The gear…

I have a Blue snowball microphone, hp headset and a retired dell xps laptop.

The dell is overkill, but as my day job is computing I buy a new computer before the current one dies. So, cleared of sensible stuff, the dell is a pretty good ‘playtime’ machine.

The blue snowball was purchased 50% based on reading reviews and 90% on it looking cool. Yes, the maths shows heart ruled head. It is, however, a good microphone. However, see later progress before rushing to the stores.

Headset … I needed something for online meetings, they work … what’s the problem?

Last time I tried this, I had to set up my recording studio each time and this meant every session sounded different. This time, new office, I could set up and leave it all in place. Should be better quality, right?

Microphone, and computer set up on a head high shelf.


I’ve dabbled for years and always end up back with Audacity. I’ve tried to get my head around Reaper, but it hasn’t yet grabbed me. I will, I know one day give it another go, but at the moment, Audacity is the easy choice.

The pro favourite appears to be Adobe, but I am not in the creative league that justifies that kind of spend!