Quick Solution to Mic Static and Noise While Recording

The main issue with recording on a PC or Laptop is the great amount of static and noise in the background, even if a decent microphone is being used. The fix is a quick and easy one and can cost less than $20. Basically, all you need is any USB sound card of decent quality. Try to stick to known brands such as Creative and stay away from the $5 ones on eBay. Also, a decent mic would help but that will only increase the quality of the recording and not so much the decrease background annoyances not due to actual background noise present in the room. It turns out that my motherboard makes a lot of static and noise when using the internal mic inputs and just by using a USB sound card, a huge difference was instantly noticeable. It seems that by isolating the A/D converter from the rest of the components, I was able to now record clean, static free sound. Check out the video below for some details about the sound card I used.

Creative Sound Blaster Xifi Go! Pro
Creative Sound Blaster Xifi Go! Pro

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Moto X: Balanced Perfection (Micro Review/Comparison with G2)

Moto X back

I have recently switched to a Moto X from the LG G2 and the device is surprisingly great. On paper, it doesn’t seem like it would be the best phone to use, but in actuality, it runs smoother and faster than my LG G2 ever did. This holds true for all of the roms I had tried, even stable builds of CyanogenMod 11.

The active display comes on an any slight hint of movement which is a nice way to check notifications without draining the battery. The video below shows how I check the time by just holding the phone.

The screen is only 720p but because it has a full RGB matrix and isn’t pentile, it is a much better experience than previous 720p AMOLED devices as text is not crunchy on the edges. I wouldn’t mind better whites but it isn’t too bothersome.

The battery lasts for around 5 hours of solid screen time but not for over a day off of the charger as the standby isn’t as great as the G2. The G2 would also reach 5 hours of screen time but if used minimally could reach 2 days off of charge as well. The speaker is great as it balances a loud volume with a full range of sound and is one of the better phone speakers I have heard.

The camera so far seems to be good enough for my nature shots but maybe not as good as the G2.

Macro Moto x Moto X flower macro Moto x flower macro

The BUILD is my favorite thing about the Moto X, from the way it feels to the way it looks, it is all done right. The attention to detail is much better than that of the G2 as a device is only as good as its weakest component and the Moto X is just a pleasurable device to use.

Pros:

– Performance

– Build Quality

– Battery Life

– Features Without Bloat

– Speaker

– Active Display

Cons:

– Display Resolution and Whites

– Standby Time