When you have an idea it’s like raising a child. You can either stunt its growth by keeping it strictly to your original design, or you can learn to adapt your design as the idea grows and changes.
I don’t know if I’ve been playing too many rogue-likes in the past, but the idea I originally had created has adapted itself into just that. Don’t worry, it’s not a big change. The original idea had all the pieces for this to happen, but the path was more linear… dare I say, boring.
Now, the game will have “a number of” large randomly generated levels filled with their share of baddies, items and loot. You will be in control of a single character that can be “upgraded” using XP skill points placed in various attributes and by buying items such as various weapons, armors, shoes, etc. You can also train yourself in up to three skills that will give your character something special to help you along the way. The ultimate goal: defeating the Warlord and saving the kingdom of Valencia.
So, even though it’s in its infancy, please stay tuned for more information and updates on this game!
In another life I owned and used a Blue Snowball microphone with shock mount to record voice overs for animations I created and it worked great. It captured very little background noise but more than that it captured the voice of the artist clearly and with excellent tone. Where most USB microphones were very pitchy and high, the Snowball captured the low, bassy tones perfectly.
Fast forward to present day and I am using Windows 7 more than I am using Mac OS X and I find the microphone doesn’t work as well. Apparently, earlier versions of the microphone (which I must have) don’t work as well as newer versions in Windows 7 so I basically have to eat the microphone in order to have it pick up my voice. Granted, it still does sound good, but if my mouth is locked to it and its covering my face during my Twitch streams it is very restricting and virtually useless.
That lead me to upgrade. I purchased the Blue Yeti after reading and listening to many reviews as well as testing a used AT2020 USB. I also opted out of another Snowball as I didn’t want any issues and I liked the improved feature set of the Yeti such as the adjustable gain, four patterns and overall look. I also really enjoy the Blue brand of tested quality and sound.
When I got the microphone it worked well (although i am still trying to find that sweet spot in the mic/software volume and mic/software gain levels), but I was sad to find out it wouldn’t fit my Blue shock mount. They made a completely different mount. The funny thing is, the only difference between the two is the bracket used to hold the microphone onto the shock mount.
Now, one would think that you would just be able to buy the bracket from Blue or on eBay, but you would be wrong. It’s not for sale. So, the next logical step is to make it yourself. However, if you don’t have the proper skill set or equipment this is out of the question. just in case you do, all you need is:
You secure the metal at the bent end to the shock mount with the 1 5/8” bolt and nut with the 2 washers in between. On the other end you use the Snowball bracket to secure the microphone to the stand. That’s it.
However, if you’re like the rest of us who don’t want to go through all those steps, just do this:
Go to Walgreen’s (or local department store) and buy a set of hair ties. Buy the thicker ties versus the thinner ones as they are prone to break easier/faster during installation and won’t hold up as well over time. You stretch them across the shock mount on both the top and the bottom (you should be able to get six hair ties across them total.
Now, take the Yeti microphone off the stand and attach the mounting bolts on the sides. When done, carefully slide it through the center of the hair ties. Make sure to move them out of the way when they get caught on the buttons and bolts on the sides of the microphone so you don’t break anything.
The goal should be getting the microphone through far enough so that the mounting bolts are in between both the layers of hair ties. Doing this will have the microphone resting on the bolts and allow you to easily rotate the microphone if needed. Also, the two levels of hair ties will help keep the rather large microphone in place if knocked around.
All said and done, you now have a workable shock mount for only around $2 instead of having to buy a new one for $50. If you don’t own one this could still save you around $10-20, if you so choose.