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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Just got the new WaveLab Cast


 Here's a screen shot of the new WaveLab Cast by Steinberg. I've been waiting for a simple-to-use program that I will use strictly for editing and converting to MP3.

I have the majority of my recording equipment as outboard analog gear.

From what I understand, it was just released as a download today, so I grabbed it as soon as the the email came through. I already have the full Cubase ... but it was far too much overkill for simply editing and converting a single spoken voice podcast.

I thought I'd post a photo of the user interface, since I'm sure people will be curious to take a look. Steinberg also have a "regular" WaveLab program, and this appears to be similar in appearance, if not in features.

I've been a big fan of Audacity for many, many years. And, my very first digital workstation dates back to the 1990's with a program called Macromedia Deck II. Back then, the files were converted to RealAudio format. And the stream consisted of 6 kilobits per second. Remember this was back with 14.4 modems (or a 28.8 if you were lucky ... and rich).



And here is a sample that I just finished. For this sample, and to demonstrate the complete program, I did not use any of my outboard equipment (UA LA-610 MKII, etc). I took the raw digital file, and completed it in the WaveLab Cast. This was actually a lot of fun. And, for podcast hobbyists, I believe this new production app will be very appreciated. The microphone is a Neumann 705, fed through a SOYEZ analog launcher, into a Soundcraft Signature desk. Conversion was done with a Denon Professional DN-300R MKII rack unit at 24/48. This was then transferred into my Mac workstation running the WaveLab Cast software program, and converted to 128k MP3. As follows:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

WOTB Podcast Updates for 2021

For 2021, the majority of my podcasts will be centered around the topic of collecting the history of the Bible.

The first podcast of the new year is titled: Collecting Bible History: A Guide.

 You can listen now by CLICKING or TAPPING HERE.

As a vintage broadcasting hobbyist, I continue to enjoy working with all of the various broadcasting vacuum tubes: Western Electric, RCA,  Sylvania,  CBS Hytron, GE, Ken-Rad, Telefunken, Mullard, Phillips, Mazda, etc.

The combination of so many tubes, along with various microphones, insures that no two podcasts are ever the same.

I always try to have a little fun thrown in with all of the production work!

Many of my late 2019 and all of my 2020 podcasts were recorded to magnetic tape. I still do not have my tape recorder in place here just yet -- but I'm working on it.



 


Monday, January 4, 2021

George Washington and the Bible



The first bible printed in New York was the 1792 Rev. John Brown Self-Interpreting Bible. It was offered in individual installments, by subscription, and the very first subscriber was then-President George Washington. The names of over 1,200 subscribers are included. The Bible was printed in 40 sections, one section per "issue", and it took two years to complete.

If you would like to add one of these Bible leaves to your own collection, make certain that it is a 1792 Bible. There are many from the 1800's -- but these are not the edition that was subscribed to by Washington, nor were of the first Bibles printed in New York (if those two points happen to be of interest to you).

No need to repeat any addtional information here at this time, as there are many references to this Bible -- and its connection to Washington -- already online. I will save further examination(s) for my yearly July 4th Independence Day postings when the time comes.


 I also have a stereoview card (non-3D stereograph) from Keystone View Co., of George Washington's well-worn family Bible. To be honest, with the typesetting and the illustrations shown, it actually looks a lot like the Brown Bible.

It reminds me of seeing -- in person -- the Bible of Thomas Edison and his wife. One could see clearly that these two Bibles were used heavily. Just like the heavily-used Washington family Bible above, it is surprising that -- for people that others say were not "religious" ... or even "atheists" -- their Bibles were beaten up from use. Come to your own conclusions.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The First Bible Printed in New Jersey



Since the Wonders of the Bible collection is now located in the great state of New Jersey, I thought it would be only proper to start off my first NJ post with that of the first Holy Bible ever printed in the state: the 1791 Isaac Collins Bible.

In the year 1791, George Washington was President, John Adams was Vice President, and Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State.

It was in this year that Trenton, New Jersey printer Isaac Collins printed his now-famous "family Bible" ... a version of the King James Bible. For the era, it was one of the most accurately printed Bibles ever produced up until that time. It contained only two errors: one was a misplaced punctuation mark, and the other was a broken letter made by a faulty piece of lead type.

This 1791 Bible was the first to replace the "Dedicated to King James" at the front of all King James translations with "To the Reader". This introduction was written by John Whitherspoon, a signer of the Delcaration of Independence.

The page (leaf) that is in the Wonders of the Bible collection is from I Samuel, and covers the account of David and Goliath.

I'll be exhibiting this piece of American and state of New Jersey history at my Wonders of the Bible presentations ... whenever they will be able to start up again. Hopefully soon. And, of course, Lord willing.

Now that I live in New Jersey, I am looking forward to meeting many Bible history enthusiasts.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

We are both retired -- and in our new home at the Jersey shore...

Ocean City New Jersey
Welcome to December 2020. You may (or may not) have been wondering where we have been since our last post back in September. Well, it is a very long story. The short version is that Deb has retired ... so we are both fully retired now.

We have purchased a home in a senior retirement community at the Jersey shore.

After living in Allentown, Pennsylvania (Lehigh Valley) for 41 years, I have now moved back to the home state of my birth: New Jersey. Deb grew up in New Jersey (Belmawr), and we both lived in New Jersey for a couple of years after getting married in 1977 (Barrington -- right by Edmund Scientifics), before making our way to Allentown, PA in 1979.

I had my laser and holography studio/lab in Allentown from 1983 through 2017.

We are located a few miles inland from the ocean and beach, which will (hopefully) provide somewhat of a buffer during coastal storms.

As of December 1st (and this post), we are living here full-time. Everything is in place (mostly). I still have to set up my recording equipment for my WOTB podcast, all in due time. I even have the space to set up a small holography area. Many of you know that I have lasers and holograms in my blood!

I hope everyone is doing well, and, Lord willing, I hope to be able to once again feature collection items that will be of interest and inspiration to you, my dear readers. -- Frank (and Deb) DeFreitas
Ocean City New Jersey