Monday, April 26, 2010

Coupon deal for mic?

Trying to work out how to get a cheap deal on those shotgun mics.

I think that link should go through to the mic page, coupon code is 1eafeddf - hopefully :-) Expires 05/10/2010 (that's 10th May, not 5th of October)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Some podcast fiction linky

Not sure how many of these stories I've linked to here:

Everyday fiction:
Ripples - by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, read by me with my new shotgun mic.

Dead Weight - by Matt Cowens

Mr Sterne - by Michael Tracy (one of the site's all-time top-rated stories) 

The Death Meter - by Debbie Cowens 

Code Mustard - by Chris Allinotte 

and my podbean account:

Hmm, must record and upload more stuff to podbean. It's looking a little bare.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Supernatural Bus Driver (from twitter)

the supernatural bus driver expects exact werewolf change, denies wolfman passengers from behind clawproof mesh

the supernatural bus driver asks the mummies to keep the demon babies quiet

the supernatural bus driver insists on seeing student IDs for cheap fares. Centuries old vampires pay full price despite baby-faces

the supernatural bus driver is already mad. Cthulhu rides at no cost.

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140 characters is an interesting limitation. It's a little like writing headlines.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shotgun mic review

I bought a 14.37 inch HDTZ HT-81 shotgun mic from

Worldwide Free Shipping: 14.37 inch Shotgun Microphone $31.91 (US)

After a couple days of using it I'm pretty impressed. The company had a problem with my credit card (possibly around the billing address?) so they emailed me to ask me to pay via paypal. Once that was sorted (2 days after placing order) the mic shipped within about 36 hours, took 11 days to reach me (Thursday before Easter through to a Monday). It was safely packaged in a bubble-envelope.

What you get:
- Gun microphone (14.37in / 36.5cm long / metal body)
- Stereo 0.25in (6.35mm) jack to mini 0.14in (3.5mm) jack adaptor
- Cable: 26.05ft (8m) 0.25in (6.35mm) jack - XLR cable
- Anti-wind foam cap
- Two microphone clips (one for hot/cold-shoe, one for mic stand)
- Storage box (Black)
- English instructional manual

Initial impressions:
I like this mic more than my old ATR-55 for a few reasons. It's slightly louder than the atr-55, which means it can be placed a little further away from the speaker and still get a really nice sound. Its construction is nice and solid. The battery compartment (AA) is a little tight, but you don't want the battery rattling around in there so that's not a problem. The sound is good for a cheap mic - easily as good as my old atr-55. In the video above you can hear the difference between the shotgun mic and a dynamic (non-powered) singstar mic.

I used it with an Olympus voice recorder too, and was very pleased with the sound. I recorded a podcast of a short story from - I'll link to it once it's up.

- Good length cable
- Cheap price
- Free shipping
- Nice sound

- The mic clips are usable but are hard plastic (like my old atr-55 ones) and thus may break rather than bend over time. They're cheap to replace though.

I am very glad I picked up one of these HT-81 14.37 inch shotgun mics from Great price, good performance so far, useful accessories. If it lasts longer than 3 months it will have outperformed my Audio Technica ATR-55 in every respect :-)

Gadgets & Accessories at Bargain Prices

Note: If you buy a mic (or anything else, I think) after clicking through from the link above I get some $, apparently, through an affiliate program. Sounds like a sweet deal to me :-)

EDIT: 26th April - Here are links to 2 podcasts recorded with the mic and an Olympus voice recorder:

Ripples over on

The Spectre Bride - on my podbean account

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Twitpic test

Just checking how well blogger and twitpic play together :-)

Dom enjoying newly purchased #GuardianoftheDead by @kehealey on Twitpic