Learning to Use a 3D Printer for the First Time

I've been really curious about my brother's 3D printer and how it works. He hasn't been using it much lately, so I asked him if I could use it and learn about it on my own time. He agreed to let me use it for free as long as I pay for the filament, which is the plastic that the machine uses to melt and form into the model/object.

The model of the 3D printer is a Creality Ender 3, and takes size 1.75mm filament. The first things I want to print are stands for my speakers to put on my desk, that way they're pointing a bit higher and I can hear them better. 

Right now I'm setting up Ultimaker, which is a software that will connect my computer to the 3D printer, then I can upload any 3D model to print. I can find the 3D models from a website called Yeggi, with thousands of free community uploaded 3D models specifically for 3D printing.

I just finished a call with 2 co hosts of the new show I'm producing. They cover drama about content creators (Youtubers, Tik Tokkers, streamers, etc) and cancel culture and whether a content creator was justly "cancelled" or not.
Their show goes live every Wednesday, lasts for about 45 minutes, and is livestreamed to Twitch. They've done one episode so far, and while I was watching it I had some ideas to make it even better. It's always good to interact with viewers, so I suggested at the end of the show they should do a Q&A with the viewers relating to any topics they were covering. During their show, if they need to show images or videos relating to the topics they're talking about, they'll ask me to display the images or clips for the viewers to see so they can catch up with what's going on. I'll also be helping with transitions, overlay alerts, background panels, etc. 

Using Streamyard with Streamlabs for a Live Podcast

As I've said in previous blog posts, I'm helping produce a live podcast. Today I spent several hours looking into a good platform to live stream the podcast to. Usually when I stream gaming I use Streamlabs. But since this will be a live podcast with more than 2 people on screen at once, that won't be as easy. I need a way to show several people on screen, and I considered using Discord or Zoom, then sharing the screen to Streamlabs. I need Streamlabs to add overlays and transitions for the livestream, but then another platform to host the call on. Then I stumbled on Streamyard, which lets you call people with video just like Zoom, but you can also livestream it to Twitch, Youtube, Facebook, and other big platforms. 

I tested Streamyard with my brother and we both went on a call together. I then cropped the 2 little boxes with out cameras out in Streamlabs, then added a background and moved the facecams a bit to make a nice looking layout. 

So far everything is working great, I'll be writing more blog posts on the process!

In one of my recent blog posts I talked about working for a new podcaster, Gideon McManus. I recently went on a call with him to talk about how the show will be run. 

The podcast will be livestreamed daily to Twitch.tv, and including video. There's about 10 people on the staff/team to help with the podcast, all editors or co hosts working on their own segments such as interviews and news. Some days will be different segments with different hosts, and other days with other segments and hosts. I'm a backup host in case someone can't make it to their segment (and I might get a segment to host with another guy, but that's not certain yet.

Once the livestream is finished, it's my job to convert it to audio and run it through leveling, compression, de-essers, etc. After that I will upload it to all the podcast locations like Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, etc.

Recording an Ensemble (Pt. 2)

Yesterday I went to a church to meetup with the ensemble to record them. I brought a laptop, cords, 2 microphones (Rode NT1-A and an Audio-Technica AT-2020), and my audio interface, Behringer UM2. 

I started by creating a multitrack, then turning on recording for the first track. I can enable recording on all of the tracks if I want, which means when I press record it'll record onto all of them. For now I only want it on 1 track. The lead singer, a bass, started first. I plugged the headphones into the interface so he could hear himself back, as well as the instrumental music while he was singing. After he finished singing, it already had him recorded in sync with the music. Then after that we recorded each other singer, then lined them all up.

I sent the files to the lead singer, and he's gonna edit them since some parts the singers were a bit off beat. Once he's finished he'll send them back to me and I'll edit them with de-essers, compression, leveling, etc.