Five Places to Find Great Audio Texts On the Web

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December 30, 2013

I listen to a lot of audio texts. On the train on my way into work. On one of my dog’s three 20-minute walks everyday. While I’m folding my laundry. While I’m cooking. On long drives. Every once in a while, I’ll commit to a nice long audio book (Dr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was great!). But most often, I turn to podcasts. There is so much quality audio material out…

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An Apology for Audio Assignments in First-Year Writing Classrooms

This afternoon, my friend and colleague Harley Ferris and I facilitated what’s known within the University of Louisville’s Rhetoric and Composition program as a “pedagogy workshop.” In this workshop, we presented an example assignment tailored specifically for First Year writing classes while discussing issues related to: the efficacy of audio assignments in first-year writing classrooms; how those assignments might be tailored to address specific course outcomes; how those assignments can…

April 11, 2013
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An Apology for Audio Assignments in First-Year Writing Classrooms

This afternoon, my friend and colleague Harley Ferris and I facilitated what’s known within the University of Louisville’s Rhetoric and Composition program as a “pedagogy workshop.” In this workshop, we presented an example assignment tailored specifically for First Year writing classes while discussing issues related to: the efficacy of audio assignments in first-year writing classrooms; how those assignments might be tailored to address specific course outcomes; how those assignments can…

April 11, 2013
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Want (to know more, anyway): Tascam iM2

I’ve seen these sort of mics before, so I’m still a little skeptical, but Tascam is easily the most respected audio manufacturer to offer one of these yet. Unfortunately, the iM2’s predecessors have underwhelmed. To the point where they can be out done by a $30 Sony cheapy. I also have to say that if you’re going to spend $80, it’s likely that you should just go ahead an get…

November 29, 2011
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My DIY Microphone Shock Mount with Clip

As part of my preparations for teaching at DMAC Institute (Digital Media and Composition: official site; or the DMAC blog) this summer at Ohio State, I’m (very slowly) getting my new media production gear in order. I recently a decent shock mount (audio-technica 8415) for my desktop station to keep my mic (audi0-technica 8035) sounding good even when I’m typing or I need to move the mic during recording.  Mostly,…

April 14, 2011
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My DIY Microphone Shock Mount with Clip

As part of my preparations for teaching at DMAC Institute (Digital Media and Composition: official site; or the DMAC blog) this summer at Ohio State, I’m (very slowly) getting my new media production gear in order. I recently a decent shock mount (audio-technica 8415) for my desktop station to keep my mic (audi0-technica 8035) sounding good even when I’m typing or I need to move the mic during recording.  Mostly,…

April 14, 2011
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Apogee MiC: A Review

MiC from Apogee: A Review from Trauman on Vimeo. STRENGHTS: Extremely Portable. Sounds fantastic. Great build quality. Cardioid pickup pattern. Device-powered. WEAKNESSES: No headphone monitoring. Records one-person at a time. Price (though a good value). RECOMMENDATION: For portability, durability, and sound quality, it’s a great option. You’ve probably heard that the best camera is the one you have with you. Your smart phone, even though it’s not the greatest, still…

May 28, 2010
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Aperture-Priority. Twisted Steel. And a Bowling Ball

In the spirit of my recently declared pursuit of craft-honing, I walked down my block to an abandoned lot where an art collective’s warehouse burned downed a couple of years ago. I brought my still and video cameras. Such a beautiful day, I wanted to try my first outdoor video self-portrait (part of my “Myself As Another” project here). But the real reason I was there was to learn at…

November 9, 2009
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Digital. Media. Writer. A Matter of Craft.

I want to become a great digital media writer. There’s something that just seems a bit “off” with that phrase. Digital. Media. Writer. I don’t know. I want to produce texts that have pictures and videos and sound and alphabetic text, and formatting, and layout, etc. And lately, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to be great at this, I need to do treat this practice like a…

November 8, 2009
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