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William:
How do I capture great audio? The first thing that I try to do is just always record in a quiet space. So obviously you know reducing the noise and you're environment is super important and everyone says that but it's worth mentioning because it's something that you do need to kind of stress on a little bit.

William:
I have a home studio which is just basically a renovated bedroom that I have converted into a place where I record. I took the closet and I kind of put acoustical tiles in there to make it more conducive to recording and I also try when I can to stand up while I'm talking. I just find that get a better sound that way.

Proper microphone techniques

William:
The next thing that I always try to do is observe proper microphone technique. You know you don't want to be too far or too close to your microphone. The closer that you are the more you risk clipping or overdriving the further you are the weaker the vocal will sound. It might sound a little tinny or just distant and that requires you to do more to bring it up and make it sound good in the forefront of the recording.

William:
I spent a lot of time coaching whoever I'm talking to to make sure that they're staying close to the microphone at all times and they're being in a consistent distance away from it.

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It also doesn't hurt to have good equipment so what I've tried to do is invest in some decent microphones. I use a Shure SM7B microphone both for myself and for the guest. And I find that they sound really great. I don't have to do a lot to them in terms of processing.

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I plug those into a Zoom recorder so I use Zoom H6 and I just find that it does a really great job recording. I've used other audio interfaces in the past and by far this is the best sounding one that I use as my Zoom. So I love to use that.

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William:
And then one thing that I like to do is actually edit the podcast you know go in after I've recorded things and take out filler words minimized breath, if I can, remove mistakes, dead air.

William:
You know I'm just kind of clean things up to make things more concise. You know somebody is kind of rambling on and on about something I'll try to shorten it and I find that that does a lot in terms of how people think in terms of the quality of the audio.

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The more concise that it sounds, the more confident that it sounds by taking out the stammers and stuff you know stutters and stuff like that, it's really helpful. Then I do some audio processing. So I use some plugins. I use one from Izotope called RX Elements and it's a bundled piece of software.

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It allows you to take out hums and clicks and just little artifacts that you could find in your audio recording. There's another tool from Izotope that I use called Nectar 2 which has some really cool presets for different types of sounds and so I'll use that once in a while. I'll usually use a compressor to make sure that the audio remains at a consistent level because again it is hard sometimes to get people to stay in the same dynamic range and sometimes you don't want them to.

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Sometimes you want them you know depending on what they're talking about. You know if there's excitement you want that to come through but you don't want to overdrive. You know with the sound is for the listener so I use a compressor. And then the final thing that I do is once I bounce down all the vocal tracks and the whole you know podcast basically into an MP3 file, I'll run it through Auphonic which is an online tool.

William:
It's actually a desktop tool as well but most people use it as the online tool, and it's a leveler. And so just make sure that the volume of your podcast is optimized for mobile listening since most people listen to podcasts through mobile.

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I found that that does a really good job at keeping you know the volume levels where they need to be. When you plug in earbuds are you putting in your car etc.

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So those are the things that I do to get a good sound.

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Full Transcript by Sonix: Taylor Swift interviewed by Barbara Walters

Introduction

Next is a young woman who moved from Nashville to New York this year and seems bent on global domination. Her parents named her after James Taylor and her fans are called Swifties. If you haven't guessed her name by now you are clearly living under a very large rock. One magazine headline says it best. Taylor Swift is the music industry.

You could say there was one song this year that you just couldn't shake off: Shake it off. Taylor Swift's giant hit single off her a giant hit album 1989. 1989 sold over a million copies its first week. Unheard of these days and was the only album to go platinum in 2014. The one time teen country singer became a pop powerhouse this year. A one woman exception to the rule that in the digital artists cannot make money selling records.

Are you worried about losing fans?

This is your first album of all pop songs. Are you at all worried that you will lose some of the country fans?

I am not worried about that. I'm really in touch with my fans and I know what they like. What my fans in general were afraid of was that I would start making pop music and I would stop writing smart lyrics. Or I would stop writing emotional lyrics. And when they heard the new music they realized that that wasn't the case at all.

Taylor's success is based on her close relationship with her fans. They are called Swifties. They see themselves in her and she sees herself in them.

Your fans feel so personal about you. I mean you're the only one I know who invites people back into your house. Do you still do that?

Yeah, I decided that I wanted to play this entire album for the fans long before it came out. I wanted it to be like this whole secret society gatherings and living rooms. And so I decided to have them in my houses.

We have 89 fans waiting in the living room. The entire 1989 record.

I want to come up with as many ways that we can spend time together and bond because it keeps me normal. It keeps my life feeling manageable.

Is your life normal?

Is your life at all normal?

No.

No.

Not at all. And that's why when I go online and I go on Instagram and I see a post from Emma who lives in Philadelphia and she's talking about how her day was at school that day. That helps me.

You still do that?

It's the only thing that keeps me not feeling overwhelmed by the abnormality of my life.

What's the most abnormal?

The most abnormal thing about my life is having sort of crowds form everywhere you go. And just everywhere. So that starts happening and then you have to take security everywhere you go. All of a sudden you realize that you have not been alone truly for five years.

Taylor has been a star writing and singing her own songs from the time she was 16 when her first country music album debuted.

My senior year.

Relationships

She's won just about every music award there is. Going on. before our eyes. Her autobiographical songs deal with the problems of growing up and having or not having relationships. But while her fans identify, critics have accused the two autobiographical.

If a guy shares his experience in writing, he's brave. If a woman shares her experience in writing, she's oversharing. And she's she's over emotional. Or she might be crazy or watch out shall write a song about you. Well that is joke is there is that joke is so old and it's it's coming from a place of such sexism.

Boyfriends

As she has become more famous so have the boyfriends. Her hits chronicle of high profile relationships that blossom with her die and then get turned into song lyrics. But Just as her music has changed, so has her attitude toward romance.

Love & heartbreak fading to the background

It seems like when I move to New York love and heartbreak and all the things that used to be my main factors in my music kind of faded to the background. Of course love is still very interesting to me as a writer but.

As a writer not as a beautiful young woman?

Now right now.

No?

I just like I just feel really happy and I'm really protective of that.

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Conan O'Brien:
You and Will have such great chemistry together.

Kevin Hart:
Yeah, man.

Conan O'Brien:
Together, and it just seems like a natural. It's one of those movies where you see the poster.

Kevin Hart:
Yeah.

Conan O'Brien:
And you think, all right. These two guys, hilariously funny. I want to see that.

Kevin Hart:
You know what? That's what I thought when I saw the poster. Even though I was in the poster, I was like. I want to see this. Yeah. I like these guys.

Conan O'Brien:
I want to see what happens.

Kevin Hart:
What's going to happen in this film? I completely know what's going to happen. But I still thought, like, this is going to be something cool. You know what it is, man?

Kevin Hart:
Will, first of all, amazing guy, I can say in the top two most amazing people I've ever had the opportunity to work with.

Conan O'Brien:
Thank you. Thank you very much.

Kevin Hart:
Well, no.

Conan O'Brien:
Yeah. Yeah, I get what you're saying. Top two.. People you've worked with.

Kevin Hart:
No, I wouldn't.

Conan O'Brien:
Yeah. Nice. Yeah, well, nice. I'll take it.

Kevin Hart:
You took it.

Conan O'Brien:
Yes, I did.

Kevin Hart:
I just took it.

Conan O'Brien:
I not only took it, I made it up.

Conan O'Brien:
I know he's a..

Kevin Hart:
Grounded man just down to earth every day shows up to work with the most amazing attitude just fun to be around.

Kevin Hart:
Cheap as hell, though. One of the most...

Conan O'Brien:
He's cheap?

Kevin Hart:
Oh, my God. Will doesn't. I don't think Will has spent a penny. I don't think he's spent anything from, like, the money that he's made. He he has the first BlackBerry ever. Ever made.

Conan O'Brien:
He's still using...

Kevin Hart:
The first blackberry. I'm not talking about a newer black the first one. And it's like taped up He's like. Yeah. He's like they'll never get me.

Kevin Hart:
Who? Who are you afraid of Will?

Conan O'Brien:
That's the one that has a little crank on it right?

Kevin Hart:
His fingers are too big for the buttons, it is weird. It looks like a dog ate it. He was like. But guess what? They'll never get me. Right.

Conan O'Brien:
I mean, is he spent on. Because, you know, it's funny cause the times I've been around him. It's feels like he didn't spend a lot on clothes now.

Kevin Hart:
No, not at all. And the top two worst dressers I've ever met my life. Will definitely as a horrible dresser. He's a he's all it's all you know, what it is? I call it grab bag. Grab bag style. Like, when you go places, you give free bags and they got t shirts in it...

Kevin Hart:
Will, that's a free t shirt. Yep! That's what he said every day. Yep!

Conan O'Brien:
Does he spend money on like shoes? Sneek anything?

Kevin Hart:
No nothing.

Conan O'Brien:
Right.

Kevin Hart:
I'm the only dumb ass who spends all his money on clothes. I'm happy, broke. I already know it.

Kevin Hart:
Y'll are gonna look up. I had no money. Where is it? Right here.

Kevin Hart:
Right here. Every dime.

Conan O'Brien:
Why do you always look good? You always look good. You are always put together well.

Kevin Hart:
I love clothes. I love clothes. You know what's bad though? There's nothing worse than than putting on an expensive outfit and nobody noticing. That hurts your feelings because for some reason when you put on something expensive, you step outside. You expect people to go. That's expensive.

Kevin Hart:
They don't. They don't.

Conan O'Brien:
They don't know?

Kevin Hart:
Never gotten one of them. Not one. Nobody has ever done them.

Conan O'Brien:
You were in a leather jacket with, like, a tiger on the back... And no one says anything.

Kevin Hart:
I'll tell you the funny one. I was on tour. I brought this leather jacket and it had a peace sign on the back of it. It was like a rhinestone peace sign. I said, you know what I'm do at the end of my show? I'm a turnaround. Show the back of my jacket and put up a peace sign. The crowd gonna go off. I did it. Nobody said nothing.

Kevin Hart:
Absolute silence.

Conan O'Brien:
It was a pro-war crowd. The whole crowd that likes war.

Kevin Hart:
They were like "What's that on his back?"

Kevin Hart:
I did a peace sign to show y'all.

I think that it was a school crossing.

Conan O'Brien:
Yeah, sometimes getting no laugh is much funnier than getting a laugh.

Kevin Hart:
For you... Because you understand. But, you know.

Conan O'Brien:
What do you mean for me? What the hell is that?

Kevin Hart:
No, no, no, no not like that. No, no.

Conan O'Brien:
For you Conan. You know, that's all you got.

Conan O'Brien:
I know what you're saying.

Kevin Hart:
That's a genuine laugh because I didn't mean it like that.

Conan O'Brien:
There is no genuine laugh in here. Not on this show.

Kevin Hart:
Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I got it later. Yeah.

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Hank Green:
Good morning John. OK. That's a weird word by which I mean OK.

Hank Green:
OK means like fine. Good. Satisfactory. Approved. None of those words you got to have k's in there aren't any words that are just capital letters.

Hank Green:
This isn't normal and yet OK is possibly the most spoken word on the planet not because we say it a lot in the U.S. which we do, but also because we say it a lot everywhere. So many other languages have been like yeah actually that one... that one's good. We'll take that. From Mandarin to Hebrew to Flemish to Russian to Indian to Portuguese. OK. Is it OK. It's a common affirmative word.

Hank Green:
What does ok even mean? It's like you want to approve of something but not a lot. Finally, we have a word for the good without all the good tied up in it.

Hank Green:
Like if I fall down you say, "Are you OK?" All you're really asking is: "Is there something wrong?"

Hank Green:
It's like an acceptance without any values or perspective or opinions laid on top of it. And I want that I can just be OK and that's OK.

Hank Green:
Where did it actually come from though? Allow me to introduce you to the only Wikipedia page that has a list of potential etymologies for a word. And it's very long.

Hank Green:
Maybe it comes from "Och aye" like Scottish. Oh yes. Or from the Greek phrase "Ola Kala" meaning all good. Maybe?

Hank Green:
But etymologists and historians have settled on three prime theories. We'll get to the most settled upon one last.

Hank Green:
But let's start with a West African origin... That's brought to the US by slave 1784 verified use of the word K rather than OK is a transcription of something a slave said in North Carolina. And this may come from a common West African phrase "O ke" or "Waw Kay" depending on the language. That's basically an affirmative or a back channel. A back channel is what linguists call that thing that you do where you make a noise or you say a phrase or a word it just to let somebody know that you understood what they said. And among the many uses for the word OK remains backchannel if you're on the phone if you like ok. Huh. Yep. Mm hmm. OK. Like that!

Hank Green:
The second the Choctaw word, "OKeh" which maybe was also somewhat similar and other Native American languages. And from what I can tell this is not particularly easy to translate but probably it means something to the effect of "it is so." And is also apparently sometimes used as a backchannel. Weirdly enough. The definite thing that we do know is when it entered into the popular lexicon of average Americans as the letter O and the letter K in the late eighteen thirties there was this weird fad for comically misspelling things in newspapers? I don't know.

Hank Green:
And then you would take those common misspellings and create acronyms from them. Like another example of a similar word was O. W. Which was for: "Oll Wright." Later, they had "Oll Korrect." OK now this like all of the other weird comical misspelling acronyms would have been completely forgotten if not for Martin Van Buren? The Democratic Party decided to like take this weird okay meme and apply it to Martin Van Buren whose name sounded too Dutch I guess? But, he was from Kinderhook, New York and they called him Ol' Kindlerhook. But that probably also wouldn't have stuck around if people hadn't been looking for ways to save characters on telegrams. Because you paid by the letter.

Hank Green:
And then OK continue to trundle down the decades until we got to where we are now.

Hank Green:
For me, the amazing thing about this word is how normal and everyday it is despite the fact that it is very weird and unusual and we never noticed that. And it sort of exists in the background as part of the fabric of culture not as something that we immediately identify as something that we're confused and debased by. But it is confusing and amazing. And I guess that's OK.

Hank Green:
John, I'll see you on Tuesday.

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