Another Case of Abandonware

    I recently wrote about software is never really finished1. Here’s an example: Keysmith. I bought this utility in February 2021. I forgot to re-install it on my M2 MacBook Air. I just did. But under macOS Sonoma, it has some glitches which make it useless. The app hasn’t been updated for quite a while, same with the app website. Now what?2

    1. The title should have been “Software Should Never Be Finished”. ↩︎

    2. Alternatives are Keyboard Maestro & Alfred. ↩︎

    Shot on iPhone. Edited on Mac.

    This short behind-the-scenes look at Apple’s “Scary Fast” event is the highlight of a marketing masterpiece.

    First, Apple, a highly-respected company for producing top-quality new product announcements, released new iPhones capable of high-quality filming in September. Next, in October, the company made another top-notch production and announced the first M3-based Macs. Not to be missed, and that is the key here, they slip the following at the very last moment of the presentation:

    This event was shot on iPhone and edited on Mac.

    What better way to make a point? Brilliant. Well done, Apple.

    I love my iPhone 15 Pro Max. I feel that the creative world is at my fingertips. I feel empowered.

    A Definitive Solution to a Simple Problem

    I finally found the right setup to definitively fix my audio record quality. The problem triggering this endless trial-and-error journey is that the Blue Yeti microphone can be too sensitive and pick up too much background noise1. On paper, the macOS Voice Isolation recording should fix this. However, ScreenFlow 10.0.9 has issues with audio recording from a USB microphone while Voice Isolation is active2.

    The solution? Use Audio Highjack3 to record from the USB microphone with Voice Isolation active and output to the ScreenFlow audio capture driver. When recording, I start the Audio Hijack session, then switch to ScreenFlow and hit record. Voilà. I do use Adobe Podcast Audio Enhancer too. The results are quite good! You can hear it in my latest podcast episode. A screenshot of my Audio Hijack workflow is included so you can look at it4.

    1. People in the house don’t always pay attention when I’m recording my stuff. We could hear them quite easily. ↩︎

    2. The sound is highly distorted. It’s a known issue, apparently. ↩︎

    3. Audio Hijack is a superb piece of software if you ask me. ↩︎

    4. More tiles are included so I can make sure there are no lingering background noises after Voice Isolation makes its magic. ↩︎

    Episode 05 — Sometimes It’s Better to Say No

    The timing was right, and the target was well-defined, but the potential traction was far from guaranteed. Would this project be worth all the effort? Someone said: for every yes, there are a thousand no. After many weeks of thought and pondering, I decided against doing a unique project.

    Link: The Apple Rumors Hub


    My (Really) Short Experience With a RODE NT-USB Microphone

    Objective: find a replacement for my lightning-based Finch Lavalier microphone1. Did my research for a USB-C microphone. RODE microphones came up quite often. They received good reviews. I ordered the NT-USB model. It was hard to see which type of USB port it came with—I got the microphone2. It comes with USB-A. Shit. It was tested on my Mac mini. Background noises are too easily picked up. Screenflow cannot use voice isolation3. It was tested on my iPhone 15 Pro Max with a USB-A to USB-C adaptor and Ferrite. Voice isolation isn’t possible, either. Not good. I tried to use the RODE companion app for Mac so I could adjust the microphone operating parameters. I downloaded and installed it but didn’t recognize the microphone when plugged in. Not good. It’s an expansive microphone, barely better than my Blue Yeti. Not good. After testing Screenflow, my iPhone connected via USB-C to my Mac, and with voice isolation activated once again4, I decided to return the product. It’s way better, close to what I had with my Finch microphone. Problem solved.

    1. No longer works with my iPhone 15 Pro Max USB-C port. ↩︎

    2. I couldn’t confirm it from the spec sheet on Amazon nor could I on the RODE website. ↩︎

    3. I opened a support case with Telestream. It’s a known issue, still being investigated. ↩︎

    4. This configuration works, but not with a USB-C microphone only. It seems the iPhone with voice isolation one is the only configuration that works with Screenflow. Really strange. ↩︎

    Peak Design Case Issue With iPhone 15 Pro Action Button

    For those looking to buy a Peak Design case for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, just like I did. I love the case but… here’s the kicker; the action button is really hard to press with this case, the cutout should have a button instead which would press the action button, just like for the other buttons integrated into the case. They plan to fix this. Check out this video to learn more.

    Update: The way the company is handling this issue is a prime example of how customer satisfaction should be handled. Bravo.

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