Based in Chicago, USA, X-Oriente is a podcast by R.W. Eric Diamond and W. Jason Van Dyke that explores the ideas and values of Freemasonry in the 21st century.

Step 1 is nearly complete

The domain is live, the blog is up (though the archives are still using the generic MT templates) and I've started getting the hardware. To start things off I am trying to keep it simple, yet high-quality. I will be using the Mac and Soundtrack Pro to produce the show, though now I am rehearsing with Garageband, which is a pretty good tool I have to say. For studio (really my desk) I have an AKG Perception 100 Condenser mic running through an M-Audio USB audio interface. For field work I will be using a Marantz PMD660 and a Beyer Dynamics M58 mic. The M58 is inexpensive and the mic favored by the BBC reporters, and the PMD660 is a recorder that records to compact flash. It is used by many NPR reporters.

Both the software and recorder should be here tomorrow, all the other equipment is here. I am shooting for having the first show done on Aug. 3. Still to do: get the feed host, set up the RSS feed and register with iTunes. And oh yeah, got to make the show.

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