Monday is usually the start of the school and work week for a lot of people. Well, not for me. Monday is just an extension of my weekend. Yes, I don’t have classes on Mondays because school says so and I’m so loving it.
Let me digress a bit.
Over the weekend, I worked on the website of my podcast network, Brink Notes Podcast Network. I tried my best to customize the Thesis WordPress theme to suit my podcast network’s website needs. Go and check out the new and improved website of the Brink Notes Podcast Network. Just like any other websites, the BNCast website is still a work in progress. O ha!
So, what did I do today?
As usual, my alarm clock (actually, my phone’s alarm) went off at exactly 07:30 in the morning. But, I remember waking up at around 4:30 in the morning because Mom’s alarm is still on snooze and I had to turn it off by myself before continuing my sleep! I ate my breakfast consisting of corned beef, rice and coffee while watching ANC Headstart, my favorite morning show.
Let’s fast forward a bit.
At around 10:30-ish in the morning, I remembered about this particular audio CD (Religious audio CD thingy) that I’ve been looking for for quite some time now. I need the said audio CD for my next project that is not school related. However, I forgot to look for that particular audio CD at the Manila International Book Fair where a lot of Catholic stores participated as exhibitors. So stupid of me! So, I decided to call Catholic Trade Manila this morning to inquire about the said audio CD. Boom. They don’t have the audio CD. But, they do have the cassette tape version of the recording. Cassette tape. Seriously? They still sell those? Since I was so desperate, I changed clothes right away (of course, I took a bath) and went to the store to buy it/them. I went home with 4 cassette tapes!
After opening the packaging of the cassette tapes I bought, I digitized them right away. How did I digitize them?
Well, I used my Mom’s radio-cassette player thingy that I connected to my mixer and then connected to the iMac. So:
Radio-Cassette Player Thing (Audio Out) –> Mixer (Audio In) –> iMac (USB in)
I spent a few hours digitizing the first 2 cassette tapes of the 4 that I’ve bought. I also edited the ID3 tags of the mp3 recordings (aka digitized version of the cassette tapes) and placed the appropriate album artworks. I could really spot the audio quality difference between an MP3 file and a cassette tape recording! Yes, the audio quality of the digitized version is bearable but fails in comparison with CD-quality audio recording. But still, the digitized version’s quality is good enough for me.
The task of digitizing cassette tapes really reminded me of my “filmmaker days” when I was still a grade school student (grade 5 to grade 6, I think). I used to make short films for my History class and I edited them using two VHS players (1 for playback and 1 for recording), our video camera (video source), our computer (as character generator for titles, etc) and our stereo component (for voiceovers, sound effects, etc.). Way back then, I don’t know how to edit videos digitally so I had to do it the analog way.