This episode was originally released independently by the producers of the program on December 28, 2016.
This is the debut episode of Up Close And On Fire With Spitfire And Kickazz, and we almost came close to leaving it out of our queue because of a weird technical glitch.
The show’s producers sent us all four episodes of the show that had been posted on Spreaker and Mixcloud via Dropbox, and episodes 2, 3, and 4 went up without a hitch. We tried to upload this episode three times on Saturday, without success – our otherwise reliable server kept spitting it out.
This Sunday afternoon, we decided to open up the file in a DAW and see if we could find anything wrong with it. What we got was this:
The first problem was visible before we even played the file – that big blue band of noise on the right channel turned out to be the main culprit. We split the file up into two separate channels and deleted the noise channel. (Note: All of the other episodes were also sent to us in mono, obviously without the same glitch.) We listened to the file and realized that the program itself seemed to be at a slower pitch and speed than the other episodes. In short, it sounded like it was on quaaludes. We don’t know how that happened and neither do the producers of the show, but we fixed that issue too, albeit not as easily as the first one. This took some trial and error, to first change the pitch of the episode to one closer to the other episodes (we used the show intro and the opening lines of Spitfire’s dialogue on Episode 4 for comparison), and then had to alter the speed of the program, again comparing the show intro to both the problem episode with Episode 4. If the episode sounds microtonally higher than the other episodes, we apologize in advance.
Now, like with the other episodes of Up Close And On Fire, we have to point out that the show is independently produced, and that the TGML Podcast Network is not responsible for the content of the program. So what does that mean when in this case, we had to do some engineering, editing, and remixing/remastering to bring the episode up to standards? Not much. Is there a moral conflict here? Nope. The producers and hosts of Up Close And On Fire are still responsible for and deserve full credit for the content. That still holds. As good hosts, we stepped in to correct technical issues with the episode. We do not tell the producers of Up Close And On Fire what they can and can’t do on their own program, and never will. Thanks for reading and listening.
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