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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Bryan Black

Double check that you're recording on all channels before begining a podcast.

All the remote audio capture for Frontier episode 29 is gone.

First fail was due to operator error:

 Press record next time

Press record next time

Bad start, but good thing for backups

All audio passing in and out of the workstations audio interface gets captured to a Zoom H4n hardware audio recorder as a backup.

Then the second fail. This time due to a corrupted SD card.

 Durring retrieval of the backup, the file just disappeared.

Durring retrieval of the backup, the file just disappeared.

Never just accept what Finder shows you. Launch the Terminal.

 ALL THE FILES!  ls -la

ALL THE FILES!  ls -la

The recoverd file ended up like this:

 70% of the audio is nausea-inducing, ear-bleeding static

70% of the audio is nausea-inducing, ear-bleeding static

TL;DR SD cards are unreliable. Measure twice, cut once.