recorded with these mics – thanks to Matthew Dickerson for introducing me to them!) They will be my go-to mics for recording interviews on the phone.

4. Hand Forged Mezzaluna

My boys bought me this fantastic hand forged Mezzaluna for my Birthday. Perfect for cutting home cooked Pizzas which has been our weekly tradition this year.

http://www.slowfoodandhandforgedtools.com.au

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Sep 18

 

Good external microphones for the iPhone/iPad are expensive – not the kind of thing you want to buy and find out they are no good! Here’s a comparison of three external iPhone microphones: The Apogee MiC,  Fostex AR-4i and Tascam iM2.

They were all tested on my iPhone 4s by recording into the FiRE iPhone recording app at full quality. On the microphones that had a volume adjustment, I adjusted it to be at the top of the green range in FiRE, quite conservative, no chance of clipping. I had the mic placed approx 20cm in front of my guitar sound-hole at the same height in all the tests. The Tascam doesn’t give any indication of levels, the Fostex has 4 LEDs on top to show the levels and the Apogee has a single LED on the front. The single LED on the Apogee seemed to give a better indication of input level than the three LED’s on the FOSTEX because the difference in brightness was easier to discern on the Apogee LED.

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Jul 01

If you buy Dragon Dictate it comes with a built-in Microphone that will do the job, but if you buy the download version you’ll need to buy your own microphone.

Here are some of the options you have. Continue reading ⟩

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