So, I was on a radio show. Crazy, huh? Recording an hour-long episode of the Kiss me Hardy show was an eye-opening and unique experience for me, watching how the recording gear was operated and getting the first-hand experience of being put in the presenter’s seat (booth?).
I had never been put in front of a professional microphone inside a recording booth before, so the technology side of the booth we recorded in was all very new to me. Thankfully, the recording didn’t involve much use of the various controls on my part, and my tutor took the lead in splicing audio and fading in and out of the recording between songs we played over the show. I also read aloud several of my poems written in class, and clips from several TED Talk-esque performances from authors.
Hearing my voice played back when I listened to the recording upload on the website was freakishly strange as my voice sounded a pitch off, similar to how one’s voice sounds when they’ve left a message on the phone. It was as if it didn’t belong to me — but I could tell from the stammers and stutters of a nervous student that it was! From the experience, I was exposed to a few tracks of some new music to listen to and add to my amassed collection definitely procured from legal places and not, by any circumstances, downloaded straight off the internet. Extra perk!
The close proximity of the microphone was rather daunting, especially when all you had to do between spurts of talking and speech was contemplate how crystal clear and crisp the audio of your voice would be in all its decibels recorded with such expensive high-grade recording gear. Overall, though, despite the initial tenseness of being shuffled into the booth to begin, the experience was a wild and worthwhile challenge. Being pushed into the unknown and taking a leap into the unknown territory of the recording booth at Founders Park had definite benefits.