Big Changes Are Coming. Can You Handle That?

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Hey there, hero!

I’m making some wholesale changes in my gear and my approach to these videos and other production that I do.

And everything is changing all at once.

Am I nervous? At times. Excited? You bet. Fearful? A bit.

My question for you is…how do you handle upheaval?

Just a reminder that AMA II, Electric Boogaloo is just a few days away, so ask me anything, in the comments, via email or however you like.

Hope this helps!



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  1. David,

    Sorry. No wisdom from me. I don’t do well with change or upheaval. It can put me in a paralyzed funk making it difficult for me to move forward. I eventually am able to move on. It is hard for me to jump in right away but ultimately I am able to put my toe in the water and get going.


  2. Everyone (and I mean both hardware and software manufacturers) is saying to stay away from Catalina for now. DAWs aren’t working correctly and interfaces aren’t either. I know that you use Audacity. Look at their web site. It clearly says to NOT upgrade at this time.
    Hang on to your old equipment for awhile because it sounds like you’ll need it if you need to record something.

    I am willing to change things if it’s for the better. Change for the sake of change is a waste of time. Some of what you talked about is over my head so I can’t comment on them. I’ll take your word for it that you product will be better. And if it makes you happy than it’s all good.

  3. Funny to reflect on this with you. I was interested to realize that if it’s a life change – births, marriages, deaths, career, friendships… I embrace it, because I have the confidence that I will know enough to move forward and learn what I need to know as I go. For a tech change – computer, camera, phone, website, etc. I have to drag myself kicking and screaming, because the opposite is true. I don’t have confidence that I will know what I need to know or that I will know how to learn it or have trusted advisors to ask. It usually goes alright, but it’s very unnerving and I experience more anxiety than in hindsight I needed to. I look forward to seeing your process as you go through it and getting some tips on how to do it!

  4. Hi David! A few Questions 1)When I downloaded the latest version of Audacity on a DELL Laptop in the fall, I recall reading that one of the improvements included Levelator being already built in to the Audacity software, eliminating the need to go through the steps to export a wav file, and transfer it to Levelator for processing and converting the output file as an mp3. The instructions said, simply edit and save your file in mp3 format. Was the information false? Please advise.
    2) Which version of MacBook is sufficient? 3) What is your opinion of adding the FocusRite Scarlet 2i2 (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with the Audio Technica AT2020 plus USB mic?

    1. It’s not Levelator that’s installed along with Audacity, it’s LAME, the MP3 encoder. I prefer the plain MacBook (no fan.) You can’t add a Focusrite to any USB mic – that box is for non-USB studio XLR-connected mics. Hope that helps!

  5. I connect with this video this 100%. I’m in the middle of mega changes as well. I started upgrading this year and some of the changes haven’t gone as planned. Brand new equipment not working as it should. Things not working together. Paying for stuff that isn’t doing what it is supposed to do. Ugh! Frustrating! I know I’ll get through it and I try to do it small steps at a time because of these issues. I never buy the first of any new item but did this time and so I’m on the front end of having to troubleshoot for the company. Disappointed but learning to not let it run my life. I’m just move on to things I can fix while the tech people figure out what the deal is with their stuff. I may just have to return one item and use a placeholder until they solve the issue on their end. Also, building 3 new sites this year. My brain is spinning as I learn WordPress and all that goes with it. Oh well, that is tech.