So, I’ve been working on this little project I might have talked about before.
Yes, Fim’s MultiBoard.. What does it do? I’m glad you asked. It’s basically a Windows Soundboard with some added functionality. What is a Soundboard? I’m glad you asked! (well, maybe not..) So, it’s an application that gives one (or more) sets of buttons that, when setup correctly, will play a certain audio file out to an output. (Well, that’s it simplified anyway). My version has 25 buttons per panel and 5 panels at a time for a total of 125 accessible buttons without saving/loading the set (which you can do, by the way). Additionally, you can output that sound to up to 4 configurable audio outputs (your speakers, usb headset, special Virtual Audio Cables, etc). Each of these devices output level can be set independently and there is also a Master Volume setting that can be used to set the relative volume based on those levels. Also, there is a Mute functionality for each Device. (Only 1 of each device may be unmuted at a time)
Another feature I added was a Playlist functionality. Separately from the buttons (on it’s own tab [see below]), there is a playlist. This playlist allows you to setup any pre-show music or a set of audio files you want to play in a row and do so. It will output to the same devices setup for the buttons in the same way (you can’t play both at the same time though, sorry). The playlists, like the button set, can be saved and loaded. Both the current button set and current playlist are saved in a configuration file which will keep them through exit/restart of the application.
So, there you have it. I’m still working out the kinks and have the application currently in a bit of a Beta testing phase. If you are interested in checking it out and providing feedback, let me know. The only thing I ask if you decide to use the application for your podcast is to, at some point in your shows, please give credit and point listeners to my 2 podcasts, Polygamerous and Twisted Nether Blogcast.
Thanks! I really think this is a great little tool for podcasters, especially if you Broadcast LIVE using multiple devices (and utilities like Virtual Audio Cables). It’s good for playing voicemails, dropins. Just remember it only plays one audio file at a time and each device’s audio might be slightly out of sync (moreso if you have a slower computer, I think). The idea behind wanting it on multiple outputs is so that you and your guests (on skype, etc.) can hear it also (if you have some way of redirecting that audio back to them from a VAC or equivalent.) .. The playlist is great for preshow music! Oh, and I WILL be writing up the “How to Live Podcast the TNB way” soon over at TNB.. I’ve been a little caught up in writing this program…
I’m starting to get that “I’ve seen this place one too many times” feeling. 10 man is just a prelude to our attempts at the Lich King which haven’t netted us much farther than surviving the transition into Phase 3. We’re extending last week’s raid in the hope of finally getting him down, but we really need to have everything just “go right”. We still have defiles ending up in the middle of the platform and people standing too far out when the Val’kyr comes out to take them to Valhalla via the edge of the cliff.
For the 25man content we keep getting stuck on the wing “end” bosses. Last night we wiped on Putricide when he had 200k left … Tank died just as he was almost dead.. That’s such a long fight, we couldn’t bear to do it again, so we called it for the night (was getting toward the end of our time anyway). Tonight, we will either try him again or go for one of the others.. I was really hoping the increase to the 15% buff would push us over (other than, again, over the LK’s ledge) enough to make it all a little easier, but we are still fighting for every gain. Things like Festergut and Rotface, well, yes, those are getting silly. First wing, silly. But, you know, the ones that have decently difficult mechanics, the buff doesn’t help as much as we’d hoped. I’m sure that sooner or later it will be cake (kinda like how it is on 10 man right now), but I’m just not feelin’ it so far.
But, I’m still going in because I enjoy it anyway. There isn’t much else in the game right now that I am very interested in doing. I’ve been obsessed (just a bit … ) with a personal coding project I am working on, my MultiBoard. When it is more ready, I’ll explain it better here, but generally it is a tool I’m going to use for Polygamerous and Twisted Nether. In fact, I’ve already used it on PGP and it works like a charm (and is a lot of fun..) If you hear all the dropped-in sounds in the next episode.. That’s the program.
So, I log in to raid and that’s about it. The holiday’s don’t hold any interest to me, but then again, they never have. Running random dungeons on my alts might be cool except that for a DPS (which most of them are) it takes way too long to get into one and, again, I have nothing I really want to do while I’m waiting. PvP, well, I might try that a little more. I’m just not sure I am interested enough to get a new set of gear that I probably could use to really be useful.
In other news, it looks like we might be moving the TNB recording to Tuesday nights for a while (if not forever..). That gives me two nights of back-to-back podcast recordings.. But leaves my Fridays free. I’ll also be missing (or leaving early) the first night of our 25man run. Ah well, we do what we have to. Well, I think that is enough babbling for one post. Is anyone else getting excited from all the screenshots Blizzard is posting from Cataclysm? I think that, so far, things are looking pretty amazing. I really can’t wait!
I know this is a little departure from the normal here but… I will be joining our local Little League in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on May 14-15. Each participant has been asked to raise at least $200 for the event and I figured I would put this up here. If you are interested in helping out, any amount will do. All money goes directly to the Little League who will make the donation as a group. As an added incentive, I’ll randomly choose from the people who donate and give out the code to a /dance loot card (I think that is one of the ones I still have). Thank you all very much for your support.