Monday, July 18, 2016

The Rocketry Show Season 2 Finale: John Beans of Jolly Logic

John Beans, of Jolly Logic, with the new Chute Release
I'm working on the next Rocket Camp post, but in the mean time, the latest episode of The Rocketry Show is up. This one features John Beans of Jolly Logic, and it's a good one.

It's also the Season 2 finale. We'll be taking a hiatus while we book new guests, come up with new show topics, and get some new equipment.

Specifically, we'll get a new microphone for me. This is great news, because, if I might make a confession, I hate the way I sound on The Rocketry Show. I think I sound a little nasal, or like my throat is a bit constricted.

A lot of people don't like the way they sound on tape. But for me, it's not that. I've done radio, and I'm used to hearing my own voice recorded.

But the microphone I currently use to patch in to the studio in Cleveland is a cheap gamer's headset from RadioShack. I can't hear my own voice through the ear phones.

Anybody who has ever done radio or podcasting knows it's really important to hear your own voice, so you can modulate what you sound like. It's similar to being in a live band - you need monitors to project your own sound back at you, or you're not going to sound good. People often tell me I have a good radio voice, but I don't hear that when I listen to The Rocketry Show.

The new mic I will be getting won't be anything too fancy or expensive, but it'll allow live feedback into the head set, and that will help a lot with the sound quality - at least from my end.

Thanks to show sponsors like North Coast Rocketry, Sirius Rocketry, and JonRocket, we've been able to cover the costs of podcast hosting and the web site, and now we'll get to upgrade some of our equipment.

Season 3 should start in October. We'll keep you posted, and may do an occasional mini episode from time to time. One exciting upcoming show I can tell you about - we'll be talking to two astronauts! I can't say who, just yet, but they've both flown multiple Shuttle missions. One is from the earliest days of the Space Shuttle program, and the other flew in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

Should be pretty exciting!

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  1. Daniel,
    I recently discovered and have been listening to (catching up is more like it) to The Rocketry Show. I really enjoy the show. I like the diverse level of experience between you, CG, and Gheem. You all bring something to the show that is different and unique. Listening to the show lately and your blog has re-energized my interest in model rocketry and desire to learn more. Thank you for that!

    1. Thank you, Scott. I really appreciate that! I'm glad you enjoy the show, and the blog. They've been a fun extension of the hobby for me, and I hope I've been helpful.