So you're probably wondering about that microphone sitting in the corner of the frame.
In the last FCNY review, I thought I could continue getting away with using the shotgun microphone on my camera, but, as it turns out, even playing the flute can max out that microphone at the lowest volume setting! Without even trying it, I knew that against piccolos, my poor shotgun microphone stood NO chance.
I was lucky that I was forced to figure out how to properly mic a flute when I did my "Dragon Roost" collaboration with David Erick Ramos a few weeks ago. As it turns out, a flute actually needs two microphones: the condenser microphone you see in the video (an oldie I bought almost 7 years ago), and another microphone further away from me in the same room. This second microphone is used to pick up the surrounding sounds from the room. I don't own a second condenser microphone (yet), so I used my Zoom H1 recorder and placed it about 6 feet away from me.
The closer microphone alone strips away almost all the resonance in your tone but is very clear, while the farther microphone picks up all the resonance in the room but makes the flute sound a little muffled. Hypothetically, you could add synthetic resonance as an effect to the closer microphone audio alone, but the result is, well, pretty synthetic and sounds really fake. When you mix both live audios together (and lower the volume of the one closer to the flute, while raising the volume of the one further away from the flute a bit), the resulting audio is a very accurate representation of how the flute actually sounds in real life.
This trick worked amazingly for the Dragon Roost video, so I busted out the same set-up for this video. The talking portion of this video uses audio from the condenser microphone you see in the video, but the piccolo playing parts are a mix of the condenser microphone and Zoom recorder. Fortunately, I think I only managed to max out the condenser microphone once while busting out a B7, but other than that, even a C8 didn't max it out!
Sure, this set-up involves extra editing, but you can hear for yourself that the result is completely worth every extra second of work. I'm only hoping to improve my set-up from here on out!
Maybe I'll work on getting better lights too...
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I debated back and forth whether I should talk about this issue or not because let's face it: I am nervous in case the person I'm talking about actually watches this video, even though multiple people have said the exact same thing to me before. But it was the only thing bouncing around in my mind, even though I have a billion other things to talk about.
I think the thing that bothered me the most about this type of response was how it made me feel ashamed of knowing so much about the flute. Hearing that a friend quit the flute--the one instrument I am the most passionate about--and dropping that on me as if I should understand felt weirdly devastating. Like I was making a big deal out of nothing because, LOL, why would anyone keep playing the flute for so long, riiiiight?
However, if there's one thing I've learned from life, it's that when you feel hurt by what someone says, there's a 99% chance that person didn't mean it that way at all and simply didn't think through how their words could be taken by you.
Always give people the benefit of the doubt. Ask them about themselves and really listen. You'll be surprised with what you learn. After talking with this lady about stuff going on in her own life, I found that she was NOT AT ALL the type of person who would intentionally hurt someone else's feelings about their career in this manner. She simply had no other way of relating and instead of simply saying she doesn't know much about the flute and asking for more information, she threw out the only flute experience she had.
It's kind of weird, but in the end, I don't blame her. Like I mentioned in this video, I'm guilty of the same thing. We all naturally think of "me, me, me," but once we stop thinking about ourselves and really think from the perspective of others, you start to see a side of people and yourself that you've never seen before.
And that's when you can really start to grow as a human being.
I still remember going to David's panel at PAX 2015 and thinking to myself, "Hey! I've totally seen this guy on YouTube before!" It was amazing to see that he was not only talented performance-wise but also so incredibly articulate about everything ocarina. I sat there daydreaming that I'd be able to interview him on camera one day.
My boyfriend urged me to go meet him at the end of the panel, and that's when I first met David in person (to date, it's actually the only time we met in person!). I told David about my channel and honestly didn't think much would come of it. He was as wonderful and nice there as you see him here in this video.
About a year passes, and suddenly, I noticed that David commented on one of my videos! It was the video about the time I made crap up on stage:
I WAS ECSTATIC.
We chatted a bit under that video, and then he asked to collaborate with me! HOLY CRAP!
And that led to 2 Skype meetings, recording our parts for Dragon Roost, and this Skype interview!
As it turns out, David had randomly decided to look up flute videos on YouTube one day, sometime between PAX 2015 and the above comment. And well... he found me. He told me that it wasn't so much my tips on the flute that drew him in as much how much he found he related to my experiences in the music world.
I don't feel there's anything much nicer anyone could say about my videos. My goal is to simply share with you guys how I approach life and what I learned from my experiences, in the hopes that hearing about my journey can help others out there, even if it's just so that my viewers don't feel alone in whatever they are facing.
So thank you, David, for joining me in sharing your story! It's truly a generous gift to give to both of our subscribers!
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You know it's serious when I don't put music in the background.
But in all seriousness, this was a tough video to make, though the actual process of filming and editing was really quick. I spent about 2 weeks agonizing over how I would talk about impostor syndrome. I'm not a licensed therapist by any stretch of the imagination, so I didn't want to give hardcore advice on how exactly one deals with impostor syndrome.
I realized that I should make this video in exactly the same way I've made all my videos. I decided to just tell my story.
So this is me, the real me underneath. I know this video wasn't as funny as my other videos, but there really isn't much that's funny about impostor syndrome. Sure, you learn to make fun of yourself when you have impostor syndrome, but the syndrome itself isn't fun to deal with at all.
In sharing this experience, I hope to reach out to anyone else who feels similarly, and I want you guys to know that if you feel this way, you're not alone. :) I'm walking this journey with you. <3